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RE: The ANTENNA Thread with measured signal strengths by brand

SO to cut to the chase..... As has been known Winegard Crank up amplified antenna with 'wing' WINS! Yes, but this thread above quantifies it in measurable terms, via a scope reading. So there is no question as to "how much better" is a Wineguard with gen 4 wing.
NinerBikes 03/29/17 03:09pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Television Antenna Options

In HF ham radios, 3dBm is worth 1/2 an "S" in signal strength,and I believe a doubling of the amount of watts transmitted. See "dBm as a power level" chart, and look up 1w vs 2w, vs 4w. transmitting power Of course, how good your propagation is of those watts vs antenna selection is important in ham radios, but in our case here, we are looking at efficiency in receiving the signal strength strong enough to saturate the TV's receiver to get full audio and picture strength on the screen. The stronger the signal, the better the chance you'll still get reception in cloud cover and during rain storms. Rain will dilute your TV signal strength considerably, causing all kinds of picture problems during heavy down pours. I don't watch too much TV while out in the Travel Trailer, but it's very nice to put up my batwing in Quartzsite after a long day at the gem and mineral show, and pull in 4 or 5 stations 50 miles south of us that serve Yuma, from Plomosa Road. Last time I was there, everyone was telling me my antenna was aimed the wrong direction, they were all pointed north. I was pointed about 195 to 200 degrees, at some Yuma based stations from mountains on the other side of the Colorado River in CA and getting great reception on my little 1080p 22" Samsung LED TV, only pulling 19w off the battery. YMMV... Just sharing with you what worked for me that trip to "Q". I had a lot of disbelievers, until they came inside and saw what was on my TV. I may have a cr*ppy little 21 ft travel trailer, but it has a good surplus telecom AGM battery, a great TV and a great antenna for pulling in TV signals.
NinerBikes 03/29/17 10:34am Tech Issues
The ANTENNA Thread with measured signal strengths by brand

This was performed a while back, but it is still as valid today as the day the lab measurements were taken with digital over the air signals and Lab Grade measurement instruments, by someone that is in the signal end of the TV broadcasting business... It's a long read, but it's loaded with facts, versus perception. Perhaps a Moderator will make this a sticky. Side by side antenna testing measurements
NinerBikes 03/29/17 09:57am Tech Issues
RE: 70 amp charger cooking 12v LEDs?

I would suspect the resistance needed if any would be very small but if you like, instead of a resistor you can simply add a regular silicon power diode in series. A regular silicon diode will drop about .6V-.7V which would get you back to say 14.2-14.1V respectively. I am planning to add a diode anyways to split the lights with a On-Off-On position switch. Connect bulb Side A and Side B with a diode so that Side B is blocked from getting power from Side A, but flows freely from Side B to Side A (normal diode operation, but spelling it out here) Position 1: Run 12v to switch, Power to Side 'A' lights only Side A, blocked by diode from running to Side B Position 2: Run 12 to switch, Power to Side B lights BOTH sides, as power also flows through diode to Side A. Have a wild guess as to a part number? (probably wouldn't do any good in this position anyways :( ) Sorry, I'm not very sharp on electronics stuff this am Pretty much ANY General purpose diode with a working voltage and amperage above what you expect to ever see. A 50V 1A GP diode should be plenty acceptable if you are placing it in series with one of those modules.. You can find that as a 1N4001 which can be bought HERE, for 3 cents a piece (min order of 100 diodes at $3). If you are planning to switch multiple lights then a higher current diodes would be suggested.. HERE is a 100V 6A diode at $.35 each.. Since the switching idea you are thinking of may possibly involve a fused circuit of 7A or more you may wish to consider using diodes with a minimum capacity of the fuse size so the fuse will blow instead of the diodes if any short would happen.. Higher voltage and current is OK but those do get physically bigger so there may be a point where too high of current or voltage diode may get difficult to fit in a small space. Although, personally I would simplify things by using three and four way switching like you would find at a sticks and bricks.. Three way you need two single pole double throw (SPDT) switches, you would then need to run three wires between switches. One wire acts as a traveler and the other two alternate between on/off.. Found a good website with picture diagrams of three way wiring, just substitute 12V and 12V lights.. THREE WAY SWITCH DIAGRAMS What is the voltage drop per rectifier with those models? 0.6 to 0.7V?
NinerBikes 03/28/17 10:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Modifying The 36-Amp Megawatt List Of Materials

