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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #1032
                   Monday,  November 22, 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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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Enhancements to FCC's Spectrum Dashboard launched:
  http://tinyurl.com/ImprovedSpecDashboard
  o  Here is the written speech of FCC Commissioner Copps at
  the "Future of the Internet" public hearing in Albuquerque, New
  Mexico.  FCC control of Internet carriers is the clear goal:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302855A1.doc
  o  According to The Kiplinger Letter for November 19, 2010,
  "proponents [of net neutrality]...including eBay, Google and
  Amazon...can't count on much support in Congress.  All 95
  Democrats who signed a pledge to give the FCC authority over
  the Internet were defeated in Nov."  Nevertheless, the FCC
  is pressing ahead with its Net Neutrality agenda and the
  golden ring of control.
  o  White House to government agencies: Store your data, even
  your secure data, on someone else's computer.  The motivation
  behind this curious request is not entirely clear but the
  FCC will reportedly be one the agencies leading the charge:
  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45296.html
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA PRIMARILY
  o  Able Cine Tech of Burbank has been issued a Citation
  for the alleged "illegal marketing" of an "uncertificated radio
  frequency device," specifically a "Modulus UHF wireless video
  assist device:"
  http://tinyurl.com/AbleCineTech
  http://www.abelcine.com/store/Wireless-Transmitter-Modulus/
  o  Another Citation entitled, "Illegal marketing of
  uncertificated radio frequency devices" has been issued to
  Wolf Seeberg Video of Marina del Rey.  The gadgets involved are
  "Modulus models 3000 and 5000 wireless video assist devices,
  and Canatrans NTSC and PAL wireless video assist devices."
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2010/DA-10-2187A1.html
  o  Yet another "uncertificated radio frequency devices"
  Citation has gone to South Bay Film and Video Services of
  Redondo Beach.  This one involved Modulus model 3000 wireless
  video assist devices:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2189A1.doc
  o  The FCC wheels turn slowly, but they grind finely.  Such
  is the case with KYES-TV, Channel 6, Anchorage, Alaska.  The
  Commission finally said enough is enough and yanked the
  station's license among other things:
  http://tinyurl.com/2bw3hq2
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY
  Received a call at home today (Sunday) at 6:30 AM.  Our
Mt. Harvard TV transmitter had an icing issue, so I needed to
drive up to Wilson and then down to Harvard.
  The drive from Palmdale was okay up to Aliso Canyon where
there was about 2" of snow.  The road was not plowed and chain
signs were up.  I ran across two guys on BMW Motorcycles trying
to make it up upper Big T and suggested they turn around.  It
was only going to get worse.
  Got to Red Box Road (the final turn before Wilson) and it
had indeed gotten a little worse -- two to four inches of snow
total.  About half way up Red Box, Todd Smith of L.A. County Roads
was coming down in his plow truck -- a welcome sight.
  The roads are in pretty good shape as of 10 AM.  I was able
to make it to Mt. Harvard thanks to a good heavy 4x4.  Yesterday
we received about 1.5" of rain.  Currently chain requirements
are posted for everything above 4,500 feet.  The transmitter
facilities are all in good shape as far as I can see.
  If anyone notices rocks, mud slides or other road work that
needs attention, call L.A. County Public works: 626-458-4357 or
800-675-4357.  These are 24/7 numbers for County roads only --
not Angeles Crest Highway because that is a State Highway.
  Have a great Thanksgiving!
  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  November 21, 2010
  http://tinyurl.com/Wilson-WX  (Wilson weather forecast)
  http://weather.mtwilson.net/WDL/  (Wilson Weather Stn. & Webcam)
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  POWERWATCH 120V
  Here is a real useful product.  It's called PowerWatch 120V.
It is an easy way to monitor and record voltage disturbances.
Just plug it into a 120 VAC receptacle and you're in business.
