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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #1017
                  Saturday,  August 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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  HEADLINE NEWS IN THIS ISSUE
  o  The ever-popular SCFCC broadcast engineer's picnic
  is set for Tuesday, September 7 -- see Random Notes.
  o  Backup power to Mt. Wilson (the "33kV line") might be
  restored -- no one is saying for sure just yet.  One year
  has passed since the Station Fire began and that's the fire
  that destroyed the backup feed.  See The Mt. Wilson Report.
  o  The "Poster Man" of HD Radio, Tom Ray, has written
  a scathing HD article in Radio World entitled, "HD Radio
  Shouldn't Be This Hard."  See Random Notes.
  o  53 percent of those surveyed felt that the
  government's programs for broadband access should not
  be attempted or were "not too important" a priority.
  That story next.
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  FCC AND RELATED NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Nationwide broadband deployment is not too important --
  53 percent of those surveyed felt that the government's programs
  for broadband access should not be attempted or were "not too
  important" a priority.  Pew survey/Washington Post:
  http://tinyurl.com/JunkBroadband
  o  FCC permits Mobile TV receivers to be digital-only
 (no analog reception) so as to reduce costs:
  http://tinyurl.com/AnalogUnwelcome
  o  The FCC seeks public comment on the creation of a
  cyber-security road map:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1354A1.doc
  o  OET provides guidance on the recognition of Laboratory
  Accreditation Bodies.  The labs will test equipment for
  Part 2, 15 and 18 compliance:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1497A1.doc
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  FCC PRESSES FOR QUICK DECISIONS ON WIRELESS APPLICATIONS
  The FCC, in an Order on Reconsideration, declares that
State and local governments must act quickly on wireless siting
applications (90 days for co-locations and 150 days otherwise)
unless the reviewing government notifies the applicant of the
application's incompleteness within 30 days of receipt.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-144A1.doc
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  FCC PROMOTES FLEXIBILITY AND REDUCED COSTS FOR WIRELESS BACKHAUL
  The Commission has proposed to remove regulatory barriers
to the use of microwave spectrum for wireless backhaul.  Of
particular interest to broadcasters is the proposed elimination
of the "final link" rule.  If adopted, this change will make
the Part 101 frequencies much more useful to broadcasters.
See para. 21 at the second URL.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-300704A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-146A1.doc
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  LAW ENFORCEMENT WATCH
  o  FCC inspects a 948.0 MHz Aural STL and busts the
  licensee for parameters at variance:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-301058A1.html
  o  KCRU(FM), Oxnard, issued a NOV for "not monitoring the
  correct local primary [EAS] stations...":
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-301059A1.html
  o  Marijuana cultivation and money laundering allegations
  are tied to the licensee of FM Translator K273AF:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-147A1.doc
  o  Volcan Mountain near Julian is in the news for a major
  marijuana plant bust.  The mountain is also used as the
  transmitter site for KLVJ(FM), 100.1 MHz, Julian:
  http://tinyurl.com/PotPlantParadise
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  INVESTIGATING THE STATION FIRE
  The largest fire in the history of southern California was
the Station Fire according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.
They say the Station Fire ran from August 26 to October 16,
2009.  This is the fire that almost burnt over the communications
facilities on Mts. Wilson and Harvard, to say nothing of the
Mt. Wilson Observatories.
  According to the Press Telegram, the Forest Service has
plenty to hide, especially after revelations spilled out that
recordings of dispatch calls during the fire were withheld
from federal investigators:
  http://tinyurl.com/LostTapesSurface
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  AN EAR-WITNESS ACCOUNT
  "By the way, I was listening to most of those radio calls
and heard much of what really happened and it was far from what
they have been telling people....  I hope the truth comes out
one day."
  Mt. Wilson Broadcast Engineer
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  ORDERING FIRE FIGHTERS OFF WILSON AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR
  CGC has just received key e-mails concerning the Station
Fire and the attempt to remove firefighters from Mt. Wilson
as flames approached.  Without those firefighters in place,
Wilson could have easily become toast:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Wilson_Fire_Fighters.html
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  MAIN ROAD TO MT. WILSON LIKELY TO BE CLOSED UNTIL NOVEMBER
  According to the La Canada Valley Sun, the main road to Mt.
Wilson -- still under repair after the Station Fire -- is likely
to remain closed until November.  Of course, the next series of
storms could arrive just in time to close the road come November!
  As one broadcast engineer put it, 'What used to be a 45
minute drive is now a two hour drive with all the back roads
involved, so I have to have a list of things to do and can't
just run up to Wilson to do one thing.'
  http://tinyurl.com/AnglesCrestClosed
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  STATUS ON THE 33KV BACKUP POWER FEED TO MT. WILSON
  Broadcast engineers have been watching the activities of
Southern California Edison (SCE) and suspect that backup power
to Mt. Wilson via the "33kV line" may have been restored last
week.  No one is saying for sure just yet.  One official at SCE
told CGC on Friday afternoon, August 27, 2010, that an update
will be sent out "as soon as I receive the information."
