CGC #1133

by CGC on April 17, 2012

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1133

                     Tuesday,  April 17, 2012

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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                 

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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 LPFM OPEN CHANNEL FINDER TOOL

 The Media Bureau has released its updated Low Power FM
(LPFM) Channel Finder search tool:

 Story:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0412/DA-12-582A1.doc

 LPFM Channel Finder Tool:
 http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/low-power-fm-lpfm-channel-finder

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 FCC NEWS BRIEFS

 o  FCC announces an antenna collocation conference to help
 the nationwide broadband roll out.  Among other things, the
 conference will discuss collocating wireless broadband antennas
 on broadcast towers including AM towers (not that this is
 anything new):
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0412/DA-12-584A1.doc

 o  Hard copies of slightly outdated FCC Rules & Regulations
 are hot off the government printing presses at greatly inflated
 prices:
 http://tinyurl.com/GiveUsYourMoney

 o  A better bet: Free up-to-date FCC Rules & Regulations are
 still available on-line through the hallikainen.com Website:
 http://www.hallikainen.com/FccRules/

 o  New initiatives to combat cell phone and data theft:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0410/DOC-313511A1.doc
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0410/DOC-313509A1.doc
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0410/DOC-313512A1.doc

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 LOCAL ITEMS OF NOTE

 o  International Fellowship of Churches has been granted a
 CP to Construct an International Broadcast Station in Norco:
 http://tinyurl.com/Norco-HF-App-Granted

 o  Qualcomm has been granted an experimental authorization
 to test on TV Channels 25, 26, 32, 33, 45 and 46 in San Diego,
 see the fourth item at:
 http://tinyurl.com/QualcommSanDiegoTest

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 LOCAL CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED

 KSCF(FM), San Diego, to KEGY

 K06MB, Indio, to KKKK-CA

 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-313539A1.doc

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 RADIO LAW:  TWO SENATORS ASK FCC TO SAVE LIGHTSQUARED

 The story that never seems to die just took a step toward
the weirder.  This with word that two well known U.S. senators
are asking the FCC to save LightSquared from oblivion by moving
the proposed broadband network to alternate spectrum (info from
Amateur Radio Newsline).

 Obvious to the most casual observer is that the FCC (and
therefore the tax payer) owes LightSquared nothing.  LS had
a conditioned authorization and failed to meet the required
test.  If anything, LS should reimburse John Deere and numerous
others for their time and trouble in this case.

 http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1417#comments

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 INTERNET BOTTLENECKS SHOULD HELP PROMOTE MOBILE VIDEO

 As wireless users demand more and more streaming video,
serious Internet bottlenecks are developing, opening the way
for broadcast mobile video.  According to a forecast by Cisco
Systems, per-month mobile video traffic will surpass 10 exabytes
-- more than 10 billion gigabytes -- by 2016, and mobile video
will account for 70 percent of it.

 http://tinyurl.com/WirelessVideoDataCrunch

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 FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- ITEMS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST

 o  The FCC has entered into a Consent Decree with Richard
 Mann d/b/a The Antique Radio Collector for his marketing in
 the U.S. of uncertified AM broadcast radio transmitters
 assembled from kits:
 http://tinyurl.com/RichardMannConsentDecree

 o  Google has tentatively been issued a $25,000 fine for
 "willfully and repeatedly violating an Enforcement Bureau
 directive to respond to a letter of inquiry."  The matter
 concerns what could be called invasion of privacy and
 perhaps wireless-tapping via e-mail intercepts.  This case
 may have far reaching consequences:
 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-592A1.pdf

 o   T-Mobile has tentatively been fined $819,000 for
 failure to offer the required number of hearing aid-compatible
 digital wireless handset models as set forth in the Rules:
 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-39A1.doc


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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 CHANGING OF THE GUARD

 o  Jeff Chandler of the Los Angeles Times family  -- and
 the past owner and operator of KKOS(FM), Carlsbad, and KCEO(AM),
 Vista, died Sunday morning, April 15, 2012.  Under his leader-
 ship, KKOS overcame incredible odds and was converted from
 Class A to Class B status, changed in frequency to 95.7 MHz and
 moved to Mt. Soledad, making it the major market powerhouse
 it is today (KOGO-FM).

 o  Martin ("Marty") Colby, a veteran TV executive who was the
 longtime general manager of San Diego's XETV, one of the charter
 affiliates for the Fox network, and the founding chairman of
 the Fox Affiliate Board of Governors, died March 18 at age 88:
 http://tinyurl.com/MartyColbyDeceased

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 GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

 o  Radio World's special NAB Show coverage page is updated
 regularly:
 http://radioworld.com/nabshow2012

 o  EAS -- Stations are advised to disable text-to-speech
 converters by April 23 -- at least that is the plan for now:
 http://tinyurl.com/EAS-TTS-DisableByApril23

 o  Court clears the way for political ads on public radio
 and TV stations:
 http://tinyurl.com/PoliticalAdsOnPublicRadioAndTV

 o  Early engineering tips from the NAB Show (as usual,
 we will let the trade press cover most of the Show):
 http://tinyurl.com/NAB-EngineeringTips

 o  Sony to cut 10,000 jobs and refocus its primary mission:
 http://tinyurl.com/SonyRefocus

