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Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10

Philip Neidlinger (KA4KOE) on April 15, 2004
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This Month's Stiff: Professor Reginald Aubrey Fessenden

Entered Mortal coil: 6 October 1866

Assumed Room Temperature: 22 July 1932

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The Prime Modulator

While researching the professor, I realized something mildly humorous about the above photograph. If the periods in time were shifted somehow, Reggie could have entered a Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest. Conducting a Google image search confirmed this observation: the two gentlemen did a least bear a passing resemblance to each other, in my opinion. Note that my original assertation about electrical pioneers in an earlier essay on Hertz still holds true: these guys sported interesting beards. Another distressing observation about inventors and the corporate monster is also true: Fessenden was dogged by lawyers for much of his life. The inventor received a significant settlement in the amount of $500,000, a tremendous sum in those days. He retired to live on the island of Bermuda, where he subsequently slipped the bonds of this mortal existence. 1 The following quote from the inventor says it all:

But despite all my hard work, I lived most of my life near poverty. I fought years of court battles before seeing even a penny from my greatest inventions. And worst of all, I was ridiculed by journalists, businessmen, and even other scientists, for believing that voice could ever be transmitted without using wires…not only was I wealthy from my patents, all of those people who had laughed at my ideas were twisting the dials on their newly bought radios to hear the latest weather and news.” 2

Fessenden was born in East Bolton, Ontario. Canadians can take pride in one of their own, for it was Reggie who invented the concept of amplitude modulation and actually constructed apparatus to prove his theories. Experimenters at the time were attempting to impress audio on an arc from a spark transmitter, but this proved problematical, to say the least. Fessenden realized that successful telephony via RF (not his initials, by the way) would have to rely on a continuous wave. He understood the concept mathematically. The basic formula for amplitude modulation is:

ec = ( Ecmax + em ) sin wct

Where ec is the resulting signal being transmitted (carrier + two sidebands),

Ecmax is the peak carrier signal without modulation,

and em is the modulating voltage. 3

Using trigonometry, one can determine that two sidebands, plus and minus, are generated when we modulate a carrier wave with audio.

The most famous demonstration of amplitude modulation took place on Christmas Eve, 1906. Instead of the usual sounds of spark telegraphy, shipboard radio operators were shocked to hear seasonal greetings from Reggie and violin music played by the inventor himself. The radio operators had been alerted to listen for something special that night. Fessenden had successfully transmitted voice earlier in field trials during the process of perfecting his methods a full year before Marconi spanned the Atlantic in 1901. Some cringe at the inventor being labeled “an American Marconi”. Deforest claimed to be the inventor of voice transmission as well, but this is not surprising, given the old rogue's background.

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Ernest Hemingway

RF (his initials this time) was a prolific inventor, holding over 500 patents. In addition to amplitude modulation, he is credited with the concept of the heterodyne, although his experiments with it did not meet with much success. Other inventions included sonar, the radio compass, and tracer bullets for machine guns. Like Armstrong, it is sad that Reggie did not receive the recognition that was his due, given his great accomplishments.

Philip Neidlinger, PE

KA4KOE

References:

1. An Unsung Hero: Reginald Fessenden: The Canadian Inventor of Radio Telephony,
http://ewh.ieee.org/reg/7/millennium/radio/radio_unsung.html

2. Raby, Ormond (1970), Radio's first voice. The story of Reginald Fessenden. Toronto: MacMillan of Canada, 1970.

3. Electronic Communications, Roddy and Coolen, 3rd Edition, 1984.

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Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on March 22, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
"I don't see what all of the Fess en den some is all
about" he said in an evenly modulated voice! ;-D
I ain't got the nerve to sign this one. Ignore that from sign above. It isn't really there! Trust Me!
Steve, this isn't you doing this to me, is it?
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by AA1A on April 6, 2004 Mail this to a friend!

This guy is my favorite among my 'chronologically' listed...

Tesla, Edison, Dolebear, Marconi, Fessenden, Armstrong...

