[sarcmembers] Personal Equipment Damage

  • From: "John Maetta" <j.maetta@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <sarcmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 13:46:22 -0700

Happy New Year to all,

This morning I had a scheduled 2 Meter QSO/experiment with another amateur 
north of San Francisco. 

I was disappointed to find that someone had broken the plate tuning knob on my 
2 meter amplifier.  It appeared that someone had rotated the tuning knob to its 
extremes and snapped the shaft, but not before jamming the two plates together. 
 It takes many turns of the tuning knob to get to each extreme and cause the 
plates to come in contact with each other.
Unfortunately I discovered this very shortly after applying 3000V to the tube.  
Not a pleasant experience. 

My last visit to the clubhouse was on Oct. 11 and the amplifier was in good 
working order.  More than likely the damage was not from a licensed, 
experienced amateur or club member. Although more than a couple of months have 
passed since my last visit, an examination of the clubs log yielded some clues 
as to what may have happened. The damage could have occurred during the JOTA 
exercise on Oct. 17.  Youthful curiosity with knobs,  combined with an 
inadvertent, momentary lack of a control operator or supervision in the radio 
room could have resulted in the mishap.  

I will begin troubleshooting and repair this week.

Enough said...

We did complete the experiment using my 2 meter brick amplifier. 



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