CGC #1124

by CGC on March 5, 2012



                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1124

                     Monday,  March 5, 2012


                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  The FCC has several tentative items to consider in
  its Open Meeting set for Wednesday, March 21, including:

  o  items to get FM translators and LPFMs moving again, and

  o  the possible issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  and Notice of Inquiry for Advanced Wireless Service in the
  2 GHz Band.

  The entire agenda is posted at:

  Also see:



  The FCC is seeking Comments on concerns and issues related to 
"intentional interruptions of Commercial Mobile Radio Service by 
government authorities for the purpose of ensuring public safety."

  The Commission says, "While the important function that wireless 
service plays in protecting public safety is undisputed, some 
commentators, including some law enforcement personnel, have raised 
concerns that wireless networks can be used in ways that put the 
public's safety at risk.  Concerns, for example, that wireless service 
could be used to trigger the detonation of an explosive device or to 
organize the activities of a violent flash mob have led public 
authorities in the United States and abroad to consider interrupting 
wireless service...."  (WSJ by subscription)



  The FCC has granted in part LightSquared's Motion for Extension of 

  That said, there is a rather provocative opening sentence in a news 
article from The Daily Caller: "LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja abruptly 
announced his resignation Tuesday amid revelations of his company's 
political proximity -- and his own closeness -- to the White House and 
Obama administration officials."

  The Wall Street Journal, on the other hand, simply opened by saying, 
"LightSquared Inc.'s chief executive and an executive vice president 
stepped down in the wake of a regulatory setback...."

  While Republicans are seeking key documents from the FCC (and the FCC 
isn't cooperating), The Daily Caller has pieced together the massive 
political favoritism it believes benefited LightSquared at the expense 
of others -- and the picture isn't pretty -- see the third URL below.  
CGC does not necessarily endorse the view of The Daily Caller but the 
allegations give us engineers some behind-the-scenes hints as to why 
LightSquared was always the FCC's favored child.

  The Daily Caller:

  WSJ (subscription required):

  The Daily Caller - Part II:



  o  The FCC is going after a number of Class A LPTVs and is
  threatening to strip them of their Class A status for failure
  to follow all of the Class A rules (which are essentially the
  full power rules).  This is perhaps a harsh housecleaning
  prior to the TV spectrum auction.

  The FCC's Daily Digest for February 28, 2012 (center section,
  under the heading TEXTS) contains a large number of similar
  cases.  See the first URL for a sample case and the second URL
  for the Feb. 28 Daily Digest:

  o  The Commission has uncovered a gizmo "designed to jam
  radio transmissions" in the 450 MHz band and wants to know "from
  whom you purchased the device, including copies of any receipts
  or invoices:"

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                           RANDOM NOTES


  The next Los Angeles SBE meeting is set for Tuesday, March 13, at 
11:30 AM.  The location is the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank 
as usual.

  The subject is the "CALM Act and TV Loudness" and that is a matter 
of great interest.  The speakers are terrific too:
Bob Orban and Greg Oganowski of Orban Associates.  Keep in mind that 
the Olive Avenue I-5 exit may be closed on meeting day due to 
construction activities.

  RSVP is required because of the expected large turnout.
For RSVP instructions and any last-minute info on the possible Olive 
exit closure, see:



  In the words of the San Diego SBE Chapter:

  "Orban's chops in the broadcast radio and TV realm are certainly 
undisputed.  The company continues to address the needs of current 
broadcast technology, with processors to address specific needs for 
digital side channels, streaming, and the new TV loudness rules.

  "Our next meeting features two of the rock stars of broadcast audio.  
Orban Founder and VP of Engineering Bob Orban will discuss the workings 
of the new Orban Optimod-TV 8685 for Surround Sound and loudness control.  
Also, Orban VP of New Product Development, Greg Ogonowski, will discuss 
the latest in streaming technology offered by Orban.

  "This is your chance to meet Bob and Greg and ask those nagging 
questions you have about audio processing.  Let's give these guys a 
big welcome Wednesday, March 14, at noon at TV Magic, 8112 Engineer 
Road in Kearny Mesa, San Diego.  As always, members and guests are 



  o  Cris Alexander of Crawford Broadcasting Company gives us
  his electric power saving experience with MDCL and, in addition,
  a status report on the KBRT(AM) transmitter relocation project:

  o  The new EAS rules appear final -- commentary:

  o  A slice of life from the Philadelphia cellphone jammer:  (Video)



  Here is a basic guide to RF safety surveys at broadcast sites 
courtesy of Richard Strickland:



  Here is a demonstration of Omnia's proposed SSBSC alternative for FM 
stereo transmissions.  The demo is impressive because it compares SSBSC 
against the DSBSC system in use today -- and SSBSC is said to be fully 
compatible with existing receivers.

  Note: The SSBSC test may have relied on a special receiver optimized 
for SSBSC reception.  We don't know from the write up.
Nevertheless, the results of the test are most impressive.



  The following newspaper article is entitled, "Catholic station to 
begin broadcasting March 7."  The article says that Immaculate Heart 
Radio (IHR) purchased KCEO(AM), 1000 kHz, Vista (FCC Facility ID 67666) 
"last year from Carlsbad-based North County Broadcasting Corp. for 
$3.75 million."  That sounds straight- forward.

  There is a little catch, however.  FCC's AM Query page shows that 
the station has not been sold.  North County Broadcasting still owns 
it.  So, it will be interesting to see what programming changes (if any) 
occur on March 7.

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                            OFF TOPIC



  o  Water droplets orbiting a knitting needle in space.
  This is simple and elegant:

  o  Learn about the Lytro camera that has the ability to
  refocus a picture after the photo has been taken.  (We'll
  wait for the mod that puts everything in focus at the
  touch of a button):
o The Tokyo Skytree is claimed to be the world's tallest free-standing broadcast tower. It is 2,080 feet tall and breathtaking to behold: Totally Off-the-Wall: o Another action-packed Internet video best viewed in HD: __________________________________________________________________ ------------------------------------------------------------------ The CGC Communicator is published for broadcast engineering professionals in so. California by Communications General® Corporation (CGC), consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA. For subscriptions to the CGC Communicator, or to cancel subscriptions, or to change your e-dress already on file, send mail to . Manually edit the address so it reads, "cgc@cgc333...." CGC Communicator articles may be reproduced in any form by non-commercial publications provided the articles are unaltered and credit is given to the CGC Communicator. Past issues may be viewed and searched at courtesy of Bext Corporation. Letters to the Editor are not being accepted by the CGC Communicator at this time but may be sent to the companion publication Tech Letters. See CGC #999 (fourth story) for instructions on how to access Tech Letters. To go directly to CGC #999: . Typographical errors originating in FCC material are reproduced in our newsletter without speculative corrections. The views expressed in our newsletters do not necessarily reflect those of Communications General® Corporation, Bext, or the newsletter editor. ------------------------------------------------------------------ _________________________ End _______________________________

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