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Mark, he claimed, at least in his response to my initial questions, that this was something new and never done before (I pushed him on the RSS123 things myself). He claims to have worked with the local Ottawa Industry Canada office to get them to agree to a more general purpose license (maybe based on RSS123). Right now, I’m just doing my due diligence and attempting to find out if those claims are accurate.
RSS123 all boils down to an interpretation of what an ‘event’ is, or what a ‘public place’ is. If one can get it interpreted as a tourist area, as an example that I used previously, then I could see getting such a license for the area that I now live in.
I am currently located in Pitt Meadows, BC, in a community known as Osprey Village, which is located right on the Fraser River. It consists of a small ‘downtown’ core of local and somewhat eclectic storefronts, surrounded by residences. There are a number of townhouse complexes immediately around the core, with some single family homes a little further out. All in all, it’s probably got a radius of about 1/2 km from where I am (for 270 degrees, the other 90 is river).
Osprey Village is a tourist area for both locals and foreigners. There are miles of trails along the river (you can, in fact, walk bike or run over 15 miles and get to Pitt Lake, which is a famous boating haven here). It would be perfect for a locally-oriented radio service.
BETS-1 just doesn’t have enough power to penetrate the core and townhouses never mind get to the single family homes. My transmitter is installed at ground level, and can get out 200-300 meters to a car radio in some places which are relatively free of obstructions such as streets, but that’s about it.
1 watt is a lot of power. I don’t know exactly how much would be needed here, but certainly in the milliwatts level (to enable a typical receiver to listen in). If this license is the real deal, it would work perfectly for my situation.
And if it isn’t the real deal, I may just attempt to convince Industry Canada myself that Osprey Village could be considered a ‘public place’ for event-like broadcasting, and see what happens.
By the way, Mark, you don’t have to spend that kind of money on an Industry Canada certified RSS123 transmitter. The Decade LX-75 (maximum output of 60mw) is certified for that use, and can be picked up relatively inexpensively on e-bay these days. I’ve seen them for under $100.