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RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The Internet was still largely an unknown entity at the time and not much was available in the form of WYSIWYG ...
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If you like pictures of sehr cool-looking devices involving vacuum-filled (an oxymoron?) glass enclosures, i.e., lamps and tubes, then you will want to spend a few minutes perusing the personal collection of Giorgio Basile, of Nivelles, Belgium. Per the homepage of his Lamps & Tubes website:
"My collection consists of more than 3,500 lamps and vacuum tubes. This is a wide area! In addition to well known incandescent lamps, radio tubes and cathode ray tubes, it includes, among others: arc lamps, light sources for the laboratory, transmitting tubes, camera tubes, flash lamps, microwave tubes, photocells, photomultipliers, radiation detectors, rectifiers, relays, thyratrons, vacuum gauges, X-ray tubes..."
The quality of the photos is excellent, with multiple views of each specimen. Most of the lamps and tubes in Giorgio's collection appear to be commercially produced, as opposed to the vast array of prototype and limited production tubes owned by the National Electronics Museum.
You are invited to present items for sale or donation to the museum. If you happen to be in Nivelles, personal tours can be arranged by contacting Giorgio.
This is a tiny example of the massive array of lamps and tubes for view . All photos courtesy of the Lamps & Tubes website.
These images have been chosen for their uniqueness. Subject matter ranges from historic events, to really cool phenomena in science and engineering, to relevant place, to ingenious contraptions, to interesting products (which now has its own dedicated Featured Product category).
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Posted May 9, 2016