CGC #1104

by CGC on November 22, 2011



                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                           CGC #1104

                  Tuesday, November 22, 2011


               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

   Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  o  Important Petitions for Rule Making are moving forward
  re LPTV-to-Ed FM interference protections, etc.:

  o  The AM band is full of noise and it's getting worse.
  NAB will soon be looking into possible remedies:

  o  H.R. 3430 proposes to extend the narrowbanding deadline
  (150­174 and 421­512 MHz) by two years.  The entire bill is
  short, sweet and to the point:

  o  Comments are requested on the recently completed 45-
  day public trial of Spectrum Bridge Inc.'s database system
  supporting the operation of unlicensed transmitting devices
  in the TV broadcast bands.  Comments due 11/28/11; Replies
  due 12/5/11:

  o  Concerning changing the TV Public File from a paper-based
  system to a streamlined on-line system.  FCC requests comments:

  o  Petition for Reconsideration filed in the Matter of
  Amendment of Part 101 of the FCC's Rules to Facilitate the Use
  of Microwave for Wireless Backhaul and Other Uses and to Provide
  Additional Flexibility to Broadcast Auxiliary Service and
  Operational Fixed Microwave Licensees:

  o  The Commission is releasing the Small Biz Cyber Planner, a
  new "easy-to-use online tool" to help small businesses customize
  their own cybersecurity plans:



  o  FM Translator K205DZ:  Given another minor slap on the
  wrist for a mis-oriented transmitting antenna (this is the third
  Notice of Violation ("NOV") for the same thing).  See the
  editorial "When Kid Gloves Won't Do" later in this newsletter:

  o  KMYX-FM, Arvin: Issued a Notice of Violation for inaccurate
  transmitter coordinates (errors of 5 seconds latitude and 10.5
  seconds longitude):

  o  County of Orange: Issued an NOV for not having an Antenna
  Structure Registration Number properly posted:

  o  Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District: Issued an NOV
  for not having an Antenna Structure Registration Number properly

  o  $14,000 forfeiture tentatively assessed against
  Custom Interface Technologies for marketing two models
  of uncertified wireless "video assist transmitters:"

  o  $13,000 forfeiture tentatively assessed against Timothy
  J. Mullen, registrant of an antenna structure in Cawelco,
  for lighting violations, failure to notify the FAA of a dark
  structure and failure to notify the FCC of a structure
  ownership change:



  The FCC has issued a third Notice of Violation ("NOV") to Ondas De 
Vida, Inc., licensee of FM translator station K205DZ, 88.9 MHz, 
Devore, for yet another antenna orientation rule violation.  It is 
genuinely disappointing that only a slap on the wrist was involved.  
Here's why:

  Every two years since 2007, the FCC has issued a NOV against K205DZ.  
The FCC asks the licensee to quit broadcasting to the wrong place and 
to send a letter to the FCC assuring that the antenna won't be mis-
oriented again.  But after the FCC inspector leaves, the transmitting 
antenna is reoriented for whatever reason.  The complainant maintains 
that the authorized coverage area is sparsely populated whereas the 
area served when the antenna is mis-oriented is highly populated 
(namely San Bernardino and Riverside).

  In our opinion, the FCC should have imposed a stiff monetary 
sanction or asked the licensee why the K205DZ authorization should 
not be revoked.  The Commission's failure to do so with three 
consecutive antenna mis-orientations is astounding.

  If your station is late in filing its license renewal, it will be 
fined right off the bat.  Now the FCC seems to be saying, 'It's no big 
deal if your directional antenna pattern is wrong.'
This sets a very bad precedent and encourages widespread unscrupulous 
behavior in the communications industry.

  The current and past NOVs against K205DZ are shown below.
  (NOV of November 17, 2011)
  (NOV of August 7, 2009)
  (NOV of September 12, 2007)



  "Here are photos from the SCFCC 2011 Christmas Party on Mt.
Wilson.  Thanks and credit to Marv Collins who snapped most of them on 
my camera.  Click on the thumbnails for full size photos.

  "Thanks also to Richland Towers for sponsoring the event and to 
Southern California Edison for their presentation on the new power 
distribution system feeding Mts. Wilson and Harvard.
A great time was had by all."

  Richard Rudman


  o  FEMA's Manny Centeno talks about the first National
  EAS Test (but says little about their corrupted audio):

  o  Sage details how its ENDECs responded:

  o  "Reviewing the National EAS Test," a San Diego SBE article:

  o  Where the EAS box is placed in your air chain is important.
  In Arbitron's view, according to Richard Rudman, the box should
  be placed after PPM encoding:

  o  Informal comment from a DE:  "I noted that the National
  EAS Test actually sounded better on AM stations where most
  of the high frequency noise associated with the audio was not
  retransmitted.  In some cases, the processing on FM stations
  made it nearly impossible to understand the audio."

  o  Hacker reveals plan to occupy the airwaves by breaking
  into the EAS:

  o  "I Survived the National EAS Test" clothing, mugs etc.:



  A House Subcommittee was told that 60 of the 63 Primary Entry Point 
(PEP) stations "functioned according to plan" during the National EAS 
Test and that, based on preliminary data, about 78% of ordinary 
stations were able to receive and re-transmit the test.  This, of 
course, deflected attention from the very serious issue of corrupted 
audio coming from FEMA.

  Once the origination problem is fixed, even more attention will be 
focused on broadcast shortcomings, so now is the time to repair any 
questionable audio feeds to your EAS equipment.



  FEMA will hold a webinar on Tuesday, November 29, from
11 AM to 12:30 PM PST "for a discussion with industry experts and 
leaders on the Nationwide EAS Test findings, lessons learned, 
observed technical challenges" etc.

  o  Use Microsoft Live Meeting 2007 (this link will only be
  active the morning of November 29th):

  o  Live Meeting instructions are at:

  FEMA says, "Please note that if you have Live Meeting Client 
correctly installed, you do not need a pass code or username."



  It worked and it was reliable.


                          RANDOM NOTES


  o  Local viewers are tuning-in to free TV again thanks
  to popular sub-channels:

  o  "The San Diego Union-Tribune [newspaper] is being sold
  to MLIM owned by local hotel magnate Doug Manchester... MLIM
  is headed by chief executive and longtime radio station owner
  John Lynch who founded the Broadcast Co. of America...."

  o  KCEO(AM), Vista, CA, is in the process of being sold to
  IHR Educational Broadcasting, a not-for-profit corporation:

  o  The 2012 NAB Show will debut StartUp Loft, a convention
  destination featuring a collection of new companies in media,
  technology and entertainment:

                         HAM RADIO NOTES


  Hams gain a power increase (from 50 to 100 watts PEP ERP) in the 60 
meter band plus the substitution of a clearer channel
(5358.5 kHz added -- 5368 kHz deleted).  Four emission types (USB 
phone, RTTY, CW and data) are now allowed on all five authorized 60 
meter channels although ham operations remain on a secondary basis in 
that band.

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                           OFF TOPIC


  o  New metal is said to be 100 times lighter than Styrofoam:

  o  This video is said to be from a small Yupiq Eskimo Village
  in Alaska.  It was put together as a school computer project
  intended for the other Yupiq villages in the area.  The video
  has since gone viral.  Appox. 4 minute run time, starts with
  a black screen:

  o  The Sistine Chapel is always crowded, so take a private
  virtual tour instead.  Click and drag to move about and use
  the +/- icons for magnification (or the roller on some mice).
  Michelangelo's artwork is fabulous:

  o  You will have an new perspective on Thanksgiving after
  seeing this gem:




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