CGC #1174

by CGC on November 12, 2012

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1174

                    Monday,  November 12, 2012

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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                 

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC-RELATED NEWS BRIEFS

  o  Opposition to FM translator caps:
  http://tinyurl.com/XlatorCapOpposition

  o Second adjacent channel LPFM waivers come under scrutiny:
  http://tinyurl.com/SecondAdjacentScrutiny

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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED

  There are no broadcast call sign changes in our area
according to the latest FCC report.  However, it is noteworthy
that in Fresno, KYNO(AM) and KFIG(AM) are swapping call signs:

  http://tinyurl.com/Call-Changes-11-2012

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  ASR APPLICATION POSTING CHANGE

  Reminder:  Beginning June 18, 2012, Antenna Structure
Registration ("ASR") applications with environmental assessments
were no longer placed on Public Notice in the Daily Digest as
Accepted for Filing.  Instead, these applications were (and are)
posted for a period of 30 days at the second URL below.  Note
that the table can be sorted by column heading.

  Objections to such applications based on environmental
considerations may be filed during the 30-day posting period.

  http://tinyurl.com/ASR-Change
  http://www.fcc.gov/asr/nationalnoticereport

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA

  A 'Q Mart' gasoline station in Hesperia installed several
wireless cameras that reportedly transmitted in the 1400-1427 MHz
range and caused interference to a European Space Agency
satellite.

  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-317175A1.html

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  ANOTHER NOV FOR ADELMAN BROADCASTING

  Adelman Broadcasting has just been issued a Notice of
Violation ("NOV") for operating KLOA(AM), Ridgecrest, at only
17% of its authorized power (90% is the minimum allowed per FCC
rules).  Since KLOA is an LP-2 for Kern County, the FCC may
take this transgression very seriously.

  When asked for the station logs which must be made available
to the FCC "upon request," the station's representative informed
the FCC agent that "the station logs were in possession of the
Chief Engineer, who was not available, and therefore, neither
were the station logs."

  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-317171A1.html

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  A HISTORY OF APPARENT FCC RULE VIOLATIONS

  Robert D. Adelman and Adelman Broadcasting have received
a number of Notices of Violation from the FCC.  In 2012, the
following items were mentioned in CGC Communicator newsletters:

  o  Adelman Broadcasting (KRAJ, Johannesburg) was issued a
  Notice of Violation ("NOV") for EAS rule violations:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-312908A1.html

  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


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY

  I would like to know how many people found the weather
data/webcam that we had setup on Mt. Wilson to be useful.
The Web page consisted of weather data and two cameras, one
looking at the gate going to Mt. Harvard and the other
looking over the Los Angeles basin.

  I'd like to know if enough people found the weather data
and cameras useful.  If so, I'll consider reactivating the
system.  However, we could use a sponsor and in exchange
will make banner space available on our page.

  The web address was .

  Please let me know your thoughts.

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  November 11, 2012


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEXT LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING IS NOVEMBER 13

  When & Where:  Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 11:30 AM,
Holiday Inn Media Center, Burbank.

  Subject:  Delivering broadcast quality audio over open
public Internet connections despite latency concerns, lost
and delayed data, etc.

  Speaker: Tony Peterie - Manager, Worldcast Systems, Inc.

  Details and RSVP instructions:
  http://www.sbe47.org/NovMeeting.htm

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  A QUESTION OF COW/TOWER COMPATIBILITY

  A directional AM station in California is wondering if
they can open their perimeter gates to let the cows outside
the fence graze on the weeds inside the fence.  That would
be cheap weed abatement.

  While the cows couldn't get right up to the tower bases
(more fences), they could rub against the guy wire anchor points
and therein lies the concern.  Could they rub hard enough to
damage the installation?

  If you have information to share, please pass it along to
the editor of this newsletter for forwarding to the station
involved.  Thanks!

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  LIMITED BACKUP POWER AT CELL SITES

  "One key factor helps explain why communities ravaged by
Hurricane Sandy could not use cell phones...: mobile telephone
companies have for years lobbied to kill rules that would have
forced them to maintain backup power at their cell phone towers."

  http://tinyurl.com/LimitedBackupPower

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  RADIO WORLD -- GETTIN' BACK TO NORMAL

  Radio World indicates that their regular e-mail and phones
are back, after Sandy had knocked out some of the NewBay Media
infrastructure in lower Manhattan.  The publications used work-
arounds while service was out but you should now be able to
reach RW and other NewBay publications like TV Technology,
Radio magazine and Broadcasting & Cable by the usual means.

  It's good to see Radio World and other NewBay pubs back
on-line.


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                          HAM RADIO NOTES
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  ODDS & ENDS

  o  Electronic Design magazine looks at the Ham hobby and its
  value in emergencies:
  http://tinyurl.com/HamRadioValue

  o  Hams, broadcast engineers, and cancer-causin' Smart Meters:
  http://tinyurl.com/EDN-on-Hams


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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS

  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  Girl distracted by looking at her cellphone is bitten
  six times by rattlesnakes but survives after major medical
  intervention:
  http://tinyurl.com/Cellphones-And-Rattlesnakes

  o  Tesla never dreamed it would come to this -- a dramatic
  new use for Tesla Coils:
  http://tinyurl.com/DualTeslas


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