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JanineLove
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Spread the word
JanineLove   8/23/2013 1:53:14 PM
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I am spreading the word on this one and looking forward to seeing the entries.

kfield
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Re: Spread the word
kfield   8/23/2013 2:42:13 PM
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Do you accept software bug fixes as part of this competition? 

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Spread the word
Caleb Kraft   8/25/2013 11:27:11 AM
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I think any story, compelling enough, has a chance to win as long as it involves a repair/redesign. 

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Re: Spread the word
Max The Magnificent   8/23/2013 3:22:54 PM
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Are EE Times Editors eligible for this competition? I have some interesting tales to tell ... and I could SO use this scope at the moment :-)

David Ashton
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Re: Spread the word
David Ashton   8/23/2013 8:36:35 PM
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Anything I've fixed for you is NOT eligible, Max :-)

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Re: Spread the word
Max The Magnificent   8/26/2013 10:18:16 AM
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@David: Anything I've fixed for you is NOT eligible, Max :-)


Awwww!

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Spread the word
Caleb Kraft   8/25/2013 11:27:40 AM
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I doubt it, I'll have to check with legal on that!

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Re: Spread the word - Heathkit HR-1680
zeeglen   8/24/2013 2:20:33 AM
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Done this many times with various Heathkits (I was once a Heathkit tech, long ago) and industrial electronics, here is my favourite:

Heathkit HR-1680 - a low-cost but reasonably high-performing ham-band radio receiver.  With the audio CW filter on it could pick 0.1 uV signals out of the mud.  Not quite the same class as the SB-series, but damn! it worked good. Sometimes the front end would oscillate if the RF gain turned up too high, easily cured with a resistor in series with the wiper hot end of the RF gain control.

Its main problem that many Heath customers complained to me about was that all signals were S9.  The S-meter tended to hang in the middle, only very weak or very strong signals pushed the needle below or above S9.  I studied the circuit and came up with a modification to make the S-meter behave properly, actually truthfully indicating the relative incoming signal level. My Customers were happy.

Heathkit Engineering approved my change, to be applied whenever a customer complained about this defect.

Could relate many more stories, but the Tek scope contest is probably limited to a single entry.  Besides, would not want to get started on the SW-717 or the CO-2500!

 

 

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Re: Spread the word - Heathkit HR-1680
David Ashton   8/24/2013 8:56:30 PM
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@ZeeGlen - "...the Tek scope contest is probably limited to a single entry..."

It is indeed - why would they do that when there are so many good stories to be got out of someone like yourself?  At least you're allowed to enter - they discriminate against Aussies....:-)

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Re: Spread the word - Heathkit HR-1680
zeeglen   8/24/2013 10:09:02 PM
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Hi David, nice to hear from you again.  I finally read ACC's "Death of the Senator" on my wife's Kindle, good story. Thanks for the tip. Did you read 'Glide Path'?

Discriminate?  This is the result of lawyers, damn lawyers, and damn^2 lawyers!

(PS had to check the spelling of 'lawyer'.  Seems to rhyme with 'liar'...)

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Re: Spread the word - Heathkit HR-1680
David Ashton   8/25/2013 1:57:38 AM
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Hi Glen.  Hope you're well.

> "Did you read 'Glide Path'?"

No, but you've shaken me out of my lethargy and I just ordered one on Ebay ($4).  If it's ACC I'm sure I'll enjoy it.  Look forward to seeing a story from you for the comp!

PS Q: Why don't sharks eat lawyers?   A: Professional courtesy!!

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Re: Spread the word - Heathkit HR-1680
David Ashton   9/14/2013 8:36:43 PM
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@Zeeglen....can report that I have now read "Glide Path" and a rattling good yarn it was too.  I was going to email you but have lost your address - can you email me at stn564 {at} yahoo dot com dot au - thanks

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zeeglen   9/14/2013 11:17:30 PM
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@David Ashton - Glad you liked Glide Path.

Done, you might have to check your junkmail folder.

