On Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:39:53 -0400, Pete Smith wrote:
>The supply appears to have places for two toroidal inductors and a shunt
>capacitor on the input side. Would it make sense to try to find and
>install these pieces, or am I better off just buying and installing a
>power entry module such as the Qualtek Q468-ND in this noisy bugger.
>Its peak RF output is right around 2 MHz.
The first thing I would try is fourteen turns of the power cord around a #
31 2.4-inch toroid. If that makes a dent but you need more, rewind it with
two toroids in a stack. For the shunt capacitor, fire safety dictates that
you MUST use one that is rated for the high peak voltages that can be
present on the power line. Here's what I wrote for the ARRL Handbook on
that topic. You can find suitable capacitors from the usual industrial
suspects -- Allied, Newark, Mouser, Digikey.
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A capacitor between line and neutral or between line and ground at the
noise source or at victim equipment can solve some RFI problems. ["Ground"
in this sense is not "earth,' it is the power system equipment ground (the
green wire) at the equipment.] Power lines are often subjected to short
spikes of very high voltage (4kV). Ordinary capacitors are likely to fail
when subjected to these voltages, and the failure could cause a fire. Only
Type X1, X2, Y1 and Y2 capacitors, which are specifically tested to
withstand these high voltage spikes, should be used on power wiring. Type
X1 and X2 capacitors are rated for use between line and neutral, and are
available in values between 0.1 æF and 1 æF. Type X2 capacitors are tested
to withstand 2.5kV, type X1 capacitors are tested to 4kV. Type Y1 and Y2
capacitors are rated for use between line and ground; Y1 capacitors are
impulse tested to 8kV; Type Y2 to 5kV. Note that 4700 pF is the largest
value permitted to be used between line and ground larger values can
result in excessive leakage currents.
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