[sdiy] Preventing Radio Ham Interference

Barry Klein barryklein at cox.net
Mon Nov 28 17:50:40 CET 2016

Does it make a difference how the beam is pointed? If not, perhaps feedline or ground issue(?)
Something here might help: http://palomar-engineers.com/wp-content/uploads/RFI-101-Off-the-Shelf-RFI-Cures-to-keep-your-neighbors-happy.ppsx


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> On Nov 28, 2016, at 8:14 AM, Oakley Sound <oakleylist at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> My next door neighbour, a keen radio ham, has erected a new 144MHz directional beam antenna. Unfortunately, for both of us, when it's pointing towards my house and transmitting, it interferes with my audio set-up in both my living room and my little music area. I get on very well with my neighbour and we've briefly worked together on this so we know what particular combination of output power, frequency and antenna choice causes the problem. This antenna mast is around 5m away from the wall where my audio gear is situated. When he uses his other non directional antennas there is no problem.
> Anything more than 20W and the RF signal has an affect. Generally, with my more modern gear it is not a problem, but my vintage gear (eg. my hi-fi and older synths) are badly affected. More annoyingly, it's also the modular and my ten year old Event active monitors.
> When transmission is ongoing I hear what seems to be a loud buzz at 100Hz and harmonics. It's as if the mains is being gated into the audio pathway during transmission. The higher the RF output power the louder the buzz. The Event monitors pick up the noise even with the audio cables unplugged and the mains additionally filtered. Bizarrely it also makes the modular and my old SY-1 go out tune but I can't detect any drop in power supply voltage so I think it's directly affecting the VCO circuitry.
> I think I may have solved it with ferrites on the loudspeaker cables on the hi-fi but the music area is still a problem.
> At the other end of my house I haven't got an issue but moving all my gear there isn't really practical - although I'm thinking about it.
> Any ideas? Would some sort of earthed wire mesh fitted to the wall directly between him and me create a suitable RF shadow?
> Tony
> www.oakleysound.com
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