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Re: Spread the word - Heathkit HR-1680
Caleb Kraft   8/25/2013 11:26:34 AM
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Actually, we accept multiple entries! Send in whatever you've got!

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Re: Spread the word - Heathkit HR-1680
kfield   8/25/2013 12:05:13 PM
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@Zeeglenn  Great story - and by all means please submit it, with both the old and new schematic if you have it!!! And you can submit multiple times, I suspect that you've got some real gems!!

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What!! No Aussies??!!
David Ashton   8/23/2013 8:44:48 PM
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Hey, Caleb!  in the yada-yada on page 2 is

This Contest is offered and open only to legal residents of the United States of America

What have you got against us Aussies and other infidels?   How about if I promise to come and collect the scope in the US if I win (I reckon it would then work aout about half price.....  :-)   If not, you'll miss out on at least 2 stories..... (and I won't re-enter the fixes I did for Max :-)

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
Caleb Kraft   8/25/2013 11:25:49 AM
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sorry, that wasn't my decision!

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
kfield   8/25/2013 12:06:14 PM
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@davidashton  HI David, i think we've been down this road before. Got any relatives and/or friends here? Hint...hint...

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
David Ashton   8/26/2013 4:58:21 AM
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@Caleb, Karen

Yeah right, I can be a bit naughty and sneak an entry through.  But the minute I mention Zimbabwe, everyone will know it's from "That @#$%^& Zimbabwean guy" (Thanks again, Frank!)

Here in Australia we have a competition for "The best job in the world" - actually 6 of them.  Open to ANYONE from ANYWHERE.  You win a well paid job for a year:

http://www.australia.com/best-jobs.aspx

So what's so difficult for you guys?  As I said, I'd have no problem nominating a US address for prize delivery.   You have an international readership, you know!

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
Max The Magnificent   8/26/2013 10:20:23 AM
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@David: What have you got against us Aussies and other infidels?

 

Oooh -- it's not fair to present such a tempting target -- now I'm having to physically restrain myself and drag myself away from the keyboard (LOL)

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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2013 10:21:46 AM
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@David: How about if I promise to come and collect the scope in the US if I win...

Why not give my home address, and then I'll look after it for you until you come over to pick it up (LOL)

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
David Ashton   8/27/2013 8:59:13 PM
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@Max

> "Why not give my home address, and then I'll look after it for you.."

You'd love that, wouldn't you?  At least you have failth that I will win :-)

> @David: What have you got against us Aussies and other infidels?
> Oooh -- it's not fair to present such a tempting target -- now I'm having to physically restrain myself and drag myself away from the keyboard (LOL)

It's not like you to be such a shrinking violet, Max......

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
Max The Magnificent   8/28/2013 10:23:02 AM
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@David: It's not like you to be such a shrinking violet...

As soon as I saw this it made me think of that old classic (was it by Shakespeare?) that goes:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Some poems rhymn,

But this one doesn't

Ah ... they don't write poems like this anymore...

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Really a very different kind of event
Kinnar   8/26/2013 6:09:18 AM
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This is really very different out of box idea of a technical event. But the document being asked for participation is quite difficult to get as they will not be having idea about participation at the time of fixing the thing.

But still if you want to win a good quality and brand scope one will have to recreate the fixing environment!!

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Re: Really a very different kind of event
Caleb Kraft   8/26/2013 9:37:25 AM
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Yeah, it sounds difficult but it isn't necessarily. Just try to remember the story of how it all happened. If you've still got the device you could take a few pictures. It doesn't have to be in-depth documentation

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Re: Really a very different kind of event
kfield   8/26/2013 9:51:53 AM
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@Kinnar  Caleb is correct, we're not looking for an encyclopiedic description of a repair job, the main gist will do. And the 1,000 word limit is really intended for those of us who, uhm, tend to write a little more verbosely than our more taciturn counterparts.

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Re: Really a very different kind of event
Kinnar   8/26/2013 1:19:38 PM
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Thanks for the replies, sounds good, will give it a try to put into some of my repairs in to words and pictures. Lets see how much techie repair it happens. :).

