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by VXO
Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Harris Z-Series FM
Replies: 37
Views: 6205

Re: Harris Z-Series FM

The Quest is part of the Z-transmitter line, isn't it? Good luck :lol: You're gonna need it. On a couple of Quest 500s I work on, the connections from the pallets to the combiner were REALLY bad. I mean, "I touched it and it fell off" kind of bad. I replaced the thin tinfoil (or whatever?!) links wi...
by VXO
Fri May 07, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: FM band thermals
Replies: 9
Views: 1133

Re: FM band thermals

The best is when a strong tropo opening comes in over your EAS LP2 station and the operators receive a EAS message from a completley different market. Been there before. :lol: Nice tropo ducting this morning, I was listening to WRXK 96.1 out of Estero. I didn't even realize it until I noticed they ...
by VXO
Fri May 07, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Remote monitoring of modulation
Replies: 7
Views: 1102

Re: Remote monitoring of modulation

Are you going to be tweaking it somewhere within a good listening contour of the station? A Belar RFA-1A (rockbound) or RFA-4 measurement amplifier would let you get that into a modulation monitor if so.
by VXO
Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: SW Radio
Topic: Couple of cool SW broadcast antennas
Replies: 5
Views: 2746

Re: Couple of cool SW broadcast antennas

HOLY BUCKETS, how much filament current IS that? You could probably spotweld girders for condo projects in West Palm Beach with that power supply.
by VXO
Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: New Audio Processor debuts at NAB 2010...
Replies: 0
Views: 366

New Audio Processor debuts at NAB 2010...

http://www.kratoville.com/mike/VP8255exi.JPG

Sorry, I caught this a little late for April Fools'. :lol:
by VXO
Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: SW Radio
Topic: Couple of cool SW broadcast antennas
Replies: 5
Views: 2746

Re: Couple of cool SW broadcast antennas

One of these days I'd love to take a little fieldtrip out to WYFR in Okeechobee... they have a really neat looking facility.
by VXO
Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Huzzah!
Replies: 17
Views: 4636

Re: Huzzah!

How many people have fallen under the table from this?! It sounds about as wise as this Depeche Mode drinking game. http://www.jwz.org/gruntle/toooonight.html Somewhere out there on the Interwebs is the "Delilah Drinking Game". Whenever Delilah says "Who's on your heart tonight?", take a drink. If P...
by VXO
Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Harris Quest Drama!
Replies: 12
Views: 1812

Re: Harris Quest Drama!

Yeah, this does look like good wiki material...

wiki/index.php5?title=Harris_Quest
by VXO
Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:51 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Harris Quest Drama!
Replies: 12
Views: 1812

Re: Harris Quest Drama!

Oh my stars... where to begin... *INSERT HORNS.AIFF HERE* http://blueneon.xidus.net/spam/horns2.swf I found a LOT of problems in there. I wound up building one one working transmitter out of the working modules of both. Here's what I ran into... First off, the DC power into the driver/PA area goes i...
by VXO
Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Recommended tools?
Replies: 20
Views: 2511

Re: Recommended tools?

For those insanely curious, here's what that Xcelite perfume is all about. The Xcelite tool handles are made of cellulose acetate butyrate. While extremely tough yet flexible, CAB has a bad habit of breaking down over time and releasing butyric acid, which humans can detect starting at a mere 10ppm ...
by VXO
Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Open Sky
Replies: 8
Views: 3157

Re: Open Sky

I love the horrible steps some have taken to monitor ProVoice systems... Trunking scanner with IF tap -> Signal gen + Mixer -> GE/Ericsson/M/A-Com/Harris/Joe's Stone Crab ProVoice capable radio programmed to receive everything on one preset channel. Ow. My brain. So... Milwaukee actually got OpenSky...
by VXO
Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Omnia-ONE EAS problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

Re: Omnia-ONE EAS problem

We found that if the duck farts feeding the AES input were long enough, the Omnia would eventually start passing them. Beans, beans, they're good for the heart; the more you eat beans, the more you fart... Orban warns of this being a problem on some optimod-fm units. They warn you that you should i...
by VXO
Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Harris Quest Drama!
Replies: 12
Views: 1812

Re: Harris Quest Drama!

Oh, do you mean the DB-37 remote connector? I've got that in place...

On a side note, they could not have made that harder to reach! It literally requires someone with long, slender arms. The heck??
by VXO
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Harris Quest Drama!
Replies: 12
Views: 1812

Re: Harris Quest Drama!

Yes, the rigs were moved... I suspect it's a problem on the digital section on one of them, and either the digital section or "IO board" on the other. Basically, there's an I/O board at the very back where the composite and mono audio (if used) are inserted. The IO board provides the modulation inpu...
by VXO
Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Harris Quest Drama!
Replies: 12
Views: 1812

Harris Quest Drama!

Anyone running Harris (Gates) Quest transmitters? I'm having some drama with ours here... both did not like being transported and lost output. One of them comes up with a nonsense ALC voltage then times out and shows "TEST con" on the display, indicating a problem on the digital side. (?) The other ...