[CQ-Contest] SO2R Interstation Interference Issues

Tony Brock-Fisher barockteer at aol.com
Tue Sep 6 09:25:40 EDT 2016

There could be many reasons for this, Joe. But one possible cause is 
direct-line switching supplies near your antennas. By this I mean those 
cheap, light wall-warts that power everything in your house - cell phone 
chargers, telephone power supplies, computer supplies, etc. These 
typically have diodes hung on the AC line. RF gets into that diode, and 
the AC line creates a nice mixer which can remodulate clean transmitted 
RF into another band. Once the RF is in-band, no amount of receive 
filtering can remove it.

A tipoff is that the receive junk has a 60-Hz component to it. Another 
tipoff is that it goes away when you unplug the offending device. Maybe 
turn off house circuit breakers one at a time to see if it goes away.

Yes, it should be possible to make SO2R cleanly. You may need stubs on 
the transmitters to clean up their output (another whole topic in 
itself), and bandpass filters on RX to keep the receivers from 
overloading with out-of-band stuff.


-Tony, K1KP

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