[AMRadio] Audiophiles are sure suckers

David Knepper collinsradio at comcast.net
Sun Dec 29 14:46:19 EST 2013

Bob, just think of that feeling of accomplishment and pride that this owner 
felt when he completed his homebrew amplifier.

I doubt that less than 20 percent of the hams today are homebrewing their 

Just because I do it or you do it doesn't give us any room to criticize 

My post is not meant to malign you.

David Knepper - W3CRA/W3ST
Collins Radio Association
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-----Original Message----- 
From: rbethman
Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2013 2:39 PM
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Audiophiles are sure suckers

Let's just say that we have different views and standards.  That would
be a normal thing for this list and its members.  I wouldn't expect
anything less, nor anything different.

Many members of the list either are current professionals or have been.

Putting aside some of the things that many of us *have* seen that wasn't
done well, this starts to get there.  The wire nut is simply put, bad
practice under a chassis.

It isn't like another terminal would have over done things.

How about crossed components on a terminal board?  Not exactly great for
resistors, and not what I'd take for "NEW" manufacture standard.

YMMV, and it is only my $0.02 worth.  I'd certainly not do that level of
work, nor allow anyone that has worked for me in electronics repair get
away with.

Bob - N0DGN

On 12/29/2013 2:12 PM, Eric Nelson wrote:
> I checked out the amp.  Sorry, I don't see how you can condemn the solder
> connections.  I can't see it that clearly, and what I can see doesn't look
> so bad.  Granted, if he dressed the wires at 90 degree angles it probably
> would've looked neater, but I've seen many home built projects from hams
> look worse.  I've even seen commercially built equipment look worse.  I 
> see
> one wire nut and it's probably for the line cord which is not so bad. 
> Bear
> in mind that his amplifier doesn't have to conform to Navy standards.
> Eric
> Sent from my desktop PC
> -.-
> -.-
> On Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM, CL in NC <mjcal77 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> I peruse ebay looking for electronic odds and ends, i.e. junk, that will
>> ship cheaply.  Reading the description of some things is better than the
>> funny papers most times.  This item on epay -271353735459 is a HI-FI 
>> audio
>> amp with glowing description of it's builder.  Look at the under chassis
>> view.  A lot of poor soldering, components soldered to wires to reach 
>> where
>> ever, a wire nut connection, and a big no-no I learned in my Navy 
>> soldering
>> class 42 years ago, putting wires on top of components on terminal 
>> boards.
>>   It can all be yours for 600 bucks.
>> Charlie W4MEC in NC

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