Here is an e-mail sent to me by a most devout Fessenden fan and close to the action of it all...
Our Canadian brothers have a bit more legitimate gumshoe on old Reginald...
Quite a man, more later, de Dave AA1A www.radiocom.net/Fessenden
=

Hi Dave,
I don't know what "eham" is, but when referring to the article that VE2CV wrote and which was published in the "Radioscientist", the correct website is:

http://www.ewh.ieee.org/reg/7/millennium/radio/radio_unsung.html

Then of course, in that article, it is told that Reginald was born in East Bolton, near Sherbrooke, Quebec, while the distance is 40 miles in reality! In the "eham" write-up, there the birthplace is stated as Bolton, Ontario, which is even 400 miles further to the west.

73,

O
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 7, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Then, were WAS he born? Apparently my source is incorrect!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by G7HEU on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Born Oct. 6, 1866, Milton, Que., Can.

At least according to Encyclopædia Britannica:

http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?eu=34742


Steve
M0HEU / G7HEU


 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks Mr. Hawes. I do appreciate it.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by G7HEU on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
No, thank you Philip for another interesting read.

Forgive my brevity but I'm supposed to be working!

Steve.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K2WH on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
They aren't "Dudes".

P.S. When are these things posted. At Midnight? One day I will be first.

K2WH
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K3ESE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
ARE TOO!!! Dudes, that is. DARN! At least you got THAT in first...

My friend, Dave, used to live on Fessenden St. in Washington, DC.

Now, in deference to his various accomplishments, he is is mentioned on all domestic flights, when they ask if our seatbelts are all securely fessenden...
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K3ESE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Furthermore, whilst these characters all are dudes, they're none of them electrical, they're flesh 'n' blood! I refer, of course, to the meaning of the word, as in, "Of, relating to, producing, or operated by electricity: electric current; an electrical appliance."

Perhaps certain ones may qualify under the meaning, "Emotionally exciting; thrilling," but I sort of doubt it.

At times, several of them may have been, "Exceptionally tense; highly charged with emotion," which would qualify them, but that would probably only have been true in relatively short bursts, or they'd have blown a fuse.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K5DVW on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Of course they are dudes. Chicks can't grow funky beards like that.
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by NK7J on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I thought he looked like the dude from jurasic park!

Nice article.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
ESE:

The human nervous system is electrical in nature, so, hmmmm, may have to rethink that one.
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by W4VR on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
You did not mention his first voice transmission across the Potomac River from Cobb Island, MD.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K3ESE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
KOE: Well, then, in that sense we're ALL electrical dudes 'n dudesses, eh?
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K3ESE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
"You did not mention his first voice transmission across the Potomac River from Cobb Island, MD."

Probably thought it was too corny, without a kernel of truth.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Earlier trials were not mentioned specifically. It is understood and stated that the famous demonstration on Christmas Eve was not the first, but by accounts, a demonstration for effect for his backers....

"Fessenden had successfully transmitted voice earlier in field trials during the process of perfecting his methods a full year before Marconi spanned the Atlantic in 1901."

Anyway, the intent is not to go into a full blown discussion per se. We can bog ourselves down in the many historical details and lose sight of the theme....but keep the history lesson to the point, concise, and mildly humorous. Of course, we all remember the adjoinder that brevity is the soul of humor. The reader is referred to the references I have cited for more detailed information if desired.

And finally, Fessenden was a dude, in the spirit of Led Zeppelin.

P
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Or perhaps ZZ Top? I may have my bands confused. THOSE GUYS HAVE BEARDS!!!
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K0WA on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Hey, I liked the short story. Thanks for doing the research. You are getting very close to doing Major Armstrong, but you will have to do David Sarnoff as well. Those two guys were linked at the "legal" hip. I view Armstrong as a real "electrical" dude, but Sarnoff was a real "business" dud...although he was a rich business dud. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Lee - K0WA
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KJ7XJ on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Another Grateful Dead one there KOE! Nice job! de KJ7XJ
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Lee:

Major Armstrong was DED No. 3. Got to URL

http://www.eham.net/articles/6974

for his write up.

Sarnoff was not really a scientist, and therefore under that criterion alone, I will not bio him. Also, because I don't like him anyway for what he did to Howard.

You can probably guess that Armstrong is one of my heros.

