UPDATED 20180520

Last update: Planning for summer antenna work.

I'm running an online receiver from my here:
Online receiver link

I shall continue tradition and find something to moan about on the front page…

Smart Meter Hyprocrites!
The UK government, via our “friends” at the EU Commission, are spending billions of pounds on smart meters. At a time when the NHS (from what the lazy journalists tell us) is short of every penny. Yet the benefits of smart meters are questionable, and again radio amateurs are in the firing line of poorly implemented technology.

Smart meters enable continuous monitoring of everyone’s consumption. But why do the power companies and authorities need to know? Surely the overall consumption of a geographical area is far more useful information than that of a single customer? There is no justification for them to collect this information, or any indication what they or anyone else want to do with it. No indication what they are giving us in exchange for it either.

Energy suppliers, especially the big 6, are only out to extract more money from consumers. Their enthusiasm for smart meters indicates they stand to gain from them, rather than “benefit the customer”. They send out letters scaring people to have these things fitted. Since they give customers no co-operation, we should give them none either.

The accuracy of smart meters is probably worse than older meters for at least two reasons. Firstly, they are set to charge you for the harmonics of your power, rather than the fundamental frequency (50Hz). As few devices are resistive loads, this can amount to a significant percentage increase in power bills.

Secondly, there is no EMC standard for smart meters, yet. Some have been shown to fail commonly applied residential and commercial radiated and conducted EMC standards, such as IEC61000-4-6. Radio Amateurs may find their meters sending incorrect data when they are transmitting. In the presence of noise, such as IEC61000-4-4, the meters may also give inaccurate readings.

So, as you may guess, I’m not having a smart meter fitted until it becomes legally binding to do so. That day is far off, as my old meter is only 8 years old. There is no legislation I have heard of that makes smart meters compulsory.

The whole Smart Meter thing looks like the EU elite in league with the power companies, and consumers stand to be squeezed again, let alone the huge waste of money in all this.

My amateur radio details are listed at
QRZ.com. My locator in the world is IO90LU, Cosham near Portsmouth, as shown in this map:

View Larger Map
The other website that I manage is: www.sortedentertainments.com

Hit counter for this site -