I tend to disagree here. I started smoking at age 12 and quit at age 50 (
hardest thing I ever did in my entire life.) so I have been a non smoker for 7
I have repainted the walls in the house 2 times now, and I am still getting
smoke bleed through. I literally took a sponge floor mop and bleach water
to clean the walls in the house. I was smoking 5 to 6 packs a day for the last
I got a small multi meter ( volt/ohm meter) in the mail a few days ago from
Ebay. the package was full of newspaper padding and you could smell the
smoke on the newspaper, and on the meter, even after I wiped it down with a
Clorox handi wipe, I guarantee the fellow I got it from smoked..
. Cigarette smokes sticks to every thing. as an ex smoker I don't preach or
try to convince others. I was spending about $600 a month for smokes and
now I spend about $600 a month on radios, it works for me..
But I have stuff from 7 years ago, like an old suit coat, and some other
odds and ends, and you can still get a whiff of smoke from some of this stuff.
they say there are over 1000 different chemicals in smoke and I smoked
menthols which are even worse. as a side note I can be following a car down
freeway and smell the smoke for cigarettes , pipes and cigars, at 60 MPH.
any how enough on me and my bad habits. but yes cigarette smokes sticks to
everything, is hard to get out of equipment, yellows faceplates, and gums up
the insides. so it is a very real effect on any thing you buy, not just tube
by the way, my taste in food changed drastically, I breathe much better, and
after 7 years I am still clearing brown crap out of my lunges.. when I
started smoking ( as a kid in Okinawa) the doctors said it was good for you to
smoke.. ( early 60's)
And now even though they know it kills you, they still sell them because the
government wants that $3.00 a pack in taxes that they can spend any way they
want. free money for the politicians. why would they take away their free
money. that's why you can still buy tobacco products..
but smoke does not just stick to tube radio parts.
In a message dated 2/16/2006 5:26:11 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Unless a rig is a tube-type, whether it is owned by a smoker or
non-smoker is a moot point.
It's high voltage that attracts smoke particles into the rig, same as
with an "electrostatic precipitator" used in home HVAC.
The only things left with high voltages are (vacuum tube) amplifiers,
and the occasional CRT-style computer monitor (which shouldn't be used
in an HF ham shack anyway due to RFI.) Anything else is not going to be
distinguishable as having been owned by a smoker or non-smoker.
Kirk Braunius wrote:
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