P
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KE4ZHN on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
These are great Phil! Keep up the good work. Although, Im not so sure if they really are "dudes" anymore...probably "bones" would be more like it ;-)
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by W0FM on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Another marvel, Philip. But, one question keeps poking at my brain. If Reggie here invented AM, then who gets credit for PM? I mean, AM represents only HALF the day. PM represents the entire other half. SOMEONE must get credit for PM.

Keep 'em coming!

Terry, WØFM
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
H. Percy Maxim.

There you go.
 
Dusty and Billy  
by KA4KOE on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Go to www.zztop.com and check out Dusty's and Billy's beards. Reggie could have traded in his famous AM transmission violin for a country fiddle and fit right in with those famous Texas boys; plus tweaked their amps to boot, resulting in a more efficient, and profitable, duty cycle. The exercise for determining the exact profit percentage will be left up to the student.
 
RE: DUDESSES  
by K4JSR on April 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Lloyd, K3Dit Dididit Dit sez earlier.
"KOE: Well, then, in that sense we're ALL electrical dudes 'n dudesses, eh?"

Sir, for *YEARS* my wife has been saying, "DUDESS and
DUDESS and DEN DUDE DAT!" Please do not give her any
encouragement!

73 Cal K4JSR
 
RE: DUDESSES  
by KL7IPV on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Along those very lines, my wife and I were discussing the other day; if a Dude is a male and a Dudess is a female, what is a "Dudah"? We figure its some really dumb person, not necessarily a blonde. Maybe Sarnoff fits in that category.
73
Frank
KL7IPV
 
RE: DUDESSES  
by KA4KOE on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
We say "dudette" in the south for females. A Doodah is either a mixture, an "it", or some other variety of uncategorized human.

Or, someone who knows how to boogie. Depends on who you ask. Cal will probably educate us all shortly.
 
RE: DUDESSES  
by K3ESE on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
It's merely a song sung by de Camptown Ladies, about de sebben-mile long racetrack from Camptown to Wyalusing, PA.


For me, the question is more like, Wyalusing, My Hair.
 
RE: DUDESSES  
by K3ESE on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
...sorry, five mile long. Was busy looking for my hair...
 
RE: DUDAH  
by K4JSR on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
>>Was busy looking for my hair...<<
Which one? ;-P
Doodah, or dudah, along with dudess all goes with what
my wife calls "honeydews". (Yes, they leave me feeling
melon-choly!) Doodah, to be grammatically correct,
always follows dudess, dudat; i.e. dudah next thing.
My question for the panel is, dudat ring a bell, dudes? Doodah truth hurt?(Doodoodahdahdoodoo)
Please don't mistake any of this with dahdoos, which
we all learned about in Woodworking Shop in Junior
High. Also not to be confused with the DAHDOOS that
Philip is doing right now. You know the ones...
You usually say "gesundheit!" or "Bless you!" after
one goes "DAHDOO!".
Now DOODLES are a French dog of a different color.
And if you are a cannibal, DUDE RANCH is the dressing
for your dinner salad. Along with "finger food".
You would definitely keep your elbows off of the
table at that meal! Of course if today's DED topic
was the "Guest of Honor" we could call the meal
"Fessendenner"!
Okay group. Take that and run with it!
73, Cal K4JSR
 
RE: DUDAH  
by G7HEU on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Fancy a new email address? How about:

dude@doodah.co.uk

It's available here:

http://www.doodah.co.uk/

 
Burl Ives  
by KA4KOE on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
My sainted sister Lisa thinks that Reggie favors folk musician Burl Ives even more than Ernest.
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by WA2JJH on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
DUH, YA KNOW I SEE A PATTERN OR A CONSPIRACY WITH THESE
ELECTRICAL DUDES!

THEY ALL TURN UP DEAD!

ONE DUDE THAT POST'S HERE EVERY MONTH,LIKE CLOCKWORK EXCLIAMS...THEY WERE NOT DUDES!!!!!!!!!


THIS MEANS OUR INITIAL CONDITIONS AND CONSTANTS ARE OFF. THUS THE CALCULAS DOES NOT CHECK OUT!!!!!

THE SPACE AND TIME CONTINIUM MAY BE OFF!

