[RFI] Samsung refrigerator RFI

Tom Thompson tlthompson at qwest.net
Wed Aug 8 16:53:54 PDT 2012

I would, at the very least, file a report with the FCC.  This device is 
most likely not compliant with the conducted emissions requirements.  
Fixing these devices one at a time is getting really old.  In my 
neighborhood alone I have dealt with 5 grow lights, 3 halogen lights, 
and one surveillance camera.  All have been Chinese imports.

Tom   W0IVJ

On 8/8/2012 3:13 PM, Mel Crichton wrote:
> My wife was so proud of herself when she bought a new Samsung side by side
> refrigerator with energy saving compressor. Yes, it runs quiet and doesn't
> use much juice, but the compressor drive has a 5 KHz supply, and as luck
> would have it, it wipes out all the HF bands every 5 KHz. To make matters
> worse, beside the 5 KHz birdie there's serious hash between the birdies. If
> I want to operate, I kill the breaker to the refrigerator. This isn't doing
> the fridge any good. I threatened to return the fridge but she threatened
> other things. I may find a way to make it self-destruct.
> I called Samsung  USA and they kept me on the phone for a half hour looking
> for any tech support inside Samsung USA who might know of a fix. (My guess
> is, inadequate shielding and probably a square wave generator). No dice....
> they are not aware of this problem.
> Any help out there? The warranty isn't expired yet, but I will be removing
> screws in the next few days. I may get lucky with some simple shielding
> (Already wrapped the AC cord in ferrites)
> In the meantime, BEWARE of Samsung energy saving refrigerators. If you are
> considering any top-end refrigerator, take a portable radio  with you to the
> appliance store and make them turn the unit on to full cooling.
> Mel KJ9C
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