BPL Contest and FLASH MOBS

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Mar 22 08:39:13 CST 2004

BPL Contests and FLASH MOBS:

A Flash MOB is an internet phenomenon where a popular WEB page
calls on all viewers to converge on a scene for a few moments
just to show MASS impact.  What we need are some opportunities
for all HF mobiles to "flash" to a BPL neighborhood during any
BPL tests.

Lets call it a BPL Operating event or BPL contest.  Stations in
the BPL zone get multipliers for power.  Power in dB is a multiplier.
100 Watts is a x20 multiplier and 1 KW is a x30 multiplier.
Mobiles also get a x10 multiplier.  But, since the closer they
are to a BPL source the better, it also makes it worse for the
mobile to hear..   Thus, we need weaksignal points also.

Probably best to allow TEAM operation.  One operator (a RX operator)
a few miles out of area, acts as a spotter and relays responses to
the BPL mobile.   The Mobile transmits to all that can hear him and
all responses he can't hear are relayed by his RX team mate.  This
then also demonstrates what the mobile CANNOT hear because of
BPL!  There is a x10 multiplier for all such inbound RELAYS...

I don't think the ARRL could sponsor this event and retain its
above board reputation, but they could use their back-channels
to spread this idea to anyone else that sponsors HF contests!

de WB4APR at amsat.org, Bob

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