Highpass filters used with modem television receivers are passive devices intended to block the reception of frequencies below 54 Mhz. and allow the passing signals above that frequency. The television range today extends from 54 Mhz. to 806 Mhz., which is not inclusive.
Cable television frequencies extend from 54 Mhz. to 300 Mhz. in most systems but as high as 500 Mhz. in some of the larger cities with 70 or more channels.
When interference occurs in TV reception, it’s important first to recognize the nature of the specific case and from where it comes.
Suppose voice and video distortion both occur, and a strong local transmitting source -such as a CB or Amateur Radio station- is believed to be involved. In that case, it’s generally pretty easy to determine what to do next. Here’s how.
If the interference occurs to only one TV channel or perhaps two channels spread way apart, the most likely cause is harmonic signal generation from the transmitter source. This type of interference can only be solved at the transmitter by filtration, and it’s not the most common type of malady.
A more frequent type of interference is when the local transmitter interrupts the reception of many or all channels, inducing wavy lines or audio noise into the system. This specific case is called fundamental overload and is caused by large signal voltages present in the immediate area.
Two primary ports of entry locally generated radio signals can reach and disrupt TV circuitry.
The first is through the TV’s antenna or cable line, and the second is through the AC power line. Here’s how to tell which case you have. Disconnect the antenna or cable line from the back of the set and drop it to the floor.
Have the station owner transmit again and observe the screen. If interference disappears, then you know that the offending signal is entering the TV through the antenna line, and a highpass filter installation is the next step.
If interference persists, then the AC line is part of the problem, and an AC line filter may also have to be installed. Either way, a combination of simple disconnection tests can provide a wealth of data from which a solution can be drawn.
If a highpass filter is part of the program, here’s how to choose an appropriate unit.
Be sure that the filter is designed to attenuate BOTH common mode and differential mode interference. Common mode is where the shield and center conductor of the TV’s antenna coaxial line are both electrified by a locally generated signal.
In differential mode, the center conductor is electrified alone, and the shield maintains its neutral (ground) integrity. Common mode is the most common of modem cases, and a good highpass filter should have a common mode loss of 20db or more.
Suppose manufacturers do not publish their loss figures and shop elsewhere. Always mount the filter as close as possible to the TV set’s input (antenna) connector or VCR.
Generally, it’s best to place the filter between the incoming antenna or cable lead and the first item to which the cable lead is connected.
However it may be more effective in some cases to connect the incoming line to the VCR and install the highpass filter to the input connector on the TV receiver. It’s important to keep leads short and connections tight.
But keep in mind that all cases of interference differ somewhat and that experimenting with different combinations of protective devices is normal in the pursuit of good results.
Make notes as you go, and don’t be discouraged if early results are not satisfying. Most interference cases can be solved without a great deal of investment or effort.
What is the purpose of highpass filters used with modern television receivers?
Highpass filters used with modern television receivers are passive devices designed to block the reception of frequencies below 54 Mhz and allow signals above that frequency to pass. They are used to prevent interference from local transmitting sources such as CB or Amateur Radio stations.
What are the two primary ports of entry that locally generated radio signals can reach and disrupt TV circuitry?
The two primary ports of entry that locally generated radio signals can reach and disrupt TV circuitry are the TV’s antenna or cable line and the AC power line.
How can I determine the source of interference to my TV reception?
You can determine the source of interference by disconnecting the antenna or cable line from the back of the TV set. If the interference disappears, then the offending signal enters the TV through the antenna line. If the interference persists, then the AC line is part of the problem.
What should I look for when choosing a highpass filter?
When choosing a highpass filter, ensure it is designed to attenuate common mode and differential mode interference. The filter should have a common mode loss of 20db or more. If manufacturers do not publish their loss figures, looking for other options is recommended.
Where should I install the highpass filter?
The highpass filter should be installed as close as possible to the TV set’s input (antenna) connector or VCR. It’s generally best to place the filter between the incoming antenna or cable lead and the first item to which the cable lead is connected.