[time-nuts] Antique precision timing device without electronics

William H. Fite omniryx at gmail.com
Fri Mar 17 15:11:30 EDT 2017

My great, great uncle, longtime design engineer for Guglielmo Marconi had a
tuning fork arrangement of the type discussed here that was enclosed in an
evacuated glass cylinder. I have no idea for what purpose it was used or
what happened to it when he died.

On Friday, March 17, 2017, Poul-Henning Kamp <phk at phk.freebsd.dk> wrote:

> --------
> In message <160EF818076B4D03A0C067ED273D980B at system072>, "Bill Hawkins"
> writes:
> >Conservation of power says some must be taken from the fork to operate
> >the contacts.
> Electromagnetic induction could give plenty energy for that, given the
> size and heft of the tuning fork.
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William H Fite, PhD
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Statistical Analysis & Research Methods

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