> Lately the rotor has been getting more and more difficult to get
> started. It's at a point where I have to do something.
> The symptoms are:
> 1) It "sticks" at random spots on the compass. Sometimes can be unstuck
> by repeated attempts.
> 2) The brake is fully retracting. I've gone out and listened to its
> repeated snap's while XYL operates it.
> 3) The resistance checks indicate the same readings as when it was first
> 4) The rotor is putting out about 26 volts AC at the rotor when the CW
> or CCW key is pressed.
> 5) Rotor was refurbished by CATS 4 months ago.
> I can think of three things:
> 1) Starting capacitor is bad (although ohmmeter check indicates OK)
> 2) Gears stripped inside rotor
> 3) Binding somewhere. Thrust bearing? (although visually everything
> looks fine, thrust bearing is 3 months old and I can see things seeming
> normal when wind twists array)
> Any advice before I lower the mess?
> Brian/K3KO Vance Net Inc
My guess is capacitor. It's in the control box, which is why it
probably wouldn't have been attended to by Craig (new name: "Rotor
Doctor"; see his home page: http://www.rotordoc.com/ ).
A very popular fix for long cable runs, by the way, is to install
the capacitor at the rotor.
Stripped or broken gear ring is a possibility, particularly if you
didn't ask Craig to install his S/S replacement; cheap upgrade.
I'm not a rotor person, so these are just WAG's.
Check back with Craig for ideas if you don't get anything here. He's
a good guy and should be able to offer some thoughts.
73, Rod N4SI
The DXer formerly known as N9AKE
(c) 5 November, 1996
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