Haven't Seen Much About Murphy Lately. Sooo.....

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  1. KO6WB

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    Here's a short list of things you can expect whenever Murphy gets involved;
    Prototypes and Production.
    1. Any wire cut to length - will be short.
    2. Identical Circuits. Tested under identical conditions will NOT be identical in practice.
    3. The availability of a component is inversely proportional to the need for the component.
    4. If a project requires "N" components, there will be "N-1" in stock.
    5. If a particular Resistance is needed, that value will not be available, furthermore, it cannot be made up of series/parallel combinations.
    6. A dropped tool, will always fall where it will do the most damage. (Also known as the selective law of gravitation).
    7. If you connect a Three Phase Line, the Phase sequence will be wrong.
    8. A Motor will always rotate in the wrong direction.

    9. Interchangeable parts - Won't !.
    10. Components that must not (and cannot) be assembled wrong - Will be.
    11. A DC Meter will always be on an overly sensitive range, and will be wired into circuit in the wrong direction.
    12. If a circuit cannot fail, it will.
    13. A Failsafe Circuit will destroy others.
    14. A Transistor protected by a fast acting fuse, will protect the fuse by blowing first.
    15. A Self Starting Oscillator - wont start.
    16. A Crystal Oscillator will oscillate at the wrong frequency, If it works at all.
    17. If a PNP Transistor is required. Only NPN will be in stock.
    18. In any given estimate, the cost of the equipment will exceed the estimate by a factor of 3.

    Does this bring back any memories?
    Have fun
  2. K9STH

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    The contributions of Edsel Murphy on the behavior of inanimate objects. As published in the Proceedings of the IEEE!

    Glen, K9STH
  3. KA4DPO

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    The smallest component will always fall into the most inaccessible location where it can do the most damage.

    The corollary to Murphy's law is; There is no problem so technically complex that it can not be solved by brute force and ignorance.
  4. N9ZMO

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    There are days that I swear Murphy is a family relative.
  5. N7GH

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    Here is what I've found recently:

    No matter how well nor now many years a rig h as worked for you, it will have problems never before manefest when it arrives at the new buyer's.
  6. WA9SVD

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    If a breadboard circuit works as designed, the final PC board version will not function (no matter how many wire jumpers and cut traces are used...)
  7. WY5V

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  8. K9ZMD

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    John Murphy?

    Sad but true:

    When the new antenna for portable operation proves to be a smoking hot performer, the XYL will get huffy & cut short the vacation stay because resort maintenance keeps pestering for access.

    She insists it's nonsense to replace a grease ring in our condo when the unit beneath ours is the one with the wet ceiling; replace THEIR grease ring, whatever that is!
  9. N3AWS

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    Now you've done it!

    73, Jim N3AWS
  10. N0NB

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    About the time I became interested in amateur radio I bought a large wall poster of Murphy's Law. It has prepared me well for all sorts of life experiences.

    Those of us familiar with programming know this one all too well:

    There is always one more bug.

    And when working on something delicate:

    If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

    While not necessarily Murphy's Law although closely related:

    If a hammer doesn't fix it, you have an electrical problem.

    And on a vintage motorcycle forum some years back I coined the following:

    Nate's old bike axiom: Riding is the reward for time spent wrenching.
    Murphy's Corollary: Wrenching is the result of time spent riding!

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