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Re: monitoring environment in solar kiln
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2017, 07:50:02 AM »
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Your activities reminded me that my first job after graduating from high school was with the US Weather Bureau assembling an automatic weather station (Automatic Meteorlogical Observing Station called AMOS).  Back then we used transistors and permanently wired the computer by plugging wires into circuit boards.   The AMOS stations communicated with the world automatically using teletype machines every 30 minutes or so.

Well, on July 3, another employee and I were told to go to a station in Front Royal, VA and test a new precipitation sensor.  We took squirt guns to make it seem like it was raining. We took dry ice, which we scratched to make it seem like least the sensor thought so.  So, after our successful tests, we drove back home to Washington, DC for the 4th of July holiday.  When we showed up back to work on the 5th, our boss showed us an article in the NYTimes that commented that it had been snowing in VA in the mountains a few days earlier.  He was not too happy, as we had forgotten to take the station off-line when we did our tests, so the dry-ice snow event was sent throughout the world as an official event.  Of course, I was only 17 years and 10 months old, so what did I know?  Seems funny now.  Some day I have to find that article and show it to my grandkids.
Gene - Author of articles in Sawmill & Woodlot and books: Drying Hardwood Lumber; VA Tech Solar Kiln; Sawing Edging & Trimming Hardwood Lumber. And more

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