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Topic: Behmor Hack (9 msgs / 210 lines)
1) From: Robert Yoder
Thing is: I can never tell if the Oracle of the AKA is emptying his own honeypot in the form of strawmen or has actual knowledge and experience with the specifics of the Behmor.  Another thing is: some on the list have that knowledge and experience.
For now, I'll stick with the empirical and forego the pronouncement.
It's always a pleasure to puzzle!
Happy Roasting,
robert yoder
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2) From: raymanowen
" I'll stick with the empirical and forego the pronouncement."
"Empirical" quantities are those compiled from observed data, as opposed to
those derived from hypothetical considerations..  I was just reflecting on
the enormous effort expended to develop the machine and bring it to market
before you bought one, and what questions might be considered before
obliterating its function with alterations.
A lot of people including me learned to solder by building Heathkit
electronic kits- my first introduction to terminal strips in amateur radio
stuff and hi-fi amplifiers, then pwb's in solid- state stuff. What I thought
I knew about bird cage wiring, soldering paste, acid core solder and blow
torches was all rong.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
What miKe says-
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3) From: Joseph Robertson
Ahhh, RayO,
You bring back such fond memories of my first Knight kit ham radio receiver.
Such fun it was to work on over a cup of good joe. Ohhh, and that sort of
"sweet" smell of hot solder.
JoeR
On Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 6:07 AM,  wrote:
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4) From: Bob Hazen
So sayeth RayO:  "What I thought I knew. . . ."
For similar reasons, my Dad seemed to get smarter and smarter after I 
graduated High School.  Many years later, we both thought it was pretty 
funny when I mentioned this.
Bob
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5) From: Rich
Thats because your father knew that "stealth and cunning beats youth and 
vigor every time", its oner of teh natural laws.
Bob Hazen wrote:
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6) From: raymanowen
Allied Knight-Kits - mmmmm... 100 N. Western Ave., Chicago was about a
165-mile? trip for me from Peoria. Good excuse to see the Allied showroom in
situ, instead of the pictures in the catalogs. (Remember "Sputnik" on the
'57 cover?)
I had no idea how to get to Allied, but it was a good excuse to hit my Aunt
Arline & Uncle Jack's on S. Longwood Dr. to pick up one of my twin cousins
for the ride. Of course, we'd make it back to their place for the fabulous
lunch I knew would be waiting.
You haven't lived until you've seen, heard (felt) and touched the massive
Electro-Voice Patrician corner horn speaker systems they had on display! The
E-V 18W speakers could handle > 500 watts, and the efficient
Klipsch-licensed folded horn design would easily delaminate lath and plaster
construction in a home environment at 100 watts of 32' organ pipe voice.
How I wanted to have them give my *Bach on the Biggest* a spin, with Nine
ranks at 32' pitch and the Diaphone Profunda at 64' pitch. The lowest note,
CCCCC, speaks at 8.11 hz. Can't hear that? How about the 16" Naval rifles on
the Mighty Mo or thunder claps- maybe indistinct directionality- not
inaudible...
The smell of rosin-core flux in wire solder- can you actually smell the
tin-lead amalgam?  Maybe two unfavorite smells, without which this asthmatic
could long live.
Had the pleasure of "wicking out" some TO-220 SCR's today, dressing the
leads of the new ones so they'd align with the others on the heat sink to
the pwb junction. ["Solder wick;" TO-220 case style with heatsink tab;
Silicon Controlled Rectifier; printed wiring board]
The pi-network loading coil in the DX-40 transmitter had a unique smell,
fresh out of the box and when I soldered it to the bandswitch. [A lot of the
smell escaped when I first tried to tune the transmitter without a load]
I wrote a letter to Heath telling how I botched it and asked for prices of
the stuff I melted. They sent the pieces and more, without any charge.
A few of my marathon kit building sessions were the occasion of coffee I
brewed a little stronger in the vacuum pot. 6pm after dinner to 6am... 63
years ago. "Ray, isn't this a little strong?" as Dad wrinkled his brow.
"Maybe, but I know exactly how to fix it"
One of the few times I scored points, with a demi-Americano- not that I knew
it.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
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7) From: raymanowen
"... marathon kit building sessions were the occasion of coffee... 6pm after
dinner to 6am... 63 years ago."
Arithmetic is approximate-
missed it by 1 -
Decade!
-ro
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8) From: Allon Stern
On Jun 8, 2010, at 1:39 AM, raymanowen wrote:
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Did you find the dip in the grind adjustment, fill the tank circuit, and tune the vacuum pot for maximum plate current?
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allon
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9) From: raymanowen
An odd design, that DX-40- a Class C final amplifire. Tuned grind current to
max, about 4ma. Dip plate of 6146 for minimum smoke. (amplifire)  Wish I had
a scope back then- from the plate of the 6CL6 buffer to the 6146 grind was a
small pie network I had to guess how to tune the semi-fixed-tuned network
for more grind mas.
About those marathon kit-building sessions 63 years ago- False. 1957 was 53
years ago, when I realized I liked coffee beans more than even vacuum-brewed
weakfish coffee. (The bane of using the Post Versalog- I can neither add nor
subtract.) HP-35 solved all that for $406.85 and a 12-week wait.
That was really the first time I ever brewed coffee that I liked.  Didn't
keep me awake, just a reason to stay awake and enjoy the fresh pot. And all
the antioxidants- who'd a thunk it?  Barley pop, known as San Miguel in
Manila and Clark, Sing Hai in Bangkok and OB in Osan were the refreshing
coolants.
Heath taught me most about High Reliability and Mil-Spec 2000 soldering, but
I didn't have any hooks to get the MFP spray until the new supply Seregeant
at Thuy Hoa. "Sir, I'm sorry but you're not authorized any MFP"
"Don't Sir me, but if you Do Not like WTFO bootleg radio, keep up with this
'Not Authorized' BS."  I got the MFP- a whole case of 36 cans, that I
couldn't take on the C-141 back to Clark.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Mmmm- San Miguel, Masarap! Ayos na ang Kasunod!
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