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Re: [RFI] RFI and Smart meters

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Subject: Re: [RFI] RFI and Smart meters
From: Gary Tuck <gtuck@mac.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:40:21 -0700
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Two utility company techs arrived today to check out the smart meter after I 
described the symptoms.  They found that the ground wire behind the meter was 
carrying current.  When the current was cut off at the breaker panel, the 
current bled off slowly.  RFI was being radiated from the drop and down into 
the ground--underground utilities here.  A line crew is coming next week to 
check the transformer
and the ground at the meter.   Any thoughts and relevant experiences surely 

73, Gary  W7TEA

> I was cruising thru the neighborhood with the car AM radio tuned to 530 and
> found nothing remarkable. Driving along main streets, several areas kicked up 
> the noise
> significantly.  As I pulled into the garage, the radio was overwhelmed
> by noise.  hmmmm.  Once again I hit the main breaker in the panel cutting off 
> all power to the house 
> and the noise didn't change. On my rig it sounds like band noise just 5-7 S 
> units stronger. 
> Our electrical panel is in the garage, and the suspected Smart meter just 
> outside of course.  
> Is this normal or does it point to a fault in meter installation.  I've never 
> had reason
> to check noise in the garage before so I don't have a baseline.
> 73, Gary W7TEA

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