Does anyone here know anything about HAM Amatuer Radio? I ask this for a reason.....and it's the neighbor over the hill.....Here is the story.....
The guy knocks on our door two weeks ago and says.....Hi I'm so and so from over the hill and I'm a LICENSED (felt it necessary to keep repeating that) HAM operator just over the hill from you. I'm having an interruption in my signal and I'm driving around to find that it pegs out here at your house. Do you have a baby monitor or something on because I can hear every word and noise in your house.
I was stunned....I'm like WTF???? What the hell is a HAM and you said you are hearing everything we say in OUR HOME???
My husband goes outside to his truck, but tells me to go upstairs where our Video Cam is in our daughters bedroom, part of a video cam/mini tv reciever purchased several years ago, to stand there and talk.
He came back in the house with this guy and said yep, I can hear everything you said like you were next to me.
Now, I've lived here for a year, and I'm wondering just what the hell this guy has heard??? He states that baby monitors and video systems like this are "illegal" and that it is not supposed to interfere with his transmissions and receptions. My husband replies.....Oh really? Well these are sold by the thousands everyday at Wal-Marts and the like so I guess you are going to travel around the neighborhood and yell at everybody about it right? Guy says, I just wondered if you could unplug it during some "competition" I'm having on the weekend. I thought I should come down and tell you that I can hear you and that even though your monitor downstairs to see her is off, the cam you have plugged in is transmitting audio over a radio signal 24 hours a day.
We're like, yeah right........if you think we are plugging that thing back in you are nuts. And now I'm pissed because I'm out $100 video system, can't watch my kid, and wondering who the hell this guy is to come to my house and tell me that a common household baby item that is sold all over the damn world is illegal.....is HE illegal up there????
Ok, so hubby decides he'd going to open the cam, try to disable audio output somehow. Is able to pull the mic, but decides he won't even try to plug it back in because he is not sure if it is still transmitting or "keyed" all the time anyway. So, I'm pissed all week wondering how I'm going to watch my 4 year old at night upstairs while I'm down, and why I have to spend more money for something with NO audio so I can't hear her..........
Yesterday he is at my door again. Babysitter answers and is pissed already that she can't see the baby because of this guy. He asks her if we have our monitor plugged in because he is still having "problems." Babysitter is not nice about it, tells him she don't know, and she's not going upstairs to find out for him. He takes my card and leaves.
Here is our problem and question now that you are half asleep being kind enough to read this far........My husband and I are pissed that this guy thinks he can go around "policing" the neighborhood regarding what "bothers" him on his radio when he stood in my house, admitted he can eavesdrop with what he has in his home and proved it in his truck, and has now cost me $100 and have no way to see/hear my daughter without additional purchase of more equipment. Is he aloud to do this kind of thing? Should we talk to the police about his potential harassment of us and intimidating/scaring us into going through our house and shutting things off to accomodate him because he claims its "illegal?"
Does anyone know the rules regarding HAM or what it is and if he is aloud to do what he is doing?
The next time he comes here he is getting run off my property, and then he will shortly thereafter get a visit from a local police officer....
I would appreciate anyone elses insight and advice on this.