Dean W. Hemphill's Insulator Page
Information about me and my family
Hi, I'm Dean W. Hemphill, from Lake Dallas, Texas. I was born January 29, 1959, in
Philadelphia, PA. My wife is Cindy. She's not really into insulators herself, but she
supports and encourages my collecting.
About my involvement with the insulator hobby
- I've been collecting for about 12 years.
- I collect glass insulators only (apologies to the "mud men"). I have about
500 pieces in my collection, but nothing really rare.
- My specialty is "oddball" glass, such as spools, knobs, guy
wire and radio antenna strains, stand-offs, lightning arrestors, neon sign parts,
capacitor and transformer bushings, radio coil forms, chloride
accumulators, feed-throughs, neon sign parts, etc. If it's glass, and not a
threaded or threadless pin type, then I am interested in owning it!
- I am best known for having discovered the CD
181.5 "Spaceman" insulator a few years ago. I no longer own the
insulator. It is now part of the fabulous Butch Haltman collection.
Other information about me and what I do
- I am a ham radio operator, call sign K5DH, specializing in operating CW (Morse
code), and operating at low power levels (QRP). I also enjoy restoring old tube-type
ham equipment. I hold the Amateur Extra class license (the highest license class), and
have been licensed since July, 1977.
- I am a big fan of the legendary Ford Mustang and other FoMoCo products. I restore
and show Mustangs and Shelbys, and am very active with the North Texas Mustang Club.
- I work as a computer programmer for Texas Instruments Incorporated, Defense Systems
& Electronics group, Test Engineering division, in Lewisville, Texas. I write
software for factory and depot automated test equipment used to test guided missile
components. I've been with TI since May, 1980.
Written by Dean W. Hemphill
Last updated Wednesday, January 8, 1996
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