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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #1022
                   Monday, October 11, 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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  SENATE BACKS HOUSE ON TV VOLUME LAW
  The United States Senate unanimously passed a bill late
Wednesday, September 27th, to require television stations and
cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the
programs they interrupt.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, requires the FCC to adopt
its recommendations as regulations within a year and begin
enforcing them a year later.
  The House of Representatives had already passed similar
legislation.  Before it can become law, minor differences between
the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to
Washington after the November 2nd elections.
  Oh yes, the title of this law is the Commercial Advertisement
Loudness Mitigation Act, better known by the acronym CALM.
  [Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1730 - October 8, 2010]
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Important notes on CAP, EAS, National EAS Test, Mobile
  Alert, National Broadband Plan, Disaster Reporting System.
  These are notes concerning Lisa Fowlkes' comments at the Radio
  Show.  Ms. Fowlkes is Deputy Chief of the FCC's Public Safety
  and Homeland Security Bureau:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/107520
  o  FCC adopts cost-sharing rules for 2 GHz broadcast
  auxiliary spectrum relocation (detailed financial discussions)
  plus other issues:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-179A1.doc
  o  The FCC will hold a hands-on demonstration of its
  prototype Consolidated Licensing System (CLS) on October 14
  in Washington, D.C.  People who routinely file radio and TV
  broadcast applications are wanted to shake the system down:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1938A1.doc
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  LOCAL FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
  No recent FCC enforcement actions have been posted for
southern California, but we do see an inspection trend in Arizona.
  When EAS events are not sent or received, stations sometimes
forget to explain the failures in their written records and that
lack of explanation is a rule violation in itself:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-301925A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-301926A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-301927A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  MOUNTAIN NEWS FROM DENNIS DOTY
  Well the "road issue" is the main topic on Wilson these days.
I have been told by a number of CalTrans staff that the opening
of S2 (the main road from La Canada) has been delayed until
Jan 2011.  I was told it was related to the budget mess but
have no confirmation from any CalTrans official.  ABC7 confirms
that the opening is delayed until 2011.
  Last weeks rain brought a few good rock slides and a loader
was required to clear both S2 east of Red Box Rd. and on Red Box
Rd. itself.  Also, the Toll Road is in bad shape from last weeks
two inches of rain up here.
  SCE power on the new line to Wilson has been pretty reliable.
We did take one hit during the storms -- a brief outage that
started the generators but I suspect most stations did not
transfer to generator power.
  We are getting more and more visitors up here and the
Observatory Café looks to be doing well.
  We had one visitor air lifted from the Observatory due to
a possible heart attack, and another from Red Box for an unknown
reason in the last month.  The Red Box rescue was first dispatched
to Mt. Wilson but after not being able to locate a victim here it
was realized that he was at Red Box and the crew was redirected.
  Wishing all of you good health and straight and direct roads!
  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  October 10, 2010
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12
  The next Los Angeles SBE meeting will cover the building
of a modern AM transmitter plant and the meeting will take place
at the 710 kHz KSPN transmitter plant in Valley Village, North
Hollywood.  Talks will be given by Tom King of Kintronic Labs
and Frank Raymo of Broadcast Design & Construction.
  5:00 PM -- Tours, Discussion and Lite Dinner (Free)
  6:30 PM -- Meeting/Presentation
  More details are posted here including RSVP instructions:
  http://sbe47.org/
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  MT. LEE
  High above the big HOLLYWOOD sign in Los Angeles is an
important communications site known as Mt. Lee.  It was a
broadcast site in the early days of TV but is now a very impor-
tant radio communications hub for the City of Los Angeles.
  Cliff Wesler, K6CEO, shares his personal experiences
with this special place (first URL) and it's a story well worth
reading.  For an exquisite picture of the site, see the
second URL.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Mt_Lee_Story.html
  http://tinyurl.com/MtLeeRainbowLightning
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  KBRT(AM) IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY MOVING OFF CATALINA ISLAND
  This month, we learn more about the mysterious "Island
Factor" that makes life so unpredictable and tough on Catalina
Island.  Fortunately, KBRT(AM) will be moving off the Island to
the old KPLS(AM) transmitter site in the Santa Ana Mountains and
that should bring Chief Engineer Bill Agresta some much needed
relief -- but also a new set of challenges.
