[PLUG-TALK] Weather and radio frequency

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Mon Mar 21 13:41:38 PDT 2011

All I know about radio frequency is that in the real world it is
unpredictable and tricky.

So Saturday morning I went out hiking for two hours with my 3G Android
phone streaming internet radio the whole time to my Bluetooth
headphones. The weather was cloudy with sun breaks. I lost the signal
only a couple of times for a split second. It may even have been the
Bluetooth signal that was interrupted and not the signal from
T-Mobile's towers. And the stations I was streaming included Radio
Classique from Paris and KUSC from Los Angeles, as well as our local

This morning I repeated the hike, again streaming internet radio
stations. Even our local KQAC dropped several times for up to a minute,
and Radio Classique and KUSC were even worse. 

This morning's weather is much wetter and drippier than Saturday
morning, with the cloudy overcast cover much lower. So my question is,
does rainy, drippy weather tend to block RF?

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