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What is the ARRL position on interference from industrial windfarms?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N2YDF, Aug 19, 2019.

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  1. N2YDF

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    Curious about if they have any Data on interference to radio communication.
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  2. W0PV

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  3. N2YDF

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  4. N7WR

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    Ah yes--windfarms. One of the largest "clean energy" scams ever funded by the U S Government. Had a huge one built on a series of hills NE of where we lived in Baker City Oregon. Got to know the developer who openly admitted he was making enough profit off that one project to retire for life--and he was in his late 30's. An eyesore but more importantly it destroyed deer and elk habitat and killed litterally thousands of birds including numerous bald eagles. The dirty little secret? Developers have only a very short term obligation to maintain those sites. After that they are left to decay, rust, and eventually fall to the ground--which the one build a dozen years ago near Baker City is already doing. Be patient. Eventually your industrial windfarm will be non functional and if it is causing interference the interference will be gone.
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  5. W0PV

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    FYI - found a couple of more sources that deal more with wind turbine effects on non-radar telecommunications.

    Here is an fairly detailed academic study -

    Impact analysis of wind farms on telecommunication services

    This link is refers to interference to broadcast services, like DTV and, most surprisingly, medium wave broadcast band (AM) -

    Wind Farms: TV And Radio Interference

    "AM radio transmission is highly susceptible to interference by turbine towers constructed close to the transmitter site. The rule of thumb for developers is to construct the turbine(s) at least 1 kilometer away from the AM antenna array (3 km’s for directional antenna settings). When you build a turbine close to an AM station you will also need to take worker safety precautions to prevent electrical burns. Take a look at this 1 minute video taken at a construction site < 1 km from an AM antenna: " Fire in the hole ! :eek:
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  6. WN1MB

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    I'm curious why you're asking about that here, and not checking the ARRL website or using their TIS.
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  7. KA0HCP

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    Pretty wild and unsupported claims.
    1. The feds are NOT funding wind farms. There are two tax incentives, which are not federal funding.

    2. What requirements are there for ANY business owner to maintain his facilities and equipment and buildings? None. Any business owner is free to run his business into the ground. There is nothing different about wind farms.

    3. Wind farms require a huge investment, and it at normal profit margins it would be no surprise that the developer would make a commensurate profit. What he does with it is his business. Why does it chap your *ss that this fellow should be well rewarded for his risk and hard work?

    4. Wind farms are not solely responsible for land use. Any other business could have developed the land. If you don't like the land use in your state, get local zoning passed or state land use laws. Don't blame lawful businesses acting lawfully.
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  8. AG4RT

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    Maybe the same reason people say fricking instead of the other word. It causes less offense to those who are prone to offense. There is some forum software that will automatically change “ass” to “*ss”. Besides, profanity is a crutch for the inarticulate motherfricker.
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  9. W4ZD

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    I disagree. Profanity is to language as cayenne pepper is to cookery. Just a bit of spice that adds to the taste. Words have never offended me, and I often wonder why some folks react to them that way. :)
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  10. K3XR

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    Have driven by wind farms here in Pa and they are clearly a blight on the landscape.

    As to the government's role in funding these eyesores...

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