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Re: Midnight electronics supply
MeasurementBlues   10/27/2013 12:05:56 PM
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My 1986 Sanyo analog TV died last week. It just wouldn't power up anymore. I opened it to look for anything obvious like a bad power switch or a broken wire, but all the connectiosn were good. Yes, we wtill used it, but just to program a DVD recorder used to record network TV shows.

The sad part is that I had just donated a working 13-in. TV to Goodwill two weeks before. I could have used it ot replace the dead Sanyo. Inteast, I had to buy another 13-in. TV for $10.

Yes, we will replace put a flat screen TV in the den, but that involves a new cabinet and thus involves redesigning the entire den.

As for me, I coud do without TV anyway, except for the baseball playoffs.



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Midnight electronics supply
MeasurementBlues   10/27/2013 11:58:26 AM
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It's good to see that the midnight electronics supply is alive and well. I recently added to that with a 1977 Nikko 5055 received that I bought while in college. One of the channels had failed and to tell you the truth, I don't use the Onkyo receiver that I bought to replace the Nikko about 10 years ago. I kept the Nikko in the basement until we moved, deciding is wasn't worth moving.

Often, the problem with fixing things is the knowledge or the parts, but the time. I oten just replace things that fail or get someone to fix things because I can't take time away from ther things.

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Re: Rooting though trash....
kfield   10/27/2013 10:37:23 AM
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I love these stories of "junk" engineers find, which isn't junk at all - just something someone didn't know how or what to fix. 

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Re: Rooting though trash....
zeeglen   10/25/2013 11:52:37 PM
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The link works, I love looking at photos of antique electronics.  All those boards help the casual viewer to appreciate the amazing complexity that is inside all the tiny innocuous ICs of today's equipment.

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zeeglen   10/25/2013 11:43:05 PM
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Amazing how much young kids can learn when allowed to experience real machinery, tools, and test equipment.  Big addition to the usual "school education".

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Re: Rooting though trash....
David Ashton   10/25/2013 7:21:38 PM
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Rats...lik did not work....try this, or cut and paste it.....  I think you ahve to leave a blank like for it to work....

 

http://users.monash.edu.au/~ralphk/hp-counter.html

 

 

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Rooting though trash....
David Ashton   10/25/2013 7:19:47 PM
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Hi David...

> "...something electronic looking caught the corner of my eye."

I have an eye like that as well.  I love stories like this - it reassures me that I am not alone :-)  I also go through the skips at work regularly and have come up with some amazing finds.    The best trash story I have found is here

http://users.monash.edu.au/~ralphk/hp-counter.html

about a guy who got a working HP frequency counter from a skip.

 



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