[RFI] Radar Engineers RFI Analyzers
w9ac at arrl.net
Mon Dec 24 10:07:21 EST 2012
Seasons greetings to all...
There's been enough RFI at this QTH during the last decade that I'm looking
to purchase a National HF Vector Gun and a used Radar Engineers (RE) RFI
analyzer, model 240A or 242. Or, in the alternative, a V/UHF Sadelco FSM
with video output for use with one of the many oscilloscopes I have.
1) Apart from the usable frequency range, is there's much difference between
the RE 240A and 242 models?
2) Loftness' book  goes into great detail concerning the interface he
constructed to integrate his FSM and scope together -- right down to
schematics and a parts layout diagram. I would opt for this approach since
the display resolution is probably much better then the RE's LCD displays.
My only concern is that the usual CATV FSM units only go down to about 50
MHz, the lower VHF limit of TV Channel 2. I would hate to expend a lot of
time and trouble to construct an interface only to find another occurrence
where RFI is lumped in one HF band well below the limit of the FSM. In
fact, this just happened to me where a utility pole about a half-mile away
was arcing with greatest amplitude on 20m at an S9 level. Very little RFI
on AMBC and just a bit noticed on 10m as shown by Tresscot in Fig. 2 of his
QST article. 
For those of you actively engaged in RFI abatement, have you found the FSM's
limit of 50 MHz to be a drawback when using the scope system Loftness
 Loftness, M. (KB7KK), AC Power Interference Handbook, 2nd. ed. rev., pp.
7/6, 7/12. ISBN 0-9653760-3-6.
 Trescott, M. (K3QM), "Basic Steps Toward Tracing and Eliminating Power
Line Interference," QST, Nov., 1991, p. 44.
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