OH NO! DRINK STEAK!
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by WA2JJH on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
DUH, YA KNOW I SEE A PATTERN OR A CONSPIRACY WITH THESE
ELECTRICAL DUDES!

THEY ALL TURN UP DEAD!

ONE DUDE THAT POST'S HERE EVERY MONTH,LIKE CLOCKWORK EXCLIAMS...THEY WERE NOT DUDES!!!!!!!!!


THIS MEANS OUR INITIAL CONDITIONS AND CONSTANTS ARE OFF. THUS THE CALCULAS DOES NOT CHECK OUT!!!!!

THE SPACE AND TIME CONTINIUM MAY BE OFF!

OH NO! DRINK STEAK!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by N0RKX on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Calculus??....... Did someone say Calculus?

How about a new series on DPD's, Dead Physics Dudes, starting with Sir Ike?
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Calculus? Not Me! I just had my tooth cleaned at
the Dentist. Fed-Ex should have it back here before
the week end!

Mikee is right about a conspiracy here. All them
Dudes end up Tango Uniform, taking the big dirt nap!
Maybe we could reconstitute them using that famous
40's-50's comedian, and Spike Jones' Band Member,
DOODLES Re-Weaver!!! This is just a thread, folks!
I would be willing to bet a Ham sandwich on Rye and a Mr. Potato Head on it!

Ah! My tooth is back! Now I can use it to plow the
lower 40! And youse guys thought keeping your noses
to the grindstone was tough!

Mikee, did you know that Mr. Potato Head would not let
his daughter marry Walter Cronkite? Mr. P.H. said
it was because Mr. Cronkite was just a common 'tater!

Next! Cal K4JSR
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
>>>Dead Physics Dudes<<<
How about Miss Cleo? She's a nearly dead Physic!

:-D
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by WA2JJH on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
N0RKX, DUDE.....If you know you Physics luariates....GO FOR IT!

Hmmmmm DPD Dead physics Dudes. Not exactly he same ring, but it could work.

Philip is in negotiation to sell a science book for kids.

That is why Philip gets annoyed when he see's his work published on other places on the net.

It is a good formula that works for young and old.
Historcal accuacy is not gien the back set to the chuckles.

So philip has 10 "in the can".
Takes about 175 pages for a book.

I used to write a lot of comedy my self. Much of it got stolen because I aired it on public access television. I did sell much of it too, however.

Some think of the internet as public access. It is not. at least not in the spirit it was written.

It is always a balance of getting your stuff out there, and collecting a check!

73 MIKE
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I have strived to be as accurate as possible in this here series of articles, and it is my bounden dudee to maintain the highest possible standards.

However, I am afraid we've taken a hard left turn off a clockwise curve and the ground is rushing up really fast with this discussion. I guess the rate of change of topic matter could be symbolized mathematically by the term Delta Dudee.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KC8VWM on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!

>>>An Unsung Hero: Reginald Fessenden: The Canadian Inventor of Radio Telephony.

Fessenden was born in East Bolton, Ontario. Canadians can take pride in one of their own,>>>

Oh, I do - don't worry...

Bolton, Ontario used to be my favorite place for me to harpoon baby seals, eat fish blubber, and ride along the frozen tundra of the Humber River in my dog sled hunting for groceries and of course... hmmmph... Canadian beer.

My igloo was nice too. It was tastefully decorated in seal skins and moose antlers.

I also had a nice beaver skin there to keep me warm during the cold winter nights.

Red Green came by once and hooked up an inverted squeeling pig cage generator for my "Ham" HF rig.

He kept telling me to, "keep yer stick on the ice" I suppose this did help my signal somewhat. My dog sled was my only HF mobile at the time.

73 - KAMHAM

(Canadian callsign - Tundra region) ...really!

