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    Default Opticom integrated

    We have a Whelen 54" L.E.D. light bar with an integrated opticom. It is hard mounted to our grass truck a ford 4 door 350. Our problem is that as we come down the hill in town it will not capture the light for us based on the height of the truck and the hill involved. We are affraid that if we readjust the reciver on the light itself our other trucks will not grab the light. So on to the question can we adjust the opticom in the bar or is that not possible? If not anyone have any other ideas for us?


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    Opticom emitters send out a very broad signal that is recievable at distances over 1500 feet. The hill may obstruct the signal, but there is most likely very little you need or can do to the emitter. The better idea may be to change the position of the receiver - perhaps higher on the pole than where it is mounted now.

    Your other trucks will be fine as the emitter is probably mounted in a higher location due to the size of the apparatus and are in turn able to emit over the hill sooner.

    On a side note, many retards around here think the same thing. I see many Opticom Emitters mounted on the cab pointing up towards the sky. I guess that is okay if you want the signal to change when you are under the light instead of well ahead of it - crazy.
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    Even though your opticom is hard mounted in the light bar, more than likely you can still adjust it. Just loosen the two side nuts, and slightly adjust it upwards. You don't need anything drastic, just a slight angle upwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    Even though your opticom is hard mounted in the light bar, more than likely you can still adjust it. Just loosen the two side nuts, and slightly adjust it upwards. You don't need anything drastic, just a slight angle upwards.

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    Most likely there is some adjustment, but form the OP's description, pointing it upwards will make it even worse.

    If the obstruction is the hill, it is already pointed upward as the vehicle goes up the hill and is most likely shooting over the top of the receiver. Angling it upwards will only make the problem worse.

    In all honesty, if this is the only intersection that you are having issues with, I would leave it alone and just know that it doesn't work so good there with your brush truck.
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    Did a little further investigating on the bar side. It is not adjustable internal. We can by a 5" lift kit for the bar but not sure if that will help.
    The hill is a down hill situation with a small flat spot for RR tracks. The light is a "temp" until they fix the intersection in 5-50 years for now. Should we ask the state to realign the opticom reciever on the light or do the lift kit? Any ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREINSTR View Post
    We have a Whelen 54" L.E.D. light bar with an integrated opticom. It is hard mounted to our grass truck a ford 4 door 350. Our problem is that as we come down the hill in town it will not capture the light for us based on the height of the truck and the hill involved. We are affraid that if we readjust the reciver on the light itself our other trucks will not grab the light. So on to the question can we adjust the opticom in the bar or is that not possible? If not anyone have any other ideas for us?
    My name is Pat Cosgrove, I am the Technical Service Engineer for the Opticom System. Please give me a call at 1-800-258-4610 (select the technical service option, followed by the Opticom option) We can discuss the issue in more detail.

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    If it's the only intersection that is giving you a problem, see if the receiver can be mounted higher on the pole. Or move the receiver to a separate pole ahead of the intersection. The last place I worked had an intersection around a corner.....don't ask....they moved the receiver to a pole about 200 feet before the intersection. That way the receiver would pick up the signal well before the engine company arrived.

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    Is the light bar mounted parallel to the truck roof or to the ground, the f-series truck roofs are slanted down somewhat towards the front. Typically custom roofs are flat. You could try an adjustable light bar bracket if this is the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a
    Most likely there is some adjustment, but form the OP's description, pointing it upwards will make it even worse.

    If the obstruction is the hill, it is already pointed upward as the vehicle goes up the hill and is most likely shooting over the top of the receiver. Angling it upwards will only make the problem worse.
    Quote Originally Posted by FIREINSTR
    Our problem is that as we come down the hill in town it will not capture the light for us based on the height of the truck and the hill involved.
    If your going down hill, you need to adjust it up. It won't take alot of upwards adjustment to hit that receiver, and still hit the others.

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    Default RE: Opticom Adjustment

    Have the OPTICOM receiver on the light standard adjusted to it will activate appropriately on ALL your apparatus. Good idea also, to have a verfication system (check) on a periodic basis that the Opticom System actually works. Might save you some liabilty issues.

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