[RFI] What next?

Charles T Johnston Charles T Johnston" <charles@ab7sl.com
Mon, 31 Jan 2000 15:04:23 -0700


You have more than met her half way David.  Simply continue operating and
if she calls or complains again tell her to contact the FCC.   We know
what their stand is on these matters.   I am assuming you are running your
station properly and not overdriving the transmit audio levels.   You have
done your part to be a good neighbor so relax and enjoy your hobby.   BTW
with her attitude I would not set one foot inside her place to 'fix'
anything.  Let the FCC send her the interference handbook.  'If' she reads
it she may begin to understand her equipment is responsible for the
problem.   See you on the bands.......

Charles T Johnston - AB7SL
charles@ab7sl.com

AB7SL- Ham Radio Pages
http://www.ab7sl.com


----- Original Message -----
From: "David C. Cleveland" <ki0nd@sprynet.com>
To: <rfi@contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2000 2:18 PM
Subject: [RFI] What next?


>
> Well I could really use some reassurance from the list.  The facts are
this.
> I moved into a house in the city of Denver in May of last year.  My
house is
> on a small lot with my neighbors house no more than 10 feet from mine.
I
> have a GAP Titan DX attached to the garage which is about 20 feet from
the
> house and by extension hers. The antenna is entirely on my property. I
kept
> the antenna unhooked for 2 weeks to determine if there would be any
undue
> reaction from the neighborhood, there was none.  I hooked up the antenna
and
> operated at full barefoot power on my FT-920 (about 90watts cw and 50
watts
> ssb).  I have no problems until the 10 meter contest when the nextdoor
> neighbor comes over to complain that I'm getting into her phone, TV, and
> computer, and that she had a similar experience when I operated during
the
> November Sweeps. I immediately stopped operating.  I purchased a Radio
Shack
> TVI filter (RSU 11437571) and found excellent results on my TV closest
to
> the antenna (no problems elsewhere in the house).  I did not give one to
my
> neighbor at that time.  I operated QRP in the NAQP without complaints.
> Thinking I had the problem licked, I started operating more frequently,
and
> at QRP power levels.  I was in a ragchew with a California station (QRP)
on
> Sunday when my wife took the call that the neighbor was receiving
> interference in her phones and that she apparently had some during the
NAQP.
> I ended the QSO.  Today, in response to that incident, I brought over to
her
> the letter below as well as the indicated equipment for her to install.
Her
> tone was hostile, refused to take the equipment, (though she did take
the
> letter, FCC and ARRL materials) and stated  "The problem isn't my phone
but
> your hobby!"
>
> The question is: What next?
> Do I go on and operate with a clear conscience?
> Cease operation altogether?
> Operate only QRP?
> How have others of you dealt with neighbors who just don't care?
>
> Please advise, encourage, criticize, or gloat.....
>
> v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v letter sent v v v v v v v v v v v
v v
> v v v v v v v v v v
> 31, January  2000
>
>
> 825 Steele Street
> Denver, CO  80206
>
> Dear Karen,
>    Iím sorry to hear that you are still having interference problems
when I
> transmit.  I thought we had the problem licked when I reduced power, but
> your experience on Sunday proves otherwise.
> Iíve enclosed copies of a few items that will help you understand what
is
> going on, and why the interference is happening to you.  Three of the
> handouts (Appendix B, Appendix C, and the FCC Public notice ) are copies
of
> publications directly from the FCC, the fourth is a self-help guide for
the
> consumer published jointly by the ARRL (an organization representing
amateur
> radio operators), and the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association
> (CEMA).  Please read them as they provide valuable guidance.
> Iíve also enclosed for you 3 other items.  The first is a High Pass
Filter
> for your TV (Radio Shack Item #RSU 11437571), it should block the
signals
> from my station from getting into your TV and should be placed between
the
> TV and the cable connection, the instructions will show you what you
need to
> do.  Iíve also included a male to male coax adapter you will more than
> likely need for the installation.   Secondly, Iíve supplied you with a
new
> telephone (Radio Shack #43-591). This phone has been reported to be
better
> at rejecting interference than others on the market.  Please try this
phone
> the next time you encounter interference. If it does not work, Iíll
bring
> over another phone that I know will reject the interference.  The third
item
> is a telephone RFI filter (Radio Shack #43-150). Simply connect the
filter
> to the modular jack on the phone, and the phone line into the filter.
With
> the new phone and the filter, you should be able to have your normal
phone
> conversations while Iím on the air.
> Since the above equipment has cost me nearly $70, I am considering this
a
> long-term loan.  If you were to ever leave the house, Iíd appreciate
their
> return so that any new owner could use them.  Of course if youíd like to
> purchase them, Iíd be more than happy to provide receipts.
> As for your computer, I donít know what is happening so I donít know how
it
> can be cured.  If the problem is just audio, there are some ferrite
cores
> that can be attached to the speaker wires that should fix the problem,
if
> video is the problem, the same ferrite cores might be placed on the
cable to
> the monitor.
> Once again, Iím sorry about the problems that you are having, and rest
> assured that my station is operating within my licensed parameters, and
I
> will work with you to the limit of my responsibilities and prudent
practice
> to help you solve the problems on your end.  As we say in amateur radio,
73
> (best regards),
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
> David C. Cleveland
>
> ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ end of letter^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
^ ^
> ^ ^ ^
>
>
> David C. Cleveland
> Amateur Radio Callsign,  KIōND
> Denver, CO  80206
> 303.377.5553
> 303.377.4222  fax
> CQC# 356,   ARS# 517,
> ARCI# 10018
> Zombie# 399,  QRP-L# 1932
>
>
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