CGC #982

by CGC on January 3, 2010

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #982
                    Sunday,  January 3, 2010
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                
    Copyright 2010, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The nationwide first-come, first-served, digital-only
  licensing for LPTV and TV translator stations scheduled to begin
  January 25, 2010 has been postponed until July 26, 2010:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2611A1.doc
  o  The tentative agenda for the FCC's January 20 open meeting
  is posted here:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295432A1.doc
  o  Commissioner Clyburn is concerned about potentially excessive
  Early Termination Fees charged by Verizon:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295371A1.doc
  o  The FCC has extended the negotiation and mediation periods
  for Wave 4 NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1) licensees
  in the U.S.-Mexico border region:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2645A1.doc
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  ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Every once in a while, a blockbuster MO&O is released by
the Commission.  This is one of those.  The spotlight is shined
on unauthorized cross-border (U.S./Mexico) microwave links and
all kinds of shenanigans are exposed.  Four separate cases are
discussed involving Anderson Desk, More Enterprises, Uniradio
Corp. & Kojo.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-114A1.doc

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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  A MAJOR WILSON/HARVARD POWER OUTAGE
  Mts. Wilson and Harvard suffered another unanticipated
commercial power outage on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 -- this
time a nine hour outage that really riled the natives.
  Since there is currently no backup commercial power feed
to the Wilson/Harvard complex, Southern California Edison (SCE)
focused itself on finding and fixing the problem on the main power
line -- hopefully curing the problem that had taken this line down
a number of times before.
  Edison discovered that on one section of line, the power wires
slapped together and apparently shorted when the winds were just
right.  They fixed this problem.  Whether this was all that was
wrong with the line remains to be seen.  Read the details at the
URL below and watch the story unfold as told by the stakeholders
themselves.
  The smart move for the engineers designing the new backup
power feed (known as the "33kV broadcast line") to Wilson/Harvard
would be to put the wires far enough apart so they won't slap in
heavy winds.  This is relatively inexpensive to do at the design
stage.  It would help if the Wilson/Harvard stakeholders
individually made this point to Edison.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/wilson_outage.html

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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  KILLING OVER-THE-AIR TV BROADCASTING BY ADDING NEW COSTS
  Professor Stuart Benjamin, the newest advisor to FCC
Chairman Genachowski, favors regulations that heap costs on
over-the-air broadcasting to speed its demise.  This is a
great story -- worth the free subscription to TV News Check:
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2009/12/18/daily.7/
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  TV BROADCASTERS FIGHT THE SPECTRUM GRAB
  The potential loss of TV broadcast spectrum to broadband
interests includes some important observations from the TV side:
  o  TV broadcasting is one of the "twin pillars of the digital
economy," complementing wireless broadband service as a means for
distributing mobile video, according to a study commissioned by
NAB and AMST.
  o  TV broadcasting's point-to-multipoint model is far more
efficient at delivering mobile video than broadband's point-to-
point model.
  o  Studies are needed to determine whether broadband will
even have a spectrum shortage in light of improvements anticipated
for compression algorithms and the advent of over-the-air Mobile
TV -- those two things will lighten the load on broadband.
  o  A spectrum inventory is needed to assess what frequency
bands might be available to meet the spectrum shortage, if one
exists.
  o  TV uses just a "small fraction" (5.18%) of the spectrum
between 225 MHz and 3700 MHz and TV has already given up 140 MHz
through its DTV transition and ENG microwave transitions.
  o  Reducing free TV spectrum will directly impact the viewing
choices offered to the lowest economic class in the U.S. -- is
this really what a Democratic Commission wants to do?
  o  Why not seriously investigate giving wireless users microwave
frequencies where large bandwidths exist, rather than UHF spectrum
which would only lead to another alleged "spectrum crisis" on
short order?
  o  Let's say you gave wireless 10% of the spectrum from 100-
1,000 MHz.  That would yield 90 MHz of new spectrum, not a big
deal.  If instead you gave them 10% of the 1,000 - 10,000 MHz
microwave band, they would get 900 MHz of new spectrum, and
that would be a big deal.
  o  In a national emergency, diversity of information delivery
systems is essential.  The bottom line is this:  Don't kill or
cripple free over-the-air TV.
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2009/12/22/daily.14/
  http://tinyurl.com/yezdwee
  http://tinyurl.com/ye4df9z
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  MORE TV NEWS
  o  FCC's Blair Levin sharpens his focus on reducing TV
  broadcast spectrum; says "there is a distinct possibility"
  of a national broadband spectrum problem within five years;
  no mention of using microwave spectrum for broadband:
  http://tinyurl.com/FiveYearProblem
  o  What broadband spectrum shortfall?  LIN television
  asks this important question:
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2009/12/22/daily.1/
  o  Rabbit ear antennas are making a comeback for TV reception.
  In a way this seems like a flashback to the 1950s until one
  realizes that the laws of physics have not changed:
  http://tinyurl.com/RabbitEarReturn
  o  Mobile TV devices to debut next week at CES, Las Vegas:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobileTVces3
  o  Get ready for more TVs to hit the road: About 17.6 million
  television systems for autos are expected to ship in 2015:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobTVprojection
  o  Doug Lung's thoughts on the gaining momentum of Mobile DTV:
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/92386
  o  High price (typ. $4,000) slows the adoption of 3D-TV at
  home but some observers believe it's only a matter of time
  before we have "3D everything" in our living rooms:
  http://tinyurl.com/3DTVslowed
  http://tinyurl.com/3Deverything
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  SPECIAL ALASKAN EAS/EAN TEST WEDNESDAY
  The State of Alaska will perform a special EAS test on
January 6, 2010 at approximately 10 AM local time.  The test
will exercise the EAN (Emergency Action Notification) code.
This is the code established for the President of the United
States.  This code has never been used in a test exercise
before now.  That makes this a very interesting test.
  http://ready.alaska.gov/test/
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  RADIO NOTES
  o  The explosive growth of Internet radio is driving a
  new market:
  http://tinyurl.com/InternetRadio3
  o  The proposed HD Radio power hike will affect SCA receivers
  (among other things):
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/92166
  o  The White House has named Professor Howard A. Schmidt,
  W7HAS, of Issaquah, Washington as its new Cybersecurity
  Coordinator.  Professor Schmidt is an ARRL member.
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/12/23/11264/?nc=1
  o  The venerable "Military Affiliated Radio Service" (MARS)
  has been renamed.  It is now the "Military Auxiliary Radio
  Service:"
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/12/24/11267/?nc=1

