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DrNic
2005-12-04, 08:38
Hi all
Just thought I'd throw this one into the forums as a warning!!
The wife has just been plastering the house with the usual festive decorations - mucho chintz tinsel (you didn't hear me say that - right!).
I use FLAC on a wireless SB1 (I'm hoping Santa will bring a SB3..), and normally don't ever have a problem with drop-outs. After the seasonal shananigans were appropriately aranged (took a while!) up popped a few drop-outs in the music... ARGHH!
My wireless signal had dropped down to 14% (usual ~45%)!
The culprit was tinsel around the Hi-fi stand (and near it!) - removing this and the signal came back and drop-outs went!

I'm sure I've read somewhere about this before.
So - try to keep the tinsel down to a minimum - bah humbug.... :)

Nic

Mark Lanctot
2005-12-04, 09:07
Interesting - remember that strips of aluminum
foil were used in World War II as anti-radar chaff.

Tinsel is currently made with aluminum foil
laminated in between layers of plastic or with
metallized polyester film. Sounds like your wife
got the aluminum kind!

So your wife inadvertently made "Christmas chaff"
which blocked the wireless signal.

DrNic wrote:
> Hi all
> Just thought I'd throw this one into the forums as a
warning!!
> The wife has just been plastering the house with the
usual festive
> decorations - mucho chintz tinsel (you didn't hear
me say that -
> right!).
> I use FLAC on a wireless SB1 (I'm hoping Santa will
bring a SB3..), and
> normally don't ever have a problem with drop-outs.
After the seasonal
> shananigans were appropriately aranged (took a
while!) up popped a few
> drop-outs in the music... ARGHH!
> My wireless signal had dropped down to 14% (usual
~45%)!
> The culprit was tinsel around the Hi-fi stand (and
near it!) - removing
> this and the signal came back and drop-outs went!
>
> I'm sure I've read somewhere about this before.
> So - try to keep the tinsel down to a minimum - bah
humbug.... :)
>
> Nic
>
>

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Mark Lanctot
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DrNic
2005-12-04, 09:13
So your wife inadvertently made "Christmas chaff"
which blocked the wireless signal.

He he!!
Thats a great new name for it - hanging the Christmas Chaff! LOL

Nic

Cleve
2005-12-04, 09:21
Your wife sounds like she'd be handy to have around during a time of war. ;) She could design effective, yet festive, anti-tank traps and the like.

Jim
2005-12-04, 09:24
Your wife sounds like she'd be handy to have around during a time of war. ;) She could design effective, yet festive, anti-tank traps and the like.

War? Wife screwing up SB signal is grounds for divorce :D

DrNic
2005-12-04, 10:42
War? Wife screwing up SB signal is grounds for divorce :D

A few stern words were said - but then she threatened that I wouldn't get my SB3 for Crimbo so I sneakily re-arranged the tinsel myself... :)

Jim
2005-12-04, 11:22
A few stern words were said - but then she threatened that I wouldn't get my SB3 for Crimbo so I sneakily re-arranged the tinsel myself... :)

I bet you did...whilst she yelled "Get outta the way, I can't use the remote on the squeezebox" :P

DrNic
2005-12-04, 11:38
I bet you did...whilst she yelled "Get outta the way, I can't use the remote on the squeezebox" :P

Well I think it is certainly testament that my once technophobic wife now moans at me when it is not on!! Thats how I got the blessing for the SB3 - horrah!

Nic

dean
2005-12-05, 18:53
Festive holiday decoration or Faraday cage?

YOU be the judge!

Michaelwagner
2005-12-06, 19:26
Festive holiday decoration or Faraday cage?

YOU be the judge!
Well, if 14% of the signal got through, not a very effective Faraday cage.

My factory is built like a (weak) Faraday cage - precast concrete walls supported by steel girder cross-hatch. Sure makes a hash of cell performance inside the building. I've noticed a lot of malls and industrial plazas built this way recently - whatever were they thinking?

Michaelwagner
2005-12-06, 19:34
http://itsneak.itweek.co.uk/2004/12/aerial_combat.html