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David Ashton
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David Ashton   12/29/2013 3:09:41 PM
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@Max sorry, I lied, it is a square one, but still antique, it has the old PYE logo on it (remember them?)

10A meters are not necessarily bad but it's important to find out what kind of meter it is.  If they are moving iron types they can't be changed.  You could use them for Battery chargers.....  But if they are moving coil ones (which you can divine by looking for the coil thru the front window) then nine times out of ten they are low current ones with a shunt.  As an example, I recently got a 30A meter out of a power supply and it turned out to be 4mA FSD with a fat bit of wire as a shunt.

Anyway, IF I get to EE Live you have got yourself another antique meter.....

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Max The Magnificent   12/29/2013 3:03:37 PM
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@David: ...have you cleaned out Mock electronics' stock of antique electronics yet prior to their closing?

I'm certainly working on it -- in fact I will be dropping in on my way into work tomorrow morning (a) to pick up five 10K potentiometers for the main bank of rotary switches and (b) to see if anything interesting has walked through the door...

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Max The Magnificent   12/29/2013 3:01:40 PM
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@David: ...have you got enough meters?

How can anyone ever have enough antique meters? LOL

I have an old round one which I used on a wall-wart current/voltage meter some time ago, and there have been so many more power plugs brought in since then that it could do with updating...

If you want to bring it over to EE Live! with you, I'd be more than happy to take it off your hands. I know that I will be going back to the Hamfest in Huntsville this year -- I also know that I will be much more careful NOT to pick up a bunch of 10A AC meters by mistake (LOL)

 

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David Ashton   12/29/2013 2:48:45 PM
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@Crusty now I know why I keep thinking I've seen you somewhere... :-)

> I have retired to the south of England,

No problem, I'll be down that way too as heaps of rellies down there

(sorry, Ausie slang for Relatives!)

Will make a plan nearer the time

You and Mrs Crusty have a good new year.

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Crusty1   12/29/2013 5:31:11 AM
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Hi David, Mate, those eyebrows overcome any other disadvantages you may have.

I become a dead ringer for Denis Healey if I do not trim my brows each day click here.

If you get to England next year, do not forget I have retired to the south of England, so I will be happy to guest you at Crusty Mansion, on the coast near Portsmouth (Emsworth). There are a lot of pubs round us for beer.

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David Ashton   12/28/2013 4:58:13 PM
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@Max....   I like Symmetry myself, so I like your bottom layout better than your top.    (That sounds dodgy...... :-)   But I am known far and wide as an old fuddy-duddy so don't listen to me.

BTW have you got enough meters?  I have an old round one which I used on a wall-wart current/voltage meter some time ago, and there have been so many more power plugs brought in since then that it could do with updating...

BTBTW have you cleaned out Mock electronics' stock of antique electronics yet prior to their closing?

 

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David Ashton   12/28/2013 4:41:54 PM
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HI Crusty....

Hope to see you in print over the year     Sure you will, I am a bit of a windbag (though I'm sure Max would say that's an understatement!).  Ditto yourself.  Love your stories of the underground days.  I was born in London, left when I was 2, but some of it must have rubbed off, I love going on the Tube when I am there.   Might be in London next year, be good to get together for a beer?

I think I shall be starting a New Year resolution to bring bloated software producers to heel.   Good luck with that!

Well Crusty is British and hardly a looker,    Mate, those eyebrows overcome any other disadvantages you may have.  They're even better than our ex-PM John Howard's!

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Max The Magnificent   12/28/2013 4:35:14 PM
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@David: ...and I am also ambidextrous...


I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous (and I'll bend over backwards to be flexible :-)

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Max The Magnificent   12/28/2013 4:33:25 PM
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@David: What do you think about my proposed layout? I'm not talking about the function of the switches, just the ascthetics of the layout? In the upper area, the column of switches just to the left of the column of three meters, I currently have two horizontal switches on top and two on the bottom with the strip of push buttons in-between -- but I was always told that odd numbers were more interesting (visually) than even ones -- I'm wondering about having three switches at the top, then the vertical push button strip, then one horizontal switch at the bottom. What say you?

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David Ashton   12/28/2013 4:29:33 PM
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@Max....The amazing thing is hw few people notice that "Edit/Delete" link 

I had to have it pointed out to me (think it was Rick Merritt did that).

With fingers like mine, it's pretty damn useful though.  I actually have five thumbs on each hand, and I am also ambidextrous - bu##er all use with both hands....

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