[RFI] Why we badly need "party line" materials for all hams

Dave Bernstein aa6yq at ambersoft.com
Tue Jul 20 03:04:20 EDT 2004

Neither the BPL backgrounder nor the video

  - explain BPL's technical challenges beyond RFI generation

  - explain BPL's business challenges

  - mention any hard facts substantiating the above (e.g. Alliant's 6/28
withdrawal from BPL in Cedar Rapids due to their inability 
to mitigate the interference it generated)

  - suggest that the power industry focus on getting its grid to
reliably distribute electricity 

  - outline a simple but cogent argument for abandoning BPL that can be
effectively used with a non-technical audience, with guidance for 
special cases (e.g. reporters, local politicians, etc.)

The video does a very nice job of demonstrating the impact of
interference, but would be 10X more effective with non-ham audiences if
the impacted communications were those of law enforcement or public
safety rather than a ham net and Radio Nederland.


       Dave, AA6YQ

-----Original Message-----
From: rfi-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:rfi-bounces at contesting.com] On
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Sent: Monday, July 19, 2004 17:27
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Subject: RE: [RFI] Why we badly need "party line" materials for all hams

In case it was missed in the back and forth:

Backgrounder on BPL:

Narrated BPL video:

Ed Hare, W1RFI
ARRL Laboratory Manager
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06013
Tel: 860-594-0318
Internet: W1RFI at arrl.org
Web: http://www.arrl.org/tis
Member: ASC C63 EMC Committee
   Chairman: Subcommittee 5, Immunity
   Chairman: Ad hoc BPL Working Group
Member: IEEE SCC-28 RF Safety
Member: Society of Automotive Engineers EMC/EMR Committee
Member: IEEE 

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