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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

System Check... Countdown... Hit the on button... Houston - we have lift off

Transmitter 7 has successful on air testing!
I am reminded of a favorite book by Chuck Swindoll - Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back.
Within the last couple days we have seen some real steps ahead to getting TX 7 on the air.  One step accomplished, and then it's back to move ahead to the next step.
Just a couple hours ago the call rang out for a test to bring TX 7 on.  And... all systems go.  Next -  to put modulation on - an audio test over the air.
It was a success!!   (Rejoicing -- Hallelujah!)
The tune of “He who began a good work in you – is faithful to complete it” was the first sound out of TX 7.
The transmitter isn’t ready for putting scheduled programing over the air yet, but – we have radio – we have lift off!  J

Monday, May 13, 2013

Surgeon's Scenario

More Testing and More Troubleshooting.
This is beginning to sound more like a surgeon's scenario!  The transmitter is okay, but there is no communication from the brain!  So this is really a story about transmitter neuro-engineers! 
Just an hour ago after a few 'surgical' procedures to the control section of the transmitter the switch was  hit for another test.  The screen cleared and lights came up and this time the lights were green!  Success!!  At least in part. 
The communication from the brain was in process. One description is that the modulator, servo controller, and the main control unit are communicating with each other, and also with the PC!  
This is a real step ahead.  Now - the surgery is not complete.  The 'neuro-engineers' will need to suit up tomorrow and ... hopefully more good news will be coming.