I noticed on another shoot that the 270 does go to sleep and there is no way to change that... makes its use on a set (room, whatever) problematic. Thanks for bringing it up as a factor. I will have to time the function and fire a "test" every once in a while before that unit of time is "up" -- to keep all the pieces awake. Have you found that you have to turn off the 270 and turn it on again? Because if so, wrapping these puppies up in tape like that -- making the switch inaccessible -- will never be a good idea in the kind of unattended use I needed on Wednesday!
I am about to repair (one solder connection in the sync outlet) a big Norman pack this evening and hope it will be fired by the Strato Multi. I can save a little by getting more Strato Multi's for these non-ETTL pieces.
Phottix did write back to say that they were surprised the Vivitar 285s I have did not fire with the Strato -- especially as the Odin rcvr fired those same Vivitars.
In their message they suggested, "Dear firstname.lastname@example.org
New answer was just posted on your ticket: Multi does not fire Vivitar 285HV.Answer:
Below is the reply from our tech support service: Is the LED on the Strato II Rx changing color - ie. is it receiving a signal from the Odin TCU? If the LED is lighting up and the Strato II Rx is receiving the signal I would say there is a problem with the unit as it will not fire from the cable or hot shoe. If the LED in (is?) NOT lighting up this could be user error in setting channels/groups (likely) or a faulty Rx. The flash - the Vivitar 285 - should trigger from the Strato II. We can't say for sure on the Studio pack. Most likely, yes. But, there are some packs that have non-standard polarity in the sync port."
OK, I am sure the groups and channel settings were matched with the sender/controller, so I will watch the little light on the leading edge when I test in a hour or so.
Will post back!