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Re: [RFI] Honda Generator RFI?

To: "'Alan NV8A'" <nv8a@att.net>, "'Rfi'" <rfi@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [RFI] Honda Generator RFI?
From: "Bob Turner" <n2scj@msn.com>
Reply-to: n2scj@msn.com
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 20:44:38 -0400
List-post: <mailto:rfi@contesting.com>
What bands did you operate on Field Day with the Eu1000i generators?


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From: rfi-bounces@contesting.com [mailto:rfi-bounces@contesting.com] On
Behalf Of Alan NV8A
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2006 6:01 PM
To: Rfi
Subject: Re: [RFI] Honda Generator RFI?

On 09/16/06 03:56 pm Fred Stevens K2FRD wrote:

>> A few months ago I saw some discussion about rf interference (HF thru 6
>> meters, I think) created by some (or all?) of the Honda "i" series
>> generators, switching noise from the inverter circuitry.  I was wondering
>> this is still a problem or if the newer units are better.  Anyone have
>> experience using one of these purchased in the last couple of months for
>> portable operation?

> Yeah, I sure do. I bought a Honda Eu1000i this past February after having
major RFI problems with a Mitsubishi 600/900w inverter-generator and have
been having all sorts of the same RFI problems with the Honda. It simply is
not well-filtered, if filtered at all.  I built the line filter (common
choke) as described by
er.htm and STILL had major RFI problems. Long story short, I ordered both
the new MFJ-1164 line filter and the W4RRY battery booster and, after
considerable delay due to MFJ manufacturing backorders, UPS, and USPS, only
just got them in today, so they're untested. Until now, I've been just using
my battery banks to operate and keeping the Honda turned off until I needed
to charge the battery banks. If these new toys don't solve the problem, I've
bookmarked several toroid and bead suppliers (particularly
http://www.palomar-engineers.com/RFI_Kit/rfi_kit.html ) to go to Stage Four
of corr
>  ive measures. Beyond this, I don't know what I'll do except go back to my
huge and consumptive Coleman 3750 generator for ham radio operations; it
does NOT create RFI.

We (Holland [MI] ARC) have used Honda EU1000i generators for at least 
the last three Field Days and have not encountered RFI problems.

OTOH, I've read suggestions by licensed electricians and electrical 
inspectors suggesting that all these Hondas should be red-tagged because 
they are not and cannot be properly grounded in accordance with the NEC.

Alan NV8A
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