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Hello from Northern Nevada
« on: April 02, 2015, 11:16:09 PM »
I could have sworn I joined this forum years ago.
But I guess not.
Anyway, I'm sure at least a few of you DIY'ers have seen me around the other DIY forums.

I live in a little place in the middle of nowhere called Stagecoach, Nevada.
Its about 30 miles east of Carson City, Nevada.
And about 60 miles or so from BEAUTIFUL Lake Tahoe.

About me?
Well, I'm gonna take the lazy route there and insert a post I made on TGP when someone questioned my qualifications when I degooped a pedal "made" by a suspicious "builder":
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Ok, brief history lesson for you, not that it matters or is relevant.
BTW, how is it relevant as far as de-gooping a PCB goes?
I didn't realize that I needed to be an EE to de-goop a board.

1981, I took a 2 month course at a local occupational center for electronic assembly. That class was taught by a retired NASA technician.
Over the years I worked for numerous companies as either an electronic assembler or technician (learned the tech end of things on the job and some classes at Pierce Junior college and CSUN (California State University Northridge).
I also read books and did the hobbyist thing as well.
Over the years I worked primarily for military contractors and sub-contractors doing PCB assembly, cable/wire harness assembly, Operated and maintained wave solder equipment.
I also worked at NASA/JPL as a technician doing flight system PCB assembly, Ground Support Cable Assembly, Polymerics technician (Working with epoxies).
During my time as a Polymerics Technician I also de-gooped PCB's.
Yes, I de-gooped PCB's for NASA/The US Government and those PCB's probably cost more than the house you live in.
I worked on the Galileo Space probe, early Mars rover, several space shuttle sub-assemblies and other stuff I'm not allowed to talk about, EVER.

That takes us up to about 1988 and I think that's babbling enough for now.

Did I pass the audition?



Edit:
To continue on...
I built my first pedal from a kit I got at Radioshack around 1981.
It was a reverb pedal.
Of course, me being the tinkerer I am and suffering from what RG Keen calls "BUMS" (Blind Urge To Modify Syndrome), I immediately started to modify it.
Even though I had no clue what I was doing.

Most of the stuff I build is on PCB's which I etch myself.
I occasionally do builds on perfboard or turret board.
Heres a turret board build I did a few years ago:
http://smg.photobucket.com/user/CodeMonk/library/Builds/Baltic-Birch_StompBox?sort=3&page=1

I've been using DIYLC for quite awhile.
And I've been playing around with and learning Eagle off an on for a little while, but still have LOTS to learn about it.
Madbean's library is a wonderful addition to the Eagle library.

I like Rush. Alex Lifeson is my guitar god.
And Southern Rock.

Edit2:
And I noticed that there are a few people from Fresno on here.
I saw my 2nd ever concert in Fresno (my first concert was Johnny Cash at the Los Angeles Forum in 1970).
The Outlaws opening for Boston (The Outlaws made Boston look like a bar band with stage fright) in 1976 or 1977.
I also went to high school in Mariposa.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2015, 11:58:34 PM by CodeMonk »
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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2015, 04:19:38 AM »
Blah,blah,blah. So........ you live in a place called Stagecoach, you've worked for NASA, on projects you're never allowed to talk about, and... you're a fan of Johnny Cash. What else have you got? Madbean forum is pretty picky!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2015, 06:03:48 AM »
I like turtles
My friends call me Rob

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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2015, 06:10:51 AM »
CodeMonk! Good to see you here, man.

I remember that TGP post during the Vertex stuff :P
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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2015, 06:14:22 AM »
Welcome CodeMonk!

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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2015, 06:45:39 AM »
Welcome to the gang
I build pedals to hide my lousy playing.

My projects are labeled Quantum Effects. My shared OSH park projects: https://oshpark.com/profiles/m-Kresol
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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2015, 06:46:24 AM »
Thanks guys.
In between messing with LTSpice, Eagle, and looking at cat gifs, I've been browsing the forum tonight.
Some pretty interesting stuff around here.
I think I'm gonna like it here.

I haven't had a chance to do much building or designing lately due to several major projects around the house/property that's been kicking my ass.
Been doing some stuff for Smallbear, but had to put that on hold until I get some of these projects around here taken care of.
There is some light at the end of the tunnel though and hopefully, I should be able to get back to doing what I enjoy doing soon.

Edit:
Crap, its almost 6am, I should get some sleep.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2015, 06:50:18 AM by CodeMonk »
My friends call me Rob

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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2015, 06:57:00 AM »
Welcome to the forum! That's some background you've got there... I bet it could be put to good use :)

Have fun anyway.

P.D.: I like turtles too, have one called "Rey Mysterio" or "simpleza" (spanish word for simplicity). She lives in my gf's country house now.
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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2015, 07:00:13 AM »
CodeMonk! Good to see you here, man.

I remember that TGP post during the Vertex stuff :P

Me too.  I remember those posts being steady and reasonable; always a good thing in maelstrom like that.

Welcome to the forum, CM.
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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2015, 07:02:51 AM »
Once you seen one Galileo space probe, you seen them all.... :P
Impressive. 
Welcome to the forum CodeMonk!



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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2015, 09:12:57 AM »
Welcome!

Edit: what is the average weight of an unladen swallow?

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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2015, 09:16:53 AM »

Welcome!

Edit: what is the average weight of an unladen swallow?
African or European?


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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2015, 09:20:45 AM »
All of a sudden, a legit rocket scientist appears!  :o

Welcome on board Sir!

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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2015, 09:32:19 AM »
Code is the real deal, I am delighted that he is here! Welcome.
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Re: Hello from Northern Nevada
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2015, 09:35:27 AM »
Good to have ya, looking forward to it.
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