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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Have You Ever ...

Have you ever found things that didn't belong there?

I had to assist with some troubleshooting of a piece of equipment that was malfunctioning. The equipment in question is an older Rawland Telecenter communications head end unit. It has an issue when going off-hook to page. The unit 'feeds back' but not like you would think; it is a somewhat single pitched sound that disappears as you speak into a handset, then returns when you aren't speaking. Odd to say the least.

Once we tore into the beast, we found signs of an unwanted houseguest; droppings.

Sitting on the PCB's ...

Doing damage ...

First picture is Curtis, trying to clean the damage.

 

Second is some of the worst damage. Doesn't look good to either of us.

 

Some more damage. The affected area extends under the chip.

So, at the end of the day, score was critters 1, technicians 0. We're hoping Curtis' boss has a stash of spares hidden somewhere.

On the way to help Curtis, I took a moment to take a nice shot of Mission Peak in the sun. This proves it is green here at least part of the year.

Anyway, that's all for now. I need to do some laundry and some grocery shopping, since my tigress is still contagious. I'm hoping to get some pictures of historic Niles this weekend for your viewing pleasure.

Slainte M'hath!

Kellan, the old warhorse 

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 1:20 PM
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