[TowerTalk] TIC Potentiometer

Scott Bullock scottb at radios-online.com
Fri Apr 4 08:28:12 EDT 2014

John one thing I have done with some success with prosistel rotors is to put a rubber fender washer with a 1/8" hole in the middle over the shaft of the pot right at the shaft/bushing of the pot. The small diameter hole causes the washer to "warp" down at the edges and makes it look like a little Chinese tiki hat. It sheds any condensation/water coming down the shaft. I got 3 years out of that until the rubber started to dry out and become hard.  We had zero problems until this happened. It was the most trouble free time we've ever had with these. Could be very easily done on the ring rotors too fwiw. 


> On Apr 4, 2014, at 8:18 AM, john at kk9a.com wrote:
> Apparently there are at least two common TIC ring problems, gear slippage
> and indicator failure.
> Gear slippage should not occur if the guide roller holds the ring gear
> against the motor. The further the motor is from the roller the more
> likely it will disengage. I have not seen this problem with my older style
> units.
> The sensor is a potentiometer and unfortunately it is mounted in a box
> that is not very waterproof. A pot with an IP67 water resistance rating
> would sure be nice but I have yet to find one.  Most pots that I have
> found seem to have no shaft seal and with them facing upward eventual
> failure is likely. Switching to a different positioning indicator such as
> a reed switch is also a possibility, but this is a major design change.
> John KK9A
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> Subject:     Re: [TowerTalk] TIC Potentiometer
> From:     "Zivney, Terry" <00tlzivney at bsu.edu>
> Date:     Fri, 4 Apr 2014 02:17:42 +0000
> List-post:     <towertalk at contesting.com">mailto:towertalk at contesting.com>
> I seem to recall K1TTT said the earliest rings used a pulse counter
> instead of
> the pot.  The implication being that the pulse counter approach had problems
> and was upgraded to the pot.
> A basic problem with putting the whirling magnet on the motor shaft is
> that it
> only counts how many times the motor shaft turns.   But, many of he rings
> appear to skip or slip or miss a beat (whatever you want to call it). So, the
> ring location is computed by counting the number  of rotations of the motor,
> not the rotations of the ring.
> In my case, the pot reliably follows the motor and the spur gear that is
> supposed to drive the ring.  The problem with inaccurate readout is not
> caused in these cases by the pot but rather by the spur gear and ring
> gear losing contact from time to time.
> It seems that is also the case with the ring in the recently posted YouTube
> video of a  TIC ring problem.
> A pulse counting technique that is counts motor revolutions is not inherently
> superior to a precision potentiometer geared to that same motor.  The
> selected
> pot is a ten-turn pot which has lots of resolution potential (sic).
> Terry N4TZ
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