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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #1028
                 Monday,  November 15, 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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  TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR NEXT FCC OPEN MEETING
  These are the tentative items for consideration at the
next FCC Open Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 30, 2010:
  o  TV Spectrum Innovation (NPRM)
  o  Experimental Licensing (NPRM)
  o  Opportunistic Use (Notice of Inquiry)
  Sounds interesting.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302651A1.doc
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  CHULA VISTA MEETING TO CONCERN BIRDS VS. TOWERS
  The Commission is undertaking a PEA [Programmatic Environmental
Assessment] in response to a determination from the Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 'American Bird
Conservancy v. FCC' that registered towers may have a significant
environmental effect on migratory birds.
  The FCC will hold three scoping meetings for the public to
provide input to the PEA process and one of those gatherings will
be in Chula Vista, CA on December 13, 2010.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2178A1.doc
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  WELCOME SARAH WHITESELL
  Sarah Whitesell has been named as Media Bureau Deputy Chief
  and we wish her the very best of success.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302747A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH  --  CALIFORNIA PRIMARILY
  o  $10,000 NAL issued to KXDZ(FM), Templeton, CA, for
  "failing to maintain a complete public inspection file:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2120A1.doc
  o  A private land-mobile licensee in the 460 MHz band in
  Pasadena fails to mention the station's call sign over the air
  as required resulting in a Notice of Violation:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-302536A1.html
  o  Excessive CATV signal leakage found at Mammoth Lakes and
  Red Bluff.  Two Notices issued.  The Mammoth notice mentioned
  that an aeronautical frequency in the CATV system was not
  properly offset and no recent leakage repair log was found:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-302537A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-302538A1.html
  o  KANR(FM), Kansas, tentatively fined $25,000 for a variety
  of items such as: "The agents observed that the station's EAS
  equipment was inoperable because the power cord was disconnected.
  Mr. Smith stated that [his] EAS equipment became inoperable
  sometime between the year 2000 and the year 2006 and had
  remained inoperable since then."  The licensee's responses
  would be humorous were it not for the seriousness of the rule
  violations:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2156A1.doc
  o  San Pedro:  Fishing vessel Cape Blanco cited for apparent
  unintentional dead carrier transmissions on marine distress
  and safety Channel 16 (156.800 MHz):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-302675A1.html
  o  San Fernando Valley:  Interference to cellular
  frequency 832.65 MHz traced to [an apparent self-oscillating]
  bi-directional amplifier (BDA) installed without permission:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-302678A1.html
  o  Oceanside:  Cesar Chavez Middle School busted for
  transmitting on 156.805 MHz (from hand-held portables) and
  causing interference to marine distress and safety Channel 16:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-302679A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY
  Hello Everyone!  Things are sure going better this year
than last year at this time.  It was about a year ago (CGC #966)
that Jeremy Howard of KCET-TV was handed this little note at
the Angeles Crest Highway CHP checkpoint:
  "Due to the possibility of storm related mud slides in the
burn area, Hwy 2 may be closed from Tues, 10/13/09, until further
notice."
  While Angeles Crest is still closed from the aftermath of the
Station Fire, there is good news to report.  The Upper Big Tujunga
road resurfacing project is almost complete.  As of Friday the
road was 90% striped.  They have about two miles left to paint
and hopefully that will be done Monday or Tuesday.
  There are a number of different rumors as to when Angeles
Crest will reopen.  Without an official response from Cal Trans,
only time will tell.  Will pass along any information as soon as
it becomes available.  Let's hope the reopening comes soon.
  Last Thursday there was a "power glitch" here on the
mountain.  My Mt. Wilson logs did not show a power interruption
but Harvard's did.  Since Wilson and Harvard are now fed
separately (one via the 16 kV feed, the other by the 33 kV
line), the differing reports are not surprising.
  That's about it.  Let's hope we have a mild winter.
  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  November 14, 2010
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  JESSELL ON THE FCC'S SPECTRUM GRAB
  TVNewsCheck editor Harry Jessell comments on the FCC's
penchant for relieving broadcasters of some of their spectrum.
It looks like broadband providers are intent on supplying their
own one-to-many broadcasts of live video events.  "The route the
FCC has mapped out appears to be circular.  Mobile ends up back
at broadcasting, except that it's controlled by a handful of
carriers rather than hundreds of station owners," he writes.
  http://tinyurl.com/CircularTVlogic
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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV
  o  There's word of another ad using what sounds like an
  EAS tone, this time in a television spot:
  http://radioworld.com/article/109112
  o  From Richard Rudman comes this link to an editorial (and
  numerous comments) on recent FCC rule violations concerning
  parts of spots and other on-air presentations that contain
  elements of real or simulated EAS messages:
  http://www.thebdr.net/articles/myview.html
  o  'Taste of NAB' founder Larry Bloomfield has passed
  away at the age of 72.  Larry was a prolific and talented
  writer and a vivacious friend who will be missed:
  http://www.thebdr.net/articles/prof/people/Bloomfield.pdf
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/109070
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                      RADIO SPECIFIC ITEMS
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  KBRT PERFORMS GROUND CONDUCTIVITY MEASUREMENTS
  KBRT(AM), 740 kHz, on Catalina Island, is in the process
of moving their transmitter to private property in the Santa
Ana Mountains here on the mainland.  They recently constructed
a test antenna at the new site and that effort was quite an
adventure.  See the details at the URL.  Start reading on
page 1 at the heading 'Test Antenna' and conclude on page 2,
then skip to page 7 ("Catalina Tales") for more:
  http://tinyurl.com/KBRTadventure
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  CONGRATULATIONS SMITTY
  Milford Smith of Greater Media is to receive the 2010
  Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award.  What a great
  honor for a wonderfully talented and well liked engineer.
