I agree that this would be a good test, but given the hassle I would opt for
trying a different power supply first -- provided the resistances still
check out OK and SteppIR endorses the test. If you can lay your hands on the
right kind of power supply, this would be a quick, easy test.
If you decide to cut the cable at the tower, an alternative to a generator
would be a car battery and an AC inverter capable of delivering 120VAC at a
minumum of 1.5A (i.e., at least 180W.)
73, Dick WC1M
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Ogden [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 10:51 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [TowerTalk] SteppIR problem
> Simple suggestion: Ask the SteppIR people for a control-box connector
> a few feet of cable on it. (That is, do not try to solder one yourself.
> is difficult to do accurately without a proper jig.) Take this to the
> of the tower. Cut the existing cable and connect all the pigtale lines
> this point. A little messy with the 16+ wires, but it should be safe
> accurate. Operating the control box from this point should resolve all
> questions about the 500' cable. Of course, this assumes you can get
> power to the tower base. Consider borrowing a generator, if necessary.
> Bill - W2WO
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