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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #751
                    Wednesday, July 19, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NAB WANTS FM TRANSLATORS FOR AM STATIONS
  The NAB wants the Commission to let AMs use FM translators.
According to Radio World, "Under NAB's proposal, no portion of
the 60 dBu contour of the FM translator may exceed the lesser
of either the 2 mV/m daytime contour of the AM station or a
circle with its center at the AM transmitter site and a radius
of 25 miles."  More info at the URL below.
  (CGC learned about this blockbuster story from the NAB
itself, in NAB's new daily e-publication called NAB SmartBrief.
We highly recommend this free publication.  Details in the
"Random Notes" section of this CGC Communicator newsletter.)
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9366
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  FCC POSTPONES CONSIDERATION OF DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING ITEM
  Last week we announced that the FCC planned to hold an
Open Meeting on Thursday, July 13, to consider a number of items
including near-final rules for digital audio broadcasting.
The Commission has canceled that agenda item and did not
indicate when the item would be rescheduled.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-266383A1.doc
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  REPORT ON LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING WITH FCC'S CATHERINE DEATON
  Jim Sensenbach, Chairman, SBE Chapter 47, forwarded the
following notes on the SBE's July 11 get-together luncheon with
Catherine Deaton, District Director of the FCC's Los Angeles
Enforcement Bureau Office.  Here now is his report:
  "What I got from Catherine, besides some pretty good
  stories from her early days in drug enforcement, was:
  1 -- The FCC usually inspects a broadcast station only
  after a complaint is filed because the Commission has a very
  heavy public-safety communications case load.  FCC's enforcement
  efforts toward broadcasters are primarily aimed at EAS, tower,
  public inspection file, and studio location compliance.
  2 -- On the studio location issue, Class A FM and Class A
  LPTV stations are coming under particularly close scrutiny.
  3 -- Pirates are given a high priority, but they are not much
  of a problem for the Los Angeles office thanks to excellent
  tips from licensed broadcasters and a responsive FCC staff.
  4 -- While your DFing a pirate or other rule violator is
  helpful, remember that the FCC has to do its own DFing and
  monitoring to build a case.
  5 -- Part 15 gear is considered very closely before being
  granted marketing authority through OET.
  6 -- Anyone with Mexican issues needs to talk with Bill
  Zears at the San Diego FCC field office.  His shop is
  tightly connected to their Mexican counterparts.
  7 -- Obscenity issues are handled by Washington."
  Mike Tosch (SBE Chap. 47 Secy.) adds that this year's meeting
with Catherine Deaton had an attendance of 24 including a large
group from CBS Radio.  Most in attendance were Radio people with
only two or three from TV.  Last year's attendance was 17.
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  FCC BEGINS "MEDRADIO" 401-406 MHZ RULEMAKING PROCEEDING
   The FCC has initiated a proceeding to establish a new
service for advanced medical radio communication devices
("MedRadio") in the 401-406 MHz band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-266397A1.doc
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                           EAS MATTERS
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  FOLLOW UP ON ERRONEOUS EAS MESSAGE IN RIVERSIDE
  Last week we asked for investigate reports on the "Charter
Incident" whereby an EAS message was improperly broadcast to
the public in Riverside County, CA and caused widespread alarm.
Richard Rudman (who has been central in EAS deployment and
improvement) was kind enough to forward the following information
from the After Action report prepared by California's Office of
Emergency Services (OES):
  1) The LP-1 manually relayed an ADR which it should
  not have.
  2) One cable company received the ADR and then
  automatically rebroadcast it over their system because
  their ENDEC was programmed incorrectly.
  3) The Riverside/San Bernardino Local Plan incorporated
  a typo that contributed to the initial confusion.
  4) The State OES's Monthly test was successfully
  originated and was not at fault.
  Richard's report - including his thoughts on NOT having
an "apology" button included on new EAS gear to alert viewers
and listeners of false alarms - appears at the first URL below.
The second URL takes you to his comments on the just-released
FCC report on Hurricane Katrina and the NPRM it engendered.
  http://tinyurl.com/n5zym  (Charter Incident & Apology Button)
  http://tinyurl.com/p49eh  (Katrina Report Comments)
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  WELCOME TO D-EAS
  Early steps toward building a Digital Emergency Alert System
were shown recently at a Washington TV station, where government
officials used a PBS network to transmit a message by satellite
to a TV set and satellite radio receiver, the New York Times
reports.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9354
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  A LOOK AT THE FUTURE EAS
  Following is a blog entry on what the future for EAS will
look like, plus a reminder that those legally responsible for
actually issuing warnings have to do a better job as warning
delivery systems improve.
  It is interesting to remember that we did have many problems
with the old EBS.  No one got too excited about them.  One reason
for this was the delivery system to the public had not matured
to the point where glitches (and real warnings) got to the
public reliably.
  Richard Rudman
  http://www.incident.com/blog/
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  IBIQUITY IS REJIGGERING THE FM HD RADIO EMISSIONS MASK
  iBiquity, in a last minute move, has changed the IBOC FM
RF mask.  iBiquity seems to be purposely changing "specs" ....
before the Rules are finalized.  Note the 250-600 kHz changes
from near -80db to -74.4db, plus average weighting changes.
  Anon.
  http://tinyurl.com/mg4vs
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  TONS OF LPTV DIGITAL APPLICATIONS IN CALIFORNIA
  Have you seen the filings for LPTVs to convert to digital
or for a companion channel?  219 records in all.  WOW!
  Use FCC's TV Query page <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/tvq.html>
with these two inputs: For "State" select California, and for
"Service" select "Digital Low Power Television."  Then hit the
Submit Data button in the brown box.
