On Mar 10, 2017, at 13:03, Willie Barnett <email@example.com> wrote:
> Thinking of weird interference issues... reminds me of a story I read some years back (was it here?) of a station that lost satellite reception on a regular basis, at about the same time of day each time. Long story short, someone had a radar detector in their car that stayed powered on when the car was parked. When they parked in a certain spot, RF leakage would knock out the satellite receiver.
My first job as a radio station engineer was working at a college-town Christian station in Blacksburg, VA (at Virginia Tech) with Winston Hawkins as the station's chief engineer.
He told me that story -- and he was the one who helped find it. Winston was the engineer for a bunch of stations that the Baker family operated in Virginia, West VA, NC, Ohio, etc.
In this particular situation, there was a parking garage opposite the satellite dish, and the driver of the car had wired his radar detector up so that it was always on, even when the ignition switch was off. When this guy would park each day, he'd always pull in the same spot each day, and the front of his car faced the satellite dish from not too far away. Winston had to persuade the guy to either rewire it to turn off or to park in a different spot facing a different direction.
I seem to recall seeing that Winston wrote that story into Radio World once.
Of course, the same thing has probably happened more than once in this business...