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From: n4zr at contesting.com (Pete Smith)
Date: Sat Aug 9 10:13:14 2003
At 09:10 AM 8/9/03 -0400, Hare,Ed, W1RFI wrote:
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>Glad to hear it. You are one of the 60%.
>Five years ago, had anyone said that anyone could make a 60% dent in the 
>power line noise problem, it would have seemed an impossible dream.  Like 
>a chess game, this is playing out one move at a time.
>When I was a young man, I tilted at every windmill. I am older now and I 
>know better. But I have picked one them, and will no longer tilt. I intend 
>to knock that sucker down!

Count me as one of the beneficiaries of Tom's fight (probably).  We share 
the same power company (Allegheny Power), and their local engineering staff 
has been quite helpful in resolving power-line noise problems here, mostly 
resulting from improperly-implemented slack spans.  Unfortunately, they 
have no equipment or expertise locally, so I have had to localize all of 
the problems myself, but once I do, they have been prompt and forthcoming 
in fixing them.

It may also help that the regional engineering supervisor is an inactive 
ham.  He came out one day to watch the guys work on a couple of poles, said 
he was just checking a managerial box by spending a day in the field, but I 
had the feeling he was behind the effort.  As with all such things, too, 
personal rapport with the technical people involved sure doesn't hurt.

As for BPL, we're all with you... maybe Michael Powell is sufficiently 
bloodied by the Congressional reaction to his media ownership position that 
he'll think twice, particularly if ARRL mounts an effective Congressional 
information campaign to go with its direct approaches to the FCC.  Let's 
not wait until we have a Report and Order adopted by the Commission before 
we let them know just how bad this is and how much heat they can expect if 
they persist.

73, Pete N4ZR
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