CGC #1096

by CGC on October 31, 2011

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1096

                    Monday, October 31, 2011

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NOV. 9 NATIONWIDE EAS TEST

  The FCC announces activation of the 'Nationwide EAS Test 
Electronic Reporting System' and release of the 'Nationwide EAS 
Test Handbook' (second URL below).  Other helpful links follow.

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1788A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1788A2.pdf
  http://www.TheBDR.net/articles/fcc/eas/eas.html
  http://tinyurl.com/EAS-AwarenessAwakened
  http://tinyurl.com/ClayTalksEAS

  Of peripheral interest:
  http://www.TheBDR.net

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  BPL: FCC amends rule Part 15 regarding new requirements
  and measurement guidelines for access broadband over power
  line systems/carrier current systems, including broadband
  over power line systems.  (The changes to BPL, however, are
  insignificant and are expected to result in considerable
  interference to HF radio users.  See Ham Radio Notes below
  for more information.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-11-160A1.doc

  o  FCC announces small biz cyber planner - a new online
  fact sheet to help small businesses with cybersecurity plans:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-310584A1.doc

  o  Auction 93 freeze announced for certain FM applications
  and rulemaking filings:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1770A1.doc

  o  FCC takes first step to "modernize" television broadcast
  public inspection ("PI") files.  Radio may be next.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-310696A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/WebPostedTVFiles
  http://tinyurl.com/RadioPubFileChangesPossible

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  ANOTHER LAYER OF BUREAUCRACY?  _ PART II

  Last week, we asked if anyone knew of a good use for the Small 
Business Administration's Office of the National Ombudsman.
Boy, did we get an earful from thoughtful readers where an Ombuds- 
man has been of great value in matters unrelated to the FCC.

  Let us rephrase the question.  What specific use will the SBA's 
Office of the National Ombudsman serve in an FCC context?
The FCC has just called attention to SBA's Ombudsman program 
(see URL below), but has failed to give a good example of where the 
Ombudsman would be useful in an FCC matter.  The FCC already has a 
large team of helpers starting with fccinfo@fcc.gov, and anyone can 
write to the Enforcement Bureau if an EB problem is the issue, so 
why do we need a middleman?

  http://tinyurl.com/PotentialUselessness

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA ONLY

  o  Cable TV leakage at 800 MHz interferes with AT&T
  Mobility's operations in Santa Barbara:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-310619A1.html

  o  Wrong antenna structure registration number posted at
  the base of an antenna structure (Global Tower, Apple Valley):
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-310621A1.html

  o  Wrong EAS station/s monitored plus EAS printer failure/s
  (Mediacom CATV, Ridgecrest):
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-310620A1.html

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CORRECTION

  Last week, we reported on a "tentative" $10,000 fine to Daniel K. 
Roberts a/k/a "Monkey Man" a/k/a "Monkey" ("Roberts"), San Francisco, 
for repeatedly operating a pirate station on 87.9 MHz.  In fact, 
there was nothing tentative about the fine.
Since Roberts had failed to heed the Commission's warnings to quit 
being a pirate on prior occasions, the FCC finally lowered the boom.

  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2011/DA-11-1756A1.html


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  REMINDER -- SCFCC CHRISTMAS PARTY SET FOR NOVEMBER 16

  The gala SCFCC Mt. Wilson "Christmas Party" for broadcast 
engineers is set for Wednesday, November 16, 2011, see CGC #1095 for 
details.  We have learned that Southern California Edison is planning 
a presentation on the new A.C. power feed arrangements for Wilson and 
Harvard, so this will be a golden opportunity to learn about the new 
system and ask questions.

  Please RSVP to howard (at) pactv.com

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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY

  I think we need to shine the spotlight on the miraculous accomplish-
ment of David Gray who oversaw the building of a new and relocated 
studio (with news capability) for KWHY-TV in under 30 days following 
the sale of the station.

