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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #727
                  Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FEBRUARY 17, 2009  -  NTSC BROADCAST TELEVISION TO END
  From TV Technology magazine: President Bush has signed a budget
reconciliation bill that sets February 17, 2009 as the day analog
(NTSC) television broadcast signals end in the U.S.  That's less
than three years away.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8521
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  DAWSON, RACKLEY & WEISS TO RECEIVE NAB ENGINEERING AWARDS
  This year's NAB Engineering Achievement Awards are being
bestowed upon Ben Dawson and Ron Rackley for their significant
contributions as radio engineers, and upon S. Merrill Weiss for
his equally significant contributions on the television side.
Details at the URL below.
  CGC congratulates all of the gentlemen involved!
  http://www.nabshow.com/press/REL_021306_engwinners.asp
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  FCC ISSUES 12th ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS ON VIDEO COMPETITION
  This is a concise report worth reading.  For example:
  "Americans are voracious consumers of media services.  On
average, we spend close to 30 percent of our day engaged in some
activity involving media, with television viewing the dominant
media activity.
  "For the September 2004 - September 2005 television season,
the average HOUSEHOLD tuned into TV for 8 hours, 11 minutes a day.
This is almost 3 percent higher than the previous season, more
than 12 percent higher than 10 years ago, and the highest level
observed since television viewing was first measured by Nielsen
Media Research in the 1950s.  [Emphasis added.]
  "Within the same period, the average PERSON watched 4 hours,
32 minutes each day, again a record high.... [Emphasis added.]
  "There are 15.36 million U.S. TV households that do not
subscribe to an MVPD service [e.g. cable or satellite] and thus
rely solely on over-the-air broadcast television for their video
programming, representing 14 percent of all U.S. TV households."
  [Probably well over 14% of U.S. TV households rely IN PART
on over-the-air broadcast television.  -Ed.]
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263763A1.doc
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  BROADCAST INDECENCY/OBSCENITY COMPLAINTS SOAR
  The FCC has released its quarterly report on inquiries and
complaints processed by its Consumer & Government Affairs Bureau.
The striking finding is that the number of Radio and Television
Broadcast Indecency/Obscenity Complaints increased from 26,185
in the 3rd quarter of 2005, to 44,109 in the 4th quarter.  One
very recent complaint will be discussed later in this newsletter.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263829A1.doc
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  SECOND ROUND OF DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS: GUIDE FOR INTERFERENCE
  CONFLICT ANALYSIS
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-378A1.doc
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  FCC STATISTICAL REPORT ON AVERAGE RATES FOR BASIC SERVICE,
  CABLE PROGRAMMING SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-311A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - ONE MILLION DOLLAR FINE PROPOSED
  The FCC has proposed to fine Behringer USA $1,000,000 for
marketing various audio devices - such as mixers, amplifiers and
digital effects processors ("digital devices") - without having
properly considered their RF interference potential, and for
continuing to import and market "substantial numbers of these
unauthorized devices for more than a year after the Enforcement
Bureau initiated an inquiry into Behringer’s compliance...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263862A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-13A1.doc
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  GLOOMY FINANCIAL OUTLOOK AT RADIO SHACK
  RadioShack Corp. said fourth-quarter earnings fell 62% on
a large inventory write-down and weak sales, as the company
announced plans to close as many as 700 stores and its stock
price plummeted....   In a research note, Credit Suisse predicted
more trouble, with RadioShack's cash-flow outlook pointing to "a
company in a virtual state of collapse."  Wall Street Journal.
URL for subscribers only:
  http://tinyurl.com/gux4e
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  USE AN IPOD TO GENERATE COLOR BARS AND TONE
  Steve Anderson of On-Air Operations at the University of
California/San Diego (K35DG) has posted step-by-step instructions
for turning an iPod into a color bar and tone generator.  While
not a high quality generator, the signal could be used for cursory
checks on TV monitors.  Steve says that any iPod with "video out"
will do the job.  Here are the instructions for this neat trick:
  http://colorbars.pbwiki.com/
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  SOLAR CELLS JUMP IN EFFICIENCY - "SPRAY-ON" PROCESS CITED
  From National Geographic comes word of significantly
more efficient solar cells thanks to their ability to convert
infrared as well as visible light into electric power.
