[RFI] A `Time Bomb' Sits Atop Utility Poles

Jimk8mr@aol.com Jimk8mr at aol.com
Wed Sep 14 14:11:16 EDT 2005

So are these things a noise generating problem as they are sit there  getting 
ready to kill an unsuspecting lineman?
If so, would the presence of RF noise be an indication that they might soon  
fail, i.e. would noise give the utiltities a better reason to get out  quickly 
to fix it?
This sounds a bit like a problem I've had this summer.  Two  different poles 
within a mile of my house had side mounted insulators that  broke, dropping 
the higher line onto the lower line, thus with only the wire  insulation 
separating the 13 KV or so.  They made a lot of RF noise, but at  least they weren't 
very difficult to locate.
I took photos and emailed them to the local power company line noise  guy.  
After a month or so they got fixed, but in my case I'm dealing with  the same 
company that left a boric acid leak in one of its nuclear reactors  go 
unrepaired for 5 years or so, eating away the reactor head until only a  stainless 
steel liner kept things contained.
73  -  Jim  K8MR

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