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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #1038
                  Wednesday, December 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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  "IP" HAS A NEW MEANING: FCC BECOMES THE "INTERNET POLICE"
  The FCC has passed a set of rules to regulate Internet
traffic on wireless and fixed networks.  The vote was 3-2 as
anticipated.  According to Broadcasting and Cable (B&C), "The
meeting was characterized by cordial delivery of scathing dissents
by the Republicans and a less-than enthusiastic concurrence by
swing vote Michael Copps...."
  Per B&C, Republican McDowell complained that the Commission
had dumped 3,000 pages into the docket only days before the public
comment period ended.  He also pointed out that his staff was
still vetting the Order since they did not see it until almost
midnight the night before the vote.  Repeat: Midnight before
the vote.  This is outrageous.
  http://tinyurl.com/InternetPoliceForce
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  THE 'CALM ACT' IS SIGNED INTO LAW
  President Obama has signed into law legislation that will
require TV providers to coordinate decibel levels of commercials
with that of the programming they surround.  The FCC must adopt
standards to implement the change within one year, and the law
officially goes into effect a year after that.
  http://tinyurl.com/Loudness-Act
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  HD RADIO-TO-ANALOG FM INTERFERENCE PREDICTED BY COMPUTER
  Doug Vernier of V-Soft Communications has taken a close look
at the KATY vs. KRTH interference situation.  As you may recall,
KATY has complained vigorously to the FCC that the HD Radio
operation on superpowered first adjacent channel KRTH is
causing severe interference to KATY's analog listeners.
  Not only has Doug theoretically analyzed the KATY/KRTH
situation, he has made the software available as part of V-Soft's
Probe 4 package so other stations may now determine how hard HD
is impacting their analog signals.
  Both FM and AM HD leave a lot to be desired.
  http://radioworld.com/article/110872
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  LPFM BILL CLEARS THE SENATE AND HOUSE
  The U.S. Senate on Saturday by unanimous vote gave its
approval to the House version of the Local Community Radio Act.
While this bill eliminates third adjacent channel protections from
LPFM to full-service FM stations, FM translators and FM boosters,
a number of other interference protection measures are instituted
thanks to the efforts of the NAB.  The full text of the approved
bill is at the first URL.
  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-6533
  http://www.nab.org/documents/newsRoom/pressRelease.asp?id=2413
  http://www.rbr.com/radio/senate-passes-the-local-community-radio-act.html
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS, BROADCAST
  o  Greg Walden, R-Oregon, W7EQI, will chair the House
  Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet.
  Greg was owner of a group of stations until 2007 so he knows
  broadcasting and that is great news.
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/110862
  http://tinyurl.com/GregWalden
  http://tinyurl.com/GregWaldenII
  http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2058726&spid=24698
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA ONLY
  Actions against cable TV companies for excessive RF leakage
 (Bridgeport, Bishop and Independence):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-303515A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-303697A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-303698A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  DIRECT FROM DENNIS DOTY
  Hello again from Mt. Wilson.  It's pouring rain, a lot of rain,
and it continues day after day.  This is a big storm for us.
  I arrived for my transmitter shift on Saturday (Dec. 18) and
the only paved road into/out of Wilson closed several hours after
that.  Right now, I and a number of other transmitter engineers
are safely "camped" in our transmitter buildings.  Hopefully
everyone is warm and cozy and tending to things that break down
and roofs that leak on occasion.  Of course, we have food stocked
up and the prospect of helicopter resupplies if necessary.
  Rumors are that Red Box Road (the only paved road servicing
Mt. Wilson) and other roads further down the mountain in the
Station Fire burn area will remain closed until after Christmas.
I understand there was a rock the size of a small car on State
Route S2 east of Red Box.  Glad it's been cleared by Caltrans.
I need that road when it's time for me to leave.
  Following are some helpful Web links.  If anyone needs anything
like resets or site checks, they can reach me at 310-622-4991;
during the message, hit 44 and that will ring my Wilson phone.
  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  December 21, 2010
  o  Road closure info from Los Angeles County Dept.
  of Public Works (covers L.A. County only):
  http://gis.dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/main.cfm
  o  Road Stats plus our Toll Road gate camera:
  http://www.mtwilson.net
  o  Weather summary page in real time:
  http://weather.mtwilson.net/WDL
  o  Full weather stats updated every 5 minutes:
  http://weather.mtwilson.net
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV
  o  Copper thieves apparently accidentally ignite a city's
  outdoor Christmas tree and burn it to the ground:
  http://tinyurl.com/TorchedTree
  o  AT&T Inc., the second-largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier,
  agrees to buy wireless spectrum from Qualcomm Inc. for $1.93
  billion:
  http://tinyurl.com/QualcommSpectrum
  o  From this action it appears that iBiquity is finally
  seeing the light by realizing that analog AM has a future:
  http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/headline_id=b12751
  o  Comments to the FCC from Venture Technologies Group on
  the future (or not) of LPTV and whether an accelerated date-
  certain for LPTV DTV transition should be imposed:
  http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7020924272
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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.  Our
  thanks to Steve Blodgett who has been doing a wonderful
  job as Site Moderator.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL -- SERIOUS STUFF
  o  Outstanding panoramic view of B-29 "Enola Gay" cockpit
  area.  Click and zoom at will:
  http://www.davidpalermo.com/data/slideshow/4/index.html
  o  NASA Captures Dec. 14 Solar Flare.  For a quick look, scroll
  down and run the video that appears half way down the page.
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/110824
  o  The transformation of California into two Californias,
  one of the best articles of the year:
  http://tinyurl.com/TransformingCalifornia
  o  Recreating and purifying great recordings of the past:
  http://tinyurl.com/Recreating-and-Purifying
  o  This is a classic video put together by IBM in 1968 that
  lets you go from the smallest to the biggest things in the
  universe.  The same units of measure are used throughout:
  http://www.powersof10.com/film
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL -- JUST PLAIN FUN STUFF
  o  Pick a puzzle and get to work.  This is very fun:
  http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com:80/your-shot/jigsaw-puzzles
  o  Springboard diving made easy:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T89HO_qIMyo
  o  If your airplane is missing a wheel, call Gladys Ingle.
  This woman will install a replacement wheel and change planes
  in mid-air to do it:
  http://tinyurl.com/Air-Wheel-Video
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL -- CHRISTMAS MATTERS
  The story of the Nativity, text messaging version:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA
  o  A nicely done Christmas greeting from the K-LOVE radio group:
  http://www.klove.com/christmas/christmas-card-2010.html
  o  A snowy Christmas:
  http://www.greatdanepro.com/Winters%20Long%20Ago/index.htm
  o  Ethereal and joyful:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTlYGBmdddM
  o  Oh Holy Night performed by the Celtic Woman group:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDeXUvWbLp8&NR=1
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  MERRY CHRISTMAS
  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff at CGC.
  May your family enjoy good health and a prosperous 2011.
  See you next year!
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