  Check out pdf page 9 at:
  http://tinyurl.com/KBRT-IslandFactor
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  SAN DIEGO LAWSUIT FILED BY JOHN LYNCH
  Longtime San Diego radio entrepreneur John Lynch has filed
suit in San Diego alleging that he and his daughter were fired
from the company he founded, Broadcast Company of the Americas,
after being taken advantage of by other investors including
the Viejas Tribe:
  http://tinyurl.com/JohnLynch-Lawsuit
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  GENERAL NOTES
  o  CAP deadline (an EAS issue) is less than 180 days away:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/107210
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/107386
  o  The Los Angeles Regional Communications System (LA-RICS)
  Authority will develop and deploy the LA-Safety Net, a public
  safety broadband network to enhance communication between all
  emergency responders in the L.A. region:
  http://www.la-rics.org/
  o  New and very tough restrictions on building cell phone
  towers have been adopted by Hempstead, NY:
  http://tinyurl.com/ToughOnCellTowers
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  TV NOTES
  o  Qualcomm scales back FloTV:
  http://tinyurl.com/AttenuatingTheFlo
  o  Nine parties vie to manage the White Spaces database:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/106970
  o  Special report on TV White Spaces rules:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/106982
  o  Is there room for White Space devices?  Article by
  Doug Lung:
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/107196
  o  View the White Space channels available at your address:
  http://tinyurl.com/WhiteSpaceFinder
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  MOBILE TV CONTINUES TO HOLD PROMISE
  The Mobile TV trial in Washington, D.C. is yielding some
interesting results.  Among the feedback gleaned from comments
filed by the digital guinea pigs is that 1) live, local news is
a big draw;  2) viewing is heaviest during the work week;
3) mobile viewing includes commuting, lunch breaks, the
supermarket and even the doctor's office.
  http://tinyurl.com/MobileTVresults
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  RADIO NOTES
  o  The idea of creating a new FM band in TV Channels 5 & 6
  is slowly gaining acceptance.  Bert Goldman on the issue:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/106986
  o  RBDS alert messaging gains stations:
  http://radioworld.com/article/107082
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  HD RADIO NEWS
  o  The law firm of Keefe Bartels, LLC, wants to hear from
  consumers on their HD radio vehicle "issues."  The following
  Web page makes interesting reading even if you are inside
  the radio industry:
  http://representingpeople.com/hdradio/index.html
  o  In development: Asymmetrical FM HD sidebands to mitigate
  adjacent channel interference (this is no surprise other than
  to wonder why it took iBiquity so long):
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/107216
  o  WAMU(FM) in Washington is the first FM station to transmit
  its HD Radio signal implementing asymmetrical sidebands and
  elevated carriers according to the station and Nautel Ltd.:
  http://radioworld.com/article/107074
  o  NRSC tool helps FM IBOCs determine authorized digital power:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/107150
  o  "Trade" for commercial time comes to HD transmitter
  deployment:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/106950
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  RESCUE RADIO
  Small portable satellite communicators designed to send
short text and "help/SOS" messages along with GPS coordinates
are becoming available.  One such device is the "SPOT Satellite
GPS Messenger" ($170 retail + $100/year minimum subscription fee).
This could be a very useful device.
  http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php
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                          HAM RADIO NEWS
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  IN-CAR RADIO REPEATERS
  In-car repeaters have successfully been used by police
departments for years to extend the range of hand-held radios;
the CHP makes extensive use of in-car repeaters, for example.
  When small police departments face coverage problems,
leave it to ham radio operators to remind government officials
that they don't necessarily need an expensive new communications
system when in-car repeaters will do just fine:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP44ofeObUw
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  BOY SCOUT TROOP RESCUED BY HAM RADIO & GPS COORDINATES
  A lost Boy Scout troop near Prescott, AZ was rescued by
helicopter thanks to ham radio and GPS coordinates.  Note that
there is no evidence that signaling mirrors, mentioned in the
article, played any part in the rescue itself:
  http://tinyurl.com/GPSrescue
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS
  Several interesting letters from CGC Communicator readers
await you at the Tech Letters Website:
  o  Scott Fybush on Mexican call sign notification latency.
  o  "Environmentalists Never Sleep" -- the latest brainchild
  of the environmental movement affects new tower construction
  in at least one part of California.
  o  Red Blanchard on USB microphones.
  If you have any trouble viewing or making postings at Tech
Letters, contact Steve Blodgett: sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  WAY OFF TOPIC, IN FACT
  o  Fly in a spy plane, watch the world pass beneath you
  and enjoy the spectacular view.  Short video:
  http://www.wimp.com/breathtakingfootage/
  o  Big cats and pumpkins.  Everyone will enjoy this flick:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcT4paZfflg&feature=fvwk
  o  Restaurant opera, a fun and delightful video:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNqosHRbWog&feature=player_embedded
  o  Mark your calendars for November 2, 2010, Election Day.
  Just make a little note that reads, "Take out the trash."
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