[RFI] 17 meter signal

Tom Thompson tlthompson at qwest.net
Wed Jul 20 10:25:28 PDT 2011

I just received this note from W9CAR:

Hello everyone,

We have a successful conclusion to this situation to report to you.  We 
received word from Laura Smith at the FCC last night at 2330 UTC that 
the source had been found and was taken care of.

I waited until this morning to learn a bit more of the details.  A 
station in Northern CA had his qwerty keyboard shoved up against his 
speed key/bug.   Local FCC agents paid the amateur a visit where they 
discovered the reason behind the continuous signal.  It was totally 
unintentional on his part.

I will pass along any additional information if the FCC makes it 
available later.

I again want to thank everyone for the excellent response to our request 
and we can all appreciate the exercise in direction finding the 
situation provided.


Chuck Skolaut KØBOG

Field & Regulatory Correspondent

ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio

Problem solved.  73   Tom   W0IVJ

On 7/20/2011 7:37 AM, Larry Benko wrote:
>    Amazing!  I had heard the signal on 18085.5 for nearly 2 weeks also at
> amplitudes from nil to S9+10 and within a couple of hours of your
> posting it vanishes.  It is still gone today.
> Larry, W0QE
> On 7/19/2011 2:33 PM, Tom Thompson wrote:
>> I am in Colorado and have noticed a station on 18.0855 sending a series
>> of dits.  It seems to be propagating due to the fading.  It has been on
>> for about two weeks.  My antenna says it is coming from the west of
>> Colorado.  Is anyone else hearing this?  Can anyone get a fix on it?
>> Tom   W0IVJ
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