[RFI] Snow and Power Lines

Jimk8mr at aol.com Jimk8mr at aol.com
Tue Feb 16 19:00:05 PST 2010

In a message dated 2/16/2010 9:48:56 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
n0tt1 at juno.com writes:

I have to ask...Are you *sure* the noise you hear isn't just  
precipitation static?

Yes, I'm sure.  On occasion, I get the real  snow static, a white noise 
effect from any direction.  What I am talking  about has classic line noise 
sound, and definite directional characteristics  (with a 17L 2m beam, i.e. a 
sharp pattern), and I can hear some of it on 432MHz  while driving by poles. I 
can hear lots of it on 2M while driving, but right now  it is so widespread 
there it's hard to pinpoint.


I would think that if it IS  powerline noise when it rains, that
there is one or more insulators that are  breaking down
when they get wet....something that should be  addressed.


I don't notice the problem with rain. Of course then things are warmer,  
and probably there is more water content than with a relatively dry snow like  
we've been getting here in Cleveland for the last forever.

73   -  Jim   K8MR

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