CGC #1080

by CGC on August 9, 2011

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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                           CGC #1080

                   Tuesday,  August 9, 2011

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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
               

   Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  More time to implement CAP-compliant EAS sought by many:
  http://tinyurl.com/CAPextensionREQUESTS
  http://tinyurl.com/EAS-CAPextension

  o  Re the LPFM-Translator proceeding, comments are due no
  later than August 29, 2011 with replies due no later than
  September 12, 2011:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1328A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/LPFM-Xlator-Dates

  o  New loudness standards for TV commercials (the CALM Act)
  should apply to all pay-TV providers and not just broadcasters,
  says the author of the legislation:
  http://tinyurl.com/CALM-Act-vs-Pay-TV

  o  Certain FCC rules adopted in year 2000 are being reviewed
  for possible alteration or elimination including some Part 73
  and 74 rules:
  http://tinyurl.com/2000RuleReview

  o  Petition for Reconsideration filed by EIBASS and
  others in broadcast auxiliary proceeding ET Docket 10-142:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308719A1.doc

  o  The FCC has conditionally designated Microsoft Corporation
  as a TV band white space database administrator (in addition to
  nine others already so designated):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1291A1.doc

  o  FCC unveils new research measuring residential wireline
  broadband performance nationwide.
  Radio World synopsis:
  http://tinyurl.com/RWonInternetSpeeds
  FCC fact sheet:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308834A1.doc
  Formal Report:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308828A1.doc
  Technical Appendix:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308828A2.doc

  o  FCC announces major spectrum-sharing agreements with
  Canada and Mexico enabling 4G wireless broadband and public
  safety communications in the border areas:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308822A1.doc

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  BRINGING CALL CENTERS BACK TO THE U.S.

  FCC Chairman Genachowski envisions high speed Internet as an essential 
ingredient in bringing "call center" work back to American soil.  He 
predicts that many new jobs will be created as high speed circuits 
penetrate more and more of the U.S.  People will be able to work together 
in formal call centers (as now) or individually at home with their houses 
transformed into virtual "service centers."

  While the economic basis for this transformation is not laid out, home-based 
workers provide the house, electricity, heating and air conditioning, 
furniture and other staples that save an employer a huge sum of money.  On 
the other hand, the employees save time and shekels by not having to commute.

  It remains to be seen whether this philosophy creates U.S.
jobs at the rate the chairman predicts.  Nevertheless, every job, even a low 
paying job, is valuable in today's tilted economy.

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308897A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308896A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-308900A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-11-124A1.doc

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA PRIMARILY

  o  $10,000 fine for "failing to maintain... a local
  public inspection file at the Station KFOX main studio."
  KFOX, 1650 kHz, is licensed to Torrance:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2011/DA-11-1272A1.html

  o  Some Part 15 microwave transmitters are being operated
  on unauthorized frequencies resulting in interference to FAA
  radar systems.  Case in point:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1312A1.doc

  o  Paging transmitter KNKJ924, 931.0625 MHz, Edom Hill
  (Palm Springs), issued an NOV for a spurious emission on
  AT&T's 833.25 MHz:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-308802A1.html

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  EDITORIAL COMMENT ON PIRATES

  FCC rule enforcement work by the Commission (and at times by individual 
states such as Florida) is welcome on several fronts, not the least of 
which is to squelch the violent behavior of some pirates.  An informed 
source familiar with the history of Florida's felony law directed at radio 
pirates comments as follows:

  "The original impetus for state involvement was a pirate called "Alpha 66" 
in the late 80s -- actually "Alpha 66 Organizacion Revolucionaria Cubana  
d.b.a. La Voz de Alpha 66."
Contrary to what we find in most pirate cases, this pirate was political, 
stirring up the Cuban expatriate community and advocating their violence.  
The case went to Federal Court for injunctive relief and the defendants 
never appeared.
The transmissions were on the 6 MHz shortwave band.

  "Another case, a little later, involved a major drug dealer who was also 
advocating violence and armed resistance to authority and actively resisted 
arrest."

  So, it ain't all peaches and cream fighting pirates.  The men and women 
holding the line with these criminals deserve our respect and gratitude.

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  NEW YORK GOVERNOR SIGNS ANTI-PIRATE BILL

  http://www.rbr.com/radio/radio-pirates-outlawed-in-new-york.html
  http://tinyurl.com/NYanti-Pirate


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING TODAY, AUGUST 9

  The Los Angeles SBE has scheduled a dinner meeting for Tuesday, August 9, 
at the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank.
Start time 6:30 PM.  For details and RSVP instructions:

  http://www.sbe47.org/

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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETS AUGUST 17

  San Diego's SBE chapter meets Wednesday, August 17, at noon sharp.  Members 
and guests are welcome and lunch is provided:

  http://www.sbe36.org/

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  GENERAL NOTES 

  FOR TV:

  o  Mobile TV penetration -- the new frontier -- keeps moving
  forward:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobTVpenetration

  o  FCC's LPTV digital conversion order is effective Aug. 26:
  http://tinyurl.com/LPTVorder

  o  Some white space TV broadcast channels in rural areas may
  be used for long-haul datacasting:
  http://tvtechnology.com/article/123124

  o  3-D Rugby World Cup screenings in New Zealand have been
  cancelled because of poor ticket sales (only 10% of available
  tickets were sold):
  http://tinyurl.com/NZ-3D-Cancelled


