> Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 21:00:00 -0400
> From: Dick Green <email@example.com>
> My friend unplugs the coax at the antenna, attaches (via a homemade
> SO239-to-AC-outlet-box adapter) a temperature-regulated soldering station
> with a big tip, returns to the shack and attaches the other end of the coax
> to a 110VAC outlet (via a homemade two-prong-plug-to-SO239 adapter), returns
> to the antenna, solders away, turns off the iron, returns to the shack,
> unplugs the coax from the AC, returns to the antenna, disconnects the
> soldering iron, and reattaches the coax.
I used to do something similar.
I have two boxes with 48 volt 2 amp transformers with SO-239's and F
connectors on the 48 volt side. I step the line voltage down (and
most importantly isolate it from ground) at the shack, and step it up
on the outdoor box with a pigtail. The 120 VAC secondary is floated,
of course, with NO ground reference.
This works very well if I have to change a small component on a
receive antenna control box over 1000 ft from the house, even if the
Weller solder station heats a tad slow at that distance.
Now I use a little ni-cad battery powered iron, but still have the
73, Tom W8JI
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