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Re: [RFI] Tesla's Response to Solar Panel RFI

To: "EDWARDS, EDDIE J" <eedwards@oppd.com>, "EDWARDS, EDDIE J via RFI" <rfi@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [RFI] Tesla's Response to Solar Panel RFI
From: MICHAEL ST ANGELO <mstangelo@comcast.net>
Reply-to: MICHAEL ST ANGELO <mstangelo@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2019 12:32:52 -0500 (EST)
List-post: <mailto:rfi@contesting.com>
Ham's have to improvise; try portable operation.

I started out as a Ham at my parent's surburban lot and had room for HF 
antennas. I got a job in NY City, got married and eventually purchased a home 
on a city lot on a hill which was food for VHF/UHF but not for HF. My wife and 
I like to hike and go to the beach so I stated doing lots of portable operation.

We eventually moved to a house in the suburbs in 1998 with and acre lot. Even 
though i have room for HF antennas the noise level keeps on raising. We 
continue our outdoor activities and I have portable radio radio go packs to 
take along with us.

I am now retired. My wife notices Ham radio can provide mental stimulation but 
not physical because it is a sedentary hobby. Operating outdoors provides some 
exercise and makes to hobby more attractive to her which is an added benefit.

I don't operate backpack portable so the size or weight of the radio is not a 
major consideration. A good radio for portable operating is the ICOM IC-7300 in 
the Emergency mode which increases the range of the internal tuner. I use 
Bienno batteries.

Turning Lemon into Lemonade.

Mike N2MS

> On December 23, 2019 at 10:29 AM "EDWARDS, EDDIE J via RFI" 
> <rfi@contesting.com> wrote:

> The result of this scenario is the licensed ham will have to either pay for 
> the expensive field retrofit for all of his/her neighbors (possibly several 
> or even dozens of neighbors), sell the newly purchased house and move to the 
> countryside with fewer neighbors, or else give up on ham radio and get a new 
> hobby that doesn't have these expensive never ending RFI problems. (RFI grow 
> lights, RFI battery chargers, RFI wall warts, & many other RFI sources 
> keeping noise floor at S7-8 so he/she still can't hear most HF stations who 
> live in the countryside calling.)  
> Our amateur radio "technical pool" will continue to shrink even further than 
> it already has the last 30 years due to HOAs and covenants causing them to 
> eventually lose interest in participating in amateur radio at all.  I've 
> watched many hams leave the hobby for these reasons.  Most hams get into the 
> hobby to operate their radios, not spend most of their time tracking down RFI 
> sources or fighting HOAs.  Model railroading is beginning to look like a 
> better retirement hobby more and more every day.  
> 73, de ed -K0iL
> Ed Edwards
> -----Original Message-----
> From: RFI <rfi-bounces@contesting.com> On Behalf Of Hare, Ed W1RFI
> Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2019 4:35 PM
> Actually, yes, they are changing their designs.  These field retrofits are 
> expensive.  The Lab's W1VLF was on the list to get his own home system 
> upgraded and they replaced the inverter, the optimizers, added ferrites and 
> did twisted pairs  to the panels, not a big loop.
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