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29295Re: [FT897] Re: Noise Test

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  • Richard Corfield
    Mar 1, 2010
      There are a few noise sources near where I live. I found when I took the 897
      camping, in the middle of a field with a battery and a long wire antenna, I
      could hear a lot with very little noise. I've not compared with other radios
      in this situation, but it shows that for me at home the noise problem is all
      the plasma TVs and broadband routers and other bits and pieces in our area.

      - Richard

      On 28 February 2010 21:47, Dennis <n8bmb1@...> wrote:

      > You also forgot to mention the area in which you may live in may be a
      > source
      > of noise as well. It is well known that commercial/industrial locations
      > produce a HUGE amount of noise as well. Especially from the power lines as
      > the draw on the power system is greater than a residential area. If you
      > live close to one of these areas, you will pick up A LOT of noise, mostly
      > during the day, but if any have a 24 hour operation, you will have noise
      > almost continuously!
      > Dennis - N8BMB
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: FT897@yahoogroups.com <FT897%40yahoogroups.com> [mailto:
      > FT897@yahoogroups.com <FT897%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf Of
      > Steve Yates
      > Sent: Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:41 PM
      > To: FT897@yahoogroups.com <FT897%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Subject: [FT897] Re: Noise Test
      > Hi Bart,
      > You are correct, it is not the radio. The noise is being picked up by the
      > antenna just like it would pick up any other signal. In today's world just
      > about everything emits RF, even maybe your coffee pot! That being the case
      > your and your neighbor's homes are usually the major source of noise
      > locally. First, try to locate the antenna as far from houses as possible.
      > Next, try to tackle the sources. Major sources that I have found are the
      > following:
      > 1. Touch lamps.
      > 2. Battery chargers. The new light weight charges for cell phones, laptops,
      > and power tools use switching supplies that can generate huge amounts of
      > noise unless the extra nickle is spent to properly filter them.
      > 3. Televisions, mostly the plasma display type.
      > 4. AT&T Uverse "2Wire" brand routers. This is a huge problem in my area.
      > 5. Everything else with a microprocessor.
      > You might try to run your rig temporarily off of a battery and turn off the
      > main breaker to your house just to see how quiet you may be able to get
      > your
      > environment. At least this will let you know if you have work to do
      > searching for sources.
      > The natural atmospheric noise level increases as you decrease in frequency.
      > Below 15 MHz it increase fairly rapidly and of course is worse in the
      > summer
      > time due to lightning static.
      > The most important thing to do is to try and keep all parts of your antenna
      > out of or away from your house. This also means taking measures to keep
      > common mode currents off of the coax. You can do help this by using a
      > current balun near antenna to act as an RF choke for RF currents that may
      > be
      > on the outside of your coax.
      > There is no easy solution. That's why us hams complain so much about BPL
      > and
      > such technologies. It seems like a losing battle at times since the FCC is
      > more concerned about getting technology out cheaply rather then enforcing
      > their own rules. I can still remember when the only noise I heard on 10 m
      > was galactic noise! Now all I hear is AT&T Uverse which is piped all over
      > my
      > neighborhood.
      > 73,
      > Steve - AA5TB
      > --- In FT897@yahoogroups. <mailto:FT897%40yahoogroups.com<FT897%2540yahoogroups.com>>
      > com, "Bart
      > Ragucci" <bragucci@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Steve:
      > > My 897 is hooked up to a MFJ antenna tuner (manual) so I switched over to
      > "dummy load" and "yes" the noise vanished, so it's not the radio? Is it
      > then
      > my antenna? Is the antenna pulling in static? My antenna is a G5RV, about
      > 25
      > ft up. So, should I try another antenna? Move the current one? What would
      > be
      > my next step?
      > > Thx
      > > Bart
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