The RF signal from the transmitter is getting picked up by the wiring, and is being interpreted by the GFCI as a current imbalance.
A different make of GFCI might fix the problem. El Cheapo GFCIs often omit "needless" filtering components like bypass capacitors. RF pickup can be a problem with cheap residential wiring materials (romex and plastic boxes), which provide no RF shielding compared to AC/MC cable or conduit and metal boxes.
#66696 - 06/14/0609:33 PMRe: Two way radio trips GFCI
In the town I am a firefighter in we had the same problem in a new apartment complex that was being built, but when we keyed up on one channel the gfi would pop and let its smoke out. It then was dead, could not be reset. The GC ended up replacing most of the gfci's in the complex.
#66698 - 06/15/0602:25 AMRe: Two way radio trips GFCI
We had a system setup to feed power to within the 12' vertical area above a pool so we installed a bunch of GFCI's in a Hoffman box. Our radios would trip all at once. We traded out one of the boxes for a RFI shielded box and they still tripped, presumably from the unshielded wiring that left the box. Our fix was to post a sign not to key radio within 5' of the box.
The guys were wondering if the "radio key" method meets the OSHA GFCI testing requirements. It was easier than testing hundreds of GFCI's each month... (Still had them test by the pushbutton)
#66700 - 06/15/0605:07 PMRe: Two way radio trips GFCI
[quote]The guys were wondering if the "radio key" method meets the OSHA GFCI testing requirements. It was easier than testing hundreds of GFCI's each month... (Still had them test by the pushbutton)[/quote
...but then who resets them all?
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#66701 - 06/15/0606:30 PMRe: Two way radio trips GFCI
Try keying your radio beside your computer monitor or near a regular am / fm radio and see what it does mine throws the screen all crazy and maked the radio emit some funny sounds... I am going to try keying up near a GFI just for " Ha Ha's" amd see what happens...
Roger: if such a device were availible ( or buildable) you would see me with one too!
#66703 - 06/15/0607:47 PMRe: Two way radio trips GFCI
Gent's they are available, and were slated to be installed in movie theaters until the lawyers of the phone companies got involved. They are currently in use in Iraq..... (To thwart remote bombs) http://www.cellantenna.com/CJAM/cjam_1000.htm
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