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PLT is not an acceptable system

Date : 24 / 06 / 2007
Author : Phil Wait - VK2DKN

South African Radio League states
"PLT IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SYSTEM WHILE INTERFERENCE TO HF IS POTENTIALLY HIGH"

In a message delivered to a Broadband Conference held at the Sandton Convention Centre during the past week, the South African Radio League (the SARL) stated that PLT (also known as BPL) is not an acceptable system to provide broadband connections while the interference potential to HF frequencies remains high.

Proponents of PLT as the solution to bridging the �digital divide� must think again, Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, told delegates. He said that the SARL is not against new technologies as long as these technologies are not at the cost of the HF spectrum, which is a scarce national resource. He said that in fact Radio Amateurs are embracing new technologies all the time. It is part of being an experimenter.

Currently there is no PLT equipment type approved by South African regulator (ICASA) and no licenses have been issued, however several trials are in operation. The SARL observed interference measurements at a BPL trial at a township called Rooiwal, the location of a power station to the north of Pretoria

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