CGC #1168

by CGC on October 8, 2012

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1168

                     Monday,  October 8, 2012

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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                 

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  TV SPECTRUM AUCTIONS -- FCC RELEASES ITS NPRM

  As mentioned in last week's Communicator, the FCC has voted
to launch the incentive auction of TV spectrum.  The process will
be complex with many of the details yet to be determined.  In
this sense, the brand new 200+ page Notice of Proposed Rule
Making (NPRM) is more like a Notice of Inquiry -- they want
you to help fill in the blanks:

  NPRM Overview:
  http://tinyurl.com/SpectrumAuction-NPRM-Highlight

  The 200+ page NPRM:
  http://tinyurl.com/SpectrumAuctionNPRM

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  AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

  "I am proud to announce today that we are on track to
exceed our first benchmark of freeing up 300 MHz of spectrum
by 2015," FCC chairman Genachowski said in a speech to the
University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School Thursday,
according to prepared text.

  http://tinyurl.com/AheadOfSchedule

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  FCC AND CALIFORNIA COMMUNICATIONS NEWS BRIEFS

  o  FCC launches "broadcaster learn program" to offer
  in-depth resources & services to the broadcast community
  about the "unique financial opportunities of incentive
  auctions:"
  http://tinyurl.com/BroadcasterLearnProgram

  o  The FCC has adopted an NPRM initiating a fresh look
  at its mobile spectrum holding policies:
  Synopsis:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-316480A1.doc
  NPRM:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-119A1.doc

  o  New features have been added to the FCC's online
  broadcast public inspection file system:
  http://tinyurl.com/NewPubFileFeatures
  http://tinyurl.com/PubFileTweaked

  o  California governor Jerry Brown has signed into law
  the California Internet-Protocol deregulation bill, a landmark
  bipartisan undertaking to modernize communications legislation:
  http://tinyurl.com/Calif-IP-Dereg-Legislation

  o  In effect as of September 30 are rules requiring distributors
  of certain Internet video programming to provide closed caption-
  ing to assist viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing:
  http://tinyurl.com/InternetClosedCaptioning

  o  FCC seeks to update and refresh the record in the
  wireless microphones proceeding:
  http://tinyurl.com/WirelessMicUpdate

  o  FCC announces "Senior Digital Literacy Day" seminar:
  http://tinyurl.com/SeniorDigitalLiteracy

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  MAJOR REVIEW OF SATELLITE SERVICE RULES

  For the first time since 1996, the FCC has initiated a
wholesale review of its rules, also known as Part 25, governing
licensing and operation of space stations and earth stations
which transmit RF signals between the ground and satellites.
The Commission also released an R&O to clear up a number of
minor items:

  http://tinyurl.com/SatelliteRuleReview (Synopsis)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-117A1.doc (NPRM)
  http://tinyurl.com/SatelliteService-RandO (R&O)

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  IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR SO. CALIF. 800 MHZ OPERATORS

  CGC #1160 carried the following story:

  o  Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making on
  improving public safety communications in the 800 MHz band
  includes a new band plan for the U.S./Mexico Sharing Zone:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-1343A1.doc

  According to the Joint Council on Transit Wireless
Communications, "If you operate in the 800 MHz Band near the
Mexican border or in southern California (including Los Angeles
and Orange Counties), be sure to review the FCC Notice of
Proposed Rule Making on the New 800 MHz Band Plan for [the]
U.S./Mexico Sharing Zone.

  "Comments are due on or before October 1, and Reply Comments
are due on or before October 15."


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR OCTOBER 9

  The next Los Angeles SBE meeting is an October 9 dinner
gathering starting at 6:30 PM in the Holiday Inn Media Center,
Burbank.  The speaker is Tim Carroll of Linear Acoustic and
the subject is Broadcast TV Loudness.

   Please visit this site for more information on the
program, RSVP instructions and off-ramp closure information:

  http://www.sbe47.org/

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  KPBS-FM HAS MOVED TO MT. SOLEDAD

  KPBS-FM, 89.5 MHz, San Diego, has completed its transmitter
move to Mt. Soledad and is using KFMB's Master FM Antenna
(rebuilt to accommodate 89.5 MHz) and a Nautel NV20 transmitter.
KPBS-FM plans to retain San Miguel Mtn. as its auxiliary site
by using a directional antenna.

  KPBS-TV will remain on San Miguel Mountain (fabulous HAAT
for UHF).

  Congratulations to all parties involved in the FM move.
Overall, Mt. Soledad is giving the station a tremendous coverage
boost.

  http://tinyurl.com/KPBS-FM-Mt-Soleadad

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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO

  o  More solid progress on the new KBRT, 740 kHz, transmitter
  plant.  What great planning and attention to quality and detail:
  http://tinyurl.com/More-KBRT-Progress

  o  A new signal on 106.9 MHz has been noted coming out of
  Tijuana.  It is intermittent, implying testing.  Is this part
  of a plan for Mexico to migrate its AM stations to the
  FM band?

  o  KPBS' Gloria Penner -- a local television pioneer -- has
  died at 81 - http://tinyurl.com/GloriaPenner

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  GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

  o  Examining the Liberty/Sirius/XM merger:
  http://tinyurl.com/SatCasterChangeOfControl

  o  Determining how best to craft emergency text alerts:
  http://tinyurl.com/Crafting-E-Alerts

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  WWVB TRANSITION PERIOD POSTPONED

  WWVB is continuing to have problems with its Time Code
Generators that will be used with their new phase modulated
signal.  In fact, they are going so far as to do some redesigning
and additional testing.

  (Synopsis of correspondence with WWVB's John Lowe, 10/3/12)


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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS

  The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  Much more information on the Mysterious Mojave Tower
  has surfaced.  The second URL in the following letter takes
  you on an outstanding photo-journey of this now-vanished
  facility:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1800

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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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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  Educational:

  o  NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched 35 years ago,
  is about to enter interstellar space.  Soon the craft will
  leave the solar system behind.  The only question is how
  soon:
  http://tinyurl.com/VoyagerEnteringInterstellar

  o  The reasons your car's outdoor temperature gauge
  may tend to inflate temperatures a bit:
  http://tinyurl.com/CarTempGauges


  Totally Radical:

  o  A new sport to tackle:
  http://tinyurl.com/GottaTryIt

  o Jet packin' from Newport Beach to Catalina Island:
  http://tinyurl.com/JetPackingToCatalina

  o  Here is a remote-controlled SR-71 "Blackbird" airplane
  complete with hand-built jet engines and retractable
  landing gear:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SDbQ5xvsrIU

  o  The Ostrich Pillow:
  http://tinyurl.com/PillowOstrich

  o  It's a beautiful day:
  http://tinyurl.com/BeautyAbounds

  o  Animusic -- animated music.  As computer-augmented
  animation progresses, it will become increasingly difficult
  to separate what is real from the make believe:
  

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