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Smoke from electronic gubbins.

Post by colly0410 » Fri May 20, 2016 11:10 am

Been reading the Wikipedia entry on 'Post hoc ergo propter hoc'. It says "after smoke comes out of an electronic component, it no longer works. therefore the 'smoke was magic', & made the component work." It sort of makes sense, but of course we all know it doesn't.. :)

 
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Re: Smoke from electronic gubbins.

Post by Cathovisor » Fri May 20, 2016 1:17 pm

I think most of us know the old adage that all circuits run on smoke. If the smoke escapes, the circuit ceases to work.

See also the broadcast rule: the amount of aggravation a circuit causes is inversely proportional to its bandwidth...

 
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Re: Smoke from electronic gubbins.

Post by occiput » Fri May 20, 2016 1:49 pm

Also, blue light has a beneficial effect on electronics.

Faults only appear when the red lights come on. :aai

 
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Post by Pamphonica » Fri May 20, 2016 6:09 pm

And the services adage on setting up transmitters:

"Tune for minimum smoke"

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Post by Herald1360 » Sat May 28, 2016 5:31 pm

I always thought that was "Tune for maximum smoke"- on the basis that it was the load/atu/aerial which was smoking.

A good ATU should be able to match anything from wooden legs to damp string.

 
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Post by Pamphonica » Sat May 28, 2016 7:54 pm

Yes, I think you are right! My memory of that adage is 45 years old.
I think we just tuned for max apparent power, never mind the fine detail.
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Re: Smoke from electronic gubbins.

Post by Wolfie » Sat May 28, 2016 7:56 pm

You can buy some more to restore operation.. this variety is for mobile applications only..

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I make no claims about the effectiveness of the product, so if it doesn't work, sue Lucas not me..

 
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Re: Smoke from electronic gubbins.

Post by Dr Wobble » Mon May 30, 2016 10:36 am

Musicians used magic smoke to make records, I think they blew it into the mixing desk. Maybe to replace the magic smoke that had escaped? I've tried this with broken amplifiers. It didn't fix the amp, but I felt a whole lot better afterwards.

Andy.

 
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Re: Smoke from electronic gubbins.

Post by Herald1360 » Mon May 30, 2016 11:12 pm

Are you sure they didn't just inhale it themselves? :bba


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