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Do I have to downgrade this stupid app again

It Fell Out Of The Box Like That!

Really.

Seriously.

A refurb DirecTV Slimline receiver we had in service a while just up and died with no warning. It was opened up and showed no signs of trauma but I saw something everyone else missed….

Hmm. Let’s flip it and see what that is at the edge. It’s probably nothing at aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Aaaaaaaaa

AAAAAAAAAAAWHATTHEAAAAAAAA

What.

A while back I found these units tended to burn the access card. This appears to be the fix – first, note how far heat would have to travel down those fingers to toast the card. Second, the card is actually heatsinked by a plate above the socket.

Front panel with mystery antenna. Also note the dual die IR LED next to the black lens IR receiver. This is probably used for the unit’s very user – friendly universal remote system.

The rectangles are touch button sensors.

RF filter and very big silkscreen note on where to find power.

The external converter.

Excuse me, I’m going to go wash my hands.

Vintage television broadcast site erotica. WCKT-TV, 1957

This post is rated R— RCA!!! This is the transmitter site for WCKT-TV which later went on to become WSVN-TV, then WSVN-DT – the new digital site is across the street.

Okay normally I’d save the best for last but— here you go. I COULDN’T WAIT.

WCKT-Control-Room-Vintage

There was no A/C at the site in these days – the large stylized funky vent in the ceiling was connected to a large supply or exhaust fan.

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Amazon fail.

Ordered: a Samsung Galaxy S4.

Received: A jar of peanut spread in a box with lithium ion battery warnings on it.

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I’m not kidding. This is the most hilariously epic failure I’ve seen all year. Let’s hope Amazon fixes this soon.

EPIC CHEEZE

This. This is the most perfect, most cheezy thing ever. You know why Miami sucks nowadays? It’s because WSVN stopped producing beautiful things like this.

I literally can’t stop finding things about it that I love. It’s got… dancers aboard Metrorail. It’s got ridiculous music. It’s got PUPPER SMOOCH. It’s PERFECT IN EVERY WAY.

Rest in peace, poor security guard who apparently evaporated over in the production control room. We suspect he was absorbed into that Grass Valley switcher.

How do you even let this get past QC?

Ordered a replacement screen and frame for my broken Galaxy S4.

What came just… failed

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Original frame at right,  motherboard next to it.  Note the puzzle piece shape that accommodates those SMT parts.

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Old at right,  new at left.  Note no indent for those smt parts.

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Foiled by Chinashit. Can’t blame me for trying can you?

Oh it’s one of those new age free energy amplifiers

This is from the schematic to a Tytera MD-380 radio.

Shown here is the mic preamp. I was curious to see what this looked like as transit audio quality and level are said to vary a lot from one radio to the next.

Unless I’m missing something – there’s no way for DC voltage to get in there and let those transistors do their job.

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Annotated to show where capacitors block DC:

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Looks like Miami traffic at rush hour--- it ain't getting in or out.

I’m considering buying one to play with but. .. uh… only somewhere with a good return/exchange policy.

Party like it’s 1999

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The yellow encased object is a video field delay line. It’s a fixed delay (mechanical / acoustic) that allows one field of an interlaced NTSC* picture to be overlaid on the other in case of a tape dropout. They’re normally found inside VCRs. Why do these monitors have them?

This set of ancient monitors eventually got too tired to really work and may be up to 17 years old. Not a bad run really.

*Never Twice the Same Color.

Pass the indium/gallium nitride doped silicon, please

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On a side note, this happened today

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The Nyan Station

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