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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #1015
                    Saturday,  July 31, 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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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Jessell -- Experts have spoken, the FCC's TV spectrum
  grab won't work:
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2010/07/09/daily.5/
  o  Doug Lung's view on same:
  http://tvtechnology.com/article/102898
  o  FCC begins proceeding to wrestle 90 MHz of prime spectrum
  from the Mobile Satellite Service in three bands -- the 2 GHz
  band, the Big LEO band and the L-band:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-299795A1.doc
  o  FCC to initiate a commercial spectrum inventory (something
  they should have done a long time ago):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-299781A1.doc
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/103442
  o  The FAA has revised its regulations governing "objects
  that may affect the navigable airspace."  The Rules have not
  been modified in decades.  Next on the agenda is RFI from
  FM stations that impact aeronautical communications:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FAA_Mods.htm
  o  Commission seeks comments re Satellite Home Viewer Extension 
  Act (prediction of DTV field strengths, etc.):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-133A1.doc
  o  The FCC indicates that it has made "non-substantive editorial
  revisions" to the Table of Frequency Allocations and to various
  other items in Rules Parts 1, 2, 15, 25, 73 & 90:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-762A1.doc
  o  FCC permits the manufacture and importation of Mobile TV
  receivers that do not pick up analog signals provided consumers
  are adequately warned:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1313A1.doc
  o  Initiation of nationwide, first-come, first-served digital
  licensing for LPTV and TV translator services postponed until
  further notice (June 28 announcement):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1168A1.doc
  o  FCC launches a Consumer Help Center that puts consumers
  "within one click of all the information they want" from
  the FCC.  (Of course, the FCC did similar things earlier by
  listing consumer items on their home page and by launching
  fccinfo@fcc.gov.   -Ed.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-300333A1.doc
  o  Introducing the FCC's Chief Data Officers who will manage
  the Commission's data.  Another new post is that of Geographic
  Information Officer to track the nation's broadband rollout:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-299269A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1195A1.doc
  o  Data consolidation could corrupt broadcast databases (again):
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/103828
  o  800 MHz rebanding negotiation period extended for Wave 4
  NPSPAC and Non-NPSPAC licensees along the U.S./Mexican border:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1229A1.doc
  o  FCC eliminates certain interim narrowbanding deadlines for
  public safety and commercial licensees in the 150-174 and 421-
  512 MHz bands:
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2010/db0630/DOC-299410A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2010/db0630/FCC-10-119A1.doc
  o  FCC is the "most improved" federal agency from an
  employee satisfaction standpoint (government survey):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-299718A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH
  o  KSIQ(FM), Campo, and KSIQ-FM1 booster, Santee, cited
  for programming the booster while the primary station "was
  transmitting no programming" -- a clear Rule violation.  (See
  CGC #1011, Radio News Briefs, for background story on KSIQ):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-299105A1.html
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2010/cgc1011.htm
  o  KSIQ(FM) update, early-July:  A Radio-Info posting
  indicates that KSIQ/Campo is back on the air with modulation
  but with low fidelity and greatly reduced power.  -Ed.
 
  o  KYXY(FM), KSCF(FM) and KSDO(AM), San Diego, cited
  for EAS failures over a three month period:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-299106A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-299107A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-299108A1.html
  o  KODV(FM), Barstow, issued a Notice of Violation for
  numerous EAS violations.  KODV is the parent to K205DZ, an
  FM translator with two output antennas, one of which has a
  habit of "blowing around" until it points where it shouldn't
  -- namely toward San Bernardino and Riverside:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-299874A1.html
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2009/cgc926.htm
  o  Univision Radio pays $1 million to resolve payola issue:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-300325A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-45A1.doc
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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT FROM DENNIS DOTY
  One biologist involved in a road accident; another found
dead at a different location....  Dangerous driving by an Edison
power line contractor....  Brush clearance needed now.
Lost tourists.  Details at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Doty_rpt_Jul_2010.html
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  UPDATE
  The KABC(TV) Website reports as follows:
  The fast-moving 13,000-acre Crown Fire near Palmdale has
"knocked out a sheriff's department communication tower at
Hauser Peak.  It affected the Lancaster and Palmdale sheriff's
stations, which have no radio communications with their crews.
[However,] they are able to communicate via computer messaging
and phone."
  This incident underscores the need for all of us to jump
on the brush clearance issue now.
