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03-29-2005 03:22 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Mark C

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Good article on how the AMA is addressing the BPL interference issue with the FCC and the ongoing testing on it's impact. Good use of your AMA dollars at work. Anyone else read it? Thoughts?

Mark C.

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03-29-2005 03:36 AM  13 years agoPost 2
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Yes, I read it with great interest, Mark. While it appears that is might be of lesser impact on the frequencies we use, those being above 70 Mhz, it is of greater impact to others. I'm a licensed amateur radio operator and current BPL test being run in parts of this country are playing absolute hell on the high frequencies used in various amateur bands. Those frequencies are in the 3.7 to 28 Mhz range. BPL has made radio operation almost nonexistant in that range within a mile of a BPL line. I was very happy to read that the AMA is joining forces with the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) to fight this issue. The ARRL is, as the article mentioned, that hobby's equal to the AMA. It's at least a big as the AMA if not bigger. They will be a good friend to have in our corner.

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03-29-2005 05:54 AM  13 years agoPost 3
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Copy that k0tbt. I too agree that it is good to see all the proper forces in play to attack this issue. Makes me feel good about the AMA dollars I spend. Article is also good educational material on BPL for anyone who hasn’t been made aware of it yet. It will help to keep check on the paranoia a bit.

Their overall approach to taming the problem is a good one. Just the right amount of pressure on the FCC to make the installations "difficult" at best and if installed to proper guidelines, pretty safe for us RC'ers. I too believe that BPL is a lame attempt for power distribution companies to tap into the markets that cable and phone companies already dominate. And the payoff is so poor vs. the level of hardware required for the infrastructure. I'm hoping that the FCC guidelines on the installations are "the straw that breaks the camel's back" and you will just see BPL dissolve and leave us alone.

Mark C.

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