CGC #1077

by admin on July 19, 2011

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THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

CGC #1077

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
<cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>

Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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LPFM AND FM TRANSLATOR NEWS

The FCC has taken steps to implement the Local Community Radio Act to promote Low Power FMs and resume FM translator application processing.  The floodgates aren’t open yet but that day is coming due to considerable effort by the FCC:

Radio World’s overview:

http://radioworld.com/article/fcc-eyes-2012-lpfm-window/23897

http://tinyurl.com/MoreLPFM-Xlator

http://tinyurl.com/MoreLPFM-Xlator2

RBR’s overview:

http://tinyurl.com/RBRonLPFM-tranlators

FCC’s overview:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308352A1.doc

FCC’s Third Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (32 pages):

http://tinyurl.com/LPFM-XlatorURL

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IMPORTANT TV RULE CHANGES

The Commission bills this item as, “Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules to establish rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations and to amend rules for Digital Class A Television Stations.”  This is the Second Report and Order in the series and many topics are being discussed.

For example, LPTV broadcasting in the 700 MHz band (CH-52 to 69) is to cease by the end of 2011 and all LPTV stations are to be converted to digital by September 1, 2015, but more changes yet are on deck.  Download the URL below and read Section I entitled “Introduction” for an overview.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-11-110A1.doc

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$150 FIRE PREVENTION FEE

California Governor Brown has signed ABX1 29 into law.
The new law imposes an annual fee of up to a $150 (a de facto
tax) on every habitable structure in the State Responsibility Area
(“SRA”) to fund fire prevention activities.  The governor said that due to population and development growth in SRAs, taxpayer- borne costs for fire protection have risen in recent decades.

You may need a local map to determine whether your home, studio or transmitter plant is located in an SRA.  For example, even though CGC’s office is located one block from a local fire station that protects us and dictates fire prevention measures, technically we are in a State Responsibility Area and will be subject to the $150 fee.

One fire official notes that, “As written, revenue from the fee would go to CalFire and an equivalent amount of General Funds would be removed from CalFire’s budget for no net gain.”  So, this whole thing appears to be nothing more than another cash grab by Sacramento.  A copy of ABX1 29 follows and comments to Tech Letters are invited.

http://tinyurl.com/150FireFee

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MT. WILSON MATTERS
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MEETING TO DISCUSS ALLEGED RFR ON MT. WILSON ROADS

Subject:  Mt. Wilson Stakeholder Meeting to discuss L.A.
County Public Works proposal to terminate permit for Video Road, etc. on Mt. Wilson.

Message:  [All interested parties are invited to] meet at the [Forest Service’s] Supervisor’s Office at 701 North Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006 on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, from 10 am to 12 pm.  I have already passed out the County’s RF Studies so I recommend that if you have information that is different then please bring it.

Also — very important — we are constructing a new Office at the compound so parking is very, very limited.  You will need to drive through the compound and park in the very back and walk back to the main entrance.  The Forest will be looking at resolution on responsibility for the maintenance of the roads if they continue to be roads.

Hope to see you there.

Mike

Mike McIntyre, District Ranger
Los Angeles River Ranger District
USDA Forest Service
mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us

Monday, July 11, 2011

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RFR STUDY FACILITATOR FOR MT. WILSON?

A Notary Public has offered her services to coordinate a new RFR study on Mt. Wilson, should one be needed.  Her letter is posted in Tech Letters:

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

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