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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #1037
                   Tuesday, December 14, 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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  VOTING ON INVISIBLE MATTER
  The "net neutrality" rules proposed by Chairman Genachowski
"will almost certainly pass on a party-line vote" on December 21
according to Radio Ink magazine.  Ink goes on to say that, "The
rules, though they HAVE NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC other than as a brief
outline, will include regulations for network management by
Internet providers" (emphasis added, full story at first URL).
  Republican Commissioner Meredith Baker has taken the Democratic
Commissioners to task on a variety of grounds not the least of
which is the fact there is no Internet crisis requiring a rushed
vote.  Moreover, the FCC does not appear to be empowered to
regulate the Internet and grave Congressional concerns have
been expressed about the FCC's planned action.  Nevertheless,
the process moves forward, invisible to public scrutiny.
  http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2052179&spid=24698
  http://tinyurl.com/BakerPerspective
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  FCC NEWS BRIEF
  Changes are proposed for the "Commission’s Registration
System," also known as "CORES."  Anyone doing business with
the Commission must have a "FCC Registration Number," or FRN,
and CORES provides that number.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-192A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  Pirate broadcaster in Boca Raton, Florida (294-297 MHz).
  Fine reduced to $750 based on demonstrated inability to pay:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2306A1.doc
  o  Citation issued to "Everbuying.com" in China for
  selling cell phone and GPS jammers to an undercover FCC agent:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2295A1.doc
  o  CB Notice of Unlicensed Operation (Anderson, CA):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-303224A1.html
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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  WEBCAM WATCHES FOR WILSON-HARVARD ROAD CLOSURES
  A Webcam now monitors the intersection where the Mt. Wilson/
Mt. Harvard road joins with one of the main roads on Mt. Wilson.
Camera focus should be improved soon.
  Dennis Doty advises us that when the Wilson/Harvard road
is closed due to construction activities, a closed sign on an
A Frame barrier is positioned near the bar gate shown in the
photo (pay no attention to the sign permanently mounted on the
gate).  He adds that when the road is open, the A Frame is
removed and the gate may be open or closed (again, pay no
attention to the sign permanently mounted on the gate).
  Dennis says he will work with the road crews to make sure
the A Frame sign is visible to the camera.  The camera itself
is an Axis 211.  You can help this modest little project by
loaning or donating a small 24 volt power supply to run the
fan/heater in the camera enclosure.  For details contact
dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  http://www.mtwilson.net/ (Camera URL)
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TV RECEIVING ANTENNAS GAIN POPULARITY
  Over-the-air (OTA) TV antenna sales are growing dramatically
as people rediscover Free TV.  Asked if the popularity will
continue, one manufacturer/distributor said, "Yes, because here's
where our opportunity is: 80% of the population doesn't even know
you can get over-the-air HDTV.  You tell people and they look at
you like you're crazy: "You're saying I can actually get free HDTV
from an antenna?"  It's shocking to a lot of people."
  Turns out that the multicast market is even bigger than HDTV.
  http://tinyurl.com/AntennasSexyAgain
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  GENERAL NOTES
  o  Tar as a solution to copper theft:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/109638
  o  Top Radio World stories for 2010:
  http://radioworld.com/article/110520
  o  Copies of various broadcasting publications dating
  back to 1923 are consolidated at this wonderful Website.
  Thanks to David E.F. Gleason of Los Angeles for putting
  this showing together:
  http://www.davidgleason.com/Radio_Archives.htm
  o  Of the 17% of Americans who stream audio, almost half
  no longer listen to AM or FM broadcasts:
  http://radioworld.com/article/110556
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS
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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  Here are outstanding pictures from the International
  Space Station by NASA astronaut Colonel Doug Wheelock:
  http://tinyurl.com/ISS-Wheelock
  o  This interactive showing lets you go from the smallest
  to the biggest things in the universe.  Remarkable effort
  went into this showing.  After visiting the URL, hit "Play."
  On the next page, SLIDE THE BLUE SQUARE to change scale:
  http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe
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