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by Zenith
Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:23 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

That's Johnny-come-lately fibreglass. Fibreglass is cheap and nasty temporary stuff - except when exquisitely shaped top ensure laminar flow, of course. I'd vote for the seminal example from 1978 : concrete cows. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Concrete_Cows%2C_Milton_Keynes.jpg...
by Zenith
Thu Jun 13, 2024 9:52 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

My conclusion: the homebrew controller in the £1000 player was marginal. The early tracks are where the disk is rotating fastest, so the disc wobble is fastest and the laser focussing has to be fastest. Anybody want to have a play with it? I'm slightly tempted to have a play with it, but on reflect...
by Zenith
Wed Jun 12, 2024 10:51 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

The entire point of the CowParade cows is that they are a canvas for the artisan to work on and bring their message directly into the communities where their individual cow installation is placed. There are typically over 100 cows placed in a host city at the time of CowParade; the specific placeme...
by Zenith
Wed Jun 12, 2024 10:33 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

That's Johnny-come-lately fibreglass. Fibreglass is cheap and nasty temporary stuff - except when exquisitely shaped top ensure laminar flow, of course. I'd vote for the seminal example from 1978 : concrete cows. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Concrete_Cows%2C_Milton_Keynes.jpg...
by Zenith
Wed Jun 12, 2024 2:21 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: TEK TM503 Project
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: TEK TM503 Project

I'm sure you've cleaned a lot of things like this before. This looks like accumulated dust rather than anything nasty, such as damp or worse, tobacco tar. I'd use a paint brush and vacuum cleaner, then a damp cloth. I have heard of "brown" radios - that is ones caked in tobacco tar - havin...
by Zenith
Wed Jun 12, 2024 8:38 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: TEK TM503 Project
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: TEK TM503 Project

Compare this photo to what I posted yesterday. The cover cleaned up so well that painting isn't required. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq70/922/Xooy7S.jpg It's amazing what a soaking with a good dose of general purpose kitchen cleaner, scrubbing with a nail brush, and then a rinse will do. La...
by Zenith
Sun Jun 09, 2024 2:10 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

I went on a trip on the Waverley about 1994 or 1995. We left from Penarth early on a summer evening, we went across the Bristol Channel and visited Portishead. It was probably a two and a half hour trip. The engine was impressive. They must have planned the tides carefully. My friends lived just up ...
by Zenith
Sun Jun 02, 2024 11:03 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

One of my cars had 16 forward gears and 4 reverse gears. Different from the days when most cars had three forward gears and reverse, with syncromesh only on 2nd and 3rd. This was luxury compared to earlier crash gearboxes where you had to double declutch to change gear. I've only known one person w...
by Zenith
Thu May 30, 2024 11:20 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Post a picture of a cat
Replies: 156
Views: 17852

Re: Post a picture of a cat

... and vomiting the results up on the sofa next to where you're sitting :( Cats will normally eat food from whoever provides it, and only resort to hunting for "sport", i.e. fun and games. The other thing is hiding the bag, or parts of it, somewhere, such as behind a sofa. Attention is d...
by Zenith
Thu May 30, 2024 11:11 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Post a picture of a cat
Replies: 156
Views: 17852

Re: Post a picture of a cat

Dogs are needy creatures, need to be taken for walks etc and need to be bossed and they see their keepers as their masters, whereas cats are the opposite, cats stay with you because they want to, they love you, they don't need to have a boss in their life, they think they are your boss :lol: Cats s...
by Zenith
Thu May 30, 2024 8:48 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

AVGresponding wrote: Sat May 25, 2024 10:40 am Anyone has any insights or knowledge of what's happening with the K04BB site?
Good news. It's back!

