I will be off the air a few days, wa5ufh
- I will be off a few days because of a surge during a electrical storm.
Will see everyone on Ping Jockey when by station is operational again.
Stop reading here unless you want more details. HiHi
Well after many years being a ham, I got hit by lightening. Hope it is
true, the old saying that lightening never hits twice the same
location. It was a powerful electrical storm, lasted about 3 hours. We
were aware of the storm prior to going to bed because of the weather
reports so we carefully disconnected all the coax, rotor cables and
unplugged the 50 Amp supply. I even turned off the poser to the surge
protector to the PC.
Well the next morning I discovered my surge protector had blown on the
PC modem. I felt a little proud of the fact the surge protector saving
my PC modem. Who know, even the maybe the whole PC! As I bypassed the
Surge protector and started up the PC everything was looking good. The
PC booted and there I was getting online.
Well, next the news was bad. The satellite TV would not work. After
checking it and confirming that it took a surge from the phone line I
started wondering why I didn't have a surge protector on it. Oh well.
The next step was to check the other phones and electronic appliances.
I did find the plastic cover on the phone termination box out on the
utility pole had been blown off but no evidence of arcing? I went back
and did some work on the PC then decided to check on the cattle. After
finding all the heard accounted for, but deep in the woods, they were
a little spooked, I decided to go back and listen to the radios.
When launching WSJT, the computer started operating strange. It was
slowing down, I exited out and went to a PSK application. It stopped
working. Alt-Tab would not report and applications as being open. The
task bar disappeared, Windows was very sick. I ended up having to
Ctrl-Alt - Del. This happened many times, I have never seen windows
act so strange and no error messaged? Windows started in Safe Mode
most times after trying sound board applications. That was a sure
clue. The PC would run flawlessly any application that didn't
recognize a soundboard. It took a while to realize this so I am
thinking the worse. The day before I installed a CDRW but it was
checked out very well.
After realizing windows was crashing because of the soundboard
applications I went to the System Device Manager and Disabled the
soundboard. The PC started operating again and things are looking up.
I went and purchased a cheap Sound . Blaster 16PCI but had problem
getting it to work with existing interface. Also it didn't have
ability to swap from left to right audio channels and .. Well I just
didn't like the way it was working. I have ordered a new SoundBoard
but while playing with the 16PCI board I found the 4N25 Optic Coupler
not switching. Guess the lightening got to it also! I have heard
after others taking a surge and finding thins wrong for a while. I
hope there are no more surprises, 4N25 and Sound Card on order.
I am still trying to figure how the Surge Protector for the phone line
saved the Modem but yet my sound board was taken out? I have good
isolation with the interface. I opened up the surge protector, and it
was very burnt!
In a way I feel very fortunate that my IC746 ,TS 680 and TS130 were
Be back when everything is working again.
Randy Tipton (Tip)
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Scriptures I would like to share with you:
Heb 5:9; Acts 2:38; Rom 16:16: Eph 4: 1 - 7; John 17:20 - 23