[RFI] FCC RFI Question

Dave Cole (NK7Z) dave at nk7z.net
Sat Aug 18 12:17:34 EDT 2018


If only I were a young man again, then I would not be as patient as I am 
today...  Please take the next few paragraphs in the vain they are 
given.  Respectfully.

Let me re-quote something I said in this very thread:

I well understand your frustration with your RFI issues...  I am many 
months out in not being able to use HF at all due to RFI.  I am 
frustrated beyond belief.  Why?  My hobby of 50 years is now at an end 
until the FCC corrects the issue, I may not get Honor Roll as a result 
of this, I am 65, my time is running short.  The next sunspot peak may 
be my last...  You bet I am pissed, but I am also careful, and 
thoughtful, and I want a solution that sticks, and more importantly is 
good for the Amateur Community as a whole.

My goal is to correct the problem in the shortest possible time, using 
all legal means possible.  We have no choice in this, unless we break 
the law.

Here are some of our choices:

1.  Take the slow, and what I feel is a more effective course.
2.  Scream and yell, and hope you get results.
3.  Do something stupid and end up in jail, or worse.
4.  Quit ham radio.
5.  Work around the RFI until you can get it corrected.

Items 2, 3, and 4 are not acceptable to me, and should not be to you 
either.  Items 1 ,and 4 are acceptable.

We simply have no choice in this if we are to remain law abiding, and I 
intend to do just that, remain law abiding...

Carping, yelling, screaming, kicking the floor, and foot stomping, just 
make things worse for everyone.  On top of that, those steps are simply 
not an effective use of our time to correct this problem.  I want to use 
my remaining years as effectively as possible, and that means working 
within the existing system in a way that is effective.  Using 
ineffective methods just wastes my remaining years.

The world has changed, if we can't adopt--  well there was once a 
species of lizards called dinosaurs, we all know how that ended...

Remember in VE land their version of the FCC just stopped enforcement 
completely...  Your ONLY recourse there is via the court system...  You 
it takes time now in the US...

Running around and throwing rocks might work once, but more than likely 
it will make it worse for you, and for others.  Take the time to think 
things through, do it right and you sometimes get rewarded.

I have had seven grow light RFI issues in the past 5 years.  All of them 
but my current issue have been quickly solved, without the FCC, or the 
ARRL even being involved.  How?  Documentation, a friendly approach, and 
avoiding conflict where possible.

I dislike RFI as much as you, possibly more, I am ticked as hell at 
having to play all of these games!  I just want to play radio on 40 
meters in the early mornings.  I can't, and it pisses me off every 
morning I get up and can't.  I have a legal right to do this, and not 
have to put up with RFI at these levels, but...  In the real world, 
enforcement is not always equal, and it is not what it used to be.

I will correct this.  If I have to write my Congressman to get action, I 
will correct this.

If it comes to that, and I hope it does not, I want to insure I have 
done EVERYTHING correctly, and legally.  The goal is to win the war, not 
just one battle.  I want 40 meters back, and I will get it back...  But, 
as I said, sometimes solving RFI just takes time.

It is not fair, but the world is not fair...  I wish it were...  So yes, 
I do understand your position, I am in that same position...

Remember, the FCC is really on our side, and they are just as hamstrung 
as we are with legal issues.  There is no magic wand for this...

Take care, and I hope your RFI gets solved sooner than later...

73s and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z/NNR0DC)
ARRL Technical Specialist

On 08/17/2018 06:09 PM, Rob Atkinson wrote:
>> I am happy with this response, and will wait for things to take their course.
>> Again, slow, steady, and making sure you cross every "t", and dot every "i" seems to work for me. So far...
>> Solving RFI just takes lots of time...
> That's FB for a young ham with his whole life ahead of him.  But for
> the rest of us getting up there in years, we see the time of our
> precious few remaining good ham years slipping away while we wait for
> something to happen and listen to noise in the mean time.  Pretty
> tough to be patient when you can't be certain if you'll be around for
> a year or another 10 and one of the few joys of your life is gone
> because some jerk with a solar panel or grow light or something else.
> I guess this helps explain why HF is so empty now.  An old man just
> don't have the energy and fight for this kind of battle.
> 73
> Rob
> K5UJ
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