CGC #1170

by CGC on October 22, 2012

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1170

                     Monday, October 22, 2012

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                

   Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  FCC goes after signal jammers big time and rolls out
  a new jammer tip line (1-855-55-NOJAM):
  http://tinyurl.com/NoJamm

  o  For those who design/construct/operate etc. communication
  facilities on Section 106 (historic) properties, including co-
  located equipment, this October 23 FCC workshop is for you:
  http://tinyurl.com/Section106Workshop

  o  The FCC has clarified certain aspects of its new policies
  for evaluating mutually exclusive proposals for radio service,
  as well as for considering applications to change a station's
  community of license:
  http://tinyurl.com/Clarifikation

  o  The FCC has adopted revised rules to enable Wireless
  Communications Service (WCS) licensees to use a total of
  30 MHz of "underutilized spectrum" in the 2.3 GHz band for
  wireless broadband services, while reportedly protecting
  Sirius XM from harmful interference:
  http://tinyurl.com/2-3GHzPutToUse
  http://tinyurl.com/30-MHz-More-Spectrum

  o  "With this Report and Order, we amend our rules to
  allow cable operators to encrypt the basic service tier
  in all-digital cable systems if they comply with certain
  consumer-protection measures:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-126A1.doc

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  CURTAILING ROBOCALLS

  The FCC is taking steps to protect emergency service
providers from unwanted robocalls that can tie up their phone
lines.  A specialized Do-Not-Call registry for Public Safety
Answering Points (PSAPs) will be established, prohibiting the
use of robocalling equipment to contact registered PSAP phone
numbers other than for an emergency purpose.

  http://tinyurl.com/RobocallsAndPSAPs  (FCC Synopsis)
  http://tinyurl.com/Robocall-PSAP-R-and-O  (Report & Order)

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH

  o  FCC takes action against another six individuals
  for advertising and selling signal jamming devices on
  craigslist.org, warning that the Bureau intends to impose
  substantial monetary penalties for similar violations
  going forward:
  http://tinyurl.com/CraigsListJammers

  o  This FCC Enforcement Advisory bulletin has been crafted
  to warn the public that cell jammers, GPS jammers and other
  RF jamming devices are illegal, and to encourage the public
  to turn in jammers:
  http://tinyurl.com/JammingAdvisory


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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  PLANNED MT. WILSON STAKEHOLDERS MEETING

  I would like to see if we can have a Mt. Wilson Stakeholders
meeting sometime mid to end of Nov.  If I get enough positive
responses then I will send out some dates via Doodle (if I can
figure how to do it).  Topics will be the old standbys of
Haz Fuel reduction, County Road, and....[?]

  Michael J. McIntyre
  District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us

  October 18, 2012


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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  VIEW 911 INFORMATION IN REAL TIME

  The City of San Diego has created a Website where citizens
can see certain information associated with 911 fire and medical
calls in real time.  Apparently too many people were calling 911
when they heard sirens -- folks wanting to know what was
happening and where -- and their calls clogged 911 lines.

  http://apps.sandiego.gov/sdfiredispatch/

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  GENERAL NOTES FOR TELEVISION

  o  Nielsen: There are HDTV sets in over three quarters
  of U.S. homes, yet 71% of prime time broadcast viewing
  is still done in standard definition:
  http://tinyurl.com/MuchoStandardDefViewing

  o  "Ultra HD" (aka "4K") is coming soon.  To be labeled
  "Ultra HD," TV sets need to have at least eight million
  active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontally and at
  least 2,160 vertically:
  http://tinyurl.com/Ultra-HD-Specs

  o  Satellite uplink jamming is reportedly coming from Syria.
  Wish the folks at 1-855-55-NOJAM could fix that problem on
  short order.
  http://tinyurl.com/SatJamming

