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How to Make Home-ECaller Step by Step

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  1. Juvie Juke Box

    Juvie Juke Box Senior Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Color coating them works pretty well too. We use aligator clips and then heat shrink the correct color onto the battery leads for that exact reason. Don't want anyone hooking it up backwards, the results aren't very good. Early on when we were testing some different amps somehow we had two aligator clips touch each other while running an amp. Talk about fire!
     
  2. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Sometimes the wires come off when the birds are working, or if someone kicks the wire, and I've had the clips tear off the battery cables. Having the knot in the cord immediately identified which was positive, so I didn't have to do a 50:50 chance of frying the amp. It may be redundant, but it works in a pinch (also in the dark without a flashlight)
     
  3. Juvie Juke Box

    Juvie Juke Box Senior Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Wires come off when birds are working? Guess we've never had any of those issues. We solder all our battery connections plus heat shrink them for about 6 inches of the battery leads. Isn't anyway to kick the wire either in our enclosures but if you're running to a big battery I guess I could see how that might happen. Have had dogs knock over a caller or two and they keep running just fine until you go flip them back over. Plus we use red and black wire for the battery leads, the heat shrink is just for an extra layer of protection on the alligator clip. If you just stick the wire on the alligator clip then you'll run into the issue of them possibly pulling. << Tip for anyone using clips.
     
  4. tornadochaser

    tornadochaser Elite Refuge Member

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    Easy way to prevent reverse polarity frying your amp in the dark would be to install a diode in the positive or negative line. Diodes only allow current to travel one way.
     

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