[AMRadio] Why it is good to have a basement awash in parts

John E. Coleman (ARS WA5BXO) wa5bxo2006 at pctechref.com
Mon Nov 6 12:10:16 EST 2006

	There must be a magazine some where that will pay for this story.
But you need to color it up some and drag out the details of how numb your
fingers were in the cold, while working, etc.  30 seconds is just to short
of a time frame for a magazine story. HIHI

Ham Radio, Homebrew, and tinkers, I love it.
John, WA5BXO

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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Mark Foltarz
Sent: Monday, November 06, 2006 10:55 AM
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net; GlowBugs
Subject: [AMRadio] Why it is good to have a basement awash in parts

As I get ready to move to Florida, I look over the last 25 years of
radio stuff.

The vast majority was acquired within the last 10 years or so.

And of course I look at boxes of parts thinking when the heck will I use any

of this stuff.

Nevertheless, I pack up the tube sockets, oil filled capacitors and
to make ready for a trip south.

So the other night the temerature in Cleveland fell to about 28 or so. And
vented natural gas heater was working fine for several days. But that
it decided to act up.

The furnace is natural gas fired and vents through the wall. I installed it
about 14 years ago and it has been running great up until this season when
beagn to lose the pilot flame for no apparent reason.

This loss of pilot is annoying but could be handled by restarting the pilot
with the piezo starter.

This time that little red button had come apart in my hand. A button, a
and some other pieces layed on the ground. And the bedroom was getting cold

I had not packed up some of the junk boxes yet - and I do mean junk boxes.
In one of the boxes I found a model T spark coil.

I grabbed a few alligator clips , the tin lizzy coil and an Eico battery

In about 30 seconds I cobbled up an electric starter that worked much better
than the original. 

So you never know what you might need. Even an old model T coil.


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