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Author Topic: RFI Petition please review  (Read 34003 times)

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« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2014, 10:43:37 PM »

Why does this petition address only interference to amateur radio? Consumers experience interference to television and radio reception. And commercial services experience interference to their two-way communications. The FCC regulations that the petition addresses apply to all users, both commercial and non-commercial. So, might this petition address interference to all users of the radio spectrum?
Because I am an Amateur Radio operator, and not a TV broadcaster.  I spent the first 15 years of my career in TV on the Engineering end of things, then the last 5 of it at the same place, again doing TVish things.  Broadcast people, can get action anytime they need it from the FCC...  So can two way radio, see the recent case where the follow was QRMing the jail...  FCC hunt down time.  If someone were interfering with a TV or Radio station in a way that was as significant as we Amateur Radio Operators are  getting interfered with the FCC would be visiting the area in short order.  It is much simpler for the FCC to deal with things the public understands...  The petition is really to have the issue of HOW the process is for the Amateur Operator. 

Today, we have to track down the RFI, and ask the FCC to send enforcement letters.  That level of rigor is fun to do, but it does get old.  If we are to become effective in this, we need to have a very low rate of false positives, i.e. if we tag a few folks that are not generating RFI, then we will not be listened to.  So, we need to be right, every time.  To be right you almost are forced to knock on the door of a strangers house, a stranger that just might be a pot grower...  This worries me every time I knock on a door of a house with a certain look to it.  So far I have only met one person live at a grow operation, and he told me it was legal, (we are in Oregon).  My response was to let him know it was not my business how he was generating RFI, just that he was generating RFI, and it needed to stop.  I was much nicer, and all PC about it, but I having it continue was not an option.  It took a few days, and he tried to build a Faraday cage out of his garage, called in an electrician, and then finally gave up and stopped.  The gist is that in my normal life, I would never have met him, as I tend to not hang with known drug users.  Because of something he did, and the lack of any enforcement policy from the FCC which does not force me to visit him, if I want my RFI stopped, the petition was born.  That is why it only deals with Amateur Radio...

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