C150L

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  1. C150L added a post in a topic One of my boys and my C build.   

    Sorry guys, can't believe it's been this long since I posted on our Avid here. Not that anything has happened on it, but still. I don't use my puter as much as I used to since I went to smartphone, so a quite bit less goes into all the message boards I frequented.
    Anyway, I'll try and put a couple pics up here. Not showing much, but last fall we had to move it again (closer to a shop where some work can start again) to make room for my electric motorcycle project. .
    I will have to check back soon now and I suspect a couple questions will pop up due to these pictures.
    Anyone else do BasicMed yet? Did mine on Monday. Good to go for 4 years now.



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  2. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    Another mental image to open my yap on. Looking at photo Ron posted gave me an idea. Experiment with a fabric mounted version and eliminate the wood supports. Tape (Poly-Fiber) it to the inside of the fabric? Will take some R&D with our Avid project, buried in my shed along with some fabric and my analyzer to get it right, if it's possible to work it out that way.. I never worked with fabric on a plane. Wonder it would show up terribly and if that would be of concern to some/most. 
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  3. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    Hi Ron,
    Sorry, been awhile since I've had my puter on. Recently stepped up to a smart phone and do some/most of my internet stuff on that and not firing PC up as often. My tabs and frequent sites used not as friendly on a "phone".
    Anyway, I don't see issue with it sideways and might imagine possible benefits. One concern, the antenna is not spread open as far as I would prefer. Short weekend this week (1 day), but if I get the chance, I'll pull one out, set it up like this and see that the antenna analyzer says about it. 
    I understand concern about objects hitting it, but don't think it would hurt it short of knocking it loose and falling out of place. Just had a strange mental image of one of those mattress, automotive, etc induced motion/forces testing commercials to determine how much it will take to make this antenna fail, but then that mental image changed to a flaming mental rage after seeing Hillary on TV and wondering why she is not in jail yet.
    (Sorry guys, if that offended anyone, but can't forget how easily and quick Petreaus (sp?) was taken down.) .
    (Note to self: Don't hijack once own posts on message boards.)
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  4. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    Good evening,
    Ron, Check your email.
    I attached a couple pics of an installation in a Champ. Kind of interesting how this guy used rib stitching cord to suspend the connection end of the antenna. Said he always does that. Guess it's a way to connect to something, when something is not already there.
    Edit: I have to mention, in this Champ install, the one element is almost perfectly vertical. It does not have to be this way, but as for omni directional performance, this is perfect. When an antenna leans forward or rearward, (anybodies antenna), you loose some signal straight ahead and behind you. A leaning antenna does not mean you will not be able to talk to someone ahead or behind, they just might need to be a little closer than off to the sides.
    Dale


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  5. C150L added a post in a topic EAA Chapter 444, 38WI Poker run   

    My first and I enjoyed the heck out of it. It was quite breeze and a bit on the bumpy side, but I'll do it again in a heart beat. My one hand was a flop though. New strategy next time.
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  6. C150L added a topic in Local Fly in's   

    EAA Chapter 444, 38WI Poker run
    Poker run and chili this morning at 38WI. First poker run for this guy. Should be fun.
    Poker Run 2015.pdf
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  7. C150L added a post in a topic Intercom Recoomendations   

    I have one of these portables, in the most basic 2 place design. Had it 10 years or so and it's been rock solid. Due to it's always open mic and noise filtering/reduction design, it's about the easiest intercom I've used/seen to make normal conversation in relatively noisy environment. No missed 1st syllables due to the normal squelch system of others. Mines a bit older model and has no aux, cell phone inputs or other frills.
     
    I currently have it loaned out, but if someone near by wanted to take me up in his Avid or Kitfox (benefits me) and check it out for 2nd opinion (benefits others), I can have it available in a heart beat. Just meet me at 38WI or 68C.
     
