Below are recent
articles from some of my interest.
75 Cincinnati Museums
50 Historical Societies
Museums and Historical Societies of Greater Cincinnati Directory,
and Secrets: Hidden History of Cincinnati Radio
How Cincinnati's shortwave radio station,
WLWO, became the American worldwide spy network connection.
Using an unbreakable code then and today, the US
intelligence agency used Cincinnati to move secret messages
around the world.
Why a Dead Alkaline Battery Bounces
By Leland L. Hite
This test works equally well for AA,
AAA, C, D and 9 Volt alkaline batteries.
Eliminate Unintended Delays
We Can Cause
an Emergency Responder
How Time Balls Worked
Birthplace of American Astronomy,
3.6 MB, PDF
By Leland L. Hite
Video review for over 200 Worldwide Time Balls
Time Signaling from Balls, Guns and Flaps
great-grandfather drop the ball again? Perhaps he watched it drop!
How was time was decided in the Greater Cincinnati area before radio
signals, telegraphy, or other electronic methods. Preserving our
global heritage for signaling time, prior to modern electronic
methods, were time balls, time guns and time flaps that
synchronized with the local astronomical observatory. First
dropped in 1829 at Portsmouth, England, they remain today an
ornamental and educational attraction in many locations around
The Hieronymus Hoax:
Radionics, the Miraculous Pathoclast, and Deception
By Leland L. Hite, 9.5 MB, PDF
Becoming desperate for a solution to a medical condition
can cause irrational people to embrace alternate medical
solutions that others consider the work of quacksalvers. This
investigation into the Pathoclast discovers a surprising answer
for why people would endorse treatment from a device that
doesn't work for a disease they don't have. Read how the hoax
Steps to Better Home and Vehicle Safety
1.2 MB, PDF
By Leland L. Hite
For any homeowner ranging from the person who says,
"I didn't know I needed to know that to the expert who occasionally
wants a reminder."
are Arranged In Circles
By Leland L. Hite, 200 KB, PDF
The traditional configuration of facing the headstone
along an east west axis and positioning the body with the head pointing
west, thereby allowing the feet to see the rising sun, was not followed
with this pattern; instead, the wheel pattern was used, but why?
Dodge's Institute to Valpo Tech
By: Leland L. Hite, 3.3 MB, PDF
Dodges Institute of Telegraphy (DIT) began in December 1873 and
largest school of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The institute
wireless telegraphy and courses in radio technology were added to the
In 1944, DIT was renamed Valparaiso Technical Institute (Valpo
Tech or VTI). Rated among the top 10 such educational organizations in
the world, Valpo Tech became the oldest electronic institute in the
country. The school celebrated its final graduation on May 25, 1990, and
closed its doors after the January 1991 graduation.
How To Throw A May Basket
Northwest Ohio Style
By: Leland L. Hite, 200 KB, PDF
If your goal was to meet
that special girl or guy, you would throw a May Basket on the apple of
your eye. When you wanted to gather a group of friends for a party, you
might throw a May Basket. Often, you wanted to recognize that special
person for doing well, and throwing a May Basket was an appropriate
There's A Limelight Mystery Afoot
What is it? PDF
Used at the Cincinnati Water Works.
Everything to do with lime.
Nothing to do with water.
In public with a female nude.
Thrives on oxygen and hydrogen.
Lightning Safety Guidelines and Event Safety Plan
By: Leland L. Hite, 80 KB, PDF
If you can see lightning or
hear thunder, you are in danger!
While your chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime
is estimated at 1 in 5,000, it is much better than winning the
lottery. Participating in high-risk outdoor activities when
lightning approaches can increase your odds of a lightning
experience. You can significantly reduce your risk by practicing
These guidelines are from classroom handouts provided during continuing education credit classes for lighting safety, by
Electrical Engineer, Leland L. Hite.
YES: it's okay to ask your outdoor event planners
about their event safety plan for lightning.
ASK: The Coach, The Referee, The Umpire, The Administrators, The Parents, The Event Planner, or the Sponsor.
Obed Hussey and His
Ohio Test of the First Successful Reaper
By Robert T. Rhode
and Leland Hite, 40 MB, PDF
Our work breaks new ground on an event that was of
tremendous importance to the world: the testing of the first
successful reaping machine, which revolutionized agriculture
globally in the nineteenth century and started farming down
the path toward industrialization. That test,
with its far-reaching consequences, took place near Mt.
Healthy, Ohio, in 1835. Even though books and articles from
the 1800s and early 1900s noted the achievement, it has been
largely overlooked in our time, and it has never been fully
researched and described. Bob and I made it our mission to
investigate the matter thoroughly. Over the past year, we
discovered many surprising facts that had been forgotten or
that had never been brought to light.
This article was originally published in the October-November
2014 edition of Engineers and. Engines Magazine,
and posted here with permission from the publisher.
The First Cable Suspension Bridge Built in Ohio
By Robert T. Rhode and Leland Hite, 5.6
On the 12th of December (2014), Leland
Hite and Robert T. Rhode, acting on behalf of the Mt.
Healthy Historical Society, recovered the last remaining
component of the first cable suspension bridge built in
Ohio. The 167-year-old iron tripod was one of four that had supported the
cables of the 42′ bridge crossing the West Branch of Mill
Creek near Mt. Healthy. Built in 1847, the footbridge on the
Lane family farm was the brainchild of William Lane, brother
of Clark Lane, the noted industrialist whose company of
Owens, Lane and Dyer manufactured steam engines and sawmills
in Hamilton, Ohio. The ingenious bridge was one of the first
suspension bridges in the United States.
MY OWN TOOLS - SURE!
8 MB, PDF
From The Ship Shape Sharp Shop, by Ersal Kindelv
Berea College Symposiums,
WOOD TURNING and JOINERY
May and June, 1985
Tool Is A Safe Tool, has been said many times and I say it again.
Not only that but there is joy in using a sharp tool. There is a lot of
satisfaction in making smooth clean cuts in a piece of wood, but---this
is nearly impossible if the cutting edge is not sharp. So, let's see how
we can get and hold a sharp edge.
I'll show you one way −
the way I do it."
See & Do List - Greater Cincinnati,
340 KB, PDF
By Leland L. Hite
An exhaustive list for Arts and Theater - Golf Courses - Hobbies - Festivals
Museums - Tours, Music
and Broadcast Museums
Auman Museum of
Radio and Television Dover, Ohio
Wireless Assn. Bloomfield, NY
Early Television Museum, Hilliard, OH
Broadcast Communications, Chicago, IL
Modesto Radio Museum, Modesto, CA
Museum of Radio and
Technology, Huntington, WV
Yesterday (mostly communications)
Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting
New England Wireless and
Phil's Old Radios
Radio Boulevard, Western
Historic Radio Museum Virginia City, NV
Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut
Vintage Technology Assn. Electronics Museum, Dayton, Ohio
Ohio Museums Alphabetically 1.2 MB, PDF
by County, 430 KB, PDF
Alphabetical, 630 KB, PDF
Kentucky Museums by Region,
310 KB, PDF
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me: I am a retired electronics engineer with a passion for
investigating technical issues, occasionally surrounded with mystery and
often bridging several fields of technology. Contact me
Unofficial archives for the GE Aircraft Nuclear Program ANP (1950s).
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Class of 1960 and
Pike Township School
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