[RFI] Buying New Vehicle - RFI issues with these models?

Randy hamradio at oz.net
Sun Aug 5 10:58:14 EDT 2007

I have a 2004 Toyota Sienna van and have had no computer problems running
200 watts with a TS-480HX.  The ignition noise is pretty high, though, but I
am living with it.  I probably could improve things if I made an effort.

I also have a 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup.  I have not tried it on HF yet but
on 6 meters SSB and AM, the ignition noise is very low so I am hopeful that
it won't be too bad on HF, either.  And 100 watts of 6 meter SSB has not
caused a computer problem.  Later in the year I am planning on having HF in
this vehicle too and will keep my fingers crossed.  

Wouldn't it be great to have a modern vehicle with no computer, fuel pump,
or ignition RFI problems?  Does such a thing exist these days? 

I guess the point is, problems seem to really depend on specific year and
model, not just manufacturer.

de Randy, W7HR
Port Orchard, WA


-----Original Message-----
From: rfi-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:rfi-bounces at contesting.com] On
Behalf Of Jim Brown
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2007 2:11 PM
To: rfi at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [RFI] Buying New Vehicle - RFI issues with these models?

On Sat, 04 Aug 2007 12:19:07 -0600, Larry Benko, W0QE wrote:

>Don't believe the gloom and doom for a minute. 

There are very good and very bad. My 99 Volvo S80 had NO problems. 
The computer in my 2006 Toyota Sequoia locks up with 100W on 20M. 
One of these days I'll have time to try to fix it. 


Jim Brown K9YC

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