| The claim is that they will operate 'somewhere' between 1.7 Mhz and
By `somewhere', they mean `just about everywhere'. They used to go up
to 80 mhz ... I wonder what happened.
| "The FCC has acknowledged that BPL transmission may interfere with
| amateur ham-radio broadcasts, and that problem will likely need to be
| solved before BPL can become as common as cable and DSL connections."
| What kind of statement is this? The problem will "likely need" to be
| solved before proliferation? Why no mention of RC?
R/C doesn't deal with the weak signals that ham radio DXing does, so
it's not at as much risk. Exactly how much of a risk it is remains to
be seen, but it's not guaranteed to be a disaster for us. In fact, it
may not affect us at all.
What's quite possible is that you'd find that flying really close to
whatever powerlines are nearby would cause you to start glitching --
which may not be an issue, because flying really close to powerlines
is never a good idea anyways. How far `really close' is remains to be
seen, of course. If it's 20 feet, then that's ok. If it's 500 ft,
then that's a problem.
Also, if they're really not going over 30 mhz, then the 72/75 mhz
bands should be fairly safe, though of course there's always the
danger of harmonics. The 27 mhz band would be affected, of course,
but if the interference is low enough it shouldn't be an issue. We'll
see if it's low enough ...
Of course, we should still be fighting it, because it certainly does
have the ability to cause us grief. But it's not automatically `the
end of R/C' as some have predicted.