Common Mode Noise Filter – Coax

Common mode current induced by radiated sources (plasma TV, routers, computers, transmitters, etc) can be picked up by the outside of the coax braid from the antenna feed point back to the receiver. This portion of the coax braid acts like a receiving antenna, picking up common mode noise signals that override weak signals making them difficult or impossible to hear!

The solution? A common mode noise filter with high choking impedance at the receiver end of the coax.

Do you have common mode noise on your coax? Here is a simple test (pdf)

1. Remove the coax connector and measure the noise level.
2. Now insert the coax connector CENTER CONDUCTOR ONLY into the SO-239 antenna input and measure
the noise level (it should be higher and include possible signals)
3. Now connect the OUTER SHELL of the coax connector to the antenna input and measure the noise
level. If it is higher you have common mode noise and the common mode noise filter will help suppress this noise which
is carried on the outside of the coax braid (acting as a second receive antenna).

Common mode noise suppression with the Palomar CMNF series of filters is typically 25-36 dB which is equivalent to 4-6 “S” units on radios with 6 dB/”S” unit or may be more on radios with 3dB/”S” unit.

Note for antenna switch users, perform the above test on each antenna coax lead separately to determine if that particular antenna braid is contributing noise to the receiver – use a coax noise filter on the antennas that have common mode noise.

Coax Noise Filter Manual

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Typical user comment:

The filter was quite effective. Was surprised that it actually reduced the noise level
more than the signal so S+N/N improved by 1.9 S units.