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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Explosions in electronics.
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Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 21:17:19 GMT
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> You should try hermetically sealed military style tantalumns
> I still remember Sgt Tancheck shaking in his boots, quite dumbfounded and at
> a loss for words...
I spent more than two years of a three year all expense paid vacation
awarded to me by the US government largely because I was too chicken to
flee to Canada at a site where there were about 65 HF transmitters most
of which were 30kW and above. These large and somewhat old transmitters
occasionally developed suicidal tendencies accompanied by fireworks and
noise of impressive proportions. We prided ourselves on being able to
get a well done charbroiled transmitter back on line in less than 24
hours. I think the problem that fooled me the longest was the mouse that
ate through the insulation on one phase of a 5000 volt 12 amp three
phase plate supply transformer. The wires were under the floor and I
couldn't see them. This particular transmitter sounded like a shotgun
going off while it had the problem. Fire shot more than a foot out of
the motorized main breaker when it tripped. It was really quite a sight.
It was worth seeing but as I was trying to enjoy my all expense paid
vacation, I was slightly peevish about being called out on a weekend
especially because they didn't so much as offer to pay for my gasoline
for the drive out and back.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org
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