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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #1026
                    Monday, November 1, 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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  BROADCAST - FCC NEWS BRIEF
  o  Remarks of Commissioner Robert M. McDowell at the Spectrum
  Summit: "With respect to the broadcast spectrum, as the Chairman
  has indicated, we will initiate two proceedings at our November
  agenda meeting, one relating to broadcast spectrum use, the other
  on spectral efficiencies for all bands, including the broadcast
  band...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302340A1.doc
  BROADBAND - FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC announces release of mobile broadband spectrum forecast:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302330A1.doc
  o  FCC brings together recognized specialists for its
  Technological Advisory Council.  Among the luminaries are
  Lynn Claudy (NAB) and Geoff Mendenhall (of Harris):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302336A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302376A1.doc
  http://radioworld.com/article/108430
  o  Mobile broadband:  The alleged benefits of additional
  spectrum are outlined in this OBI Technical Paper series:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302324A1.doc
  o  FCC investigation into Verizon Wireless "mystery fees"
  results in record settlement:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302489A1.doc
  MISCELLANEOUS FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The FCC is accepting donations for its new FCC Technology
  Experience Center ("FCC TEC"), an on-site technology lab that
  will provide FCC employees and invited guests hands-on exper-
  ience with the latest communications devices and solutions.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302418A1.doc
  o  FCC seeks comments on request by PG&E for waivers to
  permit implementation of wide-area land-mobile radio system
  using Parts 22 and 90 spectrum:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2034A1.doc
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  BROADCAST AUXILIARY RULE CHANGES
  The FCC has granted the request of Engineers for the Integrity of Broadcast 
Auxiliary Services Spectrum ("EIBASS") and has issued two Declaratory Rulings 
concerning minor changes to certain stations in the Broadcast Auxiliary 
Service.  These changes affect both radio and TV links.
  According to Radio World, the FCC said in its decision that although 
evidence of frequency coordination is not required when submitting an 
application for a minor modification, prior coordination must be completed 
before implementing most minor mods to fixed microwave link Part 74 Broadcast 
Auxiliary stations.  News article, FCC verbiage:
  http://radioworld.com/article/108588
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2042A1.pdf
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  THE LOW POWER NTSC-TV-TO-DTV TRANSITION MOVES FORWARD
  "By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau announces that the Further Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking and Memorandum Opinion and Order ("FNPRM") to consider 
issues that need to be resolved to complete the low power television station 
digital transition was published in the Federal Register today, October 18, 
2010, starting the pleading cycle for the LPDTV Transition FNPRM, MB Docket 
No. 10-148.  Accordingly, comments are due on Friday, December 17, 2010, and 
reply comments are due on Tuesday, January 18, 2011...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1996A1.doc
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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY
  The first thing to report this month is the L.A. County
("LACO") road work.  Getting up to Wilson is not easy because Upper Big T is 
still undergoing resurfacing.  It looks like two or more weeks of work will be 
required because there are many steps in the process and much of the work is 
being redone because of bad materials.
  I was told LACO is doing this type of resurfacing vs. just laying new 
asphalt because it's cheaper.  On the downside, this kind of resurfacing takes 
longer especially when lousy materials are involved.  Keep in mind that the 
resurfaced area is tempo- rarily very slippery and it's easy to lose control 
of a vehicle.
  Our main road, Route S2 from La Canada (Angeles Crest Highway), is still 
closed.  Some reports say it will open by December, others say Jan or Feb.  
Only time will tell.  Keep in mind that the road east to Wrightwood will be 
closing as soon as the weather turns foul and that route usually stays closed 
all winter.
  Sure feels like winter is on its way.  We are checking our plumbing systems 
here on Wilson and looking for exposed pipes before we get hard freezes that 
would break the pipes.  I note that a few stations still have extra fuel 
stored from last winter, so they need to add fuel stabilizer.  Same for any 
other "old fuel" sitting around.  Nothing worse than having to rebuild a 
generator's fuel systems due to old fuel!