There's no indication what caused the outage.
by Zenith
Wed May 29, 2024 9:36 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Post a picture of a cat
Replies: 156
Views: 17852

Re: Post a picture of a cat

bd139 wrote: Wed May 29, 2024 8:43 pm I will not go out with anyone who has a dog. All dogs are grade A retards. I can't cope with one of those in my life.
I can see the appeal of them, especially if you have a use for them, but mainly I see them as a tie, an expense and a nuisance.
by Zenith
Wed May 29, 2024 8:28 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

If I were in the market for a performance car it would be one of these. https://www.caranddriver.com/honda/civic-type-r https://automobiles.honda.com/civic-type-r I'd always imagined you to be a souped-up 1970 Plymouth Barracuda kinda guy. Aw c'mon. Harley Lowrider and a beard you could lose a badg...
by Zenith
Wed May 29, 2024 9:29 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Post a picture of a cat
Replies: 156
Views: 17852

Re: Post a picture of a cat

All kids should have a cat. They teach that actions have consequences--- piss off the kitty & you will get clawed! :) FTFY I well remember landlady's cat sitting on me, contentedly purring. And slowly repeatedly extending its claws into my thighs. Never a problem I had. Cat's sitting on me was ...
by Zenith
Tue May 28, 2024 4:09 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

MED6753 wrote: Mon May 27, 2024 9:07 pm If I were in the market for a performance car it would be one of these.

https://www.caranddriver.com/honda/civic-type-r

https://automobiles.honda.com/civic-type-r
I'd always imagined you to be a souped-up 1970 Plymouth Barracuda kinda guy.
by Zenith
Sun May 26, 2024 3:59 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: The Meme and Jokes Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 34698

Re: The Meme and Jokes Thread

Pat, those cat rules are right on point. But for some unexplained reason Harley does not jump on the kitchen counters even though he's capable. But the dining table, furniture, TE benches, bathroom vanity are all fair game. And per Blondie's rules he's not allowed in the bedroom at night. So he sit...
by Zenith
Sat May 25, 2024 1:35 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

There have been warnings on the site about capacity limitations for a time. It could be a server problem.
by Zenith
Fri May 24, 2024 1:59 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Another Tale of Two Hameg 20MHz scopes.
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Another Tale of Two Hameg 20MHz scopes.

I mentioned these before but not in any detail. The 203-6 came from a swapmeet for £15 but it did include a pair of HP 10071A probes in a nice condition, which are worth at least that much. They are some of my favourite probes. They are robust without being chunky. The 203-5 was bought with a Hameg ...
by Zenith
Wed May 08, 2024 7:59 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

I like a good, sharp cheddar which is readily available here and is made here. But how it stacks up against a genuine UK cheddar I can't say since I've not sampled it. The very mild cheddar typically used on cheeseburgers is "American cheese" which is almost tasteless and hardly qualifies...
by Zenith
Tue May 07, 2024 2:01 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

Yes they did in "A Grand Day Out".

We ignore the timeless wisdom of Wallace and Gromit at our peril.
by Zenith
Tue May 07, 2024 10:42 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

I've found people who dispute the obvious sense of these proposals, are the same sort who go through contortions to deny the obvious fact that the earth is flat. And the moon is made of green cheese. You've only got to look at it to see it's made of Stilton. That's why the moon landings were a clea...
by Zenith
Tue May 07, 2024 10:36 am
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

Regard him as an engineer given the instruction of developing an edible substance with certain properties conforming to a loose description of cheese. This is the low cost, high performance version of cheese, value engineered, and with certain properties desirable to McDonalds being optimised. A col...
by Zenith
Mon May 06, 2024 9:27 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

The HV traction battery will charge the 12v battery but that is normally only when the car is in use, or the "ignition" is switched on. So my guess would be that the ignition was OFF and there was some drain on the 12v battery or that the 12v battery was on its last legs and things like t...
by Zenith
Sun May 05, 2024 10:13 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

Attended the Orange County Hamfest today and overall was a disappointment. Much smaller than the same hamfest I attended 3 years ago. I suspect all the SK's and lack of interest for younger folks to become Hams. There were only about 6 tables and one of them was the ARRL. Sounds like a sub-micro ra...
by Zenith
Sun May 05, 2024 9:59 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread
Replies: 2767
Views: 218002

Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) : Discussion and Group Therapy Thread

ISTR having an HP branded metal bottles of carbon tet for cleaning tape heads. That would have been late 80s. As I recall it was little plastic bottles (50 ml) of some freon - a chlorofluorocarbon. We were asked to surrender them in the name of saving the planet, but I hung onto mine. It's long bee...