    Through the use of a unique circuit, quiet communications can be enjoyed without the missed syllables, audio popping and background noise associated with voice activated intercoms.
    Unlike automatic vox intercoms with manual or automatic squelch controls, the ENRI technology keeps the microphones active or open all the time, monitoring the background noise level and canceling ambient noise, even while talking. 
    With a full line of Portable ENRI intercoms, ranging from the basic ITC-401-ENRI portable two place intercom to the full featured ITC-2001 and ITC-2004 ENRI portable intercom's,  there is a model to fill the communication needs of almost every pilot.
    For an explanation of how ENRI works, go the FAQ page.
    New, ITC-401SJ 

    Ultralight Pilots using the Single Plug Headphones, can now enjoy the true quite communications that pilots with GA headsets have been proven for the past ten years.  Through the use of our exclusive audio processing technology, wind and engine noise is greatly reduced or eliminated, while still maintaining clear communication.
    ITC-401SJ Features Include
    Exclusive Background Noise Reduction Technology Continues Audio, No Missed Syllables or Words Up to 110db of Noise Reduction Single Volume Control Built-In Cell Phone/Aux Audio Interface 9 Volt Battery Operation External DC Power Jack and Power Cord PTT for keying Comm Radio Small Size 4" x 2.5" x 1.5' Works with headsets with Electret Microphones Three Year Warranty   

    ITC-401 Two Place Series
     
    The ITC-401-ENRI Features
    Enhanced Noise Reduction Technology Continues Audio, No missed Syllables or Words Up to 110db of Noise Reduction Single Volume Control No Squelch Circuits Built-In Cell Phone Interface 9 Volt Battery Operation Pilot/All Switch Push-to-Talk Button for Keying the Comm Radio Small Size,  4"L x 2.5"W x 1.5" D Available with cable and standard plugs or Cable and plugs for the ICOM A22, A3, A4, A24/A6 and the New A-14 series. Three Year Warranty

    Models ITC-401,  Standard headphone plugs, 1/4" headphone plug, .206" Mic plug. ITC-401-I, Cable and plugs for the ICOM A22, A3, A4, A24/A6 and the New A-14 series. ITC-401-23, With cable and plug for direct connection to the ICOM A23 and A5
    Optional External DC power cord available to allow the intercom powered from the aircraft power.
     
     

    ITC-401TC Series
    The ITC-401TC is designed with the Sport Pilot in mind and is a slight departure from our standard intercom design. The Noise Reduction control is a one time "Set and Forget" adjustment, but in aircraft such as Ultralight's, Trike's and Power Parachutes, because of changing flight conditions the Noise Reduction Control is located on the front panel rather then an internal adjustment.
    Trike pilots from across the country who are using the ITC-401TC along with GA headsets, are reporting far better communications between the pilot and passenger when compared to open microphone, push-to-talk, and voice operated intercoms. 
    For in flight communications, the ITC-401TC is the ideal choice.
    The ITC-401-ENRI Features
    Enhanced Noise Reduction Technology Continues Audio, No missed Syllables or Words Up to 110db of Noise Reduction Single Volume Control Adjustable Noise Reduction Control 9 Volt Battery Operation Push-to-Talk Jack for keying Comm Radio Small Size,  4"L x 2.5"W x 1.5" D Available with cable and standard plugs or ICOM A-22, A3, A4, A24,A6 and the New A-14 Cable & Plug  Three Year Warranty

    Models ITC-401TC,  Standard headphone plugs,1/4" headphone plug, .206" Mic plug. ITC-401TC-23,  Cable, plugs for ICOM A23 and A5 ITC-401TC-I, Cable and plugs for the ICOM A22, A3, A4, A24/A6 and the New A-14 series.
    Optional External DC power cord available to allow the intercom powered from the aircraft power.
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  8. C150L added a topic in Hangar Talk   

    Let's see, non-flying,,, Windows 10?
    Anyone using Windows 10?
     
    I took the bait the first day available for me and have had no issues. Everything still there and still working.
     
    A number of times, Miscro$#! Edge (new web browser), when using the back arrow leaves me a blank page rather than repopulating the last Google search I came from. Have to refresh and most times it came back.
     
    Most things work/look the same only found in different looking menus.
     
    Haven't tried anything new in it otherwise.
     
     
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  9. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    One arm should be mounted as near vertical as possible for polarization and getting best omni-directional function. I have tried one stretched out straight and hanging horizontally and it worked ok, but I would not do such in any installation. At this 39" V configuration, the antenna analyser gives the best performance across the entire VHF band width, best % of match and resonates at about 125mhz.
     
