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Author Topic: Remote engine starter on your car? Remove it to eliminate RF!  (Read 1183 times)
KH6VP
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« on: December 05, 2010, 06:59:03 PM »

I had an after market remote engine starter (Pro Start) on my Jeep Wrangler TJ. As I no longer lived in Canada where it was installed (a remote starter is designed to start the car remotely or start it every few hours to keep it warm in winter weather).
In the meantime, I had installed an Icom 7000 and couldn't get rid of RFI noise. I tried everything. Grounded straps. Completely covered and grounded all the electricals of the engine with copper tape (more than $100 for this tape). And so on and so forth. One day I remembered the remote starter which brought into the passenger compartment many engine signals. I removed it and voila!@ the RFI disappeared!. I can enjoy HF again. So remember the remote starter in an engine next time you are looking for RFI.
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K1CJS
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2010, 04:43:50 AM »

A remote/automatic starter of the type you have can produce RF, but a simple plain remote starter usually does not.  That is one that just responds to the remote signal, not one designed to automatically start the engine every few hours.

Just thought I'd throw in that clarification--I have such a remote starter--NOT an automatic one--on my Merc, and it produces no RF noise.
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