[CQ-Contest] QRN from CFL's ?

Clint Talmadge unclebudd at bellsouth.net
Thu Feb 1 17:47:47 EST 2007

I have used a few in the past and even have some installed now. HOWEVER it seems the less expensive ones (Home center house brand) were worse than the major brands.  I had one in a lamp on the Ham desk but experienced broad band noise on all bands including the BC band. That one did not last long.  The two I have outside the garage get turned off if I am trying to dig someone out on 80M or 160M. 

Clint - W5CPT

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve London 
  To: CQ Contest 
  Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 9:24 AM
  Subject: [CQ-Contest] QRN from CFL's ?

  CFL = Compact Fluorescent Light

  California is thinking of legislating their use:

  I love this Q/A from the Westinghouse web site:

  Q. When I first used a Compact Fluorescent Lamp, it interfered with my TV. Why 
  is that?
  A. CFL's may interfere with a variety of devices because they use the same 
  wavelengths. If you find that they interfere, move the CFL away, or plug the 
  electronic device into another outlet.

  I fear this changeover to compact fluorescents is going to happen quickly over 
  the next few years.

  Anyone have personal experience with CFL's as QRN generators ?

  Steve, N2IC
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