CGC #1165

by CGC on September 24, 2012



                        THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                              CGC #1165

                     Monday, September 24, 2012


                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  The FCC has announced a tentative agenda for its
September 28 open meeting.  The hot item is the possible adoption
of a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to implement the incentive
auction of TV broadcast spectrum.



  Missing from the FCC's plan to discuss TV spectrum
incentive auctions is any explanation of how the agency came
up with the 40% figure for its Allotment Optimization Model,
writes Deborah D. McAdams.  "Broadcasters and the public deserve
to know ... [j]ust how was it determined that 1,800 full-power TV
stations and thousands of low-power stations and translators
could share 120 MHz of spectrum," McAdams writes.



  o  Meanwhile, T-Mobile says the reclaimed TV spectrum
  will not be enough.  No surprise there:

  o  The FCC is talking about adding small cells at 3.5 GHz
  in order to reuse spectrum and better serve Internet users
  who gobble up data bits:

  o  Soon radio stations will be required to place public
  file documents online and to use the FCC's new Web interface
  to accomplish that task:

  o  FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai commented at the Radio Show
  on the importance of AM broadcasting, mentioned the possible
  development of anti-skywave AM broadcast antennas and
  proposed "that the Commission launch an AM Radio Revital-
  ization Initiative in early 2013:"

  o  Ben Downs: There is no doubt that AM needs help.
  Here are the technical approaches being considered:

  o  FCC Audio Division Chief Jim Bradshaw discusses FM
  Translator and LPFM applications at the Radio Show:

  o  Auction 94 freeze announced for certain FM applications
  and Rulemaking filings:

  o  FCC experiments with wireless mic registration system
  in some Eastern states:

  o  TETRA trunking technology will give private land-mobile
  licensees a new option in part of the 450 and 800 MHz bands:

                           RANDOM NOTES


  o  Terrain analysis software developer SoftWright has
  new ownership and leadership:

  o  No FCC Commissioners are slated to attend a congressional
  oversight hearing on the LightSquared caper -- very curious in
  light of the heavy political overtones of this proceeding:

  o  Studio security concerns are elevated once again after
  this attack at WIBW-TV:



  o  Lawmakers will hopefully get the message:  Mobile TV
  is an important American invention using the "one-to-many"
  broadcast model that reaches multiple viewers without needing
  additional spectrum:



  o  How many new LPFMs might be created in the next (big)
  LPFM window?  Seven in L.A., 14 in San Diego (Mexico permitting)
  and 19 in Phoenix according to this estimate:

  o  Pending FM translator applications have the FCC's attention:

  o  An AM test station has been chosen for an all-digital
  HD Radio trial (but without co-channel and adjacent-channel
  digital interference, the conclusions reached may be limited

  o  The San Bernardino County Planning Commission has
  approved Lazer Broadcasting's request to build a small new
  tower structure.  An informed source believes the incredible
  opposition was sparked by a competing station anxious to see
  Lazer's project fail:

  o  Background leading up to the Lazer vote:

  o  New RDS guidelines have been published and other NRSC
  documents have been updated as announced at the Radio Show:

  o  East of the I-15 freeway towards Palomar Mountain
  (and just past Pala before Adams Dr.), a report indicates
  that "power lines are wiping out the AM broadcast band,"
  and the letter asks if BPL is being tested in that area.
  If you confirm the interference, please let the editor
  of this newsletter know.

  o  Remarkable new philosophy for putting FM receiver
  chips in cell phones.  It is called "pay for the effort:"



  As reported in our last newsletter, WWVB had planned to add
phase modulation to WWVB "on or about September 17, 2012."  The
start date has been delayed due to a frequency slip in their new
Time Code Generator ("TCG"), the device that creates the code
for the WWVB signal.

  Until that issue is resolved, the addition of phase modulation
is on hold.

  (Private communication with John Lowe @ WWVB, 09/20/12)



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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


  The most recent Tech Letters posting concerns the following:

  o  Help solve the mystery of the very tall tower in the
  Mojave Desert in the 1970s.


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                            OFF TOPIC


  o  Monkeys reject unequal pay:

  o  Rare "fire devil" caught on film:

  o  How to separate the yolk from the egg.  Everyone
  should know this.  Foreign language but audio not required:

  o  Tiny "button" batteries (and tiny magnets) are dangerous
  to swallow and small children are often the victims:

  o  Wheelchair-bound attorney known for suing thousands
  of small businesses over ADA issues to be disbarred:

  o  Portable grounding system.  Always ready when you
  need it.  This obviously made perfect sense to someone:

  o  Back by request: Rita Haywoth and the Bee Gees.
  Somebody had a lot of fun putting her old clips together
  with newer music:



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