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Re: "Two Hundred Meters and Down," 2003 edition


	I think your argument is un-sound.
	First of all, most man made interference and noise *is* avoidable.
Particularly noise and interference created by poor spectrum management
decisions and poor design/construction of consumer electronics.
	Second, your comparison of Amateur Radio to commercial communications
isn't valid. Commercial communications services have specific, easily
defined goals. By the standard of commercial services, ham radio would be
a dozen or more different services with different purposes, using different
communication techniques, frequencies and equipment.
	I do agree that digital modulation using FEC techniques is a valuable
tool for many (not all) disciplines within amateur radio. But it isn't the
solution to the potential BPL problem.
	In fact, I think promoting this argument could actually aid the supporters
of BPL in their quest to make money while making our HF bands useless.

Steve .. AI7W

>Noise is *always* unavoidable. So is interference, since nobody (not
>even a broadcast station) has an exclusive, world-wide allocation.
>Spectrum is a finite natural resource that we must share efficiently.
>Modulation schemes that cannot tolerate interference are inefficient
>because they require lots of protection from others on the same
>frequency. Digital modulation with FEC, properly designed, can tolerate
>much more interference than any analog scheme providing the same
>service, and are therefore essential in making efficient use of the
>DSP and FEC are not something to keep in reserve, but essential
>techniques to use as much as possible. They are already standard
>practice outside ham radio, and it's time we caught up.

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