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Oct 16, 2006 2:46 PM


FCC Seeks Nominations for WARN Committee
Washington - Oct 16, 2006 - The FCC seeks nominations for membership on its Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee is to develop recommendations on technical standards and protocols to facilitate the ability of commercial mobile service providers to transmit emergency alerts to their subscribers to the extent such providers elect to do so. This committee is being established pursuant to the Warning, Alert and Response Network Act (WARN Act), which was enacted on Oct. 13, 2006.

The act requires the committee to holds its first meeting within 60 days of the statute's enactment, which is Dec. 12, 2006.

The WARN Act Committee will develop and submit recommendations to the Commission that cover various aspects of a warning system. This includes identifying protocols, technical capabilities and technical procedures through which electing commercial mobile service providers receive, verify and transmit alerts to subscribers, establishing technical standards for priority transmission of alerts by electing commercial mobile service providers to subscribers, identifying relevant technical standards for devices and equipment and technologies used by commercial mobile service providers to transmit emergency alerts to subscribers, and ensuring the technical capability to transmit emergency alerts to subscribers in languages in addition to English when practical and feasible.

The committee must develop and submit its recommendations to the Commission within one year of the enactment of the WARN Act.

The FCC also seeks nominations for membership to the committee. Nominated individuals must represent the following areas:

  • State and Local Government Representatives
  • Tribal Governments
  • Subject Matter Experts, such as communications service providers; vendors, developers and manufacturers of systems, facilities, equipment and capabilities for the provision of communications services; third-party service bureaus; technical experts from the broadcasting industry; licensees and permittees of noncommercial broadcast TV stations; national organizations representing individuals with special needs, including individuals with disabilities and the elderly; and other individuals with relevant technical expertise.
  • Qualified representatives of other stakeholders and interested parties

Nominations should be received by the Commission as soon as possible to facilitate completion of the membership appointment process and scheduling of the committee's first meeting, which will be held no later than Dec. 12, 2006. Nominations should be sent to the Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Attn: Lisa M. Fowlkes, via e-mail at, via fax at 202-418-2817, or via U.S. mail at 445 12th Street SW, Room 7-C753, Washington, DC 20554.

Due to the extensive security screening of incoming mail, the FCC encourages e-mail or fax delivery. No specific nomination form is required. However, a nomination should include the nominee's name, title and organization, the nominee's address, e-mail address and telephone number. Nominations should include a description of the nominee's qualifications to serve on the committee. Nominations to serve as subject matter representatives should include a description of any relevant subject matter expertise.

DA 06-2037


Sirius Launches Internet Radio Station
New York - Oct 18, 2006 - Sirius Satellite Radio has launched of Sirius Internet Radio (SIR), a CD-quality, Internet-only version of its satellite radio service. SIR delivers more than 75 channels of Sirius programming, without the use of a radio, for the monthly subscription fee of $12.95. Subscribers to the service will be able to hear all of Sirius' 100 percent commercial-free music channels in CD-quality audio and select sports, entertainment and talk channels, including The Howard Stern Show, Howard 100 and Howard 101.

To mark the availability of SIR, listeners on will be able to hear The Howard Stern Show and Stern's two 24/7 channels for free on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

Darel Graves Wins HD Radio from BE
Quincy, IL - Oct 16, 2006 - Every month Broadcast Electronics (BE) gives away prizes to a participant of its online survey. In September, Darel Graves' name was drawn and he won a Boston Acoustics Recepter Radio HD, worth around $300 retail. For more information on the online customer satisfaction survey visit

Mogami Expands into New Facility
El Segundo, CA - Oct 18, 2006 - Mogami has expanded into a new 25,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its current headquarters. With its expanded manufacturing facilities, Mogami plans to introduce a number of new product offerings, such as the recently announced Platinum Series instrument cables. The new warehouse will enable the company to have more stock on hand.

Sales Call KUHF-FM, a non-commercial station owned by the University of Houston, has purchased a�Jampro model JLLP six-bay antenna for its HD Radio channel.


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Nautel adds Kelly to International Sales
Hackett's Cove, NS - Oct 17, 2006 - Charles W. Kelly Jr. has joined Nautel as the director of international sales. Kelly was a long time employee of Broadcast Electronics in Quincy, IL, where he also served as director of international sales.

Nautel has recently expanded its manufacturing capabilities in Maine and Nova Scotia and is working to meet its anticipated international growth.

Kelly is a past president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the professional technical society with more than 5,000 members in more than 30 countries. He can be reached at 902-823-3900 ext. 128 or at

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Medina Named Engineering Department Manager for IREC
Elkhart, IN - Oct 20, 2006 - Alvaro Medina has accepted the position of engineering department manager for the International Radio and Electronics Corporation (IREC) (Crown Broadcast). Medina will begin in this capacity on Oct. 23, 2006.

Medina will primarily be responsible for IREC engineering and product design. As engineering manager, he will be responsible for current product support, new product development and day-to-day operations of the engineering department.

Medina has a Masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and a B.S.E.E. from Universidad De Santander in Columbia. He has a wealth of practical experience in RF design and management from such companies as Larcan-TTC and Special Teknik Aps.


Enco Adds New Features to DAD System
Southfield, MI - Oct 16, 2006 - Enco Systems has released version 5.1d of its Digital Audio Delivery (DAD) system. The new system features a new user interface, metadata features and stronger music scheduling and traffic integration.

New plug-and-play capabilities for interfacing a wide array of studio and broadcast equipment have been added to DAD. Streamline, Enco''s all-in-one integrated solution for radio automation, music scheduling and traffic management, also incorporates the new interface as well as new stronger integration between music scheduling and traffic management modules.

MXL Ships MXL.006 USB Condenser Mic
El Segundo, CA - Oct 18, 2006 - MXL Microphones is now shipping the MXL.006 USB/cardioid condenser microphone. The MXL.006 features a large, gold diaphragm, a three-way attenuation switch and a USB output.

The analog section of the mic features a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, and a pressure-gradient condenser capsule. The digital section features a 16-bit delta sigma A/D converter with a sampling rate of 44.1kHz and 48kHz. A red LED behind the protective grill shows the user that the microphone is active and correctly oriented toward the user. The mic includes a travel case, a desktop microphone stand, a 10-foot USB cable and windscreen.

Internet Watch

Symetrix's Website Search Undergoes Upgrade
Mountlake Terrace, WA - Oct 16, 2006 - Symetrix's website,, now enables users to quickly search for companies that carry and install the full range of Symetrix products including the Symetrix, Symnet, Airtools and Lucid brands. Next to the listing of each Symetrix product a new "Buy Now" button leads visitors to a dealer locator screen. Search to find integrators or resellers based on city, state and Zip code or internationally by country for each product. A mileage radius tool can help narrow the U.S. search.

Eye on IBOC

HD Radio Hits 1,000 Station Mark
Columbia, MD - Oct 16, 2006 - WIYY-FM 97.9 (98 Rock) in Baltimore carries the official distinction of being the 1,000th station in the United States to broadcast with HD Radio technology. Ibiquity notes that in just over one year the number of HD Radio stations on the air has nearly doubled. The technology developer expects to finish 2006 with 1,200 stations.