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Old 14th July 2019, 12:52 AM   #21
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Making me homesick. I remember when the Signetics then Phillips fab was the only thing on the north side of town. You could go from one corner of town to the next in about 20 minutes. Was in the NM Air National Guard, worked on A7 electronics warfare systems. Equipment like the HP 651B was considered great gear by the DIY crowd. Bill Gates tried to get a loan from a Albuquerque bank to start what became Microsoft and was turned down. I bet the genius who did that said oops, made a bad call.

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Old 14th July 2019, 01:03 AM   #22
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When was that Duke?. We moved here 2.5 years ago from S.E. Michigan. Compared to metro Detroit, ABQ is a small town.
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Old 14th July 2019, 04:24 AM   #23
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As said: Light Light Light!!! It gets real old to mix-up 1k and 10k resistors. Or not see the stray hair-wire behind the terminal.

A chair or stool that WORKS for your back, your bench, and the way you work. I've suffered for years and really can't bench-work these days. Do not be ashamed to block-up or cut-down legs on bench or stool. Even if you get "OK", get up and stretch several times an hour.
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Old 14th July 2019, 04:40 AM   #24
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I agree P. I never have enough light. When I was young I broke my back in three places. I spend good money on chairs and never sit for more than an hour at a time.
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Old 14th July 2019, 04:48 AM   #25
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Good friend of mine uses these on his bench and swears by them. I think he uses 20W.
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Old 14th July 2019, 02:10 PM   #26
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When was that Duke?. We moved here 2.5 years ago from S.E. Michigan. Compared to metro Detroit, ABQ is a small town.
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That would have been the late 70's or early 80's when gates was here. The Phillips fab is now the I-25 studios on the west side of I-25 just north of Alameda. In the early 70's Albuquerque was about half the size it is today.
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Hello DJN and Centurion- I'm from ABQ, born in 1958. Yes, the town has grown considerably. Retired from Sandia Labs in 2015 and moved to Pasadena to take care of the Little Old Lady from Pasadena. Once she's gone, we'll most likely move back to ABQ. We moved into my wife's family home. State income taxes and property taxes are killing me...really puts a burr under my saddle that CA taxes my pension which I earned in NM!

I now work part time at a university and keep active with the audio electronics hobby. Happy to say, there are many youngsters who love tube audio, some of them get very interested when they see some of the old gear I have at the lab. We've made some point to point tube amps/preamps and some speakers from plans/schematics from DIY Audio. A couple students have bought the Tube Lab boards and assembled nice amplifiers.
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Good friend of mine uses these on his bench and swears by them. I think he uses 20W.
Those look very nice and tidy. When the flicker of the florescent light get to me, I'll go for those.


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I have an old school one with really high magnification.
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Old 15th July 2019, 02:53 AM   #30
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That would have been the late 70's or early 80's when gates was here. The Phillips fab is now the I-25 studios on the west side of I-25 just north of Alameda. In the early 70's Albuquerque was about half the size it is today.
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Hello DJN and Centurion- I'm from ABQ, born in 1958. Yes, the town has grown considerably. Retired from Sandia Labs in 2015 and moved to Pasadena to take care of the Little Old Lady from Pasadena. Once she's gone, we'll most likely move back to ABQ. We moved into my wife's family home. State income taxes and property taxes are killing me...really puts a burr under my saddle that CA taxes my pension which I earned in NM!

I now work part time at a university and keep active with the audio electronics hobby. Happy to say, there are many youngsters who love tube audio, some of them get very interested when they see some of the old gear I have at the lab. We've made some point to point tube amps/preamps and some speakers from plans/schematics from DIY Audio. A couple students have bought the Tube Lab boards and assembled nice amplifiers.
I really thought I would have a problem with the heat but I like it now without the high humidity of the northeast. Good group of audio guys as well.
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