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Re: [TowerTalk] T2X brake problem?? Maybe!

To: "Van K7VS" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] T2X brake problem?? Maybe!
From: "Brad Pioveson W9FX" <>
Reply-to: Brad Pioveson W9FX <>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 13:54:21 -0500
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Van, this line bothers me:  "Obviously if I put it back up then it is not 
north when I point it north as it has rotated."  If my interpretation of 
your comment is accurate,  your problem is not inside the rotor, but 
external to the rotor's brake and gear train.

While it is possible that your brake wedge is upside down or that the 
springs are weak, or that one spring is broken (those springs are what keeps 
the wedge extended), or even if there is a problem of some other sort with 
the braking mechanism, if the antenna weight is turning the rotor when you 
get it to horizontal position...the rotor's internal azimuth potentiometer 
should track with it...that pot is mechanically coupled to and driven by the 
rotor 'bell housing' that, when you put the tower back up and turn on 
the rotor controller, the indicator should tell you where the antenna/rotor 
combo is currently pointed.

If you're losing sync between the pot, i.e., the rotor, and the antenna, 
either your antenna mast is slipping inside the upper rotor clamp...the 
antenna is slipping around the mast at the boom/mast couple...or, (you said 
you have a tubular tower)...the rotor's mast mounting adaptor is slipping 
around the tower.

73, Brad, W9FX

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Van K7VS" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 12:57 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] T2X brake problem?? Maybe!

> When I drop my tubular tower to a horizontal point over the lawn and my 3
> element quad is not square to the ground when I tip over the tower, my 
> quad
> will actually rotate to a point that is square with the ground.  I check 
> and
> can actually hear the brake click in and out but apparently the weight of
> the quad which is mounted about five feet above  the T2X on a two inch 
> pipe
> is such that the quad rotates to a point of "least resistance" i.e the
> weight of the quad is such that it rotates to a point where it is square 
> to
> the ground.  Do I have a problem with the rotator brake or is this normal.
> Obviously if I put it back up then it is not north when I point it north 
> as
> it has rotated.  Any comments?  Thanks  Van, K7VS
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