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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #701
                  Monday,  August 22, 2005
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                    <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
  Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  KNSD CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF OPERATION
  San Diego's NBC O&O has a nice anniversary page covering
their rise from an independent station in a former pen
manufacturing plant in 1965 to their present-day powerhouse
studios in a downtown high rise.
  It's particularly interesting for us engineers to note
that before Channel 39 went on-air, there was no UHF service
in San Diego.  Also note that KAAR, as it was called, had to
build a road to the top of Mt. San Miguel and have power lines
installed.  (Anyone remember Morgan Rice and his tractor?)
  KAAR became KCST in 1968 and was an independent until
wresting the ABC affiliation from XETV in 1974.  Then in 1977,
KCST became an NBC affiliate when ABC wanted a VHF station in
San Diego and switched the then successful network to KGTV.
KCST got the last laugh a few years later when the "Cosby Show"
sent the NBC network to #1 in prime time.  KCST became KNSD in
1988, and KNSD became an NBC owned and operated ("O&O") 
station in 1997.
  Congratulations!
  http://tinyurl.com/b7chr (NBC 7/39 Milestones)
  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/40thanniversary/index.html
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KNSD
  (Story edited by Gary Stigall for SBE-SD with added edits
  by CGC)
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  FOCUS ON AM IBOC
  The August 2005 Radio Guide magazine delivers another
hard-hitting article on IBOC by Barry McLarnon, P.E., this one
entitled, "AM IBOC: Daytime Problems, and Disaster at Night."
Facts and figures are given to support Mr. McLarnon's claims.
  The cover of Radio Guide hits the nail on the head by
saying, "While it appears that a political decision will prevail
[IBOC is being deployed], the near future may become technically
difficult" [because of the interference that IBOC brings with it].
This article is MUST reading for all broadcast engineers involved
with the AM IBOC roll out.  CGC has asked Radio Guide to web-post
the article for the benefit of all.
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                         RANDOM NOTES
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  FM IBOC MULTICASTING MAKES THE PAPERS
  Infinity's foray into FM multicasting in Chicago makes local
headlines.  For the time being, WJMK-HD2 is "broadcasting in a
vacuum since hardly anyone owns an HD Radio receiver...."  Then
again, "The day the first FM jock went on the air there were
also zero" receivers, but the event was historic.  (Story tip
courtesy of Radio World)
  http://www.suntimes.com/output/feder/cst-fin-feder16.html
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  BPL UPDATE
  The following issue of the Christian Science Monitor
contains a good overview of BPL deployment in the United
States.  While BPL is still a "kind of touch-and-go" situation
according to one financial analyst, a tremendous amount of
money is being invested in the technology, and that is a
potent driving force.
  http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0815/p13s01-stct.html
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  CARLSBAD - PLUNGE FROM CELL TOWER CAUSES INJURY
  A 20-year old man suffered serious injuries Wednesday,
August 17, after he fell from a cell-phone tower in Carlsbad,
CA, and was impaled on a cable, police said.  The accident
occurred as a result of an apparently illegal climb that took
place at approximately 2 a.m. on a Verizon tower; alcohol was
said to be involved.
  http://tinyurl.com/7jfna
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  SAN DIEGO COUNTY SIGNS CONTRACT FOR "REVERSE 9-1-1" SERVICE
  The County of San Diego has executed a $320,000 agreement
with Sigma Communications for delivery of its patented "Reverse
9-1-1" technology, capable of making more than 15,000 calls per
hour to alert residents of major emergencies.  Other new
subscribers to "Reverse 9-1-1" include Santa Barbara County,
Sacramento City and County, Amador County and the City of
Long Beach.
  http://www.ccnmag.com/news.php?id=3662
  http://www.govtech.net/news/news.php?id=96297
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  2005 RADIO PREDICTION - SATELLITE AD GROWTH 113%/BROADCAST 2.7%
  The average person is expected to spend 10 hours a day with
media by 2009, with the greatest hourly gains going to home video,
consumer Internet and wireless content and interactive television.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7580
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  CORRECTION & UPDATE ON SAN DIEGO'S "RADIOACTIVITY" PIRATE
  Last week we reported that San Diego's "Radioactivity"
pirate station recently went dark.  The correction is that
Radioactivity's frequency was 106.9 MHz, not 106.3 MHz.
  According to a note posted August 3 in the Blog section
of Radioactivity's web page: "The station will not only resume
broadcasting within two weeks, but with the help of community
sponsors, we will go back on the air five times stronger.
That's right. From 30 watts to 150 watts.  Watch out San Diego,
we'll be back."
  http://www.1069fm.org/
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  AUCTION OF A GOLD PLATED BIRD 43 WATTMETER
  Bird Electronic Corporation is celebrating the manufacture
of its 300,000th Model 43 Thruline Wattmeter.  To commemorate
the event, this specific unit - produced with a gold-plated
finish - is being auctioned with the proceeds from this sale
donated to a charity of the Winning Bidder's choice.
  Bird began production of the Model 43 in 1952 and it
quickly became a cornerstone of the two-way radio industry.
The auction ends on Wednesday, August 31st.  More information
on the auction is on-line at the following URL.
 
  http://tinyurl.com/cnzot
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20050809ADY   KLSD  34452  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
             E   1360 KHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  COMMENTS ON THE KLSD APPLICATION (ABOVE)
  KLSD (formerly KGB-AM), 1360 kHz, is currently operating
  omni-directionally with 5 kW day and 1 kW night from its own
  transmitter site just north of the KOGO array.
  The above application calls for KLSD to move its transmitter
  plant to Santee and share the KSDO, 1130 kHz, antenna array.
  KLSD proposes to use 50 kW fulltime, utilizing all six towers
  of the KSDO array during the day, and again at night.
  This is probably a very good move for KLSD.  However, it
  is possible that the new arrangement will create a number of
  externally-generated intermodulation ("IM") products beyond
  the control of the licensee.  For example:
  1360 kHz (KLSD)  -  760 kHz (KFMB)  =  600 kHz (KOGO)
  What (if anything of consequence) will happen remains to
  be seen.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPFT-20050317ABU   K213AB  60137  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E    90.5 MHZ              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K213AB.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 8/9/2005 by ("EMF")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BMPFT-20050718ABY  K224DK 139831  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   92.7 MHZ                FONTANA, CA
  Mod of CP
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 8/10/05 by ("EMF")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20050811ACN  K227BI 139642  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   93.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030317GRL   NEW   156270   1400 INC.
                E   93.5 MHZ      SIMI VALLEY, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed per Applicant's request 8/15/2005. No letter was sent.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000608AAS   NEW   124429  YOUTH FOR CHRIST IMPERIAL
               E   95.3 MHZ             EL CENTRO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPFT-20050317ACK  K270AI  88469  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E   101.9 MHZ             CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K216DW.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 8/9/05 by ("EMF")
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BMPL-20050606AHK   KOCI-LP  124219   STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
               E    106.9 MHZ             NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
  Multiple application dismissed 8/10/2005.  No letter sent.
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPCDT-20050812ABE  KAZA-DT  29234  PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                  E   CHAN-47               LICENSE LLC
                                             AVALON, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPCT-20050811ABL  KAZA-TV 29234  PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                 E   CHAN-54                  LICENSE LLC
                                               AVALON, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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