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[TowerTalk] Interference Problem (long)

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Interference Problem (long)
From: (Jim W7RY)
Date: Fri Jan 31 22:22:44 2003
The FCC can also be notified....

Power companies have an OBLIGATION to not produce noise and interfere with
other communications.

Also copy the ARRL and the power company with your letter.  Hopefully the
utility is publicly owned (PUD, REA or city/county). If so, you can attend a
public board meeting and voice your concerns.

Letter gets attention especially when you copy the FCC or other governmental

Good luck!
Jim W7RY

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arthur Moe" <>
To: "Dave Hachadorian" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 6:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Interference Problem (long)

> Dave Hachadorian wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, 30 Jan 2003 17:59:28 -0600 "N9EN@VOYAGER.NET" <>
> > writes:
> >
> > > The noise is always present. It doesn't matter what the
> > > weather is, whether windy, rainy, snowing or clear.
> >
> > This could be an important clue. Whenever I've encountered
> > this type of 24/7 interference, it has turned out to be
> > a defective lightning arrestor on a power pole. These are
> > extremely noisy sources, and can cause interference over
> > a radius of a mile or two. You need to go mobile to find
> > the general vicinity of the source. For starters, try tuning
> > your AM car radio to an unused frequency, such as 1720, and
> > drive around. A 2 meter rig in AM mode is even better.
> I have also been down this road twice from the same source.  The pole
> that these ar on is 450 feet from my tower and then they go bad I have
> S9 + noise on all bands through 2 meters. The first one went about 2
> years ago and the second about 6 months ago. The first time around it took
> me about an hour to find the pole causing the problem. Called the local
> power company took three weeks to fix it but in the end I got the phone
> number to the guy who does the work. Once I got his number it took
> only three days to get a crew out.  The second time I called him direct
> told him what was happening and the next morning there was a crew there
> fixing it.  So my advice is try to find the person who really does the
> checking and writes the repair order. If you can locate the Pole give him
> the pole number.
> Art
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