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Old 04-02-2014, 06:36 AM   #1
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GFCI tripping / ham radio?

We are in a new MH and this morning the GFCI circuit was thrown. I did set up my ham radio yesterday with an extension cord to the 20 amp outlet on the campground pole. But that may not have been the problem. Seems I remember that happening before? Maybe not related? Ideas?

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Old 04-02-2014, 06:43 AM   #2
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Here's a link to some previous threads re: gfci tripping.
I think you'll find your issue is in the gfci.


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Old 04-02-2014, 07:30 AM   #3
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There are many posts on this subject but the bottom line is: the only thing that will trip a 100% servicable GFCI breaker is a current imbalance that exceeds the GFCI rating between the hot and neutral lines. Which means there is a leak (current path) to ground on the load side.

Need to find the load to ground that drained current from going back via the neutral wire to solve this problem.

Note I said 100% servicable GFCI breaker. They can be faulty.

Good luck.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:17 PM   #4
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Ham radio...

If old school then you should understand current flows.

If you added ground for antenna you may have altered the "system".

Gfi breakers get funny if you do not have equal current on both line and return.

If you are using 12 volt equipment past a power supply you could get odd voltage paths via coax ground.

Just start troubleshooting to see what is going on
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:16 AM   #5
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As my sig file on another forums says "Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a Damon Intruder"

If I go too high in frequency and power (I forget the frequencies that trip it) it will trip the GFCI.. I'm thinking 10/20 meters can do it, I know 2/0.70 can.

Think it depends on wire length inside the MH.

Have not tripped anyone else's though, but then I mostly stay on 75 and 40 meters for voice, 2 meters FM at reduced power, and assorted digital mode bands.
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