CGC #1149

by CGC on June 27, 2012

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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                           CGC #1149

                   Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
               

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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 UPDATE ON "TURNING OUT SOME TOWER LIGHTS"

 The trade press story stating that "Federal aviation
officials this month decided that towers may turn off one type
of warning light that is likely a cause of bird collisions
without endangering aircraft" has been clarified.  Not all
steady-burning sidelights may be extinguished -- some will
be allowed to flash instead (although that action may
lead to premature bulb failures).

 CGC recommends waiting until the FAA revises its Obstruction
Marking and Lighting circular to find out exactly what will be
allowed.  Meanwhile, this Radio World story gives us a glimpse
into the future:

 http://tinyurl.com/OnlySomeSidelightShutdowns

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 FOR THOSE WANTING MORE TOWER LIGHT INFORMATION NOW

 According to the FAA (see the first URL below), "Technical
Note DOT/FAA/TC-TN12/9 'Evaluation of New Obstruction Lighting
Techniques to Reduce Avian Fatalities' has been published.  Based
on these recommendations, the FAA is currently revising Advisory
Circular 70/7460-1K, Obstruction Marking and Lighting.  Requests
for approval will be accepted electronically using structure type
"Deviation from Red Obstruction Light Standards.""

 Although Tech Note DOT/FAA/TC-TN12/9 is not the easiest
document to decipher, it is available in its entirety at the
second URL below.

 https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/portal.jsp
 http://www.airporttech.tc.faa.gov/safety/downloads/TC-TN12-9.pdf

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 FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 A Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NOUO) has been sent
to Lewis A. Parks for operating a 106.1 MHz pirate station
in Fallbrook.

 http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-314690A1.html


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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 NEXT LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING IS JULY 10

 The next Los Angeles area SBE meeting will be held Tuesday,
July 10, at 11:30 AM.  This will be a luncheon meeting.

 Ellis Terry will present details of the Nautel VS Series
which is the new Nautel NVLT analog transmitter line with built-
in Orban processor option as well as the Nautel AUI which helps
keep a closer eye on transmitter performance avoiding
unnecessary trips to the transmitter site.

 For details including road closure info and RSVP instructions,
see the URL below.  If the Web page is not updated, check again
soon.  It's scheduled to be updated in two shakes of a lamb's
tail.

 http://sbe47.org/

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 SAN DIEGO -- ANOTHER STATION FOR EAS MONITORING

 "Effective June 21, 2012, KOGO-FM (95.7 MHz) has been added
as an option for those stations that have difficulty receiving
a clear signal from KLSD.

 "The local San Diego EAS plan has been updated to reflect
this change and [area stations] should download and print out
a copy of the new page "CA-SDO No. 1" to replace the old page
in your local EAS Plan.  The cover page has also been
modified...."

 (Extract from the San Diego County Operational Area EAS
newsletter dated June 20, 2012.)

 Stations needing further information should contact
Oscar Medina at -- sandiegoprints (at) sbcglobal.net --
or by calling Oscar at (858) 274-0665.

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 HOW TO GET ON THE SAN DIEGO EAS NEWSLETTER LIST

 If you are located at a San Diego County Operational Area
station (or other facility needing EAS updates) and did not
receive the above-mentioned newsletter directly, you can get
on the mailing list by visiting the URL below and filling
out the request form.

 http://emergencyalertsystem.org/subscribe.html

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 GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

 o  Some stations face long waits -- possibly until early
 September -- as the EAS hardware deadline looms:
 http://tinyurl.com/EAS-Backlog

 o  RF skin-depth tutorial:
 http://tinyurl.com/skin-depth-tutorial

 o  Doug Lung looks at nano coaxial cables as potential
 energy storage devices, among other things:
 http://tinyurl.com/nano-coaxial-cables

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 NOTE FOR TELEVISION

 o  NAB, Harris:  FCC needs to build-in more planning
 time for TV stations to relocate -- this to avoid chaos:
 http://tinyurl.com/MorePlanningTimeNeeded

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 NOTE FOR RADIO

 o  Debunking a myth about Radio Station KFSG:
 http://tinyurl.com/The-KFSG-Myth


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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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 TECH LETTERS

 The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

 o  Senior Broadcast Engineer and other tech jobs are
 available in Arizona -- Flagstaff in particular.

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 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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 HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

 o  Like rust, data never sleeps.  Every minute, massive
 amounts of it are created.  This info-graphic gives an overview:
 http://tinyurl.com/DataNeverSleeps

 o  Tombstone, AZ is fast running out of water because
 machinery is forbidden to make repairs to a critical
 waterline:
 http://video.foxnews.com/v/1683331838001/tombstones-water-war/
 http://tinyurl.com/CBS-on-Tombstone-Water
 http://tinyurl.com/WTVR-on-Tombstone-Water

 o  What a wonderful world, courtesy of the BBC:
 

 o  My favorite animal:
 http://thefamily.com/tag/coloniel-sanders/


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