@hamiltonprops From re- reading your OP, you say that the temperature drops 20 degrees within a second or two. That would indicate it's not a "real" drop in temperature but rather a drop in the indicated (measured) temperature - unless your hot end has an insanely low thermal mass. So, yes I go for some sort of cross talk or electrical "noise". Are you sure you haven't got a bad crimp on the thermistor wiring somewhere?