CGC #1112

by CGC on December 19, 2011

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1112

                   Monday,  December 19, 2011

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  CALM ACT IMPLEMENTED BY FCC

  The FCC has adopted rules to quiet loud television commercials (the 
Calm Act).  The rules require that commercials have the same average 
volume as the programs they accompany.  The rules become effective in 
one year and apply only to "commercials transmitted digitally."

  FCC synopsis:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-311479A1.doc

  Broadcasting & Cable article:
  http://tinyurl.com/BC-Cable-on-Calm

  FCC Report & Order:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-11-182A1.doc

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA PRIMARILY

  o  Notices of Unlicensed Operation have been issued to
  three San Francisco entities for unauthorized land-mobile
  transmissions: DEJA-VU Centerfolds Club (457 MHz), The Gold
  Club (463 MHz) and The Hustler Club (457 MHz):
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-311458A1.html
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-311459A1.html
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-311457A1.html

  o  Ft. Myers, FL area pirate arrested.  In contrast,
  the chairman of the Fort Myers Citizens Police Review Board
  had reportedly hosted a show on the station and later said,
  "Our community has to be educated...."
  http://www.rbr.com/radio/ft-myers-fl-area-pirate-arrested.html


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  FEDERAL REPORT ON THE STATION FIRE

  A GAO inquiry has concluded that the USDA Forest Service failed to 
make use of all aircraft that might have been available during the 
critical early hours of the 2009 Station Fire, but the findings 
left unanswered key questions of why the planes and helicopters were 
not deployed.

  http://tinyurl.com/GAO-ReportOnStationFire


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  THE NEXT INSTALLMENT IN THE KSCI STORY

  Marty Jackson offers his firsthand experience with the KNTV (San 
Jose) antenna failure that was similar to KSCI's antenna failure on 
Mt. Harvard.  Actually, Marty says there were two KNTV antenna 
failures.  Tech Letters posting:

  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1277

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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV

  o  Nationwide EAS test planers look ahead (again):
  http://tinyurl.com/EAS-by-RS

  o  Re: How to protect NCE FMs from Digital LPTV & translator
  interference:
  http://tinyurl.com/ProtectingNonCommFMs

  o  Cox Communications has agreed to sell to Verizon
  Wireless a chunk of wireless spectrum covering 28 million
  people in several cities, including San Diego:
  http://tinyurl.com/CoxVerizonDeal

  o  LightSquared's problems increase:
  http://tinyurl.com/L-Squared-Travails

  o  Responding to a perceived shortage of qualified
  broadcast engineers, the Alabama Broadcasters Association
  is establishing its own broadcast engineering academy:
  http://tinyurl.com/BC-EngineeringShortage

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  RAY KLOTZ REMEMBERED

  Broadcast engineer, station owner and businessman Ray Klotz passed 
away on Nov. 14 at a hospice in Springdale, Ark. according to an 
obituary.  He was 60.

  http://www.rwonline.com/article/ray-klotz-is-remembered/50852


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                          HAM RADIO NOTES
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  AMATEUR RADIO BALLOON FLIGHT CROSSES ATLANTIC, SETS RECORDS

  On December 11, 2011, a ham radio operator launched four balloons 
packed with position reporting equipment.  None of the balloons was 
expected to travel far, but one made it from San Jose, California to 
the Mediterranean Sea.

  During the flight, tracking and altitude information were radioed 
back to earth via Amateur Radio APRS equipment.  Hams in Europe 
retuned their receivers to the U.S. packet frequency in order to 
pickup the data bursts.  The extraordinary journey set two records 
for ham/balloon flights.

  What a way to cap off 2011!  Here is the story from ARRL Head-
quarters along with a URL for additional information:

  http://tinyurl.com/RecordHamBalloonFlight
  http://californianearspaceproject.com/

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  NEWS BRIEFS

  o  Lockheed Martin Corp. has filed a Petition for Rule
  Making "to enable more flexible RFID use in the 433 MHz band:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-311491A1.doc

  o  Ham radio in Hollywood: Comedian Tim Allen to appear as
  a Radio Amateur on a new TV show:
  http://tinyurl.com/TimAllenHam

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  THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD -- DONALD D. ROHN

  Donald D. Rohn, an industry leader in communications tower manu-
facturing, passed away on November 21st at age 72.  This while 
being treated for an injury he suffered from a fall a number of 
months ago.

  In the late 1950s, Donald Rohn began working at his father Dwight's 
tower manufacturing plant prior to graduating with a bachelor's degree 
in business from the University of Illinois.
Founded in 1948, Rohn's primary product line was small residential 
television towers.

  Donald Rohn was an early advocate of climber safety and created a 
company culture that saw Rohn provide safety climb systems before it 
became an industry requirement.  Rohn was also the country's first 
manufacturer to see the need for galvanizing their towers and built 
their own galvanizing plant.

  Donald Rohn retired from the company presidency in 1997.  He is 
survived by his wife Joyce of Dunlap and three sons, five grand-
children and several nieces and nephews.  A memorial service was held 
for Mr. Rohn on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in Peoria, IL.

  (Amateur Radio Newsline for December 16, 2011)


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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.

  o  This week, as mentioned above, Marty Jackson
  comments on two antenna failures at KNTV, San Jose.

  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.

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

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  MERRY CHRISTMAS

  This is our last scheduled newsletter for 2011.  Please accept our 
best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2012.


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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  o  The vanishing yellow spots:
  http://www.msf-usa.org/motion.html

  o  Hear audio recovered from the earliest (circa 1885)
  recordings:
  http://irene.lbl.gov/volta-release.html

  o  A Christmas interactive animation for young kids:
  http://tinyurl.com/ChristmasAnimation


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