Well, cleaning the relays is not something I'm up for right now since
I'd have to climb the tower. If/when I fix or replace this box I'll
move it from its current position at the top of the tower to the
bottom so I don't have to deal with this anymore :-) In fact, I'd
eliminate the remote switch entirely if it weren't for the fact that I
don't want to drill more holes in my wall to get more coax lines into
I understand why the "tap with cw" thing happens, but what I didn't
understand was the failure mode where it caused the receiver to
receive S7 to S8 noise on all ports. This doesn't sound like a
problem with only one port. It also isn't the same symptom as what I
had before: signals dropped down to S0. The behavior is "similar" but
different. Dropping to S0 makes sense to me. Causing noise didn't
make sense to me.
On 12/4/06, Robert Carroll <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have two of these switches and they worked reliably for about 6 years.
> Then, one prot at a time, they fell into the "tap with cw to bring to life"
> mode. I could also bring a position back to life for a while by turning the
> box on and off or slipping through the positions. A look at the relay
> contacts showed they were bright, and the armature was not visibly
> misaligned. Checks with an ohmmeter showed the path through the contacts to
> be close to a dead short. Cleaning, using Caig gold, and reseating the
> armature would cure the problem for a few days, but it would reappear
> eventually. Like Kelly, I moved to another port. Last year both switches
> became erratic in this way on nearly all ports, and by spring I more or less
> abandoned them in place and worked around them. My guess is that nothing I
> can do will salvage them, though the relays still look like new. If anyone
> has found a cure, I'd appreciate hearing about it.
> Bob W2WG
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Kelly Johnson
> Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 7:38 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [TowerTalk] More possible RCS8V problems
> I think I resolved my issue of a few weeks ago whereby the signal
> would just start dropping out and a tap on the CW key would bring it
> back to life. It was either a relay problem OR a bad PL-259 solder
> joint. I replaced the PL-259 and moved to another output port on my
> RCS-8V and the antenna is working again. Now, I have a new problem.
> After sitting for an hour or two I start getting S7 or S8 noise. This
> is similar to the signal dropping out, but this time instead of having
> the signal drop out I get S7 or S8 broadband noise. The strange part
> is that it affects ALL the antennas this time. I can switch from
> antenna to antenna and I see the same S7 or S8 noise, even on antenna
> inputs that have no antenna connected to them. A tap on the CW key
> once again fixes the problem. This time I'm thinking it is some relay
> that is common to all of the antennas (ie. connected to the input) OR
> it is yet another bad connection but this time on the feedline that
> goes from the shack to the remote switch. I don't understand what
> would cause this noise. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
> I'm just about ready to junk this remote switch. This is the second
> one I've owned and it seems unreliable.
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