[RFI] WOW!!!!!!!

Tom Horton k5iid@ntelos.net
Sat, 09 Mar 2002 16:19:10 +0000

Pete, Jim, and everybody!
Thanks for the concern.
Yep, I have been fighting this a long time here.
I have printed out all the pertinent FCC regs, a copy of the FCC letter, some
of the archives of this reflector, etc.
One fortunatething that I have had in my corner until recently is the fact 
the guy that was doing the investigating/finding/fixing is a ham himself. 
So he
fully understands the problem. Of course, he can only work the problem when 
assign it to him. Obviously for me, not near often enough.
Strangely he was pulled from the project about a month ago....hmmmm.
Me thinks they don't really want to get this stuff solved.
I am going to call John Phillips @ ARRL again on Monday morning early to see if
he has any last minute advice...he wasn't in yesterday.
Jim, I am going to go subscribe to that list right now.
Pete, I saw your post about slack spans, and yes they are a problem.
My guy says if you see one that is not horizontal, then it is probably a 
73 Folks,
  I'll let you know what happens on Monday...hope I'm not in jail for 
one of Allegheny's lawyers!


At 09:15 03/09/02 -0500, Pete Smith wrote:
>At 08:52 AM 3/9/02 EST, you wrote:
> >Tom,
> >
> >Congratulations on getting their attention!
> >
> >Since they will be having lawyers on their side, they might be arguing the
> >law, not the facts.  (i.e.. whether they really need to do anything, not
> >they can do to solve the problem.)
>Actually, I suspect Allegheny is probably fairly typical.  I first wrote to
>them 4 years ago about RFI.  They assigned me to work with a total drone of
>an engineer whose reason for living was to avoid work.  When I got wise to
>this last summer (and no, I hadn't been pressing very hard), I went around
>him and found another guy who was willing to work the problem.  He brought
>their part-time, scantily-equipped RFI guy down from Pennsylvania for
>several days' work, and they have spent a number of days since working
>various pole problems in my area.  Things are getting better.
>I found the real key has been to give them pole numbers (I use a 10m
>battery-powered receiver to do that, because I don't have one for the
>aircraft band) and then to follow up.  I've developed a fairly educated
>ear, and find that now I can drive down the road with my car radio between
>stations at the high end of the AM band, and usually identify the rough
>center of a given noise, then zero in on a particular pole with the HF radio.
>Sorry that Tom had to go to the PSC, but I guess sometimes it takes that.
>As for the utility's legal obligation, if you go to the ARRL TIS web site
>you can find samples of letters the FCC has sent to various utilities tht
>spell out their obligations in the RFI area.  It's a very strong position
>to argue from.
>Lots more info at http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/rfi-elec.html
>73, Pete N4ZR
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Tom Horton	
K5IID in West "BY GAWD" Virginia
" E " sorter for the W5 Bureau