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Well, my Grandfather passed away some years ago and my Dad had saved some things for me that he thought I'd like. I was going through some stuff, and came across a folder of photos. My Grandfather used to design and build amplifiers and test equipment for Western Union Telegraph Company for early implementations of inter-city Microwave communications, and other communications like inter-city fax. These are the photos of various revisions of things he was working on:

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I really enjoyed your photos. Vacuum tubes were on the way out when I started learning about electronics. But there was plenty of older tube stuff still around. I always enjoyed watching the tubes lighting up and listening to the high voltage crackle. Tube circuits are very reliable and produce high power. I would love to have my old Hallicrafters Tube Shortwave radio back. But it failed long ago. Gues us old guys have old ways, lol.

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very awesome photos... i love how all that old tech stuff looks like... one of the reasons i got into watching all of the original outer limits series on hulu...

do you actually have any hardware left over from your grandfather?

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That's some very clean construction...I build/repair tube equipment as a hobby, and that's easily some of the best wiring I've seen. Of course, that was back when everything was hand-wired, and people took pride in one-off prototypes like that because it was a representation of the person as much as it was a device.

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Thanks man, I'm saving these for backgrounds.

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Nice photos. Seeing tubes takes me back to when I was little and seeing those things around my dad's workshop (among other things).

Amazing how electronics has changed since those days, eh?

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Nice photos. Seeing tubes takes me back to when I was little and seeing those things around my dad's workshop (among other things).

Amazing how electronics has changed since those days, eh?

Well, yes and no...

I design an build all tube guitar amps as a hobby. Funny thing is I didn't know that my Grandpa used to do this until last week.

Here is the inside of my last design: "Milk and Honey", a 10watt Single Ended, Class A amp using 1 KT66 tube and a 5751 in the preamp:

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And The Outside:

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Anyhow, he never got to keep his work, but I do have all of his reference books on radio engineering. They actually come in handy quite frequently.

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