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Subject: [RFI] CQ-BPL
From: Tom Cox <tomcox@iquest.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 13:14:40 -0500
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I have a new approach to the BPL interference discussion.

I'm quite certain no one on this list would engage in any activity by Amateur Radio Operators that would deliberately reduce the effectiveness of nearby (unlicensed) BPL activity. Perish the thought! That certainly is the farthest thing from MY mind.

However, it would be interesting to determine what the signal format of BPL is in a given area, so we can explore operating modes that most resemble that format -- within the Part 97 regulatory constraints, of course -- and use them extensively in those same areas. Who knows? Some digital format, such as Digtrx, may already fill the bill.

Why imitate the BPL format? Isn't it obvious? Since we are assured by the proponents of BPL that interference doesn't exist, because BPL doesn't radiate from power lines, we should use a very similar signal format. It just makes sense -- if their signal doesn't leave the power line and interfere with area radio users, our signal shouldn't enter the powerlines and interfere with theirs. Right?

We should make a good-faith effort to test this new operating mode, perhaps with a nation-wide contest or two. We could call it "CQ-BPL," and grant a multiplier for every contact made to or from BPL-serviced areas of the country, and a big bonus if both operators are in areas with BPL activity. High-power stations should get extra points.

Doing anything this weekend?

Tom, KT9OM

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