Monday, April 20, 2009

Power line petition a waste of time

The UKQRM Save Shortwave petition which asked the Prime Minister of the UK to immediately ban powerline network adapters of the type currently being used by the UK's biggest telecoms provider has predictably met with an official brush-off. You can read the petition, and the official response, here.

I initially refused to sign the petition, which earned me a lot of sniffy emails (pun intended) from some people who thought I was a traitor to the cause and deserved to suffer QRM. But I really didn't expect that officialdom would take any notice of a campaign that was amateur in every sense of the word, and whose home page was "". An amateur campaign could all too easily get us dismissed as a bunch of cranks, which would do our case no good at all. In the end, I did sign, since I didn't think it would do any harm, which is why I received an email informing me of the outcome today.

If there is any hope of getting any action at all on this serious issue, it will be achieved through professional legal and technical representation which our national society, the RSGB, can and is doing. That's what I believed at the time, and that is what I still believe.
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