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Here is an excerpt from the ARRL Newsletter:
RFI COMPLAINTS, CITY COUNCIL INVOLVEMENT FRUSTRATE MICHIGAN AMATEUR
Rob Underwood, W8YRB, says RFI complaints have him at his wit's end. The
Wyoming, Michigan, ARRL member says his efforts to resolve some neighbors'
complaints of stubborn interference are at an impasse. To add to his
frustration, the Wyoming City Council now has asked the FCC to step in, and
the situation has erupted into a media spectacle that, he says, hasn't done
much for ham radio's image.
The FCC's position with respect to RFI to consumer devices is that the
consumer device--telephone, stereo, TV or other appliance--most often is to
blame, and that consumers need to deal with appliance manufacturers.
Underwood says he's gone the extra mile to resolve interference complaints,
but one neighbor a half block away has become especially intractable,
pinning blame for interference to her telephone and touch lamp squarely on
him. The woman ultimately complained to the city council, which met January
21 and unanimously agreed to contact the FCC.
Underwood said city council members "threw their hands in the air, and most
of them said it was my station that needed to be 'filtered' and didn't want
to hear what my solutions were." Twenty one amateurs reportedly attended
council meeting on Underwood's behalf, and one Council member praised
Underwood's attempts to assist and to educate everyone.
Underwood said, however, that several other neighbors turned up at the
session with new RFI complaints he hadn't heard before. He's volunteered to
assist them. Underwood says media coverage has focused on the neighbors'
complaints rather than on his efforts to respond to them.
The neighbor's touch lamp seems especially susceptible to RFI and even
flickers when he keys his 100-W mobile transmitter while driving by her
house, Underwood said. Although he installed some ferrite chokes on the
lamp's power cord, the problem persisted. The neighbor has refused further
offers of help.
Underwood reports that his own home is essentially free of RFI problems,
with the exception of his cordless telephones when he runs his amplifier.
said he installed RF chokes on telephone equipment for his immediate
neighbors who had complained of problems, and they have not reported any
Underwood has the full support of ARRL Michigan Section Manager Dick
W8FQT, who noted that the FCC Detroit Field Office was also aware of the
problem and has been cooperating in resolving the issue.
ARRL provides information and resources to deal with RFI problems on the
ARRL Web site's RFI pages <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/rfigen.html>.