[time-nuts] OXCO Spurious Output at Line Frequencies

Van Horn, David david.vanhorn at backcountryaccess.com
Wed Jul 13 14:06:19 EDT 2016

Perhaps the aliens are replying to our signals, mostly saying "SHUT UP!!!"

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From: time-nuts [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Poul-Henning Kamp
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:18 AM
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement; Bob Camp
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] OXCO Spurious Output at Line Frequencies

In message <8BDE1988-7C6B-4A20-9CBC-927CD8E85A2F at n1k.org>, Bob Camp writes:

>Simply running test gear on batteries did not do the job. Ultimately we 
>wound up in the middle of an Illinois corn field with a bunch of gear 
>modified to run purely on batteries. The spur did go down, but it never 
>fully went away.

Illinois is not going to be particular quiet place in that respect.

There are a lot of very big antennae all over the civilized world, in the form of power transmission lines, and they radiate when their phase-loading is not perfectly balanced.

As antennas they're horribly inefficient, the wavelengths are five and six thousand kilometers, but they do have the advantage of the the biggest transmitters in the world, and they are all phase synchronized in rather large geographies.

Dome C on Antartica is probably your best bet these days, provided you get far enough away from the gensets.


PS: I've heard from several sources a saga about when South Africa inaugurated the worlds longest high-voltage line, from hydropower at the north of the country to consumers a the south, and very little power came out at the far end.  The punch linie being that orbiting space-craft suffered a lot of 50Hz field strength while they debugged that issue.

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