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Remote reading of Gas Meters

Aug 31st 2011, 13:54

W8NGA

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Yesterday, I received an post card in the mail that informed me that my local gas company (Columbia Gas of Ohio) is installing an device on the gas meters in my neighborhood that allows them to read my meter just by driving down the road. I am wondering if anyone else has had this device installed and has it's transmitted signal interfered with their ham receivers? I operate 160 through 2 meters as well as 70 cm. Also, I assume that this device would have to transmit its data every few seconds or does it have a receiver in it so that it only transmit when their truck is driving down my street?

Thanks,
Greg W8NGA
Grove City, Ohio
Aug 31st 2011, 16:28

W1VT

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http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/gahanna/stories/2011/01/12/columbia-gas-of-ohio-begins-installing-gahanna-meter-upgrades.html

found with

google search “grove city ohio gas meter reading”

http://www.columbiagasohio.com/en/about-us/newsletter/newsletter-winter/automated-meter-reading.aspx
9. Will the AMR System interfere with my home electronic equipment?

It is highly unlikely that you will have any interference from the AMR System. The AMR signal meets all applicable FCC regulations and operates on a frequency similar to other devices such as car toll transponders or portable telephones.

As the specially equipped vehicle drives by, it will send a signal to the AMR device on your meter, which then transmits the meter reading data to a computer in the vehicle.

http://www.columbiagasohio.com/en/doing-more-for-you/AMR.aspx

The AMR is powered by its own long-life battery and does not draw from a home’s electrical system.
http://www.columbiagasohio.com/en/about-us/news-room/columbia-ohio-news/10-12-30/columbia_gas_of_ohio_to_begin_monthly_meter_readings_across_northwest_ohio.aspx

Zack Lau W1VT
Senior Lab Engineer

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