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Re: [TowerTalk] BPL article lacks insight

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] BPL article lacks insight
From: Jim Lux <>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 10:07:26 -0800
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At 12:52 PM 1/8/2004 -0500, wrote:
The problem with the article is: here we go again . . .

The author acts like Hams (a bunch of weird geeks with a strange hobby who
screw up your TV set and have ugly antennas on their homes and cars) ) are the
only ones affected, and, by the way, FEMA is concerned. I am sending a copy of
this to the author so he can comment, but I suspect he just doesn't know what
he doesn't know.

Take a look at a frequency allocation chart like the one here:

We are only a small subset of spectrum users. Every single hertz is
occupied. How come the author doesn't interview or mention the other users? Even the
ARRL is a bit guilty of this. Instead of emphasizing the disaster this is
for all radio users, they spin the dial in the middle of 20 meters where the
background conversation could hardly be described as "important" and, to someone
who is not used to hearing SSB, the conversation is unintelligible anyway.
Why not spin the dial on top of the BBC, or HF ground-to-air, or navigation
beacons (who wants to be lost in an airplane?) or maritime mobile, or police, fire
and rescue, or any of the other users of the HF spectrum?

Well put...

If this boils down to hams vs. BPL, we lose big. All discussion of BPL has
got to be in a much broader context than ham radio. I can only assume the
other services are not howling bloody murder because they do not understand what
is coming.

They ARE howling... the shortwave broadcasters have a comment filed, for instance, as has ARINC. However, in the US media, SW broadcasting doesn't get much attention, and as for HF aeronautical....

And, practically speaking, the average US person doesn't care much about whether BBC reaches Lesotho, as long as they've got their AOL.

But, to follow on my earlier comments, raising these issues in places where investors will see them is probably a productive strategy. If the investors see that it's just not a matter of "notching out" the bands for those whining hams or for FEMAs frequencies, but that there's a LOT of activity in those bands, with serious dollars behind it to fight the BPL technology... It's one thing to postulate making a regulatory spectrum tradeoff dumping amateur radio operators (on the "greatest good for the greatest number" approach... BPL is worth more to society than a bunch of geeks playing radio) ... we have no real clout. Entirely another to postulate dumping ARINC, with the multibillion dollar airline industry behind it.


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