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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #1034
                   Tuesday,  December 7, 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 ISSUES A BLOCKBUSTER DAILY DIGEST
  On December 1, the FCC posted an extraordinary amount of
verbiage to the Internet.  The hot button issues concern the
Commission's TV spectrum take-back which is just now getting
off the ground, and the so called "Open Internet" proceeding
that could quickly dampen private investment and lead to
content censorship once the Internet is regulated.
  An explosive number of URLs are presented in the December 1
Digest and need not be repeated here.  The big items are as
follows:
  o  "FCC proposes initial steps to open TV spectrum to new
  wireless broadband services,"
  o  TV spectrum take-back issues,
  o  "FCC announces tentative agenda for December 21st open
  meeting" with the so called 'open Internet' proceeding being
  front and center, and
  o  Unusually strong (and sometimes agitated) Commissioner
  statements issued concerning Chairman Genachowski's intent
  to force regulations on the Internet under the banner of
  having an open Internet.
  Other important topics are also covered in the December 1
Daily Digest, so it's a must-see document:
    http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2010/dd101201.html
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  ON THE LOSS OF BROADCAST TV SPECTRUM - AN OVERVIEW
  We give the following articles high marks in presenting
an overview of the TV spectrum take-back proceeding:
  http://tinyurl.com/SpectrumTakeBack (TVNewsCheck)
  http://tinyurl.com/BroadcastVsBroadband (Peter Tannenwald)
  http://radioworld.com/article/110078 (TV Technology)
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  CONCERNING THE "OPEN INTERNET" PROCEEDING
  Highly controversial Internet regulation legislation
may be made into law during the FCC's Open Meeting scheduled
for December 21, 2010 if Chairman Genachowski's tentative agenda
holds.  That date is of course ideal to press a controversial
matter to a vote.  The public will be focused elsewhere over the
Christmas Holidays with few watching the actions in Washington.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-303108A1.doc
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  EAS EXTENSION GRANTED
  The FCC has heard the concerns from broadcasters and
manufacturers about not having enough time for stations to
purchase, install and test new EAS gear, so the deadline
has been extended.  The new deadline for all EAS participants
to implement new CAP-EAS technology is Sept. 30, 2011.
  http://radioworld.com/article/109772  (RW overview)
  http://tinyurl.com/SBEview  (SBE's perspective)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-303003A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-191A1.doc
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  MISCELLANEOUS FCC ITEMS
  o  FCC crafts proposals to boost spectrum research and
  spectrum-efficient wireless technologies:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-303096A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-197A1.doc
  o  Promoting more efficient use of spectrum through dynamic
  spectrum use technologies:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-198A1.doc
  o  Auction 91 freezes announced for FM minor change applications
  and certain rulemaking filings:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2286A1.doc
  o  FCC'S Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau launches new
  Webpage dedicated to narrowbanding public safety communications:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-303242A1.doc
  o  Narrowbanding deadline reminders:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2294A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Texting, video streaming and data sharing may be coming
  to a 9-1-1 service near you soon:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302988A1.doc
  o  FCC acts to implement Satellite Television Extension and
  Localism Act (STELA):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302983A1.doc
  o  Measurement standards for DTV signals pursuant to the
  2004 Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-195A1.doc
  o  Establishment of a model for predicting digital broadcast
  television field strength received at individual locations:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-194A1.doc
  o  Experimental grants (nothing of keen local interest):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-302976A1.doc
  o  FCC to hold "Generation Mobile" forum for parents and
  educators.  Event to address cyberbullying, sexting, safe cell
  phone use by kids and teens:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-303192A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH
  o  Jammer World/The Jammer Store, Bao'an District,
  Shenzhen, China:  Citation issued for marketing a
  "Handheld GPS and Cell Phone Jammer" to a U.S. client:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2240A1.doc
  o  City of Columbus (Columbus, OH) attempts to renew an
  expired microwave license but the city is so late and makes
  such a lame showing that the renewal app. is dismissed:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2257A1.doc
  o  KCKX(AM), Stayton, Oregon, tentatively fined $6,000 for
  failure to reduce power from 1000 watts daytime to 15 watts
  nighttime.  In fact, the station could not reduce to 15 watts
  when asked to do so.  Station owner gave a lame excuse:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2276A1.doc
  o  Notice of Violation issued to KBEH(TV), Oxnard, for EAS
  and public inspection file violations:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-302946A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  ACCESS ROAD FROM WILSON TO HARVARD BLOCKED ON WORKDAYS
  Starting Monday, December 6, Arizona Pipeline Co. will begin
trenching on the Mt. Wilson/Mt. Harvard Road, top down, a project
that should take at least three months to complete.  Arizona
Pipeline is a Southern California Edison (SCE) contractor and
the purpose of the work is to construct a "new Mt. Wilson 16kV
underground line segment," presumably to improve reliability.
  According to an unofficial report, the Wilson-Harvard road
will be blocked to normal vehicular traffic each workday until
about 3 PM, emergencies excepted (when possible).  Fortunately,
there is another way to reach Harvard: The old dirt Toll Road.
