Abstract: A coaxial cable tap is provided for connection to a coaxial line that is accomplished without disconnection of the coaxial line or otherwise disrupting service. A precise oval area of the outer jacket and shield is removed along with a controlled depth penetration of the dielectric material surrounding the center conductor in the area of the cable where the coaxial cable tap is to be positioned. The tap coupling block has a groove fitting the cable outer surface and a retaining cover, attached by screws, that, as tightened down forcing the cable down into the groove, a coaxial center probe is forced through the dielectric and into the center conductor. At the same time conductive contact members are brought into contact with the coaxial conductive shield thereby establishing an electrical path between the coaxial shield and the metallic body of the tap coupling block.
Abstract: Greetings along with a portrayal scene are duplicated on both a greeting card and a coin (medallion) packaged together in respective sections of a two section transparent plastic package. The package has a single opening at the top, an elongate rectangular card receiving pocket section at the top and a smaller lower pocket section at the bottom receiving the coin. The pocket sections are separated one from the other by opposite side transverse inwardly directed front and back plastic weld extensions that extend inwardly enough to provide a bottom for the the card receiving pocket section and yet leave enough opening for passage of the coin to and from the lower pocket section. The card, a folded over on itself card, may be removed to be signed personally and reinserted.
Abstract: A probe light is provided with two power lines passed through a long tubular small diameter brass rod extended from a handle with a plug in socket connection to a power supply to a small cross sectional halogen lamp bulb socket for a small diameter halogen light bulb. The halogen light bulb used is a high intensity light bulb pulling relatively high amperage developing considerable heat. The tubular small diameter brass rod, that is bendable for use convenience, conducts heat away from the lamp bulb socket and the plug in leads of the lamp bulb are bent in a wave shape to insure good electrical contact through an extensive heat temperature range. The lamp bulb leads plug into internal openings in the two socket pins held within the lamp bulb socket with the socket pins being heavy duty pins also conducting heat away from the lamp bulb leads.
Abstract: A trailer hitch is provided where a longitudinally moveable rectangular cap is slidably mounted on a rectangular (square in some instances) pipe used as a trailer hitch tongue mounting within its lead end a trailer hitch ball socket member welded in place in the pipe with the socket opening therein facing downwardly. The rectangular cap is provided with an enlarged opening in the bottom thereof that with the cap slid forwardly to an open position that permits passage of a trailer hitch ball through the enlarged opening into and removal from the socket opening in the trailer hitch ball socket member. The rectangular cap has a narrow opening extension from the enlarged opening such that when the cap is slid back the opening extension while large enough to accommodate the shank of the trailer hitch ball is narrow enough to capture the trailer hitch ball locking it in place in the ball socket opening.
Abstract: A passive telephone line monitor is provided for keeping a log of telephone line activity, both incoming and outgoing, with a microcomputer (MCU) controlled by an onboard program read only memory (ROM) working with 64K bytes of random access memory (RAM) divided into 32 byte caches allowing for up to 2,000 phone call registers depending upon utilization of available space. One hundred Alpha Directory numbers can be stored from its keyboard for personalized caller identification. Upon power application, memory, input devices and registers are initialized, and time and date are entered from the monitor keypad. The microcomputer, an interrupt controlled device, detects monitor keyboard interrupt and displays the data on a liquid crystal display, and upon completion of date and time entry, the MCU clears all interrupt flags and displays current date and clock.
Abstract: A three piece easy release detachable fishhook is provided having a hook member with an angle formed portion terminating with an upward extended shank end, an upper hook connection member having a top end fish line tie on opening, an upper round shank portion extending from the top end opening a specific length exceeding the length of a slide down hook retaining cylindrical sleeve and a portion extending downwardly from the bottom shoulder of the upper round shank portion in a section that is channel shaped throughout its length and formed to the contour of the angle formed portion of said hook member. The slide down hook cylindrical sleeve in the slide down state locks the hook member angle formed portion seated in the channel shaped section of the upper hook connection member maintaining the easy release detachable fishhook in the assembled state. When the slide down hook cylindrical sleeve is raised to an upper position the hook member is free to fall away from the upper hook connection.
Abstract: A self contained tilt rack video cassette library cabinet containing multiple VCP units with an XYZ motion tape cassette selection and delivery system to computer directed insertion in a subscriber VCP and return after play to a tilt rack library storage bin. The system includes activation means, movie selection means and a TV set at each subscriber location, an address mechanism in the system and a telephone line connection through a duplex modem to a computer having a monitor and keyboard with computer controlling XYZ carrier movement pick up of cartridges from and return to video cassette storage bins, insertion and extraction of selected video cassettes to and from subscriber dedicated video cassette players (VCP). Each VCP has an audio and video output connection to respective modulators each output connected to a combiner mixer.
