RF Shorts: Other Items of Interest - Nov. 19, 2009

A review of RF-related news briefs over the past week.
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Last month RF Report reported on FCC Public Notice (DA-09-2273)[PDF] announcing a petition seeking declaratory ruling that the Hazelton, Pa. ordinance governing satellite antenna installation is preempted by the FCC's off-air reception devices rules. It appears Hazelton may be willing to withdraw the ordinance allowing the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA), Antenna Star Satellites, and Johnson TV & Satellite to withdraw their petition. The city of Hazelton requested an extension of time to file responses or comments with respect to the petition. All petitioners supported the extension.

In Public Notice (DA 09-2417) [PDF], granting the extension < to Dec. 31, 2009 for comments and to Jan. 19, 2010 for replies, the FCC notes that "the City states that the requested extension would allow sufficient time for it to take official action to withdraw the challenged ordinance. This additional time will also allow Petitioners an opportunity to consider whether to withdraw their Petition in the event the challenged ordinance is withdrawn."

If you handle DTV reception issues at a VHF DTV station, you'll appreciate how WTVG's Tim Young tackles DTV reception problems. See DTV Expert: Ask Tom Young – Problems with TV reception?. Tom handles questions ranging from intermittent VHF reception to black bars around the picture on certain Dish Network receivers.