CGC #1169



                         THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                               CGC #1169

                       Monday, October 15, 2012


                   Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  o  Deborah McAdams comments on the real cost of spectrum

  o  FCC announces details for its October 26 "Learn Workshop"
  focusing on broadcaster issues in the Incentive Auction NPRM:

  o  FCC Order amends Rule Part 101 by providing greater
  flexibility to the Broadcast Auxiliary Service and others:

  o  Antenna Structure Registration applications with
  Environmental Assessments are no longer placed on Public
  Notice in the FCC's Daily Digest as Accepted for Filing:

  o  Notice of Comment and Reply Comment deadlines for Cable
  Television Technical and Operational Requirements Notice of
  Proposed Rulemaking, and availability of Final Report of the
  Advisory Committee on Cable Signal Leakage:

  o  FCC invites comments on LightSquared's request for
  another bite at the apple (not again!):



  Official Citations have been issued to two individuals
for the illegal marketing (on Craigslist) of RF signal jamming

                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT


  On remote mountaintop sites like Mt. Wilson and Mt. Harvard,
staff engineers have to fend for themselves most of the time.
For example, they turn to electric generators when commercial
power fails.  This is especially true when bad weather sets
in like it did last week.

  Witness this note from Lynn Duke of CBS Radio when the first
storm of the season hit last Thursday, small as it was:

  "We started getting T1 hits at several of our Mt. Wilson
sites about 11:58 AM.  Edison power hits started at about 12:03
PM.  Several sites went to generator power at about 12:11 PM.

  "Looks like the fun has started early this year!"

                           RANDOM NOTES


  Last week we reported a new and intermittent signal on
106.9 MHz that was suspected of coming out of Tijuana.  New
information suggests that the signal is from 6 kW XHADA-FM,
Ensenada.  Why this station -- which should be located right
in Ensenada -- is being heard in San Diego is a mystery unless
it is the result of a new or relocated transmitter plant, so
any information on that subject would be appreciated.

  By the way, Mexico does have a plan to migrate some of
its AM stations to the FM band.  The following FM inventory
table from the Mexican government illustrates this point.
Look for the words "Cambio de frecuencia..." (change of
frequency) in the extreme right column.  In this limited
sense, Mexico is ahead of the U.S. with AM improvements.



  o  More folks are watching free over-the-air TV (nearly
  18% of all US households this year vs. 15% last year):



  o  Here is a little more information on the anticipated
  all-digital AM test:

  o  The Sacramento, CA Clear Channel-owned radio stations
  stopped broadcasting Wednesday morning.  No audio.  Problem:
  software bug:

  o  Radio & Mobile should team up for emergency alerts,
  NAB exec says:



  o  Wireless microphone users, listen up:

  o  All seemed well with a demolished tower in Alaska
  until it was realized that, "The old tower ended up landing
  only 6 feet from where its replacement lay in wait to be

  o  "How many out there think that broadband is a luxury?"
  "How many out there think it is a human right?"  Keep in mind
  that this is just one small informal survey:

  o  Howard H. Scott, part of the team that introduced long-
  playing vinyl records in 1948, has died at the age of 92:

                          HAM RADIO NOTES


  Neutrinos can be used to send messages.  Although this
is a very inefficient way to communicate, it can indeed be
done as demonstrated in this interesting project fostered
by Daniel Stancil, WY3O:

                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


  The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  Bill Butler adds fascinating comments on the Mysterious
  Mojave Tower.  He has been to the top of that tower as a
  child; in fact, his dad was the on-site project manager
  back in the early days:


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                            OFF TOPIC


  o  Declassified: Air Force plans to build a flying saucer:

  o  Here is a fully operational hand-built V-12 diesel
  engine that you could hold in your hand:

  o  Rube Goldberg Coke advertisement:



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