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Re: Ham radio question
I use a through-the-glass antenna on my '86 4kcsq with no interference
problems. My antenna is placed on the front windshield. Perhaps the length
of coax going to the rear is picking up the noise? My front mounting
requires a very short antenna cable.
- jon N7DZX
On Sat, 18 Jan 1997, Ron Angert wrote:
> I have a '88 5K (not Q or T) and recently installed a 2meter
> I am using a through glass antenna on the rear window. I am getting 12
> volts right from the jumper cable stud up front. I run only 3 watts
> (low power).
> 2 problems exist.
> One is that with the ignition switch power on I get a high RF noise
> level. This is even without the engine running. I hear a motor like
> sound even with the heater/AC off. Is that the fuel pump? Are there
> other motors under the dash (I would beleive that this thing has a fan
> on the computers - overkill engineering is the rule)?
> Anyway - whatever it is generates RF noise. Engine on makes no
> difference - same S3 level on radio. This might explain the poor FM
> reception on the stock radio too. BTW any source of replacement radio
> knobs that last longer than 2 months?
> Second problem is even more fun. Only on left directional signal, when
> I transmit the flash rate increases by about a factor of two - like
> having a dead bulb on a "regular" car. Note that the right signal is
> NOT affected! Are the flashers controlled by a computer?
> I would also like to hear from other hams on antenna location. I am not
> against drilling holes, but I didn't find a suitable location.
> Ron (N4AJT)