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Started out working in Air Traffic Control Maintenance while in the Marine Corps. Did a short stint installing Muzak background music systems before getting my FCC 1st Class license and beginning a career as a two way radio technician. Currently, working for the State of Washington as a senior technician in one of six regional radio shops for the Department of Natural Resources.


Radio Randy

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  • 03.16.2017
  • 1st liquid-fueled rocket launches, March 16, 1926
  • Hi Michael, Goddard was such a hero of mine, as a young student, that I wrote a book report on his accomplishments. Back then, Goddard, Yeager, and Von Braun were our heros. Unfortunately, nowadays, kids care more about the public exploits of Lady Gaga...
  • 11.18.2016
  • The chip glitch
  • A "monetary reward"...count yourself lucky! Good job on your troubleshooting. It's often extremely difficult to get management to understand that manufacturing defects do, indeed, exist.
  • 10.29.2016
  • Halloween Robots: Trick or Treat?
  • A witch costume...OMG! Think of all the Wiccan followers you might have offended. The Supreme Court may be hearing of this.
  • 10.18.2016
  • Marketers talk funnier than ever
  • You want to see "funny"? Look at the ads in many audiophile magazines that describe things like "low phase distortion copper" and "passive preamps". I've also seen marketing for a "passive radar jammer"...that was a new one on me.
  • 09.20.2016
  • Insect and bird behavior is influenced by LED lights
  • Is this one of those studies where the investigators are trying to find facts to support their theories, rather than responding to an obvious change in the habits of these creatures? I wonder, sometimes. I remember the "studies" that showed notable increases in bird mortality around radio towers. However, in almost 40 years of maintaining high and low radio sites, I have yet to come across piles of dead bird carcasses...or even one, for that matter. Oh, I was wrong, the one bird carcass I DID fine was from a young chick that feel from the nest in a cable bridge.
  • 02.17.2016
  • How long do LEDs really last?
  • That's terrible for fluorescent lighting. I have 8' lamps throughout my house (including the attached garage) and only replace them every 3 or 4 years. They get a lot of use, but they're in a heated space. If your basement is unheated, that might have a real impact on your bulbs. I know a halogen bulb I installed for a porch light died after just a few weeks of winter weather, but standard filament bulbs last years.
  • 01.18.2017
  • X-ray machine is formally displayed, January 18, 1896
  • The original X-ray machine probably took two hands to operate, which is why his wife got the honor. Makes one wonder what the exposure rates were like, back then. The shoe fitting fluoroscopes most likely showed how pinched your toes were, to determine shoe fit. Now, we simply push down on the tip of the shoe to feel where your toes are. Back then, shoes were probably built with heavier materials, making that test more difficult.
  • 01.19.2016
  • The death of the light switch
  • Don't have a smartphone (strike one). What if the network goes down (strike two). I need the phone (which I don't have), which is on the kitchen table, to turn off the lamp by my chair (strike three)? I'll stick with mechanical switches...thank you.