I realize that everyone is going to probably write back and tell me I'm crazy, but this is really driving me crazy, so let me ask, please.
I'm a retired engineer, but have never worked much with RF.
I have been putting up several models of Kidde and First Alert smoke detectors in my new house recently.
Several different models, from both brands, both ionization and photoelectric, some with the 9V battery, some with the built in 10 year Li cell.
All exhibit the same performance:
About once every day or so, at totally random times, they give 3 or 4 Chirps, then nothing for approx another day or so. This is not the indication that it gives for an actual fire; rather from the skimpy instructions they include, an indication of needing a new battery, or some internal fault the circuitry has discovered on its own.
All the batteries are brand new.
Here's what I'm leading up to:
About a quarter of a mile from my house, in a direct line, there's a Ham operator with a massive mast of what must be pushing 100 feet in height. Almost the kind you would see for a small commercial station. Has all sorts of antenna and beams mounted to it. I have no idea what freq's he operates at, and really don't want to ask him.
This is obviously a chap who takes his hobby seriously, and probably radiates at the max allowable power levels, I would guess.
Is there any possibility that if he points his array at my house, it might radiate enough power to cause my problem ?
If not, any thoughts on what else might be causing these chirps from two different mfg's., and several models ?
Much thanks, Bob