[RFI] VLF interference Re: CFLs and LEDs

Jim Brown jim at audiosystemsgroup.com
Sat Feb 7 14:27:26 EST 2009

On Sat, 7 Feb 2009 12:29:10 -0600, Dale Martin wrote:

>One lightbulb fries and suddenly it's 'the government's fault!

Yes. I've had at least a dozen CFLs in my home for about two years. 
No issues, no RFI. Most came from Costco, a few from a local 
hardware store. My electricity bill is a lot lower as a result, and 
slightly less of the beautiful mountains in my home state of West 
Virginia (or in Kentucky, or Wyoming, or Montana, or New Mexico or 
Pennsylvania) need to be destroyed to strip-mine the coal that 
generates that electicity. And if you don't believe that's 
happening, I challenge you to jump in your car and see for yourself.

Defective products are the result of poor manufacture. Some causes 
of the distribution of unsafe products is the emphasis by the 
American consumer on low cost and a flashy TV ad campaign as the 
only criteria upon which to make a purchasing decision. Another 
cause is inadequate regulation of commerce by government, two major 
causes of that are unfunded government agencies, and government 
agencies filled with political appointees who don't want to enforce 
the law. The FCC has been hampered by all of these shortcomings 
since the days of the great "downsizing" of government nearly 30 
years ago. I'm old enough to remember when the FCC had rules that 
actually protected the radio spectrum, and Field Inspectors who 
enforced those rules. 

Jim Brown K9YC

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