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Ralph Slatton
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I enjoy all the old stuff, particularly the vintage Heathkits. I completed a course on Radio and TV repair with the National Radio Institute in the 70s. I also served as the team chief of uhf radio carrier equipment in Grafenwohr, Germany. During my university studies, if completed two years in electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas. I used to enjoy working with timing circuits, touch sensors and relays.

Heathkit receiver SB300; (I had the SB transmitter also, but it needs a replacement crystal.)Kenwood transceiver TS5308; Hallicrafters receiver SX110; Viking Ranger transmitter; Denton antenna tuner.

Like most of you, I've got a shed full of surplus equipment. I've got quite a few military pieces. One of my favorites looks like something from NASA, with a row of switching circuits and round indicator lights. I enjoy building stuff from scratch and used to experiment with timing circuits.

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Currently, I hold the position of Professor in charge of Printmaking at ETSU, Department of Art and Design, since 1990. I have also held the position of Department Chair from 1999 to 2004. My degrees are BFA (1982) and MA (1986) degrees from Arkansas State University and the MFA (1990) from University of Iowa. When I'm not working on art, I play with software on my computer or just putter around on the bench.

(actually they are art clubs)
Society of American Graphic Artists, & Asociacion Difusora Obra Graficia Internacional, Barcelona, Spain

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Remembering Heathkits

I'm not sure how Heathkits are regarded these days, but I'll always have a great fondness for them. I started with the SB400 and SB401. The transmitter never did work, so I took it all apart and carefully put it all back. It just wouldn't transmit and I think one of the oscillating crystals has gone bad. At least the receiver is working great!
Comment from EI7GMB 8/2/2010 2:52:51 PM
Hi Raplh, just read your station blogs and saw artworks at the other site - brilliant job!

Regarding vintage radio - my favorite rigs are those old valve LW/MW wooden cabinets that are more a piece of furniture than just a radio. Have three at home, but just one I successfully restored. Have valves (rare as hen teeths) but main problem is lack of schematics and some burnt out resistors and dried out capacitors are just not readable anyways. Did not touch the cabinet tough, since peeling off original paintwork would look better than nowadays lacquer.

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Despondent Sagacity

A determinate universe kind of makes me sad. I guess my sense of reality is the only one I know and I hate to think it's locked into cosmic software.

Some belive that reality is a kind of bubble. It is only our human convention that prevent this bubble from collapsing. (eg. Koan of the tree falling in the woods) If you think in terms of thought bubbles, the finite universe is obligatory to our existence. Anything outside that bubble, is yet to be defined. Beyond our respective bubbles is a blank, no point "a" or point "b," no objects to measure, no heavy stones to lift. I agree that this kind of no-place is probably incomprehensible and maybe an invalid inquiry. My point of investigation is just on the edge of that divide, just a thought experiment to the furthest crest of the big bang explosion, a showdown of our reality confronting this no-place.
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KA5MQN's Blog Post - 7/17/2010 7:47:03 AM

If the Cage Is Large Enough Are We Free?

I was recently contemplating limitations. What a profound concept! According to my limited understanding of the Big Bang Theory, the universe sprang from an infinitely singular point and is still expanding. Wouldn't this imply a finite universe with boundaries. Past these boundaries is literally, "nothing." There is no space, there is no time, just "nothing." Its a kind of cage that holds in all the logic, all the equations, all our sense of reality. If we theoretically travelled to the very edge of that boundary, what would we see? Could we touch it? Would reality break down by just going near it? See what a cage I've built for myself? I used to feel free, but I'm not so sure anymore.
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