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Forum: RV-4 Today, 05:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,499
Posted By bjdecker
Best Gust Lock EVER...

Simple, lightweight and multipurpose...

Wedge in between wingtip and aileron, counterbalance and stabilizer tips.

Courtesy of TAC Air - FSM...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By bjdecker
Best of Alan Parsons Project Volumes 1 and 2

Best of Alan Parsons Project Volumes 1 and 2
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 181
Posted By bjdecker
...and while we're entertaining our OCD -- check...

...and while we're entertaining our OCD -- check the position of the ring terminals, looks like a few of them are installed upside down

:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 181
Posted By bjdecker
Drill new hole in the correct location. Install...

Drill new hole in the correct location. Install nut plates at a 45° angle to the horizontal. Fill prior nut plate holes with rivets.
Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 08:30 AM
Replies: 428
Views: 150,848
Posted By bjdecker
Sirius XM

Two features actually...

1. Provide mechanism to control SXM receiver in GDU 465 from other networked GDU 4x0.
2. Propagate SXM weather from GDU 465 to other networked GDU 4x0.

The former should be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-29-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By bjdecker
I am running with 150N (~34 Ft.Lbs.) on my 7. ...

I am running with 150N (~34 Ft.Lbs.) on my 7. Canopy stays open when starting/taxiing to beat the Texas heat...

See -- https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=60434&page=7

and here's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-28-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 576
Views: 784,576
Posted By bjdecker
Just out of the paint shop and resting on the...

Just out of the paint shop and resting on the ramp at KFSM.
Forum: ADS-B 07-28-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By bjdecker
I originally went with a GDU 460 (PFD) and GDU...

I originally went with a GDU 460 (PFD) and GDU 465 (MFD), GTX 345 and GTN 650(XI). The GTX 345 provides all the ADSB-In&Out, FIS & TIS goodness in one unit. I am very happy with this configuration...
Forum: RV-14 07-19-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,223
Posted By bjdecker
Starter solendoid

This -- https://www.autozone.com/batteries-starting-and-charging/starter-solenoid/p/duralast-solenoid-switch-ss1124/82183_0_0
Forum: COMM 07-19-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 906
Posted By bjdecker
Hook it up at the radio end so you'll get a view...

Hook it up at the radio end so you'll get a view of the entire systems' performance.

...and report back your findings; this stuff is very interesting.
Forum: COMM 07-19-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 906
Posted By bjdecker
It reminds me of a monopole antenna laid on its...

It reminds me of a monopole antenna laid on its side with the end rib serving as the ground plane, kind of. I wonder what the VSWR is at 113 MHz and at 332 MHz?

Do you have one of these --...
Forum: Tools 07-09-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,646
Posted By bjdecker
Original spelling --...

Original spelling -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Cleaveland

What that has to do with a company in Iowa, I haven't the first clue...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-09-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By bjdecker
It could be worse...

You know you're in trouble when the plans say "Obtain Bauxite mine...":)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-08-2021, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 658
Posted By bjdecker
Cool!! Another cautionary tale dealing with...

Cool!!

Another cautionary tale dealing with power coated parts. On two different occasions, I found that the power coating will "give" or deform and then cause the torque to be less than required....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,165
Posted By bjdecker
The GEA 24 has 4 channels available for a Fuel...

The GEA 24 has 4 channels available for a Fuel Flow transducer -- See pages 26-30 and 26 -31, 26-34 of the G3X Installation manual - Revision AN.

You'll also need to change the configuration when...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,165
Posted By bjdecker
Just for grins, can you try a different Fuel Flow...

Just for grins, can you try a different Fuel Flow XCDR supply and input on the GEA 24?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,165
Posted By bjdecker
Have you considered swapping FT-60s?

Have you considered swapping FT-60s?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,653
Posted By bjdecker
Ticked off another week...

...waiting for the paint on my RV-7 to be finished.

I bought another RV!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-03-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 658
Posted By bjdecker
I found a similar issue, too much wiggle, collar...

I found a similar issue, too much wiggle, collar wasn't tight. In my case the hole wasn't wallowed out, but the shoulder screw + nut couldn't be tightened to correct torque values with the...
Forum: Safety 07-03-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,725
Posted By bjdecker
I figured it was from those apartments under the...

I figured it was from those apartments under the final to 13 (FM1101 & Creekside)...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-03-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By bjdecker
I would avoid mounting anything containing...

I would avoid mounting anything containing semiconductors (transistors, diodes, IC's) fire-wall forward.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-03-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 750
Posted By bjdecker
Maybe this...

In my last RV-7, I noticed static that I couldn't attribute to the usual suspects (Ignition, Strobe, LED lights, USB power supply drivers, Cell Phone, etc.).

