I’m a network engineer and detention control system installer, but know little about Radio technology and it’s effects to surrounding equipment. I have a two touch screen PLC based access control system in a facility here that’s been having issues with the system shutting down and having files corrupted on the drive with the OS. The manufacturer of the system I imagine is doing anything he can think of to point blame elsewhere and has told me and the facility that the problem is a hytera MD786 mobile radio that they use for communications. His claim is that it’s damaging the SSD’s of the PC’S and we need to
Move the antenna over 150’ away. It’s a VHF radio, I believe it’s 134-176Mhz and a low power of 5W and a max of 45W. Networks and PLC programming I get, computer hardware and OS I can fix, but as far as radio equipment goes I have no idea if he’s lying, giving partial truth or I need to explicitly follow what he’s saying.
I know solid state equipment can be affected by EMI/RFI and that it being the station and antenna was only a few feet away where the facility installed it possibly had some affect on the computers, but does the rest of his claims have any Merritt? I had the facility order a remote antenna kit, and have an extra pc that I can install the OS and software on and can pretty much do what’s needed to make sure this isn’t an issue. I just want to know what you guys think is a safe distance or how to figure where to locate the antenna, and if any permanent electronic damage could’ve been done to the internal components of the PC’S and not just corrupted files. I will add that the actual PLC, SQL logging server, and I/O boards are not located in this room. His claim to locate it 162’ based on 3.6’ x 45w for an antenna rated less than 800mhz means I have to route it out of the control room, which would be difficult. It also seems like he didn’t have nearly enough info using the max wattage without knowing even the modelmodel number of the radio to even make that calculation and is blowing smoke to keep the fact that they are about to be in deep ****.
Sorry for the book, but any help or information you can give me would be greatly appreciated and if there’s anything else I can tell you feel free to ask. I will be at the facility today working on this.