CGC #1078

by CGC on July 25, 2011

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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                           CGC #1078

                    Monday,  July 25, 2011

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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
               

   Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  FCC announces tentative agenda for its August 9 Open
  Meeting.  Making additional spectrum available for "wireless
  backhaul" is an issue we all need to monitor:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308484A1.doc

  o  The new "Technology Experience Center" at FCC headquarters
  spotlights broadband innovation & growth says the FCC, but there
  is some controversy:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/is-fcc-tech-center-for-elite/23929
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308388A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308366A1.doc

  o  The date for filing Reply Comments in the proceeding to
  implement the CALM Act (keeping TV commercials from being too
  loud) has been extended to August 1, 2011:
  http://tinyurl.com/CALM-Extension

  o  FCC staff is being directed to "prepare a plan to continue
  identifying outmoded or counterproductive rules."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308340A1.doc

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA

  o  New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Chino Hills, former
  licensee of broadcast RPU station WPQX313, issued a Notice
  of Violation for broadcasting continuous digital modulation
  when only FM was allowed, and for failure to identify:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-308321A1.html

  o  Laser Technologies of Los Angeles is being dinged
  $252,000 for delivering 40 unsolicited advertisements, or
  "junk faxes," to the telephone fax machines of 28 consumers:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-11-112A1.doc

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  EDITORIAL -- FCC ACKNOWLEDGES POLICE INVOLVEMENT

  The case of alleged pirate broadcaster Christopher M. Myers of Lauderhill, 
Florida is unusually interesting.  As many of you know, pirate broadcasting 
is a third degree felony in Florida and police can incarcerate pirates without 
FCC intervention.

  These facts notwithstanding, the FCC has traditionally been hesitant to 
mention police involvement in Florida in order to propagate the image that 
the FCC has exclusive jurisdiction to deal with pirates and resolve 
interference.  The Myers case is unusual in that the FCC openly and 
repeatedly mentions police involvement, starting in paragraph 5 and 
spreading to the footnotes.  This change, we believe, is healthy.

  Florida is overrun with pirates and the FCC needs all the help it can get.  
As soon as the FCC or police knock down one pirate, another one pops up, 
sometimes openly selling advertising in competition with licensed stations.  
Florida's felony law and police involvement discourage pirates and help 
prevent them from obliterating the radio dial.

  FCC MO&O on the Christopher M. Myers case:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1217A1.doc

  CGC #768 (Nov. 2006, see the first Letter to the Editor):
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2006/cgc768.htm

  CGC #857 (Sept. 2008, see the fourth story, "Another
  pirate incarcerated in Florida"):
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2008/cgc857.htm


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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  ARE THE ALLEGATIONS OF EXCESSIVE RFR ON MT. WILSON ACCURATE?

  KABC-TV and some other major broadcasters including KCBS/KCAL, NBC/Universal, 
Univision, and Tribune Corp., have taken the lead in the Mt. Wilson RFR case 
(see CGC #1077) by retaining Hatfield & Dawson ("H&D") to conduct a detailed 
survey in the alleged excessive RFR area.  Unless the allegations of excessive 
RFR are successfully countered, the USDA Forest Service will probably abandon 
maintenance of a number of key roads atop Mt. Wilson and block off access to 
the general public.

  According to John K. Holland, Vice President, Engineering, KABC-TV, "KABC 
has agreed to absorb the initial cost of the study so that we can proceed 
immediately.  The other groups listed have agreed to share in the cost and 
it is our hope that all who benefit will be willing and able to contribute."

  Kudos to KABC and the other major broadcasters for taking the lead in this 
case.  H&D, working with RFR safety expert Richard Strickland, is committed 
to completing a preliminary report prior to the August 10 Forest Service 
meeting.  The final report is due by August 26.

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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY

  If you have a facility on Mts. Wilson or Harvard and are expecting a delivery 
or anything that requires a truck with over three axles, beware.  You need a 
special permit.  The local- delivery-exempt signs on the highway don't tell the 
whole story.
Big trucks are allowed for local pickups or deliveries but they must have a permit.

  Case in point: A broadcaster had some e-waste picked up and the company was 
using two 18 wheeler trucks that were stopped three times.  They ended up using 
two pickups for escorts.
While CHP did not cite or force them to get a permit, they were told they needed a 
permit in the future.  So, if you are expecting a shipment or need big trucks for 
other reasons, check with the shipper and the CHP in advance.  Don't get into a
bind.

  In other news, thanks to Ralph Ortiz for getting the water well pump going.  
Our big storage tank is full and that is great news.

