CGC #1157

by CGC on August 6, 2012

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                         THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                               CGC #1157

                        Monday, August 6, 2012

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                   Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                   

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  CURBING HELICOPTER NOISE IN LOS ANGELES

  Unregulated helicopter noise in the San Fernando Valley
has attracted the attention of U.S. Congressman Howard Berman,
and that could lead to legislation to curb that kind of noise
across the U.S.  That, in turn, could curtail certain
electronic news gathering activities.

  According to CGC Communicator reader Tom Weems, a public
hearing on helicopter noise will be held on Monday, August 6,
at 6:30 p.m., at Millikan Middle School Burrill Hall (5041
Sunnyslope Avenue in Sherman Oaks off Magnolia Boulevard).
For details, see Tom's posting at the first URL below, the
Congressman's own posting at the second URL and finally a
news story at the third URL.

  Thanks to Steve Blodgett's Tech Letters Website for
hosting this important story.

  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?page_id=2&cpage=1#comment-106
  http://tinyurl.com/CurbingHelicopterNoise
  http://tinyurl.com/DailyNewsAccount

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  TV PUBLIC FILES GO ONLINE

  NAB's legal request to block online TV public files has
been denied.  "Petitioner has not satisfied the stringent re-
quirements for a stay pending court review," said the court
without elaboration.

  http://tinyurl.com/CourtDeniesPF-Delay
  http://tinyurl.com/PuttingThePFsOnline

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  ONLINE PUBLIC INSPECTION FILE INTERFACE NOW AVAILABLE

  August 2, 2012, FCC, Washington, D.C. -- "Today all full-
power television broadcasters will begin to upload new public
inspection file documents to the Federal Communications
Commission's online public inspection file site, where the
public will be able to access them...."

  http://tinyurl.com/OnlinePubInspectionFiles-TV  (FCC Pub Notice)
  https://stations.fcc.gov/  (public file access by the public)
  https://stationaccess.fcc.gov/  (access by TV stations)

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  TOWARD THE DEMISE OF FRANKEN FMs

  A major blow has been struck to Franken FMs (Channel 6
TV stations acting like FM broadcast stations on or about
87.7 and 87.9 MHz).  It appears that Franken FMs will not be
entering the digital television era because of the following
hot-off-the-press decision from the FCC.

  http://tinyurl.com/TheDemiseOfFrankenFM


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  COMMUNICATIONS NEWS FOR SAN DIEGO -- NEXT SBE MEETING AUGUST 15

  San Diego SBE's newsletter has expanded and now carries all
sorts of interesting stories which you can read for yourself
at the URL below.

  The next San Diego SBE meeting on August 15 (noon sharp,
free light lunch) will explore "creative solutions to bringing
remote event audio and video back to the studio."  One interesting
way to create a quality video feed is to bond "several 3G or LTE
mobile wireless feeds" together -- an idea that has been around
for some time and now enters the "this might just work" category.

  http://sbe36.org/

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  GENERAL NOTES

  o  FEMA IPAWS to continue weekly CAP-EAS tests for now:
  http://tinyurl.com/WeeklyEASTestsContinue

  o  IEEE group wants the term "harmful interference"
  clarified.  Not surprisingly, LightSquared is part of
  the discussion:
  http://tinyurl.com/Harmful-IX-Clarification

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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO

  o  Nautel will hold a 30-minute Webinar on Aug. 15 to de-
  monstrate the capabilities of its Nautel Radio Coverage Tool.
  It allows broadcasters to estimate their coverage utilizing
  digitized terrain maps for any site in the world between
  60° N and 60° S, the company stated:
  http://tinyurl.com/NautelCoverageTool

  o  Exploring the adoption of digital radio worldwide:
  http://tinyurl.com/DigitalRadioWorldwide

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  KBRT(AM) CONSTRUCTION IS MOVIN' RIGHT ALONG

  KBRT's tower construction project is moving right along.
Here is the latest installment in what is turning out to be
an excellent tutorial on real world problems and solutions
associated with building a new AM transmitter plant.

  According to Cris Alexander, "My plan calls for the phasor
to be on site when the [prefab] building is delivered so we
can set half the building in place, put the phasor inside, then
[set] the second half, completing the "ship in a bottle."
In this installment prepared by Cris, you will also read about
the plan to temporarily run the tower lights on solar power.

  http://tinyurl.com/KBRTs-Ship-in-a-Bottle

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  TWO RADIO REPEATERS STOLEN -- MAKE THAT THREE

  CGC #1154 reported that two radio repeaters were stolen
from Red Mountain in Fallbrook, CA on the evening of July 18,
2012 or in the early morning hours the following day.  Now,
thanks to new information from the San Diego County Sheriffs
Department, we learn that three repeaters were pilfered, not
two.  Here are the details:

  (1)  Stolen: A Motorola Quantar Repeater, serial
  #509CDV0553, model T5365A, operated by U.S. Customs.

  (2)  Stolen: A Motorola Quantar Repeater, serial
  #509CVX0078, model(?) M-39284.  The letters "IWN" are
  associated with this box suggesting that the repeater
  was part of the Integrated Wireless Network for law
  enforcement, see
  .

  For a picture of a Quantar repeater, see
  .

  (3)  Stolen: Probably a Vertex VHF repeater, details
  unknown.  This box was used by the Fallbrook Elementary
  School District for communications with its school
  busses, and may have also been a part of the school
  district's emergency communications plan.

  Please keep your eyes open at swap meets and on-line for
any sign of the stolen equipment.  We regret that details on
the School District's box are still unavailable.

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  CORRECTION

  In the story entitled "The Vanished Ventura Pirate" (CGC
#1155), the correct location for the real KSSR-FM is Santa Rosa,
NM, not Santa Rosa, CA.


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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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  THE PROBABILITY THAT CURIOSITY WILL SUCCESSFULLY LAND ON MARS

  CGC #1156 asked for the probability that spacecraft Curiosity,
scheduled to land on Mars Sunday night, will successfully land
and radio back to Earth that it is basically okay.

  o  The median probability of success expressed by CGC
  Communicator readers was 70%.

  o  The highest probability given was 95% and the lowest
  1%.  Even people from JPL participated in our informal survey.

  o  By comparison, members of the Fallbrook Amateur Radio
  Club gave the mission a 50% median probability of success.

  Whether Curiosity's landing is successful will be known
within hours after this newsletter is published on Sunday night.
Thanks to everyone who voted and gave us comments too numerous
to mention.

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  FALLEN STAR

  The tilted cottage perched atop the Jacobs Engineering
School building on UCSD's campus (CGC #1155) is currently open
to the public from 11 AM to 3 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Admission is free but it has become crowded of late and is
not for the 'balanced challenged.'  The cottage is called
"Fallen Star."

  http://tinyurl.com/OutOverTheEdge

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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  Educational:

  o  This spray-on chroming process looks nifty.  Although
  the final 'clear coat' may not tolerate UV all that well, for
  parts kept indoors spray-on chroming looks like a winner:
  

  o  If you are a Mexican drug cartel, you will of course
  have your own encrypted radio network:
  http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/12/cartel-radio-mexico/

  Radical:

  o  Sometimes using a helicopter to find your lost car or
  truck is warranted:
  http://www.10news.com/video/31322772/index.html


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