[AMRadio] carrier current transmissions

EP Swynar gswynar at durham.net
Sun Apr 13 13:12:53 EDT 2008

Hi Charles,

Back some 33 years ago, my first full-time job after graduating from
university was with a small hydro-electric components manufacturing firm in
Toronto, called "Trench Electric."

One of their specialty items was the manufacture of wave traps, used when
coupling VLF RF signals into the multi-kilovolt high-tension power lines
that traverse the country. Seems hydo companies used RF signal devices
travelling directly through their "right of ways" to trigger remote control
devices along their system...they even communicated orally (or at least,
they USED to, back then) via SSB.

Our company never manufactured the RF generating devices, just the wave
traps. As I recall, the SSB generators were rated at around the 100-watts

The idea was NOT to actually radiate from the HV lines, per se, but rather
to travel directly on them, from point A to point B. I thought that was a
marvelously original concept, until such time as I saw Hams pulling off more
or less the exact same stunt, in specific WW2 era issues of QST
magazine...Radio Amateurs pre-dated the Trench stuff by some 30+ years! Hi

~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "charles whitesmith" <mishlax at hotmail.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 12:56 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] carrier current transmissions

> Interesting info on Powerline transmissions by Utility companies,I was CE
at Ole Miss  college station WCBH in 60's using carrier currrent  and we
ran pair of 814's into coax which fed individual  coupling units for each
building feeding the 220  vac entrance  line .The  buildings leaked radiated
signal  which was adequate to receive on car  radios  all over campus.FCC
engineers  seemed to like our operation as never wrote us a ticket.We were
on the air during the somewhat famous integration riots  in which we had a
sniper firing from a hide on our roof,and a French newsman asassinated  just
outside our doorsteps.
> I have often wondered if it would be feasible  to utilize  long HV
electricic transmission lines as radiating  horizontal "long wire" antennas
for medium or even high power commercial AM band  broadcasting.Must be
experimental data on this somewhere. 73, C.W
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