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Post subject: The Case of the Smashed Schottkys
Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:48 am
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Erie, PA
For some reason I happened to think of a
humorous event from back in 1989 when I was working for General
Electric Aerospace Division, in Utica, NY. It was not quite so
funny at the time.
I was assigned to design the front end
for a multi-channel L-band airborne electronic warfare receiver.
This being my first job after having recently graduated with my
BSEE, I was scrambling trying to come up to speed on all the new
terms and formulas for receivers with their attendant filters,
amplifiers, limiters, couplers, switches, etc. An experienced
engineer from another GE division lent some expertise on
building a simple power level detector for the ALC circuit,
using a couple Schottky diodes. The schedule was getting a bit
tight, so he volunteered to part with a handful from his own
stash and put half a dozen of them in the mail for me.
Well, a few days later the much-anticipated diodes arrived in
the mail... in a standard business envelope... with no padding.
They were all pulverized into sand-like particles, with the
readily identifiable black diode specs and gold bond wires mixed
He was genuinely surprised when I call to tell him of
the damaged diodes.
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster