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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #726
                   Monday,  February 13, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  WHITE HOUSE: WI-FI IS NOT THE TAX TARGET
  The White House on February 7 clarified that a new budget
proposal to set user fees on un-auctioned spectrum would NOT lead
to taxes on frequencies designated for Wi-Fi.  But the White
House said satellite, taxi and other industry sectors that do not
pay for spectrum could be forced to pay for use of the nation's
airwaves in the future, according to RCR Wireless News.  On
February 6, RCR had reported that the Bush administration's tax
plan was believed to be aimed at unlicensed frequencies used
for Wi-Fi and other applications.
  Click on the UPDATE line at:
  http://www.rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=25545
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  LATEST INFORMATION ON THE SIERRA FIRE
  The latest Forest Service information on the Sierra Wildland
Fire is available on the web at:
  http://inciweb.org/incident/184/
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  THE MOST DANGEROUS JOB: TOWER ERECTORS AND CLIMBERS
  Article from Radio World.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8509
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          EXTRACTS FROM THE SAN DIEGO SBE FEB 7 NEWSLETTER
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  ADC COMING TO SAN DIEGO TO TEACH 10-GIG-E  -  FEB 15
  If you've been around data systems for a few years, you
may remember the wonder of hearing that a new standard had been
developed that allowed transmission of 100 MB/sec data over common
unshielded twisted-pair cable.  A few years later we heard about
Gig-E transmission -- ten times the performance over similar UTP
cable.  Now ADC travels the country promoting planning your
facility for 10-Gig-E -- yeah, that's 10 Gigabits per second over
UTP cable.  ADC's experts travel to San Diego for a half-day
seminar on February 15.  Won't you join us?
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  ATSC/SBE DIGITAL ENG SUMMIT  -  FEB 21
  The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in
cooperation with the SBE will feature a half-day seminar on
Tuesday, February 21, 2006, focusing on digital electronic news
gathering (ENG).  The seminar will be held in conjunction with
the 11th Annual Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Technology Retreat
at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Springs.
The seminar will review the current ENG landscape and discuss what
next-generation services and equipment will be needed to meet
emerging broadcast requirements.  Find a full calendar and
registration information at the HPA website.
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  VSB MEASUREMENTS ALL-DAY SEMINAR COMES TO SOUTHERN CAL - MAR 9
  Bring your measurement skills up-to-date with this all-day
seminar March 9, 2006 at TV Magic in San Diego.  Gary Sgrignoli,
one of the original Grand Alliance HDTV transmission system
engineers, explains concepts and answers questions about how to
measure your VSB transmission system.  The seminar travels to
KABC-TV, Los Angeles, March 11.
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  FIRST SPANISH DTV SIGNS ON IN TIJUANA
  XHUAA-DT, UHF Channel 20, hit the air January 31 from
Mt. San Antonio in Tijuana.  The Televisa satellite of XEW Mexico
City currently upconverts the programming of analog telenovela
specialist XHUAA-TV 57....
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  JOB MARKET IN SAN DIEGO
  We've never had this many Help Wanted Ads listed.
KFMB AM/FM/TV, KGTV, XETV, TV Magic, Qualcomm... check them out!
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  FIND THE SPECIFICS
  URLs and updates for the preceding San Diego SBE stories
can be found at the URL below.  Chapter 36 is always looking for
new members and sponsors, by the way, so it would be terrific
if you could help them out.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  MURPHY LIVES
  No matter how hard we try to build redundant/foolproof
systems, Murphy always wins.  Consider a southern California
radio station that split the feed from its C-band receive-only
satellite dish into two low noise amplifiers.  Each amp had its
own coax and its own power supply, and each coax fed its own
bank of receivers.  That's pretty good redundancy.
  Recently, when both banks of receivers intermittently and
simultaneously went dead for hours on end, the first assumption
was that terrestrial interference - perhaps radar interference -
was at fault.  Upon further investigation, it was shown that one
of the low noise amps was intermittently going into self-
oscillation, and the unwanted signal was strong enough to jam
the second amplifier.  Make no mistake, Murphy is alive and well.