  If someone like Deborah McAdams has time to interview David, what a 
story there is to tell.  A lot of contractors scrambled to put the 
pieces in place on such short notice.
There are a lot of gold stars to be awarded.

  Dennis Doty
  October 30, 2011


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV

  o  Patent Office deals a blow to Mission Abstract Data:
  http://tinyurl.com/MissingAbstract
  http://tinyurl.com/MAD-Part2byRW
  http://tinyurl.com/RBRonMAD
  http://tinyurl.com/AutomationLawsuitDelayPossible

  o  Sprint Director of Government Affairs: "There's no
  impending [spectrum] crisis.  If there's any crisis, it's a
  spectrum planning crisis:"
  http://tinyurl.com/SpecCrisisNot
  http://tinyurl.com/SpecShortageDoubts

  o  Luminaries gather in recognition of a half century
  of FM Stereo broadcasting:
  http://tinyurl.com/FMStereoLuminaries

  o  Geoff Mendenhall, Vice President of Transmission
  Research and Technology at Harris Broadcast, has received
  the prestigious Siukola Award at the IEEE 61st Annual
  Broadcast Symposium in Alexandria, VA:
  http://tinyurl.com/JeffMendenhallHonored

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  AM STATIONS WERE CAPPED AT 50 KW IN THE LATE 30s

  Long ago, some dominant AM radio stations in the United States were 
allowed to run super power levels, but that changed in the late 30s 
thanks to a document called "Sense of the Senate:"

  o  Per a history of American broadcasting by Christopher H.
  Sterling & John M. Kittross, 50 kW was set as the upper limit
  because of a ""Sense of the Senate" resolution in the late
  1930s."

  o  Billboard newspaper of July 16, 1949, page 7, also
  mentioned the Sense of the Senate document that "was made a
  decade ago" to limit the power of AM stations to 50 kW.

  So, the late 30s appears to be the defining moment when the 50 kW 
cap was imposed on AM broadcasting in the United States.

  http://tinyurl.com/First-50kW-hit
  http://tinyurl.com/Next-50kW-hit


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                          HAM RADIO NOTES
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  HF SPECTRUM SLATED TO BECOME SERIOUSLY CONTAMINATED WITH BPL

  In a story entitled, "FCC turns its back to ham radio concerns in 
approving modified BPL rules," the latest report from Amateur Radio 
Newsline begins as follows: "The Federal Communications Commission 
has affirmed its rules for Broadband over Power Lines or Access BPL 
with only minor modifications that do little to protect the Amateur 
Radio service and other High Frequency users from severe to 
intolerable interference."  That says it all.

  Hams should consider contributing to ARRL's Spectrum Defense Fund 
even if they have never done so before.  Looks like Amateur Radio 
Operators have a legal Battle Royale on their hands.

  http://tinyurl.com/ARRLonBPL


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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 at the URL below.

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

  o  This week, Steve Blodgett offers his thoughts on a
  potentially valuable resource being abandoned by the West:
  The HF broadcast spectrum.  HF travels worldwide and China
  is picking up the ball where the Western World has left off.

  While HF is expected to become seriously contaminated with
  BPL interference on U.S. soil, it remains an extraordinarily
  valuable resource outside of the U.S.

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


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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  Technical Stuff:

  o  Progress in flexible/stretchable circuits:
  http://tinyurl.com/FlexCircuits

  o  Copper wire thefts at San Diego community parks (among
  other venues):
  http://www.10news.com/news/29625662/detail.html


  Far Off Topic:

  o  Owl coming in for the kill -- right at the camera
  that was shooting 1000 frame/second.  Note the small mid-air
  wing corrections and the eyes that are fixed steadfast on
  the prey without blinking.  Best viewed full screen:
  http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/

  o  Four moons of Saturn are shown in this elegant picture
  from the Cassini spacecraft:
  http://tinyurl.com/4SaturnMoons


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