|To:||"Jim Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,<email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Vacuum tube 100 years old today|
|From:||"Don K5AQ" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 16 Nov 2004 15:55:28 -0600|
My first job out of college was with Bell Labs in Whippany, NJ designing a
solid state (transistorized!) guidance system for the NIKE guided missile.|
The first circuit I worked on was a one-shot using a point contact transistor which loved to oscillate since it was basically unstable.
One day we got a new-fangled junction transistor which I managed to blow into two pieces(it had a plastic case) by putting a lantern battery in the proper direction across the emitter-base diode. Live and learn.
Sure was a long time ago (1953) and by the time I retired from Texas Instruments in 1995, we were into 16Meg DRAMs. Time does indeed fly when you are in an industry like that.
73 Don K5AQ
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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