CGC #1161

by CGC on August 27, 2012



                        THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                              CGC #1161

                      Monday,  August 27, 2012


                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor

     Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  o  FCC reminds private land-mobile licensees and equipment
  manufacturers of the January 1, 2013 narrowbanding deadline:

  o  Industry groups are highly critical of the FCC's
  broadband report.  It seems that all the FCC can think about
  is regulating industries that would do fine on their own if
  left alone:



  "K.S.S.R. the peoples radio" has been busted by the FCC
for operating a pirate station in Ventura on 89.7 MHz.  This
ends speculation that perhaps the pirate saw private DFing
activity taking place and voluntarily suspended operations.

  According to the FCC, the electric field strength of the
pirate station was measured at more than 2,000 times the legal
limit for a wireless microphone, meaning that the effective
radiated power was more than 4,000,000 times the legal limit
(since far-field power goes as the square of the electric
field).  These large numbers are not surprising.

  The property owners of record, John and Lisa Darby, also
received a Notice of Unlicensed operation from the Friendly
Candy Company:

  On August 26, an engineer from the pirate's area commented
as follows: "Looks as though Paul Oei and the agents went right
to work on the Ventura pirate.  Wow, I'm really impressed....
My last drive by I noted that the antenna and mast were gone
and the house appeared to be vacant with a cleaning crew busy
running in and out."

  For further information on the pirate station, see CGC #1155
and 1157.

  The pirate's Web site as of August 26 said, "Due to unforeseen
circumstances KSSR had the leave the FM airwaves for a while."



  There are some real gems in Tech Letters this week including
pictures from the new KBRT(AM) tower array, a well written letter
about the life and times of John Furr who just passed away, and
photos of two suspect vehicles in the Red Mountain repeater heist
that we've been discussing.  The Sheriff needs your help.

  See the Letters to the Editor section of this newsletter.

                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT


  It has been quiet up here on Mt. Wilson.  I mean really,
really quiet, but this may be the calm before the fire or rain
storm.  It is said to be a bad fire season.  Stay tuned and
stay safe.

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at)
  August 26, 2012

                           RANDOM NOTES


  o  The tiny TV broadcaster that cable and Internet giants
  are trying to kill:

  o  Leslie Stimson on the possibility of conducting an all-
  digital AM radio test:

  o  Vandals raid Fullerton schools for copper:

  o  The 555 timer IC - king of longevity:

  o  The truth about Terahertz:



  "[Last] week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ordered
all claims of the Mission Abstract Data (MAD)/Digimedia reexamined
'867 (sic) patent to be re-examined again in light of the
substantial new questions of patentability raised in the Re-
examination Request filed in June of this year.  For background
on this issue, visit NAB's member Web page on the subject.
More details will follow at a later date."

  NABSmartBrief for August 23, 2012



  Right after publishing our last newsletter (CGC #1160), an
unusually high number of "bounce slips" were received saying
"550 Error: content rejected" or "Error 554, Message blocked
due to spam content in the message."  So, we circulated a
special e-mail to our subscribers alerting them to the event.

  Seems like every few months we run into an overly-aggressive
spam filter somewhere.  In this case, one of our readers pointed
out that, "McAffee had bad code sent to millions of customers,
so [the delivery problem] may be related to this."

  Despite the current delivery glitch, we will continue
e-mailing the CGC Communicator.  Subscribers like it that way.
It is interesting to note that when we sent the short e-mail,
zero bounce slips resulted.  That was remarkable in itself.



  Neil Armstrong was a quiet, modest, self-described
"nerdy engineer" who became a global hero when -- as a steely-
nerved pilot -- he made "one giant leap for mankind" with his
first steps on the moon.

   What a marvelous, humble gentleman.  What an inspiration
for us all.

                          HAM RADIO NOTES


  Here is the FCC's report on the uses and capabilities of
ham radio in emergencies and disasters.  While the value of hams
is without question, the Commission is not helping them establish
outdoor antennas in CC&R zones which impact so many Amateurs.

                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


  The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  Progress at the new KBRT(AM) array.  Steel is in the air!
  And a solar panel and battery run the temporary tower lights.

  o  Well known broadcast engineering consultant John Furr
  has passed away.  He was loved by many.  First a well written
  tribute by his daughter, Amanda, then a brief report from
  Radio World:

  o  The San Diego County Sheriffs Department has released
  security camera images of an individual and two vehicles
  suspected of being involved in the recent theft of three
  radio repeaters from Red Mountain in Fallbrook, CA.  You
  might have the clue that helps solve this crime.

  The first three images were taken at the base of the
  mountain.  Note the distinctive makings on the sides of both
  vehicles.  The fourth and final photo was from a camera atop
  Red Mtn. looking down on a dirt road as one of the vehicles
  was heading toward the communications complex.  Note the
  unusual lights appearing atop the vehicle.  The headlights are
  apparently illuminating weeds on either side of the road.

  If you have any info that may help the Sheriff, use the
  contact information at the bottom of this Web page:


  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):

  Please contact the moderator, Steve Blodgett, if you are
having trouble viewing or posting: sblodgett (at)


                            OFF TOPIC


  Rover Curiosity fired its first laser shots on the
surface of Mars on Sunday, August 19.  A fist-sized rock called
"Coronation" was hit with 30 pulses of light during a 10-second
period.  Each pulse delivered more than a million watts of power
for about five nanoseconds (0.005 microseconds).

  The power from the laser excited atoms in the rock into an
ionized, glowing plasma.  The onboard "ChemCam" then caught the
light from that spark and analyzed it with three spectrometers
for information about what elements were in the rock.

  The laser is essentially a high tech rock hammer.  This is
our kind of geology!

  Firing the laser (discussion):

  Laser hole knocked in rock (before and after flicker images,
  may take several seconds before the comparison starts):

  Chem Cam's first spectrogram (this historic chart is worth

  Laser plasmas are bigger and brighter on Mars than on Earth:



  o  Ghostbusters theme played on floppy drives:

  o  Steam heating (122° F for 30 minutes) can bring an
  end to sudden oak death, in certain situations at least:

  o  Music video featuring many oldies but goodies:



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