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The Panaxis transmitters had their share of bugs that were only discovered in the field by us. Lucky for me, I had a genius when it came to Panaxis transmitters: AM & FM. Ernie would promptly incorporate the fixes into his plans and kits, and would also send out update kits. For the AM; the MPF102 would pop with the wrong Crystal or when you tried to tweak the Crystal with a trimmer cap. The FME FM transmitter clashed with the stereo generator, a tone could be herd in the background. A cap in the right place under the board and a few parts changed out corrected that problem.
Not all bugs are bad:
Some bugs can lead to great discoveries; without the bug in the Procaster, I would have never discovered that the Procaster is outstanding for horizontal attic installs. If was from that attic install, that I learned what a great transmitter the Procaster is for taking on the road. I figured if was that easy to mount and tune in a cramped attic, it would also be in the field.
Allot of sports and special events have been broadcast with the Procaster on site. People like the nostalgia of being able to bring a radio to the game where their kids are playing. You would be surprised how easy it is to find someone to do play by play on the radio. After the game, people come up to us taking interest in the transmitter asking questions about how and where they can get one.
When the economy turns around, don’t be surprised if Procaster sales start to spike in the west. Who knows! The downturn might even be good for transmitter sales, as people have to find new ways to make money, and business needs lower cost ways to advertise.
I’m glad to hear the bug has been dealt with on the manufacturing end. It will make allot easier to sell the Procaster as the transmitter for non technical types & The Special Events transmitter of choice.
Perfect place to debug a transmitter:
If you ever see the documentary “Who Killed The Electric Car”available on DVD. They do a scene at the Willow Spring Raceway in Rosamond California; on some camera angles, you will see a radio tower in the background. That tower is 3000watt 93.5FM, and it had kept us from using the Procaster there for races, obviously a racetrack is a perfect place for the Procaster, thanks to that tower we were forced to solve the problem.
Turns out the Willow Spring Raceway is not only a great place to test out cars but transmitters too! Ground conductivity is great there too!