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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #1025
                  Monday, October 18, 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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  EDITORIAL ON THE NEED FOR "GREEN DATA"
  Where is the "green movement" when it comes to economizing
the use of radio waves?  Shouldn't Al Gore and the FCC be leading
the charge?
  "The Great Radio Spectrum Famine" article in IEEE Spectrum
magazine notes that, "Mobile broadband is consuming the available
radio spectrum.  Serving up more won't be easy....  Regulators
have few options to head off the coming bandwidth crisis.  They
can't realistically expect to reduce demand."
  Perhaps regulators cannot expect to reduce demand, but private
Internet carriers (like Verizon) can easily control demand by
charging premiums when wide-area RF networks are used.  It's like
paying a premium to use the HOV traffic lanes in California when
the public freeway is jammed.
  Without government intervention, but with users paying
increasingly steep prices when spectrum is congested, we could
have a sustainable over-the-air data culture and bring the
FCC's spectrum grab to a halt.
  Sure, everyone would like to download custom videos anywhere/
anytime, but spectrum is scarce.  "Green" rationale dictates that
people need to think twice before downloading huge data files
over wide-area RF networks.
  "The Great Radio Spectrum Famine" (IEEE Spectrum):
  http://tinyurl.com/SpectrumFamine
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC to host Spectrum Summit on October 21:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302200A1.doc
  o  FCC proposes creation of "mobility fund" to fill
  wireless holes:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302191A1.doc
  o  FCC "takes action to unleash video innovation and
  consumer choice:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302188A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-181A1.doc
  o  FCC advisory group makes EAS-CAP recommendations:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/107762
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH -- CALIFORNIA ITEM
  Taxicab dispatch company cited for failing to listen on
its shared radio channel before transmitting, and failing to
identify as required:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-302028A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  REPAIRING THE ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY
  Immense road repair work has closed the popular La Canada
section of the Angeles Crest Highway leading to Mt. Wilson.
  According to the L.A. Times, "Steep mountain slopes present
a challenge to engineers and work crews trying to repair [the
storm] damaged roadbed.  Design strategies include building
bridges and constructing retaining walls.  Efficiency, costs and
the demands of each location influence the final decision.  Along
Angeles Crest Highway, three strategies were employed at the six
sites where the roadbed was undermined by last winter's storms."
  Check out these URLs for outstanding pictures and stories on
the large-scale repair efforts now underway.  As one Communicator
reader put it, "No wonder it's taking so long."
  http://tinyurl.com/InteractiveExhibit
  http://tinyurl.com/AngelesPhotos
  http://tinyurl.com/AngelesCrestStory
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  ALTERNATE ROUTE TO MT. WILSON GETTING A MAKEOVER
  Just a note to let everyone know to expect major delays
over the next week or so.  L.A. County Roads will be resurfacing
Upper Big Tujunga Road from Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles
Crest Highway.
  Expect Delays from 6:00AM to 4:00PM until the work is complete.
  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  October 16, 2010
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  BRUSH CLEARING IS ESSENTIAL FOR FIRE PREVENTION
  The "Dutch Creek Fire" write up from the USDA Forest Service
(see URL below) documents the effectiveness of fuel clearing
activities in preventing widespread loss of structures when the
inevitable fire occurs.  Transmitter sites in fire-prone areas
obviously need to be cleared regularly.
  http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5196924.pdf
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  Learn what's happening on Palomar Mountain in terms of brush
  clearing:
  http://tinyurl.com/PalomarFireArticle
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  RADIO NOTES
  o  KPFK, 90.3 MHz, Los Angeles, is launching a network of
  Part 15 transmitters in order to cobble together a Spanish
  language AM radio network.  Good luck -- sounds like a
  maintenance headache with a bunch of tiny transmitters:
  http://tinyurl.com/KPFK-AM
  o  Pirate FM radio: A revolt that just won't die even with
  $30,000 fines:
  http://tinyurl.com/PirateRoundup
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  TV TOPICS
  o  The first standalone MOBILE DTV receiver is now
  available ($250 list):
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/107614
  o  Free "powerful" DTV receiving antennas were given away
  by Fresno station KMPH recently.  Some people were lined up
  all night for the big event.  And the FCC wants to take
  away TV broadcast spectrum?
  http://tinyurl.com/FreeDTVantennas
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS
  Letters to the Editor of the CGC Communicator should
be posted on the Tech Letters Website.
  This week, David Burns checks in with a letter entitled,
"Regarding the "CAP" Protocol and Local Broadcasters."
  If you have trouble viewing or making postings at
the Tech Letters Website, please contact Steve Blodgett:
sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Here is WGY's 1 kW AM transmitter in 1922.  Click on
  the photo for a beautiful enlargement:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/107538
  o  Dolphin Bubble Rings -- totally unexpected, fascinating
  and fun:
  http://www.wimp.com/dolphinbubbles/
  o  BO-105 helicopter aerobatics, tighten your seatbelt:
  http://www.flixxy.com/bo105-helicopter-aerobatics.htm
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