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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO

  o  Further testing on FM SSBSC modulation yields somewhat
  encouraging results but without the initial euphoria:
  http://tinyurl.com/Further-SSBSC-Testing

  o  The KBRT, 740 kHz, transmitter move status report by
  Radio World:
  http://tinyurl.com/RW-and-KBRT

  o  NRSC has placed its new RDS guideline document
  on its Website along with three revised AM standards:
  http://tinyurl.com/New-NRSC-Guides

  o  MIT's newest research center will focus on mobile
  technologies:
  http://tinyurl.com/MIT-MobileTechResearch

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  GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

  o  Mobile phones can cause brain tumors, Italy's
  Supreme Court rules:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobilePhoneBrainTumors

  o  "In the next few days the transmission lines that
  allow Canada to broadcast to the world will be taken
  down one by one...."
  http://tinyurl.com/DismantlingRCI

  o  Linda Baun -- passionate about broadcast engineering:
  http://tinyurl.com/LindaOn-B-C-Engineering

  o  Consulting radio engineer Jeff Brock passes away at 51:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/jeff-brock-dies/215936
  http://tinyurl.com/MemorialServicesForJeffBrock

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  FM CHIPS IN CELL PHONES

  The October 19, 2012 Kiplinger Letter sees FM chips in
cell phones this way:

  "One day, U.S. consumers will be able to listen to FM radio
on cell phones.  But it'll take a while, even though the chips
are already in many devices.  Wireless carriers are dragging their
feet so that listeners must choose Internet radio, which requires
having a data plan with AT&T, Verizon or other service provider.
The [NAB] is touting safety to win some support for activating
the FM chips, saying radio service is vital when emergencies
occur."


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                         HAM RADIO NOTES
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  MEMORIES OF STEVE MENDELSOHN

  Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, who passed away earlier this year,
was an extremely active and enthusiastic member of the ham radio
community.  Among other things, he was an ARRL Vice-President and
ran ham radio communications for the New York Marathon.

  Professionally, he was a broadcast engineer for CBS and ABC,
and did frequency coordination for the National Football League
spending 13 years as the Game Day Coordinator for the New York
Jets.  Then life took a sudden turn.  He was diagnosed with
Pancreatic Cancer and given only a short time to live.

  Knowing that he had a vibrant story to tell, his lifelong
friend Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, interviewed Steve at the 2011
Pacificon hamfest.  Steve was the convention's guest of honor
and it gave them what would be a final opportunity to video
record an oral history of Steve's inspiring life.

  
    or
  http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_Special_Edition_001-W2ML.html


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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS

  The most recent Tech Letters postings include the following:

  o  Veteran broadcaster John Verboon who worked at KUSC for
  30 years has passed away after a short battle with cancer.
  When reading the article, don't miss the link to the Glendale
  News-Press story at the bottom of the page:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/?p=1812

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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

  Educational:

  o  Here is a Google Street View tour of one of the Google
  data centers.  It makes typical transmitter sites and studio
  complexes look a little pale by comparison:
  http://tinyurl.com/GoogleDataCenterVideo

  o  The BBC has released a short video that explains in
  laymen's terms how solar storms affect the Earth's magnetic
  field to create the Aurora Borealis.  Professor Dag Lorentzen
  uses a simple diagram drawn in the snow to explain how this
  phenomenon works:
  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19898445


  Really Far Out:

  o Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to break
  the sound barrier (he reached Mach 1.24) by surviving the
  highest jump ever attempted (about 24 miles high):
  http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/
  http://tinyurl.com/KABC-Baumgartner-Writeup

  o  This time-lapse video covers moving Space Shuttle Endeavour
  along the streets of Los Angeles to its near-final resting place.
  The event that required three days to accomplish is compressed
  into about three minutes of time.  To see the video, use the
  second video box at the Web address below.  In the first box,
  the editor explains how the photography was done:
  http://tinyurl.com/EndeavourTimeLapse

  o  Every once in a while, workers run across a genuine
  surprise like birds or bats nesting under tile roofs.  This
  video from Riverside won't disappoint:
  http://www.videofantastica.com/view_video/111489


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