GO or NO GO: That is the Question

Jim Schaller by Jim Schaller | 02.04.2014

91769199I find that most installers and service technicians do not understand, or know why they need to use the “GO/NO GO” test mode when they are installing or servicing Honeywell’s 5800 wireless transmitters. In fact, most technicians, when testing the system, will just turn on the “Chime” option, and trip the transmitter. If they hear a Chime tone, they think all is good. This type of testing is not reliable, and here is why.

Keep in mind that every supervised transmitter has two different types of transmissions. The first type is a manual transmission, or the activation of the transmitter. An example of this would be when a protected door is opened. The second type is the supervisory transmission. This transmission is sent automatically about every 70 to 90 minutes, and it tells the alarm panel that the transmitter is active and present. Both types of transmissions are not broadcasting at the same signal length. The supervisory signal is at half the signal length of the manual transmission. So, the concern is not will it hear the door open, it is will it hear the supervisory signal on a consistent basis.

The GO/NO GO test mode will help you determine the reliability of the transmission path between the transmitter and the receiver.  This mode reduces the gain on the receiver by 50%. When a door is opened during this test mode, the reliability of the transmitter’s signal path is tested. If the receiver can still hear the transmitter on a consistent basis, we know the wireless system is reliable.

When you start using this test mode, you can reduce your service calls and increase the reliability of your installation.