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by kcbooboo
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Quality translator
Replies: 22
Views: 573

Re: Quality translator

I believe the BPF was a brand "S". 3 cavities in a triangular configuration. I never swept them, so it's possible they weren't tuned to the correct frequency. The BPF was a requirement at the site due to other translators already present. I think the BPF was quickly bypassed and we still saw no inte...
by kcbooboo
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Quality translator
Replies: 22
Views: 573

Re: Quality translator

I'll also recommend Nautel VS300. But be aware that these units run on 240VAC and you'll need a step-up transformer, which they'll gladly sell you, if using them in a 120VAC environment. They can be bought with a good audio processor built-in. Add a small Inovonics receiver and you're off and runnin...
by kcbooboo
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: STL Engineering
Topic: Marti STL-10 regulator
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Marti STL-10 regulator

The STL-10 manual has a block/wiring diagram. They use 13VAC for the meter illumination but there's no reason it can't be 12VDC or even less if you want longer bulb life.

Bob M.
by kcbooboo
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: AM station to shut down at end of May 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2588

Re: AM station to shut down at end of May 2019

If they were signs of life, it wasn't a very long life. Perhaps we were just lucky to hear the NWS being broadcast as fill-in programming. The one application I saw mentioned the "new" callsign had been applied for back as far as 1980, which seems quite odd, as Ryan was not even alive back then. Wit...
by kcbooboo
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: AM station to shut down at end of May 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2588

Re: AM station to shut down at end of May 2019

As Gomer Pyle would say, "Well, surprise, surprise!" A couple of weeks ago when I was looking for a decent news station to listen to at night, I tuned my radio up the band and heard the unmistakeable mechanical voice of the National Weather Service station on my AM radio, right about where this stat...
by kcbooboo
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: FIM-21/ 41 Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: FIM-21/ 41 Repairs

Mooretronix claims to be able to calibrate the RCA WX-2 series and the Nems-Clarke 120 series as well as the PI FIM-21 and FIM-41. I don't know how their service compares to what PI used to do, but it IS at least an alternative.

http://www.mooretronix.com/news.php

Bob M.
by kcbooboo
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: FIM-21/ 41 Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: FIM-21/ 41 Repairs

My FIM-41 experience several years ago was horrible. They claimed my unit had been submerged in salt water. There was some light powdery residue on the IC sockets, around the star lockwashers in the chassis, and some green gunk around one capacitor lead. They apparently don't "fix" anything; they re...
by kcbooboo
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Digit or Digit-CD full manuals
Replies: 28
Views: 1421

Re: Digit or Digit-CD full manuals

Thanks for the info. I didn't see anything odd when I measured the pin, but since none of those signals are being used at all, the cable could be disconnected at the front panel and taped up and it would never bother anyone again. That's easier to get to than at the rear of the chassis. I'll let the...
by kcbooboo
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Digit or Digit-CD full manuals
Replies: 28
Views: 1421

Re: Digit or Digit-CD full manuals

Final report: After running the unit on and off for 8-12 hours per day over the past two weeks, I dragged the unit up to my bench. My wideband wattmeter read about one watt lower than the front panel meter but that's close enough. Initially the frequency was slowly cycling about +/- 15 Hz of its pro...
by kcbooboo
Sun May 17, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Parting out Harris 3.5K
Replies: 13
Views: 1078

Re: Parting out Harris 3.5K

That model has a touch screen that's embedded in the shielded front panel. When you touch the panel, the transparent aluminum becomes clear and you can see the screen inside it.

Bob M.
by kcbooboo
Fri May 15, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Digit or Digit-CD full manuals
Replies: 28
Views: 1421

Re: Digit or Digit-CD full manuals

Yesterday I took the entire unit apart: front panel off, inside shelf out, just to get to the digital modulator that's mounted to the inside of the rear panel. Even after all that, it still resisted and the flat cable got hung up on an edge of the PA heat sink. But I persisted and finally got it out...
by kcbooboo
Mon May 11, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Everything else
Topic: GATES AIR FULL DOCUMENTATION LOCATION
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: GATES AIR FULL DOCUMENTATION LOCATION

Well, it was a hard battle ma, but I won. After several runarounds and screen shots, they discovered some information was missing from their web pages (specifically the Digit-CD schematics) and gave me the appropriate FTP URL to access the information I was looking for. They want people to log in to...
by kcbooboo
Mon May 11, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Digit or Digit-CD full manuals
Replies: 28
Views: 1421

Re: Digit or Digit-CD full manuals

Progress report. Last week I replaced 7 electrolytic caps per the TSB. I also replaced the 3 DIP switches on the easily accessible board inside. I still have 3 more DIP switches on the digital modulator board mounted to the inside of the rear panel and that will require a complete disassembly to get...
by kcbooboo
Fri May 08, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: GATES AIR FULL DOCUMENTATION LOCATION
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: GATES AIR FULL DOCUMENTATION LOCATION

I sent a request to GatesAir inquiring about the FTP portal. If that gets me nowhere, I'll contact grich for the back door entry method.

They used to have all this good stuff "in the good old days" when it was still Harris and there were people working there who knew how to spell AM.

Bob M.
by kcbooboo
Fri May 08, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Everything else
Topic: GATES AIR FULL DOCUMENTATION LOCATION
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: GATES AIR FULL DOCUMENTATION LOCATION

Thanks. I tried using my standard GatesAir login credentials; can't get through.

Bob M.