  Dennis Doty writes, "...it appears that the feed up [to
Wilson] has been connected, the fuses look to be connected and
the jumpers are now connected.  In addition, the substation that
the line feeds on the north side of the hill has all new danger
and HV signs.  Par [Construction] has cleared almost everything
off of the hill and I have not seen any Par crews for a couple
days now.  I am assuming [the line is hot] and the SCE sales
Customer Service Reps are just not in the loop."
  It is now almost exactly one year from the date the Station
Fire began and brought incredible devastation to the vicinity
of Mt. Wilson.  Congratulations to SCE on their restoration
efforts.
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  MT. WILSON FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
  Stakeholders on and near Mt. Wilson who did not receive
an August 27 e-mail from Jim Sensenbach about reactivating the
Mt. Wilson Fire Safe Council should contact him at the e-dress
below.  The top of Wilson is ripe for a fire and the Council needs
to be pulled back together pronto.  (Perhaps this could become an
agenda item for the SCFCC Picnic on September 7.)
  Jim Sensenbach:   jsensenbach (at) UnivisionRadio.com
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  SCFCC ENGINEERS' PICNIC SET FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
  This year, the Southern California Frequency Coordinating
Committee (SCFCC) will hold its annual Christmas Party for
broadcast engineers on Tuesday, Sept. 7th, at 10 AM.  The
location: The NBC studios at 3000 W. Alameda Ave. in Burbank.
  We are unable to hold our business meeting and luncheon (the
"Party") on Mt. Wilson -- as we have done for over 25 years --
due to road closures but we hope to be back on Wilson next year.
  Details on the exact location at NBC will be sent soon.  We
must have an RSVP from ALL guests for security and food count.
We will again have the same BBQ Company providing lunch as we
have had in the past.
 
  Please RSVP to howard (at) pactv.com and include your name,
company, title, phone number and e-mail address.
  Thanks, Howard Fine, SCFCC
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  HD RADIO NEWS
  o  The "Poster Man" of HD Radio, Tom Ray, has written
  a scathing article in Radio World entitled, "HD Radio
  Shouldn't Be This Hard."  The rift between Tom and iBiquity
  must be monumental for this article to appear:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/104712
  o  iBiquity's Bob Struble is quick to respond to Tom's
  complaints with a carefully crafted statement.  We are told
  that Ray merely experienced a "bump in the road."
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/104836
  o  There are some nasty consequences of increasing FM HD
  power above the traditional -20 dBc level.  This article by
  Dave Hershberger of Continental Electronics is a real eye-
  opener for the uninitiated.  The FCC was sound asleep to
  have approved a blanket power boost for FM HD:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/105256
  o  Two FM stations in San Diego lost the feeds to their
  HD exciters and started broadcasting in what we might call
  the "four dead carrier mode" last week.  If your Harris HD
  exciter does this, get a software fix.  The following
  spectrogram and story from CGC #1004 explain the situation:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FourCarriers.doc
  o  Research report: Consumer shift to alternative digital
  media continues but HD Radio does not figure prominently in
  the shift:
  http://radioworld.com/article/104646
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  3-D TV NEWS
  o  Years may pass before 3-D reception is widely adopted
  at home by the public, but 3-D's ultimate dominance seems
  assured.  This article from IEEE Spectrum gives fascinating
  technical details on 3-D TV - important information on the
  state of this nascent technology:
  http://tinyurl.com/3D-Overview
  o  Sony and Toshiba are independently working on 3-D TVs
  that do not require special glasses, but high costs and
  technical hurdles remain:
  http://tinyurl.com/3Dglasses-free
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  GENERAL NOTES
  o  Consulting engineers get specific about FAA tower rules:
  http://radioworld.com/article/104764
  o  KCBQ(AM) monument to be dedicated today:
  http://tinyurl.com/KCBQmonument
  o  A new type of ground penetrating radar proposes to use
  "stepped frequency modulation" between 100 and 3,000 MHz using
  2 MHz steps.  The FCC is requesting Comments:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1551A1.doc
  o  Get a grant for researching the future use of broadcast
  spectrum:
  http://www.rwonline.com/blog/105124
  o  The Hantavirus (found in rodent droppings and urine) has
  been confirmed at a number of locations -- Palomar Mountain being
  the latest.  Be particularly careful during site cleanups:
  http://www.valleycenter.com/extra2.htm
  o  Doug Lung writes on meta materials and other approaches
  for improving indoor TV antenna reception:
  http://radioworld.com/article/105180
  o  Kevin Douglass, former Clear Channel Regional Engineering
  Director, is leaving Hawaii and heading for Sacramento:
  http://radioworld.com/article/105448
  o  Stan Chambers retires from KTLA News at age 87:
  http://tinyurl.com/Stan-KTLA
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  BURNING MAN CELL SERVICE
  Kestrel Signal Processing, Inc. is providing free cellular
coverage to the Burning Man annual "event" in the Black Rock
Desert in northern Nevada.  The FCC has granted an Experimental
STA for the relay station that should be operational now:
  http://openbts.sourceforge.net/FieldTest3/STAGrant.pdf
  http://pagalegba2010.wikispaces.com/FAQ
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  ELLIOTT KURT KLEIN PASSES AWAY -- MEMORIES ABOUND
  Elliott Klein, K7ER, a well known broadcast engineering
consultant based in the Phoenix area, passed away on August 1,
2010 at his home in Paradise Valley, AZ.  Judging from the
number of letters received, he will be missed by many.
