w1rfi at arrl.org
Sat Apr 17 07:59:20 EDT 2004
So, imagine that 100 hams converged on a BPL area to "demonstrate" that the BPL system is susceptible to interference. Does anyone think that the industry would suddenly see the error of their ways and stop promoting BPL? Or would they now start talking about how amateur radio acted irresponsibily and that such conduct should not be worthy of protection? Does anyone think that the FCC would suddenly realize that they have been wrong about BPL and thank the hams for showing up? Or would the FCC agree with the BPL guy that amateur radio acted irresponsbily and that a rules change might be needed to prevent this in the future? Would the utility companies suddenly see the error of their ways and decide that BPL doesn't work, or would they feel that 100 hams converging on a BPL area and transmitting right next to their lines was a deliberate attempt to sabotage the system?
Do you think those 100 hams that converged on the BPL site with their mobile stations could say with a straight face that this was "normal amateur operating?" If they did, does anyone think that the BPL industry, the utilities or the FCC would believe them?
Any talk about intentionally disrupting BPL systems is harmful. There is no place for such vigilante approaches in trying to deal with BPL interference. Even these discussions do not reflect well on the amateur radio service.
Ed Hare, W1RFI
From: rfi-bounces at contesting.com on behalf of Jim Jarvis
Sent: Sat 4/17/2004 4:47 AM
To: rfi at contesting.com
Subject: [RFI] BPL
Get a grip!
1) This is an industry trade show.
2) There will be no "honest tests", just sales demos
3) deliberate interference...and that's what was proposed here,
is illegal. And beneath us.
4) power line communications has value for the utilities, where
it supports their operations. Like meter reading and some
control signals. They've been doing that for a long time,
but at low frequencies, and we haven't had a problem.
5) Stick to interference with mobile stations and public safety.
6) The BPL investment is questionable, on its own merits. It can't
last under competitive pressure from DSL, cable, and wireless
jimjarvis at ieee.org
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