[AMRadio] A special day today


Jack wa9nqw at nconnect.net
Mon Jan 19 17:20:16 EST 2009


According to Wiki, the holiday did not start till 1986.

But an interesting story non the less.

I was first bit in a electronics shop class. I was checking out a  
power supply I had built for a small 6L6 transmitter. Got bit by a  
lytic when it was off. (oops did I forget a bleeder resister) I  
cleverly reached in and got it again, thinking my first go around had  
discharged the cap.

My classmates found it amusing.

73,
jack
On Jan 19, 2009, at 4:07 PM, robertcharles at att.net wrote:

> You are a jewel for sharing your story with us. Fortunately for me,  
> I have never experienced anything other then a shock across the CW  
> Key contacts....and that was bad enough for me back in the late  
> 60's-70's.
> -------------- Original message from sbjohnston at aol.com:  
> --------------
>
>
> >
> >
> > It is indeed a special day today. I'm working on the restoration  
> of my
> > old WRL Galaxy 300 SSB transceiver - my first SSB rig I bought as  
> a new
> > General lo those many years ago. I had to pull use all my savings,
> > plus cash gifts from my parents and grandmother to scrape enough  
> money
> > to buy it mail-order from Associated Radio in Kansas City. I think  
> it
> > cost $229.
> >
> > This is the rig that put me in the hospital on Martin Luther King  
> Day
> > 1977 or 1978. I was 13-14 years old, fooling around one evening in  
> my
> > room, trying to determine why there was a tube shield on the  
> Galaxy's
> > 6BZ6 RF amp tube. It is located right behind the finals in the PA
> > compartment.
> >
> > At one point I got very careless. With the transceiver turned on
> > (bad), in fact transmitting a full-power carrier (very bad), I  
> lifted
> > the lid and reached back in with my right hand to remove the 6BZ6's
> > shield. Trouble is, to get to it I reached over the two 6HF5  
> finals and
> > their plate caps with about 900 volts DC, plus a couple hundred  
> watts
> > of RF. My wrist touched the plate caps at the same time my fingers
> > reached the tube shield, and the shocking and the burning commenced.
> > My hand drew up in a fist, making it seemingly impossible to pull it
> > back out. With the pain of the electric shock and RF burns I  
> couldn't
> > get my hand out! Fortunately I was only using one hand for this
> > madness, and I ultimately pushed myself away with my other hand on  
> the
> > wooden desk. This also meant that the current had only flowed  
> through
> > my hand and arm, not across my chest (very good).
> >
> > I had some pretty serious and painful burns on my hand and forearm.
> > Clutching my wounded limb, I sat on my bed considering my options. I
> > had a VERY BIG CONCERN that if I told my parents what had happened
> > they'd stop my ham hobby dead. I was also very embarrassed to have
> > hurt myself in such a dumb way. But I was also hurting pretty bad,  
> and
> > worried about the side-effects of a strong shock, so I concluded  
> to be
> > up-front about it. Not sure now how I would have hidden the injuries
> > anyway. now that I think about it thirty years later.
> >
> > They handled it very well, and took me to the hospital emergency  
> room.
> > The doctor did not understand the situation very well and was  
> checking
> > my feet for burns, worried about my heart, etc - and he demanded  
> that I
> > be kept overnight. I was admitted and put into a bed in a room with
> > eight patients.
> >
> > All night long, every few minutes one or another of these poor souls
> > needed a nurse for something and would start calling out, ringing
> > bells, moaning and crying. The nurse would finally enter,  
> switching on
> > the gigantic bank of fluorescent lights that lit the whole room like
> > the surface of the sun. Click... zzzzzz.. , snap, snap, snap as the
> > lights fired individually and finally hummmmmm they were on and I  
> was
> > blinded by the light. No sleep for me, and I spent part of the the
> > next day in the hospital wasting a school holiday - Martin Luther  
> King
> > Day.
> >
> > My parents never said a word in judgment of my foolishness or  
> against
> > ham radio because of this accident. And I was able to "milk" my
> > injury to get me out of gym class for several months (very good).
> >
> > "Before" photos of the Galaxy 300 at
> >
> > http://www.flickr.com/photos/34505242@N02/sets/72157612756003726/
> >
> > Steve WD8DAS
> >
> > sbjohnston at aol.com
> > http://www.wd8das.net/
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