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Author Topic: Please file your comments about BPL !!!!!  (Read 478 times)
KK2QQ
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« on: August 15, 2003, 02:58:02 PM »

Hey all:

I admit I had been standing on the sidelines for BPL (although I did
contribute a decent amount of money to the ARRL Spectrum Defense
Fund), however, it wasn't until I saw the ARRL's Video depicting the
actual interference that BPL generates that really made my blood boil
and got me to file my comments to the FCC.

Here is a link to the shocking video (PLEASE WATCH IT):
http://216.167.96.120/BPL_Trial-web.mpg

Here is an EASY link to let you file your comments about BPL:
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/ecfs/Upload/

Tick the top Docket: BPL 03-014
Then Click the Continue Button at the bottom of the page.
Then fill in the form with your comments and hit submit.

If BPL really goes through, I'll be putting almost all of my Ham
Equipment up for Sale -- although it'll probably be worthless except
for scrap metal and silicon.
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K7VO
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2003, 12:01:35 AM »

First off, I agree, and I filed my comments early.

The thing is, you posted this to a VHF/UHF forum, and bands over 80MHz will not be affected.  OK, there may be some interference from harmonics of the BPL transmissions, but it certainly wouldn't be as devastating as HF.  2m and up would live.

Tell me, why would you sell your VHF/UHF gear?  Wouldn't VHF/UHF weak signal work, satellite operations, emergency communication via VHF, emerging digital signal processing technologies to copy incredibly weak signals (possibly including DX), emerging digital voice technology (i.e.: Icom's dStar system for 23cm), and even IRLP/Echolink be worth doing?  I think they are worth doing now, BPL or no.

For a VHF/UHF op selling off the gear would be foolish.  If anything, we are likely to see more hams populating the 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, 33cm, 23cm, and 13cm bands, and that, IMHO, is a good thing.  I just wish it could happen without any negative impact on HF.

73,
Caity
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WA9SVD
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2003, 11:01:37 PM »

(KK7QI:  You missed a few forums...) ;-)
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K7VO:

    The last time I checked, 6 M was a VHF band, and it IS below 80 MHz, so it would be wiped out along with the HF bands.  This is an issue for all license holders, not just those who operate on HF.
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K7VO
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2003, 12:05:52 PM »

Of course 6m is a VHF band (my favorite band, in fact), and of course BPL affects everyone.  Harmonics from BPL transmissions could easily impact 2m and above, BTW.  I filed my comments early, and I am going to file additional reply comments.  

What prompted my post was the last paragraph of the post. He said that he would sell off all his ham equipment and it would all be worthless.  That simply isn't true.

73,
Caity
K7VO
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N2VJX
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2003, 03:06:10 PM »

No need to sell your HF. Just like  you give RFI to your neighbor you work out the problem until it's solved.

Aside from that, you can also reduce the effects of bpl by elevating your antenna higher  and away from power lines. Perhaps having a good ground plane too. Good grounding and filtering techniques apply as well. Come on guys, we're all hams and we can figure this out!
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