[lug] hardware question
techzone at greeleynet.com
Fri Nov 6 21:34:11 MST 2009
I've tracked down frequency harmonics that affected electronics also,
including translation frequencies within some devices that may not be
filtered at that level when the operating bandwidths were filtered.
I've seen some interfering harmonic signals travel as ground waves also.
We also had some corrosion on an element at one site and the wave guide
was dumping into the antenna structure. Every nut, bolt and strut was
cutting frequencies and we were blanking UHF and VHF in a 150 mile
radius with brief transmissions at 10KW. Played havoc with air traffic
control (in another country). One broadcast was hourly at a specific
minute, which is how it was finally tracked to our site.
Good RF spectrum analyzer should show if anything spurious is happening.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: lug-bounces at lug.boulder.co.us
> [mailto:lug-bounces at lug.boulder.co.us] On Behalf Of Nate Duehr
> Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 17:12
> To: Boulder (Colorado) Linux Users Group -- General Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [lug] hardware question
> And according to Dan's corollary, as soon as I walk into your office
> with an RF spectrum analyzer to find and kill the culprit, your tablet
> would start working perfectly. :-)
> (In other words, it IS possible to measure and "see" RF interference
> sources and coordinate frequency use, but in an environment where
> multiple products are all using the same spectrum, anything goes...)
> What's weird here in your example (but not unheard of) is the Wacom
> isn't wireless, right? It's wired? Sounds like some SERIOUS
> RF fields from that radio station are getting rectified in
> the wires and
> some engineer saved $0.30 not putting RF bypass capacitors on the PC's
> serial/parallel port.
> (That's an assumption... if it's USB... whoo boy do you have
> a lot of RF
> floating around!!)
> Nate Duehr
> nate at natetech.com
> On Fri, 06 Nov 2009 14:20 -0700, "Chris Riddoch" <riddochc at gmail.com>
> > On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM, Jack Swope <jack.swope at comcast.net>
> > wrote:
> > > Magic is key, a certain people have the right aura. As a
> system and
> > > desktop admin, I have fixed more email, web, and
> application problems
> > > simply by walking into the affected person's office ;-).
> > Here's a rather frustrating one that this makes me think of...
> > I have a wacom tablet, which I use all the time. When I
> took it with
> > me to a job I once had, it became unusable - the pointer was jumping
> > all over the place, only bearing a vague resemblance to where the
> > stylus was pointing. At home, it worked fine. At every
> coffee shop,
> > library, or friends' place I've taken my laptop to, it works fine.
> > Just at that one office, it wouldn't work.
> > Probably not coincidentally, coworkers couldn't use
> wireless mice, and
> > the 802.11 was slow and unreliable.
> > I blame it on the radio station tower planted a hundred
> feet away from
> > the office.
> > --
> > Chris Riddoch
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