CGC #1086

by CGC on September 5, 2011



                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1086

                   Monday,  September 5, 2011


              Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

  Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  The FCC has released a draft document concerning the effects of broadcast 
towers on migratory birds.  The doc is entitled, "Draft Programmatic 
Environmental Assessment of the Antenna Structure Registration Program," 
or "Draft PEA" for short.
It is 148 pages in length.  Comments are due October 3, 2011.

  The following article by Doug Lung gives an overview of the document and 
provides a link to the 148 page masterpiece.
Slowly, we are all drowning in Washington verbiage.



  o  A general freeze is impacting TV Channel 51:

  o  Deborah McAdams on the pending loss of TV Channel 51 --
  "It's clear at this point that the wireless industry will stop
  at nothing to eliminate broadcasting."

  o  More info on the upcoming November 9 nationwide EAS test:

  o  FCC Chairman Genachowski announces elimination of 83
  outdated rules:

  o  While eliminating the Fairness Doctrine from the FCC rules
  (re the above story), the Commission also eliminated the "Final
  RF Link" rule to the delight of many:

  o  Digital Low Power Television rules are now in effect:

  o  Comment deadline extended in LPFM/FM Translator rule making
  due to Hurricane Irene.  Comments due 9/6/2011.  Reply Comments
  due 9/20/2011:

  o  Devices on display this month at the FCC's Technology
  Experience Center include a "cell tower in a suitcase" designed
  to allow first responders and disaster recovery personnel to
  connect to cell phones by connecting to satellites for voice
  and data:



  o  Willie Walton has been cited for operating a pirate
  broadcast station on 1610 kHz in Santa Clarita, CA.  The FCC
  noted both field strength and antenna violations in its
  Notice of Unlicensed Operation:

  o  Esteven J. Gutierrez has tentatively been fined $25,000
  for operating on a frequency licensed to the Las Vegas, New
  Mexico, Police Department (159.150 MHz) without authorization,
  and other matters.  This case report reads like a good crime
  novel.  Congratulations to the San Diego FCC field office
  for a job well done:

  o  Radio World's Paul McLane in an editorial on pirate

                           RANDOM NOTES


  o  Next Los Angeles SBE meeting is Tuesday, September 13,
  at 11:30 AM (luncheon meeting).  Joel Saxberg will talk on
  RFR issues including vertical plane relative field patterns
  and Narda measuring equipment.

  o  Next San Diego SBE meeting is September 21 at high noon.
  The program is on low cost MPEG compression solutions for TV
  and lunch is provided:



  o  Processing manufacturer Omnia Audio moves into field
  testing of its FM stereo single sideband suppressed carrier
  transmission system:

  o  The evolution of tower design standard TIA 222:

  o  Gov. Jerry Brown is scrambling to revamp California's
  new (and some would say cash-grab) fire prevention fees on
  back country properties:

  o  Man climbs KTLA(TV) studio tower, then elects to climb

  o  NBC truck, engulfed in flames, makes the news:

  o  A new attempt to automate the DJ:

  o  Listening to white noise, waterfalls etc. is sometimes
  the preferable option (WSJ story):



  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are making their way into the commercial 
sector.  Consider the following miniature quad- copters and hex-copters.  
These are anything but toys.

  Quad-copters and hex-copters use gyro stabilization (to keep the aircraft 
level), yaw-axis stabilization (to keep the 'copter from spinning in the 
horizontal plane), a high- resolution camera mounted in an image 
stabilization pod, computer control, GPS navigation, secure RF links and 
a robust power source.

  It's great to see engineers compressing so much advanced technology into 
very small and lightweight aircraft that will make their way into the 
civilian sector.



  Heathkit is reentering the kit business with consumer products.  According 
to their Website, "We will be releasing Garage Parking Assistant kit 
(GPA-100) in late September and soon after the Wireless Swimming Pool 
Monitor kit will be available."

  The Garage Parking Assistant kit lets you build your own system that uses 
ultrasonic sound waves to locate your car as it enters the garage.  LED 
lights mounted on the wall indicate when the car is in the perfect spot 
for parking.



  Earl Arbuckle, Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Fox Television 
Station group who helped guide affiliates through the HD conversion, died 
last Monday.  He was 61.

