CGC #1141

by CGC on May 21, 2012

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1141

                       Monday, May 21, 2012

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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                 

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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 FCC NEWS BRIEFS

 o  Statements of Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai upon
 being sworn in as FCC commissioners:
 http://tinyurl.com/Stmnt-Jessica-Rosenworcel
 http://tinyurl.com/Stmnt-Ajit-Pai

 o  New rules would make U.S. first in the world to allocate
 spectrum (2360-2400 MHz discussed here) for wireless medical
 body area networks:
 http://tinyurl.com/2GHz-Med-Body-Networks
 http://tinyurl.com/CNN-WirelessPatientNetworks

 o  FCC to hold Open Commission Meeting Thursday, May 24,
 2012 (no broadcast items scheduled):
 http://tinyurl.com/052412Open-FCC-Meeting

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 FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA

 o  Cesar Chavez Foundation fined $12,500 for broadcasting
 prohibited advertisements over KUFW(FM), Woodlake.  According
 to Radio World, "...the commission found the [Chavez] station
 had apparently violated the underwriting laws by airing four
 separate advertisements more than 2,000 times from March
 through December of 2006.  That's when the FCC proposed
 the $12,500 penalty."
 http://tinyurl.com/KUFW-Forfeiture

 o  Astound Broadband (cable operator), Rocklin -- NOV issued
 for missing annual EEO report in the public inspection file:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-314043A1.html

 o  Comcast issued NOVs for excessive signal leakage at
 121.2625 MHz at various CATV facilities:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-314003A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-314004A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-314005A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-314006A1.html
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-314044A1.html


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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 GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

 o  LightSquared files bankruptcy but it looks like they
 are planning to pounce again:
 http://tinyurl.com/LightSquaredBankruptcy

 o  Skilled broadcast engineers are vanishing.  Soldering,
 what's that?
 http://tinyurl.com/VanishingEngineers

 o  Digital Alert Systems says it is the first manufacturer
 to receive FCC approval for certified next-generation CAP EAS
 alerting equipment:
 http://tinyurl.com/DAS-CAP-EAS

 o  A friendly reminder to tighten electric power lugs every
 so often:
 http://tinyurl.com/Tighten-Electric-Lugs

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 GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO

 o  FCC's Peter Doyle, Jim Bradshaw and others focus on
 FM Translator application processing in a live forum:
 http://tinyurl.com/FM-Xlator-Processing-Seminar

 o  Petitions for Reconsideration filed on FCC's new caps
 for pending FM Translator apps:
 http://tinyurl.com/Recon-on-Caps-for-Apps

 o  More decisions to come in the FM translator/LPFM scrum:
 http://tinyurl.com/More-LP-Xlator-Decisions

 o  The down draft at NPR:
 http://tinyurl.com/NPR-Down-Draft

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 CELLULAR

 o  Wireless EAS goes live this month, delivering location-
 based SMS-type warnings:
 http://tinyurl.com/Wireless-SMS-EAS

   o  Cellular operators are looking at small cells as a
 way to use their spectrum more efficiently:
 http://tinyurl.com/SmallCells


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                          HAM RADIO NOTE
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 PLEASE DO NOT USE 145.8 - 146.0 MHZ

 Hams are reminded not to use 145.8 to 146.0 MHz for point-
to-point contacts.  This region may seem quiet, but it contains
uplink frequencies to various amateur radio satellites.  Even a
few watts of power can cause severe interference to ham satellite
operations.  (Amateur Radio Newsline)


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                           OFF TOPIC
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 EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY

 o  Dopeler Effect:  The tendency of poor ideas to seem
 smarter when they come at you rapidly.

 o  Giraffiti:  Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

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 HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

 o  Cruising over the Bay Area in the Zeppelin Eureka:
 http://home.comcast.net/~bzee1b/Zeppelin/Zeppelin.html

 o  Mechanical resonance nicely demonstrated by a speeding
 SUV.  The first 45 seconds are all you need to view:
 http://tinyurl.com/MechanicalResonance

 o  San Clemente beach rocks "catch fire in woman's pocket"
 and lead to severe burns (the incident sounds very suspicious):
 http://tinyurl.com/BeachRocksCombust
 http://tinyurl.com/BeachRocksCombustPartII

 o  No one knows how or why they do it.  Yet each fall,
 thousands of starlings dance in sync in the twilight above
 England and Scotland.  A collection of starlings is called
 a Murmuration:
 
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