Dick WC1M Thats good idea, run another cable. But dont cut the cable .
The connector at the antenna has a connector that you just unscrew each wire
. Easy as pie.
Who ever has this problem, do you climb ? If not wher are you at, I come see
you. You live near a beach ?
A much better test is to try a separate run of controller cable temporarily
laid along the ground to the tower. The nice thing about this is that AC
doesn't have to be brought to the tower. But it does mean the cable must be
cut and spliced at the tower, and then the junction must be weatherproofed
when testing is completed. I see no way to avoid this.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dick Green" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 1:56 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] SteppIR problem
>I sent a variation on this post to Jerry at SteppIR this afternoon:
> I've been thinking about the problem, too, and I've come to the conclusion
> that the power supply test won't reveal much -- only whether the fault is
> marginal or not. Not much else.
> Even trying the controller out at the tower isn't conclusive because it
> could be a marginal motor condition interacting with the longish cable. If
> that's the problem, it'll look like it works at the base of the tower. So
> the cable will be yanked out of the conduit and another one will be
> but the result will be the same. The owner won't even know whether it's a
> marginal motor interacting with a long cable, or whether he damaged both
> cable runs during the pulls!
> A much better test is to try a separate run of controller cable
> laid along the ground to the tower. The nice thing about this is that AC
> doesn't have to be brought to the tower. But it does mean the cable must
> cut and spliced at the tower, and then the junction must be weatherproofed
> when testing is completed. I see no way to avoid this. I recommend the
> telco connectors suggested by K7LXC for that job (plus a weatherproof
> junction box or vapor wrap and electrical tape.)
> If the temporary run works, then it's certain that the cable in the
> is bad. He can replace it with the temporary run, and if that doesn't work
> it'll be evident that both cables were damaged during the pull.
> Unfortunately, if the temporary cable doesn't work, the owner will not
> if there's a marginal fault somewhere in the cable run up the tower or in
> one of the motors. He could try replacing the cable run up the tower with
> some of the temporary run. If that doesn't work, then I see no alternative
> but to take the antenna down and try substituting spare passive and driven
> EHUs to pinpoint the motor with the fault.
> 73, Dick WC1M
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