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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #1013
                    Monday,  June 28, 2010
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
               <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
   Copyright 2010, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  ON THE CELLULARIZATION OF BROADCAST TV
  o  Regarding the FCC's attempt to cannibalize TV spectrum
  and the possible "cellularization" of over-the-air broadcast TV:
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2010/06/09/daily.6/
  o  SBE squawks loudly (and rightfully so) when not invited
  to the FCC's engineering workshops concerning the TV spectrum
  grab:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/SBE_critical_of_FCC_forum.html
  o  The FCC relents and invites SBE:
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2010/06/24/daily.2/
  o  FCC announces "further details" for its June 25, 2010
  Broadcast Engineering Forum to rip the over-the-air TV
  broadcast band apart.  The workshops themselves are closed
  to the public.  No transparency here:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-298887A1.pdf
  o  Deborah McAdams takes the FCC to task for its TV
  spectrum grab and concludes that, "Chairman Genachowski
  could serve the FCC and the public far better with less
  rhetoric and more science:"
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/blog/102278
  o  It will be interesting to watch the trade press for
  reports on the outcome of the spectrum reclamation engineering
  conference.  Seems like there are two chess games going on.
  One is on top of the table; the other is underneath.
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  GENERAL FCC NEWS
  o  The Commission is looking toward a major rewrite of the
  Part 95 Rules covering CB, Family Radio, GMRS, Radio Remote
  Control (R/C), medical telemetry and miscellaneous other
  services:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-106A1.doc
  o  Amendment of FCC Rules re broadband access, educational
  and other services in the 2150-2162 and 2500-2690 MHz bands:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-107A1.doc
  o  The FCC has laid out details for a nationwide mobile
  public safety broadband network:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-298800A1.doc
  o  The FCC wants to learn about uses of the 1675-1710 MHz band
  by non-federal entities:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1035A1.doc
  o  FCC Tip Sheets:  Wireless World Travel Made Simple (but it
  often isn't simple):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-298892A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-298907A1.doc
  o  Environmental Assessment by KCAL(AM), Redlands, Accepted for
  Filing:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1120A1.doc
  o  The FCC has allowed an electric utility to share the use
  of the State of Colorado's 800 MHz trunked public safety radio
  system:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1152A1.doc
  o  The the FCC and the FDA want to determine the regulatory
  impact of health care devices that use RF:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1071A1.doc
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  700 MHZ ADVISORY - USERS URGED TO CHECK THEIR EQUIPMENT
  The FCC has issued an Enforcement Advisory stating that
wireless microphones and similar devices are now prohibited
to operate in the 700 MHz band (specifically 698 to 806 MHz).
The band is being cleared for new users.
  Devices similar to wireless microphones are also prohibited
in the 700 MHz band as of June 12.  These devices include wireless
intercoms, wireless in-ear monitors ("IEM"), wireless audio
instrument links, and wireless cueing equipment (aka "IFB").
  Again, wireless microphones and similar devices are now
prohibited in the 698 to 806 MHz band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1053A1.pdf
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  Churches scramble to meet FCC rules on wireless mics:
  http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/7035121.html
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  FCC INTERNET NEWS
  o  Check your Internet speed, latency and jitter by visiting
  this government-sponsored site.  Under the heading "Consumer
  Broadband Test," click on "Test My Broadband Speed Now:"
  http://www.broadband.gov/
  o  FCC survey finds 4 out of 5 Americans don't know their
  broadband speeds.  Wanted: 10,000 volunteers:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-298525A1.doc
  o  FCC Spectrum Task Force announces plan to pry out
  additional spectrum for Mobile Broadband:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-298880A1.doc
  o  FCC seeks comments on how to measure mobile broadband
  network performance and coverage:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-988A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH
  o  Fox Television Stations have been issued a Notice of
  Apparent Liability for $25,000 for failure to respond to
  an Enforcement Bureau Letter of Inquiry:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-995A1.doc
  o  Determined parties can drag out a license revocation
  case for a long time but probably not forever (re Kay & Soble,
  800 MHz, Los Angeles):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-104A1.doc
  o  Pirate operation on 101.1 MHz busted in Santa Cruz:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-298648A1.html
  o  The pirate in Suite 2A:
  http://radioworld.com/article/102284
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORTS
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  REBUILDING THE MT. WILSON BACKUP POWER LINE
  The following letter from Southern California Edison's
Cynthia Martin discusses the efforts to rebuild the 33 kV backup
power line to Mt. Wilson.  This is the line that was destroyed
by the Station Fire.
