Re: All my Bits in a Bucket.


From: Jim Lowman (
Date: Sun Jun 25 2000 - 19:13:54 EDT

Ed Loranger wrote:

> Finally after 20 years of use, my original
> Weller tip has self destructed over a 2 week
> timeframe. One day it was fine then Whammo,
> it looked like swiss cheese.
> No problem, I thought, I had 15 more tips
> in a little drawer -- enough for 300 years
> at the rate this one died....

I had the good fortune to have a friend, who works at a nearby Air Reserve
base, share his bounty with me.

A ham of many years himself, he discovered a full box of WTCPT tips of
various types, unused and intact in their blister packs, in a dumpster.
I must have five or six each of several of the more popular tips, as a
result. Well, as my friends in the local QRP club remind me, it should
be plenty of tips to assemble all of my unbuilt kits. :-)

I've been out of the Air Force for almost 25 years, but as an electronics
installation team chief I remember well that it would be easier to put the
toothpaste back in the tube, than to return anything to Supply.

72 de Jim - AD6CW

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