[RFI] Opinions Please
w0ivj at tomthompson.com
Mon May 1 12:36:00 EDT 2017
Since the management group has already agreed to fix the problem, a
gentle reminder that they are in violation of part 18 of FCC regulations
might speed them up.
73, Tom W0IVJ
On 5/1/2017 10:28 AM, Karin Johnson wrote:
> Hello Group:
> I have a request for opinions on the appropriate amount of time for an RFI
> issue to be resolved.
> I live in an HOA community, which has what might be called "decorative"
> street lighting. I say
> decorative because the county already has regular sodium vapor street
> lighting which are on poles
> mounted about 25 feet above grade. The so called decorative lighting is
> commercial grade black
> Vertical mercury vapor poles about 10 feet in height with the lamp on the
> very top. My issue is
> that a string these lights (about 6 of them) are radiating RFI because some
> the mercury vapor starters
> are malfunctioning. The RFI levels at my location approach -40 dBm at times
> on a frequency span from
> 6 MHz to about 15 MHz. This measured on a good Tektronix spectrum analyzer
> attached to my 40M dipole.
> This RFI is on continuously all day long, and has been an issue for about
> three weeks now. I've emailed
> the property management group for status and so far all they have told me is
> that the problem will be solved
> as soon as possible. I've DF'd the problem lighting so am pretty confident
> that is the source.
> Now to the opinion question. What is group's opinion on what time frame,
> issues like this should be solved??
> One solution might be to just turn the things off until a fix is proposed.
> But the management group might
> Say the lighting is required for public safety even though there are other
> street lighting available.
> Sort of a conundrum??? What say??
> Karin Anne Johnson K3UU
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