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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB043 (2003)

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ARLB043 ARRL files comments, studies in Broadband Over Power Line 
proceeding

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ARRL Bulletin 43  ARLB043
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 10, 2003
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB043 ARRL files comments, studies in Broadband Over Power Line 
proceeding

Pointing to a potential for interference to and from Amateur Radio,
the ARRL has called on the FCC to "take no steps" to permit
Broadband over Power Line (BPL). The League's 120-page filing, which
includes several lab studies, was in response to the FCC's BPL
Notice of Inquiry in ET Docket 03-104, published May 23.
 
ARRL said the Amateur Service should not be "gored with the
double-edged sword of an incompatible service" that will at once
cause widespread interference and preclude any future changes in the
amateur HF allocations.

Citing "diligent and exhaustive research," ARRL concluded that BPL
must avoid any and all amateur MF, HF and VHF allocations without
exception. "This interference potential, as a matter of both law and
fact, disqualifies access BPL as a potential future competitive
broadband delivery system," the ARRL said in its comments.
 
League studies show received signal levels of BPL broadband noise at
typical amateur stations would be anywhere from 33.7 dB to 65.4 dB
higher than typical ambient noise levels in worst-case situations.
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