Ohm Slaw

Ian Webb ianwebb5 at ATTBI.COM
Sun May 12 17:55:18 EDT 2002

Ahh, but it's better than what happened to a ham in Santa Barbara where
I grew up.  The local paper, the Santa Barbara News-Press, reported on a
middle of the night fire department call to his house.

An electrolytic in a radio that he had left on exploded, filling the
room with the usual dense smoke.

The paper reported that the "fire" was caused by a SHORTAGE OF WIRE.

The ham, who will not be identified took a long time to live that down
and before the kidding stopped!


I also cringe with the term AMPERAGE.  I guess those of us with a
science/engineering background all do!

AMPERAGE ranks right up there along with SILICONE VALLEY as pet peeves!

Ian, K6SDE

Brian Carling wrote:

>On 11 May 2002 at 20:35, Keith Rowland wrote:
>>I notice, however, that in some publications, "A" is now being used
>>for current (which makes more sense, because it is named after Ampere,
>>a contemporary of Ohm's)
>Yes, and after a 1960s and 1970s education in electrical engineering, one always
>CRINGES when some public statement refers to the mystery parameter -
>"AMPERAGE" - I was always taught that there AIN'T such an animal.
>Rather, it is "CURRENT."

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