My YouTube debut……

The other day I received an email from the Elecraft reflector site mentioning Plasma TV's and the problems they can cause ham op's. I do have a Plasma TV and it sure does affect things here at VE3WDM so this thread interested me very much. As you know from reading my other posts I do have the MFJ 1026 noise cancelling unit and I have had good success with it. The post on the Elecraft reflector had a great link to a load of information on how the K3 and the MFJ 1026 can work together very well. Well since I have the K3 and the MFJ 1026 I investigated the link.  I found a very cool way to hook the both units together that
has some good advantages over the way I am now......or was using.

 With this configuration I am able to just push the RX ant button on the K3 and both units are inter connected. Also the way the MFJ 2026 is adjusted is a little different than I had previously adjusted the unit. I tried it and it is very easy, fast and works great!! So what are the advantages of hooking up your MFJ 1026 this way....well you never have to worry about the RF from your transmitting antenna getting into your receive antenna. With this hookup they are totally isolated. To include the MFJ 1026 it's as simple as powering up the MFJ unit and pushing the RX ant on the k3 and then some simple adjustment of the MFJ unit. Finally I decided to use my Iphone to video the results of the MFJ 1026 and the K3 and how they dealt with the Plasma TV noise. You will have to excuse the reflection of me in the Elecraft P3 and the audio may not be that great either but give it a go as it does show how the Plasma TV's interferance can be dealt with.

Mike Weir, VE3WDM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Ontario, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “My YouTube debut……”

  • KC6YFR:

    Well done! You have a very soothing voice. Have you ever thought of using it
    professionally?
    Steve

  • Mike Ve3wdm:

    Good morning Steve, thanks for the comment and I’m almost retired now to think about a new career…hi
    Thanks for your input and for stopping by the blog have a good week Steve.

  • Sterling N0SSC:

    Thanks for the great video! What kind of sense antenna are you using? I would imagine the internal antenna since the TV is probably nearby.

    Check out our noise problem at W0EEE on my channel — youtube.com/sterwing

    and the source of the noise at

    Think it’ll fix us up?

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Sterling, first off thanks for taking the time to comment. The sense antenna is a random length dipole in the attic of my home. It picks up the plasma TV just fine and is what is needed for the 1026 to do its job. If you have any more questions please feel free to email me. I will be more than happy to answer your questions.
    Mike

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