CGC #1155

by CGC on July 29, 2012



                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1155

                      Sunday,  July 29, 2012


                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  Dave Mazza, engineer-in-chief for NBC Olympics, is re-
sponsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of about 325 hours
of daily content to more than 90 video feeds to the U.S.  Adding
to the complexity of the task is that this year's Olympics will
be the first in which all events (except the opening ceremony)
should be available live online for conditional access.



  o  FCC Open Meeting agenda for August 3 contains a CATV
  item (moving the cable rules into the digital era) and a
  broadcast microwave "additional flexibility" item:

  o  The fight over posting TV public files online (or not)
  goes down to the wire with this legal appeal:

  o  When the FCC demonstrated the beta version of its
  online TV station public file interface recently, Radio
  World was told that FCC staff is already thinking ahead
  about the version they intend to create for radio:



  Mr. Ira Jones has been fined $7,000 in conjunction with
his CB operations on 27.165 MHz that reportedly caused inter-
ference to the Merced County Fire Department (perhaps a harmonic
or spurious emission).  According to the Forfeiture Order, Mr.
Jones repeatedly refused to allow the FCC to inspect his station.



  On July 11, 2012, a complaint was filed with the FCC field
office in Los Angeles concerning a pirate station on 89.7 MHz
reportedly operating from the 2100 block of Channel Drive in
Ventura, CA.  The station referred to itself as "KSSR... The
People's Radio" and had their own business card and Website.

  On July 25, 2012, CGC received word that the pirate had
"vanished from the airwaves and has shut down their Website."
The last Web update was reportedly on July 24 where the pirate
said, "It was nice while it lasted."

  One of the people involved with the complaint isn't sure
if the FCC paid the pirate a visit, or if the pirate "saw my
vehicle pass by in front of their place a couple of times with
the antenna in the middle of the vehicle roof and decided to
shut it down before the FCC [showed] up."

  For many of us, the temptation to find a pirate is almost
overwhelming.  It is something we can do with simple DFing
equipment.  That's good and fine if it can be done secretly.
The problem with obvious and overt DFing is that the pirate
may shut down prematurely only to surface again elsewhere.

  The advantage of letting the FCC handle pirate cases start
to finish is that once a federal case is opened, the pirate is
more likely to stay off the air -- and that means a lot less
work for everyone involved.

  By the way, the real KSSR-FM is in Santa Rosa, CA and it
operates on 95.9 MHz.

                          RANDOM NOTES


  The next Los Angeles SBE meeting is a dinner meeting
scheduled for August 14 at 6:30 PM.  Subject: The emerging
industry standard "Interoperable IP Layer 3 Audio Streaming
Format."  For RSVP and road closure info, see:



  o  Heathkit folds.  The beloved kit company tried to
  resurrect itself by selling non-kit products, but in the
  end could not make ends meet:

  o  UCSD needs an experienced engineer (FM or TV) to come
  in and run an audio proof on their TV station, K35DG, La Jolla
  (it's still NTSC).  This would be daytime work during the
  workweek.  Interested?  Please contact the editor of this

  o  Mike Nolan, longtime traffic reporter for KFI-AM radio,
  was "doing well" and expected to be released from a hospital
  soon following injuries he sustained in a plane crash, a
  spokesman for the station said:



  Google will officially launch its high-speed Internet and
cable TV services in Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. this
year.  The search giant will go head-to-head with established
cable companies as it looks to roll into new markets with promises
of an Internet that's about 100 times faster than what consumers
now have, along with a TV package that allows users to record
500 hours of programming.



  ATSC and SBE announce an upcoming series of educational
seminars for broadcasters, manufacturers, and others interested
in audio loudness management.  The 2012 Audio Loudness Management
Series comes to Los Angeles on September 27, 2012.



  A face-to-face meeting between CGC & SCFCC engineers and
USDA Forest Service officials is tentatively scheduled for
August 10, 2012 to discuss a variety of anti-perching issues
of concern to southern California tower site users on federal

  A key issue behind the government's anti-perching effort
is the recovery of the California condor -- a bird brought back
from the edge of extinction.  Problem is, the condor's return
to flying free in the wild may be illusory because of widespread
lead contamination in the carcasses the bird scavenges, so the
population is not self-sustaining.

                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


  The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  Gold Line RFI: Chris Hays of KABC/KLOS, suspects that
  the RFI created by the Gold Line Metro trolley (CGC #1154)
  is associated with its telemetry system.  However, Jan Tarsala,
  WB6VRN, thinks the RFI "may be related to the high voltage
  traction motor drive electronics rather than a telemetry

  o  Hawaii Public Radio currently controls the building
  where Paul Lieb's famous VHF/UHF/Microwave beacons are
  located, and those beacons are welcome to stay in place
  according to this encouraging report from Don Mussell
  in Hawaii: (Photo link)


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                            OFF TOPIC


  Serious Stuff:

  o  No privacy with computers.  Computer security breaches
  are far, far worse than most people imagine.  Stick with
  paper, telephone, Post Office and fax for anything reasonably
  confidential, and you'll probably get a lot more work done

  o  Anatomy of a lightning strike:

  o  A rechargeable battery patented by Thomas Edison more
  than a century ago is staging a comeback.  The nickel-iron
  battery may yet prove to be a viable power source for electric
  cars, just as the inventor had envisioned:

  o  Moon Shot: Sending a man to the moon was one of the most
  monumental engineering accomplishments ever and the positive
  technological benefits have been enormous for the U.S.:

  o  Without any big ideas to guide our future, has the U.S.
  lost its technological rudder?  As Yogi Berra once said, "The
  future ain't what is used to be."  Then again, the future could
  brighten considerably with the right guiding light -- something
  far beyond the make-work project known as California's High
  Speed Rail.

  On the Lighter Side:

  o  Wonderful new 3-D art graces the UCSD campus (18 photos).
  Look closely and note that the cottage floor is apparently

  o  The incredible flying car, the Aerocar, of the 50s.
  Film + technical details:

  o  The X-37B Space Plane in photographs:

  o  A useful British phrase we can all post in our workrooms:
  "to drop a clanger," meaning "to mess up."  A useful saying
  seen years ago in a lab in San Diego: "Why do we never have
  the time to do the job right, but we always have time to do
  it over again?"

  o  Excellent prose from a commercial airline pilot (scroll
  down for the story text):

  On the Very Light Side:

  o  One beer buys a great dog:

  o  Flash Mob on a street near Barcelona performs Beethoven's
  "Ode to Joy" from his 9th symphony:

  o  Police chases are extremely dangerous, but on occasion
  the action is comical when speeded-up and set to the right



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