CGC #1164

by CGC on September 8, 2012

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                        THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                              CGC #1164

                    Saturday,  September 8, 2012

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                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                  

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC-RELATED NEWS BRIEFS

  o  TV spectrum auctions possibly completed by late 2014:
  http://tinyurl.com/TVSpecAuctionBy2014

  o  Tower light turn-off begins for those who qualify,
  desire and are approved to do so:
  http://tinyurl.com/TowerLightTurnOffBegins

  o  FCC to launch mobile broadband services testing and
  measurement program:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobileBroadbandSpeedTest

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH

  o  Send 99 junk faxes, essentially ignore FCC warnings
  about so doing, continue to send junk, get fined $1,584,000:
  http://tinyurl.com/JunkFaxKing


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 11

  The next Los Angeles SBE meeting is a luncheon get together
at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.  Location: Holiday
Inn Media Center in Burbank.  Speaker: Nick Van Haaster of
Harris Corporation.

  Please visit the following Web address for a summary of
the program, off ramp closure information (if available), meal
cost and RSVP instructions.

  http://www.sbe47.org/SeptMeeting.htm

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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 12

  The next San Diego SBE meeting is a lunch meeting at noon
on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 and Harris is picking up the
food tab.  Location: The KPBS studios on the campus of SDSU.
Speaker: Nick Van Haaster of Harris Corporation.

  Please visit the following Web address for a summary of
the program and parking suggestions.

  http://sbe36.org/

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  KBRT - ALL TOWERS ARE UP - HOT DOG!

  Steel is in the air.  All of the new KBRT(AM) towers are up.

  In the following photos, you will see (among other things)
trenching for a block wall around the base of each tower structure.
Those walls are designed to give Bubba a hard time getting a rifle
shot into the base insulators or ATUs.

  RFR protection will be provided by a large diameter chain link
fence around each tower base even though KBRT doesn't need to do
this because the entire site will be fenced and posted.  Never-
theless, the extra fences will give an extra measure of protection
-- this is a 50 kW site after all.

  For photos and captions, see the first URL.  The second URL
will give you more story information.  What a neat project.

  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1729
  http://tinyurl.com/ToReadMoreAboutKBRT

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  NEWS BRIEFS

  o  Michael Dell's company is among those investing in small
  TV stations in Los Angeles, New York and other top markets in
  anticipation of a "big payday" from spectrum auctions (WSJ,
  subscription required):
  http://tinyurl.com/InvestorsAndSpecAuctions

  o  What caused his erratic VSWR?
  http://tinyurl.com/WhatCausedHisErraticVSWR

  o  There is no doubt that wind turbines kill large numbers
  of birds.  This brief video shows that this form of "green
  power" isn't so green.  Caution: Viewing is not for the
  squeamish:
  http://tinyurl.com/BirdsVsWindTurbines

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  PHASE MODULATED TESTING AT WWVB

  Last week's test of adding phase modulation ("PM") to WWVB
is complete.  PM has been shut off and WWVB is back to normal.

  However, starting on or about September 17, 2012, WWVB
will enter a "transitional period" looking toward the permanent
addition of PM.  During the transitional period, PM will be on-
the-air continuously except for two half hour periods each day
(noon and midnight Mountain Time).

  The transitional period will run until the end of the
calendar year.  It is unknown whether PM will be on-the-air
24/7 starting January 1, 2013.  Exact plans have yet to be
announced.

  (Private communication with John Lowe @ WWVB)

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  TIME FOR A LITTLE SIESTA

  As mentioned in our newsletter two weeks ago, our ISP,
Connectnet (owned by Concentric), has apparently been branded
as an Internet spammer (or one who caters to spammers).  Because
the CGC Communicator is distributed by Connectnet, the
Communicator is now being rejected by some ISPs.

  Connectnet, in an unprecedented move, says they will be
making major DNS changes on October 1, 2012 with a transition
that "will begin at 9 AM PT and should be seamless."

  This looks like a good time for us to take a little siesta.
Can't say for sure when the next Communicator will be published;
it might be before or after October 1.

  In the interim, you are welcome to post stories and letters
on the Tech Letters Website as explained below.


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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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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  o  The air-inflatable portable tower, gotta see it to
  believe it:
  http://www.ltaprojects.com/

  o  A site called Statista is filled with easy-to-read
  charts concerning various important things:
  http://www.statista.com/

  o  The beauty of refined horsepower in motion:
  http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Y5XJbSqwriM?rel=0


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