CGC #1134

by CGC on April 23, 2012

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1134

                     Monday, April 23, 2012

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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 GENACHOWSKI ON THE UPCOMING TV SPECTRUM AUCTION

 FCC chairman Genachowski's prepared remarks for the NAB
Show indicate that television broadcasters will have various
options in the planned TV spectrum auction/s.

 Those options are: (a) keep your 6 MHz bandwidth (although
you may be assigned a new RF channel), (b) channel share (your
must-carry rights will be preserved), (c) move from UHF to VHF
or (d) sell your entire 6 MHz channel.  We'll have to wait for
the details.

 Genachowski says the FCC will "make all reasonable efforts to
preserve broadcaster coverage."  A $1.75 billion re-packing fund
will "pay moving costs of broadcasters who don't participate as
well as other incumbents."

 http://tinyurl.com/GenachowskiPreparedRemarks

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 PERHAPS BROADCASTERS WILL BID ON TV SPECTRUM

 Perhaps broadcasters will be allowed to bid on vacated
TV spectrum in future incentive auctions designed to re-designate
TV channels for wireless purposes.  "The rules haven't been
written, but I don't see why not," said Bill Lake, chief of
the FCC's Media Bureau.

 http://tinyurl.com/Acquiring-MoreSpectrumForTV

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 FCC OPEN MEETING THIS FRIDAY

 The FCC is scheduled to hold an Open Meeting this Friday.
Items of interest include noncommercial educational station
fundraising for third-party non-profit organizations; moving
TV broadcast station public files from paper to the Internet;
and issues concerning TV allocations, channel sharing and
improvements to VHF along with establishing a regulatory
framework for channel sharing among TV licensees in
connection with the incentive auction of spectrum.

 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-313683A1.doc

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 FCC NEWS BRIEFS

 o  Peter Doyle:  Clarity is coming soon for FM applicants
 (e.g. LPFM/FM translator):
 http://tinyurl.com/ClaritySoon

 o  The FCC has reconsidered and amended (for now) its EAS
 rules so that EAS participants may, but are not required to,
 employ the text-to-speech functions described in the ECIG
 Implementation Guide:
 http://tinyurl.com/TTS-TheSynopsisByRW
 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-41A1.doc

 o  Check with timothy.may (at) fcc.gov to be sure your national
 EAS test results report was received by the Commission -- many
 reports are missing:
 http://radioworld.com/default.aspx?tabid=75&entryid=861

 o  FCC tip sheet for improving consumer privacy on Wi-Fi
 networks:
 http://tinyurl.com/FCC-Wi-Fi-Tip-Sheet

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 FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- LOCAL MATTERS PRIMARILY

 o  Last year, KXDZ(FM), Templeton, was tentatively fined
 $10,000 for missing a number of issue/program lists from its
 public inspection file.  That fine has now been affirmed by
 the FCC despite an interesting argument offered in this case.

 The new station ownership argued that it (the new ownership)
 is "not responsible for maintaining public file material from
 the period of time prior to the Station's current ownership."
 However, the FCC tossed out that argument.  The bottom line
 is that station buyers need to perform stellar due diligence
 before consummating a purchase.
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2012/DA-12-608A1.html

 o  Notices of Violation have been sent to KAJR/Indian Wells,
 KESQ/Indio, KDFX-CA/Indio/Palm Springs, KUNA-FM/La Quinta,
 KPLM/Palm Springs, KMRJ/Rancho Mirage and KJJZ/Indio for EAS
 send and receive violations:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-313467A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-313468A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-313588A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-313587A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-313586A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-313585A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-313584A1.html

 o  A Notice of Violation has been issued to USA Communications
 CATV system in Mecca for excessive cable leakage @ 133 MHz (the
 leakage exceeded allowable standards by an astronomical 30 dB):
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-313466A1.html


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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 EXCELLENT TOWER TUTORIAL

 In March 2011, WEAU-TV's 2000 foot tower in Eau Claire,
Wisconsin collapsed during a winter storm.  The station's news
and engineering departments then produced an outstanding TV news
documentary covering the reconstruction efforts.

