"Since the abolition of slavery, the most easily exploited human being is the engineer."
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 engineers.
Regarding serious exposure to RF, I told this story in more detail somewhere before, but here is the short version.
Back while 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