[AMRadio] Radio Noise, BPL?

Jim Miller WB5OXQ in Waco wb5oxq at grandecom.net
Sun Jul 13 21:10:20 EDT 2008

This does not sound like BPL Noise to me.  However I understand some new 
meters transmit their readings to the power company using the power lines. 
If this is not the case you may have a faulty meter or problem in the 
connections inside the box.  I would call the power company.  Can you 
temporarily turn off a main breaker to shut down the whole building to see 
if the problem goes away when load is removed?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <doxemf at aol.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 7:37 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] Radio Noise, BPL?

> Hello,
>  I just finished cleaning and some repairs to my main HF receiver and put 
> up a longwire inside the large old factory room outside of my new workshop 
> location.
>  Being inside a building is really not the best thing but this is 
> temporary and it's an old 4 story 100 yr old mill built mostly of brick 
> and without any other working industry present. Mainly some artists lofts, 
> etc.
>  So what I have found is this white noise like signal with clear harmonic 
> related intervals from at least the broadcast band up to a significant 
> level above 40 meters. It completely overloads the receiver below 80 
> meters so it has been difficult to pinpoint the exact fundamental if there 
> is one. I am talking about a signal level almost as strong as the local AM 
> station!!.
>  Some D.F.ing using a portable with a ferrite having excellent nulls 
> pinpointed what appears to be the source
> as being a large outside electric meter box supplying service to an 
> attached office building about 100ft away from my workshop. The level of 
> the RF noise around this panel is unbelievable! This office has not been 
> occupied for about a year but the last tenant was a cable installation 
> subcontractor.
>  There is no intellegence apparent on the noise or what seems to be a 
> carrier buried in it. No AM FM PM or any other form of modulation. The 
> level does reduce when there is rain.
> Has anyone experienced BPL this close or have any idea what this could be?

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