[aprssig] Quieting Honda Generator (was) Portable Ops from 12vvia 115 VAC

DaveN dbsoft at bendbroadband.com
Fri Dec 31 13:39:59 CST 2004

I saw an old HAM at a Field day event put the generator inside a cage. It
wasn't much bigger than the gen and looked like a small animal cage or
something that could be build out of chicken or other fence wire.   He had
it about 50+ feet away from his HF setup.  I don't know if he had a ground
rod driven or if the cage was enough.   I can find out if someone tries this
and it doesn't work.

This old ham is a retired electrical engineer who is considered the expert
on HF antennas and noise filtering in our area.

DaveN  W7PDQ
Home of www.dmapper.com

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "J. Gary Bender, WS5N" <WS5N at mindspring.com>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Friday, December 31, 2004 9:37 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Quieting Honda Generator (was) Portable Ops from
12vvia 115 VAC

I have the 1KW Honda generator in use on my camper.  I love it in that it
easily, has a handy 12 VDC charging output, and runs all night on the load
the furnace even on very cold nights.  However, it also wipes out reception
my 3-22 MHz SW receiver, and does a number on AM broadcast as well.  It
the bands with birdies.  FM seems to be ok.

I have not tried it yet with an HF rig, but my guess is that the generator
only be useful for recharging batteries between operating periods.  Has
had any experience using these generators with HF gear?  Have you found ways
suppress RFI?  Are you limited to VHF and above while it is running?  I
something easy to try would be a 100' extension cord and seeing how it
with physical separation from the radios.
J. Gary Bender, WS5N
Tijeras, New Mexico USA

On Wed, 29 Dec 2004 10:04:05 -0500, Richard Amirault wrote:
> I'm not "into" cars as much as most guys so I'll assume that you are
> correct .. but I have run some equipment from my car via an inverter,
> thru a 100ft extension cord (it was a sound system)  I did not run the
> car at idle, but drew directly off the battery and every 45 min to 1
> hour I would start the car and re-charge the battery.
> I have a Honda EU 2000 generator and I love it. BUT I don't always carry
> it around with me in the car ;-)   I *do* carry a couple of inverters
> and an extension cord or two.  As a matter of fact I'm running some
> Christmas lights on the outside of my car this week powered by an
> inverter.
> It's nice to have options.
> Richard Amirault              N1JDU
> Boston, MA, USA          Go Fly A Kite

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