:)
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Charles, is that the GREEN PEACE Ship I see docked in
your driveway? You just PO'ed more liberals than if
you had confessed to Nuking the Whales! ;-D
While your up there, how about drilling for oil and
natural gas. Spill plenty! We need to stabilize
global warming! I'll be busy down here bulldozing
rain forrests and eructating green house gases!
That will be in between venting Freon and stirring
up cow pies for more and better methane!
Between us we can make the world a better place!
POLEMICS of The World Unite! (THAT would be a site!)
Oh, wait a minute! The polemics of the world will be
uniting right in KA4KOE's front yard for the G8 Conference! One other thing, don't let any liberals
see this or our vast Right Wing Conspiracy is doomed!
I was going to join Club Med, but you have swayed me
into wanting to join Club Seals! I am almost out of
Easter Chicks and baby dick to stomp on with my
hobnail Brogans. Sigh! Life is tuff.
73'seseseseseseses Cal K4JSR
(What does a fellow have to do around here to stir
stuff up?)
 
RE: KA4KOE's Bounden Dudee  
by K4JSR on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Philip, I thought Bounden Dudee was that Australian
fellow who married that foxy blonde. (Blatant sexist
remark for those previously not offended by me!)
Or was that his cousin Crocodile Dudee?
One last question, this is a dudee free port, isn't it? Gag! Wheeze!!!
73, Cal K4JSR
 
RE: KA4KOE's Bounden Dudee  
by KC8VWM on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Bulldozing rain forrests, drilling for oil, spilling gas, eructating green house gases, venting Freon and clubbing baby seals is not usually a prolem for me as it is what I can normal urban development.

But hey, when it comes to calling my brand new 2004 Minivan a green peace ship in my driveway...

That's another story altogether...


 
RE: KA4KOE's Bounden Dudee  
by K4JSR on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Sorry Charles, it was a dishonest mistake!
Trust Me!
 
I didn't bind Dundee, Dudees...  
by KA4KOE on April 16, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
OK guys, the klaxon is sounding for an off topic alert!! I'm two shakes away from deriving the complete modulation formulas indicating sidebands, modulation index, and other arcane errata right here. The textbook is waiting here in my shaking hands....

Gourd Head, Make My Day.
 
RE: DUDELY SQUAT!  
by K4JSR on April 17, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Was it five off topic remarks, or was it six?
Frankly, I've lost count in all of this excitement...
Go ahead! We feel lucky! Make our DAZE!
I'm goimg over to the sidebar and quaff some stout
whilst you're going about the sidebands. I won't
splatter any Stout if you don't splatter either!
Charles, come on down here and have some Moosehead
while Philip is vectorally spinning like a Dervish!
(Don't you touch that one, HEU!)
73'seseses Cal K4JSR
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KE2IV on April 17, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Philip:

And imagine, in just ust the second "hit" on Google when I entered "Reginald Fessenden":

http://collections.ic.gc.ca/heirloom_series/volume4/42-45.htm

I got...

There are many others sites too!

Thank you for another original and insightful post, Philip. You remain the premier historical reseacher for all of us who read eHam.

Kindest regards,
George
KE2IV
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by G7HEU on April 17, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
KE2IV

I don't think that Philip ever claimed he was the only person in the world with DUDE DATA up his sleeve.

Instead of inserting limp comments in to this series of articles why not write one yourself?

Best wishes

Steve
M0HEU / G7HEU.
 
Beards Revisited  
by KA4KOE on April 17, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Not one comment on Dusty, Billy, or Burl. There is some organization that Dusty and Billy are a member of for guys with long beards. Does anyone remember the name of it?

P
 
RE: Beards Revisited  
by K4JSR on April 17, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
How about Trade and Mark on the old Smith Brother's
Cough Drops?
73, Cal K4JSR
 
Kindest Georgie  
by KA4KOE on April 19, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
"You remain the premier historical reseacher for all of us who read eHam."

That's absolutely the sweetest thing you've ever said to me. I'm gonna cry now.....Cal, hand me a hanky.
 
RE: Kindest Georgie  
by K4JSR on April 19, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
You want a clean one? It'll take a few moments to dry. George has made me run the gamut of my emotions
and I don't have a dry eye, either. <SNIFF!>
I just do not know how I could have *EVER* thought bad
thoughts about KE2IV. He has tickled my risibles to
the point of exhaustion and caused me to overdose on
endorphins, then he has just been soooo sweet and
understanding. I am humbled. To prove it, I'll send
him a photo of my trophy rack with tropies for my
humility, along with photos of me in a dozen humble
poses. He could never doubt my sincerity then, could
he? AAAAH!!! Clean, warm hanky coming up!
Time for my Insulin shot! I'll be back in time for the big Kum-Ba-Ya sing later today. Don't start without me, now!
73 Cal K4JSR
 
RE: Kindest Georgie  
by AA1A on April 19, 2004 Mail this to a friend!

