Town of West Bend, WI proposing ham unfriendly zonining ordinance

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by WB9JPH, Aug 16, 2019.

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  1. W1BR

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    How about zoning that requires a homeowner to correct interference caused to licensed radio amateurs by televisions, wall warts (switch PS) or other appliances? What is good for the goose is good for the gander. I wonder if they realize this is a two way street? If they don't fix it, the town can remove their TV.
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  2. W2VW

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    These folks are attempting to outlaw sunshine and all naturally occurring isotopes.
  3. N0TZU

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    I meant to say above that I think the town’s proposed RFI clause is unenforceable, rather than illegal.

    Obviously it would be much easier to get them to revise the ordinance now than to fight it after it’s enacted. So the key is to make the town attorney and the town council aware that the RFI clause is unenforceable and they would possibly have to defend it in an expensive court case if they tried ( Plus for the rest of the ordinance, the usual admonition regarding overstepping what is allowed under PRB-1.)
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019
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  4. K3XR

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    The town will take the steps they deem necessary. The competence of the town attorney/solicitor is a major factor. In the end, if it comes to that, the courts will be the final arbiter.
  5. KS5I

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    If this is typical of what goes on in this town I'd move. Sounds more like California than Wisconsin.
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  7. ND6M

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    If you read this part carefully, you will see that an Amateur station IS somewhat protected from RFI from a neighbor.
    "such signals" are clearly defined to include RADIO signals.

    "such as microwave, radio, telephone, or television signals..."

    " If within 12 months of the installation of a wind energy system, adjacent property owners can justify to the Plan Commission that the system is causing unreasonable interference with such signals as received on their properties, the Plan Commission shall give the system owner not more than three months to correct the interference problem..."
  8. W1BR

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    Solar Panels are notorious RFI generators due to the switching regulators located in each panel for load sharing... I wonder how far a complaint would get with the town zoning if someone raised a legitimate concern? The idiots who are drafting those regulations are not in touch with reality.
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  9. WQ4G

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    Intentional interference is caused by the operator not the transmitter. Oranges and apples...

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