CGC #1166

by CGC on October 1, 2012

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1166

                    Monday,  October 1, 2012

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC UNANIMOUSLY LAUNCHES TV INCENTIVE AUCTION RULEMAKING

  And so it begins.  The FCC voted unanimously on Friday
to begin the process of reclaiming broadcast spectrum to
auction for wireless broadband use.

  http://tinyurl.com/TVSpectrumReclamationBegins

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  Concerns rise over TV spectrum incentive auctions:
  http://tinyurl.com/AuctionConcerns

  o  FCC announces tentative agenda for its October Open
  Meeting (no major broadcast items):
  http://tinyurl.com/FCC-OctTentativeAgenda

  o  Reminder from the Friendly Candy Company: All uplinks
  need to be licensed.  You can't arbitrarily change uplink
  dish sizes either:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-1535A1.pdf

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA

  o  Adelman Broadcasting, Ridgecrest, has been issued a
  Notice of Violation for operating a Wireless Radio Services
  station at the wrong coordinates (approx. 0.69 mile error):
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-316415A1.html

  o  Another Notice of Violation has been issued, this time
  directly to Robert D. Adelman for operating KLOA-LP, CH-6,
  Ridgecrest, "at El Paso Peak, approximately 7.1 miles from the
  coordinates listed on the authorization."  Furthermore, the
  transmitting antenna was determined to be unauthorized:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-316416A1.html
  http://tinyurl.com/KLOAs-STA-Grant

  o  The Redondo Beach Marina has been busted for using an
  unauthorized 1282 MHz camera-transmitter (on a palm tree yet)
  and causing interference to an FAA receiver:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-316423A1.html

  o  KESQ(AM), Indio, has been tentatively fined $15,000 for
  public file irregularities:
  http://tinyurl.com/KESQ-PublicFileIrregs

  o  Granted -- mandatory CATV carriage complaint filed by
  KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, against Time Warner Cable:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-1539A1.doc

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  INTERFERENCE TO WEATHER RADARS

  Certain wireless devices are designed to listen for
channel activity before transmitting.  When monitoring fails,
interference often results.

  Case in point:  Certain wireless devices have failed to note
the presence of certain FAA doppler radar signals.  The wireless
devices went ahead and transmitted in spectrum they should not
have used.  Those signals caused interference and that
interference prompted the FCC to issue the following
Enforcement Advisory newsletter.

  Don't be surprised if you see a similar Enforcement Advisory
issued in the near future when White Space transmitters fire up
in large numbers and some of them get out of control.  The
landscape for over-the-air TV broadcasting is about to change.

  http://tinyurl.com/DopplerRadarIX

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  CORRECTION

  Last week we reported on comments made by "FCC Audio
Division Chief Jim Bradshaw."  In fact, Mr. Bradshaw is Deputy
Chief, Engineering, of the FCC's Media Bureau Audio Division.

  http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/audio-division-media-bureau


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY [EDITED]

  Road traffic is the big issue for us right now.  Lots of
fatal motorcycle crashes and quite a few cars going over the
sides of our mountain roads, so be careful.

  With thefts on the rise, it is important to log all serial
numbers not only of your equipment housings, but each module
inside.  This will help law enforcement.  It appears that some
of the stolen goods are fenced on eBay and such, so if you have
all your serial numbers you are in business.  Also, engraving
or marking your equipment helps too.

  And in a closing note, changing gate and door codes every
20 or 30 years would be nice.   :-)

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  September 30, 2012


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL NOTES

  o  Broadcast attorney John Garziglia comments on ways to
  fix the AM broadcast band:
  http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2541857&spid=30800

  o  Immaculate Heart Radio for San Diego (KCEO, 1000 kHz,
  Vista) is in the process of improving their transmitted
  signal.  First their story, then the applicable FCC records:
  http://tinyurl.com/KCEO-Upgrade
  http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/amq?list=0&facid=67666

  o  NATE makes tower site hazard recognition guide available:
  http://tinyurl.com/TowerHazardGuide

  o  Steve Church passes away:
  http://tinyurl.com/SteveChurch

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  DETAILS OF THE NEW PHASE MODULATED TIME CODE ON WWVB

  WWVB, 60 kHz, the nation's primary time and frequency
station, will soon add phase modulation to enhance reception
of their time code.  This 13 page pdf paper describes the
new phase modulated signal and time coding.

  http://tinyurl.com/AM-and-PM-on-WWVB

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  COOLING SERVERS WITH MINERAL OIL

  Cooling computer servers with mineral oil promises big
energy savings for companies with big computing needs.  Keeping
servers immersed in mineral oil, which disperses heat better than
air, can cut energy costs in half by eliminating the need for
fans for air cooling and refrigeration.  Tests show that
computer parts suffer no ill effects from the oil.

  Adapted from The Kiplinger Letter of September 28, 2012

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  CHANGES WITH OUR E-MAIL NEWSLETTER DELIVERY

  Hotmail and MSN are now "bouncing" CGC Communicator
newsletters.  Our newsletters are assumed to be spam because
our ISP, Connectnet/Concentric/XO, has been branded as a company
that caters to spammers.

  CGC has been advised that Connectnet will be making major
DNS changes on October 1, 2012 with a transition that "will begin
at 9 AM PT and should be seamless."  The change should be
completed in 72 hours.  Hopefully this will not disrupt any
communications that you may have for us although most posts should
of course be directed to the Tech Letters Website (see below).


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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS

  The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  The very tall and mysterious tower in the Mojave Desert
  in the 1970s has been identified:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1778

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  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  Controlled demolition brings down the 2,000 foot tall
  WECT television tower -- this is quite a video:
  

  o  An extraordinary new view of a tiny part of our Universe:
  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19728375#

  o  Bringing kids around to a possible new way of American
  thinking:
  http://tinyurl.com/DidNotBuildIt

  o  Ray Bethell, a resident of Vancouver, B.C., is one of
  the most famous kiteflyers in the world.  Here he controls
  three kites in a beautiful ballet set to The Flower Duet:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nr9KrqN_lIg


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