CONTACT Magazine is creating military magazines and news feeds
43

patrons

$347
per month
What started out as the “CONTACT Patron Army”, has been renamed the

CONTACT DFSW Club


We felt the ‘Army’ name and construct was unfair to our Navy and RAAF fans – and, while DFSW is still an Army acronym, it is now moulded to our needs too – Direct Funding Supporters of my Work
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PLEASE NOTE – PATREON PLEDGES ARE IN US DOLLARS
(check today's exchange rate here).
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My name is Brian Hartigan, passionate publisher of CONTACT, a military news and features magazine, newsletter and web site.

I joined the Australian Army at age 28 in 1990 and served almost 12 years full time, first as an Aircraft Fitter (helicopter mechanic) for 7 years and then as a reporter at ARMY Newspaper for 5 years. I made Sergeant before transferring to the Army Reserve in 2002, and am still a Reservist.

After leaving the full-time Army, I got a job straight away with the Australian Federal Police as editor of their professional police journal, Platypus, and as their first ever PR photographer.

I stayed with the AFP for five years, during which time I started CONTACT magazine with the assistance of one partner (no longer involved), as a sideline to what was a pretty full-on day job.
If you want to know why two NCOs felt compelled to launch an independent military magazine, read that story here.

After the AFP and a short stint trying to make CONTACT viable as a full-time gig, I went back to Defence as a civilian for four more years, moving around from Editor RAAF Newspaper, to Chief of Staff Army Newspaper and finally Media Operations Officer in Defence HQ.

In 2012, I came back to CONTACT as a full-time endeavour, which allows me to devote much more brainspace to it.

Unfortunately, as a business, it still barely covers its own costs – and has never paid me a wage – hence why I need to reach out on Patreon, seeking your Direct Funding Support of my Work.

So, I hope you appreciate that your patronage, no matter how small, could have a significant impact on CONTACT's future – and I will be eternally grateful for your support.


Sincerely
Brian Hartigan
Managing Editor
[email protected]
or mobile 0408 496 664


P.S. I am on the high side of 50 years old, married to Rosie, with two adult daughters and two granddaughters. My wife and I both speak with remnants of Irish accents, but we’ve lived in Australia longer than we lived over there. We now live in a stunningly beautiful, beach-side tourist/fishing town called Kiama, NSW.




ABOUT CONTACT
CONTACT is a boots-on-the-ground military platform dedicated to presenting stories, photos and video that capture the essence of serving-members’ lives, as far as possible in their own words.

CONTACT web site is our internet-based headquarters where we publish daily news and other interesting, related items. We also use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube as ’embassies’ where we engage our audience, inviting them back to our HQ. This site attracts more than 300,000 page views by more than 50,000 unique visitors per month. We believe that those figures should be very attractive to advertisers. If so, they can find advertising details here.

CONTACT Air Land & Sea newsletter is a free fortnightly email that draws attention to recent news stories. Its intent is to bring readers the best of the previous fortnight in a handy-reference format, linking back to the original story in our HQ (web site). The newsletter is sent to more than 10,000 registered email addresses every second Sunday (subscribe FREE here).

CONTACT Air Land & Sea magazine is a high-quality, full-colour, features-based magazine published four times per year and archived here (for Patrons only). Initially launched in March 2004 as a traditional paper-based magazine, it switched to digital in 2014 after printing 40 issues. It is now only available by FREE subscription and sent to the same 10,000+ email subscribers.

COMBAT Camera is a high-quality, full-colour, photo-essay-based magazine published on an ad-hoc basis, usually as a single-subject feature. This magazine is distributed electronically to the same subscriber base and is also archived here (for Patrons only).
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Tiers
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 6
$2 or more per month 13 patrons
Your vote of confidence in what I'm doing means more to me than your money – but every little bit helps ;-) Thank you.
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 5
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Thank you so much for stepping up a level. Your vote of confidence in what I'm doing is worth so much more than the dollar value – but the dollars really help. 
  • I will send you a CONTACT pen as a small token of my gratitude.
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 4
$10 or more per month 18 patrons
At this level, you are a serious supporter. As small reward, I will...
  • send you a CONTACT pen, and 
  • include your name on the DFSW Club-member page in CONTACT magazine and on the web site
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 3
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
At this level, you're generosity is amazing. As small reward, I will...
  • send you a CONTACT pen 
  • include your name on the DFSW Club-member page in CONTACT magazine and on the web site, and
  • send you a 40-page viewee-twoee 'fully-loaded' with our Weapons of the ADF guide, on your first anniversary
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 2
$20 or more per month 5 patrons
Stepping up to the $20 club makes you a high roller, and I am very very grateful. As small reward, I will...
  • send you a CONTACT pen 
  • include your name on the DFSW Club-member page in CONTACT magazine and on the web site
  • send you a 40-page viewee-twoee 'fully-loaded' with our Weapons of the ADF guide, after six months
  • send you a limited-edition CONTACT Yearbook on each anniversary of your enlistment, and
  • send you 4 print issues per year of CONTACT from our archives
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 1
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
You are joining my VIP club at this level. I can't believe your generosity – but am so very very grateful for it. As a tiny reward, I will...
  • send you a CONTACT pen 
  • include your name on the DFSW Club-member page in CONTACT magazine and on the web site
  • send you a 40-page viewee-twoee 'fully-loaded' with our Weapons of the ADF guide, after six months
  • send you a limited-edition CONTACT Yearbook on each anniversary of your enlistment, and
  • send you 12 print issues per year of CONTACT from our archives
Goals
$347 of $3,000 per month
As a one-man-band, CONTACT is little more than a hobby, struggling to survive. Advertising covers costs, but not wages. In 15 years of operation, I have never drawn a wage from CONTACT. For the first 9 years, I operated this 'business' as a sideline to various day jobs. The last job I left paid me $108k + super in my final year. My funding goal of $3000 a month would replace less than half that wage – but I would be a far happier man, doing what I love – working for you, my dear DFSW Club members.
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What started out as the “CONTACT Patron Army”, has been renamed the

CONTACT DFSW Club


We felt the ‘Army’ name and construct was unfair to our Navy and RAAF fans – and, while DFSW is still an Army acronym, it is now moulded to our needs too – Direct Funding Supporters of my Work
.
.
.

