The magnetron

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  1. nursetim

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    the microwave was developed from the magnetron by some schmoe that walked by and noticed his chocolate bar had melted.

    Um, body heat has done this to me on a few occasions, so how is it significant?

    Now he went back and put unpopped popcorn by the magnetron and they popped, so I guess he was correct. But it is plausible that he was mistaken initially, only to be proved correct.
     
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    In the old B-52 there was a magnetron downstairs in front of the radar navs position, that the guys used to put food stuff on to heat it.
    That was way before Microwaves.
     

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    Lots of things and applications have been invented/discovered by accident. Teflon, Post-It notes, vulcanized rubber, many more.
     
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    Me :whistling:
     
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    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Anyone wnat to hear about the cool thing I discovered with nothing but a glass and a bottle of Glenmorangie?


    I didn't think so :rofl:
     
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    uhlawpup l'Italia s'è desta

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    When I was a teenager, I worked for a TV station and used to heat my food in the resonant cavity of the studio to transmitter microwave link.

    Had to be careful and quick, though....
     
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    Magnetron sounds like it should be decent name for band.
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    I thought it was the bad guy ( machine ) in "the Transformers". :supergrin:

    wp
     
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    Wil Ufgood GTDS #88 CLM

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    SC Tiger As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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    Megatron's older brother.
     
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    Football player, I thought.
     
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    The microwave oven came before the B-52 but the first commercially available one was over 6 feet tall, weighed 750 lbs, and cost between $2000-3,000. For reference, in 1947, $2,500 adjusted for inflation would be ~ $26,753, or more than the Honda Accord I bought a year ago.

    In other words, not many people had them. $27,000 is a lot to pay to re-heat last night's leftovers. :wow:
     
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    Well in the late 50s and early 60s there was the Amana RadarRange. Commonly available kitchen appliance. May have been high end though. We never had one. No DW either till mom talked dad into one you could roll over to the sink and hook up.

    First time I ever saw a MW was at the New York Boat Show at the Coliseum up on Columbus Circle. Early 1970s. I believe it was a Tappan, and marketed to well heeled boat owners and yachting types. They were becoming a big deal and probably expensive.

    The salesman demoing made me my first ever MW cooked meal: A hot dog!

    It was pretty good.
     
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    In the Coast Guard we used to cool down our six-packs of beer with a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher. I know, nothing to do with a magnetron, but I just wanted to say something.
     
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    I used to wake up the person in dispatch at the rescue squad with a co2 extinguisher.
     
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    Used to cook TV dinners in an insulated box with a 100 watt light bulb. Yea... just wanted to say something too.
     
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    I used to cook hotdogs in my college dorm with the bare ends of a plugged-in extension cord when I wasn't making grilled cheese sandwiches with an iron. A Mr. Coffee made killer Ramen, too... HH
     
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    Learn something every day. If I'd have known they were so cheap back then, I'd have bought two of them. NOT.

    I remember wanting to buy my wife one in the 80's and my wife arguing against them. Nowdays we don't know how to live without one.
     
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    Our family got an Amana RR-4 in August 1972. It's still going strong today, 43 years later. They really knew how to build things back then, but IIRC, at about $1,000 in 1972, it sure better last...and did.
     
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    1000 was a LOT of money in 1972.

    I have a 30+ yr old MW in storage in the basement. Still works, a tappan. Was around 400ish, mid 1980s.