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Member Since: January 12, 2008

Country: United States


Programming Languages

C, Java, XSLT, assembler


Vacuum tubes, neon, microcontrollers, electronics


Neon, reading, building, making


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  • To type π is easy: option-P. I would have used exponents for the prefixes, so instead of 10^-6, it would read 10⁶. I probably would have made the old "pie chart" style representation of Ohm's law, and maybe added "Eli the Ice man", and perhaps the EIA-96 SMD resistor code multipliers (C is 100, X or S is 0.1, etc.)

  • It's bad enough I missed the giveaway, but I can't even find out what it was or how it worked? pout

  • Some folks were chasing down the people behind a quack medical treatment, and one actually found a dissertation "explaining" it. It's chock-full of buzzwords (including a completely bogus reference to Lorentz force). https://dc.uthsc.edu/dissertations/377/

  • The space age? That was half a century ago.

  • I tried this, but XCTU wouldn't talk to my XBees because their firmware was too old. The fix was to go ahead and follow the dialog to update the firmware profiles in XCTU and select the "legacy" option. Then it recognized the 10E6 firmware (from 2009) and I was able to update to the current version and proceed.

  • Strapping to connect the level shifter to V1 or V2?

  • There is an IR interface for X-10 (IR543 or IR7243), I imagine this would work with it.

  • There's a fair amount of interest in old Heathkit gear. They made a bunch of cool TV test stuff, and while analog TV isn't broadcast much any more, people still find use for it. What do you have? Pattern generator? Vectorscope? VTVM? GDO? Demodulator probe?

  • I was guessing the other tube was a 6C4, and sure enough, it is. It's basically half a 12AU7. You can find the manual here: http://tubularelectronics.com/Heath_Manual_Collection/Heath_Manuals_S/SG-8/SG-8.pdf Sure enough, that connector isn't a PL-259, just a generic microphone connector which was pressed into service for a lot of test gear (VTVMs, oscilloscopes, etc.) back in the day. Everybody made 'em, but I don't know of a standard name. It's probably a 5/8-27 thread, like Amphenol 85-75MC1F, Switchcraft 2501F, or J-30.

  • Oops, I missed a word: aluminized mylar: a very thin layer of aluminum on a mylar substrate. I tried cleaning off the decorations with flux remover, which worked fairly well, then I cut out the sensor shape, which was an amazingly fiddly process, with the very thin material that wanted to curl up. Then I removed the label from a Sparkfun box with a heat gun, which left a sticky surface to which I adhered the aluminized mylar. Then I used 4-40 nylon screws to attach strips of copper foil to the corners and hooked it all up. No dice. While I had measured some pieces of it and got very low resistance (fractions of an ohm), the piece I had made appears to have discontinuities in it, probably scraped the aluminum while scrubbing/cutting/attaching it. It really is thin aluminum, I can see light through it. I think I'll go shopping for a non-printed aluminized mylar balloon or one of those "space blankets", which might not be as ready to curl up.