fingertip where it touched the
screwdriver; just a small circle on the
outer skin like when you scratch it. I
never lost any feeling, and 40 years
later I am fine. I believe strongly in
the one hand rule around HV. Had
my other hand touched the
transmitter, I wouldn’t be writing this.
David S. Powell
Thanks for sharing, David. Luckily,
I've never had your experiences.
Perhaps some of our readers will have
had similar encounters. Glad you
didn't have any lingering effects.
What’s Important to You
Regarding the Developing
Perspectives in the July 2016 Nuts &
Volts ... In my mind, you have really
unleashed a hornet’s nest.
I grew up with R-390s, UA741,
TTL logic, and have played with
Fortran4/77, BASIC Stamps, Perl,
TNCs, and many other aspects of
being a professional technician and
ham radio operator. I maybe, kinda,
might understand your framing of
"fiscal irresponsibility" but ...
My frame is that you have to do
"what is important to you." A couple
of caveats are that I have a decade or
so on you for age and some pressing
medical issues, but enough whining.
I have forced myself to refocus
on "what is important to me." I would
love to continue exploring everything
that I have experienced over 74
years, but the day just ain’t long
enough. I struggle every day with the
"what is important today" and I
manage to have fun doing it, mostly.
On one hand, my enjoyment in
repairing that old Heathkit SB-301 is
certainly fun (important to me), but
regular reading of electronics
magazines (the few that are still here)
prompts me to be involved in writing
code for the homebrew projects that
I work on, or tweaking the newest
router for the network or learning all
about FPGAs (other importants to
me/other unclimbed moutains).
I haven't managed to pry my
hands off the SB-301 yet, but it will
probably happen due to the focus
issue (what is important to you or is
it "Damn, everything just keeps on a
I appreciate the feedback, Ron. I
agree with you that you've got to do
what's important to you, regardless of
what anyone else thinks (well, you
might want to take your significant
other's perspective into
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