  Most of the applications are not yet loaded to read but you
can see the basic information.
  Anon.
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  COMMENT ON "ARE THE SAN DIEGO RADIO BANDS BEING JAMMED?"
  [Per the story on possible wideband radio interference in
San Diego (CGC #749)], have you been mobile on either 6 or
10 meters lately?  Every time I drive past one of the new LED
stoplights the noise goes up from S-0 to S-7 on my S-meter.
Could this BE THE PROBLEM?  If so, the FCC needs to do
something about it.
  In Carlsbad there is a LED flasher in the Carlsbad Woods.
It goes on and off.  S-meter responds accordingly.  To find the
flasher, go south on El Camino to the stoplight north of Elm
Street (Carlsbad Village Dr.), and go west.  The flasher is a
warning of the second stoplight.
  Don Johnson, WD6FWE, donald (at) bext.com
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  COPPER THEFT DETERRENT
  I had a copper theft problem in Albuquerque and solved it
by spraying the copper with gray primer after installation was
complete.  If it doesn't catch their eye, chances are they'll
leave it alone.  Thanks for doing a great job on the newsletter.
  Jerry Susoeff, EMF Broadcasting, Grand Junction, CO
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NAB SMARTBRIEF
  CGC highly recommends a new publication called NAB SmartBrief.
It is delivered by e-mail each business day and is far above the
quality of most other broadcast publications.  Best of all, NAB
SmartBrief is free and available to all.  For a sample copy,
click on "Archive" atop the signup sheet at the URL below.
  Aside from good technical info in today's SmartBrief, we
learn that KFI(AM) and KLVE(FM) are tied for the top spot in
local Arbitron ratings, each garnering 4.8% of the 12-and-older
listening audience in the greater Los Angeles area.  This marks
the first time an AM station has been in L.A.'s top ratings
slot since 1987.  Also of note: KFI is English language, KLVE
is Spanish.
  http://www.smartbrief.com/nab/
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  IBOC RECEIVER DOWN IN PRICE
  JVC IBOC in-dash radio at Crutchfield now $159 after rebate.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9352
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  GPS WRINKLES
  Last week during routine frequency measurements for a
number of southern California AM, FM and TV stations, CGC noted
GPS problems at four TV stations.  Two of the stations were
completely off frequency (beyond FCC limits) while two more were
within FCC tolerances but hiccupping (jumping about), and all
were notified of their problems.
  So far, good old crystal oscillators have proven to be more
reliable than GPS, but GPS works extremely well when it works.
Hopefully the GPS anomalies will settle down with time.
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  MORE COMPETITION FOR TRADITIONAL BROADCAST
  Clearwire, founded by cell phone pioneer Craig McCaw,
reportedly now has enough licensed radio spectrum to build a
nationwide wireless broadband network using mobile WiMAX
technology.  And that's exactly what McCaw intends to do -
posing a challenge to both cable and telecom broadband networks.
  Meanwhile, News Corp., through its subsidiary DirectTV, is
carefully establishing the infrastructure to build a nationwide
high-speed wireless broadband (WiMax) network - see the second
URL below.
  http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_30/b3994051.htm
  http://tinyurl.com/mdekx
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  DEATH BY DMCA
  The Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") threatens to
drown whole classes of consumer electronics and will have a
profound effect on the broadcast industry.  Read this important
Opinion article in the June 2006 IEEE Spectrum magazine.
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jun06/3673
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  A HOT TIP
  Here is a useful link to the Current Fire Information at
the National Interagency Fire Center.  Contains links to
currently burning areas and fire weather status along with
a plethora of other timely info.
  http://www.nifc.gov/information.html
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  GOOGLE NOW A VERB
  The Merriam-Webster dictionary has finally decided to add
the Internet search engine Google as a verb in its 2006 edition,
making the search engine officially synonymous with the act of
on-line searching itself.  To Google arrives in the revised
dictionary along with other high-tech terms like spyware and
ringtone.
  Amateur Radio Newsline
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20060706AFY      KMXE   50516    LAA 1, LLC
             P       830 KHZ          ORANGE, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20060501APD   KFSD  49205  NORTH COUNTY BROADCASTING CORP...
             P   1450 KHZ               ESCONDIDO, CA
  License to cover.
  [KFSD's new tower is self-supporting and right next door
  to the Stone Brewery in Escondido.  The tower site was
  relocated by several hundred feet to accommodate SDG&E's
  new "peaking" power plant.  - Ed.]
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-20060627ABR  K220FR 76219  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   91.9 MHZ               SIMI VALLEY, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/10/2006
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20060525ADD  KDAR-FM1 161997  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING
                E    98.3 MHZ                COMPANY, INC.
                                          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20060707ACY  K239AD  85371   THE ASSOCIATION FOR
               E  106.5 MHZ      COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                        INDIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K239AD.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CH-6 LPTV SET FOR GRANT IN BANNING
  The FCC is prepared to grant CH-6, Banning, for LPTV purposes
  for Venture Technologies (KRPE-LP) absent any Petitions to Deny.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-266430A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20060707AFG  K55KD  52216  ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                E   CHAN-55              SIMI VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55KD.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BLCT-20060302ACB  KDOC-TV  24518  ELLIS COMMUNICATIONS KDOC
                E   CHAN-56              LICENSEE, LLC
                                          ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of license: BMPCT-20040128AHX, callsign KDOC-TV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20060713AAG  K61GH   56830  INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
                E   CHAN-61                NETWORK, INC.
                                         NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K61GH.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20060707AFJ  KTAV-LP  6791 ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                 E   CHAN-69               ALTADENA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KTAV-LP.
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