    (Starting to feel like a salesman here,,,,  but like answering questions best I can.)
    Dale
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  10. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    That is correct. The tips of the wood arms could be trimmed a little if needed and bring that down a little as well. The wood arms are basically window screen molding, if one wanted to make a mock up piece to check out in their plane/project. The antenna itself is mounted to that wooden structure.
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  11. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    AAHH, Ed. I'll have to get a close up look at the driver on my encased 20 Mule Team wagon train model and see if it looks like you.
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  12. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    Each arm measures 23", short limb 5". You can subtract 1/2" off each if measuring to the bolted, folding point where all pieces come together. Opens up to 39" overall width, which can vary some when installed. My good friend  Paul designed this antenna specifically to be installed in tube and fabric aircraft. Certain composites and wood aircraft also fit the design as well.
     
    I just held one in place in our slightly buried Avid project, between the next 2 stations behind the mixer area and appears to stand up nicely there. Could be a challenge if fuse is already covered, but I'm inclined to think anything is possible.
     
    Still want to pull our project and install one for pictures, but can't happen this one day week end. (What's left of it.)
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  13. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    One ringie dingie, two ringie dingies,,,,,    (Chiming in.)
     
    I will get some measurements when I get home and after family get together/cook out.  A friend of minne has installed many of these, but not sure in Avids or Kitfoxes. I know he just did some work on an Avid around the time I sold him one. I'll see what he knows and if he has any pictures. Aircraft rebuilds is his business and he takes a lot of pictures.
     
    If nothing else, I'll wheel out our Avid project and put one in for some pictures. (Sometime when not out flying the oldest 150 you will ever see.) I will have to keep in mind, the mixer and push rods in most as ours (if ever finished) has the mixer under the seat and will be using cables.
     
    I did install one through a narrow crawl hole space in the back of a flying KR2S a few years back. Not a big plane and was room to spare when done, although it looked like it was going to be tight. Guy in the FBO/terminal building did not believe that we were across the field in the steel quanset hut hanger, using a handheld in his KR when I did the radio check. When installed properly, the performance should be there.
     
    Thanks Doug for the performance info.
     
    Dale
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  14. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    Quick FYI,
     
    It is a "no ground plane required" antenna.
     
    There is NO balun used in this design. A balun (BALances the UNbalanced) can rob up to 50% of the energy the radio puts out. All of the energy the radio puts out, goes directly into the antenna with this design and out to the radiating elements.
     
    This antenna can be used in composites, but not with in carbon fiber. CF is about as disruptive as steel to the RF signals.
     
    I could not picture this antenna working in a metal framed tail. Just no way to keep it away from the metal framework. It could work great in a fiberglass/composite tail.
     
    When installed in the fuselage, this antenna is suspended off it's three points, in a V (actually a Y) formation and is positioned away from the metal framework as much as possible, with one arm as near vertical as possible.
     
    I know of many Cubs, Champs, Stinsons, T-crafts, a Hats and custom configuration in a Hiller.
     
    One guy with a Champ complained to Paul, saying he just wants to talk at our local airport, not the entire state. Another Champ guy complained his did not work. Guess he was right. It was later mentioned (by someone else) that he had zip tied it directly to the fuse tubing. That certainly will not work. I had one in my Koala (wooden FP-202) and did a radio check to another plane in the pattern an airport 100nm away using my antique STS handheld. He said he heard me just fine but a little static was coming through. I asked if it might have been the 277 I was flying behind in an ultralight. He says that would explain it.
     
    I don't know what else I can say about Paul Johns antenna, other than Paul no longer builds these. I do. One at a time. (Well, maybe 6 at a time), then test and tweak each one with a rather expensive antenna analyzer for best % match and to resonate at about 125mhz, which is just below the center freq of our radios bandwidth. We mostly use 122.8 anyway, that's why I brought them down a couple mhz. These are a very broadband antenna to begin with and had no issues/complaints when built up around 127mhz.
     
    No expert, no salesman. Just pointing out an alternative for OP.
     
    Dale
     
     
     
    I'd certainly answer any question(s) I can.  
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  15. C150L added a post in a topic Antenna Suggestions (VHF) Kitfox model III   

    OOPs, I'm not Paul.
     
    Dale
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