Most of us in Amateur Radio get called on to do tech repairs of one kind or another. It’s like being the kid in your class who knew how to run the projector, right?
Anyway, last Thursday we spent the day helping XYL Susie’s sister get some of those jobs done. They did the curtain rod hanging, while I was assigned to “electrical” and A-V.
After hanging a new chandelier and unboxing and configuring a smart TV, I started on the wall outlets – 1950s style without the grounding socket. Odd how there were two of them within three feet near a window. After changing one of them out and testing it, I pulled the next one out and this is what I found – a duplex outlet wired with ancient 300 ohm TV twinlead!
Since the outlet had measured zip for voltage, I can only assume that someone had used it as a TV antenna outlet. Talk about not paying attention to impedance matching! It was removed and replaced with a blank wall plate.
Anyway, while I missed my radio club’s Thursday Radios in the Park (we got home just before 9:00 PM), it was fun to discover this, um, “creative” use of two electrical items that should never be used together – and to once again be the alpha geek.