Ya, but is it damaging the computer? I can understand
someone prefering one smell to another, which is just
sensory preference. It's like saying , I can't stand
the color green on the old Heathkit rigs, or, I won't
have a radio with any blue paint on it in my shack,
drives me nuts, or I don't like the taste of
anchovies. But what damages radios over time is
corrosion. Two things are need for corrosion to occur
Oxygen and water. This is why the worst thing you can
do is clean up a radio exposed to smoke. The wires and
metal parts have acquired an extremely fine
veneer(varnish)from the smoke. This keeps caustic
salts, moisture and oxygen from coming into contact
with the equipments metal. A properly smoked piece of
equipment will last thousands of years. One exposed
to the elements will be lucky to make it a hundred.
This is why rare art that survives has been varnished.
This is why we varnish Fine Paintings. You show me a
Drake chassis that's pitted, and I'll show you a Ham
that didn't smoke enough to stop the corrosion! I'm a
non smoker myself but I think the noise about smoking
and rigs is just so much PC junk science. I'll gladly
take a overly marked down rig because someone has
smoked around it, and I'll put it in my non smoker's
shack. The smell doesn't bother me a bit.
--- George Skoubis <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Have you ever fixed someone's computer?
> I'm a computer programmer and wind up fixing my
> friends and relatives
> computers after they mess them up. I don't do house
> calls anymore so I have
> them bring just the tower or desktop over to my
> I won't even bring a smoker's computer in my
> shack/office since they stink
> up the place....
> I guess it depends what they're smoking but if we're
> talking about tobacco
> it does make a difference...
> I would guess since some rigs have a fan and most
> need air ventilation that
> this also holds true for rigs...
> 73 de George / KF9YR
> P.S. My parents own a supper club and even the cash
> registers smell like
> smoke after a while
> Message: 9
> Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 07:03:40 -0500
> From: Larry DiGioia <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: [TenTec] 1220 2 meter rig for sale
> To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment
> Message-ID: <43F46A1C.firstname.lastname@example.org>
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> 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
> 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
> Kirk Braunius wrote:
> >Includes microphone, power cable, mobile bracket,
> and manuals. Non
> smoker. Works
> Larry N8KU
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