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Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

The purpose of sharing the information with the Indy was to make people aware of a potential problem, not to try to paint growers as bad people or the only source of interference. I think Bryce did a pretty good job of making that clear. Anyone who reads the article as otherwise is mistaken.

While individual ham operators will have their own opinions for or against, American Radio Relay League (ARRL) does not take sides in the MJ debates.

The ARRL does conduct testing of various devices and report their findings to the FCC. In one completely unrelated case an Arc Fault circuit breaker model was found to be a defective design and the ARRL brought it to the attention of the FCC as a significant source of interference. The ARRL and FCC then worked with the manufacturer to correct the design problem.

In the case of the Lumatek ballast, it appears to be a defective product design and one that incorrectly displayed the required FCC information. The ARRL tested it for RFI and it failed horribly, so they reported their findings to the FCC. Most ballasts pass with no problem.

In the case of Mr Thompson, it appears to have been a case of incorrect wiring from a ballast.

Personally, I have had interference from a CFL light bulb replacement for an incandescent bulb, a dimmer switch, and some yet to be determined device from a near by office building.

In any case, it is not the goal of the ARRL or a ham operator to paint anyone as being bad and rarely do they want to get anyone in trouble (intentional interference, AKA "jamming" would be a notable exception), they just want to find and fix the problem. If it is a faulty street light, they will contact the responsible department to get it fixed. If it is a failing power supply in a doorbell chime in someone's home, they will attempt find it and may even volunteer to help fix it.

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Posted by JBloodgood on 06/27/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Lumatek still shows the LK1000 on their website and they are still available through numerous vendors.

The other lights you mention occasionally result in noise as well, but because they are installed by people who are trained in proper installation procedures and by certified electricians who have to follow codes, they generally do not cause the same problem as when someone builds their own system in a house and runs the wires too far, incorrectly grounds things, etc. As the article mentions, there are many other sources of noise that can cause serious interference and not only for hams, they can interfere with police/fire, military, navigation systems, phones, home entertainment systems, wifi, etc.

The point of the article is to be a good neighbor, be aware that such problems can occur, and don't freak out if someone comes by and says "Hi, I'm Joe and I'm a ham radio operator. I have been trying to track down some interference. I have narrowed it down to your house and I'd like to help you find the problem and fix it."

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Posted by Dave H on 06/26/2014 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Builders insist the threat of lawsuits keeps them from erecting condos

The threat of lawsuits prevents builders from building poorly built condos with high profit potential. Build a quality product and you are far less likely to get sued.

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Posted by null on 06/26/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

This post fails to mention that Metal Halide lights are also used as street lights, outdoor flood lights, safety lights, etc. If your home is anywhere near a commercial center, there are likely hundreds of these High Intensity Discharge lights in the neighborhood. Also, the dimming ballast mentioned in the article has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

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Posted by null on 06/26/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Pride and joy

St. Louis Challenges Missouri Ban On Gay Marriage

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/m…

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Posted by guruD on 06/26/2014 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Pride and joy

Federal Court Rules That Gay Couples Have Constitutional Right To Marry

That was on display in Colorado on Wednesday afternoon, when the county clerk in the liberal city of Boulder announced she would issue same-sex marriage licenses even though the 10th Circuit — which along with Colorado and Utah includes, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming — stayed its decision pending appeal. The state's attorney general declared the licenses invalid because Colorado's gay marriage prohibition is still the law, but Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall said she would continue to issue them until stopped by a court.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25/g…

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Posted by guruD on 06/26/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Pride and joy

AND THE STUPIDITY CONTINUES- Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) claimed during a radio interview this week that anti-gay marriage business owners are being sent to “re-education camps” for refusing to serve gay customers.

“You now see situations with bakers and florists and photographers who are being forced to provide services for same-sex weddings or get fined, lose their business,” Santorum said during the appearance on the American Family Association’s “Focal Point” radio program on Monday. “In the case of Colorado, there was a Colorado case recently where someone had to go to a re-education camp if you will. And the amazing thing is that in Colorado gay marriage isn’t even legal!"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25/r…

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Posted by guruD on 06/26/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Degrees of difficulty

This is a travesty. I am so sorry.

