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  1. vk2fro

    Various ads removed for LPF Supporting Members.

    I will donate some next pay - first need to pay off my MC, after buying my new toy (80D with sigma 18-35 f1.8) Should be great for beam pics :) Do I need to go on a subscription, or can I just donate a fixed amount every so often?
  2. vk2fro

    Remember to exercise those argons!

    Its a good practice as heated gas expands, so it kinda helps in starting - when I got my ILT's in I let the cathode heat the gas for 1/2 hour before I turned on the arc. Like you said probably not nessecary, but does help with a tube that could be a bit low pressure - heating the gas makes the...
  3. vk2fro

    dark layout - setup in-progress

    Much better - no need for the sunnies anymore. I would probably brighten up that thread title etc blue though, thats a touch hard to read. Head closer to 488nm Argon blue :)
  4. vk2fro

    Remember to exercise those argons!

    Well she now looks the busniess - this Single line ILT was in pretty sad shape when I got it, had stickers all over it (which tore off paint when I removed them), but now has a new set of fans and so long as I don't move the umbilical, runs nicely. Next thing to address is that dodgy umbilical...
  5. vk2fro

    Veterans section access

    Thanks Ave :) all up and running too mate :)
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    Veterans section access

    I was in there - in fact when I looked I saw a post about me asking about the laserchat. Definatly >1 year and over 1000 posts on the old forum :)
  7. vk2fro

    Remember to exercise those argons!

    Heheh yes they make a great heater in the loungeroom when its winter - I have recently often set mine up and run it on the workbench to warm the place up and flatmate comes home and goes "ohhh the house is nice and warm - have you been running your big laser" (he doesn't know as far as argons...
  8. vk2fro

    Remember to exercise those argons!

    Yes I went back through the thread and saw his other note about it.
  9. vk2fro

    Remember to exercise those argons!

    I always thought an air cooled like an ILT or ALC 60X need it or the tubes become hard to star as they go high pressure. edit: ultimatekaiser, your a gold mine of information. I'll still be running mine today, if only to keep the eletrolytics happy, so a half hour should be plenty for that...
  10. vk2fro

    Remember to exercise those argons!

    just run em for a few hours when you get home. 6-7 amps for air cooled units is fine. As long as they're run once every 3 to 6 months, tubes that aren't high milage will light off first tick :)
  11. vk2fro

    Remember to exercise those argons!

    I just changed out the fans on one of my ILT's (the single line) and it hasn't been run in over 3 months, so I'll couple it to a power supply tomorrow while my housemate is away and run her for a while. That lexel 85 looks SWEET DJZ - what does she pull from the wall? 2.5 watts - insane - my...
  12. vk2fro

    ILT Laser Gimbals - In need to replace in ILT-5425

    I am still around and unfortunately I don't have any spare gimbals as both my ILT's and their PSU's work. I just haven't had time recently to play with lasers recently (even tho my pointer is sitting right in front of me, with the battery removed). I have the transformer for my controller, but...
  13. vk2fro

    Argon laser - Is this worth of buying?!?! Help

    Add another turn. The load will pull the voltage down. The switchers in the ILT's still use a cathode transformer and they do exactly the same thing - 3.2v on heating, and once the laser strikes, the voltage drops to 2.8V. Undervolting a filament is bad, it makes the tungsten buttery and can...
  14. vk2fro

    Do you like fireworks

    I've seen this happen - it usually ends up resulting in spot fires and more than your usual share of set off car alarms. It can also lead to very serious injury - the bigger shells have quite a bomb inside!
  15. vk2fro

    FS: Custom Laser Labels Available Again!

    Re: FS: Custom Laser Labels CLOSED for holidays Mine just rocked up - not one but 3!! - thanks mate - now I just need to find my laser so I can attach one. At least I'll have spares if one falls off :P
  16. vk2fro

    FS: Custom Laser Labels Available Again!

    Re: FS: Custom Laser Warning Labels LAST CALL batch 2 The one in my avatar - the single line ILT 5500ASL
  17. vk2fro

    FS: Custom Laser Labels Available Again!

    Re: FS: Custom Laser Warning Labels LAST CALL batch 2 Thanks Rivem - look forward to getting the label. Guess what. HOUSTON, WE HAVE PHOTONS! I got the argon going :) pics on my thread in the gas laser section later.
  18. vk2fro

    Win thread

    This is for an off grid setup - just to run my PC, the home entertainment and the server. Things that are always on, or idling. Like the DSL modem and the server & switch. Should cut my power bills substantially. I won't be selling power back to the grid, as I believe they should pay me the...
  19. vk2fro

    Win thread

    I won yesterday - my new solar controller turned up and its got a setting I didn't count on as a bonus. So when my lead acid bank carks it, I'll be able to move to lithium batteries. :) Took a look inside, and its WELL made for a chinese machine.
  20. vk2fro

    FS: Custom Laser Labels Available Again!

    Re: FS: Custom Laser Warning Labels LAST CALL batch 2 PM rx'ed 5/5 and replied with payment :)




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