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Old 12-01-2012, 04:10   #1
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Neighbors SSB Powers Lights and Speakers

So when my neighbor in the slip next to me talks on his SSB radio it powers my LED lights and my speakers. I can hear his jumbled voice over my speakers. It is kinda like a demonic possesion of my boat with lights blinking and the voice of satan coming through my speakers.

Has this happened to anyone else? I never realized how much energy could be transmitted in the HF spectrum.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:28   #2
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Yup, if he's lucky there are over 100 watts leaving his antenna. But most of it gets absorbed by your stuff. Heh.

Actually kinda rude to use SSB in a slip. The guy should untie the docklines and go somewhere.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:50   #3
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Does he know that he does this?
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Is he using marine SSB, or is it actually a ham radio? If he is a licensed ham, he should know at least a little bit about RFI interference. Talk to him. Tell him what is happening, and ask if he has any suggestions for shielding or choking that you could do to prevent the problems.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:27   #5
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Re: Neighbors SSB powers lights and speakers

If he's not a HAM, I'd be careful about mentioning choking!
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Re: Neighbors SSB powers lights and speakers

Neophyte question: I am about to have a Icom SSB and tuner and pactor installed in my boat, if I understand some of the posts I could not try and test the installation at the dock?
is that correct?
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Re: Neighbors SSB powers lights and speakers

No reason you can't test it at the dock. Just don't count on getting very good performance out of it. The forest of sailboat masts significantly interferes with the signal. To do a true test, you should anchor out somewhere away from the crowd, and, if possible, pre-arrange with a friend who has a set to meet you on the air.
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Re: Neighbors SSB powers lights and speakers

I have a steel boat and will be installing an ICOM M-802. I have already been told, before even the first mic key, that I will likely be "a boomer" and to "take it offshore, buddy" by some of the old guys.
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Re: Neighbors SSB Powers Lights and Speakers

Really it is not that annoying just an interesting phenomenom. Just don't do it at 2am. He is communicating from Norfolk to the Bahamas to his son so kinda cool.
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No reason you can't test it at the dock. Just don't count on getting very good performance out of it. The forest of sailboat masts significantly interferes with the signal. To do a true test, you should anchor out somewhere away from the crowd, and, if possible, pre-arrange with a friend who has a set to meet you on the air.
Thanks for the advice, sounds logical.
I'll do as soon as everything is installed
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Re: Neighbors SSB Powers Lights and Speakers

Years ago I had a similar problem with a Ham station nearby my house. I was picking up his Morse code through the pickup on my turntable. I managed to tape some code and gave the tape to our Industry Canada Spectrum Management office. I had taped his call sign so they were able to get him to solve his problem. You might try reporting the issue to the FCC as a last resort.
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