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LF: RE: Can LF damage a mains input filter?

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Subject: LF: RE: Can LF damage a mains input filter?
From: VIGILANT Luis Fernández <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:39:37 +0000
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Thread-topic: Can LF damage a mains input filter?
Hi Chris

What about the input of the TV Amp and the problem being not related to RF into 
the mains ?

May be the strong LF field damaged the first amplifier stage and now is 
generating harmonics with strong HF signals
That happens also with bad (rushed) TV coax connections performing as 
semiconductors (diodes) and generating
harmonics in TV bands when a strong HF signal gets in

Just an idea

73 de Luis

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[mailto:[email protected]] En nombre de Chris Wilson
Enviado el: miércoles, 18 de mayo de 2016 18:04
Para: [email protected]
Asunto: LF: Can LF damage a mains input filter?

18 May 2016

Long story, but since stopping LF 136kHz TX for a while in lieu of some HF 
working all the digital TV's in the house freeze or totally blank on all bands 
above top band, up to 50MHz when I transmit at more than about  5 or 10W. I 
have a loft mounted UHF TV aerial feeding an amplifier cum distribution box. It 
has an internal mains PSU. Without it we receive hardly any channels. It's been 
fine for years, and I have never had TVI. My HF set up is unchanged from when I 
had no issues. I put the TV antenna co-ax direct into my SA and on circa 531 
MHZ see a broad digiTV signal that's strong. If I TX on say 20 meters at high 
power into my antenna I see zero change in the TV signal. I have also fed the 
output of my HF TX (TS-590 Kenwood) into the SA via an attenuator and the 
output looks spotless on all bands. However, if I connect the TV aerial amp / 
distribution box up and look at the output from it the TV signal immediately 
drops into the noise when I TX.  My neighbours have no issues at all.

This seems to have occurred since I have been active on LF, and I had a stage  
where  full power would trip the main RCD in the consumer unit, so  RF  was  
getting  into  the mains. Is it conceivable something has occurred  to perhaps 
a mains filter in the TV amp? I looked inside the plastic  case  and  it  has  
a small mains transformer that feeds feed throughs  into  a  screening  can  
with all the RF stuff within it. If there is any mains input filtering it must 
be on the low voltage side of the transformer. The unit has a moulded on three 
pin mains plug, but with a plastic earth pin, so the unit is not grounded.

Is  it  possible to make a mains input filter for a piece of equipment that 
would filter 136kHz but not affect normal 50Hz mains operation?

Has anyone experienced anything like this?

I  have  ordered  a  new amp / distribution box of known make, and will just  
try  replacing it, but would also like to know if my LF activity could have 
done this?



Best regards,
 Chris  2E0ILY                           mailto:[email protected]

 My        part        time        LF        grabber       is       at

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