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Offline larcenasb

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Meaning of the Bottlehead name
« on: September 06, 2022, 09:38:42 AM »
Aside from the name being a vacuum tube for a head, like the company's logo, was the name also chosen for the more obscure reference to cetaceans? Since Bottlehead is based near the Puget Sound where grampus (incl. orcas) are located?
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Re: Meaning of the Bottlehead name
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2022, 04:29:29 AM »
It's an old term for amateur (ham) radio fans, derived (I believe) from "fire bottle" for tubes.
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Re: Meaning of the Bottlehead name
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2022, 06:27:55 AM »
I'm pretty sure I coined the phrase as it relates to vacuum tubes, in the mid 90s. And yes it is derivative from the term firebottles.
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Re: Meaning of the Bottlehead name
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2022, 07:35:09 AM »
I was thinking too much into it then haha, but it's a nice coincidence with the Puget Sound location. Hope all's well with both of you :)
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Re: Meaning of the Bottlehead name
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2022, 02:08:13 AM »
Wasn’t there a “firebottle” web site many years ago?

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Re: Meaning of the Bottlehead name
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2022, 04:24:23 AM »
Yes there was in the 90s. I vaguely recall a little row of glowing tubes as the logo. After racing at Bonneville for a few years the term firebottle has a different meaning to me.
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Re: Meaning of the Bottlehead name
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2022, 05:30:16 PM »
Speaking of Bonneville, how did it go this year?...John
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Re: Meaning of the Bottlehead name
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2022, 06:01:14 PM »
All Bonneville events were cancelled just before they were to happen this year due to flooding. So I'm all ready to run two bikes next year. That's not completely bad, as a lot of other projects that have languished since I started land speed racing. Now there is some time to work on them.
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