CGC #1148

by CGC on June 20, 2012

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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                           CGC #1148

                   Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
               

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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 FCC NEWS BRIEFS

 o  FCC issues reminder of the June 30 deadline for EAS/
 CAP compliance:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0611/DA-12-916A1.doc

 o  Perhaps in an effort to prod marginal TV stations into
 auctioning their spectrum, the FCC is allowing the CATV
 "viewability" rule to expire:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0612/FCC-12-59A1.doc

 o  FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has asked fellow
 commissioners to order a new investigation into RFR levels
 from cell phones, not that there is anything obvious that
 needs changing in the rules:
 http://tinyurl.com/CellPhoneRFR-Reexamined

 o  FCC responds to ever increasing applications for new
 wireless devices:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0613/DOC-314614A1.doc

 o  Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's rules:
 Implementing a nationwide, broadband, interoperable public
 safety network in the 700 MHz band; service rules for the
 698-746, 747-762 and 777-792 MHz bands:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0613/FCC-12-61A1.doc

 o  FCC proposes plan to improve spectrum efficiency and
 promote use of 4.9 GHz band for broadband communications
 for first responders and public safety officials:
 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0613/DOC-314613A1.doc

 o  The FCC is considering ways to enhance its Equipment
 Authorization Program:
 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-60A1.doc

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 TURNING OUT SOME TOWER LIGHTS AND SAVING $$$

 Broadcast towers that are lit at night typically have
one or more flashing beacons and a number of steady-burning
side lights.  The following article (first URL) indicates that
it is okay to turn off steady-burning red side lights.  The
motivation is to reduce bird deaths as explained in the article,
but the other benefit is that stations will reduce electric
power consumption and maintenance costs.

 While this sounds like an important win-win situation,
we suggest that no action be taken until you clear the idea
with the FCC or your broadcast attorney.  This is big news but
the story is fresh out of the starting gate and needs further
research.  Check the second URL below if you'd like to get a
head start on that research.

 http://tinyurl.com/ReducingTowerLighting
 http://oeaaa.faa.gov/


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 EMERGENCY ALERTING

 o  FEMA Q&A about CAP-EAS:
 http://tinyurl.com/FEMA-Q-A-on-CAP

 o  FEMA has increased the frequency of its required tests
 over its IPAWS system.  That's to prepare stations for the
 June 30 deadline by which new EAS-CAP encoders/decoders
 must be installed and working:
 http://tinyurl.com/EAS-CAP-tests-5X-Per-Week

 o  Standardized emergency alerts are the goal for mobile
 DTV devices.  Broadcast has the ability to reach millions
 of people with a single transmission instead of "causing
 chronic congestion of other communications networks
 during emergencies:"
 http://tinyurl.com/EAS-Alerts-Via-MTV


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 GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

 o  A newly formulated slippery coating could perhaps replace
 antenna deicers.  However, how the material will respond to
 intense RF and how long it will hold up against sunlight
 and weather are not discussed:
 http://tinyurl.com/SlipperySurface

 o  Broadcast communications museum opens in Chicago:
 http://tinyurl.com/BroadcastMuseum

 o  California Historical Radio Society/Bay Area Radio
 Museum seeks help to buy building:
 http://tinyurl.com/BayAreaRadioMuseum

 o  How Florida is combating metal theft:
 http://tinyurl.com/FloridaFightsMetalFlight

 o  You'll hate Windows 8:
 http://tinyurl.com/YoullHateWindows8

 o  Harry "The Hawk" Hobaugh, Napa, CA is through climbing
 towers:
 http://tinyurl.com/Harry-The-Hawk

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 NOTES FOR TELEVISION

 o  The number of homes with only over-the-air TVs has risen
 to nearly 18% of all TV households, GfK Media has found.  The
 research "demonstrates that, contrary to conventional wisdom,
 over-the-air TV viewership is growing, not declining," NAB
 spokesman Dennis Wharton said:
 http://tinyurl.com/CordCuttersIncrease

 o  TV broadcasters need FCC's repacking model before
 going to auction:
 http://tinyurl.com/HazlettPaper

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 NOTES FOR RADIO

 o  Important trend -- young listeners opt to stream free
 music instead of owning their own music:
 http://tinyurl.com/TheStreamingWave

 o  Audio automation lawsuit: MAD pushes patent judge to
 lift stay:
 http://tinyurl.com/MAD-Pushes-Judge

 o  New Franken FM is testing in Cleveland on 87.7 MHz:
 http://tinyurl.com/LaunchingFranken

 o  Vatican Radio reduces its shortwave and medium-wave
 services:
 http://tinyurl.com/VaticanReducesHF


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 HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

 o  Crimes are now being plotted in real time.  Enter your
 address, hit Search, specify your search radius, wait for the
 icons to appear on the map and you are in business.  Click on
 each icon for a description of the crime.  Very cool:
 http://www.crimemapping.com/

 o  MIT students develop the banana keyboard and more:
 http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18303012

 o  A fascinating story involving a WWII US airman downed
 in France and his widow:
 http://www.wimp.com/missinghusband/

 o  Armed man tries to rob three off-duty officers:
 http://www.10news.com/news/31204632/detail.html

 o  Mud bath.  Four minutes.  Delightful:
 

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