Self-contained.  No special wiring required.
  http://www.acrsystems.com/products/powerwatch120v/
  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  November 20, 2010
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  FASCINATING READING -- THE SUN'S MISSING SPOTS
  The 11-year solar sunspot cycle has been clicking along
for decades.  Then, all of a sudden, something that was not
predicted happened.  During the past few years, there have been
very few sunspots.  In fact, we have had 800 days with no sunspots
and that has not happened in 300 years.  This could have profound
implications for worldwide weather patterns to say nothing of
HF radio propagation in the 3-30 MHz region.
  The last time the Sun was this quiet was between the years
1645 and 1715 and it was called the Maunder Minimum.  Paintings
from that era show wintry weather in areas where it's not typical,
like carnivals held on frozen rivers and people playing on the ice.
There are historical accounts of rivers in Europe frozen over, and
civilizations almost perishing due to the harshness of winters....
  http://tinyurl.com/MissingSunSpots-Part1
  http://tinyurl.com/MissingSunSpots-Part2
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunder_Minimum
  Flashback to CGC #1013 published June 28, 2010:
  The 11-year sunspot cycle appears to be heavily influenced
by the positions of Uranus and Neptune.  This discovery makes
solar cycle predictions possible and indicates that solar cycles
24 & 25 will have "heavily reduced sunspot activity...."
  http://arxiv.org/abs/1005.5303v1
  End of flashback.  Keep in mind that although sunspots have
vanished for now, some experts still believe they will make a
rapid and sudden return later in the current cycle.  Only
time will tell.
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  DAVE WOLFE PASSES AWAY
  In case you did not know, Dave Wolfe passed away last evening
[Thursday, November 18, 2010].  He was diagnosed earlier this year
with an inoperable brain tumor and had not been working since this
past spring.  He is going to be buried back in Illinois [this]
week.
  If I get any more information, I'll pass it along.
  Name withheld, Clear Channel Radio, Los Angeles
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  And this remembrance from Joel Saxberg:
  Dave Wolfe was called to his Heavenly Home on November 18,
2010.  Dave had a brain tumor that was treated first with
radiation then with chemotherapy.  The treatments weakened him
but he continually wished to get back to work and finish the
remote control system he was working on for KFI.
  Dave first noticed a vision problem which led to the discovery
of the tumor.  It was inoperable.  This was about six months ago
and he never gave up hope through his treatments.
  Dave's dream was to work for himself doing custom wiring;
hence, the name of his company, Custom Wire Works.  He was a
master craftsman and the touch of his skills can be found at many
stations in the southern California area.  His wiring was as if
it was done in a factory.  Neat and detailed to perfection.
  Dave was a musician in the U.S. Marine Corp early in life
which explains why he had a good set of ears when it came to
setting up audio processing chains.  He loved music and he loved
radio.  He will be missed by all who knew him.
  Joel Saxberg, Consulting Radio Engineer, joel (at) beemco.com
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  CGC #1029 IS MISSING
  Readers have noted that CGC Communicator #1029 is missing.
After receiving #1028, the next newsletter was #1030.
  About mid-month every month, we issue a private newsletter
to paid subscribers showing the latest FCC Applications & Actions
information for our portion of southern California.  The last
such special newsletter should have been labeled "ALF #9" but
was called CGC #1029 instead.  So, unless you are a subscriber
to ALF, you did not receive CGC #1029.
  Mia culpa!   -Ed.
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  HAPPY THANKSGIVING
  May you and your family enjoy the warmest of Thanksgivings
  with best wishes from the staff at CGC.
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Incredible control of a model airplane:
  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13372731/A%C3%A9romodelismo_02.wmv
  o  1933 steam airplane (but oil powered):
  http://www.wxpnews.com/1TG846/100126-Steam-Powered-Airplane
  o  The three year old symphony conductor - delightful:
  http://tinyurl.com/TresAnos
  o  The difference between men and women explained, finally:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DKk_tdyehA
  o  Photo contest winners (these pictures extraordinary):
  http://tinyurl.com/PhotogWinners
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