- Is the beam pointing in the direction the rotor says it is? It was within 5 degrees which is good enough considering the antenna has a 30 degree beamwidth.
- Replace faulty power unit. Bit the bullet and bought a new Rig Runner 4005i to replace the one that had been damaged by a lightning surge in the summer. Moved the damaged one down the line to the radio and some peripherals. It still turns the power on and off; it just can’t read the voltage or current since the lightning surge.
- The Internet controlled interface to the solar controller can be reset over the Internet now. The Morningstar Sunsaver Duo and it’s remote, the EMC-1 sometimes locked up and couldn’t be read over the Internet. Installed are relays on the EMC-1 wiring to allow it to be reset remotely.
- Braided straps on the big vertical antenna should improve the rf path through the tuner to the ground radials. These straps replace the single 12 gauge wire we had been using. The tips of the straps are soldered to keep water from seeping into the connection.
5. Waterproof the tower legs sticking down into the concrete. Water in the legs from the summer rains was pumped out and expanding foam was squirted in. Water does not drain out the bottom like one would expect. On the last tower it took 10 years but the steel legs finally rusted through and had to be replaced. Hopefully this problem has been eliminated with the expanding foam sealant.
More loose ends: put up a sign on the east side targeting the easement, “Danger, 13,400 Volts”. Will that make some people keep their distance? Maybe.
checked and topped off battery fluid, labeled all equipment with i.p. Address and port number.