[AMRadio] Re: AMRadio Digest, Vol 49, Issue 35

Bob Macklin macklinbob at msn.com
Sat Feb 9 13:35:41 EST 2008

As I remember the numerical markings they started with DM (Dipped Mica) that
did not work well with color coding.

The first were large enough to have the full value marked on them. But as
they got smaller the 3 digit code took over.

Today a new 100pf is marked 101, But there are still lots of old 100pf
marked 100 around in surplus stock. Those are the kind that give me trouble.

The 3 digit code on an 0805 or 0604 resistor does not do me a lot of good.
If it gets out of it's package the thing I can do is measure it.

In the early days of surface mounting we had a clumsy assembler that dropped
the drawer wit several values of surface mount resistors. She got to measure
each one and put them back in the drawer. It may have been cheaper to just
order more parts but we could not afford to wait for them. That was in early

Bob Macklin
Seattle, Wa,
"Real Radios Glow in the Dark"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Geoff/W5OMR" <ars.w5omr at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2008 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Re: AMRadio Digest, Vol 49, Issue 35

> D. Chester wrote:
> > I have never understood why they went to that stupid numerical
> > equivalent of the color code (example:  a tiny "101" stamped on the
> > body instead of brown-black-brown stripes or dots).  Is this supposed
> > to be some kind of ADA accommodation for the colour-blind?
> Easy there, Don  ;-)
> Otis/K5SWK is color blind, to some extent.  Back in around 1988~89, Otis
> was planning a trip to come visit Koby/K5MZH(sk) in San Antonio, TX and
> wanted to build a little hearing-aid to copy the mail on the 500 mile
> round trip road-trip.
> He was just about done with building the thing (it was only a converter,
> using 12v tubes, coils and can's and such) and Otis was on his knees
> with a VOM and a couple of piles of resistors; ones he'd checked, and
> ones he hadn't.
> Along about that time, here comes ol' John/WA5BXO sauntering through the
> radio/TV shop that he and Otis were partnered on, and sees Otis on his
> knees, and asks "what in the hell are you doing down there?"
> Otis said "I'm looking for a (whatever_value) resistor to finish up my
> mobile receiver!"
> John got his diddle stick out, twirled through the piles a couple of
> times and brought out a number of whatever value was needed and said
> "here ya go!"
> Otis glanced up at John with 'the look', and said 'Do you know I've been
> down here for durn near an HOUR looking for these things?  And you come
> along in 20seconds and find a half dozedn!"
> ;-)
> I can see where the ADA might have had a hand in putting numbers on
> caps/resistors, etc...
> BTW, Speaking of Otis..
> On the 7th of February, Perry/W5KGZ, Wayne/W5DWP, John/WA5BXO,
> Geoff/W5OMR, Jeff/N5ECP and BJ/WB5PKD made the pilgrimage to Humble, TX
> and invaded a Golden Corral Restaurant to celebrate the 85th anniversary
> of Otis' birth.
> If anyone is interested, contact me off-list and I'll send a link where
> pictures of the event can be viewed, after I get 'em  transferred over
> from  my laptop and camera.
> --
> Driving your AM Rig without a scope,
> is like driving your car at night, without headlights. (K4KYV)
> --
> 73 = Best Regards,
> -Geoff/W5OMR
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