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Re: [RFI] Grow Lights

To: "ve3gsi@arrl.net" <ve3gsi@arrl.net>
Subject: Re: [RFI] Grow Lights
From: Kelly Johnson <n6kj.kelly@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2011 17:37:38 -0800
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I've heard two distinct noises from grow lights. The first has a very 
distinctive 120hz buzz. It starts with random pops. The pops get closer and 
closer together until an hour or so later the buzz is constant. It is a classic 
street light signature.  In fact, I first Went looking for a faulty street 
light.  The second is wide band hash. Noise levels drop as frequency increases 
but is still audible on 6m. It is wide band. No birdies or hotspots 

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On Jan 1, 2011, at 5:23 PM, Eric - VE3GSI <ve3gsi@sympatico.ca> wrote:

> Hi Joe,
> Sorry no recording, but I can tell you from first hand experience with the
> ballasts used on lower power (300 Watt) grow lights I once tried. I did get
> a broadband hash and electrical buzz on the rig with a very high floor
> noise, no pulsing, no whistles just wide band noise. The interference was
> worse with my rig on 80 meters, which I suspect was because one leg of the
> dipole went over the house. There was enough hash/buzz from the ballast in
> fixtures to actually show sparkles in a TV picture off my satellite
> receiver. The ballasts also interfered with the X10 timers I used to switch
> the lamps on/off.
> The dealer assured me the ballast would not cause interference on my radios,
> needless to say I did not keep them. I do not remember the manufacture of
> the ballasts.
> Eric - VE3GSI
> P.S. I assure you the plants I was growing at the time were not smoked or
> turned into cookies. <grin>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joe Wilkowski
> Sent: January-01-11 4:08 PM
> To: rfi@contesting.com
> Subject: [RFI] Grow Lights
> A recent quote from another thread on this reflector...
> Wait 'till you have an indoor
> marijuana farmer in your neighborhood with 1KW grow lights running off
> switched-mode ballasts that probably don't even meet industrial
> emissions rules!   I was told that "grow lights" are now the #1 source
> of ham RFI complaints at the ARRL; eclipsing powerline noise
> complaints.
> Does anyone have a bonified rfi recording of these things ?  Can you post it
> ?
> Thanks
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