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[TowerTalk] Solving Powerline RFI II

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Solving Powerline RFI II
From: (David O. Hachadorian)
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 1997 18:51:43 EDT
On Mon, 08 Sep 1997 15:04:42 -0700 "Billy W. Cox Jr."
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>it sure
>seems like "loose hardware" as a 16 ounce
>(not pound) hammer tapping at the suspect
>poles base will make the RFI on the rcvr
>either go away, or break up as you strike
>the pole ... NO, I didn't try a large sledge
>hammer to see if that might "cure" it ...
>There are some "power line professionals"
>lurking on here ... Anything in particular
>to "suggest" be examined on the local
>visit from the CO-OP ? These folks are
>trying to be nice and supportive, they
>just don't seem to know what to do as
>to solving HF-powerline-RFI problems ...
>(No slam intended in the above line)

Well, I'm not a "power line professional", but
here are two suggestions:

1. Buy Bill Nelson's "Interference Handbook."
It contains scads of detail on potential sources
of interference and remedies for power lines.

2. The last time our power company noise locating
person came by, he had an ultrasonic detector. It
is a small box with a microphone sensitive to
ultrasonic noises. It translates these ultrasonic
noises to the frequency range that humans can hear
and blasts them out a downward-facing LOUDspeaker on
the bottom of the box. This gizmo screws onto a
telescoping 40 foot fibreglas pole that the guy
holds by hand, standing on the ground, and waves all
around the pole hardware. It is absolutely silent
until it gets VERY close to the actual source, and
then it buzzes like crazy! I don't know how much this
thing cost, but it sure didn't look like it should
cost much. Maybe you can talk your co-op into springing
for one.

By the way, congratulations on finding the correct pole!
That's quite an art in itself, and is 95% of the solution
to the problem.

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL

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