Heaviness!!!

Ain't had this much fun since a pig ate my little brother...

We're down, we're gone, on the flat side, 10-4?

unsubscribe de BO ar

 
RE: Kindest Georgie  
by KE2IV on April 21, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Hey Cal,

I really liked the observation about beards and Trade and Mark.

Y'know those guys were from Poughkeepsie, NY. The factory (now closed) is still there, I think. I think the darn cough drops were made there until the 1970's.

Great observation - ever look at Alexander Graham Bell's facial bush? Now there's more than a mouthful.

73,
George
 
RE: Beards Revisited  
by K4JSR on April 22, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
George, I am sorry to hear about the Smith Brothers
passing into history. I guess they just couldn't
"HACK IT" anymore! I do miss their product.
Unfortunately, Trade and Mark where fictional characters, so I guess we cannot get an article written about Dead Wild Cherry Dudes.
73 Cal K4JSR
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KR4XH on April 22, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Another in a long EXCELLENT series! Thanks KOE!

73

don
KR4XH
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by WA2JJH on April 22, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
yES, SEE THE HEMINGWAY LOOK.

Keep writing, you will have a good hip cool high school
electronics history/electronics book.

It was like you never saw ED KOCH(OLD nyc MAYOR) anD FRANK PURDUE(the old chicken man) together. THEY WERE THE SAME PERSON!!

HEMINGWAY AND THIS DED WERE THE SAME DUDES.

Just ask MR potatoe head, if you do not see this!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on April 23, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I hear that Mr. Potato Head has eyes everywhere!

If Mr. Potato Head got cut up and boiled, would you
send him to a MASH Unit? Or would we just have to
"HASH" it out? Or before he went all rotten, you
could call in the BIG CHEESE and he'd be Au Gratin.
Worse yet, turn him over to an indian raiding party and let him get Scalloped!
There are those who would disagree with the above,
but they can just BAKE to differ. It is all just
Sour Cream to them, anyway.
The sale on potato jokes is continuing with TUBER the
price of one.
73, Cal "Smoking Mike's Stash" K4JSR
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by WA2JJH on April 23, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
fOR the record cal, I do not smoke cannibus!
There is a new drug for TROLLS. They mixed POT,and crack together. IT IS CALLED CRACKPOT!
That accounts for a Trolls behavior!!!!!!
When they run out, they can smoke themselfs up.

I think our favorite TROLL#1 smokes too much crackpot, because he has changed into a crackpot.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 23, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Armstrong had hash problems for years. Why do you think he was a proponent of FM (free marijuana) for years?

Answer me that one Cal, that should be good for a few quatrains from your tortured mind.

Philip

PS Do you think if I did HP Maxim as a DED they would come up my street with torches reminiscent of the first Frankenstein movie? Just asking.
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by WA2JJH on April 23, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
MAJOR ARMSTRONG WAS A POT HEAD, WHERE DID YOU find THAT OUT? Or were you smoking the whacky tabacci, when you did you reasearch(HI-HI :)

Before the pure food and drug act, Smith Broths cough drops contained a small amount of luadinum(opium extract). Most opiates will surpress a cough.

I always thought those Smith brothers had a strange look in their eye in the photo on the box.

Coca-cola had cocaine in it. All sorts of innnocent looking foods and beverages had drugs in them.

I think it was either the Harrison act or the pure food and drug act that stopped all this in 1914 .

We now have caffeine as the legal drug that can be added to food and drink. Mountine Dew is the most caffinated. Mountine Dew has the equivalent of 2 cups of coffee in it.

Armstongs hash habit might have brought on the depression that made him jump out of a window.
Yes getting all his pattents ripped of by Sarnoff, did not help matters either!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on April 24, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
KOE sez; "Answer me that one Cal, that should be good for a few quatrains from your tortured mind."
PAN MAN, Munchee Mike, right now all of my quatrains
are running on but a single track!
I am the fellow who thought "Reefer Madness" was the
story about a bunch angry Teamsters driving refrigerator Trucks! Give me a break! I spent my
twenties during the Sixties. We didn't know about
*THOSE* things!!! Don't I look innocent?

