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Post subject: Engager Boost picking up radio?
Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:35 pm
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I recently moved and started hearing radio stations being picked up in my signal. After troubleshooting by removing pedals from my chain, it appears to be my Engager Boost.

I bought better cables (which I'll now return) and it was still there. And it happens when I touch the tip of the cable, no guitar even plugged in. All pedals on the board minus the Engager, and nothing. So it has to be this one pedal. Any remedies?


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Post subject: Re: Engager Boost picking up radio?
Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:09 pm
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You could resolder the pedal entirely and that might take care of it if the problem is caused by lead-free solder fault.
But chances are, you moved too near the radio station and that won't fix it.

Try making up some couple noise cancelling cables for your rig. These are effective for radio and computer noises.
They work by injecting the noise into the ground leg of the cable. This is in opposite phase and effectively cancels noise going into the system.
Get a TRS cable and cut off the ends. connect TS connectors to the cable. With the extra wire, connect the guitar end to nothing and connect the amp end to ground. Mark the cable to orient the connections.
One guitar cable may do it. Or it may take multiple cables to entirely supress the noise.


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Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:08 am
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TimsAudio wrote:
Try making up some couple noise cancelling cables for your rig.

......Or shielding the pedal with a Faraday cage.

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Post subject: Re: Engager Boost picking up radio?
Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:40 am
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TimsAudio wrote:
You could resolder the pedal entirely and that might take care of it if the problem is caused by lead-free solder fault.
But chances are, you moved too near the radio station and that won't fix it.

Try making up some couple noise cancelling cables for your rig. These are effective for radio and computer noises.
They work by injecting the noise into the ground leg of the cable. This is in opposite phase and effectively cancels noise going into the system.
Get a TRS cable and cut off the ends. connect TS connectors to the cable. With the extra wire, connect the guitar end to nothing and connect the amp end to ground. Mark the cable to orient the connections.
One guitar cable may do it. Or it may take multiple cables to entirely supress the noise.


I'm pretty useless when it comes to doing that kind of stuff, but I plan to talk to a local electronics repair guy at my local instrument shop when he's back (he's on vacation now because of course). I was planning to ask if it's grounding/soldering/shielding, all that stuff, and see what he can do for me. I can mention those options to the guitar guys there too and see if there's something we can hook up like that.

I've seen people talk about copper shielding inside the casing of the pedal, but at least one person mention to get proper conductivity you'd need to solder pieces together if using more than one strip. Soldering already loses me because I'm not getting into all that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:41 pm
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I'd just try a different " clean" boost pedal first. Maybe a local store has a "try before you buy" option.


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Post subject: Re: Engager Boost picking up radio?
Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:53 pm
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Funny you should mention that, I'm quite impatient so I decided to see what local stores had in the way of clean boost with 3 band EQ. One store I've been meaning to check out has a ton of EQD pedals, my favorite pedal maker. I forgot about the Tone Job, and they had it. I bought it, went straight home, and plugged it in immediately.

No more radio; I knew I could trust my faves. So I ended up selling the Engager on Reverb the next day. Sucks because I love the pedal, but having an EQD version is cool. I appreciate the suggestions though, I'm a novice with guitar electronics and all that.


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