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Posted by Anne Donnelly on 06/26/2014 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Builders insist the threat of lawsuits keeps them from erecting condos

Build them cheap, build them fast, build them flimsy, build them with low-skilled illegal immigrant labor, then they wonder why they get lawsuits. Well duh. It's the 'merkin way, ain't gonna change.

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Posted by OldCrank on 06/25/2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Pride and joy

WOOO HOOO- Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

For the first time, a federal appeals court has struck down a state's ban on same-sex marriage. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver voted 2-1 that Utah's ban is unconstitutional.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/utah-gay-…

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Posted by guruD on 06/25/2014 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Pride and joy

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

For the first time, a federal appeals court has struck down a state's ban on same-sex marriage. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver voted 2-1 that Utah's ban is unconstitutional.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/utah-gay-…

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Posted by guruD on 06/25/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Pride and joy

GAY MARRIAGE BAN FALLS IN TWO MORE RED STATES:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25/i…

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Posted by guruD on 06/25/2014 at 12:46 PM

Re: “The PERA saga continues, trails reopen, and more

Amazing how the City Council can't spare $50,000 for an MJ ballot issue, but seems to have no issue with risking tens of millions of dollars in punitive damages in the PERA issue.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 06/25/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Pride and joy

Amazing Song and an Awesome message from today’s generation!

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been 40 years since I came out in High School, when you couldn’t or you'd be shunned by your peers. Awesome to see the progress in civil rights over the past year for the LGBTIQ community, hard to believe that “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” has been repealed and more to come with Marriage Equality as it’s declared Unconstitutional in each state of the Union as the cases are finally being heard in the courts of law in this land. We are not free as citizens of this great nation until all are free!

Get a free viewing copy of my E-book on Amazon.com “Adventures of a GWF REBORN” to any kindle owner of my own coming out story set in Colorado Springs.

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Posted by guruD on 06/25/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “The expansion of Medicaid is changing trends at hospitals

It's all big medicine. And it needs to go down. Germany has an amazing public health model that the US should follow. It does provide quality care and without the stigma if poor public healthcare. We should be ashamed that a procedure in the US costs upwards of 5xs a procedure iverseas costs.

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Posted by DEZ on 06/24/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “The expansion of Medicaid is changing trends at hospitals

OldCrank - you failed to mention who pays for Medicaid now that all these people are on it now - us. The people of the U.S. pay it.

The only conclusion I get from this article is that hospitals will be more profitable.

And I LOL'd, literally, when I saw the article author mention lowering health care costs due to the hospital now being paid more.

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Posted by rediranch on 06/24/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Maketa recall underway, Supreme Court says Gessler overstepped, Lamborn and Rayburn square off

JOIN the Effort to Recall Sheriff TERRY Maketa facebook page

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Posted by TruB on 06/23/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

I agree that people are the problem, not dogs.

As a point of revenue and to help the "leash law" proplem I would like, and be the first to help enact, a program that other cities have already put into place . This would be a licensing for proven, well-trained dogs to be allowed off lead in virtually all our city parks (with restricted areas).

The license would come with a fee (revenue) but, would allow dogs (and owners) the chance to prove the dogs ability by passing a test to see if the dog is capable of being off lead in public areas.

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Posted by Thom Herold on 06/23/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Among four oil-and-gas initiatives, the local one stands out

Mr. Russell needs to go back and re-read our Declaration of Independence:

"All men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

"To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it." (Add the word "Corporation" just after "Form of Government" and basically you've got ballot initiative #75!)

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 06/22/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “'Hey, taxi!'

Any skeptic of Lyft should try the service first for FREE

1. Download the Lyft app
2. Enter code LOSANGELES (works nationwide)
3. Request and enjoy your FREE ride
4. Repeat on another phone to get home

Posted by Ryan Ross on 06/21/2014 at 6:04 PM

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