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Re: Harris Gates 2, 2500 watt, one bad output module
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Subject: Re: Harris Gates 2, 2500 watt, one bad output module
From: Kevin Kidd <kkbroadcastengineering@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2017 07:20:39 -0500
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Are you sure that it is a Gates 2 (ie, just an updated SX)?  They really aren't modular in the classic sense.  IE, I don't believe that you can just remove an RF or PDM amp board to send off for repair.  And if it is at exactly 50% pwr, it could be an RF problem, PDM amp problem, exciter/PDM generator problem or even a PS missing.  OR worse half a problem on any of those.

They are fairly easy to test and trouble shoot in the field.  The last time that I called Harris about the Gates series, they were able to offer pretty good troubleshooting advice.

I don't know if Mike monitors this list but he very likely might have working spare boards to swap.

The later model Harris AM's have removable RF modules but I have never worked on one and don't know if the tx will working missing one.

Kevin C. Kidd, CSRE/AMD
Lawrenceburg, TN
AM Ground Systems Company  -  WD4RAT
kkidd@kkbc.com  --  866-22-RADIO -- 866-227-2346

On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 6:38 PM, RADIO DOCTOR <lylehenry@fastmail.fm> wrote:
KTHO 590 near Reno, NV says they're at half power.  There are two power modules that feed a combiner to make the 2500 watts.  One of the modules is bad.  Gates Air asks big bucks for a new module, so he wants to get it repaired.  But if he takes either module out, it won't come on the air at all.

Mike Patton, I suppose you can fix this if someone can explain how to keep it on the air?

...Lyle, the FMeXtra guy

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