CGC #1115

by CGC on January 16, 2012



                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                           CGC #1115

                   Monday, January 16, 2012


               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  The FCC opens by saying, "In this Fifth Report and Order, we 
continue the process the Commission began in 2007 to transform the 
EAS into a more technologically advanced alerting system by revising 
our Part 11 Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules to specify the manner 
in which EAS Participants must be able to receive alert messages 
formatted in the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and by streamlining 
our Part 11 rules to enhance their effectiveness and clarity."

  Among other things, the FCC has eliminated, "as unnecessary, the 
requirement that EAS Participants receive and transmit CAP- 
formatted messages initiated by state governors."



  o  Final EAS-CAP rules allow converters and eliminate
  gubernatorial alerts.  Many other changes are made as
  well (Radio World):

  o  Richard Rudman has a number of things to say about the
  new EAS rules and has posted his thoughts in Tech Letters:

                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT


  Hi --  hope everyone is off to a good start in the New Year.  
The weather remains unusually warm here on Mt. Wilson.

  As for road traffic following the big road repairs, the traffic is 
getting back to normal.  That's a bad thing.  Lots of racing up here 
last night (Saturday) and that can lead to serious accidents on these 
twisty/dangerous roads.

  In other news, the water well pump serving Mt. Wilson had gone bad 
some time ago as you may recall.  The good news is that Ralph Ortiz 
got the Forest Service to bring up a new pump (slightly bigger) and 
he helped the Forest guy install it and get the system working again.  
The tank is refilling as I write.

  Ralph, thank you for taking care of that nasty problem.
It must have been a pain in the rear end hauling the pump and 
tools to the pump house, but the effort paid off big time.

  Now we just need some bad weather, meaning some serious
overtime, meaning a replenished bank account.   :)

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at)
  Sunday, January 15, 2012

                          RANDOM NOTES


  o  Clear Channel Radio has changed its name to Clear Channel
  Media and Entertainment, a real mouth full:

  o  Is "radio" now an antiquated term headed for the scrap
  heap?  Should Radio World magazine be renamed Media and
  Entertainment World ("MEW")?  Should NAB become the National
  Association of Media and Entertainment ("NAME")?  Many
  fun and interesting questions:

  o  NAB engineers are focusing on iBiquity's asymmetric
  sideband report:

  o  KSPN(AM), Los Angeles, is aware that AM-HD could coexist
  with the right flavor of MDCL, thanks to the publicity given
  the subject by Tom Ray.  Nevertheless, KSPN has no immediate
  plans to return to HD.

  o  Hacking into radio communication circuits is nothing
  new.  Meet Nevil Maskelyne.  The year is 1903:

  o  Video: Radio reception on a 1921/1922 Aeriola Sr.
  AM receiver:



  International Media Group, the parent of KSCI(TV),
  Los Angeles, has filed for bankruptcy protection:



  o  Top trends at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
  include Mobile DTVs ready for sale and full size TVs
  containing the latest LED technology:

  o  TV screens and computer monitors will undoubtedly be
  combined into ultra-thin smart displays for the future.
  Here is Corning's vision for tomorrow's glass-intensive

  o  Wireless innovations at CES with an emphasis on
  Qualcomm's contributions:

  o  Leslie Stimson's tales from the CES floor:

                         HAM RADIO NOTES


  Ham radio is truly a do-it-yourself ("DIY") hobby with tremendous 
rewards.  Whereas, "If you shut off the Internet, virtually nothing 
on the CES floor would work" (FCC Chairman Genachowski, 1/11/12), 
ham radio avoids that pitfall.  Ham radios keep on ticking with no 
life-or-death umbilical cord tied to the Internet.

  This eight minute video produced by Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, shows 
some of the amazing work happening in Amateur circles today.
If you're not a ham already, do give it serious consideration:

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