CGC #1153

by CGC on July 14, 2012



                        THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                              CGC #1153

                      Saturday,  July 14, 2012


                   Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



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  o  The FCC is allowing more documents to be e-filed.  You
  may now file these docs electronically: Informal Objections,
  Petitions to Deny, Petitions for Reconsideration, Applications
  for Review, Replies, Oppositions and Supplements:

  o  On July 17, 2012, the FCC will conduct a public
  demonstration of the new database to host online public
  inspection files for TV broadcast stations:

  o  NAB asks FCC to stay the new rule requiring online
  TV public inspection files:

  o  FCC denies NAB's request (see above) but court
  intervention is still a possibility:

  o  The Commission has announced the agenda for its July 16,
  2012 Forum on the Future of Wireless Band Plans:

  o  The FCC will hold an Open Meeting on Thursday, July 19.
  Topics will include "FCC Next-Generation Mapping" 
  and "White Spaces for Wireless Broadband:"

  o  July 17 Webinar is to explore STL use of new Part
  101 rules:



  The FCC has denied KWVE(FM)'s application to go non-
directional.  The Commission continues to pretend that the
antenna of co-channel station KUZZ-FM is buried 686 feet
underground resulting in inflated and unrealistic contours
for KUZZ that are the sole obstacle in preventing KWVE
from achieving non-directional status.

  If you say, "Wait a minute, a buried antenna won't
radiate at all," you would be 100% correct.  The "buried FM
antenna rule" defies the laws of physics and remains one of
the most bizarre rules ever adopted by the Commission.

  Fortunately, KWVE has pending a Petition for Rule Making
(RM-11620) to amend the buried antenna rule.  The Association
of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) agrees
that the rule needs to be changed in some way.  Their letter
was dated October 25, 2011 and filed in a related proceeding,
RM-11643.  So, we will wait and see what happens.



  Here are some recent FCC experimental grants of interest.
Click on the URL for a complete list:

  o  ATSC Laboratories:  New experimental to operate in
  the 54-72, 76-88, 174-216, 470-608 and 614-698 MHz bands for
  white spaces testing.  Fixed & Mobile: Reno (Washoe), NV.

  o  Lilee Systems:  New experimental to operate in
  217-222 MHz to support Positive Train Control (PTC)
  mandated by FRA.  Fixed:  Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga
  and Upland (San Bernardino) and Home Gardens (near

  o  On-Ramp Wireless:  New experimental to operate on
  1575 MHz to test a GPS reradiator.  Fixed: San Diego.

  o  Raytheon Missile Systems:  New experimental to operate
  in 92-94 GHz for testing and development of a new broadband
  technology for use by the US military.  Fixed: Van Nuys.



  o  Is the ownership information on your tower structure/s
  up-to-date with the FCC and FAA?  An AM station in Utah has
  tentatively been fined $3,000 for outdated information:

  o  A Texas tower owner has been fined $13,000 for "failure
  to (1) notify the FAA immediately of an antenna structure light
  outage, (2) clean or repaint his antenna structure as often
  as necessary to maintain good visibility, (3) exhibit red
  obstruction lighting from sunset until sunrise, and (4) notify
  the FCC of a change in ownership of an antenna structure:"

                           RANDOM NOTES


  No July meeting for SBE/San Diego.  They are taking the
  month off.  However, their new Web-posted newsletter looks
  sharp and deserves a view:



  Wideband RF noise, reportedly from electronic route signs
on MTA's red and orange buses in Los Angeles, are continuing
to cause considerable AM radio interference.  Howard Fine, in
response to an inquiry from the CGC Communicator, writes,
"Yes, they still cause a big problem to AM radio.  Kills me
every morning."

  Are you bugged by MTA or other AM broadcast band
interference in the greater Los Angeles area?  Drop Paul Oei
a note and let's start cleaning up the AM band:

  Write to paul.oei (at)



  o  Aereo has a novel way of distributing over-the-air TV
  signals but the method is much to the dislike of TV stations.
  Now, a court has upheld Aereo's right to continue its
  operation, but a big battle looms:

  o  Update: Some cable operators are rooting for Aereo in
  its clash with broadcasters:



  o  NAB has created a page on its Website about the Mission
  Abstract Data and DigiMedia automation patent dispute.  The
  page has documents related to the lawsuit that NAB members
  can access:



  o  Scott Fybush reports on the "age bubble" engulfing
  broadcast engineers:

  o  Sirius XM Radio is slated to become a "spun off"
  company according to the opinion expressed in this article:



  We are becoming part of the "machine" without even knowing
it.  Our society's reliance on GPS for a variety of critical
tasks is permeating everyday life and we accept GPS positional
data as accurate.  Yet there are some very dark sides to GPS
that have not been run up the flagpole until recently.

  The ability to create GPS spoofers can send airplanes to
the wrong locations or foil stock market transactions to the
advantage of the technically adept (GPS is used worldwide for
precision timing in stock trades).  As GPS transponders become
dirt cheap, the temptation to track not just physical objects
but private individuals may become overwhelming.

  Inside GNSS magazine gives us a glimpse into the near-future
by showing where GPS and its discontents are heading.  This
article is must-reading to stay ahead of the curve.

  Next week:  GPS Jammers.



  TV is the public's top media choice, followed by the
Internet and radio, according to Knowledge Networks' annual
media-comparison report.  Newspapers, mobile phones, magazines
and tablets were ranked fourth through seventh on the list.

  Follow the URL to the short story.  Don't miss the link to
the "full study" with lots of neat easy-to-read charts.

                         HAM RADIO NOTES


  Here is an inquisitive nine year old having his first
experience with ham radio.  The young man's name is Colby
and he is the star of a new childrens' television series
called Colby's Corner that recently began airing on Christian
Television Network station WLCN in Summerville, South Carolina.



  Listen as a CW CQ loop is sent via green laser de DK5WMA,
July 2012, over a distance of 43km.  Considerable atmospheric
QSB is apparent.

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                            OFF TOPIC


  Scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF),
home to the world's highest-energy laser system, say they
are now "tantalizingly close" to achieving nuclear fusion with
energy gain.  This is a very different and potentially very
beneficial way of generating electrical power that has been
decades in the making.



  o  Major worldwide earthquakes since 1898 plotted by
  intensity.  Also note the tornado track map near page bottom:

  o  How the human face is formed - the video:

  o  Insect drones:

  o  Fire in a Greek radio station.  Talk about a
  dedicated DJ:

  o  Sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp.  No catapult,
  no hook, no holes burnt in the deck, no sailors washed



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