turmoil around EDXC
ongoing Italian DX war around the European DX Council, EDXC,
is heating up.
satirical web site tries to ridicule the recently elected
Italian EDXC leaders as being on a selfish, worldwide ego
The attack is met with repulsion from the EDXC ranks.
"The elected Secretary General and Assistant Secretary
General should be supported by all Clubs and DX-ers to do
their job representing all 13 DX Clubs in Europe, and not
jammed as they are by this new website, says an indignant
EDXC auditor Anker Petersen, adding:
have more important jobs to do than spending their time on
quarrelling with individuals."
hcdx news desk, February 4,
unofficial, and satirical, EDXC web site has been closed.
"Some people were taking the matter far too seriously",
explains EDXC teaser Enrico Oliva to HCDX, adding:
"It was not amusing anymore."
The big commotion started when Oliva tried to comment on
"the attitude of the new officials to release an enormous
amount of interviews", as well as the new EDXC plans
on "standardization of logs, reception report forms
and QSL's", comments that were barred from the EDXC mailing
"I found all this simply ridicolous", says Oliva.
As a protest, and to show that opinions cannot be stopped
in these Internet days, the satirical EDXC web site was
After a short brohaha, all this is now part of European
DX history. At least for the time being.
news desk, February 6, 2001
blow to shortwave listening?
on using shortwave frequencies for in-house data communications
are moving on fast in Germany, in spite of protests from
radio listeners, broadcasters and official agencies.
by the Radiocommunications
Agency, responsible for the supervision of the
British radio spectrum, shows that "broadband data
access methods over existing telephone or mains wiring will
cause unintentional RF emissions which may adversely affect
the established radio noise floor".
Smith Group Limited
adds that "it is clear that the [noise] levels produced
by the real-life systems are very significant".
Still, German power companies continues to push for Powerline
Communications, planning to use frequencies between 9 kHz
and 30 MHz.
"If allowed to go ahead as proposed, Powerline Communications
will be a new and unwelcome source of potential interference
to the shortwave broadcasts", warns Andy Sennitt of
He urge all users of the radio spectrum in Germany, especially
shortwave listeners and broadcasters to file
protests to the German he regulatory authority.
"The German bureaucrats would love it if nobody bothered
to register their concerns or objections," adds Sennitt.
"That would make their job easier, and ensure that
the interests of SWL's and DXers do not have to be taken
into account when calculating permitted field strengths
More PLC info on the Internet:
info from RWE Powerline, Germany
paper from Ilevo, Sweden [PDF]
hcdx news desk, January
don't bother the EDXC
I was concerned about this, and hoped to involve the European
Therefore I sent a message to the EDXC mailing list, asking
if the EDXC wants to take a position on this.
"Your message has been deemed inappropriate by the
This sounds unbelievable to me.
Enrico Oliva, Italy, hcdx
list, January 30, 2001
We have to investigate
After lots of requests for action against the planned introduction
of PLC systems, the new EDXC Secretary General Luigi Cobisi
has come forward with an answer:
"This requires the Council to get more information
on the scientific side", says Cobisi.
The EDXC Secretary General has asked for help from professor
Filippo Giannetti at the University of Pisa, Italy, "to
produce a document about possible interference of PLC techninques
on radio listening".
This information is expected at the end of February.
One major problem here is that German regulatory authority
has set February 16 as deadline for presenting views on
Germany's plans for PLC systems.
Luigi Cobisi, Italy, edxc
mailing list, February 1, 2001
is blowing it
I am baffled
at how little interest the radio community has shown in the
latest threat to hit shortwave broadcasting: Powerline Communications,
Radio Netherlands' web editor Andy Sennitt writes in a personal
and a Promise
Full text of Andy Sennitt's personal editorial
at Radio Netherlands' web site
Meanwhile, Sennitt continues, the organisation that claims
to represent the interests of DXers and shortwave listeners
in Europe has grudgingly been forced into reacting to the
issue. Its answer is to seek help from a university professor
"to produce a document about possible interference of PLC
techniques on radio listening". This document is expected
to be ready two weeks after the deadline for public consultations
in Germany. A very helpful contribution after two years of
Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands.
web site, February 2, 2001