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ve1arn
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PostSubject: Looking for some guidance here...............   2016-11-14, 4:08 pm

Hi all,

I'm gonna be getting a radio room set up here in the near future. Right now, I have 2 Kenwood R-5000's, my HF rig, the Kenwood TS-820S, as well as a couple of other communications receivers. These radios have not been turned on for a few years now and I'm wondering if there are any precautions I should take when turning them back on for the first time? Or, do I really need to worry about this? The last year and a half they were inside, but not in a temperature controlled room.

Any guidance will be appreciated. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some guidance here...............   2016-11-14, 9:31 pm

Just to be safe, send all to me for testing. drunken
I don't think you would have a problem, if their solid state.
As long as they are fused.
I hadn't plugged in my  YAESU - FRG 100. for almost 3 years, found my wall-wart power supply and it fired right up. Surprising the clock still was close to correct time. Just replaced the CMOS button battery, and reset the clock. I am a happy camper. Now where can I get a long-wire, poles and insulators.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some guidance here...............   2017-08-26, 5:38 pm

I agree with Cliff, likely no problems.
if you want, you can put a "Dim Bulb" tester in the power circuit for added insurance.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some guidance here...............   2017-09-04, 4:41 pm

Thanks guys! Been a slight delay in getting the room done, but I plan on getting back to it by the end of this month. I've had so many delays in doing this that on a couple of occasions, I almost said the hell with it. But, after hitting the forums, that urge goes away.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some guidance here...............   2017-09-10, 12:33 am

I forgot to mention, put in more than 1 ground rod, 6' or longer.
Electrolysis can eat them up, depending on your soil. 
I put in 3, and one was a 3' pencil point when I pulled it out for a remodel. originally it was 6'!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some guidance here...............   2017-09-10, 9:11 am

Gold Plate them ground rods, solves that issue LOL.

Or use a counterpoise dipole antennae, or a center fed long wire. as one end acts as the ground.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some guidance here...............   2017-09-11, 5:44 am

Thanks for the suggestion Frank. I did intend to have a ground rod. Though, I hadn't planned on more than one. You have me thinking now. I'm thinking the ground should be pretty decent here since I live right across the street from the Gulf of Maine almost where it meets the Bay of Fundy. I have a feeling the ground may be a tad salty.

Cliff, my antenna is a Cushcraft AV-5 vertical antenna. I do plan on having wire antennas for listening only that I plan on putting up in the very large attic I have here. Though, if I can find a way to put up my Windom antenna outside, I am definitely gonna do that. It's was my main ham antenna for quite a while when I was on the air last.

I have a check coming in at the end of the month with some retroactive money in it. That's gonna allow me to finish the radio room enough for me to get in and use it. I'm starting to get anxious now that I know it's gonna happen. I miss playing radio, It's been so long now.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some guidance here...............   2017-09-11, 10:15 pm

You might consider placing the ground rods at a partial wavelength of the frequencies you most often work. It might as as a ground and a counterpoise!
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