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[RFI] Part 15 Rules Applicable to Solar Panel RFI

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Subject: [RFI] Part 15 Rules Applicable to Solar Panel RFI
From: Tony <dxdx@optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:49:19 -0400
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I need a refresher course on Part-15 and how the rules might apply to solar panel RFI affecting frequencies below 30 MHz.

According to section 15.3m (paraphrasing here) harmful interference is defined as ANY RADIATED EMISSION that interrupts radio communications to the amateur radio service.

Assuming the solar panel system components are classified as unintentional radiators, the emissions limits below 30 MHz pertain to conducted emissions and to the best of my knowledge, do not include radiated emissions.

So the question is whether harmful interference as defined in section 15.3 (m) overrides the fact that there are no radiated limits below 30 MHz?

Do I have that right?

Tony -K2MO


*Harmful**interference*:/§ 15.3 (m) Harmful interference. Any emission, radiation or induction that endangers the functioning of a radio navigation service or of other safety services or seriously degrades, obstructs or repeatedly interrupts a radiocommunications service operating in accordance with this Chapter./The rules for nearly every licensed radio service prohibit harmful interference and that includes the Amateur Radio Service.

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