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No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 04 Sep 2017 17:41
by John Faulkner, Skegness

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 05 Sep 2017 14:50
by simbeav
What are you complaining about ?
You can just about make out your loacal stations can't you ?
Stop being a luddite and buy yourself a DAB radio so we can fleece you again when DAB+ comes along.
Sign up to iplayer so we can "get to know you better"
We've got to keep the economy going by selling cheap Chinese electronics at below cost prices.
If we can't be bothered to send a policeman out to your burglary, why should we bother policing the airwaves...........

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 05 Sep 2017 16:37
by John Faulkner, Skegness
You are absolutely right Simon.

I already bought a DAB radio. There's no decent DAB reception around here. Should I spend more money and buy a better one?

I pay my TV licence, which I think is worth every penny - in fact I would happily pay twice as much for their excellent and politically unbiased programming.

I already have an account with the BBC, so I will be able to listen to BBC Radio Lincolnshire live on their web stream after they switch off my local medium wave and, eventually, my FM outlet.

The noise can buzz away all it likes!

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 03 Oct 2017 12:35
by John Faulkner, Skegness
Medium wave DX is almost impossible lately with yet more noise destroying the band. It's time to do some tests, but I doubt there's anything I'll be able to do about this.

The middle of the band is now continually awash with signal-killing hash, but there is a much more general increase in noise now across the whole band.

If I use the Perseus to see how severe the noise is, the constant mid-band noise reads -90 dB. This wipes out 890 - 1130 kHz. Either side of this, the noise doesn't go lower than -120 dB, which can be OK for stronger transatlantic signals, but the hash can still be heard. Nothing 'weak' will get through.

Then there's the daily sunrise and sunset noise periods, which are severe and wipe the whole band. These last between one and two hours and vary slightly in their timing. The 0600 - 0700 noise period has now slowly migrated to 0700 - 0800. The 1800 - 1900 noise period has stayed around the same time, but I remember this lasting around 1500 - 1800 at times last winter. It was not every day then. There is also an additional severe noise period around midday, but I am rarely tuned in to see that. These three severe noise periods give -75 dB across the band, rendering even my semi-local transmitters unlistenable.

None of the noise is coming from my property. I have done numerous tests, listening to medium wave on both my desktop and laptop computers, using a leisure battery while switching off the main supply to the property. Hmm. The similarlty is striking!

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 13 Oct 2017 22:53
by John Faulkner, Skegness
After several days of hardly any noise at all, solid, band-killing noise is now wiping out all nearby transmitters on MW. This has been affecting MW continually since late afternoon.

I am baffled. I took a portable around the bungalow, around the garden, around the neighbour's property and on nearby streets. The only noise I heard was when the portable was close to the bungalow or inside it. Strangely, there was no noise when I put the portable near my desktop computer! If I put the portable where the flag is, there is no noise at all!

Next, I switched off the electricity supply at the mains box and ran my computer and Perseus from my leisure battery. The noise was still there, though slightly reduced. Still bad though.


Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 19:33
by John Faulkner, Skegness
At last! I found the source of at least 'some' of my local noise. I knew it was going to take me a while to track this down. I also half expected that the noise would be coming from something really obvious that I had overlooked. It was!

After going around the streets with a portable radio the other evening, I discovered that the noise was everywhere around my property, yet the further I moved away from the property, the weaker the noise became and it disappeared completely by the time I had reached neighbouring properties.

As previously mentioned, I had already run my computer from a leisure battery and switched off the house mains, so I thought I had tested everything I had, only I hadn't tested the computer itself!

Did I even have any need to test my computer as the noise appeared to be quieter when my flag antenna was closer to the part of the property where my computer sits. That seemed to rule out the PC. The noise has been variable too, and even disappears completely at times, roughly once a month on average.

I hit on the idea only yesterday that my main PC could be the cause of the noise so I tried swapping the Perseus over to the laptop and immediately noticed a huge reduction in noise levels. Probably about 20-25 dB, according to signals levels in the Perseus control software. Only a slight buzz can be heard on the laptop. With my Perseus connected to the laptop, switching my PC on and off makes no difference at all to the slight amount of noise I am getting with the laptop setup, so I am assuming the noise is somehow being induced into the system on the PC, as opposed to it being received by the antenna directly. This might explain why the noise varies a little when moving the flag around the garden. Maybe there is some kind of phase cancellation effect, i.e. the noise being induced and then fed again by the flag.