  The condition of the Toll Road is reportedly "not that bad"
right now, but the situation could change in a heartbeat with
rain and snow.  Speculation on the Internet that the Forest
Service will maintain the road in bad weather turns out to
be unfounded.  Mike McIntyre, District Ranger of the Forest
Service's Los Angeles River Ranger District, has this to say:
  "I wouldn't say [that our maintaining the road in inclement
weather] is a good assumption.  [The] SCE contractor will try
and have access at the end of [each] workday and for emergency
purposes.  As with every winter, our dirt roads may be impacted
and access compromised.  The roads crew works out of Arcadia
and the priority for road repair is made on a forest-wide
determination."
  Bottom line: Plan your emergencies.  If not possible, take
the Toll Road from Altadena if before 3 PM workdays.  Access to
Wilson via Red Box Road will not be affected.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE DINNER MEETING SET FOR DECEMBER 14
  Los Angeles SBE Chapter 47 will hold a dinner meeting
at the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank on December 14.
Start time is 6:30 PM and the details are here:
  http://www.sbe47.org/DecMeeting.htm
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  SAN DIEGO SBE HOLIDAY LUNCHEON SET FOR DECEMBER 15
  This gala affair will be held at Filippi's Italian Restaurant
in Kearny Mesa at 12 noon.  Here are the specifics:
  http://tinyurl.com/SBEsandiegoLuncheon
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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV
  o  About Clarence Kane, the man who repairs ribbon mics --
  a wonderful story:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/110138
  o  This link takes you to the Forest Service Communications
  Site Management Handbook and related offerings.  Very
  interesting stuff:
  http://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/special_comm.shtml
  o  EIBASS, one year later -- October marked the first
  anniversary of Engineers for the Integrity of Broadcast
  Auxiliary Services Spectrum:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/109706
  o  AT&T offers $3,000 to $5,000 for copper crooks:
  http://radioworld.com/article/110228
  o  New EAS group pushes for CAP clarity:
  http://radioworld.com/article/109766
  o  Gary Stigall on future proofing yourself in the
  ever changing job market:
  http://tinyurl.com/FutureProofing
  o  It's fast and cheap: The new metal-insulator-metal
  (MIM) diode could revolutionize a fundamental electronic
  component:
  http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=18741.php
  o  On the passing of Road Show King Larry Bloomfield:
  http://tinyurl.com/LarryBloomfield-SBE
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  RADIO SPECIFIC ITEMS
  o  KPCC(FM), Pasadena, moves, expands facilities:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/110184
  o  Greg Ogonowski's latest invention: a broadcast-quality
  audio app for Apple devices:
  http://radioworld.com/article/110254
  o  400+ AM stations are using FM translators:
  http://radioworld.com/article/110094
  o  Queen Elizabeth has openly expressed concern about
  what will happen after the official British switch to
  digital audio broadcasting in 2015:
  http://tinyurl.com/Upsets-The-Queen
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  TV SPECIFIC ITEMS
  o  Broadcasters show smarts with first big mobile DTV move:
  http://tinyurl.com/AdvancingMobileDTV
  o  Couch potatoes of America, listen up.  Congress may be
  just days away from turning down the volume on ear-splitting
  TV commercials (WSJ, subscription required):
  http://tinyurl.com/CalmActProgress
  o  Television's 19th century roots:
  http://schubincafe.com/blog/2010/12/when-did-we-come-from/
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                          HAM RADIO NOTES
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  TALKING TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
  Amateur Radio operators are permitted to talk directly to
astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) via ham
frequencies.  The first video (below) documents what a successful
contact sounds like from a ground-based perspective, while the
second takes us aboard the ISS for a personal tour of the ISS
and the ham facility.  Colonel Doug Wheelock, an active ham-
astronaut, is our guide:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzRieWkOzrA (1 minute)
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h73EYcyszf8 (20 minutes --
  outstanding!)
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Electronic pickpocketing is made easy with RFID chips
  imbedded in credit cards and other confidential things:
  http://tinyurl.com/E-Pickpocket
  o  Just as typographical errors are creeping into news
  stories and are apparently being tolerated by the public, the
  era of error-tolerant computing is upon us.  This represents
  a monumental shift in a field that has been so exacting:
  http://tinyurl.com/Error-TolerantComputing
  o  How to make a transistor in your own home:
  http://tinyurl.com/HomeBrewXistor
  o  A mind made of memristors:
  http://tinyurl.com/MindMemristor
  o  Radio waves zap kidneys to reduce blood pressure:
  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11764730
  o  High-tech companies are low-grade investments:
  http://tinyurl.com/Hi-Tech-Low-Grade
  o  Vintage cars of dreams, a most unusual collection:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbN_BAn55a4
  o  America's first jet flight, October 1942:
  http://tinyurl.com/FirstAmericanJet
  o  Swing medley on a Wersi organ -- this kid is hot:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpBR1QCnkWQ
  o  Chorus Niagara takes a food court by surprise:
  http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2852416
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  HIGH RESOLUTION TOUR OF THE VATICAN
  Here is a spectacular and most unusual tour of the Vatican.
View selected buildings, walls and ceilings in high resolution.
Here's how:
  Visit the URL below.  Double click on a location.  Wait for
the picture to load.  Put cursor on picture center, hold down left
mouse button and move the cursor slightly to pan/tilt image.  Zoom
using the + and - icons in the lower left of the image, or use
the shift/control keys on some computers.  A fascinating showing.
  http://tinyurl.com/VaticanTour-Awesome
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