Friday, July 15, 2016

Guest post: Interference from a LDG Z-817 autotuner

This actually is a guest post from PE1BVQ Hans. Hans did suffer from heavy noise (S9) on his FT-817 affecting his receive especially from digital weak signals like WSPR and JT modes.

By coincidence I discovered that the noise on my FT-817 with the laptop connected only appeared when the CAT cable is connected through the LDG Z-817.

When the CT-62 CAT interface is connected
directly to the radio the noise disappeared. When searching for the problem I noticed the noise came up even when I touched the Z-817 connector with the CAT cable connector, it was not even plugged in!

The noise disappeared when connecting the PL259 chassis to the earth of the CAT connector. This problem never occured to me as I use the Yaesu FT-817 + LDG Z-817 as a combo as the Z-817 is sticked to the radio. Opening the ATU reveals 2 circuits, one that tunes the antenna and one that controls the memory.

Both circuit negative sides are connected with each other through coil L14. I didn't bother measuring this coil and just made a connection between the connector earths, that solved the problem.

I hope Hans can now finally enjoy digimodes again and actually decode weak signals.
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Paul Stam PAØK said...

Hallo Bas en Hans, mooi stukje, zo zie je maar dat ruisbronnen zomaar op kunnen duiken. 73 Paul PC4T

Hans said...

Hoi Bas, goed beschreven de klacht en oplossing. Wie weet dat meerdere personen deze klacht hebben f kunnen krijgen.
Goed weekend, 73 Hans, PE1BVQ

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Ben blij dat je het zo goed vind Hans. Er word vrij veel naar gekeken dus er is wel belangstelling voor. 73, Bas

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Dit was een heel vervelende Paul. Kom er maar eens achter hoe het zit. Altijd handig als je zoiets kan vinden op internet. 73, Bas