[RFI] Towers/Antennas Near 138kV Transmission Lines
w8ji at contesting.com
Mon Aug 14 19:00:33 EDT 2006
> I plan to operate everything from 160-2m with primary
> interest being DX.
>>From an RFI standpoint I have heard that such lines can
>>actually be quieter
> than residential distribution. True?
In know a few people who live near lines like that and tell
me they don't have problems. Every time I've been around
lines like that I've had problems.
In S. Amherst, Ohio I had problems with a 138kV line more
than a mile from my house. My noise floor was about 10dB
higher in that direction on dry days, and maybe 30 dB higher
on wet days. I had a similar problem in Sylvania Ohio with a
69KV line on steel towers about 1/2 mile away. In Rockdale
County GA a 345kV line about 3 miles away was a constant
I'm not saying they were terrible, just that there was a
definite noise level increase.
The real problem, IMO, is if you have a problem it takes an
act of Congress to get something done. It is terribly
expensive to work on those lines and they never want to take
them out of service.
I made it a rule to never live within five miles of a line
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