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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: steppermotor as encoder -> presto, moterized pot. (Poor man's rate
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Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 01:22:14 GMT
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"Michael A. Terrell" wrote:
> Chuck Simmons wrote:
> > It was nearly 35 years ago my boss told me to fix a power supply. The
> > transformer was bad so I went to the supply room to get another. A
> > couple of the guys on shift saw the struggle to get the transformer onto
> > a pallet jack and helped. I took automotive tools, a wrecking bar and
> > two crow bars and crawled inside the power supply. I rolled the old
> > transformer out on the floor and used the wrecking bar to lever it out
> > of the way. I crawled back inside and two technicians using crowbars
> > pushed the new transformer inside to me. Those were the days when men
> > were men and electronics was ... well ... different. I miss those days
> > when I could get in the cabinet armed with a multimeter and wrenches.
> > Today I have to use vacuum pickups and tweasers. It's like I'm living on
> > the wrong end of a pair of binoculars!
> I know what you mean, Chuck. I used to climb inside a Gates TV
> transmitter through a removed end panel, stand on the HV power
> transformer and have another engineer power it up so I could adjust the
> coupling and drive levels. Three full racks to get 500 watts of Video
> and 250 watts Aural on Ch 8. (AFRTS, Ft. Greely, Ak.)
> Now it would take 5 1/4" to 7" rack space for the same thing.
Yeh. Where I was the AFRTS Gates transmitter was the smallest
transmitter in the building. We looked after it because if it went down,
it took an AFRTS guy an hour to get out to us assuming the motor pool
had anything for him to drive. They had a stick out in our antenna farm
but it was lost in the maze of giant rhombics and rotatables. We mostly
had rhombics. (USA Signal Corps, STRATCOM; Kagnew Station; Asmara,
Eritrea Northeast Africa.)
... 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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