PTek. This post is not divisible by 2 for I can’t even

Brand new. Lasted about one minute on air before failing.

They used aluminum coax braid for the main output. Rest assured it gets worse. I’m posting this to watch a certain Canadian ham radio operator dump core in response. This is… a whole new tier of shitposting.

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Okay… I’ve calmed down. Now for silliness.

I’ve seen this on the Internet before but never thought I’d see a brake rotor this bad in person.

The (Oh, oh,) O’Reilly…. Auto Parts (Yow!) here in Willows just had a customer bring this in when buying new parts. Daaaaaaang!

Or should I say, YOW!

The O’Reilly Auto Parts jingle/radio advertisement music bed I’m referencing is a severe earworm. 😉

A meme useful for a wide spectrum of applications

Please feel free to use this wherever it’s relevant, or even where it isn’t.

Personally I really like those times where it remains irrelevant for like two or three entire days in a row. This is not one of them.

In which I realize I should find a good self-service car wash.

Sometimes your gear just needs a good power wash with spot-free rinse and tri-color foaming wax. I didn’t have this handy so an ENTIRE CAN of CRC QD went to cleaning this poor old transmitter up. It lost about two pounds in the process and there’s a red mudpuddle in the parking lot where the runoff landed and evaporated.

Before:

After:

Washed the voltage regulator cover right off! Heehee. First time I’ve seen one of those Sanken STR series voltage regulator units before. It looks similar to the STK series audio amplifiers that wound up in a lot of low and mid range BPC* audio amplifiers, usually accompanied by a muddy, dark, IMD-plagued tone. I kinda expected to find that this regulator which powers the 250 watt PA section is of adjustable voltage and that varies the transmitter power output, but no! The output control takes place on the intermediate power amplifier card (IPA) to the right. This may mean that the amplifier isn’t very stable at low power output levels, and may explain why an identical unit I have in service that’s turned down to like ten watts tends to act stupid. Oopsie noodles??!!

* Black Plastic Crap

You don’t have to see the world like an engineer, but it helps

Me: “there’s no way that small diamond shaped portal to the great beyond will work worth a damn”

Me one minute later: “hey at least this plunger is well designed”

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