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Re: [RFI] re Nineteen Hour Noise

To: dave@nk7z.net
Subject: Re: [RFI] re Nineteen Hour Noise
From: Tom Thompson <tlthompson@qwest.net>
Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:17:40 -0600
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Hi Dave,

Yes I have contacted the ARRL. I helped Mike Gruber write the ARRL web page on grow lights. Do you think it is best to deal with these rfi situations one at a time or try to get at the root of the problem and help the manufacturers clean up their ballast as impossible as that may seem?

Tom   W0IVJ

On 6/2/2013 6:11 PM, David Cole wrote:

Have you contacted the ARRL?  They are the first step...  You need to
keep very good logs of EVERY contact dealing with the RFI.  I have had
very good luck with the FCC via a good log method.

I have tried to stay totally away from the reason for the lights, and
deal with just the RFI alone, I now call them Horticulture lights, not
grow lights...

I have had some contact with the FCC, and had very good luck there...  I
had VERY good logs, one of my neighbors decided he did not need to pay
attention as defined in Part 15.  I offered to buy new lamp transformers
for him.  It was a bar light, not a horticultural light.  He refused,
and basically said too bad...

The "Come Hither" letter from the FCC ended the problem within 30 days
of receipt.  It did take 6 months to get to that point, and some of that
was my delay.  I suspect the fact that I took logs of EVERY single
discussion I had had with this person, and supplied proof positive it
was from his home is why the FCC sent the letter.  I have only asked for
one letter, and I am trying to not abuse it with bad data, or lack of
data...  So be very careful, log everything, take notes, make
recordings, and separate you feelings from the issue, make sure you are
totally right, then and only then contact the FCC or the ARRL.  A just
the facts mindset is what is needed...  If you suspect it is a
horticulture lamp, mention it if you want, but call it a horticulture
lamp, not a grow light.  If folks get the idea that you are some sort of
anti-pot warrior, your creditability goes in the dumper...

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