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/108718
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                        TV SPECIFIC ITEMS
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  TV BRIEFS
  o  Wi-Fi meets the TV antenna with an alleged breakthrough
  technology called Ngara:
  http://tinyurl.com/Efficient-WiFi
  o  The justification for reallocating TV spectrum for broadband
  applications is predicated in large part on anticipated growth
  in wireless data traffic.  The FCC's growth assumptions have
  recently come into question, however:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/108798
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  FCC ADDS MAPPING FEATURES TO TV QUERY
  The FCC has added some mapping features to its TV Query
program.  Take, for example, the case of KUSI(TV), San Diego.
Click on the URL below.  After the page loads, look toward
the end of the data and note the word "Map:" then explore
the new links to the right.
  http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?list=0&facid=10238
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  CONVENTIONAL DTV VS. MOBILE DTV
  Doug Lung takes this opportunity to answer a couple of
basic over-the-air DTV queries from our non-technical readers:
  Question: Can a mobile DTV stream be programmed independently
  from a conventional DTV stream?
  Answer: The mobile DTV content is carried in a separate
stream (just like another subchannel such as Universal Sports on
KNBC) so its content isn't tied to the main channel or other
subchannels in any way.  One of the business models broadcasters
are considering is to carry premium content, such as an ESPN or
CNBC type channel, on the mobile stream with conditional access
(essentially pay TV), which is available in the A/153 standard.
  Question: Is it possible for a TV station to broadcast
  multiple mobile DTV programs?
  Answer: It is possible to transmit more than one mobile
DTV program.  At CES and NAB this year, we ran three programs on
the KBLR (Las Vegas Telemundo station) mobile stream.  For CES,
the content consisted of an Olympics promo channel, MSNBC and
CNBC.  For NAB, it was a simulcast of the local Telemundo
station, MSNBC and CNBC.  These took up about 5.5 Mbps of ATSC
bandwidth.  There is also an option to generate separate mobile
ensembles with different error correction.
  Editor's note:  Don't confuse the term "mobile DTV" (or
simply "mobile TV") with the term "MobiTV."  MobiTV is a specific
method of delivering television signals over existing 3G and 4G
cellular networks, see:
  http://tinyurl.com/2fzwrkj
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  NEW WEB CAMS AT KEY COMMUNICATIONS SITES
  There are eight new Web cams on Mt. Woodson and eight more
on Red Mountain as indicated in our last newsletter.  If you were
to visit Red Mountain, however, you would see only two camera
enclosures (probably the same at Woodson).  The secret is that
there are four cameras inside each dome-shaped enclosure.
  See the camera specs at the first URL, read more about the
system at the second URL and enjoy the images at the third URL.
Thanks to Hans-Werner Braun of UCSD for his input on this story.
  http://tinyurl.com/AV8185Specs  (Camera specifications)
  http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/52299/  (News story)
  http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/  (Web cam thumbnails)
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                         HAM RADIO NOTES
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  VANITY CALL SIGN RULES AMENDED
  The FCC has amended and clarified its rules with respect
to amateur service vanity call signs in order to "promote
processes that are more equitable and administratively
efficient."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-189A1.doc
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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 at the URL below.  To see
  previously posted docs, click on "Most Recent Comments/Letters"
  in the upper right corner.
  Here are some of the items recently posted:
  o  Clear Channel Radio in Tucson is looking for a Director
  of Engineering & IT.
  o  Quick thinking by the EIBASS organization may have
  prevented bad news for coastal and other Part 74 VHF RPU
  users in the 161.625 ­ 161.775 MHz band.
  o  A summary of the Mt. Wilson Fire Safe Council
  meeting of October 10, 2010 is now available.  The doc
  was provided by Mike McIntyre of the Forest Service.
  If you are a registered Tech Letters user, post your letter
  via email to Steve Blodgett.  All letters and comments are
  moderated, and are posted after review.  Also contact Steve
  if you have trouble viewing or posting:
  sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  The F-35B Joint Strike Fighter makes short takeoffs
  and vertical landings look effortless.  Short video:
  http://tinyurl.com/F-35Bexplained
  o  Manufacturing baseballs requires a lot of manual effort
  as this brief documentary shows:
  http://tinyurl.com/BaseballManufacturing
  o  Back-to-back amazing sports shots:
  http://www.flixxy.com/people-are-awesome.htm
  o  The U.S. looks soooo gooood from a low-flying Piper Cub.
  The still-photo series capturing this month-long adventure
  is one of the best we have ever seen on the Web:
  http://www.vintageflying.com/page24.html
  o  The Opera Company of Philadelphia invades Macy's singing
  "Hallelujah!" in an exquisite random act of culture:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp_RHnQ-jgU&feature=player_embedded
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