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Is it just electronic?
Greybeard1   8/26/2013 8:56:05 PM
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It's not just electronic/electrical...it's MUCH more!~  BWAH HAHAHA!!!

I'm thinking of submitting my greatest resurrection - a 1940 Chevy coupe that was less than a basket case when I got it.  I did a frame off (and partial frame replacement) rebuild.  It's now a much faster, much better handling, better looking, MUCH lower, better sounding car with digital instrumentation and multi-amp, 10 speaker stereo.  And I did most of it myself.

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
DU00000001   8/27/2013 6:56:07 AM
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Ah ja. This contest is open to a mere 2.2 % of mankind.

So, I'll preserve my stories for a "Europe-only" contest :)

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
grover_gren   8/27/2013 11:33:25 AM
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hey dude don't worry about it - EE have a bad record on Halloween competition pay outs. I entered one back in 2010, won it, http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=30&doc_id=1284683 got an email from a nice young lady asking where the $500  prize cheque should be sent to, I replied, then guess what - nothing arrived! I tried emailing back but never had any replies - so in the end I just gave up demanding my filthy lucre. *sigh* Maybe Max le Magnifico can help me out ?  

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David Ashton   8/27/2013 8:49:15 PM
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@Grover - I remember your story and I also entered that comp.   I have been paid for a couple of things I've done for EELife and had no problems with any of them, though they did take time......so chase it up some more (ask Karen, she's the boss!)

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
grover_gren   8/28/2013 4:14:30 AM
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Helpful as ever Dave, thanks. I'll pick it all up again and give it another go.

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kfield   8/28/2013 9:19:52 AM
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@davidashton  Thanks for confirming that I am usually an honorable person! :-)

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grover_gren   8/28/2013 9:38:46 AM
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goodness me - I did not question your honour in any way kfield - please accept my sincerest apologies if that was how it read. My big foot in mouth as usual :-(      

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kfield   8/28/2013 9:40:00 AM
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@grover1  Don't be silly, you didn't offend me!  I was just ribbing David Ashton. :-)

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kfield   8/28/2013 9:18:53 AM
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@grover1 My apologies! I'm sorry that we've left the impression that we do not honor our prize commitments for eligible contestents! Can you please email me at karen.field@ubm.com so I can get your information and make good on the contest and then you can say nice things about us? Thanks!  :-)

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Re: What!! No Aussies??!!
Max The Magnificent   8/28/2013 10:17:39 AM
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@grover1: I entered one back in 2010, won it, http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=30&doc_id=1284683 got an email from a nice young lady asking where the $500  prize cheque should be sent to...

Are you sure this is the right link -- it doesn;t take me to a competition -- can you check it out and then email me directly at max.maxfield@ubm.com

 

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grover_gren   8/28/2013 10:23:34 AM
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its ok max, i am talking to K around the back to sort this out.

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David Ashton   8/28/2013 6:01:37 PM
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@grover1, (& Karen & Max)

See, I told you Karen would sort you out!  (She's a very honorable person and I consider it an honor to get ribbed by her!)

I'd watch Max though, he probably diverted your check in the first place :-))

Max, I think this was Grover1's winning entry in that halloween competition...I can't find the page with the winning announcements

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kfield   8/29/2013 4:35:54 PM
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@davidashton (and Grover1 and Max)  Mission accomplished, the check is in the mail.  Well almost. :-)

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David Ashton   8/29/2013 5:59:49 PM
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@Karen....sounds like it's in the mail to me....I wish......

Grover1, you owe me a beer.....

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submission received?
gigavolt   9/13/2013 11:34:39 AM
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Hi all!

 

I sent my submission to Caleb a few days ago. Is there a way someone could verify it has been received? I worry that it could wind up in some spam folder or something. Thanks!

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Re: submission received?
Caleb Kraft   9/13/2013 11:38:11 AM
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I don't see any with the name gigavolt in them. feel free to email me directly at caleb.kraft@ubm.com to confirm. 

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gigavolt   9/13/2013 11:41:11 AM
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Got your reply email. Thanks for the super quick response!

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