RF Shorts – November 24, 2010

Barron’s writer Eric Savitz reports Qualcomm Reportedly In Talks With AT&T Over Flo TV Spectrum. The story estimates the spectrum could sell for as much as $1 billion.

Yet another article reporting on people rediscovering over-the-air TV -- Is it Time to Drop Cable TV for Netflix, Hulu Plus and Antenna? Mark Johnson tallies up the costs and comes to the conclusion, “You see, we don’t think cable TV gets it--and likely never will. It’s too expensive. People know this and if they are going to pay a premium, they are going for newer and more advanced--or they are going with retro antennas plus subscription services and saving a bundle.”

Terrestrial TV broadcasting is alive and well in Tokyo, Japan. Work is progressing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. It is scheduled for completion in spring 2012. Money Sharma’s article Tokyo Sky Tree: An enriching experience has a picture of the Sky Tree under construction. Sharma writes, “A marvel of Japanese technology and engineering, the Tokyo Sky Tree was envisaged by a consortium of six of Japan’s biggest broadcasting stations. They wanted a new terrestrial broadcasting tower, but since construction began in 2008, the Sky Tree has come to mean a lot more to the citizens of Tokyo. It is, when fully constructed, going to be the highest radio tower in the world.”

A Comfort Inn in Ouray, Colorado, received an FCC citation for Exceeding Signal Leakage Limits in Aeronautical Bands. This is a reminder that the cable radiation rules apply not only to cable companies, but to higher-power in-house cable networks as well.

Awhile back we ran an article on a non-academic researcher who did some experiments and determined RF was harming her plants. The news satire site WeeklyWorldNews.com takes it a big step further in the article by Frank Lake, Wi-Fi Is Killing American Trees.

Your comments and news items are always appreciated. E-mail me at dlung@transmitter.com.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.