  Although the letter is dated June 18, 2010, it appears that
portions were written much earlier, making interesting reading.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/33kv_wilson_recon.html
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  THE DENNIS DOTY REPORT
  On Thursday, I noted a great deal of work on the power line
from Red Box to Mt. Wilson.  PAR was running a chopper all day
up and down the hill with gear and stuff.  I assume that PAR was
selected for that work because of the flurry of activity.
  In other news, I noted by the Pavilion near the Observatory
a sign that says, "Cosmic Café."  Have not checked out the new
eatery yet.
  The Fourth of July is usually nuts up here with the public
wanting to watch fireworks over the entire L.A. basin.  If you
have to come up, be very careful.  We get a ton of idiots who
are drinking and disregarding the yellow line.
  Have a safe Fourth.  See you next month.
  Dennis R. Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  June 27, 2010
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST
  o  An electrical "arc flash" can put employees in the burn
  ward or cause instant death.  Find out about compliance with
  OSHA and NFPA 70E arc flash safety requirements:
  http://www.arcflashconsultants.com/
  o  The SCFCC "Christmas Party" is postponed.  If you received
  a private e-mail announcing that the SCFCC's annual business
  meeting and gala luncheon for broadcast engineers would be held
  on July 7, 2010 at KNBC, pay no heed.  The event has been
  postponed and a new date has yet to be set.
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  RADIO NEWS BRIEFS
  o  KATY's FCC attorney, John McVeigh, has put together a
  detailed technical explanation of why the HD Radio operation
  at KRTH is negatively impacting KATY's analog listeners:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KATY-KRTH_mcveigh.pdf
  o  A spokeswoman for CBS Radio (owner of KRTH) says that CBS
  "would be filing its response to [KATY's] petition shortly:"
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/2010_06_22_16_43_42.pdf
  o  In the CGC Communicator's opinion, it would be extremely
  helpful if the FCC required KRTH to turn their HD Radio
  transmitter on and off while KATY, KRTH and the FCC witnessed
  the impact on KATY's analog reception.
  o  One broadcast CEO believes the FCC should mandate the
  use of FM IBOC asymmetrical sidebands to protect nearby analog
  Class A signals:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/101962
  o  Clear Channel, CBS, iBiquity and others have reiterated
  their support for the blanket FM HD Radio power increase
  recently approved by the Commission:
  http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=1840609&spid=24698
  o  NPR to FCC: Don't overturn the FM IBOC power increase:
  http://radioworld.com/article/101816
  o  Car radios are increasingly being used for everything
  but radio:
  http://www.rwonline.com/blog/102014
  o  Canadian broadcasters start turning off their digital
  audio broadcasting transmitters:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/102542
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  TELEVISION NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Gary Stigall, who recently left XETV, Channel 6, San Diego,
  has become Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for TV Magic.  As
  such, he will oversee all of their technical efforts.  Gary
  writes that he is, "pretty excited about both the new challenge
  and working with old friends." This should be one wonderful job!
  o  Mobile DTV is clicking with viewers in the Washington, D.C.,
  trial:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobTVgainsTraction
  http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2010/06/post_52.html
  o  FCC Commissioner Baker at the TV White Spaces Summit --
  remarks entitled, "Maintaining a Spotlight on TV White Spaces
  Progress:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-298832A1.doc
  o  FCC announces the modification of its television
  interference analysis program:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1082A1.doc
  o  TV loudness bill passes Senate Commerce Committee:
  http://tinyurl.com/24p3lrz
  o  "ATSC Digital On-Channel Repeaters at NAB Show" by Doug Lung:
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/101436
  o  Update on the company being established to aggregate
  Mobile TV programming:
  http://tinyurl.com/NewTVventure
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  AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE NEW KFI(AM) TOWER
  Google Maps has been updating their aerial photos and KFI's
  new tower with its capacitive top hat is now visible:
  1. Go to: http://maps.google.com/
  2. In the Google maps search box put: 33 52 47N, 118 00 50W
  3. Hit the Search Maps button and the main KFI tower will
  appear in about the center of the page (look for the circular
  fenced antenna yard).
