[RFI] Line noise is more than a nuisance!

Tom Horton k5iid@ntelos.net
Sun, 01 Dec 2002 20:40:25 +0000

  I'm sorry, but I think you misunderstand what I am saying.
Of course there should be mobile/portable stations available
for emergency work.
I am talking about other stations away from the actual scene
that would be required to pass/ relay traffic from these stations
via the HF frequencies rather than the close in VHF stations.
It is not unreasonable to think that today, especially,  we may be required to
communicate for other reasons as well.
  Having operated from many Red Cross / County Emergency ops
centers over the past 45+ years,  I have seen first hand many times
where power line noise causes problems.
  Of course not all of our atations would necessarily be used for a
communications emergency but isn't this the ultimate reason
that the FCC gives us the authority to do what we do?
73, Tom K5IID

At 07:40 01-12-02 -0800, you wrote:
>On Sun, 01 Dec 2002 07:13:30 +0000, Tom Horton wrote:
> >BUT
> >  What if there was an emergency of local, state, or national concern and we
> >were called on to provide communications for that or another situation and
> >the noise impaired our communications ability to the extent that we
> >could not be effective.
>Then we should move our operations to a noise-free environment.
>Think about it for a moment - if your noise had been eliminated
>prior to the catastrophe, it would likely come back stronger than
>ever when the tornado/hurricane/earthquake/whatever rearranged
>the power lines.
>And if you're outside the emergency area, trying to receive
>communications, then there are others who could do it just as
>well or better.
>In other words, that argument lacks merit.  Real emergency comm
>equipment must be mobile or portable and not line-powered to be
>of much use.
>Nice try, though.  :-)
>Bill, W7TI