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  July 23, 2011


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV

  o  It appears that 2015 will spell the demise of Franken FMs,
  those CH-6 LPTV stations that have converted themselves into
  de facto FM broadcasters:
  http://tinyurl.com/FrankenDemise

  o  A major EAS snafu: Some local emergency managers don't know
  how or when to send an EAS message, or choose not to do so:
  http://tinyurl.com/EAS-snafu

  o  Here is Radio World's updated map of digital radio
  broadcasting worldwide showing the type of digital system
  employed at each location:
  http://www.radioworld.com/portals/0/map_071311.jpg

  o  The National Association of Tower Erectors directs
  interested parties to its tower safety guide Website:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/nate-emphasizes-safety-guide/23915

  o  NTIA releases LightSquared GPS interference study:
  http://tinyurl.com/NTIAonLightSqd

  o  Doug Lung's overview of the LightSquared situation:
  http://tvtechnology.com/article/122370

  o  Motion detection technology is being used to thwart
  copper thieves:
  http://tinyurl.com/CopperMotion

  o  Handy unit-conversion tool:
  http://tinyurl.com/3sdl8r5

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  MORE ON THE $150 FIRE PROTECTION FEE

  Here is the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News' take on the new $150/year fire 
protection "fee" (essentially an unauthorized
tax) on many properties in and around Fallbrook.  Of course, this is a 
California-wide fee that will impact many rural parcels, not just those in the 
Fallbrook area.

  Put simply, what we have here is highway robbery orchestrated by Sacramento.  
Kudos to the Village News for breaking this important story.  It deserves 
widespread media attention through- out California.  Please call it to the 
attention of your News
Department:

  The Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News story:
  http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/57537/

  Map to determine whether you are in a State Responsibility
  Area ("SRA") and therefore subject to the fire protection fee.
  Pick your county from the bottom of the following page, then
  download the corresponding SRA map:
  http://tinyurl.com/StateRespAreas


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                          HAM RADIO NOTES
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  DISAPPEARING SUNSPOTS COULD PORTEND GLOBAL COOLING

  The astonishing low number of sunspots in the current 11-year sunspot cycle 
not only portends poor DX propagation in the HF ham and international 
broadcast bands, but could exert a cooling effect on the Earth's climate:

  http://tinyurl.com/6ax67u3

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  THE MAUNDER MINIMUM

  Early records of sunspots indicate that the Sun went through a period of 
inactivity in the late 17th century.  Very few sunspots were seen from about 
1645 to 1715.  Although the observations were not as extensive as in later 
years, the Sun was in fact well observed during this time and the lack of 
sunspots is well documented.

  This period of solar inactivity also corresponds to a climatic period 
called the "Little Ice Age" when rivers that are normally ice-free froze 
and snow fields remained year-round at lower alti- tudes.  There is 
evidence that the Sun has had similar periods of inactivity in the more 
distant past.  The connection between solar activity and terrestrial 
climate is an area of ongoing research.

  NASA article:
  http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml

  Sunspot graph:
  http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/images/ssn_yearly.jpg

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  AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY CATEGORY 25A

  Most of us ran across W3AO running category 25A in Field Day this year 
and wondered how they managed to run 25 stations simultaneously.  Well, 
wonder no more:

  http://www.n3aln.com/W3AOFD2011.htm


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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 
Letters Website.  Recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  third party offers to act as RFR study facilitator
  for Mt. Wilson stations, and

  o  EAS/CAP DVD now available from SBE's Los Angeles chapter.

  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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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  o  L.A.'s "carmageddon" destruction of half a freeway
  overpass is documented in this time-lapse video:
  http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=8255548

  o  Catherine Destivelle, part human, part mountain goat,
  and overall an incredible solo mountain climber:
  http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=49981

  o  Mar 11, 2011 Japanese tsunami from the point of view
  of a car:
  http://www.wimp.com/japanesetsunami/

  o  Stunning space photos:
  http://tinyurl.com/3knx6jf


  On the Lighter Side:

  o  Some "green" gymnasium machines are turning sweat into
  electricity, but the amount of electricity produced is paltry
  as page 3 of this article explains:
  http://tinyurl.com/ForgetElectroExercise

  o  On Sunday, July 17, amateur astronomer Scott Ferguson
  was reportedly able to capture video of Space Shuttle Atlantis
  docked to the International Space Station.  What makes this
  presentation unusual is that he photographed the event in
  broad daylight:
  http://tinyurl.com/iss-in-daylight

  o  Il Volo, three young men with outlandishly mature voices:
  http://tinyurl.com/Il-Volo-Triode


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