Sure, we’ll get right on that

But we won’t really

Not at all. No rush fixing that tower elevator, it’s not like anyone’s gonna need to go up there right? Hey, why are we stuck in foldback? Better call your tech and tell em you’ve got lots of reflect.

Measurements taken by Steve Wilde, SWE Services.

I forget if I’d mentioned just what fun it was to get this line separated and get the test adapter into place but uhhhhhh, it was a battle.

This thing is pretty cute. There’s a long wire that goes up its hoistway and the control panel in the cab, powered by a rechargeable battery (please don’t forget to plug in the charger!) inductively couples to it to send control tones to the box at the bottom and audio to the cab intercom. Somewhere in this system there’s a 2-way radio, I have no idea where, but the Morse code ID from the news department repeater sometimes blasts out of the intercom at the tower base and spooks the hell out of me because I never expect it.

Alas it doesn’t work because somewhere up the tower, a limit switch circuit broke. I’m not sure where but that’s finally supposed to be fixed this week, after which we can have a tower crew figure out what went arcy sparky 1600′ up. The fault is 1700′ from where the test equipment was connected, but that’s subtracting the 100′ or so horizontal run before it meets the tower and goes up.

What.
Old weather radar, no longer used but still standing.

So speaking of things blowing up, I love it when people send me pictures of PTek gear, it cracks me up to see, uh….

Not a watt comes from that whole stack. Conversely:

That’s a nice amount of power from an amplifier that’s turned off! Oh hi. #fnord

Some dodgy looking smoothie robot
TCFW
So that’s why ellipsoidal lights tend to generically get called Lekos…
Demonia, I love your boots but can you please make them a little more durable so I don’t have to keep regluing that fake unstitched Goodyear welt and pinning it under the dummy load to cure?
Really neat Japanese software magazine cover from around when I was born. Welcome to the future.

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