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Old 11-08-2014, 06:43 PM   #1
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Ok ham ops

I bought a FT 817. I used it with a Buddipole and have S6/7 in noise. When I turned off the c/b for the tt the noise goes to zero. I have a 2014 rPod. Anybody have the same problem?

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Are you saying you have a travel trailer and when you disconnect from shore power the noise goes away? If so, I suspect the converter in the travel trailer. See if you can remove power from just the converter and see if the noise goes away.
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Are you saying you have a travel trailer and when you disconnect from shore power the noise goes away? If so, I suspect the converter in the travel trailer. See if you can remove power from just the converter and see if the noise goes away.

Well, yes. I have a travel trailer and when I shut off the c/b for the input power the noise goes away. I am sure it's in the converter. Probably the battery charger section. Just a guess. Was just any other hams had the same problem with their HF radio equipment. It would be nice if it would be an easy fix. Can't afford a new, better, converter.

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Depending on how much radio usage, and ability to do so, just turn off the converter when using the radio. If a deck converter that simply plugs into a 120vac outlet, it may have a dedicated circuit breaker just for itself. I installed a sub $20 wireless remote switch in the power cord to my converter to turn it off when desired.
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Noise sources include the converter, at least one brand of Fridge, Florcesent Lights (And some brands of LED lights) and of course any electronic devices you have.. On one non-ham band my Cat-5 Cable bothers one radio on occasion.

While connected to power, ONE AT A TIME, turn off circuit breakers and when the noise goes away, turn on the other breakers, Tell us what is not working and/or which breaker you still have off (CONV = Converter).

IF it is the converter, Give us the make and model,, IN many cases this information is on the door of the power center.

You may wish to upgrade..

Many say the Progressive Dynamics units are noisy but my TS-2000 can not tell the difference between the thing being on or off.
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Funny, cycling the c/bers was something I was thinking about doing, but hadn't done yet. So...yesterday completed the check. With the radio plugged in to Shore power there was no change in qrm noise w/all sub-c/bs off. With the ft817 on internal battery power, lose 2/3 S units of noise. Still too much noise. Being retired, there is no more money to buy a new converter.

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If all circuit breakers are off, the converter should be unpowered and off. If you still have the noise in this scenario it suggests the converter is not the noise source.
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If I'm at home and inside the RV and I want to listen to a weak AM station I have to switch off my converter.

Sounds kinda weird but I have to do this alla time. I can't listen to a radio OUTSIDE either when I'm working on the RV chassis. My converter/desulphator banks make electrical noise. I jus' have to remember to energize the RV when done for the day.
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