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  1. @DonMuncy I'll have to second @Tx_Aggie's comment... I bought mine from @Salvo last August and have been quite happy with it.
  2. Realistically, a receiver would only need to be able to pick out the timestamp and location (or tower Id to look up in a database) out of the noise. 20W or so can carry a really long way if you don't need a lot of signal to noise margin. The big problem with using cell towers is the frequency range required: The bands start at 617 MHz and go past 24.25 GHz. Not gonna be a viable option for most light planes (unless someone can figure out how to bend the laws of physics). We already have a good option: FM, TV, and VOR all have identifiers built into the signals, and they all transmi
  3. Thanks Anthony! That's a crazy picture... Far worse than mine was. That said, it's amazing how much better the engine runs with the replacement fuel servo (and a fresh cleaning of the nozzles ); Starts right up, idles smoothly & at much lower RPM, builds good power more smoothly, and shuts down cleanly. I've got a bit over a month before the tanks are done... I'll report back on this thread with results after I've had the plane back for a few flights.
  4. The socket itself is visibly clean (at least it was last time; I'm the one that put them back in, under supervision of course). The ports did have what looked like anti-seize around them, which I cleaned as best I could. Related to that, the next flight was to Wet-Wingologists... Everything was good, except it was touchy to lean: setting a target LOP took some back and forth before it settled just below peak with a 25F spread. I'll probably ask for the flow divider, steel lines, nozzles, and ports to be cleaned while the tanks are being resealed
  5. Haha, thanks Anthony! I don't have any pictures, but my IA is certain the dark globs are NOT from rubber hoses. Per his assessment, it looks just like one would expect sealant to look. Basically, aside from the rust in the fuel servo, all the contaminant we've found has been a very dark grey blobs, no large particles (looks like it could be very small particles in solution), and very sticky. In the ultrasonic cleaner it comes out as just a dark cloud.
  6. That... sounds waaay too familiar. Now I'm even more glad we replaced the whole servo! I will note the new one took to idling at ~700 rpm quite easily and it actually shuts down properly when I pull the mixture. Bonus? I just snagged the last reseal slot at Wet Wingologists for February, so I'll have a PIREP on them in a bit over a month... If I'm still having problems after that I'll be off to Maxwell to get the remaining hoses old replaced.
  7. Y'know, I thought of that... There for a little while I was getting some crud out, but looking at the JPI data I think the problem started before then and I've not gotten any crud out in the last few months... There is a seep in one tank and a slow drip in the other when more than half full. I am scheduled with Weep-No-More, but it's gonna be a while and I'd really like to have a reliable plane before then (next year)...
  8. This is killing my IA and I... My IO-360-A1A seems to clog injector nozzles every couple flights. We pulled the screen after the fuel pump and cleaned it, overhauled the fuel divider, replaced the throttle body & replaced the fuel line to the flow divider, and cleaned the flow divider. Flew it yesterday for about 20 minutes, and today all the nozzles were blocked (only one even had light showing through). We're at wit's end... A few details: The grit in the inline screen was lighter colored while the "globs" in the nozzles and flow divider have all been very dark. The no
  9. Funny enough, though I'm not an EE or radio guy I've previously looked into doing this. Fractal antennas for ultra wideband coverage, FM & TV tower database with auto-ID (via RDS / ATSC header decode), VOR reception with auto-ID, Doppler calculations to aid in vector determination (and ultimately 3d position determination), etc... SDR receivers would be required to make it work. Interesting ideas, but ultimately I decided I didn't want to build a whole navigator. One issue I thought of is frequency stability of the broadcast media antennas... For that I figured I'd use three anten
  10. I'm case anyone wants it, I have another that is in rough shape. If not, it's going out in the bin in a couple weeks. Was working when removed. Make an offer.
  11. I have a CI 156 in "good" condition as removed... I replaced it with a CI 196 before realizing the actual problem (radio issues + usb charger noise). PM me an offer?
  12. We did a gear swing and everything appeared to be OK. Didn't check the over-center preloads though. Not sure how they would be affected...
  13. Well, we got them on. Taking the donuts off showed us the parts themselves don't line up quite right (by about 1.25mm, upon closer inspection). To get it back together we put the donuts back on, lined everything up as well as we could, put pressure on the front of the wheel, then used a large punch & small hammer to tap the shaft into position (coming in from _above_ the plate and placing the punch against the inner surface of the shaft). Not pretty, but it worked. We did consider taking out the lower swing arm bolts, but quickly realized that would merely move the alignment proble
  14. That makes waaaay too much sense... No wonder we didn't think of it already.
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