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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  EARLY RADIO:  FACSIMILE BROADCASTING
  Re:  Harold Hallikainen's letter in CGC #981 asking if
  any early FM stations engaged in facsimile broadcasting.
  I do not know of an FM that operated a facsimile service.
KMJ(AM) did, however, operate such a service.  KMJ was owned
by the local Fresno newspaper which had the reception machines
installed at what could best be described as community and
business leaders.  The service was used to deliver an abbreviated
version of The Fresno Bee.  Transmission occurred in the early
morning hours.
  Joe Mauk, joe.mauk (at) peakbroadcasting.com
  Director of Engineering
  Peak Broadcasting LLC
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  RANDY MICKLER OF KNSD(TV) PASSES AWAY
  For those of you that worked with Randy, after a long battle
with cancer he passed away yesterday (December 20, 2009).  Randy
was my predecessor and retired this year.  He was a great guy
and will be missed by the station and the San Diego broadcasting
community.
  David MacKinnon
  David.MacKinnon (at) nbcuni.com

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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  Decades ago, CGC Communicator newsletters were hand written
and drawn, and mailed through the Post Office.  In a blast from
the past, here is the CGC Communicator's Christmas card from
33 years ago as inspired by Rube Goldberg:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/CGCcommDec1976.pdf

  And here is an on-line video showing how Hi-Fi records were
made circa 1950.  Fascinating technical stuff once you get past
the introduction.  Run time is 24 minutes and worth it:
  http://www.archive.org/details/SoundAndTheS%20to%20enjoy

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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BML-20090903ADR   KWKW   38454   LOTUS COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
           P      1330 KHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to modify.

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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPED-20071018AUB   NEW   174793    DESERT ALLIANCE FOR
            E      88.1 MHZ          COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
                                           MECCA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 12/14/2009
  by Desert Alliance for Community Empowerment
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20091218ADE   KXRN-LP  124565  SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS CHURCH
            E      93.5 MHZ                OF LAGUNA NIGUEL
                                           LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20091218ADE  KXRN-LP 124565   SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS CHURCH
            E      93.5 MHZ               OF LAGUNA NIGUEL
                                          LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20091216AFD   K238BB   85365   THE ASSOCIATION FOR
             E      95.5 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                       PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K238BB.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20091217AFI   KSIQ-FM1  178665   CCR-BRAWLEY IV, LLC
                E      96.1 MHZ               SANTEE, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20091218ADF  KCAQ-FM2 165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E      104.7 MHZ             SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Mod of CP

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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTL-20091221ADL KBLM-LP 38561  LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP..
               E      CHAN-25          RIVERSIDE AND PERRIS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KBLM-LP.
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPCDT-20091216ADJ   KMIR-TV  16749   JOURNAL BROADCAST CORP...
                E      CHAN-46              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTTL-20091211AGA  KPSE-LP  51660  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
              E      CHAN-50               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20091007AAT,
  callsign KPSE-LP.

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