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An irrigation tech knowledge base, by BoardTronics.

Topics include troubleshooting, how-to's, and more!

HOW TO:

Use Calibration Mode

Calibration Mode is used for testing/troubleshooting/pinpointing issues within the communication system. Follow the steps below to use Calibration Mode on any Network LTC® version 2 satellite:

  • Power down the cabinet.
  • While powering the cabinet back up, press and hold the left-arrow button on the Timing Mechanism. Continue to hold down the button until you hear the second series of rapid beeps.
  • The satellite will then go into Calibration Mode. Once in Calibration mode, pressing ENTER on the Timing Mechanism will send a tone out from the Standard Modem through the communication path (to stop the tone, press the down-arrow button).
  • When the tone is on, the lights on the Standard Modem come on, and the tone can be measured at the green signal connector on the Modem, at either of the outside pins (there are three pins in total). The measurement should read approximately 2 to 2.5V AC.
  • To troubleshoot field communication wiring, keep this tone on and move to the next satellite location on the same communication path. At the new location, measure the signal on the Standard Modem, just like you did on the original location. A significant drop in V AC indicates that there is a problem in the field wiring between these two satellite locations. However, you should note that the measurement normally somewhat diminishes if you are far away from the original location.

NOTE: if there are any satellites on the communication path located between the original location and the new test location, the signal will diminish even further, making troubleshooting more challenging. Therefore, for the best testing results, continually change the original location so that you are always testing communication between adjacent satellites along the communication path.

  • To end Calibration Mode, power down the cabinet, then turn the cabinet back on.

ALL OTHER TORO® NETWORK LTC® V2 TOPICS:

HOW TO: Reinitialize a Timing Mechanism

Turn off power. Then, press and hold the down-arrow button while powering the satellite back up. Continue holding the button until the second series of rapid beeps is heard. The Timing Mechanism will go through a self-test...

HOW TO: Self-test a Timing Mechanism

Turn off power. Then, press and hold the up-arrow button while powering the satellite back up. Continue holding the button until the second series of rapid beeps is heard. The Timing Mechanism will go through a self-test...

HOW TO: Use Link Monitor Mode

Link Monitor Mode is used for testing/troubleshooting/pinpointing issues within the communication system. Follow the steps below to use it: Press and hold the right-arrow button for 5 seconds. The display should show...

ISSUE: A single station is not turning on or is stuck on

If a single station in your Network LTC® version 2 system is not turning on or is stuck on, begin troubleshooting the problem by checking the condition of a couple key connection...

ISSUE: Communication problems or no modem pulse/lights

If you are experiencing communication problems with your Network LTC® version 2 satellite, and/or the Standard Modem is not lighting up, follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue...

ISSUE: Pump is not turning on

Test the functionality of the Pump Common by replacing it with a known operational Pump Common. If the issue still exists, the problem lies with the Power Distribution Board, and it should be repaired or replaced with a new one.

ISSUE: Timing Mechanism buttons are not working

If the buttons on the Timing Mechanism in your Toro Network LTC version 2 cabinet are not working, the issue is likely the result of a malfunctioning keypad or malfunctioning buttons...

ISSUE: Timing Mechanism is dead

If the Timing Mechanism in your Network LTC® version 2 cabinet appears dead, or is not receiving any power, troubleshoot the issue by checking the power going into the Timing Mechanism from the Power Distribution Board...

ISSUE: Timing Mechanism reporting wrong number of stations

Test the functionality of the Timing Mechanism by replacing it with a known operational Timing Mechanism. If the issue still exists, the problem lies with the Power Distribution Board...