CGC #1116

by CGC on January 23, 2012

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1116

                    Monday, January 23, 2012

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  CLOSED CAPTIONING COMES TO IP-DELIVERED VIDEO

  The FCC has issued a Report & Order ("R&O") entitled, "Closed 
Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming...."
This is big news.

  The R&O affects "owners, providers and distributors of video 
programming delivered using Internet protocol ("IP")."  The R&O 
also adopts rules governing the closed captioning capabilities of 
certain devices on which consumers view video programming.
Be there no doubt about it, this R&O will have a significant 
financial impact on the owners, providers and distributors of 
IP-delivered video.

  As FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell put it, "Pragmatically, 
although our intentions are good, I am also concerned that our 
actions today may result in the withholding of content from the 
Internet, either temporarily or permanently, and the removal of 
programming that is currently available to all consumers to avoid 
enforcement action."

  Brief introductions:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-9A3.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-9A2.doc

  The R&O (112 pages):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-9A1.doc

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA

  o  Kyle McClellan is the name of the alleged Costa Mesa
  pirate caught broadcasting on 100.1 MHz:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-312053A1.html

  o  T-Mobile has been issued an NOV because the tower
  registration number displayed on one of its Pomona towers was
  "so severely faded as to be illegible:"
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-312047A1.html

  o  Yellow Cab has been busted for reportedly hogging its
  shared 452.15 MHz communications channel (by sending near-
  continuous digital data from its site on Santiago Peak), and
  for using a Morse code identifier with the wrong call sign:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-312049A1.html

  o  Lazer Licenses was denied a further reduction of its fine
  (initially $12,000, later reduced to $8,000) for "failure to
  maintain complete public inspection files" at three of its
  stations:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2012/FCC-12-3A1.html

  o  Clear Channel [stations KOST(FM), KHHT(FM), KBIG-FM,
  KYSR(FM), KIIS-FM and KFI(AM), Los Angeles] has tentatively
  been fined $22,000 for failing to "fully and accurately
  disclose the material terms of a contest:"
  http://tinyurl.com/CCLA-Fined
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-64A1.doc


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV

  o  Survey result: The public's knowledge of HD Radio has
  faded.  In a telephone survey of 18-64 year-olds, the survey
  company found that 54% of the people interviewed say they
  have "heard of" HD Radio, down from 67% in 2008.
  http://tinyurl.com/HDRadioKnowledgeGap

  o  KCRW(FM) and KUSC(FM) are jumping on the iHeartRadio
  bandwagon, joining a number of others:
  http://tinyurl.com/Locals-Join-iHeart

  o  This is where things stand on (a) protecting Ed-FM
  stations from interference from digital CH-6 LPTV stations,
  and (b) bringing an end to Franken FMs.  See the second URL
  for the definition and origin of the term "Franken FM:"
  http://tinyurl.com/CH6-IX-to-FM-and-Franken-FMs
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Franken_FMs.htm

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  OTHER INTERESTING INFORMATION

  o  A new era is dawning where TV sets and other appliances
  will be controlled by voice commands and gestures.  Here are
  some initial attempts at implementing this technology which
  is still in its infancy:
  http://tinyurl.com/EliminatingTheRemoteControl

  o  Motorola video: The first 80 years of product development:
  

  o  LightSquared says GPS tests were 'rigged' against them:
  http://tinyurl.com/TestsSaidRigged
  http://tinyurl.com/RiggedTestClaim

  o  An overview of the LightSquared/GPS interference
  situation as seen by the National Business Aviation Assn.:
  http://tinyurl.com/NBAA-on-LightSquared

  o  Blowing fuses as a way of learning important stuff:
  http://tinyurl.com/Blowin-Fuses

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  THE PROPOSED KXRS(FM) TOWER MOVES FORWARD

  The proposed broadcast tower for KXRS, 105.5 MHz, Hemet, continues 
to move forward through the hearing process.  The Press-Enterprise 
recounts the effort that has spanned years amidst stiff opposition 
from homeowners and environmentalists.

  A persistent rumor from reliable sources is that this particular 
opposition was seeded by another broadcaster opposing the KXRS signal 
improvement.

  http://tinyurl.com/KXRS-Moves-Forward

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  WITH NEW LAW, PROFITS TAKE A BACK SEAT

  "A brownie supplier to Ben & Jerry's ice cream, a skateboard maker 
and a payday lender are among the hundreds of existing businesses 
that plan to incorporate as "benefit corporations" in coming months.

  "They will be taking advantage of a new and untested corporate 
charter, available in only a half dozen states [including California 
as of January 1], allowing a company's governing board to consider 
social or environment objectives ahead of profits.  The legal 
structure is intended to shield the board from investor lawsuits...."

  Wall Street Journal, subscription required:

  http://tinyurl.com/ProfitsTakeBackSeat

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  COPPER-CLAD

  CommScope says it has developed a copper-alternative grounding wire 
to deter copper theft at broadcast and telecom transmission 
facilities.  While the 'invention' is simply copper-clad steel, the 
stuff used by ham radio operators for HF wire antennas for decades, 
CommScope offers jacketed and twisted-wire designs that some may find 
useful.  Do be aware that copper-clad wire is very, very stiff.

  Another wire that serves as a theft deterrent is barbed wire 
(steel).  Works okay for AM ground radials but must of course be 
replaced periodically because of rust.

  http://tinyurl.com/CopperClad

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  2012 BRINGS A LEAP DAY AND A LEAP SECOND

  When February arrives, we will receive the gift of an extra day 
because 2012 is a leap year.  But that isn't all the extra time we 
get this year.  On the night of June 30, after the very last second 
of the conventional day, an extra second will be added, a "leap 
second."

  Bet you did not know that not every fourth year is a leap 
year.  If it's a hundred-numbered year (e.g. 1900), the number 
must be exactly divisible by 400 to be a leap year.  For 
example, 2000 was a leap year but 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not.

  http://tinyurl.com/LeapSecondToBeAdded
  http://www.nist.gov/pml/div688/leapseconds.cfm


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY

  Our relatively warm weather continues.  No snow, just rain on Mt. 
Wilson.  The rain stopped about 10:30 this morning
(Saturday) but it had rained for about eight hours straight.
We must have gotten an inch or so.

  My Mt. Wilson weather station is out of commission for the moment.  
RF from the KSCI(TV) auxiliary plant is wiping out the data.  My 
problem, not theirs.

  Stay tuned and best wishes for 2012.

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  Saturday, January 21, 2012


  [Editor's note, Monday:  A Winter Storm Warning has been
  issued and Mt. Wilson could receive a few inches of snow today,
  but it could easily be rain or slush instead.]


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                         BEYOND OFF TOPIC
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  GIGANTIC WAVE SURFING IN SLO-MO + MILITARY WIVES CHOIR

  http://tinyurl.com/SloMoGiantSurf
  http://www.youtube.com/user/militarywiveschoir?feature=watch


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