>>Does the interference to the smoke detectors occur at very low RF
>>output...say 5 or 10 watts? Or does it occur only AT higher output levels.
It increases with power. Gets really bad when I kick in the linear.
>>Can you get schematics for the smoke detectors?
No. Only whats available on the internet.
>>Have you attempted to contact the importer or manufacturer to inquire about
>>the application of bypass caps to AC power lines or battery leads as well
>>as other parts of the device to minimize the effect of RF on the chirp
An email to the manufacturer, USI Electric Inc., went unanswered.
>>In the short term, disabling the offending devices except when testing is
>>one way to cope. Battery operated spares can be temporarily placed while
>>you sort thus out.
When I disabled the nearest one (in the office/shack) the one in the
foyer chirps. When I disable that one, the next nearest one chirps. I
disabled them by unplugging them completely. It is a two-family house
that I built with my daughter and her husband, with us having the
in-law side. There are a total of 22 alarms.
>>What sort of antennas are you using and how high are they?
My antenna is an 80-6 meter OCF up about 40 feet in the trees. I don't
think it is radiating back into the house. The house is ICF
construction with a tin roof. I essentially live in a Faraday cage. I
have to go outside to use my cell phone. The house will withstand a
cat 5 hurricane or tornado.
Frank N. Haas KB4T
Utility Interference Investigator
ARRL Tech Specialist, RFI, N FL Section
Stan Zawrotny, K4SBZ
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