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The Telecom Digest for November 20, 2011
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Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 11:09:24 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRN.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: GPS Group to FCC: No Upper MSS Band for LightSquared Message-ID: <4EC7D4B4.email@example.com> It seems that LightSquared's difficulties are multiplying. GPS Group to FCC: No Upper MSS Band for LightSquared The Coalition to Save Our GPS sent a letter today to the FCC asking the agency to "promptly rule" that LightSquared be barred from using the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band for high-powered terrestrial operations. Previous tests of LightSquared's 4G broadband transmitters in the upper MSS band resulted in widespread GPS interference issues. Rest at: http://www.ainonline.com/?q=aviation-news/ainalerts/2011-11-08/gps-group-fcc-no-upper-mss-band-lightsquared I got this link from the Cybertelecom-l mailing list. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRN from my address to email me directly)
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 12:25:41 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRN.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Please contribute to keeping Wikipedia free of ads Message-ID: <4EC7E695.email@example.com> I made a contribution to Wikipedia this morning, and I recommend that other readers do so too. They do good work. https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Support_Wikipedia/en -- Bill Horne 339-364-8487
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:45:58 -0500 From: bill@horneQRN.net (Bill Horne) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Net Neutrality gains a little ground Message-ID: <20111119184558.GA25962@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Here's a report on the Senate's decision to abandon the effort to void the FCC's "Net Neutrality" rules in the United States. The report notes that President Obama had promised to veto the resolution if it were passed, and I suspect that the Republican minority in the Senate didn't want to give the White House any ammunition to use in the election next year, but it's still nice to see that Net Neutrality - even in the watered-down version the FCC is pushing - has a chance. Neutrality Rules Survive Repeal Threat, CDT Earlier today, the Senate voted not to advance a joint resolution to repeal the FCC's open internet rules. President Obama had promised to veto the measure, which passed the House in the spring, but it's good news that it won't have to come to that -- and that the rules have the support of the Senate. Not that the rules are out of the woods entirely; they still face a court challenge from Verizon. http://cdt.org/blogs/andrew-mcdiarmid/1011neutrality-rules-survive-repeal-threat (My thanks to the Cybertelecom-l mailing list for the link) Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRN from my email address to write to me directly) If your mem'ry serves you well You'll remember you're the one That called on me to call on them To get you your favors done - Bob Dylan
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 09:32:14 -0800 (PST) From: Joseph Singer <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: SIM card cutters Message-ID: <1321723934.14003.YahooMailClassic@web161510.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 08:25:44 +1100 David Clayton <email@example.com> wrote: > I had a client ask about having to get a new mini-SIM to use in an > iPhone and transferring all the existing contacts from a standard > sized SIM to it. > > I did a bit of research and found that people are cutting down the > standard SIM to the new size and are still able to use it, and there > are actually tools for this on sale (in places like eBay). First of all [we] need to get [the] terminology a bit corrected. The SIM commonly in use in mobile devices for at least the last 10 (and likely longer) years is the mini SIM. The original full sized SIM cards were credit card sized cards. Mini SIM cards, [which are] generally what most people use today, are usually broken off the full-sized card. The "micro SIM" is even smaller than the mini SIM. All SIMs whether full sized, mini or micro SIM have the same grid of the card's "brain." Refer to this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscriber_Identity_Module#Formats As for adapters: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=microsim+adapter for cutters: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=microsim+cutter Hope this helps.
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 22:08:06 -0500 From: Fred Goldstein <fgoldstein.SeeSigSpambait@wn2.wn.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: OT: Electronics store with classic parts Message-ID: <20111120030801.5FCF453E1@mailout.easydns.com> At 11/19/2011 03:20 AM, Bill Horne wrote: >... >Actually, there are still vacuum tubes in some telephone equipment today. > >Now, let's have some fun: name the "All American Five", and explain >why they got that name. What, doesn't everyone remember the AA5? It was the most common design of vacuum tube AM radio, especially common for clock radios. It had five vacuum tubes. The main feature was its cheapness, its ability to avoid having a power transformer. The tubes had filament voltages that added up to 117 volts, and were wired in series with each other. While I remembered this in vague terms, the wackpedia has an article about it, listing several generations of AA5 tube sets. I only remembered the miniature-tube version, which was my bedside clock radio for some years. -- Fred Goldstein k1io fgoldstein "at" ionary.com ionary Consulting http://www.ionary.com/ +1 617 795 2701
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