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Author Topic: There's something really wrong when.....  (Read 6497 times)
KA4KOE
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« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2013, 09:19:20 AM »

...anything that will crush toes if you drop it on your foot. Not break toes, mind you, CRUSH them.

The Kenwood TS940 qualifies, IMHO.

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WA0ZZG
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« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2013, 12:13:26 PM »

OK
Your Amateur rig might be a Boatanchor if:

1. You had to use a custom built table to hold it
2. It took two men and a boy to left it on that table.
3. A heavy duty 220V line barely provides enough power.
4. Operation includes the smell of ozone.
5. Warm up time is measured in hours.
6. You know the name of the design engineer.
7. The original owner was the Federal Government.
8. Viet Nam vets recognize it.
9. The owner's manual was composed on a typewriter.
10 The chassis is a fortune in solid copper.
11 Mobile operation required six feet of floor space and was originally no problem.
12 and the last, and most important: MADE IN USA was the normal.

Have fun!
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AA4PB
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« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2013, 12:22:59 PM »

13. You can read the manual by the glow of the tubes.
14. The temperature in your shack is 80 deg with the heat turned off in the dead of New England winter.
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ZL1BBW
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« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2013, 03:01:41 PM »

When I was operating in the UK, the local ham joke, was that when I wound up the linear, I would have to ring the local (nuclear) power station to drop another rod in to keep the power up.  Now that was a boat anchor of an amp :-)
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« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2013, 03:34:42 PM »

Allegedly, back in the 1930's when Crosley Broadcasting had a waiver from the FCC to operate WLW in Cincinnati, OH at half a megawatt, the brightness of streetlights in that part of town would pulsate slightly in step with the modulation.

You can find more here:  http://www.ominous-valve.com/wlw.html

Even at 50 gallons the station still puts out a manly signal, allegedly due in part to the Blaw-Knox transmitting tower which is extra wide in the center of its length... And that's supposed to be where the current node in the radiation pattern lives. Phattest part of the tower radiates the phattest part of the RF. Or, at least that's the plan...........
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