CGC #1144

by CGC on June 4, 2012

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1144

                       Monday, June 4, 2012

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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                 

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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 REIMBURSEMENT WORKSHOP FOR TV CHANNEL REPACKING

 The FCC has announced details for its June 25, 2012
 channel repacking workshop.  The idea is to reimburse TV
 broadcasters for the costs of channel reassignments in
 connection with the spectrum auction/repacking effort.
 The workshop will be Webcast.

 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0601/DOC-314405A1.doc

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 LET'S NOT FORGET ABOUT MEXICO AND CANADA

 The TV channel repacking details still need to be worked
out with Mexico and Canada:

 http://tinyurl.com/RepackingWithMexicoCanada

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 TAKING SPECTRUM AWAY FROM TV AND OTHERS MAKES NO SENSE

 Martin Cooper is the former Motorola executive who helped
invent the cellphone.  He says, "I keep repeating this:  How
can 20 percent more spectrum -- which is in their wildest dreams
as much as they're ever going to get [the cellular folks]-- how
can that solve the problem when you need 20 times more spectrum?
You can't.  [The cellular companies have] got to be pushing
harder on technology.  They're not using technology that
exists today and was demonstrated 10 years ago."

 http://tinyurl.com/MCooperOnCellSpectrum

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 EXTENDING WHITE SPACE PROTECTIONS

 "By this Order we [the FCC] grant in part and deny in part
requests from eighteen parties to waive Section 15.712(b) of
the Commission's rules to register in the TV bands databases
certain low power TV and Multichannel Video Program Distributor
(MVPD) receive sites that are more than 80 km outside the
protected contour of the TV stations that they receive...."

 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0601/DA-12-845A1.doc

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 LEGAL ACTIONS -- CALIFORNIA PRIMARILY

 o  Fake Mayday calls to Coast Guard lead to prison term:
 http://tinyurl.com/FakeMaydayCalls

 o  KEBN, 94.3 MHz, Garden Grove, issued a Notice of Violation
 for various EAS errors:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-314320A1.html


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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 THE FOREST SERVICE'S ROADLESS QUEST - PART 2

 So far, so good.  That is the report from one of our clients
who attended the Angeles National Forest's roadless/wilderness
workshop last week.  No access problems for Mts. Wilson or
Harvard are envisioned and it looks like smooth sailing on
the old Toll Road as well.

 After the last workshop is concluded on June 5, we will
review how to file comments in this proceeding.  By filing
comments, your name will be registered to receive future updates.
That's important.  The tide could turn on us in a heart beat.

 If you have communications facilities on other Forest
Service lands in southern California, you should attend the
appropriate workshops (see CGC #1143) and ask questions.
Please let the editor of this newsletter know if any
problems are found.

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 NEXT SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING -- JUNE 20

 "Rethinking your STL" is the title of the June 20 San Diego
SBE meeting.  It takes place at high noon.

 What have you done about your studio-transmitter radio link
(STL) and other microwave radio links since the FCC last year
began allowing point-to-point users to register links on your
band?  Do you have a backhaul frequency registered so that you
can use the link for duplex digital data?  If you don't have a
Part 74 channel to use for the backhaul, have you filed for a
Part 101 frequency now that it's allowed?

 What is involved? What kind of radios do you need and how
much do they cost?  Can you use your present antennas or radios?
Should you use unlicensed radios?  What challenges should you
expect?

 Gary Stigall will explore these questions and more in what
should be an unusually interesting SBE meeting.  Free pizza,
salad and soft drinks.  As always, members and guests are invited.

 http://sbe36.org/

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 GENERAL NOTES FOR TELEVISION

 o  ATSC approves DTV non-real-time delivery system:
 http://tinyurl.com/ATSC-NRT-Delivery-System

 o  Online video users to nearly double by 2016:
 http://tinyurl.com/OnlineVideoUsers2X

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 GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO

 o  Dirt is finally moving.  Physical construction has
 begun on the KBRT(AM) tower site construction project in
 the Santa Ana Mountains.  See the lead story in this month's
 Local Oscillator newsletter:
 http://tinyurl.com/June2012LO

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 GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

 o  Copper theft impacts KQTM(FM), New Mexico.  An emergency
 power generator was needed to tide things over until repairs
 could be made:
 http://tinyurl.com/KQTMCopperTheft

 o  A simple and ingenious copper theft deterrent:
 http://tinyurl.com/CopperTheftDeterrent

 o  England --  "....a transmitter or repeater for a citizen
 or pirate band radio station" caused a bomb scare in Surrey:
 http://tinyurl.com/cb-bomb-scare

 o  One unused TV channel could host 50 audio channels for
 consumers says Ludwig Enterprises:
 http://tinyurl.com/LudwigAudioPlan

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 CERAMIC FILTER FAILURES

 Ceramic filters are popular in radio equipment but the
filters are failing at an alarming rate.  These four short
articles (below) explain the reason, show you how to fix a
failed filter and how to prevent the problem from happening
again.  Equipment manufacturers take note!

 http://tinyurl.com/CeramicFailureOne
 http://tinyurl.com/CeramicFailureTwo
 http://tinyurl.com/CeramicFailureThree
 http://tinyurl.com/CeramicFailureFour


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                         HAM RADIO NOTES
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 HAM LICENSE CANCELLATIONS

 o  According to the ARRL, Arizona Section, "The FCC has been
 canceling amateur radio licenses that have incorrect addresses."
 Check your address of record by using the "Call Sign/Name
 Search" box in the upper right corner of this page:
 http://www.arrl.org/

 o  "Too many CB sets" apparently overloaded an extension cord
 and started this house fire causing tens of thousands of dollars
 of damage:
 http://www.tinyurl.com/cb-house-fire

 o  W6G salutes Golden Gate Bridge anniversary:
 http://tinyurl.com/W6G-Celebration


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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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 TECH LETTERS

 Letters to the Editor of the CGC Communicator should be
posted on the Tech Letters Website.  Here is the URL to see
the most recent postings and to make new postings (all letters
and comments are moderated and are posted after review):

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

 Please contact the moderator, Steve Blodgett, if you are
having trouble viewing or posting: sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com

 Thanks!


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                           OFF TOPIC
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 LARGE COLLECTION OF AERIAL PANORAMAS

 This is one of the most interesting links we've published.
Here is a large collection of 360 degree aerial panoramas from
sites around the world.  Download the files in high resolution
mode if possible and give the images enough time to load.  They
should start moving by themselves.  You can alter the movement
with your mouse.

 Just for fun, let's start with Victoria Falls in Zambia
 (also check out the alternate vantage points available):
 http://tinyurl.com/Victoria-Falls-Panorama

 The catalog of countless more images is here:
 http://www.airpano.com/

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 OTHER HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

 o  Combining hobbies takes on a new meaning as skeet
 shooters and model aircraft operators get together:
 http://tinyurl.com/Skeet-vs-Model-Aircraft

 o  She without arm, he without leg - the ballet:
 


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