CGC #1186

by CGC on January 19, 2013

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1186

                    Saturday, January 19, 2013

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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                 

    Copyright 2013, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  FCC launches new "Enhanced Website" for broadcasters and
  other stakeholders seeking to evaluate the financial opportunity
  of the upcoming TV spectrum incentive auction.  We start with
  an overview by Deborah D. McAdams:
  http://tinyurl.com/DMs-Overview
  http://tinyurl.com/EnhancedIncentiveInfo

  o  Report & Order amending maritime and aviation commercial
  radio operator licenses (as published in CGC #1184) and Erratum
  thereto (new):
  http://tinyurl.com/Maritime-Aviation-Op-Lics
  http://tinyurl.com/Op-Lic-Erratum

  o  Amplification:  The proposed broadband spectrum at 3550-
  3650 MHz (CGC #1181, FCC News Briefs, 4th story) is also known
  as the "Citizens Broadband Service" or "CBS:"
  http://tinyurl.com/3-5GHzNPRM

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  CGC COMMUNICATOR REMAINS ON THE ENDANGERED LIST

  XO/Concentric/Connectnet ("XO") has indicated to our office
that the circuits used to uplink the CGC Communicator newsletter
will be taken down very soon (date uncertain), but not on
January 21, 2013 as they had originally planned.  It turns out
that XO failed to give us and a number of other customers
notice that the circuits would be removed.  We discovered their
intention by accident while scanning the FCC's Daily Digests.

  The process of resuming publication on another platform
is complex and involves many hardware and software considerations
as well as the security of the many e-mail addresses that have
been entrusted to us.  It is likely that the CGC Communicator
will be forced into hiatus for a period of time as we continue
to seek the best long-term solution.


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL FACTOIDS

  o  Citizens group sues San Bernardino County and Lazer
  Broadcasting over Lazer's approved but as-yet-unbuilt Yucaipa
  radio tower:
  http://tinyurl.com/LazerYucaipaTower

  o  About the lithium ion battery that grounded Boeing:
  http://tinyurl.com/Li-Ion-Battery-Grounds-Boeing

  o  U.S. metal prices per ton expected in 2013:  Hot-rolled
  steel $700; aluminum $2,100; copper $7,800; nickel $18,000;
  tin $25,000. (Kiplinger.)  Yes, pure tin is really expensive
  (check the cost/pound below) so guard your lead-tin solder!
  http://www.rotometals.com/Tin-Ingot-s/27.htm

  o  Huell Houser succumbed to metastatic prostate cancer:
  http://tinyurl.com/Huell-Metastatic

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  GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST FROM RADIO WORLD

  o  Liberty Media gains control of SiriusXM:
  http://tinyurl.com/SiriusXM-to-Liberty

  o  Tremendous growth of FM broadcast stations documented:
  http://tinyurl.com/FM-Growth

  o  An updated synopsis of the FCC's Low Power FM (LPFM)
  proceeding:
  http://tinyurl.com/LPFM-Synopsis-2

  o  FEMA says CMAS use rising, while EAS mainly used for tests:
  http://tinyurl.com/CMAS-use-rises-while-EAS-tests

  o  Initial all-digital-AM-IBOC tests completed, results not
  yet assessed:
  http://tinyurl.com/WBCN-AM-AllDigitalTests

  o  Chris Imlay on AM band improvements:
  http://tinyurl.com/Chris-Imlay-On-AM

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  CELL PHONE BOOSTERS IMPROPERLY PROMOTED

  From The Kiplinger Letter (private paid subscription) for
January 18, 2013:

  "Stuck in a cell phone dead zone?  Consider a signal booster
  from firms such as Wilson Electronics and Cellphone-Mate.
  Prices start at around $200.  The boosters amplify existing
  signals from the nearest available cell phone tower.  Wilson
  also makes a booster that will pick up signals for travelers
  on the move."

  Since Kiplinger failed to mention that boosters must be
individually authorized by cell carriers, expect to see a rash
of unauthorized boosters installed thanks to the Kiplinger
article.  Some of these devices will undoubtedly self-
oscillate and cause RFI.

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  WORLDBEAT: LED LIGHTS JAM CITY BUS FREQUENCY

  The Swedish national amateur radio society reports on a
case of LED lights in a shop's windows that jammed city bus
radios on 167.0375 MHz.

  The lights causing the problem were LED spotlight lamps.
It was discovered that the lamps generated considerable RFI
and they are now being replaced.  The full story in 'Google
English' is at the URL below.

  (Story tip courtesy Amateur Radio Newsline for 01/18/13.)

  http://tinyurl.com/LED-VHF-Interference

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  JAVA ADVISORY

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising the
public to temporarily disable Java software on their computers
to avoid serious hacking attacks.  Java has always been a
somewhat troublesome software, but now the concern has
escalated.

  http://tinyurl.com/FoxNewsOnJava
  http://tinyurl.com/MoreOnJava


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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/

  *** Check out the Recent Comments and Recent Posts as listed
  in the left column under the calendar.  It is interesting to
  note that even the Phoenix, AZ light rail system has been
  flagged for creating RFI.  ***

  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  Relax with this terrific offering from the Rocky
  Mountain Elk Foundation.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=BUOQ_yPW_0s


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