Static became progressively worse and...
Forum: California 07-02-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By bjdecker
KHAF -- Half Moon Bay, Princeton by the...

KHAF -- Half Moon Bay, Princeton by the Sea...

Barbara's Fish Trap; It's a short walk from the south end of the field, through the fence, down the street...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-26-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 730
Posted By bjdecker
Work from the attached. I reviewed my pick list...

Work from the attached.

I reviewed my pick list and I see all the items necessary (obvi..) but they are intermixed between the various sub-kits (EMP SUB-KIT 1, SUB-KIT 2, BAG 400, BAG 402-1, etc.)
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By bjdecker
Walt (and others), If reading articles published...

Walt (and others),

If reading articles published in/by/for IEEE, ARRL, etc. qualifies as "searching the internet" count me in; the library is pretty inefficient.

Personally, I want to understand...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,854
Posted By bjdecker
Cool Tip...

I'll have to give that a try. I have been using WD-40 for the same purpose.
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By bjdecker
Additionally...

Since the aft cabin/fuselage of the RV-10 is fiberglass (and by extrapolation not RF-Opaque) - consider fabricating a shelf of sorts and mount all the GPS, SiriusXM antennas on the inside of the...
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By bjdecker
Ground plane NOT needed...

GPS antennas (GA 35, GA 36, etc.) do not require a ground plane as they are NOT a "monopole" type antenna.

Don't believe me? Mount it to a piece of cardboard and watch it pick up the satellite...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-25-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 261
Posted By bjdecker
Installation

12993

Not much to it -- pull up the red knob to reveal the hex head screw, use the hex wrench to remove the screw & knob. Install valve assembly as desired, connect hose ends, install selector knob...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-25-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 825
Views: 585,167
Posted By bjdecker
"To Fly"...

"To Fly"...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-25-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,583
Posted By bjdecker
Picture #2 says it all -- You should re-terminate...

Picture #2 says it all -- You should re-terminate both of those connectors with Tyco/AMP PIDG FASTON terminations. DO NOT USE CHEAP/AUTOMOTIVE...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-23-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 875
Posted By bjdecker
See OP-32 for the correct penetration point for...

See OP-32 for the correct penetration point for the IO engine.

Cheers!
Forum: ADS-B 06-23-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By bjdecker
GNX 375 is a Mode S +ES 1090 transponder. ...

GNX 375 is a Mode S +ES 1090 transponder. Anonymous mode is only available with UAT (978MHz) devices.
Forum: COMM 06-22-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 448
Posted By bjdecker
Garmin has an automatic squelch feature --...

Garmin has an automatic squelch feature -- there's no more "Squelch" knob like we had on our Midland/Cobra/Yaesu/Icom/Kenwood transceivers...

Squelch <> Noise Reduction...

Open Sq - defeats the...
Forum: ADS-B 06-22-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 18,112
Posted By bjdecker
Not a new option...perhaps the only option...and...

Not a new option...perhaps the only option...and it's not legal...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-22-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,189
Posted By bjdecker
It looks like Central Texas Funk from the water...

It looks like Central Texas Funk from the water (lime scale).

If you're willing, spray a little 9% white vinegar on a small section and see if it doesn't come off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By bjdecker
The GTNs and GTRs possibly other also have a...

The GTNs and GTRs possibly other also have a "stuck mic" feature -- Transmissions > ~30 seconds will throw an alert message and cease transmission.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-22-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 900
Posted By bjdecker
Adjust...

Just a thought --
You could put 1/8" aluminum spacer washers between the motor mount and firewall at the upper outboard corners, replace the bolts with AN6-26...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-21-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,416
Posted By bjdecker
That's different :) You might want to use the...

That's different :)

You might want to use the "top" outlet and reposition the fuel line from the servo-to-the-spider -- the line will see a lot less heat, shorter run, not downhill & uphill,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 900
Posted By bjdecker
See DWG 46A, Note 3... attached pic....

See DWG 46A, Note 3... attached pic....
Forum: RV-14 06-21-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,817
Posted By bjdecker
Might want to take a couple of turns out of the...

Might want to take a couple of turns out of the aileron rod-ends -- they appear to be riding up a bit...
Forum: RV-14 06-21-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,289
Posted By bjdecker
See page 12-07, Step 1 -- This will provide a...

See page 12-07, Step 1 --

This will provide a minimum 1/8 gap between the aft face of the vertical stabilizer tip fairing and the forward face of the rudder counterbalance arm.
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 06-21-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,057
Posted By bjdecker
Run up, Hold short when directed by tower...and...

