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Re: [TowerTalk] Hi-Z Antenna Stuff

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Hi-Z Antenna Stuff
From: Jim Brown <>
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2012 10:01:27 -0800
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> It's disappointing to see hams doing this to each other.

Yes, and it has caused me to avoid doing business with DXE when there 
are other good choices.  I've done enough business with DXE that I've 
got a half dozen or so hats and a clock, but when I needed to 
troublshoot the Beverage system that I bought from them, I realized that 
there's not a single schematic in any of the doc for it. It became a 
real PITA to troubleshoot what was a very simple failure -- I had to 
disassemble three boxes and draw the schematic of each by chasing traces 
on the circuit boards. To make it even more of a PITA, the boxes were 
assembled in such a manner that I had to remove ALL the chassis-mounted 
connectors to remove the circuit board.  Now, having the connectors 
chassis-mounted is a VERY good thing, but simply locating them on the 
same side of the board and using shorter mounting screws for the board 
would have made it far easier to work on without compromising performance.

With a schematic and board layout, I could easily have stuck a meter on 
it and figured out the problem in a few minutes.

73, JimK9YC

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