You should _never_ tell your neighbors that you're a ham!
Brown-paper wrapping on boxes, 26-gauge antenna wire -- all that will keep you away from:
. . . My washing machine doesn't work, and it's _your fault_!
PS -- there is another side to this argument -- possible enthusiasm about "You can communicate without the phone system?"
Put up the antenna and then wait a week before getting on the air. Don't even unpack the rig during that week. When the RFI complaints start during that week, have them come in to see the rig in an unopened box, with nothing hooked to the antenna.
73 John AF5CC