Monday June 26th, 2006|
Wired Pax Headset Jacks
I literally spent all evening working on soldering the passenger headset jacks to the intercom harness. This took forever. Anyway...I finally got it soldered and installed the jacks in their proper location. This picture gives youa great idea of where the jacks are. They are very easy to reach from the seats. I'm assuming one will maybe have to loosen the shoulder straps a little to reach it, but it's definately doable.
Anyway...I have an interesting problem here. Everything seems to sound fine on the receiving end...but when transmitting I popped two 5 amp fuses. I double-checked the documentation and that's definately what Garmin suggests in the manual for wire protection. Also the audio is really screwed up when transmitting. I have a feeling something is out of whack. Not sure what. I'm going to wire up the pilot side jacks before I do anything else. I don't have the antenna installed, so I'm curious if that has something to do with it. I really don't think it would...but what do I know about all of this stuff anyway?
Oh yeah...you can see the wires poking out from behind the bulkead there. Not my preference by any means. I think I'm going to come up with a little cover for those wires but you'll have to stay tuned to see what I have in mind.
I just got an e-mail from a friend of mine who is a ham operator and he tells me that the culprit of the blown fuses and strange noises is the missing antenna. Hopefully I haven't fried anything. You would hope that these fancy certified units are setup to deal with people doing stupid things like that. Hopefully the radio isn't fried. Now I'm in a hurry to get the coax run down to the antenna so I can check out the radio.