CGC #1176

by CGC on November 26, 2012

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1176

                    Monday,  November 26, 2012

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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                 

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FM TRANSLATORS AND LPFMs TO BE SPOTLIGHTED FRIDAY

  This Friday's Open Meeting at the FCC will consider the 
adoption of Orders that finalize procedures to complete the 
processing of over 6,000 pending FM translator applications and 
complete the implementation of the Local Community Radio Act.

  These are the final steps toward opening a filing window that 
will allow non-profit groups nationwide to apply for more low 
power radio licenses, bringing occasional diverse voices to small 
geographic areas while creating large swaths of interference for 
primary stations.  The laws of physics have not changed.

  http://tinyurl.com/LPFM-Update

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  The Media Bureau announces that it will not accept
  FM commercial and non-commercial minor change applications
  during the Auction 94 filing window that opens January 28
  and closes February 6, 2013:
  http://tinyurl.com/The-Latest-FM-Freeze

  o  FCC announces the tentative agenda for its December
  Open Meeting:
  http://tinyurl.com/Dec-Tentative-Agenda

  o  The FCC has proposed to amend Parts 1, 2, 15, 74, 78,
  87, 90, and 97 of its rules to implement allocation decisions
  from WRC-07 concerning portions of the radio frequency spectrum,
  and to make certain updates to its rules:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-140A1.doc

  o  The Commission has initiated a Notice of Proposed
  Rule Making entitled, "Accessible Emergency Information,
  and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and
  Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First
  Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-142A1.doc

  o  Here are the remarks of FCC chairman Genachowski
  outlining the benefits and threats to the Internet as he
  sees them.  Interesting and informative reading.  Excerpt
  from page 8:

  "During a trip to Russia this spring, I spoke with
  Communications Minister Nikiforov about the need to avoid
  over-regulating of the Internet.  However, a few months later,
  Russia passed a law that requires Websites and service providers
  to remove or block content the government puts on a blacklist.
  As I said at the time, this law is deeply troubling:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-317534A1.doc

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA

  o  Fisher Wireless Services, Blythe, taken to task for con-
  tinuously transmitting pulses and thereby causing interference
  to another user on a shared 450 MHz channel:
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-317373A1.html

  o  Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Richmond, busted for
  apparently continuously transmitting loud data bursts which
  degraded communications for another user on its shared 460 MHz
  channel.  Also, the Kaiser transmitter reportedly ran excessive
  power, failed to identify as required and may have been
  improperly located (the FCC's language is vague):
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-317374A1.html

  o  Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, busted for transmitting "a
  strong steady data burst in rapid intervals" on a 460 MHz
  channel thereby causing interference to another user on the
  shared 460 MHz channel.  This Kaiser transmitter did not
  identify as required and may have run excessive power (the
  FCC's language is vague):
  http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-317375A1.html

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  AN OVERABUNDANCE OF E-MAILS

  This is obviously an abbreviated newsletter.  Our e-mail 
in-basket is overflowing with great information, but there is 
far too much to digest on short order.

  Please direct your letters to the Tech Letters Website for 
prompt posting on the Internet.  A synopsis and link will 
usually appear in the CGC Communicator to promote your thoughts.

  Here is the URL to see the most recent Tech Letters 
postings and to make new postings:

  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/

  o  The picture essay entitled, "Into the vault: the operation
  to rescue Manhattan's drowned internet" is well presented and
  unforgettable:
  http://tinyurl.com/TheDrownedInternet

  Please contact the moderator, Steve Blodgett, if you are 
having trouble viewing or posting: sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com

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  THANKS!

  We had a terrific Thanksgiving and all of your well wishing
  e-mails were greatly appreciated.


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