November 28, 1989
Date of Patent:
July 21, 1992
John P. Ammon, William B. Stuhler, John A. Palmer
Abstract: An easy connect and disconnect two piece fishhook structure is provided with the hook portion having a stem shank with an annular cold formed or machined depression adjacent its free end. The other portion of the two piece fishhook structure is a spring connect member with two opposite side extensions from a coil spring loop that also serves as the fish line tie on loop. One of the two opposite side extensions is a mounting spring reaction force anchor end with a tightly coiled end that is an open sliding fit on the hook shank. The other extension is a spring arm from the coil spring loop with an end hook stem engaging hook "V" that is resiliently deflected inwardly to permit passage of the hook stem therethrough and resilient coil spring force engagement against the annular depression in the stem shank when so positioned with release by the hand.
Abstract: A relatively thin bend formed shim tool formed of sheet metal, or plastic, is provided to help a locksmith view and have access to lock release mechanism of a locked vehicle door from the outside when the vehicle door key is lost, or left inside the vehicle. The tool insert sheet portion is inserted downwardly between the outer surface of the door window glass and the outer window sill rubber seal to hold the rubber seal deflected back out of the way when two wedges are pushed down between the door window glass and the tool insert sheet at opposite ends thereof. The tool has a curved back bottom edge at the lower edge of the insert sheet portion that depends from a rounded top that spans a portion of the door outer sill rubber seal to an outer diverging outward sheet continuation to a further outwardly extended handle.
Abstract: A machine to collect iron or steel shot or ferrous grit from factory plant floors for reuse in blast machines or other industrial processes. Round doughnut like magnets mounted on a through shaft are stacked together with like North and South poles adjacent one to another in or such as N-SS-NN-SS-NN-SS-NN-SS-NN-SS-NN-S. A drive system includes a floor engaging wheel and a lug pulley and belt drive connected to a gear drive connected to one end of the through shaft that mounts the end to end round magnets extending transversely substantially the width of the machine. A multi-pocketed flexible conveyor belt is passed around the shaft and end to end magnet assembly to extend therefrom up and around idler drum located upward and toward the rear, that being non-magnetic permits iron or steel shot and/or ferrous material grit to dump from the multipocketed belt down to the separating screen.
Abstract: A twisted spinner blade with laser beam cut surface patterns is provided for use with fishing lures designed to be especially effective in bass fishing. The laser beam cuts that are shallow can have spacing consistent with cuttings running to a much as provided with approximately one hundred forty four thousand pictel cuts per inch. Such laser line surface pattern cuttings intensify reflected light and the cutting area prismatic effect generates a color spectrum reflection and a hologram like image on particles and plankton in the water as it is being moved in a spinning action through the water. This image effect generated around the spinner blade as it is spinning in water while being moved therethrough appears to bass (or other game fish) as a small fish such as a minnow would appear in more visible form.
December 27, 1990
Date of Patent:
February 4, 1992
Chester G. Woodruff, Bob W. McKinney, Jr.
Abstract: A solar powered lead acid battery rejuvenator circuit is provided that generates fast time very short duration pulses on the order of five micro seconds or less with a five mega volt per second rise time to 1:1 to 1:3 times the theoretical cell voltage with pulses in the approximate range of from 2,000 to 10,000 times per second. The circuit is also a trickle charger for lead acid batteries. A solar cell panel is connected to power a DC to AC inverter multivibrator having a center tap and opposite side end connections to a primary coil of a transformer. The secondary coil of the transformer, that is a fast rise time transformer in the order of two nano seconds per volt rise time transformer, has opposite end connections to two opposite side terminals of a four diode rectifier bridge. The other opposite connections of the AC to DC rectifier bridge are connected to like polarity terminals of a battery subject to rejuvenator pulse inputs and trickle charging.
Abstract: A hard material pointed bottom tool is presented having a top handle and a stand-on side extension enabling body weight through a user's foot to drive the pointed bottom end into the ground for repeatedly providing seed receiving planting holes. The stand-on side extension also serves as a depth limiting gauge for the tool driven ground seed planting holes. An additional refigurement includes lower bottom thread- on pointed ends replaceable as desired with ends of different lengths for seed planting hole depth suitable to the seeds being planted and, in addition, having bottom replaceable ends of different harder material such as tempered steel in place of other material in the balance of the tool.