PLEASE NOTE – PATREON PLEDGES ARE IN US DOLLARS
(check today's exchange rate here).
.
.
.
.

My name is Brian Hartigan, passionate publisher of CONTACT, a military news and features magazine, newsletter and web site.

I joined the Australian Army at age 28 in 1990 and served almost 12 years full time, first as an Aircraft Fitter (helicopter mechanic) for 7 years and then as a reporter at ARMY Newspaper for 5 years. I made Sergeant before transferring to the Army Reserve in 2002, and am still a Reservist.

After leaving the full-time Army, I got a job straight away with the Australian Federal Police as editor of their professional police journal, Platypus, and as their first ever PR photographer.

I stayed with the AFP for five years, during which time I started CONTACT magazine with the assistance of one partner (no longer involved), as a sideline to what was a pretty full-on day job.
If you want to know why two NCOs felt compelled to launch an independent military magazine, read that story here.

After the AFP and a short stint trying to make CONTACT viable as a full-time gig, I went back to Defence as a civilian for four more years, moving around from Editor RAAF Newspaper, to Chief of Staff Army Newspaper and finally Media Operations Officer in Defence HQ.

In 2012, I came back to CONTACT as a full-time endeavour, which allows me to devote much more brainspace to it.

Unfortunately, as a business, it still barely covers its own costs – and has never paid me a wage – hence why I need to reach out on Patreon, seeking your Direct Funding Support of my Work.

So, I hope you appreciate that your patronage, no matter how small, could have a significant impact on CONTACT's future – and I will be eternally grateful for your support.


Sincerely
Brian Hartigan
Managing Editor
[email protected]
or mobile 0408 496 664


P.S. I am on the high side of 50 years old, married to Rosie, with two adult daughters and two granddaughters. My wife and I both speak with remnants of Irish accents, but we’ve lived in Australia longer than we lived over there. We now live in a stunningly beautiful, beach-side tourist/fishing town called Kiama, NSW.




ABOUT CONTACT
CONTACT is a boots-on-the-ground military platform dedicated to presenting stories, photos and video that capture the essence of serving-members’ lives, as far as possible in their own words.

CONTACT web site is our internet-based headquarters where we publish daily news and other interesting, related items. We also use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube as ’embassies’ where we engage our audience, inviting them back to our HQ. This site attracts more than 300,000 page views by more than 50,000 unique visitors per month. We believe that those figures should be very attractive to advertisers. If so, they can find advertising details here.

CONTACT Air Land & Sea newsletter is a free fortnightly email that draws attention to recent news stories. Its intent is to bring readers the best of the previous fortnight in a handy-reference format, linking back to the original story in our HQ (web site). The newsletter is sent to more than 10,000 registered email addresses every second Sunday (subscribe FREE here).

CONTACT Air Land & Sea magazine is a high-quality, full-colour, features-based magazine published four times per year and archived here (for Patrons only). Initially launched in March 2004 as a traditional paper-based magazine, it switched to digital in 2014 after printing 40 issues. It is now only available by FREE subscription and sent to the same 10,000+ email subscribers.

COMBAT Camera is a high-quality, full-colour, photo-essay-based magazine published on an ad-hoc basis, usually as a single-subject feature. This magazine is distributed electronically to the same subscriber base and is also archived here (for Patrons only).
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Recent posts by CONTACT Magazine

Tiers
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 6
$2 or more per month 13 patrons
Your vote of confidence in what I'm doing means more to me than your money – but every little bit helps ;-) Thank you.
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 5
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Thank you so much for stepping up a level. Your vote of confidence in what I'm doing is worth so much more than the dollar value – but the dollars really help. 
  • I will send you a CONTACT pen as a small token of my gratitude.
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 4
$10 or more per month 18 patrons
At this level, you are a serious supporter. As small reward, I will...
  • send you a CONTACT pen, and 
  • include your name on the DFSW Club-member page in CONTACT magazine and on the web site
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 3
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
At this level, you're generosity is amazing. As small reward, I will...
  • send you a CONTACT pen 
  • include your name on the DFSW Club-member page in CONTACT magazine and on the web site, and
  • send you a 40-page viewee-twoee 'fully-loaded' with our Weapons of the ADF guide, on your first anniversary
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 2
$20 or more per month 5 patrons
Stepping up to the $20 club makes you a high roller, and I am very very grateful. As small reward, I will...
  • send you a CONTACT pen 
  • include your name on the DFSW Club-member page in CONTACT magazine and on the web site
  • send you a 40-page viewee-twoee 'fully-loaded' with our Weapons of the ADF guide, after six months
  • send you a limited-edition CONTACT Yearbook on each anniversary of your enlistment, and
  • send you 4 print issues per year of CONTACT from our archives
CONTACT DFSW Club Member Level 1
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
You are joining my VIP club at this level. I can't believe your generosity – but am so very very grateful for it. As a tiny reward, I will...
  • send you a CONTACT pen 
  • include your name on the DFSW Club-member page in CONTACT magazine and on the web site
  • send you a 40-page viewee-twoee 'fully-loaded' with our Weapons of the ADF guide, after six months
  • send you a limited-edition CONTACT Yearbook on each anniversary of your enlistment, and
  • send you 12 print issues per year of CONTACT from our archives