[RFI] A Serious Threat...PLC

WA2BPE wa2bpe at infoblvd.net
Fri May 16 14:09:11 EDT 2003

And this despite what tests in other countries have shown.  Considering how
poorly the majority of power companies maintain their lines, this is a
serious debacle knocking at our doorstep that is virtually guaranteed to
screw up 2 through 80MHz even worse.  $$ and politics are all that count;
to Hell with the physics and the collateral damage!  The real answer
(ultimately) for broad band is fiber to the home (or at least the curb).
Yes, 80%+ of the population have access to cable, but it is a skewed
statistic - look at the distribution/concentration on a map and you will
see it is all metro & suburban.

Sorry, really irritated - just in time to screw up the weekend.


Tom - WA2BPE - FN12


> Fyi:
> Broadband PLC access was a major "theme" at this year's UTC Expo last
> week in Houston.
> UTC (United Telecomm Council) is a national association and frequency
> coordinator for utilities.
> There is a lot of interest in this among utilities for obvious reasons.
> Sorry to say, I was there but didn't get to attend any of the sessions
> on BPLC since my company sent someone else for those sessions while I
> was busy in other sessions.  The guy they sent has zero background in
> telecommunications!  Go figure.
> 73,
>  de ed -K0iL
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WX5L
> A serious situation is upon the amateur radio hobby.
> PLC is short for Power Line Communications, a new way to
> provide broadband internet over existing power lines. It
> has the very real potential to radiate harmful RFI as is
> now seen in Japan where it was recently implemented.
> To add to the concern the FCC has declared PLC as a top
> priority for it's Office of Engineering and Technology
> calling PLC's potential "immense" offering consumers
> access to broadband  services from any room in their home
> by simply plugging an adapter in the nearest wall outlet.
> You can bet PLC advocates will be lobbying the FCC hard so
> in turn amateurs should also be heard making their
> concerns known about radiated RFI.
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