Interference to a neighbour's telephone helped spur us here to make the big
move from the 'burbs to the country 19 years ago...
I bent over backwards in my situation to remedy the RFI to the neighbour's
phone---I even had Bell exchange her RFI-prone serial numbered units with
new-and-improved ones, at no cost to her...and she never so much as even
acknowledged her having received them, never-mind sent a simple "thank-you"
in my direction.
That's gratitude for you!
The icing on the cake came one day as I was playing with my son in the den.
The phone rang. It was her. "You're on the radio again, aren't you...?!" she
snarled in an accusing manner.
It was open season from then on, because of the convenience for people to
"...blame that Ham on the street!" (shades of a memorable "Twilight Zone"
episode) for every single blip coming through on their cheap imported
There WERE funny occurances, however---like the time the busybody neighbour
next to us awoke with a start early one morning, thinking (no kidding!) that
a UFO had landed in our back yard. It was actually yours truly, remotely
rotating a vertical wire yagi suspended from a tree...
Funny, to be sure, but just another reason that drew us toward country
~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe" <email@example.com>
To: "RFI" <RFI@Contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: [RFI] Plasma TV's are killing our hobby
> I like your thinking.....
> 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
> 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
> year and I have absolutely **NO** RFI..into or out of the set...Even when
> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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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