After reading lots of wierdo problems here, now I have one that
doesn't make sense.
Last night at 2, I was getting static, or the FM version of it (bad
reception) on one FM station. A KLH digital clock radio (maybe 150
dollars 24 years ago, with good FM tuning and a rotten AM tuner.)
When I turned on the ceiling light in my bedroom, the rough edges of
the sound went away and the sound was clear. When I turned off the
light the sound got bad again. Tried it twice. That fixture had one 60
watt incandescent and one 60 watt equivalent cf bulb.
When I turned a lamp with one incancescent bulb, nothing changed.
So I turned that off and turned on -- I don't know the name -- In the
60's they called them high-tension lamps, iirc, that used auto bulbs
and had a transformer in the base, that also was heavy enough to keep
the lamp from falling over. Now the bulb is a special base and costs
about 5 dollars, and has a flat plastic cover over it. When I turned
that on, the rough edges went away and the sound was good. Tried it
Then I watched a movie on tv, and tried again at 4AM. That time, the
radio workded fine no matter what light was on or off.
I have been having problems with this station for 2 or 3 months,
although maybe it is always in the day when the lights are not on.
It's 88.1, a station only 5 to 20 miles from here. OTOH, the other
three FM stations have worked well consistently, and they are in DC,
35 to 50 miles from here. 88.1 was fine for years and years and is
still fine on all my other radios. Including the 15 dollar clock
radio that sits on top of the radio in question, with one 2 inch
speaker. Despite how much I paid, KLH doesn't seem to be a very good
Coincidentally?, the incandescent bulb in the ceiling was not working
(burnt out? Haven't checked yet) at 4AM, though it never gave a flash
of white. But what difference could that make since it when the
light is ON that the radio worked well.
The ceiling fixture is on a separate circuit from the radio, along
with another ceiling fixture, the attic light, the roof fan, and the
outlets at the work bench in the basement.
The other two lamps are plugged into the same outlet as the radio in
question. Along with 2 vcr's whose clock was lit but nothing else was
running, another clock radio whose time was showing but nothing else
was on, and a cradle for a cordless phone charger (that uses a wall
wart). A lot of other things are plugged in there, but none were
Why doesn't my radio work right when the lights are off?