[RFI] Fan Noise on Repeater
w8ji at contesting.com
Tue May 9 09:01:04 EDT 2006
> These are questions for YOU to think about -- they focus
> on the
> possible mechanisms whereby the noise could be getting
> into your
> system. It could be RF, coupling into the antenna or
> feedline, or it
> could be baseband noise coupling into the repeater through
> its audio
> and power supply circuitry. It could be the fan generating
> noise, its power supply, or its controller.
Most common and forgotten is the noise is most often caused
by the fan shaking something that is loose.
A loose connector, a loose connection, a pressure fit
connection, a bad metal to metal contact on a cover, case,
or cabinet, and so on. The fan could also be shaking an
inductor and phase modulating the rig.
It very rarely is an actual RF noise generated by the fan.
ESPECIALLY in a repeater.
The repeater, if constructed properly, should be VERY immune
to RF sources from around the equipment. The RF input system
in particular has to be very well shielded.
Although possible, it is actually unlikely to actually be RF
radiation from the fan.
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