  Dennis Doty, July 30, 2010
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  INTRODUCING THE COSMIC CAFE
  Years ago, there was a public snack bar at the Pavilion
building on Mt Wilson.  Now, it's back in operation with "a great
variety of fresh made sandwiches" according to the new operator
who adds that they "also have 'killer' hot dogs, chips, coleslaw,
chili, soups, ice cream, soft drinks, sports drinks, coffee,
ice tea, etc."  The sandwiches are said to be "quite good,"
the hot dogs "huge" and they even have "insect repellant
towelettes" for a buck.
  Right now, the Cosmic Cafe is testing the market and is open
on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM.  If the demand
dictates, the days and hours will be expanded.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/cafe.html
  (Click on images for enlargements)
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Cosmic_Cafe_P_Rel.pdf  (Text)
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  RAY GRIMES STARTS A NEW VENTURE
  Ray Grimes, N8RG, has recently opened a telecommunications
consulting business specializing in 800 MHz Rebanding, FCC and
FAA regulatory issues and compliance, RFI, EME Safety, tele-
communications zoning, telecommunications site development, site
facility disaster hardening and risk management, and products
and systems procurement RFP/RFQ/RFI.
  Ray was most recently employed by the County of Orange, CA,
Sheriff's Department as Assistant Director, Engineering Section,
Communications Division.  He was previously a Senior Staff
Engineer for Motorola, Inc., International Network Services,
assigned to the development of the Sprint-Nextel iDEN system
and similar iDEN systems globally.
  Ray has worked closely with CGC on a technically sophisticated
project and he's a top notch engineer.  You may visit his Web
site at:
  http://www.pegasustelecom.net/
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE DINNER MEETING SET FOR AUGUST 10
  Topic: Hum, buzz and ground loops.
  Time and location: 6:30 PM, Holiday Inn Media Center, Burbank.
  For full information including RSVP instructions:
  http://www.sbe47.org/
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  KRTH RESPONDS TO KATY'S HD RADIO INTERFERENCE COMPLAINT
  The next chapter in KATY vs. KRTH has unfolded.  As you may
recall, KATY-FM, 101.3 MHz, Idyllwild, is reportedly receiving
destructive interference inside its 60 dBu contour from the upper
HD Radio (IBOC) sideband transmitted by superpowered KRTH,
101.1 MHz, Los Angeles.
  Now, KRTH has responded to KATY's allegations and has
termed KATY's complaint as "fatally defective."  Yet the audio
recordings made on behalf of KRTH sound similar to those made
by KATY according to one observer familiar with the case, so
it would seem that field tests are in order.
  As we wrote earlier in the CGC Communicator, "...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" inside KATY's 60 dBu contour.
That should not be too much to ask to determine whether
significant interference exists.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/CBS_Response.pdf
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  RADIO NEWS BRIEF
  o  The second harmonic of a 950 MHz aural STL transmitter
  falls on 1900 MHz and that can contaminate the PCS (cell phone)
  band.  Here's one such story:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/102992
  http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/data/bandplans/pcsband.pdf
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  TV NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Case study:  Most people (63%) watch Mobile TV while
  "on the go."  Viewer comment: 'Look how sharp the picture is
  (and) you don't get pixelization or the loading time you have
  with normal streamed video:'
  http://tinyurl.com/MobileTVstats
  o  Qualcomm is looking into alternatives for its mobile TV
  business FLO TV (formerly MediaFlo).  The business (essentially
  all pay TV) has been unprofitable and difficult:
  http://tinyurl.com/FloTVunprofitable
  o  Fascinating interview with John Malone of cable TV fame
  (Wall St. Journal, subscription required):
  http://tinyurl.com/JohnMalone
  o  Sprint Nextel said to have completed BAS transition:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/103756
  o  "Depth ringing" and "cardboarding" are some of the new
  terms in the 3D era:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/104106
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  ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST
  o  Hammett & Edison, consulting radio engineers, has been
  acquired by Pacific Venture:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/103068
  o  Here is a well written newsletter with significant
  tower news, coverage of tower catastrophes, copper theft, etc.:
  http://www.wirelessestimator.com/breaking_news.cfm#Thefts
  o  Conventional dry cell batteries have plus and minus
  terminals and must be installed accordingly.  A new fangled
  dry cell and cell socket are "genderless" so the battery may
  be inserted either way:
  http://www.tinyurl.com/2g9onmc
  o  USB connectors can only go into conventional USB sockets
  right side up.  A new socket allows the connectors to go in
  either way:
  http://tinyurl.com/EitherSideUpUSB
  o  Advanced video compression is unlikely to free up TV
  spectrum for broadband, at least anytime soon:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/102616
  o  The 60th Annual IEEE Broadcast Symposium will be held
  at the Westin Hotel on October 20-22 in historic Alexandria,
  Virginia:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/BTS_Symposiium_20101.doc
  o  Perceived RFR dangers pit the public against new cell
  towers:
  http://tinyurl.com/CellBacklash
  o  The femtocell -- a desktop cell tower of your very own:
  http://tinyurl.com/Femtocelly
  o  A new report on the health effects of the Vatican's
  shortwave transmitters is raising controversy over the
  methodology used in the report:
  http://tinyurl.com/VaticanRFRupdate
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  THE TRANS-CATALINA TRAIL
  A message from KBRT's Transmitter Chief Bill Agresta:
  "The Catalina Island Conservancy has opened a trail called
"The Trans-Catalina Trail" that runs right behind our tower
field just feet from our back fence line.  This gets me on my
feet once in a while as it is hard to tell from our building
if the hikers are inside our fence and near our towers."
