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Radio amateur Gary Myers M0PLT submitted a Freedom of Information request to Ofcom regarding use of the Control of Interference from Apparatus Statutory Instrument
He asked:

Since adding Statutory Instrument 2016 No.426 The Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Interference from Apparatus) Regulations 2016 to statute, please list how many times this law has been used to:

1. remove offending equipment causing radio frequency interference;

2. prosecute users of equipment found to be creating radio frequency interference.

Ofcom said that since April 18, 2016 they had investigated and resolved, 48 cases of harmful interference to wireless telegraphy.

Ofcom replied "none" to the second question, however, that may not be surprising, since their aim could well be to achieve the desired outcome without having to resort to legal measures.

Read the full text of the FoI and Ofcom's response at
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ ... ng-1249792

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In short they removed a pitance of "found interfering equipment", 48 out of the many millions no doubt "dotted around" these hallowed Isles, and failed to prosecute ANY particular individuals concerned with installation and operation of said interfering equipment.........in other words, they did next to Jack shit!
Par for the future course!
I wonder how many of the "48" involved interference to radio amateurs, rather than to "commercial radio users"! ;)

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Well I am one case that was solved, but I am the only one I know of for certain that Ofcom have assisted.
They do not get any revenue from amateurs, so every job they are running at a loss.
Also some of the questions they ask are interesting, "how is the interference harmful?" was one. Derrrr, cus I can't use my radio.
There was also a lack of knowledge, he suggested I used AM on 2 metres, as it seemed to have less noise. Also sated that noise was not there below 144.300, "can't you use that bit of the band?". I am sure that wold go down well.
Anyway, once I actually got them to attend, and was polite and hospitable to them, they did find the interfering object, and I can now use 2 metres

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And i think i am becoming the second case of ofcom trying to sort the interference on 2m.
I have reported the interference coming from the telephone exchange nearby in August and they sent an engineer who was actually very knowledgeable went in my shack, measured the interference with his portable spectrum analyzer and took the date of my antennas, also was nice enough to do a site survey for 1296 mhz and 70 cm. had a long talk about interference and found out in the end he was a ham :)
biggest problem was gaining access to the telephone exchange where he found some faulty equipment, however Openreach failed to repair/replace it so i contacted them again. Hopefully will be sorted but the overall ofcom behavior was unexpectedly good


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I had an issue with wideband noise on HF, predominantly 40m where it reached "S9+20dB". I lodged a complaint and was told I would have to keep a log of everything I couldn't hear.
I'll repeat that: I had to log every station I couldn't hear.
I told the guy that I couldn't say what I couldn't hear because I couldn't hear anything below S9+20dB. He said I wasn't being helpful and unless I was prepared to list those I couldn't hear they wouldn't help me.
I decided to arrange a sched with G0SCI, about 5 miles from me and reachable va ground wave on 40m. Every time we tried, he could hear me but I couldn't hear him. To negate any "it's your equipment not as good as his" we both used IC-9100's, both with 100W, identical filter setups and both Hustler 6BTV aerials.
Ofcom attended and ruled that the interference was "ambient noise" thus closing the case, even though it was local to me and vanished 100 metres away.

As for not making money out of amateurs, I thought that Ofcom was a service, paid for via taxes.

Pity us all when plod becomes British Policing Limited and refuses to turn out for a burglary as they don't charge fees (money) from investigating householders who've had a crime committed against them. Oh, wait a mo... it's already that way in a growing number of areas.

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EMC impact upon the Amateur Service
RSGB spoke to the EMC Committee’s paper raising concerns about the perceived inactivity of the RSGB in challenging the reticence of Ofcom to enforce against Harmful RFI and its impact on the Amateur Radio Service.

Michael Bruce M0ITI suggested that we should concentrate on the wider public impact particularly and not just amateur radio to have any chance of success.

Identifying economic impact and seeking partnered organisations who would also be affected were identified as a priority.


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A few years ago I had ofcom out to investigate a source of interference. They was very helpful and confirmed my suspicions of the source were correct.
They entered the property and thought they had a quick win with a power supply for a fish tank. It was noisy but not the problem. They ended up in the persons attic and found a load of fiber optic lights for their childs sensory room.

Man from ofcom started writing up documents to force the guy to remove the equipment and said he'd have 14 days to adhere to the notice or it'd be taken away.

I went with the man from Ocfom back to my house, saw how much the band was improved then realised that I couldn't be the person who forced the childs sensory room to be shut so formally closed my complaint and nothing ever happened.

Between contacting them and them coming out and rectifying the problem was a fortnight.

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2e1hje wrote:
A few years ago I had ofcom out to investigate a source of interference. They was very helpful and confirmed my suspicions of the source were correct.
They entered the property and thought they had a quick win with a power supply for a fish tank. It was noisy but not the problem. They ended up in the persons attic and found a load of fiber optic lights for their childs sensory room.

Man from ofcom started writing up documents to force the guy to remove the equipment and said he'd have 14 days to adhere to the notice or it'd be taken away.

I went with the man from Ocfom back to my house, saw how much the band was improved then realised that I couldn't be the person who forced the childs sensory room to be shut so formally closed my complaint and nothing ever happened.

Between contacting them and them coming out and rectifying the problem was a fortnight.


You could've offered going to the expense of replacing the neighbours offending lights with more RF friendly ones.
Fews nights ago I was on the radio and noticed my noise level spiked, remained that way for a while then disappeared, I straight away bounced out of the seat and called out did someone just there now switch off something, "Yip, the utility room light" was the reply. Theres a 4 LED bulb spotlight out there and straight away i knew it was the flickering LED bulb I had already spotted but never bothered replacing, once done no more issue.

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ei9ju wrote:
2e1hje wrote:
A few years ago I had ofcom out to investigate a source of interference. They was very helpful and confirmed my suspicions of the source were correct.
They entered the property and thought they had a quick win with a power supply for a fish tank. It was noisy but not the problem. They ended up in the persons attic and found a load of fiber optic lights for their childs sensory room.

Man from ofcom started writing up documents to force the guy to remove the equipment and said he'd have 14 days to adhere to the notice or it'd be taken away.

I went with the man from Ocfom back to my house, saw how much the band was improved then realised that I couldn't be the person who forced the childs sensory room to be shut so formally closed my complaint and nothing ever happened.

Between contacting them and them coming out and rectifying the problem was a fortnight.


You could've offered going to the expense of replacing the neighbours offending lights with more RF friendly ones.
Fews nights ago I was on the radio and noticed my noise level spiked, remained that way for a while then disappeared, I straight away bounced out of the seat and called out did someone just there now switch off something, "Yip, the utility room light" was the reply. Theres a 4 LED bulb spotlight out there and straight away i knew it was the flickering LED bulb I had already spotted but never bothered replacing, once done no more issue.


This was a few years back and the interference was only on a couple of bands. It didnt hurt 40m and that was my main band I used anyway.
The fiber optic units were also really expensive and he had hundreds of lights in the ceiling to look like a night sky. I looked into how much it'd be to replace the modules and it was a few hundred quid. I gave up at that point.

A year prior a neighbour had some really noisy cheap homeplugs that wiped out pretty much everything below 30mhz and I swapped them out for him as it was totally unusable.

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