CGC #1201

by CGC on May 16, 2013



                       The CGC Communicator

                             CGC #1201

                      Thursday, May 16, 2013


                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor

    Copyright 2013, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)


  The CGC Communicator Goes on Sabbatical

  The CGC Communicator is taking an extended sabbatical after
40 years of publication.  Forty years seems like a good round
number for taking a little break, and the circuit disconnect order
from XO/Concentric/Connectnet ("Connectnet") provided the perfect
catalyst for stepping back and taking a closer look at what we
have been doing.

  As most of you know, the circuits used to upload our news-
letter are being dismantled by our Internet Service Provider,
Connectnet.  They have given us an official decommissioning date
of Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at which time we will also lose access
to their newsletter server that has allowed mass mailings.  We
plan to publish at least one more newsletter before the circuits
are dismantled and that newsletter will cover local FCC
Applications & Actions.

  During our time out of print -- which might even span a
number of months -- we will consider whether to resume publication
in light of so many other relevant sources of information being
available on the Internet today.  If we decide to resume publi-
cation, a new means of distribution has already been wired-up
and we plan to mail newsletters from this e-dress:

  editor (at)

  If you need to white-list the new address, please do it now.
Just reassemble the disguised address above by replacing the
" (at) " portion with the @ symbol.

  During our time on sabbatical, our consulting office and
frequency and spectral lab will remain open for business as usual
and we will communicate directly with our consulting clients when
we find news items of unique importance.  Our consulting office
has a separate computer system that will not be affected by the
Connectnet disconnect.

  Special thanks to Steve Blodgett of Earthsignals for
developing the Tech Letters Website to support our publication
(Tech Letters is continuing to accept postings), to Bext Corp.
for archiving our e-newsletters, and to you, our readers, for
feeding us fascinating stories and URLs.  It's been a great
ride, and we are anxious to see what the next 40 years will
bring, Lord willing.

  Bob Gonsett
  Communications General Corporation
  Consulting Radio Engineers
  Fallbrook, California

  (760) 723-2700


  Where to Find Key Information

  While the CGC Communicator is on sabbatical, you may like to
use the same professional publications we use in compiling our
newsletter each week.  Those publications include:

  o  FCC Daily Digests.  The Digests contain links to official
  FCC news items including call sign changes and broadcast appli-
  cations and actions:

  o  Enforcement Bureau Field Notices.  This is where Notices
  of Violation and Notices of Unlicensed Operation are published.
  The second URL takes you to Enforcement Actions where the pedal
  meets the metal:

  o  Radio World NewsBytes.  This daily publication is, in
  our opinion, the single best source for daily FCC and industry
  news.  Important TV items are often mentioned.  NewsBytes is
  like the CGC Communicator but on a national scale and broader
  in scope.  Anyone can sign up under the "Subscribe to Email
  Newsletters" banner:

                            Off Topic

  The Great KBRT Arc-Over

  No matter how much advance planning and expertise are
involved, the unexpected sometimes happens at a new transmitter
plant.  Murphy lives, but fortunately not for long in this case:

  The tower-to-guy wire insulator arc-over at the new KBRT(AM)
transmitter site (mentioned in CGC #1200) has been thoroughly
investigated.  The worst-burnt fiberglass rod/insulator is
pictured at the first URL below.  No insulators other than those
on the top two levels of the high-power tower (#3 SE) showed
any signs of damage during a field inspection.

  KBRT has doubled up the top two levels of insulators on the
affected tower, and corona rings are being installed this week
on the top three levels of guys to prevent future damage.  See
the second URL for a photo of all the top level insulator rods
removed from the high power tower.  The insulator that severely
arced-over became a carbon resistor and therefore a dummy load
of sorts.  The thoroughly burnt fiberglass rod is really
something to behold.

  Thanks to skilled radio frequency engineers, problems
like these are quickly addressed and brought under control.
It wasn't that long ago that the nature of electricity
wasn't even understood, much less controlled.  Much has
been accomplished.



  The CGC Communicator is published for broadcast engineering
  professionals in so. California by Communications General®
  Corporation (CGC), consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA.

  CGC Communicator articles may be reproduced in any form
  by non-commercial publications provided the articles are
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  Letters to the Editor are not being accepted by the CGC
  Communicator at this time but may be sent to the companion
  publication Tech Letters.  See CGC #999 (fourth story) for
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  Typographical errors originating in FCC material are
  reproduced in our newsletter without speculative corrections.
  The views expressed in our newsletters do not necessarily
  reflect those of Communications General® Corporation, Bext,
  or the newsletter editor.

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