I must have a loose connection somewhere. I'm not sure if it is in
the switch or not. I've had no problem for a couple of days now. I'm
beginning to distrust the RCS8-V though. Maybe I should consider an
On 12/5/06, Joe Giacobello <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Frankly, I don't know what would make them self cleaning either, but
> what you describe makes sense. I haven't burnished my contacts for
> several years now and they keep working OK even in a windy environment
> where there's bound to be a lot of vibration.
> 73, Joe
> Jim Lux wrote:
> > At 08:33 AM 12/5/2006, Joe Giacobello wrote:
> >> Some time ago, another correspondent on this or a similar list said that
> >> the relays in the RCS8 were self-cleaning. Up until that time I had
> >> been doing an annual PM by using a burnishing tool on the contacts. Are
> >> you guys saying that they are not self-cleaning and do require periodic
> >> cleaning?
> > I don't know if the RCS-8V relays are self cleaning; since they're a
> > MFJ custom part, there's no data sheet to go look at, although an
> > inquiry to Tom, W8JI, might be productive on this point, since he's
> > probably seen more of these relays than I've had hot dinners.
> > There are other relays that have been mentioned on this list which ARE
> > standard parts, and for which the datasheet says what the behavior is.
> > To be honest, I'm not sure precisely what makes a contact self
> > cleaning, at least by looking at it. There needs to be some lateral
> > wiping action, but I suspect it doesn't take much. The overall
> > mechanical slop in the mechanism, in combination with the contact
> > surface being slightly convex, might be all you need. In a high
> > current contactor (a starting relay for an airplane), the cleaning was
> > accomplished by setting the contacts at a slight angle, so every time
> > it closed, the copper ring that served as the contacts for the
> > armature rotated a few degrees. A very clever scheme.
> > The contact material also has something to do with it.
> > Jim, W6RMK
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