The term "M.E.P.T." explained.
(So What's a M.E.P.T. ??)
So What's a M.E.P.T. ??
In many countries the amateur radio license forbids the licensee to
operate a "Beacon" without first obtaining special permission and/or an
extension to the license. In some countries the licensing conditions
relating to beacon operation are confusing. With QRSS operating it is
quite common for low power transmitters to operate for extended periods
of time therefore it was felt important to clarify our position with
respect to beacons.
Since our experiments are directed at achieving the
detection of very weak radio signals at great distances and examining
how the prevailing propagation conditions effect those signals it was
decided that a new term should be found to describe our transmitting
equipment which best suited these activities. After several threads on the QRSS mailing list
many months the term "MEPT" was arrived at. M.E.P.T.
stands for M
ransmitter. The "Manned" part of the term
MEPT is simply to make clear that these transmitters are supervised at
all times. The "Experimental" means just that, an experimental
transmitter while the "Propagation" part of the term attempts to make
it clear that QRSS transmitters are a method of observing propagation
effects on radio signals.
Above all else we try to avoid the term
"Beacon" because this can be a "sensitive" issue.
M.E.P.T. = Manned Experimental Propagation Transmitter
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