  Memorial services for Elliott were held August 10 in
Phoenix.  (CGC regrets not being able to publish a special-
edition newsletter at the time of his passing.)  Letters and
stories on Elliott follow:
  An open letter from Terry Gaiser:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Elliot_Klein.html
  Obituary from AzCentral.com:
  http://tinyurl.com/ElliottKleinObit
  The Leslie Report on Elliott Klein:
  http://radioworld.com/article/104748
  L.A. Radio on Elliott:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Klein%20from%20laradio.com.html
  RBR brief on Elliott:
  http://www.rbr.com/radio/26377.html
  Radio Ink brief on Elliott:
  http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=1900144&spid=30800
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  A DELAY IN THE KATY VS. KRTH CASE
  Elliott Klein was the consulting radio engineer for KATY
in its case concerning alleged FM HD Radio interference from
superpowered KRTH.  There will undoubtedly be a delay in that
case as another consultant is appointed.
  http://radioworld.com/article/104750
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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 post new thoughts.  Recent postings
include:
  o  More on femtocells -- desktop cell towers you can use
  to improve cell coverage.
  o  Many green lasers can be an eye hazard because of intense
  infrared radiation "powerful enough to cause retinal damage
  to an individual before he or she is aware of the invisible
  light."
  o  FCC allows too much RFI; mysterious signal at 515 kHz
  continues.
  o  Sierra Madre's 1630 kHz Travelers Information Station
  is on the air.
  See the details at the URL below.
  If you have questions concerning the Tech Letters Website,
give Steve Blodgett a shout: sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com.
CGC sincerely appreciates his help.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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                          HAM RADIO NEWS
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  NEW DISTANCE RECORD FOR 10 GHz -- 1,675 MILES
  The Radio Society of Great Britain reports that a new world
distance record on 10 GHz has been set.  It happened on July 10
between the Cape Verde Islands and southern Portugal with a
SSB QSO.
  The former 10 GHz record was 1,286 miles (2,070 km).
  The new record is 1,675 miles (2,696 km).
  (Edited from Amateur Radio Newsline for August 6, 2010)
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  MILDLY OFF TOPIC
  o  Transmitter Dogs: The animals that faithfully serve us:
  http://radioworld.com/article/105620
  o  "No Lie MRI" fails to work well as a lie detector:
  http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/imaging/mri-lie-detectors/1
  o  A year from now, Motorola will be broken up and a mere
  shadow of its former self (7 minute podcast):
  http://tinyurl.com/MotorolaBreakup
  o  Advertisers are watching every Web move you make by
  installing tracking software on your computer:
  http://tinyurl.com/WebSpyEye
  o  About the man who loves vintage radio receivers and
  has 1200 of them on display in his home/museum:
  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11035689
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  SALSA CALIENTE CON GRITA
  o  This is really cute.  It's a video puzzle.  Start by taking
  all the puzzle pieces out of the box.  Then drag the pieces one-
  by-one back inside the box to make a complete picture:
  http://www.brl.ntt.co.jp/people/hara/fly.swf
  o  Talking head: This animated figure will read aloud the
  text you type.  Just for fun, move your cursor around the
  animation and watch as the eyes follow:
  http://tinyurl.com/Text-to-Talk
  o  Model helicopter, six rotor, with GPS positioning
  (German video, 10+ minutes).  Includes position holding
  and load carrying experiments.  This is one hot invention:
  http://tinyurl.com/GPS-Helicopter
  o  "Continuous Chest Compression CPR."  University of Arizona
  Sarver Heart Center video featuring an important new (and
  simplified) CPR technique (7 minute video):
  http://tinyurl.com/2g46m44
  o  Hillside collapse in Italy caught on video.  Note how
  the landslide resembles flowing water:
  http://tinyurl.com/ItalyLandslide
  o  88 year old lady mayor in Canada presides over a debt-
  free city.  You'll love this video:
  http://www.wimp.com/bestmayor
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