[vcf-midatlantic] OT: LED lights

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Mar 10 14:39:39 EST 2016

  Most of the time it is, yes.  The magnetic ballasts generate a little
bit of harmonic interference, but the "electronic" ones are far worse,
since their switching times are much faster.

  The magnetic ones are the reason I don't operate on HF much these
days. (aside from that whole lack-of-spare-time thing)  There are ~380
eight-foot fluorescent light bulbs in the building. :-(


On 03/10/2016 02:37 PM, Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Granted, but is it worse than the awful RF noise from florescent ballasts?​
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> On 03/10/2016 01:09 PM, Bill Sudbrink via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>> Dave McGuire wrote:
>>>>   No, not at all.  Weak signals from other continents are often
>>>> completely obliterated by interference from LED, CFL, and standard
>>>> fluorescent lighting.  The inverse squares law applies to the desired
>>>> transmissions too, and they're coming from a lot farther away that
>>>> across the street.
>>> Two words:
>>> Faraday cage
>>> Then we could get Tempest certified too ;-)
>>   YES!!
>> --
>> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
>> New Kensington, PA

Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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