Thank you all for the response. Max is a very private person, so I’m not surprised that we don’t have anyway of contacting him. At one time, I new his real name, but as usual, I’ve forgotten it— as if that would help us.
Mike, thank you for the comment about my TC meter. I had a slight understanding about transistors, but I know NOTHING about chips. I was thinking it was an individual timing component and it could be bypassed with a hot wire. I think you made me understand that a chip is an extremely small component that can NOT be modified.
JO; I did take your suggestion and purchased a “meat thermometer” like you had said. It looked good, but had only about a 1 m lead on it. I was planning to take apart a telephone cable, which contains 4 very fine individual wires and using them to splice into the thermometer’s cable to make it longer. Unfortunately, it was in the shop at the time of the fire. ( I think I paid $15 from Walmart.
I was just thinking that calling between countries in Europe, was more like calling between states over here. You and Kristijan do talk on the phone don’t you??
Al; Thank you for the suggestion. I didn’t know we could get readers like that, that didn’t need a separate power source. I think I will order a couple, and hopefully they will fit in my panel where the ones are that I use to use.
Again Thank you all for your replies. TomC
PS “wind chill” tonight and tomorrow will be -40 F. ( did I figure correctly, that would also be -40 C ?)