What's the difference between this modified Megawatt vs something like the Boondocker BPCM-75 75 Amp Adjustable Power Converter/Charger? It's probably not for the "set it and forget it" type of camper.
NinerBikes 03/27/17 11:47am Tech Issues
RE: Charging specs for group 29HM Deep Cycle Marine/RV battery

if ya ask JCI about the energizer batts they might send what they sent me. http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y490/buokis/battery/jci_zpstbjzguau.gif height=400 width=600I know of only one charger that actually has this profile.... Battery Tender High Frequency charger primarily designed for golf carts but available in 12v. My old Sears Manual 6 amp 12v battery charger from the late 1970's has a profile similar to that. When the ampere gauge gets down to around 2 amps, and the voltage reaches 16.35V on my DMM, it's time to unplug that manual charger on my group 24 DC Walmart special battery that I use for powering my 100w ham radio that pulls about 4 to 5 Ah per hour.
NinerBikes 03/26/17 08:57pm Tech Issues
RE: (OPINION!) LED Replacement Headlamp Bulbs

---snip--- I therefore must DESIGN my lifestyle to avoid artificial situations that can put me six feet under. The most pressing was inadequate lighting. it has been resolved.Thank You for the most profound statement of this thread. I also have installed what works, its not bothering oncoming drivers, so personally I also could care less about opinions of others here that have no clue how MY system performs. I ain't changing it. I had a government for the past 8 years that told me guns were bad for me, my health, and well being. History for centuries has proven them wrong. An armed society is a polite society. I consider the option of being armed part of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. Everyone needs to understand that no one but you is responsible for your own well being and safety. Even when it comes to lighting for transportation. Just don't be a d*ck about it and be considerate of your fellow drivers. That D.O.T. determined that a "sealed beam" was required, then defined it to not include a self sealing rubber booty on the back of a replaceable headlamp, when rubber seals have been good enough for doors on VW Beetles to cause them to float in lakes, is a sign of the stupidity of our government, and that they should never be trusted.
NinerBikes 03/23/17 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: (OPINION!) LED Replacement Headlamp Bulbs

I still remember changing my parents Volvo to Cibie Z-beams, back when they were illegal. Amazing headlights with a razor sharp cutoff. Oncoming it looked like the bottom half of the bulb was not lit, high beams, both halves. Personally, I think they still blow others out of the water. I did the exact same thing on two cars back in the 70's. Very sharp cutoff - low on the left side and angled up on the right side on low beam. On high beam I could see across two counties. If those Cibie Z-beams would fit my F350, I would add them in a heartbeat. Best EVER. Me three - Cibie Z's in my 1975 Opel. I was doing a ton of night driving and came to love those things. They were the best!When I was running 7" round Cessna landing light high beams, then rectangular headlights I was using Hellas for Low beams that had the same razor-sharp cutoff as the Cibe's, maybe even more so. It was ricidlous that European approved lights couldn't meet DOT standards only because they had a removable/ replaceable lamp. It took another 20+ years for USDOT standards to catch up, but the GE and Sylvania's of the world never came remotely close to the reflector nor lensing accuracy as what Hella and Cibe had been doing for a lifetime. It was no problem whatsoever to see those headlights behind or coming at you. There was Zero overshoot off of those reflectors. Now they're all chromed plastic that can't last only a few years before the sun eats them, and they still don't come close except for projectors. The cut angle in the lense tells all. Hella H4 original.
NinerBikes 03/22/17 12:23am Tech Issues
RE: (OPINION!) LED Replacement Headlamp Bulbs

I still remember changing my parents Volvo to Cibie Z-beams, back when they were illegal. Amazing headlights with a razor sharp cutoff. Oncoming it looked like the bottom half of the bulb was not lit, high beams, both halves. Personally, I think they still blow others out of the water. I did the exact same thing on two cars back in the 70's. Very sharp cutoff - low on the left side and angled up on the right side on low beam. On high beam I could see across two counties. If those Cibie Z-beams would fit my F350, I would add them in a heartbeat. Best EVER. Installed the same version Hella H4's in my 1967 VW beetle, then later my 77 VW Transporter, also my 81 Jetta Diesel Coupe, later the 83 Audi 5000 turbodiesel. Great cutoff beam, then at a slight upwards angle, off to the right, to light up all the road signs, far, far away. It's my belief, upon looking at the lens used in the Hella's, that they were of some sort of grade of crystal glass, in terms of noted clarity between the bulb and the glass, and were treated inside with some sort of anti reflection coating to transmit light through the glass, not back at the reflector mirror. These were headlights clearly suitable for driving at autobahn type speeds at night, as I've never seen anything else like them.
NinerBikes 03/20/17 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: (OPINION!) LED Replacement Headlamp Bulbs

