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From: Michael Barnes <barnmichael@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:28:27 -0700
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I had been working at an HF facility for about a month and just learning the equipment. We had two nearly identical  racks of Collins exciters on opposite sides of the room. The rack I had been trained on was powered by 28 VDC. The power distribution at the top of the rack had white and black wires, white being +28 VDC and black being ground. One day I was tasked with an issue on the other exciter rack. Hooking up my test equipment, I connected a test lead to the black wire, expecting ground. At that moment, I learned that rack was powered by 120VAC. Naturally, in that case, black was hot 120VAC and white was neutral. After the smoke cleared and I was picked up off the floor, I fabricated plastic covers for the terminal strips and put prominent signage in the racks indicating the flavor of primary power.

My reputation for this style of "seat of the pants" (where I often ended up) learning got around and several years later I got transferred to be an instructor at the advanced electronics school, teaching maintenance on that system.


On Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 23:00 John Stortz <ka4flx@gmail.com> wrote:
​Shortly after getting into radio, the station was moving into a brand new studio building. The "ON AIR" lights had been placed & wired by the electricians, who left a short length of a black and a white wire sticking out of a conduit, for the MAIN Console & also for the Production Room Console.  When the engineer [not me] got around to wiring the lights to the respective consoles, he must have connected the HOT wires to the WHITE [neutral] wire for the lights. Each set of lights tested perfectly. Then the ​engineer flipped on both sets of lights at the same time... The main Console lit up with a generous amount of sparks, smoke & sound, the way the Star Ship Enterprise consoles lit up when the Enterprise was under an alien attack. Smoke continued to drift out of the Console Power Supply, even after the light & sound had ceased. The Engineer was speechless -- and so was the station, until the Engineer was able to patch around the console... 

John S.

Faith is a higher resource than reason
*~Unknown Wise Guy~

On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 12:23 PM, Allard, Mark G <MGAllard@unwsp.edu> wrote:

When I first started working here, I discovered that an ‘engineer’ here had used Belden 8451 for a 120v application.  His comment was, “well, the wire says it has a 400v breakdown voltage” which was more than 120v rms.  Oh boy.

Disclaimer: no one was injured in this story.


From: Kevin Kidd <kkbroadcastengineering@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:50
To: CRTech <crtech@crtech.org>
Subject: Re: [CRTech] my embarrassing story [off topic]


I would be embarrassed to tell most of my embarrassing stories on this forum...


I will, however, tell one on one of my early assistants...  


While cleaning out a bunch of old wiring from under a console, he cut what was supposed to be a dead power wire to an On-Air light.  It wasn't dead.  His first words to the on-air guy as the turntable ground to a halt were "disregard that odd burning smell".  He didn't seem to notice that the room was dark and silent, nor that he had a small mushroom cloud rolling up around his head...


He had checked the wire for power with the mic on but somebody had kludged the SO cord to power the light w/ mic on and something else (later determined to be a fan) in the off position thru a DPDT relay and SO ground wire.


This was long before the non-contact voltage detectors became cheaply available.

Kevin C. Kidd, CSRE/AMD
Lawrenceburg, TN
AM Ground Systems Company  -  WD4RAT
kkidd@kkbc.com  --  866-22-RADIO -- 866-227-2346


On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 2:29 AM, Allard, Mark G <MGAllard@unwsp.edu> wrote:

Once upon a time when my ears were in better shape, I was working at the station when all of a sudden, out of nowhere a high pitched tone was everywhere.  I went into the studios --


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