CGC #1094

by admin on October 17, 2011



                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1094

                    Monday, October 17, 2011


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

    Copyright 2011, Communications General=AE Corporation (CGC)



  o  Basic FCC information about the upcoming November 9
  national EAS test:

  o  The FCC is developing e-reporting for the national EAS
  test results:

  o  FEMA finalizes its EAS Best Practices Guide:



  These items are of more than routine interest:

  o  The FCC will consider replacing TV stations' public
  files with online public files to be hosted by the FCC, and

  o  The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will
  provide a brief update on the status of preparations for
  the national EAS test on November 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. EST.



  o  The FCC has issued 20 enforcement actions against online
  retailers for illegally marketing more than 200 models of cell
  phone, GPS, Wi-Fi and similar signal jamming devices:

  o  Coastal station KPH, Rio Vista, has been issued a Notice
  of Violation for (a) transmitting a host of spurious emissions
  related to their 13.1594 MHz transmitter, (b) transmitting on
  17.2114 MHz without authorization at Rio Vista and (c) being
  58 Hz off frequency with their authorized 19.7305 MHz xmitter:

  o  Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Francisco, issued a Notice
  of Violation for (a) operating on 151.910 MHz without an author-
  ization, (b) not listening before transmitting and (c) not
  identifying often enough (should pirate broadcasters be cited
  for not saying "pirate" at the top of each hour?):

  o  A considerable number of Notices of Violations have been
  issued to CATV companies for excessive cable leakage.  These
  NOVs are available via the following index page:

  o  W6CZ, Mariposa, busted for transmitting a continuous
  string of Morse Code dots on 18.0856 MHz due to an "inappro-
  priately stored telegraph speed key:"

                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT


  Finally, Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road ("Upper Big T")
has reopened and it's a really nice drive.

  dennisd (at)
  October 14, 2011

                           RANDOM NOTES


  Very General:

  o  Cell phones as tax-free fringe benefits:

  o  Robert W. Galvin, retired CEO of Motorola, dies at 89:


  o  EIBASS has petitioned the FCC to let Part 74 Remote
  Pickup users license off-the-shelf digital radios and preserve
  the future of analog RPUs using narrowband channel splits:

  o  June 1, 1961 marked the 50th anniversary of FM stereo
  broadcasting.  In Los Angeles, the pioneer was KMLA (see the
  first URL below).  From the second URL, it appears that KMLA
  operated on 100.3 MHz, so today the station would be known
  as KSWD:

  o  Are HD radio channels losing traction in Tucson?


  o  E.W. Scripps sees a good fit for its newly acquired
  TV stations including KGTV in San Diego:



  o  Song downloads will not be considered "public performances"
  -- and are therefore not subject to higher royalty fees -- after
  the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower
  court decision in the matter:

  o  Solar storms are starting to attract attention again.
  Here is an excellent short article on why the venerable K-index
  is not particularly useful for predicting power outages caused
  by those storms, and what may replace the K-index:

  o  The FCC, by a typographical error, has invented "negative
  distance," a fascinating concept that joins buried FM antennas
  (Rule 73.215) in the "what were they thinking" category:



  LightSquared -- apparently forgetting the age-old FCC
principle that the newcomer bear the responsibility for cleaning
up any interference that it creates, may take legal action in an
attempt to force its technology on the market:



  The day when we don't have to plug in our consumer electronics
is getting closer.  This according to a claim from a new startup
firm named uBeam that is developing what it terms as a safe way
of beaming power to charge your battery operated devices.

  Rather than using inductive charging, which has a short
range, uBeam uses an ultrasonic transducer to convert electrical
power from your wall socket into inaudible sound power.  On the
other end, there's an ultrasonic receiver to convert the sound
power back into electricity to charge your batteries.

  The ultrasonic frequency used is said to be well above the
range that can be heard by humans and dogs; however, some high
intensity/high frequency sound waves can dull human hearing even
through the waves are inaudible, so the product developers need
to be careful.

  Interesting concept.  Story tip from AR Newsline.

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                            OFF TOPIC


  Serious Stuff:

  o "Hand-Only CPR" -- an American Heart Assn. video
  on what to do if you see an adult collapse:

  o  Keep your hands off my Greenie:

  A Bit Far Reaching:

  o  A special drill makes square holes:

  o  The cube gear:

  o  Homemade rocket climbs over 100,000 feet with video
  cams onboard.  Fasten your seat belts:

  o  Cows vs. black bear -- memorable still photos:



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