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Re: Another newbie question



OK, everything double-checks out OK.  Connections, voltage, etc.

 

Just listened to the Western US pass of AO51 and could not hear any
difference in the signal strength with it on or off.  I presume that even on
FM I should be able to tell a big difference.  The squelch is wide open, so
I am not sure what is going on.

 

Mark Lunday 
WD4ELG 
wd4elg@arrl.net 
http://wd4elg.net 

From: Andrew Rich [mailto:vk4tec@tech-software.net] 
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 7:02 PM
To: Mark Lunday, WD4ELG; APBIDDLE@mailaps.org; amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: Another newbie question

 

Mark,

 

I saw an increase in signal strength on mine from S2 to S9

 

Now the signal to noise did not change that much, ever so slightly.

 

 

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Mark Lunday, WD4ELG <mailto:mlunday@nc.rr.com>  

To: APBIDDLE@mailaps.org ; amsat-bb@amsat.org 

Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 9:55 AM

Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Another newbie question

 

Thanks, Alan.

I double-checked the coax connections and those are good.

Will double-check power and the pins.  I was wondering if it was just my
hearing that was going.

Mark Lunday
WD4ELG
wd4elg@arrl.net
http://wd4elg.net

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Alan P. Biddle
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 6:47 PM
To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Another newbie question

Mark,

You should see a significant jump in signal strength if everything is
working correctly.  On FM you will hear little or no change in background
noise, but in SSB that should be very apparent.  

Two things to check.  The first is to make certain you have the antenna and
feed line going to the right connections.  It sounds obvious, but many have
gotten them backwards.  Best not to transmit through it that way.  ;)

The other is whether the DC voltage is getting to the unit.  Power using the
coax, or separate DC power cable?  

If the first, make certain you are getting 12 volts from your rig.  Check
for 12 volts DC on the rig (or bias T) antenna jack, and that you have a DC
connection to the unit.  Most TX amps have capacitive coupling which will
block the DC.  Verify 12 volts at the antenna feed at the unit.

If the second, check 12 volts to the connector at the unit, and that it is
going to the right pins.  It is possible to make up a little test jig with a
multimeter and check the current draw.

Good luck, and let us know what you find.

Alan
WA4SCA



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