An email prompted me to update this.
A local pawn shop had a RS Pro-106 'Digital Trunking Handheld Scanner'
good for 25 to 1300 MHz, AM and FM at very good price.
I will be building a 3L Yagi for 135 MHz or one for 2 Meters.
But, the power company, after a few fits and starts for a couple of months, finally came around.
A couple of examples of many log entries.
1) They sent out the fire department and police (just log entries) because they said I had told them a transformer
had exploded. Huh?
2) They postponed because they didn't have the equipment. But, they didn't notify me!
They did this a couple of times and I stuck around the house for them to come.
They never gave a specific time, just said between 8AM and 4PM...
One day I got tired of all the run around and told the "Customer Service Specialist" that my next move was to call
the ARRL, Public Service Commission, FCC and finally their President, CEO and Chairman of the Board until I had some resolution.
I had a Tech call within the hour and was at my QTH within two hours.
When he came the pole causing the most trouble was quiet of course
Before he left he gave me his business card and said if it happens again to call him directly.
This would eliminate having to go through another layer or two of the power companies ticket system.
Anyway, a couple of days later and in snowy conditions, his crew fixed a problem insulator south of here.
Sure enough, when I turn my HF Yagi in that direction that one has cleared.
I have two more noise sources.
The problem pole mentioned above in the SW corner of my property and something due East.
Moral of the story... keep a very good log.
Use the ARRL, Public Service Commission and FCC as places to notify if Power Noise complaints have not been addressed.
I haven't had to use them yet as the power company has started to work on my problems.
Also, it is very easy to find out who the President and/or CEO and/or Chairman of the Board of a utility provider is.
When I last talked to the "Customer Service Specialist", I acted like he and I were golfing buddies
That may have been why I saw a tech within two hours of my last call...
Above all else don't do any yelling or become temperamental with the customer service people.
Those actions will appear in their log and I am sure you will be treated as a hostile customer in the future.
73, Rick - N8XI