Dealing with External QTH RFI: My Journey

The duality of comfort and severe insanity is a fine line to what can make or break an amateur radio operator at their home QTH.  I am now a victim of RFI around my QTH and it has been exciting to work through and solve.

This all started around February when D&D Power, a local subcontractor of National Grid did a very sloppy job on some line work on my street. This caused severe RFI at my QTH to the point all bands were useless to work CW and SSB.  FT8 seemed to make it through on an s9 noise floor.

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With the help of Amir K9CHP, Jerry NK2C, Roger WA2AEW Steve KD2ETP, Rob (Call will remain nameless due to association with power company)  and the ARRL Folk at their RFI labratory (Paul C.), we all had our part in identifying what this problem could be.  It turns out some components were bad the pole down the street from my home. That took almost 5 weeks to fix and National Grid had to fix the issues of D&D Power on a new pole they installed. National Grid did a great job keeping me informed and vise versa. I thank you National Grid for picking up the slack and fixing those issues. Existing pole still has telecom lines installed while a new pole next to it has high voltage lines.

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Now fast forward to today. My RFI issues continue as now they are intermittent.  on 04/05/2020, I sat near my radio just about my entire Sunday and monitored all ham bands and no noise to be heard, until about 15:00 and intermittently occurring.

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This is where I am at, attempting to locate this next bit of noise. Wave files below for your listening pleasure.

Recording Equipment: IC7610 with a WA6LVP RX Loop with null pointed directly at noise source.

Disclaimer to naysayers: Before you suggest that is in my home, I am a capable Amateur Radio Operator and already ruled that out.  Think before you speak.

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