CGC #1122

by CGC on February 27, 2012

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1122

                   Monday,  February 27, 2012

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  TV SPECTRUM RECLAMATION LAW -- SUMMARY

  Here are overviews of the TV spectrum reclamation legislation approved by 
Congress and signed by president Obama:

  http://tinyurl.com/DeborahMcAdamsOnTV-Reclamation
  http://www.bna.com/fight-spectrum-provisions-n12884907993/

  That said, broadcasters have good reason to be wary of the way the FCC may 
conduct the voluntary spectrum reclamation according to this recorded 
interview with Mark Hyman, VP of Corporate Relations at Sinclair Broadcast Group:

  http://tinyurl.com/MarkHymanInterview

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  TOWARD WORLDWIDE GOVERNMENTAL CONTROL OF THE INTERNET

  On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a 
new treaty giving the United Nations unprece- dented powers over the Internet.  
Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this 
goal by year's end.

  As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of 
his allies is to establish "international control over the Internet" through the 
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under 
U.N. auspices.
WSJ article, subscription may be required:

  http://tinyurl.com/InternetControl

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  RFID CHIPS IN CREDIT CARDS

  RFID (radio frequency identification) chips are being imbedded in credit 
cards but without encryption and other vital security measures.  See the 
video (first URL), then see what the U.S. Department of State did years ago 
to protect RFID data buried in our passports.

  
  http://tinyurl.com/Passport-RFID-Encryption

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  FCC NEWS BRIEF

  Here are the recently prepared remarks of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski 
on cyber security.  Learn about three gigantic Internet security holes - 
botnets, domain name fraud and IP hijacking - and discover how they are being 
addressed.

  http://tinyurl.com/ChairmanG-BotnetsEtc

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

  CATV system serving La Canada-Flintridge is issued a Notice of Violation 
for excessive signal leakage in the VHF band.

  http://tinyurl.com/Flintridge-CATV-Leaks


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL NOTE FOR TELEVISION

  Over-the-air TV reception continues to grow.

  http://tinyurl.com/OTA-GrowthContinues

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  GENERAL NOTE FOR RADIO

  Circa 1920, the Amplion loudspeaker was used in conjunction with AM radio 
receivers.  This film (20 minutes) discusses the Amplion and contains a 
delightful cartoon (starting at 16:40) used to promote the popular device.

  

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  GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

  o  Senators push for putting TV Public Files online --
  radio may be next:
  http://tinyurl.com/PublicFilesOnline

  o  Thieves have caused more than $44,000 in damages while
  stealing copper and aluminum from HAVC units at four Ramona
  churches:
  http://tinyurl.com/CopperAluminumThefts

  o  Part of the Mt. Laguna radar site (east San Diego County)
  is being returned to its natural state:
  http://tinyurl.com/MtLaugnaTransformation

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  RED BLANCHARD, DECEASED

  Richard Bogardus "Red" Blanchard, Jr., W6AG, a well known radio show 
personality in California markets from the mid 1940s to the mid 1960s, 
passed away on June 16, 2011 according to this Wikipedia posting.  The 
news item goes on to say that Blanchard became the technical director 
of Los Angeles KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV) in 1965 and retired in 1978.  He was 
a regular CGC Communicator contributor and will be missed by many.

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Blanchard_(radio_personality)
  http://tinyurl.com/RedBlanchardPasses


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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS

  The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  Richard Rudman with two comments on EAS: Text-to-Speech,
  and Governor Must Carry ("GMC"), and

  o  Dick Warren is looking for information on the Gentner
  SPH-5 hybrid.

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

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Tech Letters Website.  Use the URL above to see the most recent postings 
and to make new postings (all letters and comments are moderated and are 
posted after review).

  Please contact the moderator, Steve Blodgett, if you are having trouble 
viewing or posting: sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com


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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  Educational:

  o  You may have seen "The Scale of the Universe" computer
  animation at .  The following hot-
  off-the-press version is even more dramatic.  Tip: Try using
  the horizontal arrow keys on your keyboard for smooth zooming:
  http://htwins.net/scale2/

  o  Perhaps neutrinos do not move faster than the speed of
  light after all (see CGC #1090).  It looks like a bad fiber
  optic connection was responsible for erroneous data leading
  to the faster-than-light conclusion:
  http://tinyurl.com/NotSoSpecialNeutrinos

  o  Beware: Free apps (like free software) may be loaded
  with virii:
  http://tinyurl.com/CostlyFreeApps

  o  More problems for red light traffic cameras:
  http://tinyurl.com/RedLightCams-Part2

  o  Russian scientists revive an ice age flower.  The team
  coaxed back to life a plant said to be frozen in the Siberian
  permafrost for 30,000 years:
  http://tinyurl.com/ExtinctPlantRevived


  Stunning Stuff:

  o  A video-equipped remote-controlled model airplane with
  radical maneuvers:
  http://www.wimp.com/scenicgermany

  o  The Mieders Alpine Coaster (no brakes):
  http://tinyurl.com/MonorailRollerCoaster

  o  An exceptionally beautiful high definition ad for
  Alberta, Canada:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ThFCg0tBDck


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