CGC #1138

by CGC on May 12, 2012

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                        THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                              CGC #1138

                       Saturday, May 12, 2012

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                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                  

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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 FCC NEWS BRIEFS

 o  Whether and how the FCC should adopt a flexible second-
 adjacent waiver standard in order to get more low power
 radio stations on the air in urban areas is a huge bone
 of contention between full-service stations and LPFMs:
 http://tinyurl.com/SecondAdjacentLPFMs

 o  Should the FCC eliminate the LP10 class of LPFM
 stations?  Should LP100 stations be allowed to run 250 watts
 of power?  These and other questions are presented at:
 http://tinyurl.com/PossiblyEliminateLP10

 o  On Wednesday, May 16, the FCC plans to explain its FM
 translator processing changes:
 http://tinyurl.com/XlatorProcessingChanges

 o  The Wireless Telecom Bureau is providing guidance
 on the new environmental notification process for antenna
 structure registration.  Expect additional material to be
 released on or about Monday and a live Webcast demo on the
 changes to the filing system on the following Monday:
 http://tinyurl.com/TowerRegInclBirdEffects

 o  NAB president Gordon Smith is asking Congress to order
 an inventory of available spectrum space:
 http://tinyurl.com/SpecInventoryRequested


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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 GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

 o  BWWG helps State EAS planners:
 http://tinyurl.com/EAS-HelpFromBWWG

 o  An 80-percent budget cut is forcing Radio Canada
 International (RCI) to abandon shortwave and satellite radio
 broadcasting, leaving the Web as RCI's only method of
 delivery:
 http://tinyurl.com/RCI-ShortwaveAbandoned

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 COGNITIVE RADIO PROGRESSES

 This article explains Cognitive Radio from a military
perspective where data bursts, white spaces, interoperability,
encryption, exotic waveforms and other things come together
to create ad-hoc communications networks for our soldiers.
Each radio functions as a "node" or "router" with the goal
of having networks of radios established on the fly.

 One interesting point not mentioned in the article is that
our government now views itself as a "waveform library" -- a
repository of algorithms invented by vendors (such as Harris)
to achieve spread spectrum waveforms.  Two such waveforms are
mentioned in the article, the Soldier Radio Waveform and the
Wideband Networking Waveform.  The library is growing and today
holds a total of five waveforms according to inside sources.

 http://tinyurl.com/Military-CognitiveRadio


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                         HAM RADIO NOTES
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 HIGH SCHOOL BALLOON SOARS TO OVER 111,000 FEET

 The students at Anacapa School in Santa Barbara have
succeeded in sending a balloon to over 111,000 feet.

 According to Amateur Radio Newsline, the instrumentation
included a GPS, atmospheric sensors, high-definition video,
still cameras, a television transmitter and a Geiger counter.
The payload downlinked live data, video and images during its
ascent.  Two payload capsules tethered to the balloon were
returned to Earth via parachutes on May 5th.

 Anacapa Amateur High-Altitude Balloon 2 was designed and
built entirely by students that included Alex Carlson, KJ6UGF
and Genevieve Hatfield, KJ6UGH.  They, along with non-hams
Grayson Baggiolini, Julio Bernal and Christian Eckert, made
up the construction and launch team that was under the
supervision of faculty advisor Levi Maaia, K6LCM.

 http://www.anacapaschool.org/athletics-activities/ansec/

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 LENORE JENSEN PHONE PATCHING TO VIETNAM VIA MARS

 Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, of Amateur Radio Newsline, has
discovered another classic film featuring the late Lenore Jensen,
W6NAZ, running phone patches to Vietnam.  These were done through
the Military Affiliate Radio System ("MARS") which often used
frequencies just outside the regular HF ham bands.  Overseas
telephone calls were difficult to make decades ago and sometimes
impossible depending on location, so ham radio filled the void
-- all with volunteer effort -- and Lenore was at the forefront
of that activity.

 Bill adds, "The color is faded meaning the film was shot on
the old non-fade-proof Kodak 7381/7383 film stocks we all used
for industrial film making back then."  He dates the documentary
to the late 60s and notes that the phone patch was obviously
simulated for filming.  Did you ever hear noise-free audio on
HF DX, or the public always remembering to say "over?"

 These details aside, the film appears to be accurate overall.
It depicts the way things were done about 50 years ago.

 http://tinyurl.com/LenorePatchingToVietnam  (30 minutes)


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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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having trouble viewing or posting: sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com

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                           OFF TOPIC
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 HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

 o  Induction heating to 2192 degrees F:
 http://www.flixxy.com/levitation-induction-melting.htm

 o  UK military to have non-lethal sonic weapon at Olympics:
 http://tinyurl.com/SonicWeapon

 o  The Copenhagen Philharmonic flash mob -- delightful:
 http://tinyurl.com/Copenhagen-flash-mob

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