CGC #1187

by CGC on January 28, 2013

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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #1187

                     Monday, January 28, 2013

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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                 

    Copyright 2013, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC OPEN MEETING

  The FCC will hold an Open Meeting on January 31 and there
is one item of more than routine interest:

  "The Commission will consider a Report and Order to revise
and streamline its rules to modernize the Experimental Radio
Service by creating a more flexible environment to accelerate
innovation and promote the introduction of new products,
including medical devices, to the marketplace."

  And speaking of Experimental Radio, Google is front and
center in that arena.  See the second URL.

  http://tinyurl.com/RadioExperimentation
  http://tinyurl.com/GoogleExperimental

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  THE CREATION OF GIGABIT COMMUNITIES

  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has called for at least one
"gigabit community" in all 50 states by 2015 (read his news media
release for details).  Exactly what will be done with this huge
capacity remains to be seen.

  One thing vitally needed is something entirely different:
Getting rid of useless data on the spot before drowning in the
onslaught.  Finding meaning in the data before the data are
transmitted is one important step in that direction, see the
second URL.

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-318489A1.doc
  https://www.numenta.com/

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  CGC COMMUNICATOR GIVEN AN EXTENSION OF TIME

  The CGC Communicator has apparently been given an extension
of time before the circuits we use to upload our newsletter are
taken down.

  Finding a new ISP is typically a no brainer.  Finding an
ISP with a newsletter server, and a company that is willing to
accommodate our types of computers and software, has proven to
be much more challenging.  Stay tuned.


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  KBRT(AM) STATUS REPORT

  As KBRT, 740 kHz, Avalon, prepares to sign off from Catalina
Island and shift transmissions to its new site in "America" (as
the natives call the mainland), Scott Fybush recounts the rich
history and present status of the island transmitter site.

  KBRT will tentatively switch its broadcast operations to
its new site in mid-February, date to be announced.  The owner
of Crawford Broadcasting will be out here to push the button
himself.

  http://tinyurl.com/ScottCoversKBRT

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  GENERAL NOTES OF INTEREST

  o  TV Spectrum Repacking:  The NAB and wireless providers
  have agreed upon a contiguous TV channel repacking plan.
  This is a very important step forward:
  http://tinyurl.com/ContiguousRepacking
  http://tinyurl.com/SpectrumReorganization

  o  Radio:  A concept called MaxxCasting advocates the
  deployment of FM boosters, but be cautious.  Boosters can
  do more harm than good by creating artificial multipath:
  http://tinyurl.com/MaxxCasting

  o  A list of Super Sessions planned for the NAB Show has
  been released.  The show runs April 6-11 in Las Vegas:
  http://tinyurl.com/SuperSessions2013

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  HARRIS RADIO ROAD SHOW

  Harris is presenting a road show called "Radio Technology
  Summit" that could prove to be quite popular.

  Harris writes:

  "Join us for a Harris-sponsored Radio Technology Summit with
presentations and discussions on pressing industry issues, such
as the 4th generation of HD Radio and the path to IP for studio
architecture.  Guest speakers include Geoff Mendenhall of Harris
and John Kean of NPR Labs...."

  Presentations are planned for San Diego (February 5), Los
Angeles (February 6) and San Francisco (February 7).  This event
is open to the entire radio engineering and management commu-
nities.  If you have not received an e-mail invitation by now,
please call or write Ron Lane:

  Ron.Lane (at) Harris.com
  951-699-7165

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  TOWER LIGHT MONITORING ADVANCEMENT

  An FCC rule provides that the owner of any antenna
structure that is registered with the Commission and has been
assigned lighting specifications shall inspect at intervals
not to exceed 3 months all automatic or mechanical control
devices, indicators and alarm systems associated with the
antenna structure lighting to ensure that such apparatus
is functioning properly.

  Now, American Tower Corporation has been granted a waiver
of that rule so it may make annual inspections -- instead of
quarterly inspections -- at sites where its advanced monitoring
system is in use.  A similar waiver has been granted to Southern
Company Services, Inc.

  http://tinyurl.com/ATC-Lighting-Inspection-Waiver
  http://tinyurl.com/SCo-Lighting-Inspection-Waiver


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                          HAM RADIO NOTES
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  KEEPIN' MORSE ALIVE

  Jim Charlong, a dedicated ham, helps keep Morse code alive.

  http://tinyurl.com/KeepinMorseAlive


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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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                        SOMEWHAT OFF TOPIC
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  787 BATTERY BLEW UP IN '06 TEST, BURNED DOWN BUILDING

  Lithium batteries aren't perfect as most of us know.  During
testing of a prototype Boeing 787 battery charging-system design
in 2006, "the battery caught fire, exploded, and Securaplane's
entire administrative building burned to the ground" according to
a summary by the administrative law judge in a related lawsuit.

  http://tinyurl.com/Boeing-787-Battery

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  WHY THE OAKS ARE DISAPPEARING

  The goldspotted oak borer beetle has killed 80,000 oak
trees in San Diego county over the last decade and the Cleveland
National Forest has taken the brunt of the massive die-off.
If you have a transmitter on forest land, this outstanding
short video shows what may be heading your way.

  http://tinyurl.com/GoldSpottedBtl   (video & text)


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                        RADICAL OFF TOPIC
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  YOUR SPACE SHUTTLE IS READY, SIR

  Here is a photo sequence of the Shuttle's cockpit area
"with everything powered on before the electronics and secret
stuff were pulled out" and the Shuttle became a museum piece.

  Looks like the spaceship is ready for you and a friend to
hop in and take control.  Where would you like to go?  Just punch
in the numbers and blast off.

  http://tinyurl.com/ShuttleFlightDeck


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