My Vw's come with HID's, so I won't be making a switch yet. I do know I prefer white 4300k to 5000k for the color of my HID bulbs. YMMV, I tend to stay away from any tinge of blue. My 2015 SEL e-Golf already has LED's in it from VW, and the are just barely a tinge of blue. SCV has gone for a ride in it at night, so he knows what the beam looks like from inside when they are on and running. So far, I've preferred HID's both factory and aftermarket, to my LEDs, in terms of color and brightness. YMMV, I may have to check out the LED's on SCV jeffs Explorer. I'd prefer a passive way of cooling the LED's myself, one less thing to fail or go wrong.
NinerBikes 03/19/17 11:24am Tech Issues
RE: How difficult is it to run wiring in foam walls in trailer?

Get a 150 or 175w inverter to replace the one that died. Problem solved, still plug it in the lighter socket. Or get a laptop that is more energy efficient and uses less wattage in the brick. Many ways to solve your problem, but a bigger more powerful inverter isn't one of them.
NinerBikes 03/16/17 05:18pm Tech Issues
RE: How difficult is it to run wiring in foam walls in trailer?

Get a good amperage rated on off switch, wire it to the 12v side of the panel first, then wire in the inverter after the on off switch with it's 120v outlet. How many watts is your inverter? You need to be able to turn the inverter off to reduce parasitic load, when not in use. What is in your TT that you need 120V?
NinerBikes 03/16/17 10:44am Tech Issues
RE: Honda vs Yamaha

I've camped next to others in campsites with the Yamaha 2000is, and there is an absolutely obnoxious "pulse" or "popping" noise sound to the exhaust tone on them. If I spot a campsite available with a neighbor running a blue Yamaha, I will pass on the site and find somewhere else. It was really obnoxious, the exhaust sound of the Yamaha. YMMV, I don't find the Yamaha's to be quiet under some load in eco mode. Possibly something to do with the compression ratio being so high, or the motor works very hard in that capacity.
NinerBikes 03/15/17 11:01am Tech Issues
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

I can let my 150 Ah Telecom sit for 3 or 4 months, and when I put the MegaWatt on it at 14.40V, amps will start at around 4 amps, and within 40 -50 min, I will be down to .75 to .60 amps, in 70F temps. Zapping it briefly to 14.8V makes hardly any change at all in the amps it takes, still under 1.00 amps charge rate. It's an unusual critter, that surplus telecom battery. It does not like high amp rate withdrawal rates either, or high recharge rates. I've never seen it take over 20 to 21 amps at 14.4V. I do need to discharge it to around 50%, just to stir up the chemistry inside. Maybe just run the unit with the fridge on for 2 days and some TV at night to lose 50 or 60 amp hours, then recharge it with the MegaWatt and the Eu1000i. 2 to 3 hours of run time should do it, then bring it home for a top charge in the garage, on the grid.
NinerBikes 03/13/17 08:43pm Tech Issues
RE: battery charging

The ELEVATION that you are running your EU2000i generator at will also affect it's load handling ability. You lose power with elevation, ask any airplane pilot.
NinerBikes 03/04/17 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: Birth Of The Gigawatt

Pretty sure JID's megawatt is the same one you use. It died when conditioning some large 8d lifelines IIRC He mailed the failed unit to Mex who found the failed transistors, and upgraded them and capacitors, and went all mad scientist on it, and now it can do 56 amps. Which is dang impressive considering the tiny size of a Megawatt, even with two larger fans on top of it. That's why it has Giga cooler fans, it needs it when pushing the electronic guts that hard.
NinerBikes 03/02/17 09:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Birth Of The Gigawatt

This is the gigawatt, not the borg! Get your chargers straight man Correct me then LY.... what is the basis PSU for this and how many bones did it cost, I admit, I have not followed Jim in Denvers thread on this unit.
NinerBikes 02/28/17 08:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Birth Of The Gigawatt

760 watts sustained 9+ hours. It smacked its lips. Don't ask about the parts cost. $15 / 5 rectifier purchase. $9.90 2 caps. $12 fans and grills. About $3 for the Sil Pad./ You forgot the cost of the 2 Megawatts. Are they the 30 amp or 36 amp versions of switched power supply units, like Ham Radio operators are wont to use? Probably good for recharging some Ampere hungry AGM type of cells that have very, very low internal resistance.
NinerBikes 02/27/17 06:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Batteries for adult toy.

Nothing to see here about adult toys.
NinerBikes 02/27/17 06:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

Is this thread on Alzheimer's or ? I forget. My memory is good, it's just short.
NinerBikes 02/27/17 10:46am Tech Issues
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