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

To: "Roger \(K8RI\)" <k8ri@rogerhalstead.com>, <rfi@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [RFI] Plasma TV's are killing our hobby
From: "Diane and Edward Swynar" <deswynar@xplornet.ca>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 08:32:36 -0500
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Hi Guys,

Just as Roger says, plasma TVs seem to be eclipsed more & more on the
consumer market by other (RFI-friendly) technologies...

A friend of mine recently had his 5 year old big screen TV "expire" on him,
so he paid a visit to a local TV repair shop (rare though they are anymore
in this throw-away society we live in) to get the tekkie's opinion. Well,
the guy had a back room just FULL of big TV screens, lining the walls...

When my buddy asked if he could maybe buy one of them on-the-cheap & avoid
an otherwise expensive repair on his own set, the proprietor told him to
forget about it---all the TVs in that room were plasma types that had died
premature deaths themselves...

The guy went on to say that plasma TVs were a waste of money in that they
don't last long, they run HOT, & they're energy hogs. He also said that as
fast as the plamas come into his shop, they're replaced by LED / LCD

In short, the days of plasma TVs are---mercifully---numbered. But I continue
to scratch my head in wonder as to how the federal regulatory bodies in both
Canada & the USA "type accepted" these abominable RFI-generators for
consumer use in the first place.

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <k8ri@rogerhalstead.com>
To: <rfi@contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 6:38 AM
Subject: Re: [RFI] Plasma TV's are killing our hobby

> 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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