[time-nuts] Vintage Quartz Crystal Manufacturing

Bob Camp kb8tq at n1k.org
Sun Sep 25 13:32:24 EDT 2016


Hi

As I said, there was more than one side to the controversy. 

The crystal industry being what it was, what one company knew, the others
soon knew. Indeed, there was money made on the film ….

Bob

> On Sep 25, 2016, at 12:38 PM, William H. Fite <omniryx at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> So cynical, Bob.  ☺
> 
> The fact is that many, many short films of this type were made during WWII
> and to a lesser extent during the Cold War, primarily for educational
> awareness of the general pubic as well as members of the armed forces. A
> great uncle of mine who was an executive at RCA oversaw the making of
> several of these films. I do not believe that the companies profited
> greatly from their production. As to advertising, would watching that film
> make you run out and buy a box of crystals?
> 
> On Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 9:53 AM, Bob Camp <kb8tq at n1k.org> wrote:
> 
>> Hi
>> 
>> The film on YouTube was done by a crystal manufacturing company. The
>> production of the film
>> was paid for by the US Government. The company made a chunk of money off
>> of making the film and then
>> preceded to use it as advertising for the next 20 years.
>> 
>> If you dropped in to a crystal manufacturing plant at any point over the
>> next 30 years after that film
>> was made, the styles of dress had changed. The crystal holders had
>> changed. Most of the processes
>> were still the same and some of the gear was still the same ….
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>>> On Sep 25, 2016, at 1:00 AM, Cube Central <cubecentral at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> I watched this video totally in awe at how much "hands-on" processing
>> was required.  I am not sure what I thought before, but I suppose this
>> level of work was done for most every technical thing back then.  I really
>> got a huge kick out of seeing every step of the process.  I was also in awe
>> of the machines that were made specifically for the manufacturing process -
>> the testers, the vacuum chamber, the meters, the cold box!  However, I was
>> a bit concerned at the somewhat relaxed attitude and working conditions,
>> specifically around the X-RAY devices and found myself hoping that they
>> were well shielded!  I couldn't imagine wearing rings (or nail polish) on
>> my fingers and working with oil, water, abrasive grit, soap, etching acid,
>> neutralizer, etc. every day and not wearing gloves - my hands would have
>> been wrecked!  I got such a great sense of not only how these things were
>> made, but also how the working environment must have been.  I couldn't
>> imagine doing any of those tasks for more
>>  t
>>> han a month straight before I would go batty.  I have a ton of respect
>> for the women and men who hand checked every single sliver of quartz and
>> who tested, retested, etched and re-etched thousands of crystals.
>>> 
>>> Would you please expand more on what controversy you are referencing?  I
>> didn't really see anything controversial there, except maybe the working
>> conditions/safety hazards!  Maybe I need to watch it again and not be so
>> engrossed with the technical and working aspects?
>>> 
>>> Thanks for your thoughts, and thank you to whomever linked it - I really
>> enjoyed it!  Any others I should see?
>>> 
>>>      -Randal R
>>>              (at CubeCentral)
>>> 
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: time-nuts [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Bob
>> Camp
>>> Sent: Saturday, 24 September, 2016 09:53
>>> To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement <
>> time-nuts at febo.com>
>>> Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Vintage Quartz Crystal Manufacturing
>>> 
>>> Hi
>>> 
>>> It’s interesting how much controversy that film stirred up. Literally 30
>> years after it was made, you could get a fairly excited conversation going
>> about it at the FCS.
>>> On one side were the people who felt it was a sweetheart deal to Reves
>> at a point that other companies were being prosecuted for “excess profits”.
>> On the other side were the guys with Reves badges  and those who believed
>> it did serve an honest purpose.
>>> 
>>> Bob
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On Sep 24, 2016, at 6:04 AM, Bryan _ <bpl521 at outlook.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> May find this old video interesting.
>>>> https://youtu.be/Iy23Us3nrX8
>>>> 
>>>> -=Bryan=-
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