"Since the abolition of slavery,
the most easily exploited human being is the
That's pretty sad, and totally believable.
Just remember that a lot of the fodder for Dilbert
comics are provided to Scott Adams by real-world
Regarding serious exposure to
RF, I told this story in more detail somewhere before,
but here is the short version.
in the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician, the
Sgt. assigned as my trainer was giving me instruction
on how to align the circular polarizer on our S-band
search radar system. The guy was a stickler for
safety and doing things by-the-books. After setting
all the safety switches and hanging warning signs
all over the place (no actual lock-outs), we climbed
up to the antenna on the roof. He threw the safety
switch at the top of the ladder to disable the antenna
rotation motor. Aligning the circular polarizer
involved using wrenches and some feeler gauges.
Adjustments were made from the front of the feed
horn. He sat down, spread out the tools, and after
give me some verbal instruction, set about taking
the cover off the feed horn. A moment after getting
in front of the feed horn, he pulled back quickly
and asked me if I heard a strange sound. No, I hadn't
heard anything. He swung back into position and
immediately pulled back again. Sarge was shaking
his head and commented about the loud noise he had
heard again. Suddenly he got up and rushed down
to the transmitter and discovered that it was still
powered on. That was not a happy sergeant. No one
else was around, so he must have been responsible
for the Tx being on. Poor guy, he was really freaked
out for a few days - probably expecting to die suddenly
at any time. I know that he lived for at least three
more years until I got out of the service.
It is scary what we are all capable of doing
to ourselves, regardless of how careful we are.
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster