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  1. TexasPilot71

    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    Yes, Lake Texoma. But I trailer it around. Florida mostly. We've taken it to Bimini Bahamas, and Perdido Key (Pensacola, FL area). Planning to go back to Perdido Key in March then probably again over the summer.
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    Shameless plug for my YouTube channel

    This could be a fun thread! Let's see those boating YouTube channels. Here's mine (mix of boating/drone/flying). https://www.youtube.com/user/ZippinZim
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    Newbie here! Sound system question

    Good advice. Especially about the Fusion Amp. I have a gift card to West Marine and they sell the Fusion but not the Kicker (that would save me some $$) I'm going to take some long RCA leads to the boat and connect it directly from the head unit to the amp for testing purposes. I am also considering the possibility that the sound I am getting from the arch speakers is possibly from a second small amp hidden somewhere. I just need to trace everything out and yes, on paper as you suggested. I may have a situation where I THINK I am connecting the main amp turn on wire, but in fact it may be this second phantom amp that is powering the arch speakers. If that is the case, I should be able to switch off the remote turn on feature, and the amp may just light up. That will confirm that I have the turn on lead from the head unit connected to the wrong amp. Again, I am just guessing being an hour away from the boat for a week, but my mind won't stop churning over it.
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    Thoughts on the new Supra? (car)

    Saw it. Looks sweet! My dream car in high school (‘80s) was the 1986 1/2 Supra. Test drive one but didn’t have the $10k to buy it. Been looking at them again recently for a daily driver to keep miles off my Ram.
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    Newbie here! Sound system question

    Yeah, there's the square "badge" light in the middle, plus red/blue lights on the corners. None of them are illuminated although I'm getting 12v across the inputs and the fuses appear to be good. I'm going to test the amp on the boat one more time, then bring it home and bench test it, but I think it's dead. Wylie has been helping me offline, so I think I have a good roadmap to follow. If the amp is dead, I think I'm going to go with his advice and get the KXMA800.5. What a cool little amp! Thanks, man!
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    Newbie here! Sound system question

    I've got a real mess on my hands. It's compounded by my absolute ignorance of amplifier wiring, and the very difficult job of routing the NMEA2K backbone to the cabin behind/under the lounger seat. I am replacing my Clarion CMD-5 with a Fusion RA70N head unit and two new remotes and putting them on the NEMA2K network. The Clarion setup consisted of the head unit, two wired remotes, a Alpine PDX-5M amplifier, two stock speakers in the cabin, two stock speakers in the cockpit, two cockpit subs, two radar arch speakers and two speakers on the swim platform (10 speakers/subs altogether). There is also an additional three knob control at the helm. The middle knob at the helm controls the volume of the arch speakers, and the other two are (I believe) tone control. One may manipulate the volume of the speakers on the swim platform, but I'm not certain. I rarely adjust them via those knobs. Because of all these after market features, I am completely confused on the wiring. I have the head unit connected to power, cabin speakers, amp trigger, and the two arch speakers, but I cannot figure out the connections for the amp that powers the remaining cockpit and swim platform speakers. Checking the amplifier (which is installed behind the cockpit cooler insert), it has no lights. I've checked and verified 12v power to the amp, but I get no power indicator lights (there are two lights, and a small LCD screen). It should be noted that I do have the blue remote amp wire connected to the head unit. Before I attached it, there was zero sound from the arch speakers, but after attaching it, I get sound. That initially made me feel like the amp was powered, but then I decided that maybe it simply completed a circuit and the arch speakers were somehow bypassing the amp? Does that even make sense? Not sure anybody here can help me with the wiring without looking at it, but I do believe I need a new amp. I have checked the two 30 amp fuses on the amp and they appear to be intact. Is there any other way to test am amp before I buy a new one? I'll probably go with the one Wylie suggested above unless I can somehow test this amp. Any thoughts?
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    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    One of his helicopter pilots is a good friend of mine. He recently resigned. I need to ask him if he now regrets it. LOL!
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    Bought a second home

    That's too bad. Glad you're enjoying the house, though! Let me know if you're in KADS!
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    Just ordered my first drone

