Monday, April 1, 2019

IC-7300 Transmit noise quieting with NF8-A - part ONE

Browsing the net on the winter days I found interesting project about fan quieting (replacing actually) in IC-7300.
If you're 7300 user sure You can hear loud noise when TX starts and running. Superb microphones we have now, can catch these noises and make additional shack enviroment "hum" on transmit.
Not to mention about annoying noise in general every time TX starts. Do You feel the same?

Below is my approach and some "amateur shack" tests conducted using low noise engineered NOCTUA fan made in Austria. These fans are "tweaked" at project stage to generate as low noise as possible, keeping the Airflow and RPM on demanded level. This ended up with special air channels, propeller dimensions, as well as anti vibration silicone pads at mounting holes.


Prior to replacement and fan tests let's look on my table with parameters comparison.
Original Icom fan made by Y.S. Tech, and Noctua NF8-A PWM

As we can see there are few major differences, most important for us is Acoustical noise made by fan, and Airflow during operation. Will back to this later, in part II. 

Two kind of tests were made. One with "sensor" - ordinary Android phone with sound meter application installed, placed on the rear of TRX, 10cm away from fan, second where "sensor" is lying on the TRX with microphone facing back of the TRX (close to operator position).

Position 1:
 Position 2
As we can see both position shows some 28dB stby shack background noise.

Original fan  Y.S.TECH FD128025HB-N test:
Position 1 
(notice noise increase after PTT switch - significant increase after PTT click on the noise line)
Result : 46dB which means ~20dB increase from RX position. Huh, that's the noise we hear when PTT.
Position 2 :

Some 8-10dB more than stby position on RX, (max measured was 38dB) but also almost 11dB less than at back of TRX.

Position 1:

"Only" about 6dB increase above RX state.
Position 2:
 After placing "sensor" on the top of the TRX, noises were almost inaudible but noticed as 2dB higher from RX state.

Now You can answer yourself, is it worth to spend some additional money replacing noisy 7300 fan and get the silence when operating or stay with your factory fan. Replacing the fan takes 30minutes to complete, just soldering two wires, after removing bottom cover of the TRX.

This is how it looks like after replacing :

Next part will be focused on temperature factor of the mod.


1 comment:

  1. Hi

    I can see replacing for the noise makes sense but what about airflow test and temperature test? does the new fan keep the temperature low when full key down for long periods.