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Old 02-12-2017, 05:23 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2WBBcH6OPU
Marty Robbins had a huge hit that featured an amp with a bad tube. It went out during practice, but they just liked the way it sounded.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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In the late 50's I studied electronics in vocational high school. It was all vacuum tubes. After high school I went into the US Navy (1961) and became an Electricians Mate versus an Electronics Technician as I felt that path was better for a vocation. After the US Navy (1967), I went to work for a computer company as a module/power supply test technician then later as a field engineer. I travelled all over the world installing/repairing computer systems. By then, vacuum tubes were dying a slow death and they were not being used in the computer business at all. The only time I ran up against them was in consumer electronics like TV's and radios. They were large, bulky, hot, sensitive to vibration, etc. I say good riddance to them.

Just to end the story. Like many of the original computer field engineers I eventually went into marketing/sales in the computer business as few others knew little about computers and at the time it was very much a technical type marketing/sale. Later it became less technical and more a commodity type market/sale but another story
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:48 PM
 
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^ nice story!
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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It is a nice story. A thumbnail of the path from vacuum tubes to iPhones. It is a cool age to have lived through.

I used to wonder what it was like for my parents to grow up in an era when TV did not exist and then experience the evolution of technology from the 1920's to the A-bomb (which had vacuum tubes in it, BTW). But I think the tech explosion from the first transistor radio (remember those?) to now is even bigger.
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Remember shutting the TV off... the screen went dark except for that one white dot in the middle of the screen that faded away over a minute or two.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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What I remember late at night was this: (source: Wikipedia)
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:07 AM
 
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I remember seeing that pattern early in the morning before the cartoons . Tv on many channels did not start until 7am. We had some show called modern farmer come on very early
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:59 AM
 
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It is a nice story. A thumbnail of the path from vacuum tubes to iPhones. It is a cool age to have lived through.

I used to wonder what it was like for my parents to grow up in an era when TV did not exist and then experience the evolution of technology from the 1920's to the A-bomb (which had vacuum tubes in it, BTW). But I think the tech explosion from the first transistor radio (remember those?) to now is even bigger.
Portable radios pre-date the transistor era. When I was small, we had a Zenith Trans-Oceanic tube portable with two monster batteries. The thing was big, but luggable.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:24 AM
 
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I had that too. Then i went to a hallicrafter shortwave radio all tubes and it had a real antenna.,
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Old 02-13-2017, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I remember going to the Rexall Drug Store to test tubes. One of my ham radios, made in the 60's, has tubes. Ah that glow...
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