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Re: [RFI] Metal Pole vs Wood Pole

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Subject: Re: [RFI] Metal Pole vs Wood Pole
From: Steve London <n2icarrl@gmail.com>
Reply-to: n2ic@arrl.net
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2019 08:12:15 -0700
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I would like to hear about metal-vs-wood poles, too.

I live in SW New Mexico, with a seasonal dry climate. It's wet from July through September, dry the rest of the year. I have one wood pole that is stressed by power lines in 3 directions. Once the pole dries out, it screams. The power company comes out, tightens hardware, and it's quiet for a few weeks, or until the wet season comes. Just wondering if it's worth trying to twist their arm into changing to a metal pole.

Steve, N2IC

On 12/04/2019 05:52 PM, Charles Plunk wrote:
My latest power line rfi I have tracked to 2 poles within 10' of each other. One or both is scheduled to be replaced. White arrow on the street, white strip on the pole, was orange tape, and sewer line nearby marked with green yard tag. Confirmed with utility that it is indeed scheduled to be replaced but they would not give me a timetable so far. LOTS of hardware on these 2 poles. So waiting before I track further if needed. They are old wood poles probably from the 60s.

Does it make any difference as to risk of future rfi whether the pole is metal or wood (does hardware loosen more often on wood poles)? Just curious as the new poles they install most or all seem to be metal.

How long do you think I should be patient before I check back with them? 30 days since first email will be 12/18.



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