...and into the workings of that gentle giant we went. I noticed a warning sign about fire and that if anything happened, we had to evacuate immediately, due to the halon system. No problems, however, as the RCA was not on-line.
Standing next to giants, in their own rights and in my eyes, I wondered what were they thinking and feeling? Both Jerry and David B. seemed deep in thought over being there once again. Jerry was getting important pictures, as I was.... What was stirring in those great minds, guys?
I turned my attention, as they scurried about, to the innards of this wonderful, beautiful, magical, historical beast...and yet, a tamed beast, since it performed so wonderfully and faithfully all those years. I started opening doors in wonderment; being a Ham radio operator, Extra Class Level, didn't prepare me for all the wonderful, marvelous circuitry I beheld. Jerry says that this stuff interests "you technical guys", but I was in 'way over my head in wonderment:
Dave Montgomery told me that they had a puddle of mercury in them and glowed a "satisfying purple glow when operating at full gallop". Many tubes still use mercury in their make-up.
Talk about POWER: this, and other transformers had to feed the RCA:
But wait, there's more!
Bud S. (email@example.com)