  FOR RADIO:

  o  Uses of FM translators morph quickly:
  http://tinyurl.com/XlatorsMorph

  o  Be very cautious with FM boosters (including those
  relaying HD Radio signals).  It is easy to lose more coverage
  than you gain:
  http://tinyurl.com/FM-Boosterz

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  WHAT LIGHT BULB DESIGNATIONS MEAN

  Light bulb designations can seem mysterious.  Many bulb descriptions include 
letters followed by numbers such as BR30, PAR20, ED28 and T8.  The letters are 
a code for bulb shape and the number is the diameter of the bulb, at the 
widest point, in 1/8-inch increments.  To calculate the diameter in inches, 
simply divide the number by 8.

  Let's look at a typical fluorescent bulb designator: F32T8/841.

  Translation: F is fluorescent, 32 is watts, T is shape (in this case tubular), 
8 is diameter (1 inch) and 841 gives color temperature data.  Here, the 8 is 
the color temperature range while the second two numbers indicate the color 
temperature.
In this example, 41 means 4100K.

  Adapted from Amateur Radio Newsline for August 5, 2011.

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  FORD TO ELIMINATE CD PLAYERS FROM ITS VEHICLES

  According to news reports, the Ford Motor Company is eliminating CD players 
in its new United States vehicle models and opting instead to install USB 
sockets for iPods and other digital music players.

  Ford notes that all of its new cars will have a computer hub, which will 
allow drivers to access their music libraries from the Internet.

  Amateur Radio Newsline Report #1772, July 29 2011


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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  AUGUST 10 MEETING TO DISCUSS ALLEGED RFR ON MT. WILSON ROADS

  [Copied from CGC #1077 as a reminder.]

  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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  Update of August 8, 2011 by Mike McIntyre:

  Due to the construction, Visitor Parking has been moved to the back of the 
compound so follow the signs.  If the Visitor Parking is full, please park 
in the upper employee lot near the end.  See you on Wednesday.

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  RFR MEETING REPORTERS NEEDED

  Will you be attending the August 10 RFR meeting?  The CGC Communicator 
is looking for one or more reports on the outcome of the meeting.  If you 
would be willing to send us a write up, even if it is a brief report, 
please let Bob Gonsett know by e-mailing:

  cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com 

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  DETERMINING RFR LEVELS ON MT. WILSON

  Here are photographs showing RF detectives David Pinion and Richard Strickland 
busy at work to determine ground-based RF radiation levels on Mt. Wilson, and 
to determine whether those levels comply with federal standards.  Their 
findings should be presented at the August 10 meeting.

  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=954


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                         HAM RADIO NOTES
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  BOB HEIL

  This is a wonderful article from Performing Musician about Bob Heil, K9EID, 
and the invention of modern rock PA.  He gives thanks to his Amateur Radio 
hobby for the advances in rock PA:

  http://tinyurl.com/BobHeilStory

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  NEWS BRIEFS

  o  One of the best DX stations ever, W6AM, Rolling Hills:
  http://www.qsl.net/ne6i/w6am/

  o  Once upon a time, Amateur Radio Station W3AO operated
  category 50A(!) for Field Day.  These video clips document
  this and other ham extravaganzas (scroll down for the clips):
  http://www.arvideonews.com/lbfd/index.html

  o  Martin Luther, VK7GN, of Richmond, Tasmania, displays a
  portion of his vast array of QSL cards gathered over 47 years
  of operating.  Video clip courtesy of the ABC's 'Collectors:'
  http://www.abc.net.au/tv/collectors/segments/s3278435.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 Tech 
Letters Website.  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

  Hair Raising Events:

  o  Let's take a little motorcycle ride, perhaps on the Angeles
  Crest Highway.  This is one video you won't soon forget:
  http://tinyurl.com/AngelesCrestMotorcycles

  o  Video recalls the Senior Road tower tragedy:
  http://radioworld.com/default.aspx?tabid=75&entryid=191

  o  Thieves steal copper pipes right out from under a home:
  http://tinyurl.com/CopperUnderHome


  On the Lighter Side:

  o  Panoramic photos of the KPH/KSM transmitter sites.  Click
  and drag on each photo to start panoramic sweep.  Zooming is
  also enabled:
  http://tinyurl.com/KPH-KSM-Panoramics

  o  Highly automated VW car production with a green theme:
  

  o  There's been a robot baby boom.  Here are some of the
  coolest, cutest and creepiest:
  http://tinyurl.com/RobotBabies

  o  iCandy slide show:
  http://tinyurl.com/iCandyOne

  o  These photos suggest flowing salt water on Mars:
  http://tinyurl.com/SaltWateronMars

  o  TC Bank ad.  Inspiring video.  Wish all advertising were
  this good:
  http://tinyurl.com/TC-Bank-Ad


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