  While on the subject of generators, block heaters are a big item of concern 
especially on diesel CATS.  If the ECM (Engine Computer Module) sees a heater 
error, it will shut the entire generator down according to a CAT tech.  Having 
spare heaters is always a good idea especially if the generator is over two 
years old.  I also check the belts, hoses and batteries because I'm allergic 
to making repairs when it's wet, windy cold or dark.
  Don't forget that the Mt. Wilson weather reporting system is alive and well.  
Most of the bugs are behind us and visitors are as welcome as ever:
  http://weather.mtwilson.net/WDL  (Flash summary page)
    or
  http://weather.mtwilson.net  (Full stats).
  Weather-related road reminders:  LACO Roads has made it clear that if mud 
flows are predicted, the roads will be CLOSED.  Make sure you have supplies 
stored both in your vehicle and at your transmitter site.  LACO has a Website 
where you can sign up for alerts about road closures and mud flow forecasts.  
Here is the
address:
  http://dpw.lacounty.gov/general/enotify/userPages/registration.aspx
  See you on the hill or lookin' at us on the Web!
  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  October 31, 2010
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE LUNCHEON MEETING SET FOR NOVEMBER 9
  Los Angeles SBE Chapter 47 has an 11:30 AM luncheon meeting scheduled for 
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank.  
Subject: Radio and TV Interference (RTVI) as presented by Brian Thorson of 
Southern California Edison.  This should be a fascinating talk.  Details at:
  http://www.sbe47.org/NovMeeting.htm
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  GENERAL NOTES FOR BOTH RADIO & TV
  o  The ITU predicts that by the end of the year, 2 billion
  people will be online, an increase of 600 million in just
  the past year and double the number of only five years ago:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/108096
  o  Six month extension of time sought for EAS-CAP
  implementation:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/108300
  o  Background information on CAP implementation (interview
  just before the six month extension of time request (above)
  was announced):
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/108210
  o  WKTV tower accident illustrates why hoisting men up a
  tower by cable is a very dangerous practice:
  http://www.wktv.com/news/local/toweraccident-105685488.html
  o  October 23, South Gate, CA -- A man allegedly trying to
  steal copper wire was electrocuted and his girl friend severely
  burnt.  The resulting fire and explosion knocked out power in
  the region:
  http://tinyurl.com/L-A-Copper
  o  Power generator tips:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/107990
  o  Here is a nice, chatty, easy to read technical newsletter
  from Munn-Reese, broadcast engineering consultants:
  http://www.munn-reese.com/News/October2010.pdf
  o  2010 IEEE salary survey for electrical engineers:
  http://www.todaysengineer.org/2010/Oct/salary.asp
  o  A fun Website with radio and TV nostalgia:
  http://www.galaxymoonbeamnightsite.com/
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  TV SPECIFIC ITEMS
  o  Some readers are confusing conventional over-the-air
  DTV signals with Mobile DTV signals.  The small TV receivers
  being marketed today are almost all conventional DTV receivers;
  they are NOT Mobile DTV receivers.  This CGC Communicator
  article explains:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Mobile_DTV.html
  o  Another step in the shift to over-the-Internet television:
  "Shows you can watch for free with Google TV:"
  http://tinyurl.com/29qdp4m
  o  According to IEEE Spectrum magazine, "More people than
  ever are watching TV shows on their computers.  EMarketer,
  which researches the Internet, estimates that each month one-
  third of the adult Internet users in the United States watch
  TV online.  That number is expected to grow to about 40
  percent next year and continue rising...."
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  RADIO SPECIFIC ITEMS
  o  Here is Part II in a series on the perils of running
  too much FM HD Radio power, to the point of inflicting damage
  on your analog signal:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/108074
  o  A nice antique radio site:
  http://www.fyrbotlz.com/index.html
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  LOCAL EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS
  o  433.92 MHz for testing 'implantable' electronic medical
  devices.  Mobile, San Diego metro area.
  o  2,572-2,590 MHz to conduct a WiMax network research project
  for UCLA.
  o  Various frequencies from 1.8 to 37.5 MHz to test and
  demonstrate equipment for HF and VHF.  Fixed & mobile, various
  locations including San Diego.
  o  Various frequencies from 2.39 to 29.72 MHz for test
  and development of "amdirection finder" (sic).  Fixed & mobile
  including San Diego.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302257A1.doc
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  THE ANNUAL SAN ONOFRE SIREN TEST
  Fixed-location sirens received their annual test on October 20 for those 
living and working in the vicinity of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Plant.  
