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To: <jimjarvis@ieee.org>, <rfi@contesting.com>
Subject: RE: [RFI] BPL
From: "Hare,Ed, W1RFI" <w1rfi@arrl.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004 07:59:20 -0400
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So, imagine that 100 hams converged on a BPL area to "demonstrate" that the BPL 
system is susceptible to interference.  Does anyone think that the industry 
would suddenly see the error of their ways and stop promoting BPL?  Or would 
they now start talking about how amateur radio acted irresponsibily and that 
such conduct should not be worthy of protection? Does anyone think that the FCC 
would suddenly realize that they have been wrong about BPL and thank the hams 
for showing up? Or would the FCC agree with the BPL guy that amateur radio 
acted irresponsbily and that a rules change might be needed to prevent this in 
the future?  Would the utility companies suddenly see the error of their ways 
and decide that BPL doesn't work, or would they feel that 100 hams converging 
on a BPL area and transmitting right next to their lines was a deliberate 
attempt to sabotage the system?
Do you think those 100 hams that converged on the BPL site with their mobile 
stations could say with a straight face that this was "normal amateur 
operating?"  If they did, does anyone think that the BPL industry, the 
utilities or the FCC would believe them?
Any talk about intentionally disrupting BPL systems is harmful. There is no 
place for such vigilante approaches in trying to deal with BPL interference.  
Even these discussions do not reflect well on the amateur radio service.
Ed Hare, W1RFI
-----Original Message----- 
From: rfi-bounces@contesting.com on behalf of Jim Jarvis 
Sent: Sat 4/17/2004 4:47 AM 
To: rfi@contesting.com 
Subject: [RFI] BPL

        Get a grip!
        1) This is an industry trade show.
        2) There will be no "honest tests", just sales demos
        3) deliberate interference...and that's what was proposed here,
                is illegal.  And beneath us.
        4) power line communications has value for the utilities, where
                it supports their operations.  Like meter reading and some
                control signals.  They've been doing that for a long time,
                but at low frequencies, and we haven't had a problem. 
        5) Stick to interference with mobile stations and public safety.
        6) The BPL investment is questionable, on its own merits.  It can't
                last under competitive pressure from DSL, cable, and wireless
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