    I've always said we need to better understand the actual results of a drone impact, it's just odd that it hasn't been done except by this amateur-ish test. One big problem is in this comment found on the blog discussing their test: "The drone and gel bird were the same weight and were launched at rates designed to reflect the relative combined speed of a fully intact drone traveling toward a commercial transport aircraft moving at a high approach speed." They used unrealistically high speeds (238 mph) on a Mooney airframe. Mooneys (and most all single engine aircraft) have a MUCH less robust leading edge than a commercial airliner. So, they are comparing apples and oranges here. Singles in the "drone zone" of less than 1,000' are typically approaching at right around 100mph. Even departing, they'll have a high angle of attack and be doing around 125mph on the higher end. They even say they are "simulating" a high approach speed of an airliner...then why not use an airliner style wing? A Boeing 737 approach speed is around 155 knots / 178mph. Agree it's worthy of a discussion. And I agree that airliners' wings are FAR different than what was used in this "test". The leading edge devices you mention are even more robust than that Mooney's wing. Even if the leading edge devices are damaged, that will simply cause the crew to increase the aircraft's final approach speed as the stall speed increases. Certainly not ideal, but far from bringing a plane down. In fact, as you suggested, Hatem, you could argue that the leading edge devices act as a "speedbump" and would actually protect the wing in the event of a strike. So your point is valid...worthy of a discussion. But I still contend that there isn't a study out there to really help us understand what impact a drone could have on an aircraft. Makes me wonder why. Maybe "the experts" deep down agree there is little risk, so they don't want to take the chance of proving how little risk there is and instead lead the public to believe it's worse than it is. Just a thought.
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    Lake Art

    This is pretty cool and thought some here might be interested:
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    Just ordered my first drone

    Here's another link. Also an explanation why the test is flawed and unnecessarily alarmist in nature. http://www.thedrive.com/tech/24358/dji-demands-university-of-dayton-research-institute-retract-drone-vs-plane-wing-crash-test-video
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    Just ordered my first drone

    Nice! Was wondering where you've been. Come up to Texoma this summer.
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    Looking for factory radar arch cover

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    Just ordered my first drone

    And now, they say there may not have been a drone in the first place. Typical. I'd bet over 90% of drone "sightings" by pilots are mistaken identity. The ones I've read about are almost always full of impossibilities. Like a 737 pilot who says it was within 500 feet and describes features that cannot be seen even at 50 feet. Especially at 200 knots or more! It's a paranoia. A phobia. I was walking with a corporate pilot one day who pointed out a drone in the sky to me. Looked closer and it was a bird. But he was predisposed to EXPECTING to see a drone that I couldn't talk him out of it until it got closer and it became obvious it was a bird. I just shake my head.
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    '07 270 Signature w/ 6.2

    We have the 350 Mag (5.7L) in a 2008 250 Sig (about the same boat) and it's powered just fine. I think the 6.2 would be the perfect option.
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    Helm Access - 310 Signature

    When I spoke to Mercury Marine, the tech advised me to run the network able from the diagnostic port on the engine (single engine application) to the helm. Then, at the helm, connect it to a 4-way junction box. From there, I attached the VesselView 4 to one junction box port, and placed the terminator on one of the other ports. This leaves two ports open for other uses such as a diagnostics port if ever needed, or another VesselView, etc.
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    Helm Access - 310 Signature

    It's the diagnostics port. That's the traditional location and where I plugged in my VesselView 4. Never heard of plugging it into a SmartCraft hub.
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    PSA: Buy the correct batteries for your boat!

    Just this past Saturday, I replaced my starting battery with this: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/marine-and-boat/starting/bci-group-27m/sli27ma Two weeks ago, I replaced my deep cycle house batteries with these: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/marine-and-boat/deep-cycle/bci-group-27m/sli27mdc They're supposed to be good batteries made by East Penn (a.k.a. Deka). We will see...
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    Jayne's Fighters Anthology

    Worth it!
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    Jayne's Fighters Anthology

    Am I the only other one here who remembers this? I had a copy of it (Anthology). It was a good combat sim back then, but you should check out DCS (Digital Combat Simulation) by Eagle Dynamics. https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/ This is a fantastic sim if your PC can handle it. I fly it with the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset. Talk about immersion!!!!! The F/A-18C is just incredible. The A-10 is pretty fantastic, too. They're coming out with an F-14 soon. This is how I do winter
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Nah, these days they wouldn't have chutes on unless they were expecting to jump. I would imagine after the blade departed (and then impacted) the aircraft, it was out of control and with all the Gs there's no way to put on a chute. Sad indeed.
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    Oh no !!

    Agree completely! He was quite a man. Somebody we should all strive to be more like.
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    Mercs Winterized - Need Advice on A/C and Genset

    On my a/c there is a strainer under the steps where the pump also resides. I simply pour into the strainer and it feeds the a/c quite well. It may be slightly higher than the pump, so maybe that's why.
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    Mercs Winterized - Need Advice on A/C and Genset

    That's how I winterize both the a/c and the genny. Pour antifreeze in the strainer and let the system run it through.
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    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    Did you let the engine get up to operating temp before switching to antifreeze? It is necessary to ensure the thermostat opens before you run the antifreeze. Especially in the north.