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Re: [RFI] Plasma TV's are killing our hobby

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Subject: Re: [RFI] Plasma TV's are killing our hobby
From: Kelly Johnson <n6kj.kelly@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 09:28:34 -0800
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Think PLASMA's are a big problem?  Wait 'till you have an indoor
marijuana farmer in your neighborhood with 1KW grow lights running off
switched-mode ballasts that probably don't even meet industrial
emissions rules!   I was told that "grow lights" are now the #1 source
of ham RFI complaints at the ARRL; eclipsing powerline noise
complaints.  An article in our local newspaper a few months ago stated
that the number of indoor growing operations in urban/suburban
residential areas is growing rapidly.  I know 2 different people in my
area that were pretty much knocked off the air by this problem.   Do a
search of eBay and you'll see how many of these things are available
for sale.

On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 9:13 AM, Joe <wa6rkn@gmail.com> wrote:
> I like your thinking.....
> But.....
> It sure doesn't lend itself well for 'good neighbor relations'!
> I am already accused of every malady known to man, just because everyone
> sees my antennas.  Even when I am not here!  I came back from vacation,
> several years ago, and was paid a visit by the local guardians of my
> lifestyle, with a signed complaint from a lady who lived a block away..the
> complaint stated my antennas were keeping her new electronic controlled
> washing machine from working.....Yup...** My ANTENNAS** were the cause.  I
> explained to the policeman I had just returned from a 3 week vacation, so
> her problem was elsewhere.  Then handed him a copy of the FCC rules that
> state if there are RFI issues, it is up to the 'victim' of the RFI to find a
> cure, not me.  The policeman left scratching his head and I heard nothing
> more about the issue.
> As an aside, a humorous result of my antennas.....One resident of our
> neighborhood tried to start a homeowners association, to specifically make
> me take my antennas down.  She didn't believe me when I told her she could
> start the Association, but they could not make their 'no antenna' rule,
> retroactive.  I had a good laugh over that one.......
> OK, back to the topics at hand...BTW..I bought a new LG 32" LED LCD TV this
> year and I have absolutely **NO** RFI..into or out of the set...Even when I
> have the big Drake L-4B amplifier working overtime..and the TV location is
> only 5 feet from the shack!    I am very happy.
> Joe Wolfe
> Reno, Nevada
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <doc@kd4e.com>
> Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 8:54 AM
> Subject: Re: [RFI] Plasma TV's are killing our hobby
>> When a new device shows up that interferes with radio communications,
>> overload it so that it is useless, then the owner will return it.  We
>> have a right to use our gear and no obligation to cease from using it
>> so long as it is FCC-compliant.
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