Over the past couple weeks, I have taken to monitoring our club's 440
MHz repeater as opposed to the 2M repeater due to some RFI problems
internal to my apt. I have begun to nitice a periodic "popping" noise
on the audio "pop-pop....... Pop-pop..... Pop-pop....... "
When I was on campus today (nearly a mile from my apt) I happened to
look across the highway and noticed a tower with a white strobe, as
opposed to a red light on top of it. Our repeater happened to ID, and
wouldn?t you know it? The popping noise is PERFECTLY in sync with the
strobe. Pop1- light turns on. Pop2-light turns off (or so it seems
from as close as we could get to it).
I know WHO owns the tower (it's a commercial tower).... Our repeater is
nearly 3 miles away from the tower... But the popping is audible across
the UHF and VHF bands (less noticeable on VHF by far).
Any suggestions for dealing with this? What do I tell the people who own
the tower if I call them? It doesn?t key up our repeater, but it is
annoying. It's almost like the light is arcing or something.
// Kenneth R. Cechura, KC9UMR/? //
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// President, W0EEE, 2003 //