What Is This Thing?

click once to enlarge. the device is about 16 tall x 16 inches wide x 7 in. deep

 

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Related post (about another thing the purpose of which I couldn’t figure out): Anyone Know What This Thing Is?

 

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John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

  • http://www.1truebeliever.wordpress.com wickle

    For one thing, it's just about the coolest thing I've ever seen. If I'd had one of these as a kid, I might never have needed other toys.

    It looks like an old radio set (ham radio, maybe?).

  • http://www.1truebeliever.wordpress.com wickle

    For one thing, it's just about the coolest thing I've ever seen. If I'd had one of these as a kid, I might never have needed other toys.

    It looks like an old radio set (ham radio, maybe?).

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Yeah, that what's I thought: that it's a RADIO … something. This lame photo I hurredly took of it (whilst zipping by to pick up my wife from work) doesn't do justice to how SHINY and new the thing looks. Here it looks quite dark/dingy. But it's … engagingly new-looking. I love it. It confuses the heck out of me—but so much does. I wonder if anyone will know, really, what it is?

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Yeah, that what's I thought: that it's a RADIO … something. This lame photo I hurredly took of it (whilst zipping by to pick up my wife from work) doesn't do justice to how SHINY and new the thing looks. Here it looks quite dark/dingy. But it's … engagingly new-looking. I love it. It confuses the heck out of me—but so much does. I wonder if anyone will know, really, what it is?

  • FreetoBe

    It's a signal generator, made in about 1951.

    What is a signal generator? (from Wiki) They are generally used in designing, testing, troubleshooting and repairing electronic or electroacoustic devices;…..

    Some guy has a copy of the manual online at:

    ftp://bana.sbc.edu/downloads/paco/e200c/

    Wish I had time to look at the manual….I'm thinking it has to do with radio something-or-other. Measures signals? Sends signals? That part in the middle looks like something my dad used to use in designing buildings.

  • FreetoBe

    It's a signal generator, made in about 1951.

    What is a signal generator? (from Wiki) They are generally used in designing, testing, troubleshooting and repairing electronic or electroacoustic devices;…..

    Some guy has a copy of the manual online at:

    ftp://bana.sbc.edu/downloads/paco/e200c/

    Wish I had time to look at the manual….I'm thinking it has to do with radio something-or-other. Measures signals? Sends signals? That part in the middle looks like something my dad used to use in designing buildings.

  • FreetoBe

    Actually, you would have to be an engineer in order to read it, either sending or receiving.

  • FreetoBe

    Actually, you would have to be an engineer in order to read it, either sending or receiving.

  • http://samwrites2.wordpress.com samwrites2

    John,

    FreetoBe got it right. Mostly used for fixing radios.

    When hooked to a speaker it's easier to think of as a "Tone" generator instead of a "Signal" generator.

    Used a descendant to fix radios used to call in close air support when I was in an Air Support Operations Center, or ASOC, in the USAF.

    Ah, RF signals. I remember the 60 hertz tone well as it scrambled my brain and hearing. Imagine listening to Billy Preston's "Space Race" over and over and over and over…

    You could probably use it these days to make electronica dance music, John.

    You could be "DJ Sudden Christian."

    How's that sound?

    -Sam

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com Skerrib

    I think it came from the Bat Cave.

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com Skerrib

    I think it came from the Bat Cave.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    THE BAT CAVE!

    Man, I wish I'd thought of that. Too funny!!!!! Excellent.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    THE BAT CAVE!

    Man, I wish I'd thought of that. Too funny!!!!! Excellent.

  • Harlan Reinders

    It's a Signal Generator. But the bigger question is what is the purpose of the quiz? :-)

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    The purpose of this quiz is threefold: 1. To give people something to kind of marvel at for a moment; 2. To give people a chuckle; and 3. For us, as a group, to discover what this thing is. Thus are we excited, entertained, and enlightened.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    The purpose of this quiz is threefold: 1. To give people something to kind of marvel at for a moment; 2. To give people a chuckle; and 3. For us, as a group, to discover what this thing is. Thus are we excited, entertained, and enlightened.

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com skerrib

    I disagree; I'm amused, but not excited at all. Please send my $1000 ASAP.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Really? You didn't marvel at this thing at ALL?

    • Jeanine Petty

      i think instinctively boys/men are wired (notice how i worked that in…wired…) to marvel at it more and for a longer period of time than women. I think women on the most part would just look at it for a moment and go…huh…..there’s a thingy.

      But then again i’m usually wrong.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Really? You didn't marvel at this thing at ALL?

    • Jeanine Petty

      i think instinctively boys/men are wired (notice how i worked that in…wired…) to marvel at it more and for a longer period of time than women. I think women on the most part would just look at it for a moment and go…huh…..there’s a thingy.

      But then again i’m usually wrong.

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com skerrib

    It was more of a quiet reverence.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Oh, I'm sorry, but our judges have ruled that reverence—no matter its decibel level—is closer to excitement than it is to amusement. But please feel free to play our game again any time!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Oh, I'm sorry, but our judges have ruled that reverence—no matter its decibel level—is closer to excitement than it is to amusement. But please feel free to play our game again any time!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Well, it was a close call. And you tried. That's what really matters, don't you think? Even receiving 1,000 tax free dollars can't compare to the satisfaction of knowing that you faced a challenge, and tried your best.

  • Cibola

    Cool. It made me want to turn some knobs….but what I REALLY wanted to do was pull that little brass chain thingy.

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com skerrib

    Doggone it, I really had high hopes on that one!

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com skerrib

    Doggone it, I really had high hopes on that one!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Cibola: I felt the same way! I WAS going to pull that chain: but I feared the world would explode.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Cibola: I felt the same way! I WAS going to pull that chain: but I feared the world would explode.

  • arlywn

    I'm sticking with time travel.

  • http://www.yvettenietzen.com Yvette

    This is a generator for radio, so says my husband!

  • http://www.yvettenietzen.com Yvette

    This is a generator for radio, so says my husband!

  • Cibola

    Pull the chain!!! DO it!!

  • Cibola

    Pull the chain!!! DO it!!

  • Forestwalkerjoe

    My first impression was that it looked like an old siezmology machine.. for marking Earth Quakes.. but then i thought.. no.. maybe its a signal scrambler for radio or a moris code reciever.

    I think its the middle one.. some sort of signal Jammer.


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