So where exactly is the noise coming from? I guess it's something to do with the motherboard, but I am not absolutely certain. I had a new motherboard about a year ago as the original one failed. It was only cheap. The power supply was also replaced at the time, but that is a good quality Corsair brand which I don't think causes any noise. I researched this at the time, but not the motherboard as I had an enormous amount of difficulty getting one.

So, I am looking for suggestions as to how I can find out which component/s is/are causing the problem and how I might be able to stop this.

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 18:00
by John Faulkner, Skegness
Spoke too soon. Egg ... face ... etc.

There is equally as much noise when using Perseus on the laptop as there is when using it on my main desktop PC. I hadn't checked the Perseus waterfall settings. They were vastly different on both machines. Once I had matched them I could see exactly the same noise levels on both machines.

I really thought I had found out something. It was not to be.

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 31 Mar 2018 20:21
by John Faulkner, Skegness
After messing around for the last two years, trying to discover the source of my noise and getting nowhere, I had a visit from Chris Thatcher on Thursday this week. The first thing he said when getting out of his car, was something like "You receive a lot of VDSL noise from this overhear telegraph wire, don't you?"

So the mystery I had failed to solve in over two years, was solved instantaneously by Chris, while sitting in his car on my drive. (Thanks Chris! :oops: :) Fact is, I am not very good at these things. No wonder I couldn't null out the noise. It was being radiated from a wide spread of directions, completely covering the entire North American direction.

I have no particular interest in looking south-east for any MW DX. Even there, I was unable to null out the noise when pointing the flag that way as the offending telegraph wire spreads from a south-westerly, through northerly, to a north-easterly direction.

I hope I might be able to report the wire to BT in the hope that the noise is severe enough to warrant some action (which they can do at the exchange, apparently and without affecting the user's VDSL speed.) If that fails, then OFCOM might be my next best bet, if I can find it obliteration the amateur bands.

I think this is going to be a long, slow struggle and without a positive outcome.

OFCOM official; "So you have all this noise?"

Me: "Yes."

OFCOM official: "Tough!"

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 01 Apr 2018 08:12
by Nick Gilly
In my case it was:

OFCOM official: "So you have all this noise?"

Me: "Yes"

OFCOM official: "I can't hear it."

Good luck John. I hope you can get the noise eliminated or if not reduced to a manageable level.

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 01 Apr 2018 15:35
by John Faulkner, Skegness
Thanks Nick.

I have found a way to minimise the noise at the edges of the band. This involves bringing the flag vertical close together. Far TOO close in fact, at about two metres apart. This practically kills the noise completely below 900 and above 1300 while reducing it in the middle to an almost bearable level. The resulting signal drop is about 10-20 dB, so not good.

Your variation of my OFFNOT conversation is also painfully close to my recent experience with them.

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 06 Jun 2018 23:20
by John Faulkner, Skegness
This gets worse. My medium wave hobby is probably over, unless I move to the middle of nowhere and that's not going to happen.

Today, a BT engineer came out after Sky booked him to inspect my modem, cables, etc. due to having had a slow fibre speed for the last year+. My 45 MB is more than adequate for me, but I know that Sky guarantee an absolute minimum of 55 MB. It should be 80 MB.

The engineer concluded that my download speed was conveniently running at 56 MB.

While the engineer was here, I quizzed him about the VDSL noise I am getting, which wipes out the whole of MW, HF and probably that's what I get wiping out FM band from time to time. He said that BT wouldn't even bother to investigate. They don't have the filtering anymore which they put on at the exchange as it costs too much money to buy. Also, he said that BT no longer have the equipment needed to run tests as that too is beyond their budget.

Shall I still make the complaint? Shall I be a nuisance to OFTWATS again?

My hobby is shagged!

Goodbye MW!

Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 08 Jun 2018 15:36
by satnipper
(1) Read this thread ... ponse.267/

(2) Contact EMCC chap whose details are given

Good luck


Re: No Noise Is Good Noise! (Medium Wave)

Posted: 08 Jun 2018 15:47
by John Faulkner, Skegness
Thank you very much Stuart. This is going to be a priority for me next week. Not enough time until Sunday/Monday, sadly.

In the meantime, I will see if I can locate one of those boxes, or anything similar to that one on the first photograph on that page.