Ever thought of checking what devices around your home might be making some of that S8 noise level you get on HF while trying to chase that distant, weak SOTA activator?
Normally e-smog detecters cost in the range of 120-160 EUROS or more. They do have lots of useful features however the simple one I have found at 14 Euros including free shipping, sounds just like what every radio amateur should have. Useful to use around his or her house and find what computerised equipment, PSU, kettle, refrigerator, TV etc. is generating RF interference.
I’ve ordered one and I’ll be creating a report for the ICQPodcast, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. The earliest it was predicted to arrive here was today however I suspect it’s more likely to arrive early April. That being said 15 minutes after I ordered it last Sunday, it was confirmed as being shipped, so maybe I’ll see it sooner rather than later.
Here is the description and specs:
Easy to use electromagnetic radiation detector provides a quick, reliable and convenient way to measure electromagnetic field radiation levels around power lines, home appliance and industrial devices. This electromagnetic radiation detector can be widely used for office, indoor, cell phones, computers, air conditioner, refrigerator and more.
Simple operation, fast measurement of electromagnetic radiation for electric appliance, wires and more Wide Frequency Range: 50Hz-2000MHz LCD display with max. reading up to 1999 Sampling Time: Approx. 0.4 second Working Voltage: 9V Size (L x W x T): Approx. 5.2 x 2.7 x 1.2 inch Housing Material: Plastic Color: Black
Way To Detect:
Press the power switch to turn it on, hold the detector near the device to be tested The more close to the device and the higher readings it will get, remote testing for high voltage objects Try to change the measuring angle during testing, to achieve optimum detecting effect
or from eBay UK (there are several, so search on EMF meter to get the absolute cheapest).