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Author Topic: Beware of strangers hiding in packages  (Read 2903 times)
AA4HA
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« on: September 08, 2011, 08:27:22 AM »

I picked up an ITT Mackay MSR 8000 from an overseas auction and it arrived today. The box had a small tear in the corner that I did not think anything about. While unpacking the radio from the endless layers of bubble wrap a friendly scorpion popped to the surface.

I was elbows deep in the box and it could have quite easily rewarded me for my zealous Christmas-like package unwrapping. A shoe quickly terminated it's traveling permit.

This thing as a few inches long and looked a lot more threatening than the albino-mutant miniature scorpions we have in certain parts of the southeast US.

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Maybe this is payback for all of the rubber snakes that I coiled up in outdoor equipment enclosures at remote transmitter sites.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 08:41:38 AM »

I don't care who you are that's funny right there  Grin



Maybe this is payback for all of the rubber snakes that I coiled up in outdoor equipment enclosures at remote transmitter sites.
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K0OD
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 09:01:31 AM »

The whole time scientists had figured that species migrated slowly between continents on odd pieces of flotsam.
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KC2VDM
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2011, 07:21:07 PM »

Next time you find one, stick it on one of your antenna's and crank up the linear!  Some people pay money for that kind of food!  Grin

-KC2VDM
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AC5UP
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2011, 08:28:58 AM »

Ya' know......... The day may come when scorpions are hard to come by and you'll wish you had taken better care of the one you had!
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2011, 03:09:14 AM »

Some nice photos of people eating scorpions here in Thailand

http://www.departingyyz.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

I haven't eaten scorpion - but I've eaten most other bugs out here - grasshoppers, beetles etc - they taste like ... er ... bugs!!

Simon 
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STAYVERTICAL
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2011, 03:48:40 AM »

Tisha,

You realise you have started a whole new generation of urban myths about things found in radio equipment.
I feel inadequate now, as the most I have found is a mummified mouse stuck (literally) between two circuit boards.
Oh well, time to go online shopping in places with poor fumigation and good bug populations.

73s
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AA4PB
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2011, 04:18:25 AM »

I'll bet you thought that if you purchased a piece of commercial equipment like Mackay that it would be "bug free"  Grin
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N9LCD
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2011, 05:42:19 PM »

Back some years ago, before word processing migrated to PC's, my employer had a stand-alone, dedicated word processing machine.  One day, the machine crashed and the service tech traces it to a dead cockroach caught in the keyboard!!!

"Blondie" asked how the roach died.

My "boss" and I joked that the roach was electrocuted.

Honestly, it took about three days to get that blond back to work!!!

Jerry

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G3RZP
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2011, 05:18:35 AM »

Considering the time it takes generally through immigration in the US, it seems that in this case, they aren't very good at keeping undesirable possible killers out of the country!
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