[RFI] FCC RFI Question

Dale Johnson dj2001x at comcast.net
Wed Aug 15 03:14:13 EDT 2018

If you make a complaint to the FCC they will tell you to work with your neighbor to resolve the problem.  In other words you are on your own.  

With the unfettered RFI, radio will die a slow death as the RFI becomes worse, that is unless you live far away from neighbors.

Dale, k9vuj

On 14, Aug 2018, at 20:20, Tony <dxdx at optonline.net> wrote:


I was wondering how the FCC measures the level of RFI emanating from a distant device to determine whether it's above or below FCC limitations?

The reason I ask is that the RFI emanating from the device might meet a certain criteria when measured some number of feet from the unit, but the bottom line for the ham is whether the noise is still heard on his or her receiver.

That brings up the question of whether or not the FCC deems a certain level of RFI as "acceptiable"? My neighbors solar panels generate RFI ranging from S-5 to S-9 throughout the day and even at lower levels, the noise makes S-9 signals difficult to copy.

This video demonstrates how intrusive it can be at S-5 levels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc4uMkWYYBc

Tony -K2MO
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