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Re: [RFI] Electric company problem

To: "'Mike Brown'" <k9mi@sbcglobal.net>, <RFI@Contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [RFI] Electric company problem
From: "Stu Benner" <w3stu@myactv.net>
Reply-to: w3stu@arrl.net
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 12:24:27 -0500
List-post: <mailto:rfi@contesting.com>
Sorry Mike, the short answer is that raising the antenna will have
little effect on the signal amplitude. Fixing the problem at the source
is the solution. The description of your dealings with the power company
sound familiar to my own, except you've had much more success in much
less time. Just keep being the "squeaky wheel" and work with them as
best you can.

Stu Benner
EMC Design Engineer

-----Original Message-----
From: rfi-bounces@contesting.com [mailto:rfi-bounces@contesting.com] On
Behalf Of Mike Brown
Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2005 11:27 AM
To: RFI@Contesting.com
Subject: [RFI] Electric company problem

Early this fall, my 4th case of rfi from electric company hardware in 9
years, reared its ugly head. Number 1&2 were fixed, although it was
around 3 or 4 months on each case. Number 3 took ARRL involvement, and
finally a letter from the FCC about fines, to get it fixed. That one was
about 7 months.

I got a call yesterday from the guy who trouble shoots these things, and
the bottom line is that my problem is low on the list, and don't expect
to see anyone out again until spring. Not surprising.

Sorry about the boring history, but here's my question. My tower is up
40ft. If I were to get one up, say around 70ft, will it make it easier
to hear on the ham bands only, or will I just be hearing the Rfi that
much better? The RFI beaming EU is about 20 over with the least being
about S7. The source of the interference is probably 100 yards away,
maybe a little less.

Sorry for the dumb question, but I can see this is going to be an
ongoing problem, and I am tired of fighting with them. If I can't come
up with a bandaid fix of my own, I'm about ready to throw in the towel.

73, Mike, K9MI

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