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Re: [RFI] Plasma TV's are killing our hobby

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Subject: Re: [RFI] Plasma TV's are killing our hobby
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <k8ri@rogerhalstead.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 06:38:41 -0500
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On 12/31/2010 4:44 AM, Tony wrote:
> All,
> I recently discovered that a neighbors Plasma TV has been the source of
> interference I've been experiencing on HF. Needless to say, it's
> difficult to hear much while beaming in his direction and if it wasn't
> for the fact that I'm far enough away to null the noise in other
> directions, I'd be off the air.
Take heart, it may take a long time, but the plasma is steadily losing 
market share and the shortcomings of LCDs are being rapidly overcome to 
the point where they are far more popular than the plasma.

Plasmas are much heavier, take more power, and depending on who you talk 
to, have a shorter life than LCDs, particularly the new LCDs that use an 
LED light source.  Of course the light sources can be replaced in LCDs 
but not in the Plasma.

Here too I have noises I've yet to explain, or find, but in general HF 
is pretty good and I've had only a few noise problems on 75 and 40 this 
winter and I'm not so sure they were even in the neighborhood.

73 and good luck
happy New Year,

Roger (K8RI)
> To add insult to injury, the same noise has turned up on another beam
> heading, but fortunately, it's much weaker and not nearly as intrusive.
> The fact that it was discovered a day after Christmas leads me to
> believe that someone received a new Plasma for the holiday.
> I hate to say it folks, but I think it's only a matter of time before we
> become overwhelmed with devices like these, especially in areas like
> mine where neighbors are within 100 feet of each other.
> We're fortunate that our utility company has a special investigator who
> does a terrific job solving RFI issues, so we will pursue this one. I
> feel for those who aren't so lucky.
> Tony -K2MO
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