Looking for input re OS456 - installing mine soon.

Looking for input re OS456 - installing mine soon.

Post by Greg » Sun, 25 Sep 1994 11:26:20

I'm soliciting the opinions, experiences, advice of others who have done
this mod.  Post or emial... whichever youre most comfortable with...
I've read the doccumentation.  Repeatedly!  I think that I've got a good
handle on what needs to be done, but id like to know about your experiences
Thanks!
 
 
 

Looking for input re OS456 - installing mine soon.

Post by The Herrin » Mon, 26 Sep 1994 22:28:41



Quote:

>I'm soliciting the opinions, experiences, advice of others who have done
>this mod.  Post or emial... whichever youre most comfortable with...
>I've read the doccumentation.  Repeatedly!  I think that I've got a good
>handle on what needs to be done, but id like to know about your experiences
>Thanks!

I am not an electronics whiz... far from it! But I *did* manage to
install the OptoScan456 in my 2006 - and it worked the first time!
However, I spent 3 (often frustrating) hours in the process.

Before you start, make certain you have needle nosed pliers, cutters
and double sided foam adhesive mounting strips (all of which can be
found at Rat Shack).

Notes on various steps:

(2.3) Use the cutters to enlarge the hole, not a screwdriver. Otherwise
      you'll likely destroy the insulation on the wires leading to the
      battery clip.

(2.4) *DO NOT* remount the battery at this point. It will interfere
      with removing and reinstalling the transformer. Do it as the
      very last step prior to putting the covers back on.

(3.1) The instructions tell you to detach the wire braid ground, but
      never tell you to reattach it! I used a***to secure it to
      its original position after performing step (3.2).

(3.4) The strips slide on by feeding them from the edge.

(5.0) You'll need the needle nosed pliers to hold the hex nut in place
      while you thread the screw.

(9.1, 9.2, 9.3) You don't have much free play - it's a tight fit.

(9.4) I didn't trim the connectors and got them to fit and had no
      problem getting the covers back on the unit when I was finished.

(10.2) THIS M.F.er TRULY TESTED MY PATIENCE!!! Between expletives and
       deep breathing relaxation techniques, I did get the sucker in
       in place.

In the final analysis, all the frustration was well worthwhile. The
Scan*Star software installed easily. If you have a modem, download
their latest version from the BBS number they provide. The software is
fast, but the features are barely adequate. I'd be tempted to upgrade
to Scan*Star Pro if I could pay an upgrade price. But if you got the
software with the OS456, they won't discount the Pro version. I down-
loaded Radio Manager (for windows), but it's slower than snail slime.
I admit that I'm using an underpowered PC (386sx/20 laptop w/5 meg),
but Scan*Star (DOS) runs fast. Maybe I need to tinker with the config
in Radio Manager.

Anyway, good luck with your installation!

73's
Sandy
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