[CQ-Contest] Inverter generators

Chuck Milam, N9KY N9KY at arrl.net
Mon Jan 25 09:17:20 EST 2016

On Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 3:19 PM, <john at kk9a.com> wrote:

> I bought a Honda EU2000I for my station....

> ....so I attempted to use the generator that was in storage for years. It
> started
> right up! I did not notice any RFI from it

You must have followed the directions for long-term storage, no fuel in the
tank, completely dry carburetor, run some oil through, etc.  Those Hondas
are notorious for getting gummed-up carburetors if you leave them sit with
fuel in the system for over a few weeks or so.  Then again, that could just
be the USA's crappy ethanol-laced gasoline causing the problem.

I spend a little extra per gallon at the farm co-op for ethanol-free fuel
and apply fuel treatments.  I start my generator every week or two just to
keep fresh fuel cycled through the system.  The average cost for getting
the carburetor cleaned/repaired at the Honda dealer is around $100, and
they're usually not open at night when the power's out. ;)

Chuck Milam, N9KY
N9KY at arrl.net

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