Run up, Hold short when directed by tower...and so forth...

I *did* omit the brake pedals from the passenger side; I didn't want a nervous passenger stomping on the binders during a wheel landing...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-20-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,692
Posted By bjdecker
Hey Carl, Did you ever ascertain what the root...

Hey Carl,

Did you ever ascertain what the root cause(s) of the failures were?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-20-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,692
Posted By bjdecker
Take a look at Lightspeed Engineering --...

Take a look at Lightspeed Engineering -- http://lightspeed-aero.com/Products/IgnitionIII.htm

They've been around for a long time, lots of RV's (both of mine) are using the Plasma III system.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-20-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By bjdecker
Thank you sir!

Thank you sir!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-19-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By bjdecker
Honeywell AML24FB series, with AML54-F operators...

Honeywell AML24FB series, with AML54-F operators - engraving done by Aircraft Engravers.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-19-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By bjdecker
You did it correctly IHMO -- the GDU 465 doesn't...

You did it correctly IHMO -- the GDU 465 doesn't "share" the Sirius XM data, or the Sirius Radio tuning functionality with the GDU 460....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-19-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By bjdecker
my panel

I have 2 G3X touch (GDU 460 & GDU 465), GMA 245, GTN 650xi, GTR 200, GTX 345, GMC 307.

I made the instrument panel 1" lower (taller?) to accommodate my switch/buttonology & breakers.

I relocated...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-18-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 312
Posted By bjdecker
G3X doesn’t know where it is, see the big red X...

G3X doesn’t know where it is, see the big red X in the inset window. No position and it can’t guess frequencies/location names.
Forum: RV-10 06-18-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 729
Posted By bjdecker
Take the back-shell off the input connector(s)...

Take the back-shell off the input connector(s) and probe Pin 4 & 5; use the sharpest probe you have to penetrate the clear shrink wrap that he uses...
Forum: RV-14 06-18-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,487
Posted By bjdecker
...Awesome...

...Awesome...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-17-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,333
Posted By bjdecker
Close - as Bob T. states, it's more about the...

Close - as Bob T. states, it's more about the management of the received energy; ideal diplexer will send most of the energy at one band (frequency range) to one port, and most of the energy at...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-17-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,333
Posted By bjdecker
Correct! - It's a notch filter / band pass...

Correct! - It's a notch filter / band pass device. This, and the higher insertion loss per port, and cost, is why I used the Mini Circuits ZFSC+ n-way splitter with my setup.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-17-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,333
Posted By bjdecker
If you think about the diplexer connected...

If you think about the diplexer connected backwards in this case -- then it might make more sense...
Forum: Propellers 06-17-2021, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 616
Posted By bjdecker
http://www.sensenich.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/0...

http://www.sensenich.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Application_Guides_Aluminum_Propeller_Applications_1349891787.pdf

Scroll down till you see Van's RV-6
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-17-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By bjdecker
Perfection = Enemy of Good...

These are AN3 bolts with the load in shear. You should be able to snug them up to "titenuf" using your normal 3/8" wrenches (or 3/8 & 1/4 if using MS21042 nuts...)

Don't get wrapped around the axle...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-17-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,333
Posted By bjdecker
See Comant/Cobham CI-507...

See Comant/Cobham CI-507 (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/avpages/coupler507.php)

Connect the Archer antenna to the ANT port, the IFD 440 to the VOR & G/S ports as appropriate

Alternatively,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-17-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 140,496
Posted By bjdecker
Yup - same problem on my IO-360-A1B6; I also...

Yup - same problem on my IO-360-A1B6; I also didn't like the angle/routing of the cable.

I did the same thing as prior poster -- make a new bracket out of 18ga 4130 plate. Move the cable hole over...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-17-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,463
Posted By bjdecker
Take the tank to your local welding supply...

Take the tank to your local welding supply shop...

Arc3 Gases
Airgas Store
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-17-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 580
Posted By bjdecker
Cowling Front Corners

For those of you that are using the "stock" cowling, you should be aware that sealing the gaps at the front edge of the cowl is critical to good cooling.

Gaps between the top & bottom cowl at this...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-15-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By bjdecker
Check with a micrometer on the plans; just...

Check with a micrometer on the plans; just eyeballing it on my phone it looks like 23mm…
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,055
Posted By bjdecker
Yes, see note #5 in the...

Yes, see note #5 in the diagram:

https://acsproducts.co/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Wiring-Diagram.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,055
Posted By bjdecker
Here’s the schematic and notes for the ACS-510. ...

Here’s the schematic and notes for the ACS-510. Interpretation is left to the installer.

https://acsproducts.co/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Wiring-Diagram.jpg
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