Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 4, 1974 · Page 7
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 7

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, April 4, 1974
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Writing Specif ications for State's Electronic Gear Not Easy Task DES MOINES - Writing specifications, particularly for electronic gear, isnoeasy task: the state executive council will attest to that. Last October the Department of General Services rejected five bids for a closed circuit television system for surveilance purposes at the Fort Madison penitentiary because none of the bids met specif ications. Warren Radio Company of Davenport had submitted the apparent low bid of $60,554. But Warren's bid along with the others were thrown out because the cameras did not meet the temperature requirements as set out in the specifications. The cameras were supposed to be able to withstand temperature extemes ranging from 22 below to 140 above. Again, five bids were received when the project was readvertised. A Des Moines firm K and M Electronics, came in with a bid of $60,055, only $1 above the bid submitted by Warren last fall. Vid-A-Comm, also of Des Moines, submitted a bid of $82,298 while Warren's bid was $85,454, followed by Alexander Electric, Kansas City, $88,496 and Motorla, Inc. at $93,114. Leroy M. Seller, chief engineer for the state's communications division, recommended throwing out the K and M and Vid-A-Comm bids on the grounds they did not meet specifications and to award the contract to Warren Radio. Upon hearing this, K and M and Vid-A-Comm appealed the decision to the executive council. The crux of the argument was whether the bidders' cameras could meet the specifications by having housing installed around the cameras. Seiler maintained that even with the housing neither K and M nor Vid-A-Comm could meet the high end of the temperature specifications because of the cameras they had selected, while Warren could meet the specifications. After several meetings, the council last week voted three to one in favor of the Warren Engineer Runs Car on Charcoal CALCUTTA, India (AP) -A self-taught Indian automotive engineer is counting on a charcoal pit attached to the rear of his 1954 Studebaker to help him beat the energy crisis. He hopes the gadget—made out of metal pipes and three sheet-metal tanks—will make him a rich man. "No problem whatsoever," said Abanindra Nath Ghosh of the charcoal-burning sedan. "Once you start the car in the morning, it will give you the same performance you get from gasoline." The device's central tank, larger than the other two, is the heart of the system, and the one Ghosh fires off each morning with a burning newspaper. The other two tanks are filters to eliminate impurities in the carbon monoxide gas given off by the burning charcoal. The gas is again filtered in the engine before reaching a special carburetor Ghosh has invented to burn carbon monoxide. A water compartment in the central tank protects the car's finish from the simmering heat of the tank's 44 pounds of wood charcoal. One tankful, which costs about one dollar in India, lasts in the 25-horsepower engine for 60 miles, Ghosh said. Ghosh said he perfected the idea from charcoal burning systems usfd extensively in 74 Figurette Showcase April 5 at 8:00 P.M. ELKS CLUB Lunch and Show $1.50 Many Door Prizes Featuring Figurettes unique line of lingerie, beautiful sleepwear, and all new swimwear. India during World n War II, when the country and the world faced oil shortages similar to the current scarcity. "The units used in those days had some drawbacks - and to start the vehicle you needed some petrol," Ghosh said. "My unit does not need petrol at all. It is wholly powered by charcoal gas, even when starting in the morning.'' Ghosh grew up in ms lather's automobile repair shop after the elder Ghosh returned from the United States, where he worked in 1926-2? at a Studebaker plant in South Bend,Ind. The inventor has a secondary school education. With Ghosh behind the wheel outside his family's thatched house in suburban Calcutta, his son rolled up a page from a newspaper and lighted it. He rammed the burning paper into a pipe beneath the central tank, and within seconds smoke began wafting from the top of the tank. A detachable bellows was put to work, and about one minute later thick black smoke billowed out. Ghosh's son closed the tank's lid. and the inventor started the engine with a special starter, embedded in the dashboard beside the regular starter. "From now on the charmal inside the tank will keep burning during the whole day, and the torch or the blowing will no longer be necessary," Ghosh said. "You can stop the car anywhere and pull the starter to start it again." Ghosh said a tank and pipe. set for a car costs about $225— and for a truck about $600, plus labor. J SELF-BUTTERING CORN POPPER PRESSURE-FLO COFFEEMAKER BREAD; PASTRY TOASTER for depositing $5,000 at Commercial Federal Your choice of four high-quality electric appliances from the Dominion Division of Hamilton-Beach OR ... 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HOME Off ICE, «S«| AND OOOGE, OMAHA. G8132-PHONE |40J| 558-5400 r Times Herald, Carroll, la. rj Thursday, April 4, 1974 ' bid with State Treasurer Maurice Baringer, Secretary of Agriculture Robert Lounsberry and Secretary of State Melvin Synhorst voting for Warren and State Auditor Lloyd Smith casting the dessenting vote. Earlier Governor Robert Ray had voted to award the contract to Warren but this vote was reconsidered by the council and the governor was not present when the final vote was taken. The governor, however, maintained that the apparent low bidders had not met the specifications in the eyes of the state's expert, Seiler, and even though it would cost the state some $25,000 more, the council had to "maintain the integrity of its bidding system." FUNNY BUSINESS By Roger Bof/en (HI, MOM ! I Sale prices good thru Sunday only L GARDEN CENTER OPEN SUNDAY 1-5 P.M. j EVENINGS MON. THRU THURS. 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