[RFI] Automatic Light Noise .....
Wed, 05 May 1999 17:35:10 -0500
This is not uncommon to have a light controller(photoelectric) cause RFI due to
arcing. This is usually caused by inferior workmanship or componet breakdown
causing a poor closure to the contacts.
First thing I would do is introduce yourself and explain the difficulty. Explain
the causes and if left unattended may cause overheating due to the arcing.
Eventually it will fail so why not put it out of it's misery and change it out.
See if it's under warranty. If it is your home free but if isn't, feel out how
he feels about changing it out. I've found most neighbors willing to cooperate
if given the chance.
If push comes to shove, and the cost is not too high offer to buy him another
controller. The way I look at it(which I'm sure is different from many) it's
worth the dollars to resolve the problem and have the enjoyment of the hobby,
rather then being a miser and suffering through it.
Mason, Ken R wrote:
> Hello All,
> I have found my noise source. It is a Automatic Light that is about 1/4 mile
> away. The house owner has 4 flood lights that come on in the evening. I'm a
> 2M weak signal operator. Near dusk the noise level goes from 0 to about
> S2/S3 at 5:00 PM. It fades away at about 10:00 PM. There are no street
> lights here. My main problem is the noise source is at the angle to talk to
> Los Angles 400 miles away.
> What is the best way to cure the noise problem? Have him turn it off? Give
> him a new controller? Line filter?
> I'm sure I will need to prove that the lights are the noise source. I'll
> have to dig up my AM broadcast radio. The noise is a sharp nasty arcing
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