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Re: [RFI] Metal Pole vs Wood Pole

To: n2ic@arrl.net
Subject: Re: [RFI] Metal Pole vs Wood Pole
From: Michael Martin <mike@rfiservices.com>
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:13:59 -0800
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Steve this is a common problem. They locate the structure with the source on 
it, they work on it and then we stops. After a while the noise returns. They 
need to stop working over the whole bowl tightening everything on the pole and 
just locating the exact source and leaving the rest of the bowl alone. 
Tightening every everything on the pole does nobody any good. It doesn't help 
the noise and it doesn't help utility company.
The next time your utility comes out to do that work recommend they give me a 
call or call me while they're there if you're with him and let me talk to them 
for a minute.
Best wishes,

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On Dec 5, 2019, 7:12 AM, at 7:12 AM, Steve London <n2icarrl@gmail.com> wrote:
>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
>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
>> 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.
>> Thanks
>> Chuck
>> AF4O
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