Alberto Di Bene
Sat, 29 Aug 1998 16:42:33 +0000
> Since getting back on 136 kHz with my new VFO, higher power TX, I have
> experienced a problem which I think may be due to corona discharge
> on my aerial system. As I increase the TX output above about 175 watts, I
> have a wide-band noise appear on local RX's, which sounds like a cross
> between sparking and white-noise. I have experienced the same effect with
> Topband mobile whip, but the corona is easy to see at the top of a ten foot
> whip, and easily cured with a small ball.
Shooting in the dark:
Instead of a corona discharge, couldn't it possibly be a wide-band oscillation
caused by stray RF pick-up somewhere in your rig? As I said, just a wild guess.
Alberto di Bene, I2PHD