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  • JRouche
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    Originally posted by aribert View Post
    Commercials? I listen to CBC2 on a repeater out of Windsor, Ont (I enjoy listening to the Canadian national news on the radio - gives a slightly different perspective than what is presented on this side of the border) or my local (Detroit) public radio station that has classical music days and jazz at night. Its kind of jarring when I switch over to another local station and have commercials several times an hour.

    Thank you all for your replies.
    Yes Sir.

    Cant beat Radio. Internet Radio? Naw... JR

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  • aribert
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    Originally posted by RB211 View Post
    Who still listens to the radio? Replace that ancient thing with a music streaming service and you’ll also not have to listen to commercials anymore.
    Commercials? I listen to CBC2 on a repeater out of Windsor, Ont (I enjoy listening to the Canadian national news on the radio - gives a slightly different perspective than what is presented on this side of the border) or my local (Detroit) public radio station that has classical music days and jazz at night. Its kind of jarring when I switch over to another local station and have commercials several times an hour.



    I solved the hiss problem by accident today. I switched out one of the cool white T12 lamps with a warm T8 and now the hiss is gone! I like the warm/cool mix for fluorescent lights but did not have a warm lamp handy last week when I hung this light. I really did not want to move the radio to another circuit - I have 3 sets of bookshelf speakers hung in various places in the workshop (old school with speaker wires back to the radio). I was going to move the light, much easier than the radio - now I don't have to do either!

    Thank you all for your replies.

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  • MrWhoopee
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    Originally posted by flathead4 View Post

    Sometimes that ancient thing is the only one working. Earlier this month a snow storm took out our power and internet. Even though I have a generator the internet did not come back for two days; power took six days. .
    Similar situation here. Power outages are common, so common that I have two generators. Internet goes down and stays that way until our ISP brings a generator up to our local switch. Eight hours later it goes down again because they can't be troubled to come up and fuel it.

    I have nearly all of my 80gb music collection on my phone and blue-tooth speaker hanging on my hip. Goes where I go, the music never stops.
    I replaced all of my fluorescent shop lights with LEDs. I didn't have interference problems, but the LEDs don't care what the temperature is and they are MUCH brighter. Bonus, they use half the power.

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  • flathead4
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    Originally posted by RB211 View Post
    Who still listens to the radio? Replace that ancient thing with a music streaming service and you’ll also not have to listen to commercials anymore.
    Sometimes that ancient thing is the only one working. Earlier this month a snow storm took out our power and internet. Even though I have a generator the internet did not come back for two days; power took six days. My Grundig Yachtboy came to the rescue. There is a whole lot of infrastructure needed for that stream to get to you. However, I have it all in the shop: internet, Sirius, broadcast radio, ham radio and a police scanner. I can spin vinyl, too.
    To get tack on topic, I chased random RF from the cheap electronic ballasts in my overhead florescent fixtures for about 6 months then finally ripped them all out and replaced them with Toggled LED tubes. RF problem solved.
    Last edited by flathead4; 01-29-2022, 07:11 AM.

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  • JRouche
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    Originally posted by aribert View Post
    I was moving around some shop lights in my workshop garage last Saturday.
    Hey? Welcome .
    .
    I have problems with shop lights all the time.

    Emitters, they will try to mess with our radios. I just placed an FM antenna up.

    It fixed my garage cross talk, Oh??

    I just placed it above the other stuff by four feet. JR

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  • reggie_obe
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    Originally posted by Jim Stewart View Post

    RPG? Role playing game is the definition I know. Maybe you mean random password generator? Yeah, I see your point in that case...

    -js
    Report Program Generator, superceded by RPG II.

    or

    The term "rocket-propelled grenade" is a backronym from the Russian acronym РПГ (Ручной Противотанковый Гранатомёт, Ruchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomyot), meaning "handheld anti-tank grenade launcher", the name given to early Russian designs.
    The Soviet-developed RPG-7 is the most widely distributed, recognizable and used RPG in the world. The basic design of this RPG was developed by the Soviets shortly after World War II in the form of the RPG-2, which is similar in function to the Bazooka (due to the reloadability) and the Panzerfaust (due to an oversized grenade that protrudes outside of a smaller launch tube and the recoilless launch), though the rounds it fires lack a form of propulsion in addition to the launch charge (unlike the RPG-7 rounds, which also feature a sustainer motor, effectively making the rounds rocket propelled grenades).

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  • J Tiers
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    Originally posted by Jim Stewart View Post

    RPG? Role playing game is the definition I know. Maybe you mean random password generator? Yeah, I see your point in that case...

    -js
    Nope, neither..... refer to the middle east definition..... the first word is "rocket".

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  • Jim Stewart
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    Originally posted by J Tiers View Post

    Just post about your manufacturing of RPGs and you'll lose a LOT of privacy........

    It always amazes me how many robbers get caught when they brag of their doings on facebook, apparently thinking it is only to their friends.......
    RPG? Role playing game is the definition I know. Maybe you mean random password generator? Yeah, I see your point in that case...

    -js

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  • Dan_the_Chemist
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    Originally posted by reggie_obe View Post

    Not everyone wants Alexa, the KGB or the N. Koreans listening to the goings on in their shop.
    I wouldn't mind if any of those three heard me, but if my mother ever heard me in the shop I'd get to taste soap again...

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  • J Tiers
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    Originally posted by polaraligned View Post
    ......................Matter of fact, you are in jeopardy of loosing it more here than by streaming.
    Just post about your manufacturing of RPGs and you'll lose a LOT of privacy........

    It always amazes me how many robbers get caught when they brag of their doings on facebook, apparently thinking it is only to their friends.......

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  • polaraligned
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    Originally posted by reggie_obe View Post

    Not everyone wants Alexa, the KGB or the N. Koreans listening to the goings on in their shop.
    I most often stream my music, and no, you are not at risk for loosing your privacy. Matter of fact, you are in jeopardy of loosing it more here than by streaming.

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  • reggie_obe
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    Originally posted by RB211 View Post
    Who still listens to the radio? Replace that ancient thing with a music streaming service and you’ll also not have to listen to commercials anymore.
    Not everyone wants Alexa, the KGB or the N. Koreans listening to the goings on in their shop.

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  • SLK001
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    This is caused by low quality ballast replacements in fluorescent lights, or poor quality power supplies in LED lights. Get an AM radio and put it near one light after another. The one that causes the radio the most problems is usually the main culprit. Although your FM signal is the one that you notice, your AM radio will be the most sensitive to the noise.

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  • RB211
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    Who still listens to the radio? Replace that ancient thing with a music streaming service and you’ll also not have to listen to commercials anymore.

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  • JoeLee
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    Originally posted by aribert View Post

    [email protected]# (I had to add a minimum of 3 characters since the forum software did not recognize my answers added to the quoted text).
    OK, it looks like you have it narrowed down to two fixtures.
    Are both of the fixtures causing the RFI the same make etc. ? Are they the same as all the other fixtures in your shop that aren't causing RFI ?

    JL..............
    Last edited by JoeLee; 01-28-2022, 04:11 PM.

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