KE1THR Makes Winter Trip to Scotts' Hill
Keith, KE1THR, made a winter trip to UARC's Scotts' Hill repeater site to disconnect a suspected bad backup battery and possibly save the repeater from being off the air until summer.
Keith and a colleague headed off on cross-country skies from the Brighton area and made the trip in about an hour.
(All photos by KE1THR.)
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How the building looked as Keith and Chris arrived. (The building only has one door.)
After some serious shoveling, it was possible to start working on the door lock.
Which battery is the culprit? Only 9 to choose from.
Keith wields the magic load tester.
No luck finding a bad battery; let's look at the two power supplies in the bottom of the rack. (Turns out the upper one had a tripped breaker and the lower one is wimping out on voltage. It probably has a marginal capacitor.)
You've heard that repeaters have cavities (very high-Q filters)? This is what they look like.
What it looks like in summer
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