Laggard wrote:Last night the K index was 1 and A was something like 20 and I still heard a tremendous amount of noise on all bands. I'm starting to wonder if there is something wrong with my radio.
It was that standard, lower pitched angry bee sound.
Well, typically, noise like that is not created from geomagnetic or solar activity. Noise is created by a number of things, such as lightening, electric motors, or even this new thing called, BPL
. If you have noise on all bands, and it is a hash, then you might look for possible nearby sources. Computers, monitors, wall tranformers, or possibly even your local power company's power lines (maybe they are using BPL already in your area). One way that you might find it is to take a small portable AM radio (because it will usually have an internal loop bar antenna which is directional) and start following the signal until it gets very strong (if you can decrease the RF input to the radio, that would help. Some radios have a RF gain knob). When you think you are close to the source, look for possible culprits. If it is the power line, call the power company. The FCC requires that power companies fix RF problems on their hardware.
Hope that helps.