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Re: [RTTY] DIN stands for....?

To: "Bill Turner" <dezrat@copper.net>, <amps@contesting.com>,"RTTY List" <rtty@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [RTTY] DIN stands for....?
From: "Byron Lichtenwalner" <w3wkr@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 19:43:17 -0500
List-post: <mailto:rtty@contesting.com>
Hi Bill
My proposal is that all DIN connectors come in pairs!
Always plug the plug into a socket before soldering.  Buying in pairs always 
relieves the frustration of not being able to find the last socket I bought 
for the purpose of having properly located pins.  (Bet your Won't Fit!.

Byron, W3WKR
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Turner" <dezrat@copper.net>
To: <amps@contesting.com>; "RTTY List" <rtty@contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 7:16 PM
Subject: [RTTY] DIN stands for....?

> Earlier today I was wiring up the 8-pin DIN plug for my new IC-756PRO
> III which is in the mail. I have a copy of the manual so I thought
> I'd get started on the accessory plug wiring.
> My first thoughts came as I looked up the pin number layout. Whoever
> laid out the numbering of the 8-pin DIN plug needs a long vacation in
> a nice, restful place. The pin numbers are, clockwise from lower
> left, 6-1-4-2-5-3-7 with number 8 in the center. Yes, the pins are in
> a circle just like tubes are, but not in the usual 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8. I
> wonder if the first letter in DIN stands for dyslexia.
> My next thoughts came as the plastic holding the pins in place
> softened as I was soldering them. My pins wandered around and when
> the plastic hardened again, they look like a game of pick-up-sticks.
> I now realize that soldering the wires is a two step process: solder
> the wire, then melt the pins back in place. I could never get them
> back exactly right. I hope the DIN jack is sloppy enough that they
> will fit anyway. I suspect it will be.
> My next thought came as a dream. I dream that am appointed President
> of ICOM. My first act is to locate the engineer who specified DIN
> connectors on our otherwise fine radios. I call him into my office
> and we have a chat. I ask why he spoiled a fine rig with DIN plugs.
> He tells me and we have a good laugh. I ask if he has ever heard of
> RCA plugs. He asks "How do you spell that?" and we have another good
> laugh. His body is never found.
> I then dream that I am made President of Germany, where the DIN plug
> originated. Before long, maps of Europe no longer have any place
> called "Germany" on them, only a large blank space. Mail to Germany
> is returned undelivered, even email does not go through and web sites
> are all 404. Psychologists everywhere notice that people's
> frustration levels are dropping dramatically and assaults and murders
> decline to practically nothing.
> The world is now a much better place to live.
> You're welcome.
> 73, Bill W6WRT
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