 This is one of those "must see" videos.  It's long, but it
is fascinating from both engineering and management perspectives.
The video shows everything that happened from the Stainless
factory floor, through hot dip galvanizing, through tower erection
to the ERI UHF-TV antenna that crowned the new structure.

 http://tinyurl.com/WEAU-Tower-Reconstruction

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 GENERAL NOTES FOR TELEVISION

 o  TV Technology magazine covers NAB Show highlights:
 http://www.tvtechnology.com/section/news/109
 http://www.tvtechnology.com/section/news/110

 o  The 'Future of Broadcast Television Initiative' gathered
 representatives at the NAB Show to begin a formidable task:
 To develop a worldwide broadcast TV standard.  The challenges
 are daunting but the potential benefits are enormous:
 http://tinyurl.com/World-TV-Standard

 o  Union-Tribune TV --  "U-T TV"  -- is coming to San Diego:
 http://tinyurl.com/U-T-T-V-SanDiego

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 GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO

 o  Here are the 2012 NAB Show "Cool Stuff" award winners
 from Radio World:
 http://tinyurl.com/CoolStuff2012

 o  Cris Alexander discusses the virtues of MDCL for high
 powered AM operations:
 http://tinyurl.com/MDCL-Benefits

 o  New HD Radio chip for smartphones is "a landmark," says
 Jeff Smulyan of Emmis.  (The problem, of course, is that the
 HD-X channels do not have the 'fade to analog' feature enjoyed
 by the HD-1 channel):
 http://tinyurl.com/HD-RadioChipReleased

 o  The FM ZoneCasting Plan described in this article
 sounds somewhat interesting but complex to implement
 from an operational standpoint:
 http://radioworld.com/TabId/64/Default.aspx?ArticleId=213045


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                   THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD
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 JEFF CHANDLER

 Here is the Los Angeles Times story on Jeff Chandler,
 the generous and well-liked radio station owner.  Jeff was
 part of the family that built the Los Angeles Times:
 http://tinyurl.com/JeffreyChandler


 PHIL LERZA

 Friends mourn the loss of Phil Lerza, a beloved Bay Area
 broadcast engineer:
 http://hosting-19478.tributes.com/show/Philip-J.-Lerza-93657646
 http://hosting-19478.tributes.com/show/93657646#condolences


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                         HAM RADIO NOTES
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 FOLLOW-UP ON THE GARY DENT CASE

 Two weeks ago we reported on a peculiar Notice of Violation
issued to Gary R. Dent, AF6HP, concerning his ham operation in
Riverside in the 23 cm band.  Now there is a possible explanation
for the FCC's concern: The FAA is said to be deploying a new
generation of Common Air Route Surveillance Radars.  That
deployment will have implications for the continued use of
a portion of the 1240-1300 MHz (23 cm) band by amateur radio
operators in certain locations.  CGC understands that the
affected spectrum is roughly 1270-1290 MHz in our local
FAA region.

 http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2012-04-19#toc03

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 AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT WORLDWIDE HF RADARS

 Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OM, has made available a report documenting
High Frequency Over The Horizon Radar Systems used around the
world.  Included are Ionosphere and Troposphere Diagnostic Radars
as well as Ocean Wave and Coastal Radars.  All of these radiating
devices can interfere with amateur radio and shortwave listening.

 Also included are explanations of how some of these systems
work.  There are photographs, maps and other technical details.
The 36 page (9.5 MB) report is free.  (Tip from Amateur Radio
Newsline.)

 http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/radar-2012.pdf


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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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 TECH LETTERS

 The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

 o  A tribute to Jeff Chandler from Russ Jackson:
 http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1499

 o  Future cellphones could conceivably see through
 walls (or ultimately not be allowed to do so) -- an
 article spotted by Matt Lunati:
 http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1497

 o  FCC reverses its text-to-speech decision -- a Richard
 Rudman posting:
 http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1493

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

 Please contact the moderator, Steve Blodgett, if you are
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 Thanks!


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                           OFF TOPIC
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 installed instead.  Here are the costs involved:
 http://goo.gl/uySWa

 o  Celestial Lights is a new HD video starring the
 magnificent aurora borealis:
 
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