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The newest registered user is Forrest Mims III

Post by Bigglez » Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:01 am

Mr. Mims it is a pleasure to find you here. I look forward
to your first post (of many, I hope)!

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Post by SETEC_Astronomy » Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:06 am

Same here, I got started in electronics reading his books.

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Post by MrAl » Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:06 pm

Sounds cool. Cant wait to hear some stuff from him, if he chooses
to add to the discussions at some point.
LEDs vs Bulbs, LEDs are winning.

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Post by CeaSaR » Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:12 pm

I, too, look forward to any post he may make. While not the very first book
on electronics I ever read, his were there very early on. Thank you for
joining Mr. Mims.

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Post by evahle » Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:38 pm

Wow! I don't know WHAT to say, except Thank You! I owe you a great deal Mr. Mims.

evahle :smile: :smile: :smile:

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Post by Dean Huster » Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:46 pm

As I recall, Forrest started publishing in the model rocketry arena before he began toying with electronics per se.

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Post by evahle » Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:26 pm

Yea Dean. I remember reading an article of his that sent a disc camera up in a kite, then remotely took pictures as it was flying. Excellent!

I've designed and built several rockets that had electronics in them. I built an off the shelf rocket with an el-cheapo camera that took real grainy pictures, to say the least.

Anyway, after seeing the article, I decided to build a rocket to send one of those disc cameras in and take snap shots after the parachute opened. It was about 6 foot tall and about 4 inches in dia., but I never got to finish testing with the camera installed. Too bad, now that I think of it. Anyway, I still have the camera in my junk drawer.

He'd always get my imagination going, because his projects were always modifiable.

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Post by bodgy » Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:38 pm

Is this Mr Mims, Mr Mims or some one with a pseudonym?


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Checking in with like minded experimenters

Post by Forrest Mims III » Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:09 pm

Greetings Electronics Experimenters,

Thanks very much for the kind greetings. I've read Nuts and Volts for years and should have joined the forum long ago.

While I still do circuit design, most of my time is spent using instruments, which I either designed and built or professional versions of the same, to measure the ozone layer, optical depth (haze), photosynthetic radiation, solar UV, total column water vapor (total amount of water vapor through the atmosphere), etc. I began a serious program doing these measurements on 4 Feb 1990 and will soon have 19 years of data. This research has resulted in a string of scientific papers with more to come.

You can be assured that using your electronics skills to do real science is about as fulfilling an activity there is, and I encourage you to consider the options. You can see some of mine at www.forrestmims.org.

For the past 5 years I have been editor of the non-profit THE CITIZEN SCIENTIST (www.sas.org/tcs), and we are quite proud to be publishing some first class material about scientific ballooning by Paul Verhage.

While I read every e-mail that arrives, time is limited by the conflict posed by the many messages that arrive and the need to earn a living. So while I do read everything, replies may be slow at times.

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Post by MrAl » Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:19 pm

Welcome again Mr Mims, nice to see you joined in.
LEDs vs Bulbs, LEDs are winning.

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Post by MicroRem » Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:47 pm

Welcome aboard Sir, great to see you here.

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Post by jwax » Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:52 pm

Welcome, Forrest, and thank you for your extensive contributions!
Learned from your books, and look forward to following your latest explorations!
John

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Post by dacflyer » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:40 pm

WOW, a GURU is among us... WELCOME :D

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Post by VernGraner » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:25 am

dacflyer wrote:WOW, a GURU is among us... WELCOME :D
GURU?! More like ELECTRONICS ROCK STAR!! :smile:

Its an Honor Sirrah!! :grin:

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Post by cdenk » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:31 pm

Happy to have Forrest on the list. I have always admired the basics of his books. I have an antique here on the desk: "Engineer's Notebook II" by Forrest, copyright 1982. It came from Radio Shack (when you could get a good selection of electronics there) for $2.49. I still use it for a reference. :)

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