SMALL Event and the Vulcan
I just got the October issue in
yesterday’s mail and have already
received several inquiries and comments
about both the SMALL coverage and
the Vulcan article. Thankfully, all have
been positive so far!
Thanks to you and your staff for doing
a great job on the layout and the overall
look of both articles. I particularly liked
the lead page on the Vulcan article and
the use of the roundel as a backdrop.
Safety Tips for Use of Multiconnector
Good articles on batteries, but I think
a bit more safety information is in order
when using a multiconnector charging
lead such as you show in the photo on
page 47 of the September issue of Model
1. Always plug the banana plugs into
the charger before you connect a battery
to any of the plugs on the charge lead.
If you plug the battery in first, the metal
prongs of the banana plugs become “live”
and, if they accidentally touch, things
can get very hot very quickly. (Actually
this applies to single plug charge leads
too if they have banana plugs to connect
to the charger.)
2. Never plug more than one battery
onto the charge lead at one time.
Batteries with different numbers of cells
will cause high currents to flow between
them. Even if the batteries have the
same cell count, they may be at different
charge (voltage) levels and have high
currents flow between them. Either way,
things may get very hot very quickly.
3. If any of the battery plugs on the
charge lead are Deans plugs (or similar)
with bare prongs, do not lose or leave off
the insulating safety socket that comes
with the charge lead to cover those
prongs. They become live whenever a
battery is connected to any of the other
charge plugs, and if unprotected may
result in a short circuit if they touch any
other bare metal.
I use these multiconnector charge
leads all the time and they are extremely
useful, but you may not be surprised to
hear that some of this advice was learned
by other than theoretical considerations.
2016 AMA General Membership Meeting
At the October 31, 2015, Executive Council meeting, it was determined that
the official 2016 AMA Membership Meeting will be held Saturday, January 9,
2016, during AMA Expo in Ontario, California. The meeting will take place at
9 a.m. in Ballroom B/C of the Ontario Convention Center.
9 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015
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