[RFI] Noise sniffer article in QST - WW3S

dgsvetan@rockwellcollins.com dgsvetan@rockwellcollins.com
Thu, 24 Jan 2002 09:58:59 -0600

It would be interesting if anyone on the reflector happens to know if the
Oak unit, or a similar replacement, is still available.  I can tell you
that they are no longer in Illinois.  I used to live in Crystal Lake, IL,
which was the location of Oak's main plant for many years.  They totally
moved out and folded that plant back in the early 80's.  They did have an
operation somewhere in California, which is where their TV tuner and cable
set-top boxes were located after moving out of IL.  (Oak was either the
largest, or at least one of the largest, manufacturers of TV tuners when
the turret switching type of tuner was THE style in use - 50's thru early

73, Dale

<pringle50@home.com>@contesting.com on 01/24/2002 08:39:26 AM

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Subject:  Re: [RFI] Noise sniffer article in QST - WW3S

N4ZR is correct in suggesting an AM receiver in the aeronautical band.

One of the nicer professional models made for Utility Companies and
Cable Companies to use in policing noise was manufactured by Oak
Industries in Illinois and used a frequency of approximately 260MHz
and employed an S meter to measure noise intensity.  It also used a
small 5 element yagi hand carried that would alow the operator to
rotate the antenna through both horizontally and vertically polarized

What makes N4ZR's suggestion so worthwhile is one could easily use a
small yagi as the sniffing antenna with the handheld receiver.
Typically the noise is easier to find when the sensing equipment
operates on higher frequencies than 150MHz based on my long personal
experience in locating it.  Remember noise is basically an infinite
number of squarewaves usually very broad spectrum.

The Oak unit referred to above with its yagi antenna allowed the
operator to identify exactly where the noise was coming from on a pole
for example.  Often times due to cracked insulators, loose clamps or
ground wires etc.

Good luck in locating your source.

J. Leon Pringle, Jr    W 5 N A

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