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  1. LarryF

    Lectro SMDA drawing current when off

    There is no low power off mode for one battery. The SMDA is perfectly happy with one battery; it just acts like an over sized SM single battery unit. Same boards and firmware exactly. In sum, it is a valid test. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    Lectro SMDA drawing current when off

    Hi Ed, Put one battery only in the SMDA with the battery door open and the SMDA off. With a digital Volt meter (DVM) set on current, place one lead on the negative terminal of the battery and the other DVM lead on the SMDA case. This will tell you if there is an abnormal current drain. There is a small leakage current of a few mA's to enable the power on function but that won't run a battery down for weeks. I assume you have a DVM; they are so cheap anymore that they are an essential tool in your kit. Remember to never connect a current meter directly across a battery or other voltage source; much smoke and frustration will ensue. Also switch the meter back to normal voltage operation before you put it away. I know this personally from several sparky incidents. The negative terminal to case hookup above places the current meter safely in series with the battery to read its drain. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    Servicing Sound Devices Mixers

    +1 -multiple times
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    New from Lectro.

    Hi LLari, Allow me to respectively but firmly disagree. After doing extensive double blind testing, our seeing eye dog definitely prefers the green Magic Marker. He is getting old and has reactionary tastes but his sense of smell is still excellent. On the other hand, my cats could give a Damn. Best Regards, Larry Fisher We think it is the secondary smoke drifting down from Colorado. LEF
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    Hi Patrick, I can't imagine it's not compatible. AES is AES is AES, to steal from Gertude Stein. If it's not compatible for some esoteric reason, Lectro would get it compatible. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    New from Lectro.

    The Lectro preamp has a rounded tone with a golden, chocolaty aftertaste that is most satisfying to the sophisticated listener. The SD preamp has more of a bright, silvery texture with just a touch of tarnish. If you color the input XLR's of the SD with a green magic marker, 93% of this tarnish is removed leading to an astounding equivalency with the Lectro preamp. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    Lectro re-certifications have been done at high multiples of tens of thousands of dollars. The FCC doesn't discriminate between users and sellers when it comes to grief. They are an Equal In-Opportune Agency. I'm not sure why they aren't visible yet unless the Feds are just backlogged. Best Regards, Larry Fisher p.s. I actually have a lot of respect and sympathy for the FCC; they are underfunded, overworked and trying to work out the ridiculous mandates thrown at them by Congress. p.s.s. To paraphrase Harry Truman: The Big Companies must really like Congress. They keep trying to buy them.
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    New from Lectro.

    The SPDR has the same output level as the PDR. So, the answer is yes. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    Soon is such a flexible word and could be misleading in meaning, such as soon synonyms: directly early instantly promptly quickly rapidly shortly speedily presently anon any minute now before long betimes by and by coming down the pike ere long expeditiously fast fleetly forthwith hastily in a little while in a minute in a second in a short time in due time in short order in time lickety-split on time posthaste pronto quick short Let's just say, during this year and during this decade. Best Regards, Larry Fisher p.s. I can say there are lots of tumbleweeds in New Mexico
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    Unfortunately it takes at least 10 tumbleweeds to hop a fence, so that will be a while. However, today is just M1day but tomorrow is 2'sday. The augury of the tumbleweeds will become clear. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    DIY Dipole antenna!

    700 Watts at 2.4 GHz will do them up in about 12 minutes. Glen's got the right frequency but he needs about 400 times more power. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    DIY Dipole antenna!

    The next time I see you, I will have to hear more about this. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    Hi Jim, That link you posted on evolution of a catch phrase, reminded me how much I miss "The Farside". My favorite, but I never could never explain why: Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    Maybe they will announce next 2'sday. LEF
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    ....and, if you reply to the toll free number in the next 5 minutes with a valid Subway Tuna Sandwich coupon, you'll get not one but two(!) count them, two(!) Radio Mic Systems for the same low, low price, with only additional shipping and handling! Nah, you are safe. Best, Larry F
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    Nah, they snuck the power supply out, without telling me. LEF
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    Lectrosonics RPS4 Rackmount Power

    Thanks Jeff. Also, there are rear pictures on the Lectro site in the data sheet pdf and the manual pdf. They have a little better resolution. https://www.lectrosonics.com/US/phocadownload/RPS4_td.pdf Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    Lectrosonics RPS4 Rackmount Power

    Since each power supply has to be capable of handling the full load (otherwise it's not redundant) each RPS8 power supply would need to be able to put out 12 Amps continuously with some safety margin. That gets to be a fairly hefty 15 Amp pair of supplies with bigger fans (the kiss of death). Or you could use 4 power supplies in one box which gets you back to just buying two RPS4's. Also, the market for an RPS8 would be much smaller than the small RSP4 market. Finally, the few people that truly need an RPS8 can certainly afford to buy two RPS4's. Eight Venue racks is a lot of wireless. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    DIY Dipole antenna!

    What Borjam said. Generally a 50 Ohm antenna will only look like a 50 Ohm load (or source) inside its operational bandwidth, and sometimes not even then.
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    DIY Dipole antenna!

    Hi Bernie, All our tests, (one) show that stainless steel coat hangers have weak reception. They are hard to solder also, though they do look good on the set. LEF
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    Noise with Countryman B6 and Lectro SMWB

    Meanwhile, Lectro will try to see why universal wiring on a B6 with uniquely an SMWB has noise. It shouldn't. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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    DIY Dipole antenna!

    Would be released on April 1 LEF
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    DIY Dipole antenna!

    The SNA-600 matches the 62 Ohm impedance of the dipole arms to 50 Ohms using a microstrip transformer and the balanced elements (arms) are baluned (should be a word) to the unbalanced 50 Ohm coax. I would expect slightly better performance from the SNA600a compared to the DIY antenna, though sometimes a rusty coat hanger could beat both of them. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
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