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Author Topic: Handheld Scanner Power Operations  (Read 409 times)
KG6RIR
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« on: August 31, 2003, 03:59:37 AM »

Ok, Suppose my scanner is ON and operating and its AC adapter is plugged into a wall outlet. Now what happens if there is a blackout like the one that happened in the East Coast, will my scanner be damaged when the power goes out? Or could the scanner be damaged when the power comes back on???

Is it necessary to plug-in the AC adapter into a surge protector instead of a wall outlet???

73-kg6rir



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KC8AXJ
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2003, 10:32:29 AM »

In answer to your THREE questions:
Yes
Yes
Yes

73

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N7NBB
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2003, 09:38:07 AM »

Granted a surge protector will be an added expense, but it will help protect  (read that NOT FULLY PROTECT) but I would be much more concerned with the MAJOR problems like the compressor motor on my REFRIGERATOR or Air Conditioning units, the Blower Motor on my Furnace, and other electronic goodies... all a tad more "spendy" than a scanner radio.  But if ya have a surge protector just laying there wanting to be used, it is much better "in use" than sitting in a drawer.

At the first sign of a dump or brownout, UnPLUG everything, and wait for the power to STABILIZE after it comes back on... Low voltage and current will KILL motors, compressors, etc. so wait a good long while after power is restored before running any of the above items.

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CAM - N7NBB
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WA9SVD
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2003, 10:43:25 AM »

1.  When the power goes out:  your scanner is not likely to be damaged, but memory loss is possible.

2.  Upon power restoration, spikes could occur; but permanent damage is always possible, but may not be likely.

3.  A surge protecter is always a good idea.  Even the least expensive (sometimes available for $0.00 after a mail-in rebate) will provide at least a minimal level of protection.  At worst, they are a cheap extension cord!
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