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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:17 PM
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Weird noises on my phone line
Seriously, what is this??

You can hear it on the phone, through the computer speakers (there's a phone line attached), and through the bass speaker of the surround sound system. Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz...but it's not really a buzz...hard to explain. It doesn't happen constantly, but there's no rhyme or reason to it.

Nothing new has been brought into the house that would cause interference, and it occurs when nothing other than the TV and the computer are on. The computer is always on, the TV nearly always. Standard lighting of course, we're not vampires.

Tonight, while watching West Wing, just as someone said "liberal" the buzzing started. It's now a joke that I'm being watched, and that word triggered it.

Seriously though, what in the hell is this??
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:18 PM
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1. Do you wear or carry a cell phone?
Is it near the speaker?
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:19 PM
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4. Two cell phones in the house
Neither are anywhere near the computer or the speaker, or the one phone jack in the house, for that matter.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:19 PM
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5. SHHHHHHH!!!!
They can read your mind. :tinfoilhat:
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:21 PM
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8. I wish them the best of luck
With all of the meds and stuff, if they can figure out what's going on, I congratulate them!
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:18 PM
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2. They're tapping your phone lines!
Edited on Wed Feb-16-05 11:19 PM by Revolutionary_Acts04
:tinfoilhat:


Edit: I can't spell tonight.... weeeeeeeeeeee. :crazy:
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:20 PM
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7. Not funny!
I'm a Texas Dem, AND a DU'er!
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thecai Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:22 AM
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51. Under The Patriot Acts
The fbi were given unlimited surveillance powers, so your phone could easily be tapped.
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Guy Fawkes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 10:12 PM
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60. thats a clicking sound
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:19 PM
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3. Cell phone, Blackberry, NSA, DIA, Illuminati, Skull and Bones
It's got to be one of those.

:tinfoilhat: :tinfoilhat: :tinfoilhat:
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:20 PM
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6. Well, there's no Blackberry here
:tinfoilhat:
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Califooyah Operative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:36 AM
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52. haha.
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Huckebein the Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:22 PM
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9. You sure it's not the Mothman ?
:tinfoilhat: :P
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:24 PM
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10. Nah, my cats would be on to that
It's just a high pitched buzzy sound.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:29 PM
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11. Oh, and I forgot to mention...
This only started about a month ago (maybe less). I've lived here for nearly a year, and the cell phones have been around for months.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:11 AM
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12. Are the Nextels or the type with walkie talkie, if so...
no matter where they are being used in the house the will interfere.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:14 AM
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13. Nope
One's Verizon, the other Cingular, no walkie-talkies
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 06:22 AM
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54. My cell is a Cingular (formerly at&t) and it makes everything buzz
My clock radio with the sleepy noises, tv, computer speakers. Video equipment at work, it even made the speakers in a courtroom buzz while I was testifying, and the phone was turned off.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:26 AM
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14. The lump on my couch has been saying
That black SUVs will be following me soon...Then I get weird noises on my phone.

:tinfoilhat:
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:30 AM
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15. Long or short buzzes?
Edited on Thu Feb-17-05 12:36 AM by steely
Do you have some sort of heater around, like a blanket or aquarium heater? They're notoriously noisy (from an electrical, not acoustical standpoint - that is to say the offending device may be quiet itself, but may cause some other devices to sound off. Is the phone a cordless. You said random, but really - any time of day or nite? for 1 minute or 2 hours? near dinner time? Maybe this could help you narrow it down.

Didn't notice if you mentioned...one room or thru the house?

You could disconnect something like a clock radio or whatever, one at a time for a day, and experiment - something like a power supply in a device may be just going down little by little. Some devices are called vampires btw, like digital cable boxes, since they draw power even when you shut them off - they really aren't off so they give you the appearance of turning on very fast.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:32 AM
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16. Almost morse code like...short ones and long ones
No heater (central heat), no electric blanket, no aquarium. No cordless phone (tired of buying batteries that wouldn't hold a charge). Yes, ANY time...I've heard it at 2 AM, during the daytime, in the evenings, late at night.
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:40 AM
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21. Like human morse code, or "slower"?
I can't sleep, and I'm a mystery lover and a double E geek.
I editted my above post while you were answering me, sorry I added more crap.

Ham radio interference? Not sure if hams use international code anymore these days tho'.

Any neighbors have wierd antennae on their home?
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:54 AM
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38. I don't know
Everything I know about morse ode, I see on TV. It's not the beep-beep like that, but the patterns remind me of it.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:46 AM
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28. The living room/kitchen area
Near the phone line

No funny antennas...everybody has satellite. Why would it juyst start recently when nothing new has been added??
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candle_bright Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:34 AM
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17. Weird...I have that too
I can hear it through computer speakers, my phone, and also my little portable am/fm radio.

It kind of goes in the same little pattern of noise each time too.

I've had it for about a year, but I think the last time it happened was about 3 weeks ago.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:37 AM
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18. Cripes! Now I'm really freaking out
Dit-da-da-da-da-daaaaaaaa?
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candle_bright Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:38 AM
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19. Yup
Mine is like dut-dutdutdut-dutdutdut-dutdut

The hypens are the small breaks between the string of noises.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:43 AM
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24. If you're on the phone
Does it get louder than the person you're talking to?
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candle_bright Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:46 AM
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27. Yes
It entirely blocks out the conversation. Likewise with the radio.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:50 AM
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30. Same here
I have to hang up and call whoever I'm talking to back.
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candle_bright Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:54 AM
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37. It's definitely very strange
and you are the first person I've talked to who also has this "thing."

