(sorry for my English)

I'm using the HDMI to VGA adapter on my pc, and receiving weather satellites on ~137 MHz with RTL-SDR V3. There was a problem: my VGA adapter creates a powerful signal, who pollutes the 137 MHz band, with carrier wave on 138.5 MHz.VGA adapter interference This signal receivable anywhere in the house. I tried to use VGA cable with ferrites and shielding, and shielded the VGA adapter with aluminum foil, but it did not give any result. If I connect SDR to another device, I still can receive this signal. The signal disappears when I unplugging VGA adapter or turning off pc. With VGA graphics card (respectively without VGA adapter), there was not any interference. What should I do to mitigate this interference?


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It sounds like you have two options:

  1. Buy a new HDMI monitor
  2. Use a VGA card

You say it was fine when you used a VGA card. So why change?

It sounds like the HDMI-to-VGA adapter is a generator of much noise, especially in the band you need to use. To me, this means you have to remove it from the equation. Either get an HDMI monitor (these are kind of standard these days), or get a display card that has a VGA port. eBay should be full of those. Of course, I would recommend getting a digital monitor, because VGA is old and analogue, where HDMI is digital.

Heck, I remember using VGA cards over thirty years ago.


I agree with Mr. Earle. Remove the VGA adapter and use what does not cause the interference.

Besides, in my experience, aluminum foil doesn't do very much for shielding. Copper or silver foil do better, but can be more costly and not readily available to you. I'm surprised the VGA cable with ferrite beads didn't help, or maybe just didn't help enough. If you have some extra snap-on ferrite beads, you might try adding one (or a few) more before running out to buy a new monitor. In one interference issue at my QTH, I had to use 5, yes five, snap-on ferrites to squelch the noise.

Also, while I do like to recycle old stuff (like your VGA monitor), sometimes it is better to upgrade. In this case, the HDMI monitor will also save electricity over time. Will it be a lot? It depends on what you're using now and what HDMI monitor you may choose to obtain - but probably, yes.

You took the right steps to identify the problem. Now it is up to you, based on options presented, to decide what is best for you (financially, or otherwise) to get rid of the noise.

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