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RFI and Interference Committee Description:

This position is not an appointed position, and provides no "pretty certificate" for the ham's "I-love-me" wall. This is a hard working position, that requires the volunteers to have a dedication and sense of fulfillment from the issues settled.

These committee members meet and operate under the Technical Coordinator, providing interest, expertise, and equipment capabilities, to track down, analyze, and determine causes, of interference to or from the Amateur Radio service members.

In the case of interference or RFI TO Amateur Radio, members may be called on to keep detailed records and even appear at legal or arbitration events between amateurs and offending agencies or companies. Many times these issues are simply one of explanation, and sometimes they take on a much more serious note. Members should be prepared to take part in the resolution or other processes, not just tracking down stray signals.

In the case of RFI or other interference BY our community, then these cases are usually turned over to the Section Official Observer Coordinator. Members may be asked to work with this group to realize, recognize, or document interference for further action by ARRL field agencies or even the FCC. We have to police our own ranks first, and we will be called on sometimes to help with that effort.

The RFI & Interference Committee will:

1. Serve as technical advisors to the Section TC, in their own or other geographical locations, dependent upon the availability of personnel in those areas.. Correspond by telephone and letter or e-mail on such topics. Make TC aware if there are technical or personal reasons why the members cannot either resolve or pursue a particular event.

2. Serve as advisors in radio frequency interference issues. RFI can drive a wedge in neighbor and city relations. Many times the members will be able to solve or reasonably resolve problems on their own. If possible, a Section TS will work the issue with you. Sometimes, because of our Section's diverse geography, the members may have to work alone.

3. Members may be asked to speak at local clubs interference topics. Let local clubs know you're available and willing. Coordination of these speaking efforts should be made with the local TS or the TC's knowledge.

4. Work with FCC and private agencies, or companies who wish to stop their own interference, but lack the technical knowledge to do so..

5. Work with other ARRL officials and appointees when called upon for technical advice, when investigations result in gross interference that cannot be handled at the local, and friendly level. Documentation is very important in these issues.

Appointees should take advantage of every opportunity to recruit a new ham or member to foster growth of Field Organization programs, and our abilities to serve the public.

RFI Committee members must hold a Novice or higher class license, and be capable of demonstrating expertise necessary for these endeavors.; ARRL membership required.

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