[RFI] RFI and the electric company

Mike Brown k9mi at sbcglobal.net
Mon Oct 3 23:45:08 EDT 2005

I have had 3 problems with RFI from the electric lines in our 
neighborhood. Number 1, they were out the next day, and although it took 
maybe 3 months to fix, I was happy because they were at least trying, 
and did eventually find it.

Second time. This was a nightmare that took 7 months to get fixed, and 
only then when the Fcc sent a letter to the mayor of our town, letting 
him know that fines would be costly. This was after I contacted them, 
got the complete brush off. The fellow that helps in these situations 
with the ARRL had written a letter to the CEO of the electric company 
(sorry, I know his name was John and he had a K2 call, and was a great 
help). But like I mentioned, they gave me the total brush off and I had 
to get aggressive, or that problem would still be here.

About 2 weeks ago, another one pops up. All I have up is my tribander at 
40 ft now, but pointed the direction of the problem, I have S9 to 15 
over noise on 20, 15 and 10 meters. I let it go 2 weeks, just to make 
sure it was consistent, because I'm not going to bother them over an 
intermentent problem. This is 24/7, and never lets up, so today I called 
and we'll see what happens. If it turns into a long drawn out affair, I 
may just let it go and sell my hf rig. I have two many other problems in 
my life to fight with the power company again.

This has been a few years ago, but it's still on the web...

Funny, it wasn't long after the FCC sent that letter, my problem went away.

Mike, K9MI - Anderson, IN

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