[RFI] No Complaints, No Problem!

John Geiger johngeig@yahoo.com
Mon, 21 Oct 2002 09:59:59 -0700 (PDT)

Like most everything else, this all has to do with
money.  COmpare the price of the average TV today with
TVs made 15 or 20 years ago.  They are cheaper today,
and you know that labor costs have not gone down. 
Guess where the price decrease comes from?  We all
love lower prices as consumers, and the vast majority
of them don't have receiving gear to be interfered
with.  If they do get interference from their TV, etc.
 they blame it on the stupid ham who lives down the
street (and that is phrasing it mildly.).

I would suspect that our receivers have a little part
of the blame also.  I used to own an Icom 720A.  This
rig had 160-10 meters only, no DSP, no built in keyer,
no memories, and it routinely sold around $1200 when
it first came out.  Today a comparable rig costs
around $600 new, and you will probably get an internal
keyer, memories, and some sort of DSP if you are
luckily.  The cost difference had to come from
somewhere-maybe in receiver design?

73s John NE0P
--- "EDWARDS, EDDIE J" <eedwards@oppd.com> wrote:
> Cortland's got a point, but...
> I filed a complaint 10 years ago with the EIA and
> another mfr assoc.,
> but the FCC told me they weren't interested and no
> longer handle TVI
> complaints (either to or from!).  I think the FCC
> already knows there's
> a problem but they don't feel they have the teeth
> necessary to enforce
> part 15 compliance or any other EMI problems. 
> Besides, it was my own
> part 15 device so the solution according to the
> rules is to stop using
> it!  Sony told me they never get complaints of this
> nature, and they
> probably really do but only one or two a year
> doesn't even make a
> percentage.  So it's never on the radar.  So be sure
> to complain to
> everyone, and tell them you've heard about numerous
> compaints on this
> list if they try the "this is the first we've heared
> about this"
> routine.  They want you to feel like it's just you
> so you'll go away
> quietly.
> 73,
>  de ed -K0iL
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cortland Richmond [mailto:ka5s@earthlink.net] 
> Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 11:21 AM
> To: Peter's Mail; rfi
> Subject: [RFI] No Complaints, No Problem!
> I think that in these situations it is important to
> file an FCC
> complaint,
> including a copy of our correspondence or a summary
> of telephone calls,
> etc. The Commission _officially_ recognizes no
> problem unless it has
> complaints on file. And a record of no complaints
> helps manufacturers'
> attempts to get already inadequate regulatory
> interference levels raised
> higher!
> Cortland
> > [Original Message]
> > After many hours on the phone with Sony customer
> service, they
> provided
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