  4. Push the slider bar in the upper left corner of the
  page toward the "+" sign for an enlarged view.
  5. To the left of the main KFI tower but before Trojan Way
  is a smaller circular yard, and centered in that yard is
  KFI's aux tower and white colored tuning house (look closely).
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  MISCELLANEOUS NEWS BRIEFS
  o  RFI, probably military in nature, impacts San Diego
  coastal folks:
  http://tinyurl.com/Military-RFI
  o  A look back at the fabulous career of Arno Meyer of
  Belar Electronics:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/102488
  o  The legendary John Neff dies at 87:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/102380
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS
  Please use a Website called Tech Letters to comment on
CGC Communicator stories or bring up new topics for discussion.
Recent postings include:
  June 1  -  Radio frequency safety issues
  and SmartMeters.
  June 2  -  Cameron Broadcasting (Kingman, AZ)
  studio facilities burned to the ground.
  June 17  -  Job opening in Tucson
  (D.O.E. -  Radio).
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
  Questions or problems with the Website?  Just write to
  Steve Blodgett at sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com.
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                       AMATEUR RADIO NEWS
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  SUNSPOT DISCOVERY
  The 11-year sunspot cycle appears to be heavily influenced
by the positions of Uranus and Neptune.  This discovery makes
solar cycle predictions possible and indicates that solar cycles
24 & 25 will have "heavily reduced sunspot activity" and therefore
disappointing HF DX opportunities.  We are currently in solar
cycle 24.
  http://arxiv.org/abs/1005.5303v1
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  RADIO RECORDS:  FIRST TWO WAY CONTACT MADE ON 8.97 KHZ
  What is believed to be the first Amateur Radio two-way contact
on 8.97 kHz using truly radiated fields took place on Friday,
June 4, 2010, between DJ2LF and DF6NM.  The distance was 20.2 km.
  Both DJ2LF and DF6NM were using small backyard Marconi
antennas for transmit and receive.  DJ2LF antenna had an estimated
effective height of about 5 meters while DF6NM was at about
7 meters.  Both had an effective radiated power of about five
microwatts using 100 watt car radio amplifiers as transmitters.
A computer and sound card with no preamplifier served each 
station as a receiver.
  Both stations employed a special "micro-QSO" format.  This
system is designed to exchange the minimum single-bit report and
confirmation in only three turnovers, each containing a single
dash.  Station identification was by frequency alone.  (DF6NM)
  Amateur Radio Newsline" Report 1714 - June 18, 2010
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  HAM NEWS BRIEFS
  o  "Hams may save us when the Big One hits:"
  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ham-252779-radio-spencer.html
  o  The FCC has issued an experimental permit for PCN
  Technology Inc. "to operate in 3-30 MHz to conduct a Broadband
  on Power Lines (BPL) communication demonstration" in San Diego.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-299000A1.doc
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  How some enemy aircraft were detected before the
  invention of Radar:
  http://tinyurl.com/BigAcousticEars
  o  Modern Russian trucking:
  http://www.flixxy.com/ural-4320-off-road-6x6-truck.htm
  o  Israeli fire escape video, something you won't soon forget:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w1h12UfhnA
  o  Repairing satellites and even exploring outer space may
  one day be done by robots:
  http://tinyurl.com/RobotsInSpace
  o  The 25 most striking covers on IEEE Spectrum magazine
  (use the arrows):
  http://tinyurl.com/Most-Striking
  o  Moving the 200-inch mirror from Caltech in Pasadena to
  the top of Palomar Mountain -- Part One of a two part series:
  http://tinyurl.com/MovingTheGiantEye
  o  Automated weather reports are now available from the
  High Point Fire Lookout Tower on Palomar Mountain:
  http://aprs.fi/weather/KF6ILA-10 (Weather station data)
  http://www.socalfirelookouts.org/page3.html (Lookout info)
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  THE HYPER LIGHT SPEED ANTENNA
  Here is a patented invention that claims to take advantage
of a "new dimension" capable of sending RF signals faster than
the speed of light (among other very useful things such as
accelerating plant growth).  See for yourself at the following
URL and call us when you have a working prototype:
  http://tinyurl.com/2de8wa9
  Where have all the patent examiners gone?
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