CGC #1071

by CGC on June 13, 2011

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1071

                     Monday,  June 13, 2011

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  First nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS)
  test is scheduled for November 9, 2011 at 11 AM PST:
  http://tinyurl.com/First-Nat-EAS-Test
  http://tinyurl.com/RW-on-Nat-EAS-Test

  o  Media Bureau announces comment and reply comment dates
  for CALM Act Notice of Proposed Rule Making (July 5 & 18).
  The CALM Act, of course, is designed to limit volume excursions
  between television programming and commercials:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-995A1.doc

  o  FCC further explores the possibility of sharing the
  6875-7125 MHz & 12700-13200 MHz bands used by the Broadcast
  Auxiliary Service and the Cable TV Relay Service:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1011A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1011A2.doc

  o  Comment deadlines have been set on the Notice of Inquiry
  for accelerating broadband deployment by improving public rights
  of way and wireless facilities siting policies:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1047A1.doc

  o  The FCC has hired Robert Naylor as the Commission's
  Chief Information Officer.  One of his responsibilities will
  be to move the FCC "towards more sustainable and secure
  cloud-based solutions:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-307070A1.doc

  o  FCC resuscitates the Technology Advisory Council:
  http://tinyurl.com/TechAdvCouncil

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA EXCLUSIVELY

  o  Kevin Bondy fined $24,000 "for engaging in unlicensed
  radio operation and intentional interference to licensed radio
  operations, and for refusing to allow an inspection of his radio
  equipment by FCC personnel."  Congratulations to the Los Angeles
  FCC field office for their diligent work in this case:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-990A1.doc

  o  The Irvine Company busted for unauthorized use of a
  repeater on FRS/GMRS frequencies:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-307315A1.html

  o  FM translator K262BP (Conner, CA) cited on technicalities:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-307312A1.html

  o  Failure to post Antenna Structure Registration Number
  near tower base results in Notice of Violation:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-307311A1.html

  o  The FCC doesn't tolerate incomplete broadcast applications
  as the case of KYPI-FM clearly demonstrates:
  http://tinyurl.com/KYPI-Bounced


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  TWO FATALITIES ON ANGELES CREST

  Two fatal accidents (one a possibly suicide) have just occurred on the 
reopened Angeles Crest Highway:

  http://tinyurl.com/TwoACHfatalities

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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY

  The last two days have been NUTS on the roads up here [thanks to the 
reopening of the Angeles Crest Highway].  Many times I had motorcycles 
going the wrong way passing cars in my lane coming right at me.  Then 
the bicycles blocking the entire road and also going the wrong way in 
the middle of the lane.

  Just drive slow and you should be okay.

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  June 12, 2011


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  SCATTERED NOTES FROM ALL OVER

  o  Copper wire thief hits South Pasadena:
  http://tinyurl.com/Cu-Theft-Pasadena

  o  Responses to the World Health Organization classifying
  cell phone use as a possible cause of cancer:
  http://www.twice.com/article/469046-CTIA_Rips_U_N_Cancer_Report.php
  http://tinyurl.com/MoreCellPhoneStudies

  o  Lack of fuel for power generators is a key issue for
  broadcast stations in disaster areas -- that's something we
  should all be thinking about here in southern California:
  http://tinyurl.com/NoFuel-NoBroadcast

  o  New formulation promises to yield inexpensive LED
  light bulbs:
  http://tinyurl.com/CheapLEDlights

  o  Unthinkable years ago, the Voice of Russia, a descendant
  of Radio Moscow, now originates content for U.S. listeners
  from studios in Washington:
  http://tinyurl.com/WashingtonRussianRadio

  o  Harold Camping, the president of Family Radio who
  incorrectly predicted that Christians would be raptured
  on May 21, 2011, suffered a stroke Thursday night:
  http://www.insidebayarea.com/top-stories/ci_18255207

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  INTERNET VIDEO EXPECTED TO SHOW EXPLOSIVE GROWTH

  By the end of 2012, video will consume more than half of all online 
traffic, and by the end of 2015 that percentage will grow to 62% 
according to a forecast from Cisco.  Per the report, by 2015 there 
will be nearly 3 billion Internet users, more than 40% of the world's 
projected population, and there will be more than 15 billion network-
connected devices by then.

  Mobile Internet data traffic is expected to increase 26-fold from 2010 
to 2015.

  http://tinyurl.com/CiscoVideoReport


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               LETTERS TO THE EDITOR + LIGHTSQUARED
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  TECH LETTERS

  Letters to the Editor of the CGC Communicator should be posted
  on the Tech Letters Website.  Letters are moderated and posted
  after review.  Please send your letters to Steve Blodgett:

  sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com

  This week's offerings (and copies of the latest Communicator
  newsletters) are available at:

  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/

  The comment by "hduncan" is particularly important.  One
  should not fall asleep when instructed to issue an Amber Alert.
  Falling asleep in this case may have led to the death of
  a child.

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  BEWARE OF LIGHTSQUARED

  o  LightSquared's test in New Mexico knocks out GPS
  up to 22 miles away, angers John Deere:
  http://tinyurl.com/L-SquaredTest-Failure

  o  Overview on LightSquared's GPS interference problems:
  http://tinyurl.com/L-Sq-IX-Overview

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  IS LIGHTSQUARED TESTING IN LOS ANGELES?

  A report received by CGC on June 4 suggests that LightSquared is testing 
its system in the Los Angeles area, power level un- known.  Because of its 
proximity to the GPS spectrum, LightSquared testing could spell trouble 
for GPS reception in some areas.

  The individual making the comment said, "I looked at the output of my 
rooftop GPS antenna and I can see a double peak signal close to 1525 and 
1559 MHz.  I am a little terrain shielded from Flint Peak but I think that 
is where it may be coming from.
If so, it will be interesting to see if my portable GPS receiver still 
works near Flint Peak...."

  If you have any comments on this matter, please post your thoughts 
on the Tech Letters Website described above.


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                            OFF TOPIC
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  SKELETAL OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  o  The teleportation dance:
  http://tinyurl.com/futuredance

  o  The virtual tube museum:
  http://n6jv.com/

  o  The two-decade-old healthy eating Food Pyramid has
  been flattened into a plate.  The USDA has replaced the
  well-know Food Pyramid with "MyPlate:"
  http://www.choosemyplate.gov/


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