Since I've had it for about a year, it's become more of an annoyance than anything. But I sure as hell would like to know what it is!!!
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:55 AM
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40. I'm thinking of having the phone company check my line
My father-in-law is a tech...I should ask him
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candle_bright Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:00 AM
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45. Will you let me know
if you find out what it is?

I don't know any techs, and I am certain I'll sound like a lunatic trying to explain this to the phone company! Maybe your father-in-law can nail it down, or at least provide you with a way to ask the phone company about it without sounding tin foil. :tinfoilhat:

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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:02 AM
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47. He'll love it...he's a repug and a half
Yes, if I find out what it is, I'll be sure to post it.
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candle_bright Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:08 AM
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50. Hah, that should be fun!
Sorry I couldn't help figure it out, only commiserate!

Hope you get to the bottom of it.

I'm off to bed. :)
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:45 AM
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26. I don't think it's man made
forgive me for catching up so slowly
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:51 AM
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32. Is it like in Signs? The baby moniter thing?
I've seen no crop circles!
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:40 AM
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20. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!
He's on the extension phone.

Maniacs can lick hands, too.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:42 AM
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22. There is no extension phone
Just one functioning jack in thw whole house....very funny
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:51 AM
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34. That you know of
Check the box and don't forget we live in the age of wireless transmissions.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:53 AM
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36. There were 3 jacks in the master bedroom when we moved in
But none of them work. I don't have anything wireless here...what could be interfering?
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:55 AM
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39. There could be a wireless unit around your house or in your wires
Haven't you ever heard of a bugging device?
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:56 AM
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41. OK....I wasn't sure if that's what you were talking about
I know my neighbors aren't running wireless networks...thought maybe that's what you meant.
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:57 AM
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42. Your phone might be tapped
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:59 AM
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43. Yeah, that's my paranoia
I have to wonder why in the world it would be. yeah, i e-mailed Senators like mad before Jan. 6th, and I come here, would that be enough?
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:03 AM
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48. I have no idea
But you can find a private investigator with the right equipment to scan your room for bugs or wiretaps.

For all I know, it could be nothing.

Good luck, and let us know what you find out.

Floog
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:05 AM
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49. Yeah, I'll sell my body to pay the PI (not!)
I just find this whole thing very strange. I'll post if I solve the mystery.
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:42 AM
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23. See #21 above
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barackmyworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:45 AM
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25. Probably interference, maybe from not even your house?
Maybe it's from big cars, or your neighbors, or cell phones outside.

Alternately, some metal part of your speakers might be touching something else metal. When I touch my speaker jack (from my laptop speakers) to my fingers or anything metal, it buzzes. The speakers can transmit the current through fingers, etc.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:49 AM
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29. I basically live in the middle of nowhere, far from a highly traveled road
And there certainly isn't a lot of activity with my neighbors at 2 AM. We've checked everything, nothing's touching that shouldn't be.
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:50 AM
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31. Maybe the wind blowing your phone line outside?
A poor connection could be made worse by the movement - but it affects other things in your house? hmmm

something with a loose ground
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:52 AM
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35. Wind, no wind....makes no difference n/t
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 12:59 AM
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44. one last post and then I try to crash
Two main sources of juice into the house - excluding cable, the phone and the power. If the phone is connected in anyway to the power via the PC or an answering machine - there is a common link - I am reaching here. If you hear it on the phone while you're on it, and you can hear it on the speakers or wherever else, that tells me there is a link (you knew already), but that of course adds to the difficulty.

some device powered could be "throwing" to the phone or vice versa, do you use a phone modem?

I gotta go with a bad ground (no help to you), or something failing.

I can only suggest isolating something one item at a time.

I realy do wish you luck and sorry i couldn;t help.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:01 AM
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46. The phone is connected to the PC for my dial-up
The satellite is also connected to the phone, which is why (I'm guessing) I hear it through the woofer.
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shesemsmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 06:18 AM
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53. You need to have that line check
call the phone company it could just be water in your line. Or it could be someone tampering with it. Some one in government tampered with our line once. They had been recording our calls and we caught on due to funny noises just like that
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 06:26 AM
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55. Have they started BPL service in your area?
"Broadband over Power Line", it's the latest solution looking for a problem brought to us by the unlamented recently-departed Mikey Powell at the FCC.

Supposed to be the newest way to bring the Internets to you, but it's fraught with interference to other services. It sounds like a "buzz-buzz-buzz".
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 10:10 PM
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58. No...I can't get any high speed where I live
and I really think that sucks!
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 06:34 AM
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56. It happens to us to. I chalk it up to the cell phone, because it gets
worse when the cell phone rings. Happens on my computer speakers, our land line, and even the car stereo. No worries...just cell phone interference....or Big Brother.... ;) :hi:
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 10:13 PM
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61. Nothing happens when either of the cell phones ring
I thought that might be it in the beginning, but it's not. It even does it when both cell phones are turned off.
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Blue Diadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 07:15 AM
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57. It's problems in your phone lines,
I live in a rural area and I've had it happen as well. Either it's static or you're picking up other conversations and if the buzz is what I've heard, it's other conversations.
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 10:12 PM
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59. It's definitely not other conversations
I've had that problem before, and you can tell that it's another conversation. This is definitely not that.
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Unreconstructed Lib Donating Member (133 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 10:18 PM
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62. I had this and it turned out that the phone line buried in my front yard
had to be replaced. No biggie.
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