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1996 - 2016
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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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upon seeing the title of this newest
Sherlock Ohms adventure, I thought of my own experience with a telephone dial tone problem. In A. David Boccuti's
case the culprit turned out to have an entirely different cause than mine. Read about Mr. Boccuti's issue resolution
here. My dial tone dilemma was caused by corrosion as well, but mine was inside the phone itself. Being a lifelong
avid fan of Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip, I decided to purchase a 1976 vintage
Snoopy and Woodstock
telephone from someone on eBay. It was promoted as being in working condition, but I
'working' was a subjective term in this case. Indeed, it was possible to hold a conversation, but the volume in the
earpiece was very low, and the dial tone was weak and intermittent. I have a more detailed description of the problem
and resolution on my
AirplanesAndRockets.com hobby website, but to make a long story short, it ended up being a two-fold cause. One
offender was a dirty switch contact on the keypad assembly and the other was a bad diode in a polarity correction
circuit at the input to the network block. This would be a great addition to my new
Out of Order feature, but it's already been covered. Maybe
I'll recount the story there at a later date after everyone has forgotten about it.
Posted February 11, 2014