A Lawsuit is probably the last thing you would ever want to do.
Anyhow, does anyone have an idea just who the Hams are that are being sued for
interfering with their neighbor's electronics? It seems pretty cut and dried
that a Ham operating legally has the trump card - Part 15 regulations - so what
can they sue for? They are not allowed to interfere with you, and are required
to accept interference from you.
So what you are left with is a multi pronged approach.
First you try to help the owner solve the problem, but they do need to know
that they are interfering with a licensed service, and they are not allowed to
Then they need to implement the fix. Generally you don't want to be paying for
it, but sometimes if you have a few ferrites handy, then no harm done.
Now if they aren't cooperative, then it does make it a little more difficult -
but there are still options. Keep in mind that you want to burn as few bridges
as you can - unless you can handle living with antagonistic neighbors.
Anyhow, I think we've all seen enforcement actions form the F.C.C. They start
out pretty friendly, and often point the offenders toward working with the Ham.
So now what? Maybe the situation is a treadmill. Well they aren't used 24/7,
so a chat with the neighbor might set up a time that they won't be interfering
with your HF net. There's all kinds of solutions.
And before anyone seriously starts with the murderous "neighbors growing Ganja
in the basement", and are going to off you if you talk to them, why would you
be living in such a place anyhow? That's extremely unlikely. If I had drug
dealers next door, I'd be out of there in a New York minute.
- 73 de Mike N3LI -
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