Keep an eye out for him at your facility.
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  IMAGINATIVE VOCABULARY AT THE FCC
  Consider this FCC Action, as written by FCC staff and
faithfully reproduced in last week's CGC Communicator:
  "AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20040910ABO    KSDO  51166   HI-FAVOR BROADCASTING, LLC
              P   1130 KHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Direct Measurement"
  Historically, the term "direct measurement" refers to a
direct measurement of RF power (I squared times R at an AM
broadcast station).  The only problem here is that KSDO did not
file a direct measurement application.  After a bit of research,
the station figured out what had happened:
  Months ago, KSDO redescribed two of its monitoring points
and sent the paperwork to the Commission.  Apparently whoever
prepared the "Actions" sheet at the FCC figured that the standard
phrase "direct measurement" was a shorthand way of saying
"directions to the measuring (monitoring) points."  This is very
amusing, except perhaps to the person who had to piece together
what had happened.
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  DUTCH RESEARCHERS ADOPT ULTRA WIDE BAND FOR BODY NETWORKS
  Initial work is taking place on RF "body networks" where
miniature Ultra Wide Band (UWB) transmitters and receivers
(3-5 GHz), worn on or even in the human body, will communicate
over distances of 1 to 3 meters with data rates of between 0.3
and 3 Mbits per second.  For medical applications, UWB body
sensors could communicate with a belt-worn cellphone that would
relay the data to a doctor's office or data analysis point.
  http://tinyurl.com/c4xrc
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  MORE ON THE END OF WESTERN UNION TELEGRAMS - AND REBIRTH
  With the death of the Western Union telegram after a 150-
year run, Economist technology editor Tom Standage looks at the
timeline of Samuel Morse's involvement and contributions to the
technology that eventually spanned the globe.  Standage views
cellular short text messaging as the successor to the telegram,
and notes that Nokia handsets alert users to incoming messages
via an audio burst of Morse code signaling "SMS," or "short
message service."
  http://tinyurl.com/ab972
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  FRANK GRILL PASSES AWAY
  Thought you would like to know that Frank Grill (W6RZT)
passed away on January 22nd due to complications of diabetes.
He was 81.  There were no services and he was cremated with his
ashes to be dispersed by his wife Jean and their daughter at an
undisclosed location.  From shortly before and during WWII, Frank
served in the Merchant Marine and had a lifelong affinity for
boating.
  As I'm sure you are aware, Frank was transmitter supervisor
for Channel 9 in L.A. for a very long time.  Even after he retired
from Channel 9, he continued to work part time on Mt. Wilson for
several stations including KCOP(13) and KCET(28) until as recently
as a year or so ago.  From my own knowledge, he started working
for Channel 9 -- then KFI-TV -- at their Mt. Wilson site in 1947.
He worked there, nearly continuously, ever since except for a
period when the Chief Engineer died unexpectedly and he was named
Acting Chief until a permanent replacement could be found - a
period that lasted several months.
  Frank was a good professional friend and colleague and always
a true gentleman.  Condolences may be sent to his home:  2107
Armour Place, Glendale, CA 91208.
  Ken Miller, Retired Engineering Supervisor, K-EARTH 101
  Cottonwood, AZ
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  THE PARACHUTE DIAMOND
  This is impressive Internet video of 80+ parachute enthusiasts
creating a perfect airborne diamond.  Unconfirmed information sent
separately indicates that this jump was spearheaded by three
Kennedy Space Center engineers who helped set two new world
records in the parachuting sport of "canopy formation" on Nov. 25
and 26, 2005.  The 81-person diamond was followed by an 85-person
diamond formation, both record-setting events.  The dives are
said to have taken place over Lake Wales, Fla.
  http://www.break.com/index/chutediamond.html
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED,
  AND SOON AFTER GRANTED
  BLL-20060203AAH  KVRY-LP 124826 CALVARY CHAPEL OF SANTA BARBARA
              E    96.3 MHZ                 GOLETA, CA
  License to cover.
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20031219AUA   KNLA-LP  72270  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES....
                E     CHAN-27             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KNLA-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/23/2004
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