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Re: [RFI] Question: Conducted vs. Radiated Emissions

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Subject: Re: [RFI] Question: Conducted vs. Radiated Emissions
From: David Huff <dhuff@vermeer.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 21:54:36 +0000
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I have a suggestion here.  Skip the FCC, and go to the IEC, ETSI, CENELEC, 
IEEE, or ISO committees.

The US National Electrical Code is currently being revised to be brought up to 
a more modern standard, and so is the European equivalent.  The European 
Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is revising many standards for 
maximum radiated power for consumer devices.  They revised the rules to lower 
the effective radiated power for many RF devices like wifi in Europe.  One of 
the many reasons they did this was to cut down on the background RF noise, 
especially in dense locations.  This has two very dramatic effects.  First, 
Incidental radiators like lights, power lines, solar installations now have a 
more dramatic impact.  If your wifi does not work well because your 
refrigerator is causing too much RF noise, it is not the fault of the Wifi.  
Second, the growth of global supply chains impacts is becoming more pronounced. 
 Many standards bodies now look to the EU to set more strict rules, then places 
like California or the US government reluctantly follow behind.  Doing this wou
 ld also make the ARRL, RSGB and similar groups many more friends around the 
globe.  Interference and bureaucratic inaction is not limited to only the US.  
Encouraging more strict international standards for limiting conducted 
emissions and radiated emissions just to cut down on the background noise would 
be good, even if the FCC is the last to adopt them.

If the ARRL or commercial broadcasters were smart, they would try putting 
people on these committees for encouraging better limiting of incidental RF 
radiation, and start educating people by elaborating professional reasons why 
incidental radiators are a problem.  Getting the National Electrical Code, 
CENELEC, IEC, and similar bodies to understand this problem would be a good 
investment in education.  Encouraging better RF control would be a long 
process, but the solutions we see now are not working.  

I realize I am talking about a process that will take many years, but the 
solutions so far are not working.  Screaming into the void in hope that the FCC 
hears you is not working.
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