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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #690
                    Wednesday,  June 8, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  MAJOR CHANGES AT THE MEDIA BUREAU
  June 3, Washington - Today, FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin
announced his intention to appoint Donna Gregg as the Media
Bureau Chief.  Chairman Martin also announced that Roy Stewart
will serve as Senior Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau, and
Deborah Klein will serve as Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-259155A1.doc
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  TWO TV STATIONS OPT TO GO DIGITAL-ONLY
  Two televisions stations (out of our area) have proposed
to stop broadcasting in analog on Channel 55.  They are offering
to become DTV-only stations on other channels.  QUALCOMM Inc.,
which holds licenses for the CH-55 spectrum, supports these
requests, stating that approval would allow QUALCOMM's wholly-
owned subsidiary, MediaFLO USA, Inc., to operate on CH-55 in the
affected markets without having to protect analog operations.
  TV broadcasting to cell phones is soon to become a big business.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1616A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1617A1.doc
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  THURSDAY'S FCC AGENDA
  The FCC will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed
below on Thursday, June 9, 2005:
  TITLE:  Revision of Procedures Governing Amendments to
FM Table of Allotments and Changes of Community of License in
the FM Broadcast Service.
  TITLE:  Requirements for Digital Television Receiving
Capability.  (Should new television receivers include the
capability to receive off-the-air DTV signals?)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-259117A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The Commission has issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount
of $11,000 to WYLF(AM), Penn Yan, NY, for operating with power in
excess of the station's authorization during daytime, post sunset
and nighttime hours, and for failing to surround the tower base
with an effective locked fence or other enclosure.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-680A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  FM ANALOG PERFORMANCE SUFFERS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF IBOC
  The IBOC train has left the station with many engineers
being ordered to implement IBOC (HD Radio) without considering
the technical consequences of same.  In the case of FM IBOC,
engineers often assume that adding the IBOC signal is no big
deal - but that may be a dangerous assumption, especially for
stations with low average modulation levels including talk.
  Barry McLarnon, P.E., writing in the May 2005 Radio Guide,
shows that iBiquity's limited test data indicates that the
introduction of FM IBOC sidebands will increase the signal-to-
noise ratio ("SNR") in portable receivers (as opposed to car
radios) tuned to the station's conventional analog carrier.
Sometimes the SNR is so significantly increased that listeners
are moved (virtually) to the point of tune out.  Activating the
"extended hybrid" IBOC carriers only makes matters worse, as
Barry shows in this easy-to-read but in-depth article.
  Unfortunately, iBiquity's test data is woefully inadequate
(only four receivers tested), so there is much unknown as the
FM industry plunges into what could be called a large scale Beta
Test of IBOC.  Next month, Barry will examine the effects of
FM IBOC carriers on adjacent channel stations.  Meanwhile, good
luck to all Beta Test participants.
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  REFLECTIONS ON LAST WEEK'S NEWSLETTER (CGC #689)
  A well informed Communicator reader notes that with regard
to our lead story in last week's newsletter ("MORE SECTION 325(C)
GRANTS, AND SOME DEFERRALS"), "most, if not all, of these 325(c)
[grants] are for METRO traffic to provide traffic reports to
these border stations, and it doesn't necessarily mean they all
have full time programming studios in the US."
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  MORE ON THE QUESTION, "IS KCOP-DT OPERATIONAL?"
  Last week, we commented that Lew Warren, past General Manager
of KVCR-TV and KVCR-FM, was wondering why he was able to receive
all of the Mt. Wilson DTV stations over-the-air except KCOP-DT,
and why he ran into dead ends in taking his home reception problem
to KCOP.  Rather than going into the specifics of this case,
consider the following:
  o Do you have one person at your station who is designated to
receive all reception complaints?  If not, everyone will assume
that "someone else is taking care of it," with the result that
no one will take care of it.
  o Are your key engineering people constantly advised of all
viewer complaints?  If not, they are out of touch - period.
  Every complaint is important and should be answered, and some
complaints - a select few - should result in field investigations.
Field studies pay handsome dividends in the most unexpected ways.
None of this is to say that KCOP was in any way deficient in its
handling of Lew's inquiries.  The suggestions in this article
came up while discussing similar situations at other stations.
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  NEW HOUSE WIRING FOR COMMUNICATIONS (AN INVITED LETTER)
  Recently, I received a notice from the City of Chino regarding
the modification to their master community plan that outlines the
addition of technology plans for the housing community called
The Preserve.  The mod is in the process of being added to the
zoning rules for the area surrounding the KMXE(AM), Orange,
transmitter site.
  It is interesting to note that as we in the broadcast community
plan for the next evolution of our industry in HD Radio, Chino is
planning for the next evolution of new homes to be outfitted with
structured cabling, and neighborhoods are being planned with a
look toward a technological future.  I recently read that planned
communities in Playa Vista near Marina Del Rey had similar
requirements when the homes were built there.  Is this the wave
of the future?   - Kent Kramer, KMXE(AM)
  http://tinyurl.com/bjvqy
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  HAVE UFOs VISITED DEL MAR?
  A strange circle on the earth immediately west of I-5 and
a bit south of the Del Mar Racetrack reminds us of a UFO "crop
circle" - a circle supposedly etched into a crop field by an
alien spacecraft (these images were popular a few decades ago).
  To see a peculiar circle on the earth in Del Mar, visit
<http://maps.google.com/>, search on coordinates 32.97N 117.25W,
go to satellite view and zoom in.
  According to Clark Novak of Axia Audio, you are looking
at the remains of the western-most mooring circle of the old Del
Mar Naval Auxiliary Air Facility.  The Navy built a small two-
ring blimp landing station there circa 1943 to serve the coastal
watch.  The circle you see had a twin to the east, now lost
from view.
  You can still make out, to the left of the circle, the access
road that served the facility, and the foundations of the old
Navy buildings that housed 138 personnel.
  Shorthand URL: http://tinyurl.com/dd2v9
  Longhand URL:  http://members.tripod.com/airfields_freeman/CA/Airfields_CA_SanDiego_N.htm#delmar
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KRNP(AM), Santa Barbara, to KZSB
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-259121A1.doc
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BP-20050216ACW     KECR  20977    FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
                E   910 KHZ             EL CAJON, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20041115AFC    KSPA  13899    ONTARIO BROADCASTING, LLC
              E   1510 KHZ               ONTARIO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/01/2005
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20050201BCH KMLT-FM1 164724  AMATURO GROUP OF L.A., LTD.
                 E   92.7 MHZ              MALIBU VISTA, CA
  CP New Station.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20050223ABU K233AW 138001 MILLER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.
              E   94.5 MHZ                FORTUNA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K233AW.
  Dismissed 6/1/2005 per applicant's request - no letter sent
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605ALI  NEW  124566  VOICE OF FAITH MINISTRIES, INC.
              E   101.5 MHZ               RIVERSIDE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.  Amended April 9, 2002.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 12/8/03
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT PETITION DENIED PER 1800B3-SS ON 1-13-04.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/21/2004
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  K47HC (LPTV), Lucerne Valley, to KIJR-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-259121A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20050531BTH   KSPP-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                   E   CHAN-29         PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-20050413ABR.
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