At 12:32 PM 3/5/04 -0800, N6KJ wrote:
The BPL proponents continue to insist that power lines will not radiate
like an antenna and that their equipment appears as a "point-source"
radiator. If that's true, then why is it possible to place an AM
BC band radio near the electrical outlet in a dorm room and receive a
low-voltage broadcast that originated who knows how far away? This doesn't
sound like a "point-source" to me. Does it to anyone else?
Amusing, indeed. I was on the staff of WESU in Middletown, Connecticut
1959-1963. When I arrived, the station used a 5-watt AM carrier current
system, and we were heard all over campus. It wasn't just a question of
"close to an outlet" -- we could be heard just about anywhere inside the
campus electrical system, though with varying quality. We switched to
low-power FM in about 1961, but the old carrier current system certainly
demonstrated how well all that wiring worked as an antenna.
73, Pete N4ZR
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