Also, my mind is programmed to torture, not to be
tortured! Right now I am very tired and I can feel my
mind slipping down my spinal column to my mid-section. That means I must stop now because a mind
is a terrible thing to waist!!

73 es ge Cal K4JSR


 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 25, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Last post before it goes off the front...just to have the last word.

HFHAM2, eat your heart out.

P
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on April 26, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Sorry Philip!
HFHAM2 WEARS PINK FISHNET PANTYHOSE!!!
I got him last!! NYAH! NYAH!
73 Cal K4JSR
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by G7HEU on April 26, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
:::::: Snuk in :::::

Tipy toeing out.....

Ha ha - I'm last.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on April 26, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
NOT!
I AM!
Cal K4JSR
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on April 27, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I am aghast, so now I'm at least last.
Send me not a fat lass with a case of gas.

All will come to pass, Cal don't be an ass.
Alas dear friends, does he favor Mama Cass?

I will not post it in a huff.
My comments will not be rough.

I will not post it as a bit of spam,
I do not like green eggs and ham.

I will not eat them while on the band,
I will not eat them with bare hands.

I do not like them while reading dudes,
Even with company, oh so rude.

So here at last, I have in hand,
A can of WW2 vintage canned spam.

So open up, mix it up with yams,
OH, I DO like green eggs and ham.

And no, my name is NOT Sam.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on April 27, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
KOE sez, "All will come to pass, Cal don't be an ass.
Alas dear friends, does he favor Mama Cass?"

Me? Favor Mama Cass?
Oh Philip, don't be so crass
For she is a Dead Dudette
Also one more won't fit in our quartet
So this honor you cannot bestow
Because my voice is also too low!
Also let bygones be bygones from the past
for with this post I AM NOW LAST!

 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on May 3, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Wrong again me bucko.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on May 8, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Ha! You may now say "Curses! Foiled again!"
MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! AND CHUCKLE!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by G7HEU on May 9, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
By hook or by crook,
I'll be last in this book.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on May 10, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Nope. Not again. I parried in quarte and riposted smartly. AHA YOU VAGABOND!!! SWISH!!

Thats 1 point to your 0. I suggest you keep the blade up and not drag it on the ground.

You need to rent Scaramouche. Cool movie.

Philip
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on May 12, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Gotcha last! Snicker! Snicker!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on May 15, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Hit on the leg. It doesn't count.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on May 19, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
You don't have to be so "TOUCHE!" about it!
Go ahead and admit that you are FOILED AGAIN!
Cal Oh yeah, GOTCHA LAST AGAIN!!!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on May 19, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Fppppppffffft!!! Right through your left ventricle. Vanquished, you villanous brigand!!!

AH HA!!!!!!!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on May 26, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
NYAH! NYAH! YOU MISSED ME!
You didn't really think you could run me thru with a
Ringo Ranger, did ya? I keep trying to tell ya that
all them VSWRs give you tough rho to hoe, KOE!!!
Reflect on that, you profligate sinecure!
<Snidely Whiplash snicker on high>
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on June 1, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Nope. Just my trusty epee', the dueling sword of fencing...triangular cross section, nice 'n sharp, not some frog prickling poingnard, but a lethal death dealing poker o' doom.

I never miss.

AH HA!!!! (swings from rope in the best swashbuckling fashion).
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on June 2, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
You should watch that rope swinging at your age!
You just hit that other wall! Have you beaten that
chick who humiliated you in that picture?
By the way, I carry a Glock 22 to all sword fights,
since I do not know who that chick was! ;-P
PS. I am last again, for the moment! Eat your heart
out! By the way, when duelling that YL, be carefull!
You don't want to Cut Lass!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on June 6, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Nope. Married her instead.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on June 7, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I am glad she made an honest man out of you!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on June 8, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
P'TOOEY!!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by K4JSR on June 8, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Spit it out! Tell us how you really feel!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 10  
by KA4KOE on June 13, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Blecccch.
 
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Dead Electrical Dudes are
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