The sirens reportedly consist of loud speakers that can either broadcast siren 
sounds or voice announcements.
  Siren sounds were used in this year's test.  While the sirens are ordinarily 
triggered from a special computer terminal, there are backup buttons (third 
URL) in case the computer fails:
the red button (covered) activates the system; the white button deactivates 
it.  This is good engineering practice. Someone was clearly thinking ahead.
  http://tinyurl.com/SirenTestArticle  (Story)
  http://tinyurl.com/23vmkym  (Siren sound file)
  http://tinyurl.com/BackupButtonII  (Emergency buttons, 2006 pix)
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  NEW WEB CAMS AT KEY COMMUNICATIONS SITES
  Mt. Woodson (San Diego County) has eight new Web cams, each covering about a 
45 degree arc.  Thumbnails from these cameras are currently posted in the 
third and fourth rows of pictures at the URL below.  Click on any picture for 
an enlargement.
  Eight more new cameras have been installed on Red Mountain in Fallbrook, see 
the first two rows of thumbnails in the first URL below.
  http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/  (Web cam thumbnails)
  http://tinyurl.com/CamStory  (Published story #1)
  http://tinyurl.com/CamStoryII  (Published story #2)
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                       NOTEWORTHY EQUIPMENT
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  MONITOR YOUR GENERATORS AND FUEL LEVELS REMOTELY
  LevelCon manufactures devices to remotely monitor the fuel level for your 
emergency power generator as well as monitoring the generator parameters.
  http://www.levelcon.com/cellTowers.aspx
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  THE SSD VU-METER
  Mike Callaghan (long time CE of KIIS-FM, Los Angeles) has developed a new 
"single bar" stereo audio display called the SSD, short for Single Stereo 
Display.
  Read about the SSD at the first URL and see it in operation at the second 
URL.  It looks like a simple and intuitive design and we wish him the very 
best of success.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/SSD_One_Sheet-1.doc
  http://www2.christianwheel.com/mike/
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                         HAM RADIO NOTE
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  THE GOLDEN LOG
  Ham radio operations were suspended during World War II and you can see that 
suspension for yourself on this fascinating log sheet.  Red Blanchard, W6AG, 
writes, "Just found!  Buried deep in the morass that is my garage:  The radio 
log of my [earlier] station W2OIQ....!!"
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Ham_War_Log.html
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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.  Just click on the URL below.  Once there, click on the "Most 
Recent Comments/Letters"
posted in the upper right corner.
  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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  CORRECTION
  CGC #1025 (under RANDOM NOTES, then RADIO NOTES) incorrectly
  listed KPFK on 90.3 MHz.  The correct frequency is 90.7 MHz.
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Splintered baseball bat hits HDTV camera lens square-on
  (story & video).  The cameraman is fortunate to have escaped
  physical injury:
  http://tinyurl.com/CameraBullsEye
  o  Electrocuted bobcat blamed for fire in Ventura County:
  http://tinyurl.com/VenturaBobcat
  o  Vanishing car doors:
  http://www.flixxy.com/high-tech-car-door.htm
  o  Quick animation showing the International Space Station
  coming together.  Click on the right hand buttons for detailed
  information on individual modules:
  http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm
  o  A tiny video camera is attached to a falcon and a hawk
  with interesting results (3 minute video):
  http://wimp.com/hawkssee
  o  When the computer operator is at fault instead of
  the equipment, log the event as "PICNIC."  That means,
  "Problem In Chair, Not In Computer."
  o  Don't forget to vote November 2.  A calendar note saying,
  "Toxic waste cleanup day" will get the point across.
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