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by RGORJANCE
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Gates 5 rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: Gates 5 rebuild

It has been quite some time since I did the SX and Gates series recap. My old fuzzy brain is saying that the mounting is set for a specific physical size of cap................... I was able to get an answer from a friend. The caps need to be physically sized due to the mounting in the PDM area. The...
by RGORJANCE
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: RING MY BELL
Replies: 21
Views: 409

RING MY BELL

Well, here we are at one hour past Armageddon, and my bell never rang. I suppose that those of us in "fly over country" without the benefit of smart phones, won't hear any alerts on our devices. I wonder just how well this really worked out. I saw news videos of all kinds of folks looking at their p...
by RGORJANCE
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Dead Relio Revived
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Dead Relio Revived

Bob:

I have run into that high temp solder as well, and after reading your post, I am wondering if that stuff is "lead free", or reduced lead solder. And you are are absolutely right about the solder sucking issue.....it really don't suck!

Fossil
by RGORJANCE
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: BE AM1A Question
Replies: 6
Views: 832

Re: BE AM1A Question

Just had a somewhat similar issue in an AM-10A. Take a look at the "drive led". Ours would not light up at low power and when I hit full power, the LED flickered, and I had some flickering of output power. Turned out to be a bad IC and fuse. This was a spare module that had been previous;y "factory ...
by RGORJANCE
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: The-1 or FX-30
Replies: 17
Views: 588

Re: The-1 or FX-30

I would go with the FX-30 as well. The THE-1 is going to be more difficult to work on. And I agree 100% on the parts availability!!!! I don't think an extender board is required for the BE.

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by RGORJANCE
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Everything else
Topic: WWV WWVH
Replies: 16
Views: 706

Re: WWV WWVH

Just a bit off the topic...... Quite a few years ago my wife bought me a wrist watch that has a couple of nice features. It is a Casio that has a solar charging feature and the time update is from a satellite. It has been amazingly robust as I tend to be pretty hard on watches, and really hangs tigh...
by RGORJANCE
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Everything else
Topic: WWV WWVH
Replies: 16
Views: 706

Re:What shall I do now for entertainment...

Well, I always thought it was fun to watch equipment blow up. Besides, it helped the income side of the ledger look good. Also kinda got the adrenalin flowing if you just happened to be leaning against the xmttr when the lightning hit! Not to mention the other effect you had not experienced since yo...
by RGORJANCE
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Everything else
Topic: WWV WWVH
Replies: 16
Views: 706

Re: WWV WWVH

IIRC, there was a Canadian time station just above 7.3 mHz (40M). think it was CHU - Dominion Observatory, Canada. I liked it better than the WWV as it gave the time every minute. Is that one still operational? Or like me, slowly fading away, but picking up speed???

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by RGORJANCE
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: HARRIS DIGIT EXCITER
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: HARRIS DIGIT EXCITER

Not specifically knowledgeable on the Digit.....I think a bit more info would be helpful. Is the exciter showing any serious VSWR? I assume you are hooking it up into a good dummy load with wattmeter. I experienced two problems with an MX-15 exciter showing similar problem that was traced to two are...
by RGORJANCE
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Two soggy Heliax lines!
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: Two soggy Heliax lines!

I have seen this many times over the years. In the ones I have seen, most were the result of lightning strikes. Some caused by bullets (from guns). The lightning not only can put a hole in the line, but introduces carbon deposits. That stuff migrates and will make a huge length of line useless. Only...
by RGORJANCE
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Capacitor replacement.
Replies: 23
Views: 960

Re: Capacitor replacement.

Duhh! Getting old.....try Phasetek and Kintronics also since they both maker twr liting chokes. They probably have them inn stock.

I should have thought of those folks first.

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by RGORJANCE
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Capacitor replacement.
Replies: 23
Views: 960

Re: Capacitor replacement.

RF PARTS has those gray mica caps. I think I saw them the other day when I was looking at their web side. The other possible source is Nebraska Surplus Sales (or maybe listed as Surplus Sales of Nebraska). Most times. I have seen those caps in a brown color with a combo of solder tabs and holes for ...
by RGORJANCE
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: STL Engineering
Topic: Nicom 900 link - STL Antennas Can you Mix and Match
Replies: 18
Views: 611

Re: Nicom 900 link

When they remounted the receive antenna, did they change the polarization from it's original position?

If they went opposite, that definitely could explain the signal change.

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by RGORJANCE
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line
Replies: 22
Views: 781

Re: Yep, it's old an Cablewave connector.

Back in the early 80's Cablewave had those inner connectors for 7/8" line exactly like in the photo. They were bad batched and the end that slips over the inner conductor had those slotted contacts fracturing which caused lost contact with the inner. Be careful removing that inner and careful when r...
by RGORJANCE
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line
Replies: 22
Views: 781

Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Check the Gates Air site and go yo their EBAY listings. I think I saw something like that a couple days ago..........just saying. I am old and could have been having a senior moment.

Again.....

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