  Memorable quotation:  "If we could cover 0.1% of the Earth's
surface with [very efficient] large-area solar cells, we could in
principle replace all of our energy habits with a source of power
which is clean and renewable."
  http://tinyurl.com/3t5s8   (URL courtesy of Marv Collins)
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  TINY FLORIDA FIRM OBTAINS APPROVAL TO TEST FIRST COGNITIVE RADIO
  "Adapt4 LLC" of Melbourne, Florida, with only six
local employees, has received FCC authority to test the first
"cognitive" radio system capable of searching a broad range of
channels for unused spectrum.  Communication is by frequency-
hopping over a number of channels that are determined to be
dormant at the time.  Use of a particular channel ceases as soon
as another user is detected, and the Adapt4 equipment will not
reuse that channel until it is clear.  Test authority has
reportedly been granted in the 217-220 MHz range.
  http://www.adapt4.com/
  http://tinyurl.com/97grs
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  ANOTHER REPORT OF HOWARD STERN APPEARING ON 88.1 MHZ
  A listener in Westlake Village is so annoyed at Howard
Stern being rebroadcast on 88.1 MHz and covering up the
fringe reception of his "favorite, cherished, radio station,
KKJZ," that he has filed an indecency complaint with the FCC.
The complainant writes that the interference is regularly
received at various locations, "most notable the corner of
Agoura Rd. and Westlake Blvd."
  Presumably a mini-FM transmitter associated with someone's
Sirius satellite receiver is doing the rebroadcasting.  See
CGC #723 for details.  It would be interesting to visit the
named intersection to determine if something other than a
Part 15 transmitter is involved.
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  APCO FAVORS DROPPING THE 10-CODES
  The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials
(APCO) International has released a statement that "renews its
assertion that plain speech communications over public safety
radio systems is preferred over the traditional 10-Codes and
dispatch signals used by a majority of law enforcement agencies
across the country."  This position is shared by the Department
of Homeland Security's National Incident Management System.
  Since APCO is a large and well respected organization, its
position carries significant weight.
  http://tinyurl.com/bfk4d
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  MORSE CODE DURING BLOOD DRAWS
  Nokia cellphones are not the only devices that send Morse
code to signal specific events (CGC #726).  Paul Sautter, W6SJL,
reports that while he was giving a donation at the Canadian Blood
Services for Apheresis in St John's, Newfoundland a few years ago,
a new donation machine signaled dit-dit-dit, dah-dah-dah, dit-dit-
dit (Morse code for "SOS") after he had been connected to the
device for an hour and a half, with a needle in each arm.
  Somewhat concerned, Paul asked the nurse what was wrong.  She
said the SOS just indicated the end of the procedure.  Paul said,
"Oh!," and figured the design engineer must have had a very
unusual sense of humor!
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  A 400-WAY PARACHUTE FORMATION FROM "WORLD TEAM 2006"
  Last week, we mentioned the impressive Internet video
of 80+ parachute enthusiasts holding an airborne diamond
formation that can be thought of as a "vertically polarized"
pattern.  Of course, much larger formations of skydivers are
on record for other geometries, notably horizontal plane
patterns.
  Deborah D. McAdams, Managing Editor of TV Technology magazine
<www.tvtechnology.com>, points out that 400 skydivers recently
linked up in a quasi-horizontal plane formation to claim a new
world record, subject to verification.  Picture and article
follow.  Enjoy!
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4693912.stm
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BP-20041022AEF    KAZN   51426   MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADC....
             E    1300 KHZ                PASADENA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.  Engineering Amendments
  filed 2/3, 3/14, 5/25, 10/20 and 12/14/2005.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20060208AMD  KMRO  65404  THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
              E   90.3 MHZ              EDUCATION, INC.
                                         CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BRH-20050801AZM     KDAI  10099     KDAI LICENSING, LLC
                E   93.5 MHZ              ONTARIO, CA
  Renewal of License
  Granted with EEO reporting conditions - DA 05-3241, adopted
  12/19/05 and released 12/20/05 by NAL for Forfeiture.
  Petition for Partial Reconsideration filed 1/3/06 by
  (collectively "the Stations")
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  BRH-20050801AZU     KDAY  10100     KDAY LICENSING, LLC
                E   93.5 MHZ           REDONDO BEACH, CA
  Renewal of License
  Granted with EEO reporting conditions - DA 05-3241, adopted
  12/19/05 and released 12/20/05
  Petition for Partial Reconsideration filed 1/3/06 by
  (collectively "the Stations")
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY
  BNPFTB-20060109ABI  KOCP-1 165421  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E   95.9 MHZ                AGOURA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of Public Notice 26154.
  Petition to Deny filed 2/6/06 by ("New Inspiration")
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  BNPFTB-20060109ABK  KOCP-2  165763  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E   95.9 MHZ               SANTA SUSANA, CA
   CP New Station.
   Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
   than 30 days from the date of Public Notice 26154.
   Petition to Deny filed 2/6/06 by ("New Inspiration")
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20060208ABU    KXOL-FM  28848   KXOL LICENSING, INC.
              E      96.3 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20050516AUE    KWXY-FM  24253    GLEN BARNETT, INC.
               E      98.5 MHZ          CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  K51IW, Hemet, to KDUG-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263841A1.doc
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