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Re: [RFI] Electric company problem

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Subject: Re: [RFI] Electric company problem
From: "WX5L" <wx5l@charter.net>
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 08:52:48 -0600
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In years past I have always greatly increased my success rate to resolve 
line noise by doing most of the dectective legwork. It seems if you make a 
complaint for the power company to come out and first find it then fix it it 
seems to automatically get low priority.

Having some understand of the problem and its causes goes a long way to 
resolution. I think most of us realize loose hardware, slack bells and loose 
ground staples all contribute to noise. Most is inductively pickup'd in 
small created gaps.

By identifying the sources and passing this info on to the supervisor 
instills in him that you know what your talking about and have always felt 
gets a much more positive response.

For most of us we don't have sophisticated DF'ing equipment but a nifty 
device is the MFJ-852 Noise Locator. It receives in the AM aircraft band 
with attached dipoles but I went s step further. I installed a BNC female on 
the top then purchases a 4 element 2 meter beam installing a male bnc on the 
coax. It gives the 852 remarkable directivity. I have found though close in 
to a strong source you must remove the beam and return to the dipole as the 
front end will overload with the beam. I have even located poles with the 
dipoles unscrewed off the unit. It's that sensitive.

After getting a commitment from the power company being there with your 
noise locator is essential so as again to help them resolve the problem. By 
locating the offending pole and also participating from the ground will 
greatly increase your chances to eliminate your problems.

I knwo this just scratches the surface of this problem but this has been 
successful for me over the last 30 years.


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