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RE: Winegard SensarPro wall plate problem

I got up on the roof and pulled the dicor off the join in the coax. I could see that the dicor had shrunk and there was a very small gap that could let in water. It was a challenge,, but I managed to disconnect both cables from the female cable joiner. There were no center conductors in either cable. The female was rusty at both ends. I guess when I twisted off the cables, the center conductor stayed rusted in the joiner. My next step is to install new weatherproof coax ends and a new female joiner. I love doing fiddly stuff like that lying on the RV roof, not :( Incidentally, the coax connectors (one from Windgard and one originally from the RV manufacturer) were not weatherproof.
joebedford 04/06/20 11:11am Technology Corner
RE: Winegard SensarPro wall plate problem

I put the original Jensen wall plate in to see if it worked any better and that's what was there when I took the voltage readings. When I took the 12.6V reading at the plate, I used a 2 foot coax jumper I had lying around. I could put the Sensar Pro plate back in and I probably will but I'm really thinking I need to get up there and check the connectors in the coax.
joebedford 04/06/20 07:39am Technology Corner
RE: Winegard SensarPro wall plate problem

I should have said that I measured the 11.6V with the antenna head coax disconnected. So there is .9V loss in that coax - no load. I guess the coax is bad or more likely, one or more of the connectors in that line.
joebedford 04/05/20 09:06pm Technology Corner
RE: Brakes Stopped Working after CW Visit.

I get the check trailer wiring almost every time I hook up. I have to wrap a bungy around the 7-pin cable and connector to pull it tight up to the truck. I think the connector pins have spread and don't make good contact - time to replace that connector. You may have that problem. OTOH, if your trailer battery is charged, pulling the breakaway pin must give you brakes regardless of the condition of the cable/connector at the truck end. I've seen trailer brakes that were incorrectly wired in series instead of parallel. They don't work well that way. What does "I have no brakes more than having brakes" mean?
joebedford 04/05/20 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: Winegard SensarPro wall plate problem

Finally drug out the ladder. At the antenna head, there was 11.6V on the coax. It was 12.5 at the output of the wall plate (12.9V at the wall plate input). 11.6 is pretty lossy over maybe 15 feet of coax. When I installed the crank-up, I used the cable from the (useless) omni with a 6' extension. Maybe the connector between cables got corroded. Still I would have thought that 11.6V is enough to make the head amp run. Hmmm.
joebedford 04/05/20 06:17am Technology Corner
RE: water pump problems

A water tank vent doesn't leak into the basement. My tanks vent is right beside the fill.
joebedford 04/02/20 08:22am Tech Issues

the mask and goggles only cover part of your body that was exposed to the airborne virus.Which airborne virus are you talking about? COVID-19 isn't airborne.
joebedford 04/01/20 01:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Snowbirds In Limbo As Coronavirus Upends Travel Plans

what was the point in telling the Canadians to come home?Less chance of getting sick at home? Better treatment? Some were going to lose emergency medical insurance.
joebedford 04/01/20 07:02am Snowbirds

It's Official CDC now saying Face Masks essential for protection. Would appreciate it if someone with better connectivity can chase down a link and post it here.It's NOT official. I could NOT find such a link on the CDC site. What is your source?
joebedford 03/31/20 12:48pm Around the Campfire

"Should I wear a mask to protect myself? Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely. WHO advises rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of precious resources and mis-use of masks (see Advice on the use of masks). The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. See basic protective measures against the new coronavirus for more information."
joebedford 03/31/20 12:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: I have a different kind of electrical problem

The colour of the wall is pretty, ummmm, interesting.
joebedford 03/31/20 06:10am Technology Corner
RE: People suck

God is great, beer is good, PEOPLE ARE CRAZY:BWe line dance to that song.
joebedford 03/30/20 07:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Combined home computers reach exaflop levels

I ran seti@home for many years but as my current PC has aged, while it's still fast, I don't want to heat it up too much with very high CPU loads. I'm not familiar with folding@home.org but after some vetting I may let some small loads run on my non-critical PCs. I'm not afraid. Incidentally, after all these years, seti@home is suspending home computing TOMORROW.
joebedford 03/30/20 01:15pm Technology Corner

We're half way through our 14 day quarantine since hauling our RV back to Canada from an outbreak country. 7 more days enforced quarantine then as many as required voluntarily. We live in the country so catching COVID-19 is unlikely as long as we stay at home. Unfortunately we're going to have to make a liquor store run in a week - lineups around the block. Our neighbour delivered groceries yesterday. Getting maintenance done on the RV that we've been putting off.
joebedford 03/29/20 08:18am Around the Campfire
RE: Router speeds OUT of our router

I get 5mbps. Sigh.
joebedford 03/27/20 07:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Winegard SensarPro wall plate problem

Well, I found and tried the original wall plate with the same nil result. I guess I'll have to look at the coax and antenna head next.
joebedford 03/27/20 02:00pm Technology Corner
RE: New safety mask. I know I will look crazy at first

Just wash your hands.
joebedford 03/27/20 10:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Winegard SensarPro wall plate problem

All good suggestions. Somewhere around here I have the original wall plate. If that works, it eliminates the antenna head and coax. Now where did I put it...
joebedford 03/26/20 05:50am Technology Corner
RE: Winegard SensarPro wall plate problem

I tried disconnecting and reconnecting. A bunch of numbers appeared like it was scanning, then it went back to dashes after a few seconds. I'll play with it a bit more but I fear it may be toast.
joebedford 03/24/20 07:24pm Technology Corner
Winegard SensarPro wall plate problem

I have the SensarPro TV Signal Strength Meter (RFL-342) which has worked fine for a few years. Rushing back to Canada from Florida, we used it in a few places. Now that we're home in mandatory 14-day quarantine, it's not working. I'm sure we've received channels here before but the plate just displays dashes no matter what is selected. The volume setting is the only thing that responds. Is this DOA behavior or something else?
joebedford 03/24/20 06:52am Technology Corner
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