CGC #1076

by CGC on July 11, 2011

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1076

                     Monday,  July 11, 2011

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  LPFM ITEM ON FCC'S TUESDAY AGENDA

  At its Open Meeting on Tuesday, July 12, the Commission will consider adopting 
a Notice of Proposed Rule Making seeking comments on the impact of the Local 
Community Radio Act on the future licensing of low power FM and FM translator 
stations.

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308248A1.doc

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  The FCC has already asked for comments regarding the
  LPFM threat to full power stations, and the NAB has responded:
  http://tinyurl.com/LPFMimpacts
  http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2222856&spid=30800

  o  An Amber Alert strikes gold in California:
  http://tinyurl.com/AmbAltCalifornia

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  EVERYTHING LIGHTSQUARED

  o  The FCC has set a comment deadline regarding the GPS-
  LightSquared technical working group report:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1133A1.doc

  o  The big question is:  How did LightSquared ("LSQ") receive
  such favorable treatment from the FCC when Commission staff
  undoubtedly knew the LSQ system would cause serious interference
  to GPS?  First a John Eggerton report, then a fascinating
  article from the National Legal and Policy Center:
  http://tinyurl.com/EggertonOnLSq
  http://tinyurl.com/NLPConLSq

  o  Congressional hearing on LightSquared's bizarre
  plan (an interesting but long video -- 2 hr. & 15 mins.):
  http://tinyurl.com/LightSqrdHearing

  o  Please send any comments to Tech Letters.  See the
  "Letters to the Editor" heading below.

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  CALL SIGNS GRANTED

  New FM, Twentynine Palms, to KKCM
  Change: KTCD-LP, San Diego, to KDTF-LP
  Change: KDTF-CA, San Diego, to KTCD-CA

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308030A1.doc

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA PRIMARILY

  o  Citation issued to Flatcode Communications for programming
  unauthorized frequencies into a radio transmitter:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1111A1.doc

  o  Notice of Violation issued to KRET-CA (Class A LPTV),
  Cathedral City, for EAS violations:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-307999A1.html

  o  Citation issued to Sound Around, Inc. for marketing wireless
  microphones that operate in restricted bands:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1165A1.doc


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  TRUCK ACCIDENT INVOLVING FATALITIES GOES TO COURT

  An out of control truck careening down Angeles Crest Highway on April 1, 
2009 killed a father and daughter and injured many others.  Now the driver 
is on trial.  First the story from CGC #899 (April 2009), then a video on 
the trial from KABC-TV:

  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2009/cgc899.htm
  http://tinyurl.com/AngelesCrestTrial

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  OVERVIEW BY DENNIS DOTY

  Just a few things to bring everybody up to speed:

  o  Mt. Harvard took a power hit on July 7th that caused
  a few problems for broadcasters.

  o  Because Angeles Crest Highway has reopened, road traffic
  is getting very bad, so be extra careful.

  o  Upper Big T is still closed.  Here is what L.A. County
  Public Works is saying about the problem (e-mail of 7/1/11):

  "Public Works is continuing to investigate the problem with
  our chip seal treatment and determine the appropriate fix.
  At this time I cannot provide a date for re-opening."
  -Mark Caddick, District Engineer, Road Maintenance District 5,
  County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works -  (661) 947-7173

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  Saturday, July 9, 2011


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING JULY 12

  The Los Angeles SBE has scheduled a luncheon meeting for Tuesday, July 12, 
at the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank.
Start time is 11:30 AM.  For details and RSVP instructions,
see:

  http://www.sbe47.org/

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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING JULY 20

  The San Diego SBE is set to meet on Wednesday, July 20, with a program 
entitled, "Calrec 5.1 Audio."  Location: TV Magic.
Time: Noon sharp.

  http://www.sbe36.org/

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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV

  o  SBE criticizes the FCC for its Broadcast Auxiliary
  Services ("BAS") band sharing plan:
  http://tinyurl.com/SBEonBASbandsharing

  o  If you need very LOW data rates over long distances,
  this RF product may be of interest:
  http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/37881/

  o  Computer data expected to grow 50X in 9 years:
  http://tinyurl.com/50XdataIncrease

  o  More on the "brilliant" experiment of letting our
  power grid drift somewhat from the 60 Hz frequency standard:
  http://www.tinyurl.com/3uzut3g


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                          HAM RADIO NEWS
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  A WONDERFUL SOUND

  Restoring old broadcast audio mixing consoles and giving them a second life:

  


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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS

  Letters to the Editor of the CGC Communicator should be posted on the 
Tech Letters Website.  Recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  July 1st marked the 70th anniversary of commercial
  television.  The event is commemorated with this well written
  short story that is currently the lead item in Tech Letters.

  Letters are moderated and posted after review.  Please send your letters 
to Steve Blodgett: sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com Accessing the Tech Letters 
Website is quick and easy:

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


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                            OFF TOPIC
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  LONGEST BURNING LIGHT BULB IN HISTORY

  CGC #893 (March 1, 2009) reported as follows:

  "The longest burning light bulb in history resides in a fire station 
in Livermore, CA.  Now in its 108th year of illumination, the bulb has 
an incredible fan club and is monitored 24 hours/day by a Web Cam (aka 
the "Bulb Cam"):

  http://www.centennialbulb.org/  (Home page)
  http://www.centennialbulb.org/photos.htm (Bulb Cam direct)"

  It's still going!  On June 18, 2011, the Livermore bulb celebrated its 110th 
year of illumination.

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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  o  The 3-D color printer:
  

  o  Discovery's flight deck.  Wait for the 360 panorama
  to begin:
  http://tinyurl.com/DiscoverysFlightDeck

  o  The incredible Magdeburg Water Bridge in Germany:
  http://tinyurl.com/MagdeburgWaterBridge

  o  Jay Walker and his "Library of Human Imagination:"
  

  o  Forget SignOnSanDiego's cluttered Website.  Switch to
  their mobile-formatted offering for clean and easy reading:
  http://m.signonsandiego.com/


  REALLY RADICAL STUFF:

  o  The Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (EO DAS)
  for the F-35.  This is hot:
  http://tinyurl.com/ElectroOpticalView

  o  Parahawking Over Nepal:
  http://www.flixxy.com/parahawking-over-nepal.htm

  o  Dancing with a shark -- the ending is astonishing:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=WK2LpUoqX6A&vq=medium


  ON THE SOFTER SIDE:

  o  Hang Son Doong.  The world's largest cave is found
  in Vietnam:
  http://tinyurl.com/5vl5388

  o  Putting all of the state flowers together make a
  beautiful bouquet:
  http://tinyurl.com/StatesBouquet

  o  An American robin lays her four eggs in a hanging
  flower basket and the homeowners set up a camera to film
  the results:
  http://tinyurl.com/AmericanRobinNest

  o  Saving a humpback whale (leaving not a dry eye in the
  audience):
  


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  CORRECTION

  Regarding the Little Richard video in CGC #1074, Lyle Henry writes, 
"Apparently it ain't him.  But [the video] was fun to watch."

  The movie:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Leave,_No_Love
  The piano player:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_Chile_Robinson


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