  Bill Pasternak writes, "Earl was technically one of my bosses my last few 
years at KTTV and a personal friend much longer than that, and he started 
his broadcast career right here in L.A...."  Earl was also a ham operator: 

  Chris Hays (KABC/KLOS Engineering, Los Angeles) adds:
"Earl's passing is very shocking.  I met him when he was working at AM 1110 
KRLA in the 1970s.  He was being groomed to replace then Chief Engineer (the 
late) Jack Reeder.  Times at KRLA got dubious and he took an opportunity to 
go to work for Tribune Broadcasting.  Since then, we only communicated 
sporadically by email.  On those occasions it was like only a few days had 
passed rather than years.

  "Earl's untimely death is very sad news.  Please let me know of any 
service, and convey our deepest sympathy to his family.
He was an exceedingly bright engineer and one of the nicest guys you 
would ever want to meet."

  Editor's note: Many more letters on Earl's passing have been posted 
on the Mt. Wilson Reflector.  Regrettably, we have not had time to clear 
them for publication.  It is obvious that Earl Arbuckle was one of the 
best loved engineers in our industry.
May he rest in peace. (scroll down page about 60%)


  Hams and broadcasters will miss the transformer king.

                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


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

  o  On August 17, 2011, Tom Koza picked up several Canadian
  FM stations near his home in Quartz Hill (Lancaster area);

  o  FM radio -- Flexstar firmware update is available from
  Harris to prevent the transmission of discrete signals (+/- 149
  and +/- 186 kHz relative to the station's center frequency)
  upon loss of HD transport data;

  o  To visualize Flexstar signals when the HD transport data
  fails (prior to the firmware update), see:

  o  Jobs -- There are a number of job openings in and around
  Phoenix, AZ (two separate postings);

  o  Paul Sakrison points out that there is a Website for
  posting copper/precious metals thefts:

  o  A radio historian would like to correspond with someone
  familiar with the 540 kHz operations in the Los Angeles and
  Tijuana areas.  Was there a 6-tower site near Apple Valley?
  How did they pull off having a "540 in Costa Mesa and Tijuana"
  and did they run synchronized operations?  Reply to
  al2 (at)

  If you are a registered Tech Letters user, post your
  letter via email to Steve Blodgett.  All letters and comments
  are moderated and posted after review.  Also contact Steve
  if you have trouble viewing or posting:
  sblodgett (at)

                            OFF TOPIC


  Serious Stuff:

  o  The latest enemy of the state is Gibson Guitar Corp.
  where federal agents armed with automatic weapons completed
  another raid on their factories:

  o  Another solar panel company (Solyndra) is bankrupt.
  Say good-bye (at least for now) to $527 million of your
  federal tax dollars that were loaned to this company:

  Fun and Informative:

  o  Measure your brain age with these interesting games:

  o  The Swiss wooden xylophone:

  o  Volkswagon's transparent automobile factory:

  o  1936 U.S. automobile manufacturing, sometimes dangerous
  work.  However, the high level of semi-automation gave the
  U.S. a keen technological edge:

  o  Air sharks, really cool:



  The CGC Communicator is published for broadcast engineering
  professionals in so. California by Communications General®
  Corporation (CGC), consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA.

  For subscriptions to the CGC Communicator, or to cancel
  subscriptions, or to change your e-dress already on file,
  send mail to . Manually
  edit the address so it reads, "cgc@cgc333...."

  CGC Communicator articles may be reproduced in any form
  by non-commercial publications provided the articles are
  unaltered and credit is given to the CGC Communicator. Past
  issues may be viewed and searched at
  courtesy of Bext Corporation.

  Letters to the Editor are not being accepted by the CGC
  Communicator at this time but may be sent to the companion
  publication Tech Letters. See CGC #999 (fourth story) for
  instructions on how to access Tech Letters. To go directly
  to CGC #999: .

  Typographical errors originating in FCC material are
  reproduced in our newsletter without speculative corrections.
  The views expressed in our newsletters do not necessarily
  reflect those of Communications General® Corporation, Bext,
  or the newsletter editor.

_________________________  End _________________________________ 

Previous post:

Next post: