How Things Work
USA, Engineers & Engines Magazine
British version from the Old Glory Magazine
Water Pumping Steam Engines
From the organization
Cincinnati Triple Steam
based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Leland L. Hite tells of the extreme
difficulties associated with the installation for a system of
steam-powered pumping engines of
gigantic proportions on a capricious river that dictated its
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American version published in
Engineers & Engines Magazine or the British
version published in the
Cincinnati’s Richard Miller Treatment Plant:
Setting the Foundations for the Future
10.5 Meg, PDF
By: Jeff Swertfeger, Lawrence
Moster, Leland L. Hite, and Bruce L. Whitteberry
Very possibly no other department of the
City of Cincinnati
possesses a more interesting history than the Water Works: not
only from its special record, but because it is more closely
connected with the development of the city, and illustrates its
progress to a better advantage.
SAY IT WITH CHIMES
you with easy options for making good choices when
designing and building tubular-bell wind chimes from
tubes, pipes, or rods, is our number one goal.
Rather than building to a fixed set of plans, information on
this site allows
you to customize a chime set specific to your personality and style.
How to Build Wind Chimes – DIY Plans 1.5 Meg, PDF,
How to build wind chimes. A great
sounding set of wind chimes can be built for about $15 to $40
depending on the chime set size you select. Choose from four
height selections ranging from 36 to 75 inches (900-1900 mm).
Add your creative touch by altering the material and style used
for the top support disk, striker and wind sail.
additional plans and drawing here
Made In Ohio – Steam Powered
(With pictures) 9.7 Meg, PDF
A linked Index, alphabetical and by city, for manufactures of steam
engines and steam powered machinery made in Ohio.
Big Iron Museums–USA
2 Meg, PDF
A listing of Big Iron Museums in the USA that
provide public tours for either walk-in or pre-scheduled
Text Only Version Here
Lee's See & Do List – Greater Cincinnati and Beyond
Arts & Theater – Golf Courses
– Hobbies –
Museums & Tours – Music
"The Hieronymus Hoax:
Radionics, the Miraculous Pathoclast, and Deception"
By Leland L. Hite, 9.5 Meg, 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
How Time Balls Worked
Observatory Birthplace of American Astronomy,
3.6 Meg, PDF
great-grandfather drop the ball again? Perhaps he watched it
How 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
Watch the video review for over 200 Worldwide Time Balls.
for Balls, Guns and Flaps
Why Headstones Are Arranged In Circles
By Leland L. Hite,
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?
Efficient – You or Nuclear
By Leland L. Hite, 42 K, PDF
Are you more efficient at converting food into useful energy
compared to the efficiency of a nuclear power plant converting nuclear
fuel into useful energy? Learn about many surprising energy efficiency
There's a Limelight Mystery Afoot!
By Leland L. Hite,
2.6 Meg, PDF
Used at the Cincinnati Water
Everything to do with lime
Nothing to do with water
In public with a female nude
Thrives on hydrogen and oxygen
WHAT IS IT and how was this device used?
A long time passed before we finally solved this mystery, We no
longer have the device but we do have pictures taken in 1902.
You can read the fascinating story surrounding the mystery and
how the identity for the unknown device was discovered.
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.
How To Throw A May Basket
Northwest Ohio Style
By Leland L. Hite, 200K, 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
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.
it's okay to ask your outdoor event planners
about their event safety plan for lightning.
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
40 Meg, PDF
By Robert T. Rhode
and Leland Hite, NEW August - 2014
Our scholarly 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 &. 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, 1.6
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 & Dyer manufactured steam engines and sawmills
in Hamilton, Ohio. The ingenious bridge was one of the first
suspension bridges in the United States.
Dodge's Institute To Valpo Tech – 1873 to 1991
2.4 Meg, PDF
Dodge’s Institute of Telegraphy (DIT) began in December 1873 and
became the largest school of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The
institute evolved into wireless telegraphy and courses in radio
technology added to the curriculum. 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. As a
quarter century has passed since the last VTI commencement ceremony, I
present this article in honor of all DIT and VTI graduates on this
Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.
Telegraph Instructor by G. M. Dodge, 1901,
from Dodge's Institute
of Telegraphy, 14 Meg. PDF
From the 1901 Telegraph Instructor
from the former communications headquarters for
the Cincinnati Fire Department located at the Greater Cincinnati Water Works,
Eden Park pumping station. 2.5 Meg, PDF
After the building at Eden Park was discontinued
as a pluming station it was repurposed by the Cincinnati Police and Fire
Department as the city dispatch for emergency communications. In 1941
Herman Meissner completed a series of murals for the fire department
section of the building. The murals depict 12 scenes in a fire fighting
evolution that sequence through time. Pictures by Lee Hite
A Photographic Story of the Flood in the Ohio Valley,
By Clem Schutte, Published by O. Middendorf, 33 Meg, PDF
Best Flood Pictures
Wilbur H. Cummings Museum of Electronics
10.8 Meg, PDF
Rated as the only place in Indiana worth visiting “for the sake of
science” by Popular Science Magazine in May 1988, the Wilbur H. Cummings
Museum of Electronics opened in 1973.
Occupying three rooms in J. B. Hershman Hall at Valparaiso Technical
Institute, the museum was the only Indiana site among top science and
technology attractions in the United States listed by the magazine. The
collection drew tourists from as far as Tokyo to view first generation
IBM computers, Jazz Age crystal radios, and even a working Edison
MY OWN TOOLS? SURE!
8 Meg, PDF
From The Ship Shape Sharp Shop, by Ersal Kindelv
Berea College Symposiums
WOOD TURNING & JOINERY
May & June, 1985
Said by Ersal Kindel: "A Sharp
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."
50 Years of Broadcasting to the World, 1.8 Meg, PDF
200 kW HF transmitters at Bethany Relay Station, 6.2 Meg, PDF
Museum of Broadcasting, “flickr“ Pictures
Tour VOA Museum,
WLW 500,000 Watt
Part 1 of 5
Tour of Voice of America Transmitter Plant, YouTube
History of Wireless Museum
The Gray History of
Wireless Museum website
Gray History of Wireless Museum at the VOA, “flickr“ Pictures
Other Antique Wireless and Old Time Radio Sites
Antique Wireless Association
Museum of Radio and Television Dover, Ohio
Museum of Radio
and Technology, Huntington, West Virginia
England Wireless and Steam Museum, E.
Crosley Radios, Cincinnati, Ohio
listing for over 3,900 private collections
Phil's old Radios listing
Radio Boulevard, Western
Historic Radio Museum Virginia City, NV
Ohio Museums Alphabetically 1.2 Meg, PDF
by County, 430K, PDF
Alphabetical, 630K, PDF
Kentucky Museums by Region,
Scale size for Cincinnati's Union Terminal
Train Station hides the power transformer.
I would like to recognize
the often overlooked and forgotten
and his assistant, Little Helper, part of the Scrooge McDuck
most famous inventor
for his important contribution
to the field of science.
How many engineers and scientists today got their start in early years
by reading about the antics of Gyro Gearloose and tinkering in a home workshop?
Also not forgotten are his Grandfather, Ratchet Gearloose; his Father, Fulton
Gearloose; and his Nephew, Newton Gearloose.
About 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.
Leland L. Hite (Lee), K8CLI, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA,
All Rights Reserved 1996-2017