Wednesday, June 09, 2010

PLT DX Contest

For someone as plagued with HF band interference as me this sounds like a sick joke or an April 1 spoof that passed it's read-by date. The Electromagnetic Compatibility Industry Association (bet you didn't even know there was one) has announced a contest to see who can detect interference furthest from a power line adapter installation. Yes, really. There are two prizes: the Long Distance Award (LDX) for the person who detects interference the greatest distance from the installation, and the Most Typical prize (MTY) for the entrant whose detection distance is closest to the median value.

Well I suppose when interference blots out HF entirely we need to use our radios for something. I believe a CQ WW Wi-Fi contest in the offing. You collect SSIDs for multipliers. Double points if the network is unencrypted.


Theodore said...

Sorry Julian, there is no chance of winning in your WI-FI contest suggestion.
Google has already won!

John said...

Certainly no spoof, my company is a member of the EMCIA and we got an email about the competition today. There are 2 prizes of Yaesu wide band scanners to be won. But as an aging ham I have no idea when it comes to most of the tech stuff on their website link for this. I am well aware however of the stink surrounding these PLT's, just another death knell for HF I guess. No wonder you only find EMC Test Labs in the middle of nowhere - usually on a farm or similar !!
73 John G3VUO

John said...

Just to say that Ofcom have just published a 156 page report on PLT's and possible interference. Can't say I'm not surprised at the conclusions !