The target audience of this page is VX newcomers, such as VXers that only know Yalgeth's Constant to its 4th decimal.
The guide will help you gather the required modules, link them together, and produce your first rotational quark-retardant vincibility matrix. The final assembly will closely look like a VX2 (see VX Modules Versions for details), but will be much safer.
Note: Your first VX setup might not reach the stability threshold inside the final Baltovsky chamber, but it will allow you to grasp the first concepts of VXing.
You should have a basic tool set, including (but not limited to) the following items:
- Low-capacitance variator (to distinguish high-variance and low-covalence protocalistors)
- Photoresistant recombonator stylus
- Tweezers, preferably made of balistically shielded tungsten (to guard against microplasma)
- A copy of The Orange Book. The Green Book is OK, but the fundamentals are not covered as completely, even though it's more recent.
You should carry these tools at all times, as you might need them when you expect it the least.
Base VX modulesEdit
To get a first snapshot of what the vincibility matrix look like, you will need the following modules. What each modules does is out of the scope of this guide:
- Isolated-frame flux emitter, ideally with planar boost integrated,
- Set of 5 ferrocores, with interplanar capacitance between 4 and 5.5 µB (in the case of German ferrocores, you can easily convert from Fg to µB by multiplying by 3.6*10-4),
- Main bus controller, with a power-to-variance factor of at least 500. Stay away from 3rd gen of Exasurf Industries though, as they tend to dissipate a lot of acoustic radiation,
- 7-stage betaform amplifier, with a bandwidth between 700 and 1,200 THz (less bandwidth means increased noise in the output stage),
- Baltovsky chamber, that can dissipate >700 W*Kg of flux
Before starting the assembly, make sure:
- You're wearing a grounded Faraday suit,
- Your modules are unwrapped, excluding the Ferrocores that must stay in the oxide-free packaging until installation,
- You have access to a flare-free power source of 600V, 150A, with a varistance-isolator.
Assembly is pretty straight forward for an older VX setup:
- Place the flux emitter on its side, flux intake at your right, with the main rotary collector on top.
- Attach the main bus controller to the 37-pin connector with the supplied cable, making sure the cable is not twisted (you don't want any electrons travelling backwards).
- Screw the bus controller to the attachment socket, with the nylon-kevlar screws. To avoid risk of fire, do not over-tighten.
- The amplifier should then fit to the left of the module. Remove the protection screen, add a bit of lubricant and insert it all the way. It should snap into place.
- With the tweezers, grab a ferrocore and gently, but firmly insert it in the slot named "Photocoupler", then close the cover. If you take a reading right now with the varistor, it should indicate between 35 and 43 Mh. A reading higher than this indicates that your ferrocore is deplenished, or dead-on-arrival.
- Finally, the Baltovsky chamber can be placed behind the module. Make sure that each color-coded wire is attached to either the bus controller or antiacclimator.
- Double-check every connection, every screw and seal. You don't want any radiant leakage.
Now on to the big business. Be sure to follow this guide slowly, and make sure you don't miss any steps. Any cavitation that may occur during steps 8 or 9 will blast your ferrocore. Remember, your mileage may vary.
- Make sure every switch on the controller is in the "Off" position, and the Gamma fluid valve is closed.
- Plug the power cable in your source, and close the circuit.
- Flip the power switch on the bus controller. It will take between 2 and 5 minutes to initialize, and the green LED will light up when ready. If any error message pops up, ask a more experienced VXer some help.
- Set the variance to 300.
- Place the "Emitter" switch to the "ON" position. A small buzz might be heard, but it's nothing to worry about.
- Activate every amplification stage in order, from 1 to 7, turning one on each 5 second, to give them some time to stabilize.
- Your VX is now running, but at a slow and safe speed. The main display should indicate about 0.2 delta. With a basic VX set like this one, don't expect to get much past 0.4 delta.
- Now, to ramp up the delta, slowly increase the variance, turning the knob clockwise very carefully. Be aware that turning the knob too fast might damage the ferrocore unless the system has been equipped with a radiator.
- Somewhere between a variance of 500 and 550, the delta reading will start to go down again. This is your sweet spot. Going too far after this will not only damage the ferrocore, but might induce distortion in the amp, and will crash the bus controller.
Once you have found your sweet spot, you can now enjoy the view inside the Baltovsky chamber, and be proud of your first VX run! If you'd like to save the data collected during the initial run, select "Stream Management" by pressing the appropriate button on the bus controller. Select a sensor index from the list (beginners may wish to try "2: Parallax Distortion" or "3: Ambient Thread Spin") and an output vector. In most cases, the output vector should be the I/O Bus multi-port, which accepts many common data transmission protocols. Make sure that interplanar cooling is on and that the ventilator is stable before mounting the data transmission hardware, then press the "Dispatch" button on the side of the bus controller. The hardware will be ejected automatically when transmission is complete.
To turn your VX off, turn off each amplification stage backwards, from 7 to 1, then power off the controller. Wait about 15 minutes for it to cool off, then you can unplug it from the power source.
- At any point during the run, you can tweak the phase-adjustement knobs with the stylus. This can help clean up the signal, and have a more consistent display on the controller. Adjusting with a regular screwdriver is not advisable, due to traverse induction which can occur due to inadequate shielding, making accurate calibration extremely difficult.
- If a bright, yellow light comes out of the Baltovsky chamber, that means your ferrocore is out of commission. Turn off the VX properly and change the broken ferrcore (check the system log printout for the hub location). Note that changing the ferrocores is out of the scope of this guide, and it is recommended that this be done by an experienced VXer only.