[RFI] FCC Complaint Filing

Dave Cole dave at nk7z.net
Thu Nov 21 21:07:50 EST 2019

I believe you can contact them even if you are not a member...

73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources

On 11/21/19 5:33 PM, W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:
> Contact the ARRL if you are a member
> 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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