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Re: [TowerTalk] QRN during the rain

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] QRN during the rain
From: "Pat Barthelow" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 13:13:04 -0800
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Hello Kelly,

Could be a lot of things... Go to the ARRL site, and somewhere there is an 
RFI subsection that has the Navy Postgrad School Bible on Power line noise 
amelioration.  Read through that....One thing, Almost never is noise 
generated by the HHV transmission lines... usually the lower voltage   
(~12Kv or so)  distribution lines...Rain Related, is NOT due to dirty or 
arcing over insulators....could be hardware shifting in and out of contact 
with swelling/shrinking of wood

73, DX, de Pat AA6EG;
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>From: "Kelly Johnson" <>
>Subject: [TowerTalk] QRN during the rain
>Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 12:29:45 -0800
>I live near overhead HV powerlines as well as overhead MV powerlines.
>The nearest ones are the MV powerlines which terminate at the corner
>of my lot about 70 or 80 feet from my tower.  I get very strong noise
>levels, especially on 80 and 40 meters whenever it rains.  The noise
>levels go back to normal awhile (a few hours) after the rains stop.
>It sometimes affects higher frequency bands too, but is most
>noticeable on 80 and 40.  My noise levels are usually reasonable low
>on 40 (like S1 or less in a 500Hz bandwidth), but seem quite high (S7
>or S8 on average) on 80 meters.  My noise levels are usually
>reaonsably low on the higher bands as well.  The HV lines seem
>surprisingly quiet.  The noise seems to come from the MV lines.  What
>causes this?
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