[RFI] FCC Complaint Filing

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Thu Nov 21 20:33:12 EST 2019

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On 11/21/2019 5:12 PM, N8GLS wrote:
> I filed an "informal" complaint with the FCC a month ago regarding RFI
> emanating from a neighbor's installation of LED Deck Lights done back in May
> 2019.  I did receive one response that a ticket number was assigned and have
> been regularly checking the status but no further "action" yet.  I realize
> this may be a fairly long process and may not go anywhere but was curious if
> anybody here has ever filed a complaint and if so how long it took before
> some indication of status was received ??
> A little history:  The interference affects almost the entire 2m band.  This
> neighbor was initially cooperative and once I found a solution (a simple
> combination of Chokes) I bought and gave him all the chokes needed for the
> entire deck as well as offering to install them myself or at least help.  A
> reply of "no help needed, I can install myself no problem" gave me an
> indication of sincerity ..that was back in July.  These lights have turned
> on at dusk and off at about 1am every single day since May.  I politely
> called him again the beginning of Oct reminding him the interference was
> still emanating from the lights and I would still install if he didn't have
> the time.  That call ended with an agitated response of  "its not my
> problem" and "I don't believe by merely buying these lights in any way makes
> me responsible for anything", followed by "If they were so bad they wouldn't
> be sold".  It was clear there was no intention of installing anything at any
> time and further conversation about the situation would be fruitless.  Left
> with no other solution I filed the informal complaint and included a summary
> of the issue, timeline of events and links to a couple videos showing the
> interference being received as well as one solution to remedy it.
> Frustrating to say the least, and sadly, words like "cooperation",
> "politeness", "neighborly" and "respect" don't seem to mean much these days.
> 73 de Brad, N8GLS
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