[amsat-bb] Re: Drilling of a G-550 results!!!

Dave Guimont dguimon1 at san.rr.com
Mon Nov 26 23:47:50 PST 2007

Luc I have two Labradors that watch me very anxiously,  and 
rhetorically say....."what's an old man like you doing on the roof!".

I repaired my 5400  by soldering the brass grommets that terminated 
the pot....When you open the case put the rotor in a tub of some 
sort....My bearing retainers were so old they were worn, but when I 
put in new lithium (as I remember) grease the grease held them in the 
retainer, and used them for years after...Of course we have no ice in 
San  Diego, if we ever do I would move back to Minnesota!!

Hang a dark sensor on one end of the boom....I have a 4 foot skylight 
cut in my hamshack roof so I can observe the rotors.  And when I see 
ducks and geese going south I know you are beginning to get chilly up there!!

Much easier to devise these things than do them, but you know doing 
is most of the fun!!

>Collateral damages
>1-Probably a mess inside? rust? corrosion? mildew? and so on...
>2-Upper hole plugged with a metal screw plus silicone
>3-Struck something when drilling pass through the casing!!! (Not too 
>lucky with
>lotto ticket...)
>4-Meter does not move anymore probably a wire cut or the pot has been stabbed
>Lets the weather return to the minus 0C again and just watch the rotor
>Rotor will don't freeze in ice anymore (i hope) and i will have to rely on a
>visual metering system in daylight and on something else overnight.
>Thank's to my neighbour dog a Labrador moaning and barking after me 
>at the end
>of his chain during the whole operation... Just forget my pliers and screw-
>driver down the tower!!! as i am not too lucky with my drilling probably the
>same with my pitching...JOKE ;)
>As we can pass in an episode of minus  zero C temperature at any 
>moment i don't
>take any chance and i jump on this +C swing i just remember a past 
>winter with
>another rotor stuck as water fill in due to a crack in the casing 
>not too happy
>to have a beam always pointing towards nowhere.
>To be continued...
>Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
>Skype VE2DWE
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            73, Dave wb6llo at amsat.org
                    Disagree: I learn....

               Pulling for P3E... 

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