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Re: OT high-power radio broadcasting (was Re: red SATA cable corruption)

Go In Peace.
Real radio engineering, despite everything, is a dying art/science.
Check out the Crystal Set Society, my man.
Real Men, Real Women, Real Radios.
On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 2:57 PM Gene Heskett <gheskett@shentel.net> wrote:
> On Friday 14 September 2018 13:58:40 Marty wrote:
> > The Debian whippersnappers need to know their hacker history :)
> >
> > I've heard the stories about getting caught on or near a tower.
> > Supposedly you can feel it before it scrambles your brains. I would
> > not seek out the experience.
> Sufficient power to be quickly dangerous being absorbed by the body has a
> side effect of raising ones tempurature, and you are generally well
> aware of it. Maximum safe long term is 10 milliwatts per cubic cc of
> flesh. And we only had one small window looking into the transmitter
> that exceeded that since we have to rent a field meter and measure that
> every 5 years at license renewal.
> The only time I was aware of the higher rf field was up in the UP, at a
> channel 8, and one of the neighbors 3/4 mile back down the hill, came up
> to visit with an implanted pacemaker, and he had to leave quickly as his
> pacemaker was going burzerk.
> > On 09/12/2018 02:08 AM, Gene Heskett wrote:
> > > Yeah, I've some experience. And it goes back quite a ways timewise.
> I'm generally ok. The only brain damageing event I've encountered is a
> pulmonary embolism, usually fatal, 3 years ago that seems to have
> dropped my IQ by maybe 5 points. I've since failed the mensa test.
> I sure don't recommend it as a way to die, its scary as can be, not being
> able to draw a decent breath even with your lungs full to the bursting
> point. The shot worked, but the docs, with several internish people in
> tow at a time, that did come to look at a survivor, made sure that I
> knew I was one lucky guy as the odds of my living thru it were maybe 5%.
> That was about 3 years ago, and I'll be 84 in a long couple weeks. There
> is of course some rat poison to discourage a repeat in my nightly
> pill-tainer. :)
> But even 15+ years retired, I find my talents at keeping stuff on the air
> are in demand. I have been told several times that people that actually
> fix transmitters are a dying breed. Some of the horror story's I've
> heard from owners while working on something make me believe it.
> I'm not a "papered" engineer either, I done this sort of thing all my
> working life on an 8th grade education, getting a G.E.D. about 25 years
> ago to please the missus of 29 years come December, and who has a degree
> in music. Passed the test for a 1st phone in about 1.5 hours in 1962,
> passed the C.E.T. in just over an hour back in 1972, so I have one of
> those next to the 1st phone in my billfold.
> Its been an interesting ride thats still interesting. I could do w/o the
> aches and pains of the years, but I'm the one down 4 feet in the ditch
> in my front yard patching a broken water line 2 weeks ago. And I had to
> rent a backhoe to dig the ditch. Carefully, the gas line is in the same
> ditch!.  Seems the town got hungry and decided to license backhoe etc
> operators AND institute a job permit too. But even the guys who own one
> found it too costly and time wasteing, so nobody is doing that sort of
> work inside the city limits now.
> Sigh.  The town has apparently not heard of TANSTAAFL. I wonder how
> painfull that hole in their foot is.
> --
> Cheers, Gene Heskett
> --
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> -Ed Howdershelt (Author)
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