Sure you could leave the cap in the control head and leave it wired up -
if you have another cap. If you are going through all of this, it
might be worth it to employ a another (new) cap rather than taking your
control unit apart. So you *do* have, in theory, two caps...which you
*could* wire in parallel...
However, what you missed is, and I quote from below, if you tower-mount
the starter cap and you disconnect the starter-cap wires from the
> > ...you then have two "spare" wires from control box to tower
> > base, you can then double up the the heavy (brake/motor) wires
> > on 1 and 2 for some more benefit.
The following message was sent by David Jordan <email@example.com> on Wed, 14
Aug 2002 14:45:58 -0400.
> Why are folks disconnecting the cap inside the control head? twice the
> capacitance isn't going to hurt
> anything as best I can tell. On air-conditioners when they install a
> start-up kit they are simply
> installing a second capacitor in parallel with the factor motor start
> capacitor. What am I missing
> "Mike Gilmer, N2MG" wrote:
> > K1UO wrote:
> > << I notice from the T2X schematic that the start cap is across pins 4
> > and 8 of the connectors. If I cut the rotor cable about 5 ft up from
> > the base of the tower and put the start cap and weatherproof housing
> > there will I notice any difference in T2X start operation?
> > Has anyone already tried this? I can leave the other start cap in the
> > control head and just insulate those particular leads out at the tower
> > base.>>
> > Closer is better - many folks split the difference (between mounting
> > right at the rotator - where it belongs - and leaving it in the control
> > box - where CDE put it) and mount the cap at the bottom of the tower
> > where it's accessible. Leave the start cap in the controller and just
> > disconnect the wires on 4 and 8.
> > Since you then have two "spare" wires from control box to tower base,
> > you can then double up the the heavy (brake/motor) wires on 1 and 2 for
> > some more benefit.
> > Mike N2MG