Abstract: A multiple (infinite positions) position swivel ball mount with the swivel ball position clamp locked between two clampable base members that may be clamped toward each other between the jaws of a vise tightly on the swivel ball. Recesses are provided in each of the two clampable base members so that clamping force is exerted by the base members in opposite annular bands displaced from the opposite side center points of the swivel ball for enhanced positive clamping thereof when the clampable base members are tightened into position clamped engagement with the swivel ball. A projection from the swivel ball has an article mounting and holding fixture outer end and the two clampable base members together have an open channel permitting a greatly extended range of angled positions the swivel ball can be clamped in providing a greatly varied range of article mountings.
Abstract: A finger nail polish removing structure including a container for holding nail polish removing liquid with a base and a lid, and a finger nail scrubbing structure mounted within the container in spaced relation to the container base bottom wall and to the lid top wall, defining a liquid chamber in the base and an upper chamber above the finger nail scrubbing structure. In some embodiments the finger nail scrubbing structure is supported within the container base, and includes five finger bore openings with four bore openings, of substantially equal diameter on a circle within the planar extent of the finger nail scrubbing structure and with the fifth bore opening a thumb tip receiving opening of greater diameter than the other four finger openings and displaced closer to the center of the finger nail scrubbing structure to receive simultaneously the finger nails and nail finger tips to the nail end joints of all five fingers of one hand.
Abstract: An electrical power source, either AC or DC, lead acid battery rejuvenator and charger circuit switchable between rejuvenator and charger modes of operation. For the rejuvenator mode of operation a rejuvenator pulse signal generating circuit supplies voltage in the form of fast rise voltage pulses peaking at a voltage necessary to cause battery plate saturation that is 1:1 to 1:3 times the theoretical battery cell voltage. This is accomplished by use of very short duration pulses in the order of 5 micro seconds or less time width wise with extremely fast rise time in the order of 5 mega volts per second rise time with these pulses occurring in approximately the 2,000 to 10,000 times per second frequency range.
Abstract: A fully automatic torque converter transmission is presented that uses a "V" belt with inner teeth that engage mating teeth on a variable pitch pulley core in a low speed high torque state transformable into an infinitely variable higher speed shift mechanism. The bicycle pedal sprocket drives a pivoted cluster of three small sprockets with a drive chain loop interconnect driving a first sprocket as a driven member, and the other two serving as idlers in maintaining the chain at constant length. A speed ratio of approximately 1:6 from the pedal sprocket to the driven sprocket optimizes torque transmission capacity of the system with the driven sprocket attached to a self-centering, spring loaded, variable pitch pulley. This pulley has a core shaped like a timing belt pulley with grooves (or teeth) at its surface.
Abstract: A device for holding a lock key firmly while inserting the key in a lock on a building, automobile, filing cabinet or other. The purpose of the tool is to impart torque simultaneous with a rocking motion to the key. This causes marks to be made on the key by the lock pins or wafers and shows the locksmith where to file the key to make it open the lock. This procedure is well known to those in the locksmith's trade, and is called impressioning.
Abstract: A multi-cylinder and short lead screw driven travel arm or machinery movement unit achieving infinitely variable travel through the design limits of travel imposed thereon. In one working configuration using 1", 2", 4" and 8" travel pneumatic cylinders and a 1" travel screw together yield a sixteen inch travel range with an infinite range of fully programmable settings through selected activation of cylinders along with the selected vernier setting of the 1" threaded travel screw. The travel range of settings may be increased even further by adding additional travel cylinders and increased length travel guide structure adequate for such increased travel range of settings, for example, addition of a 5" travel cylinder extends the range of settings to a maximum of twenty one inches.
Abstract: A guide for the insertion of gun magazines with a mounting extension insertable into a bottom opening in the butt of the gun with a butt bottom rim receiving opening with a bottom at the back end extended to opposite side shoulders with opposite sides engaging the rim profile of the gun butt bottom when mounted in place on the gun butt. The guide forms a lower flanged out bottom of the gun butt for improved grip and presents a wide angled opening extending out wider to opposite sides than the projected profile of the gun butt bottom making it easier and faster to insert a fresh magazine into the gun receiver. This magazine entrance guide has bifurcated sides extending forward from the rear in one embodiment and in another embodiment the front end is closed with the opposite sides joined together at the front. In either form this gun magazine entrance guide is quite useful for pistols such as the GLOCK pistol (U.S. Pat. No. 4,539,889) for faster loading and improved pistol grip.