Re: [ldm-users] [noaaport] noaaport

Don't they have all the primary components on UPS systems? Their UPS setup 
should allow at least an hour on batteries in case of generator failure. If 
it's true that the backup uplink has no generator, that's a disgrace! The 
contract should have required that both uplinks have a minimum of 1 hour UPS 
and both have generators. Generators tests should be done weekly and UPS 
systems tested monthly. This shows some very weak links in the system!


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> On Nov 6, 2014, at 10:12 AM, Gilbert Sebenste 
> <sebenste@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Nov 2014, Wojtowicz, David wrote:
>> You'd think switching to the backup facility would be somewhat of an 
>> automated process.  (I don't know what it actually involves)
> It is and it isn't. You have to cleanly shutdown the primary uplink, and then 
> spin up the backup uplink at the same time. Normally, this
> process can be done manually, but quickly. The problem is when your
> uplink that you are using goes down, and you can't communicate
> with it. You have to shut that one off first, or else you
> can get two uplinks transmitting to one bird, when the
> primary comes back online...which is a bad situation. In that case, and I 
> don't know how it's done, you have to manually
> shut off the uplink you were using, and then quickly spin up the other
> backup uplink.
> In this case, I completely understand why it takes them an hour and
> more to do that, because they also need a little time to figure out why
> they lost the uplink in the first place. The two issues now are:
> 1. Why did the generator on the primary system fail?
> 2. The backup uplink, which they are on now, I think has no generator
> backup, only commercial power. Please correct me if I'm wrong...
> Gilbert
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