[RFI] A `Time Bomb' Sits Atop Utility Poles
k1ttt at arrl.net
Wed Sep 14 14:21:15 EDT 2005
Yes, they can be both a noise problem and a safety problem. Though I can
not say for sure that noise would be an indicator of imminent failure, some
noisy insulators can go on for years and years without failing.
David Robbins K1TTT
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: rfi-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:rfi-bounces at contesting.com] On
> Behalf Of Jimk8mr at aol.com
> Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 18:11
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> Subject: Re: [RFI] A `Time Bomb' Sits Atop Utility Poles
> So are these things a noise generating problem as they are sit there
> ready to kill an unsuspecting lineman?
> If so, would the presence of RF noise be an indication that they might
> fail, i.e. would noise give the utiltities a better reason to get out
> to fix it?
> This sounds a bit like a problem I've had this summer. Two different
> within a mile of my house had side mounted insulators that broke,
> 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
> 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
> steel liner kept things contained.
> 73 - Jim K8MR
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