[AMRadio] A special day today

Clarke, Tom AIR4.0P NATOPS frederic.clarke at navy.mil
Tue Jan 20 17:36:59 EST 2009

My big shocker was in a lab doing some troubleshooting on a transmitter.
I had been making some voltage measurements and the negative lead to the
meter popped off the chassis, unnoticed, and fell to the floor.  Since I
was following the "one hand in pocket" rule, everything seemed cool.
Well, it was ok until I touched the chassis...WHAM! 450 volts thru the
meter down the negative lead onto the metal chair leg, thence up my arm.
Fortunately, the Tripplet sacrificed itself on my behalf! 

I guess that was too hazardous, so I went into military test flying!
One day I was in the hangar giving some traiing to a new pilot, when we
heard a ZAP-Buzz-Bang and some shouting.  It seems that someone was
trying to pry a 440 volt, 3 Phase power plug out of the wall outlet
using a 12 inch screwdriver.  Big mistake!  It slipped and shorted the
prongs of the plug and the screwdriver vaporized!  Since the lights went
out in the hangar, I ran over and pumped a 150 lb fire extinguisher into
the now smoldering receptacle.  The smell and black mark on the wall
lasted for days!  That poor mech is probably still shaking!

73 de Tom/W4OKW

-----Original Message-----
From: sbjohnston at aol.com [mailto:sbjohnston at aol.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:29
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] A special day today

Several guys are claiming that I must have used Photoshop to put a 
photo of a new, clean workbench behind the Galaxy 300.  Not so - but I 
did crop the picture so that the messes to the left and right were no 
longer shown!  -grin-

Steve WD8DAS

sbjohnston at aol.com
Radio is your best entertainment value.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Dilks K2TQN <oldradio at worldnet.att.net>
To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 3:07 am
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] A special day today

Hi Steve,

Nice looking rig, you did a great job.  But, tell me, where did you
get the photo of the "neat-looking" workbench behind it?  It sure
doesn't look like any of those tools have been used.  :-)   (It's not
a mess like mine anyway.)

73, John

At 10:31 PM 1/19/2009, you wrote:
>I think the rig is about ready for the vintage SSB net.
>"After" photo:

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