[RFI] RFI from HIGH voltage power lines

Fri Jun 1 06:53:56 PDT 2012

The 'beads' or 'bells' as they are usually called on the insulator strings
are the key.  As a rough guess you can assume 20-25kv line voltage for each
glass or ceramic insulator bell in the string.  So 10 of them would give
200-250kv, the common voltage used in that range in the states is 230kv.  If
the line is well maintained it should not generate much interference, but
you must remember that it is allowed to generate a little bit, so close to
the line won't be as quiet as farther away.  If you can take a mobile
station there during different weather conditions you could get an idea
about how noisy the line might be.

And yes, the 2 wires above the 3 heavy current carrying ones are for
lightning protection.

David Robbins K1TTT
e-mail: mailto:k1ttt at arrl.net
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AR-Cluster node: 145.69MHz or telnet://k1ttt.net

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Miller KG0KP [mailto:JimMiller at STL-OnLine.Net] 
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 11:30
To: RFI Reflector
Subject: [RFI] RFI from HIGH voltage power lines

Just wondering....   I have a few acres that run along HIGH power lines and 
wonder if it is even worth considering building a small weekend
place/hamshack there.  The antennas would likely be between 100 to not more
than 250 feet from these guys.

My question is whether RFI is more likely to be generated by these guys
verses the smaller distribution lines along the average two lane blacktop
rural road.

These lines are the big guys.  If any of this helps to identify the amount
of power, here it is.  Probably a quarter mile of more average between
supports that are three poles each.  Height is estimated maybe about 40 feet
to the lines.  There are three lines and the outside lines of the three are
about 31 feet apart.  There are 10 "beads" or "cones" making up each of the
insulators the wires are hanging on.  There are two cables running above the
power lines (maybe for lightning to strike them instead of the power lines
themselves?).  Anybody have any idea of the voltage these would be carrying?

Thanks es 73, de Jim KG0KP

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