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 NOTES FOR TELEVISION

 o  Mobile DTV takes center stage in Las Vegas:
 http://tinyurl.com/MobileDTVinVegas

 o  Broadcasters continue to seek FCC's TV spectrum repacking
 model which the Commission promised to release but didn't:
 http://tinyurl.com/RepakingModelSought

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 NOTES FOR RADIO

 o  "The Local Community Radio Act has as its primary aim
 the expansion of the low power FM service.  But it also seeks
 to create new FM translators, both for their standard use and
 as a supplement for signal-challenged AM stations:"
 http://rbr.com/fcc-issues-guidance-on-translator-applications/

 o  The top 10 billing radio stations in the U.S.:
 http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2433985&spid=24698

 o  KDKA(AM), Pittsburgh -- often called the first
 commercial radio station in the U.S. -- recently honored
 its oldest listener, 106-year old Lucy Treccase:
 http://tinyurl.com/kdka-oldest-listener

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 REPLACING S.D. COUNTY'S BACKUP EMERGENCY RADIO SYSTEM

 San Diego County's conventional two-way radio system
used as a backup for vital county communications will soon
be replaced.  A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote
April 3 authorized the issuance of a request for proposals:

 http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/63116/

 There is one thing that the story released to the public
(URL above) isn't telling you.  The backup radio system is
essential because two major failures in the County's 800 MHz
trunked "RCS" radio system have called into question the wisdom
of putting all of the county's communications eggs in one
800 MHz basket.

 The CGC Communicator carried a series of stories on the
specific failures of the current 800 MHz RCS system.  In
CGC #1088 we concluded that, "There is nothing like having an
independent backup radio system in place  -- one that is tested
regularly and ready to fill any communications void.  Hopefully
North County's VHF repeater system will be rebuilt with first
class equipment and expanded into other areas.  It has proven
its worth."

 We are anxious to see what form the new backup radio system
will take.  Thanks to Don Stevens, a ham radio operator and
Battalion Chief of the North County Fire Protection District,
for converting old VHF remote-base dispatch radios into the
current wide-area repeater system that saved North Conty's bacon
when the chips were down.

 Don Root of the county's RCS office appears to have picked
up the ball from there in supporting the idea of a new backup
system.  And special thanks go to the ham radio "repeater
philosophy" that inspired the current backup system that has
indeed proven its worth in a real world crisis situation.

 http://www.bext.com/cgc/cgc-1088/


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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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 STORM CLOSES THE ROAD TO WILSON BRIEFLY

 Road access to Mt. Wilson is closed from time to time in
anticipation of bad weather.  Such was the case on Thursday,
April 12, when the following road closure notice was posted.

 The road should now be clear except for possible pockets
of icy patches in shaded zones.  The predicted high for Mt.
Wilson today is 70 deg. F.

 http://tinyurl.com/RoadClosureAdvisory

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 THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY --
 ANOTHER DAY ON THE ROAD TO MT. WILSON

 My good deed for Easter Sunday 2012 was calling in a motor-
cycle accident near Mt. Wilson.  The call was handled over our
local REACT GMRS repeater from an area where my cell phone service
didn't exist.  From the time I called the accident in until the
victim was removed by helicopter, only 20 to 30 minutes passed.
Emergency personnel did a great job.

 Now for a few details.  I contacted LA County REACT on the
Lukens Repeater 462.700/467.700 and got in touch with LA unit 52
who put the call in to 911, and then LA-01 relayed between me and
the LA Sheriffs Office.  I got the landing zone cleared and let
the chopper know (via LA-01) we were ready for them to land.

 For the record, the LA GMRS repeaters are:

 Lukens 462.700/467.700
 Wilson 462.600/467.600
 Wilson #2 aka Harvard 462.625/467.625

 All of these repeaters are monitored by LA County REACT.
There is also a repeater on 462.675/467.675 run by Crest REACT.

 Sorry about the wrong date stamped on the pictures at the
Web address below.  The correct date is 04/08/12.  It was my
backup camera.

 Dennis Doty
 dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
 April 12, 2012

 http://tinyurl.com/WilsonEasterAccident


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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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 TECH LETTERS

 The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

 o  Man indicted for taking funds from a Navajo LPFM
 startup:
 http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?page_id=2&cpage=1#comment-87

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 HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

 o  Type in your (or any) address SLOWLY and watch this
 aerial mapper go to work:
 http://showmystreet.com/

 o  Glide your cursor over this map and it displays every
 county in the U.S., gives the demographics and other info:
 http://tinyurl.com/2010CensusMadeEasy

 o  Think you're an expert?  Where are you on this chart:
 http://tinyurl.com/TheExpertsChart

 o  "The first rule when you go out to enforce a law is
 engage your brain.  And obviously [in the Gibson Guitar case]
 somebody failed to do that.  And then somebody else decided
 that they would support whoever failed to do that:"
 http://tinyurl.com/TheLatestOnGibsonGuitar


 A Bit Further Off Topic:

 o  The osprey, an incredible predator, and his last catch
 is a whopper:
 http://tinyurl.com/HungryOsprey

 o  The foot-launched glider:
 http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=740_1333399954

 o  Going blind was not a crisis for this former radio station
 employee, just an inconvenience:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=7lfaSmDxVZQ


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