|Stephan and LF,|
Thank you for your patience everyone. I have at last managed to repair my loop antenna satisfactorily and check it out. There appears now to be more than one problem in the receiving system:
- There are several spurious signals across the LF band
- The power supply to the Lowe HF250 receiver now has about 2V peak to peak of 50 Hz ripple on its output
- The Arga display shows a strong additional signal at twice the audio frequency output (setting things up for 800 Hz output, I also get a noticeable trace at 1600 Hz)
- There is a weak output on about 670 Hz even with the antenna disconnected
Oh well, out with the oscilloscope and the soldering iron.
73 John F5VLF
On 6 Apr 2014, at 21:31CEST, DK7FC <[email protected]
Last night i've checked my 50 Hz sidebands (actually 100 Hz) on LF by using SpecLab and a Tecsun PL660 receiver, both running on batteries (ferrite antenna) and coupled via a cable.
The sidebands are at -40 dBc, see attachment.
So maybe the problem is on your side. I remember a similar effect by MF WSPR decodes by a EA station. From that station i'm often getting 2 decodes in the same time slot, beeing 100 Hz distant and just 10 dB or so in SNR difference, which is also not caused on my side...
Maybe a galvanic coupling with some mains harmonic currents on the antenna cable?
Am 30.03.2014 23:25, schrieb DK7FC:
I can't explain the -20 dBc sidebands. I've measured my sidebands to be -35 dBc some time ago and didn't change anything on the LF setup. I'll check it soon again.
Am 30.03.2014 13:00, schrieb John Rabson:
This morning at about 0745Z I received a signal which seemed to be QRSS. It would have been a strong signal except that I’m still suffering from severe QRM. I was unable to identify it, but there were traces of 50 Hz side bands about -20 dBc.
This was the first signal I had received for some weeks. I’m still hunting the source of interference.