See page 13 at:
  http://tinyurl.com/KBRT-Hiking-Trail
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  TRANSITIONS
  o  Ben Hopkins, a well know engineer who designed,
  manufactured and oversaw the installation of some of the
  largest broadcast towers in our area, has passed away at
  age 90:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Obit/hopkins.html
  o  Steve Hopkins -- Ben Hopkins' son -- continues in the
  communications business by selling a number of very popular
  and useful communications site accessories via his company
  Comsite Hardware, Inc.:
  http://www.comsitehardware.com/products.asp
  o  Colleagues remember Emil Torick:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/103138
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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 to bring up new topics.  Recent postings
include:
  o  Strange AM signal at night (510-520 kHz)
  o  TV maintenance job opening in Phoenix
  o  Part time (weekend) radio engineer wanted in Phoenix
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
  Questions or problems with the Tech Letters Website?  Just
  write to Steve Blodgett:   sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com.
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                          HAM RADIO NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC permits ham employees to participate in disaster
  drills:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FCC_Ham_Change.html
  o  ARRL argues that an Oklahoma town's RFI ordinance
  is "Null and Void:"
  http://tinyurl.com/NullAndVoid
  o  Larry Baysinger, W4EJA, accomplished an amazing feat
  in 1969.  He detected radio transmissions from the Apollo 11
  astronauts on the lunar surface using homemade gear:
  http://www.arrl.org/eavesdropping-on-apollo-11
  o  International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend will be held
  August 21-22, 2010.  Amateur Radio Newsline adds that there
  will even be a time-ball tower on-the-air this year:
  http://www.illw.net/
  o  How Ham Radio comes through when the chips are down:
  http://tinyurl.com/ReliableHams
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  When wind turbines go bad:
  http://tinyurl.com/BadTurbines
  o  Why mess with commercial power tubes when you can roll
  your own?  This delightful 17 minute French video shows how:
  http://tinyurl.com/YourOwnTriode
  o  Scientifically significant radio astronomy can be
  achieved with modest backyard observatories:
  http://www.britastro.org/radio/beginning.html
  o  Here's a new "front end" for Google's Street View
  program.  Enter an address, get a picture of same:
  http://www.vpike.com/
  o  A radio newsstand paperweight, circa 1922 (N.Y. Times):
  http://tinyurl.com/RadioPaperweight
  o  How viewers can tune in their favorite shows with
  no cable or satellite bill:
  http://tinyurl.com/AlternateTV
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  o  Here is the second and final installment on moving
  the 200-inch mirror from Caltech in Pasadena to the top
  of Palomar Mountain:
  http://tinyurl.com/MovingTheGiantEye-2
  o  Hand signals are fast disappearing on stock market
  trading floors as automation takes hold.  Here's how the
  mysterious signals work:
  http://tradingpithistory.com/history.html
  http://tinyurl.com/StupidSignal
  o  Haiti shows the U.S. how to achieve full employment
  by using humans to replace machines:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/buckets1.wmv
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Bricks1.wmv
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/shoveling1.wmv
  o  Humans and machines work together in the construction
  of railroad tracks:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFE8nmKpmXY
  o  Space Shuttle time-lapse video, cool stuff, 4 minutes:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=KZrFC988Thc
  o  Nice movie of the second largest aquarium in the world
  (full screen 720p viewing recommended):
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw&NR=1&feature=fvwp
  o  Baby bots, the latest rage:
  http://spectrum.ieee.org/image/1628490
  o  Business Telephone Directory Service free from Google:
  1-800-goog411 or 1-800-466-4411.
  o  A golfing prodigy you won't soon forget:
  http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1197420
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