[RFI] FCC RFI Question
Dave Cole (NK7Z)
dave at nk7z.net
Sat Aug 18 16:30:40 EDT 2018
I have been considering more and more, remoting my entire station.
73s and thanks,
ARRL Technical Specialist
On 08/18/2018 11:08 AM, W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:
> This is why Remote Ham Radio is and will continue to be a huge thing. I
> understand those that wish to chase awards all from a single location
> etc. Hopefully there is more to the hobby than Honor Roll.
> Nobody knows when their day is coming, these issues are just as
> important to the young or old.
> We in the west are constantly told by those on the East Coast to move if
> we wanted to be treated fairly in contests. Moving is probably not an
> option for most, but if a move is in the works it becomes even more
> important to put high noise cities in directions not toward EU or what
> you are really wanting to work. I know a number of hams that want a
> place near Denver but they will only look for places where Denver
> metropolis is not in a good path EU, JA, etc.
> Peoples conveniences are probably going to win out over our little hobby
> as the light rail noise generators are now about 2 miles from my house
> and will extend closer and closer and there is nothing I will be able to
> do to fight it.
> On 8/18/2018 10:17 AM, Dave Cole (NK7Z) wrote:
>> 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
>> 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.
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