[AMRadio] QRM fron Neighbor's Security System

Rob Atkinson ranchorobbo at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 19:04:34 EST 2010

Mike, glad to read one account of the FCC doing something.  I have
always thought that I'd welcome a visit from them.  I have nothing to
fear. I know I'm linear, clean (including 2nd harmonic), and under 1.5
kw.  AND, I imagine they'd have some fancy super dooper analytical
gear with them so I'd learn something new about my station.  Amazing
how folks think they can walk all over a ham just because he has his
station at his home.


On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM, Mike Sawyer <w3slk at verizon.net> wrote:
> Rob, (et al),
>    I wouldn't count on the ARRgghhL doing anything to help you other than
> send you a few pamphlets. A good friend of mine went through the "Neighbors
> complaint about ham radio in their stereo" routine. Every time he lit off
> his T-368, he would get phone calls. It got so bad that it became a
> political issue. The neighbors complained to the mayor and the mayor told my
> friend "I'm going to shut you down!" This made the local news as well.
> Anyway, one day he gets a phone call from the FCC office out of NYC. They
> want to come down and check his station out, see how he operates, etc. Two
> guys from the FCC show their credentials and say they want to run tests etc.
> Only one of the neighbors was home at the time so the other guy went there
> and listened to the stereo while the one stayed with my friend at his
> station. He tuned his T-368 for 375watts stating that was all he was allowed
> to operate at. The FCC tech instructed him to tune for max power out. They
> went through all the bands and found some slight audio reaching the stereo
> on 40M but that was it. They packed up. Told my friend that they loved all
> the classic radios that he had there and they thought they were cool. The
> tech also told him not to worry that his signal was clean and with in the
> parameters of his license. When my friend referred about what the mayor had
> threatened him with. The guy said, "WE are the ones that say WHO may operate
> and WHO MAY NOT!!! Don't worry about your mayor, we will take care of him."
> Nothing else came of the issue other than the fact the mayor lost to his
> opponent in the upcoming election.
>    When I asked my friend if the (be)League(d) did anything for him. He
> just pick up a pamphlet that said how to keep RFI out of your house, (about
> a 2 page pamphlet).
>    Thus began and feeds my cynicism about the ARRgghhL to this day.
> Mod-U-Lator,
> Mike(y)

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