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by kkiddkkidd
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Your Biggest On Air Screw up..
Replies: 30
Views: 5372

Re: Your Biggest On Air Screw up..

AND my vocabulary potted down...
jeeisenz wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:15 pm

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why whenever I'm in a studio - the mic is ALWAYS potted DOWN!
by kkiddkkidd
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 135
Views: 6142

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

From the "You Can't Make This Up" file... I had a first yesterday... In the midst of a pure BS vehicle day where I had to have both a U-joint AND an alternator replaced within less than 24 hours from each other while over 100 miles from home... I accidentally pointed a dish. While waiting on my truc...
by kkiddkkidd
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 135
Views: 6142

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

Reported on another list... There was an uplink disruption around 11am (eastern I assume) Friday. Replace the whole scalar with a manually adjustable unit. Harvard Scientific and Chapparal are the only manufacturers that I know of but there may be others. Otherwise, just pop the actuator servo off, ...
by kkiddkkidd
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: RFI-Resistant USB Audio Interface
Replies: 6
Views: 282

Re: RFI-Resistant USB Audio Interface

Dale, Have you tried an RDL STA 1 or 2 line driver to convert to balanced? I have used those with good success in similar hi RF situations. Build a short, good quality unbalanced cable and put the RDL on the back of the computer. An occasional client switched from using a Blue Box in STL mode to a s...
by kkiddkkidd
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: RECYCLE OLD SAT DISHES
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: RECYCLE OLD SAT DISHES

I use an abandoned 2 meter BirdView dish to wash salad... It's a little large for the amount of greens that Connie and I consume but it was free.
by kkiddkkidd
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 135
Views: 6142

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

So I am running out of ideas on how to resolve the interference issues to the Orbital and WW1 downlinks. Over the last week I was able to track down the operators of three out of the four possible interference sources. Each agreed to power off there equipment. I did not see the noise floor change o...
by kkiddkkidd
Sat May 27, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 135
Views: 6142

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

Reading this I am so glad the last satellite receiver I put together was in 1983. :mrgreen: Put it together, point it generally in the direction of the bird, turn on the SCPC receiver and listen for anything besides noise. 8) Those certainly were the good old days. I carried a plain old analog TVRO...
by kkiddkkidd
Fri May 26, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 135
Views: 6142

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

So, Does anyone know for a fact wether either of those dishes will or won't work or what my problem could be? Clearly I'm not as good as I thought at this.... These frigging things can may you question your self worth... And then it pops on and you wonder what was so hard about that. There is reall...
by kkiddkkidd
Fri May 26, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Contactors!
Replies: 30
Views: 1785

Re: Contactors!

You lost me at the -40. There are reasons why some of us live south of the Mason-Dixon line. This past winter I had only one significant snowfall, and since the Explorer was parked near the mouth of the driveway in anticipation of the snow I didn't even have to shovel. I got to and from the Explore...
by kkiddkkidd
Wed May 24, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Contactors!
Replies: 30
Views: 1785

Re: Contactors!

One site I worked at in Upper Michigan would hit -20 degrees or worse overnight some winters. That's where I got into the habit of not using any lubricant on the contactors, pretty much anything would get stiff. That is one reason why I use those specific lubricants. Dow Corning Molykote 111 (for t...
by kkiddkkidd
Mon May 22, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 135
Views: 6142

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

Yeah.... There is definitely something there below the Orbital AND WW1 Carriers. It certainly could be interference (use TPT's bare LNB suggestion to take a "look" around). It looks like cross pol but it should null much, much better than that. You are losing about half of your C/N on the Orbital XD...
by kkiddkkidd
Sun May 21, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 135
Views: 6142

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

Allen, We may have a high tech version of Segal's Law... Typically a polar dish is the easiest to reaim. Not necessary that they work very well but if the polar adjustments were setup correctly, just crank it around, optomize and your done. I have had to physically tie down a number of old polar mou...
by kkiddkkidd
Sun May 21, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 135
Views: 6142

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. I am working on an AM ground system project that is taking all my time. What scale (db/division) are these plots? 6db/div? If so, I think that is a little too low. It isn't surprising that you didn't see much change in the AG but would have expected to ...
by kkiddkkidd
Sat May 13, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: ADJUSTING CRANK FOR SAT DISH
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: ADJUSTING CRANK FOR SAT DISH

Lacking a direct bolt on solution, I will probably just build another couple of my all-thread concoctions. I have a confirmed frozen crank to inspect and measure Monday and will get it fabricated and moved in the next couple of weeks. Then I am off to a 3 tower AM ground system rebuild... Lots of fu...
by kkiddkkidd
Sat May 13, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: ADJUSTING CRANK FOR SAT DISH
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: ADJUSTING CRANK FOR SAT DISH

I has been many years for me as well and it was a crank type but it came from a local TVRO dealer.
Dale H. Cook wrote:
Sat May 13, 2017 10:02 am
kkiddkkidd wrote:
Sat May 13, 2017 9:21 am
Have you talked to a specific person?
No, it has probably been a decade since I last ordered an actuator.