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Author Topic: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year  (Read 10988 times)

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Kenny

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We just had thunderstorm this afternoon.  When I've got home, my RB range reduces to less than 20nm where  I normally get around 200nm.

Hope it is from wet coax not circuit damage.

In the mean time, apologize for limited range around Bangkok.

Kenny
« Last Edit: April 28, 2014, 03:33:24 PM by Kenny »
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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 03:48:46 PM »
Doesn't sound good Kenny.

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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 04:03:48 PM »
Good luck, Kenny

Hope it does dry out OK.
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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 04:19:21 PM »
Kenny,

Suppose it's a bit late now to tell you but ALWAYS pull out the antenna connection if thunderstorms are forecast to be in the area.


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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 07:37:21 PM »
Lightning arresters are available, but I'm not sure just how effective they are in protecting RBs, they seem to work OK for GC Receivers though.
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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2014, 05:33:27 PM »
About arresters: They work quite well for secondary lightning discharges or strong electrostatic charges, that are build up shortly before lightning strikes*. During this effects of thunderstorms you can sometimes already smell the ozon, but you don't get the full hit. If you catch a full hit (primary lightning discharge) they are useless as all equipment between lightning entry poitn and ground/erth gets fried. I've some experience with satellite equipment and terestrial TV and lightning causing electronic toast.

* The flash-channel starts building up, but the channel building up from your antenna isn't the one that does ignite through.

Kenny, I hope that it is just a drowned Coax connection.

Regards Ingo
« Last Edit: April 29, 2014, 05:37:12 PM by neroon79 »
Greetings from northern Germany, Ingo
11.75nm ESE of EDDV

SW: ANRB v5.00.072/6.01.001 on WIN10 64Bit Pro&Home
HW:
Ant.: DPD Productions ADS-B Vertical Outdoor Base Antenna
AMP: Kuhne electr. KU LNA 1090 A TM
Cable: 25m of ECOFLEX 15+
NB: Asus P53E 24/7 op.
PC: 28"4K + 24" Monitor
AirSpy mini @RPi3

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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2014, 01:51:09 AM »
Just an update.

Swap RB with DVB-T dongle and run RTL1090, the Msgs/Sec jumps from around 15 to 150 and see a whole lots aircraft.

Kenny
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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2014, 12:48:24 PM »
Ingo, thanks for the extra info.
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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2014, 06:04:00 PM »
Hi,

I will be offline for sometime until it is come back from repair.  During this time I'll using DVB-T dongle and RTL1090.  For sure, I'll miss the RB interface.

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Kanok
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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2014, 06:41:06 PM »
Hi Kenny,

Thanks for the update, missing your input, I hope it is a quick turn round.  Are you able to input into the network with the dongle?

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Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2014, 09:25:41 PM »
Hi Kenny,

Thanks for the update, missing your input, I hope it is a quick turn round.  Are you able to input into the network with the dongle?

Alan

I know AirNav has upload client for other hardware, how to get one?

Kenny
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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2014, 07:13:33 AM »
Leave it with me Kenny

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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2014, 12:07:52 AM »
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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2014, 07:18:13 AM »
Kenny, see PM

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Re: Looks like my RB didn't survive first thunderstorm of the year
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2014, 02:47:31 AM »
Contact support and they gave the link for client download.  Asked to give them the Sharing ID once installed to activate the account.  ID & email sent several days.   Still quiet.

Kenny
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