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Re: Down East Microwave Inc.

Try adjusting the frequency trimming variable cap.  You will probably find a 
spot where the osc will self start reliably every time.  Now netting it to 
exactly a 2256 MHz LO and self starting might be a problem.  I've built many 
DEM kits and the LO's are have always been a problem until they are tweaked 
into reliability.  I think I'd rather live with a little frequency offset 
than have to trick the LO into oscillation.

Fred W0FMS

>From: ahelmfelt@yahoo.com.ar To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org Subject: [amsat-bb] 
>Down East Microwave Inc. Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 19:22:39 GMT
>Hi All.
>In my trip to Dayton May 2001, I was very proud that I purchase a brand new 
>Down converter to be able to heard the Big Bird AO-40, I build a 16 turn 
>helix antenna (perfect) connect the down converter direct to the antenna 
>and run a 213 coaxil to my oldie IC-820, when I switch on and off with the 
>preamp switch from the rig the noise will build up and decrease . I spend 
>many hours searching for the bird, studied (and translated for my Spanish 
>AO-40 Web) the Alon/Alat and MA and all the specials terms to tell us the 
>dum were and wen were we suppose to heard the bird, but I did not. I went 
>to a friend shop and tested the equipment, 2400 - 144 RX serial 240 from 
>Down East Microwave Inc. and find out that when I applied 12 v dc there was 
>no 188mhz local oscillator signal but bay mistake we fired up with 8 volts 
>and it light up, then I build a voltage regulator and a switch to start it 
>with 8 volts and the turn over to 13 volts, what a JOKE with a new piece 
>off equipment that for sure it was not correctly tested a the manufacture 
>I think that the problem is the crystal that is marginal for the frequency 
>and need to be changed.
>The worse part is that I live in Rosario, 300 Kmts from Buenos Aires 
>Argentina, to send this back is a pain in the pocket and to make a phone 
>call when we can use this system E-mail.
>Next time get it cheek before step out the boot.
>Best regards.
>Alberto Helmfelt LU2FGN www.sateliteros.com.ar
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