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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #759
                  Wednesday, September 6, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SPECIAL NOTICE TO SAN DIEGO EAS FACILITIES
  The September EAS RMT is being coordinated with a Tsunami
warning test.  The RMT for September will not be sent the first
Wednesday of the month, as is standard procedure.  You should
schedule a required weekly test to run during the week beginning
September 3rd to remain in compliance with EAS rules and
regulations.
  The Required Monthly Test for September will be generated on
Wednesday, September 13 upon receipt, at the LP1, of the Tsunami
test.  The RMT will originate shortly thereafter at approximately
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
  If you are interested in the Tsunami warning test, [updated]
information can be found at the following link:
  http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/display_product.php?sid=SGX&pil=PNS
  Oscar Medina, Chairman
  San Diego LECC EAS  --  858.274.0665
  http://emergencyalertsystem.org/
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  FCC GRANTS RED CROSS PETITION FOR TOLL-FREE PHONE NUMBERS
  The FCC has granted a request from the American National
Red Cross for permanent assignment of two toll-free telephone
numbers: 1-800-RED-CROSS and 1-888-RED-CROSS.  Both numbers
were formerly held by 800Ideas.com which was reluctant to
part with them, perhaps thinking that the numbers could be
sold for a tidy sum.  That didn't happen.
  In its Order, the Commission said permanent assignment of
the numbers will serve the overwhelming public interest in
assisting in disaster recovery efforts related to hurricanes
and other natural disasters.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1750A1.pdf
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  LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR DTV MATTER
  In the matter of LPTV and TV Translator digital companion
channel applications (non-mutually exclusive proposals, Auction
#85), the Media Bureau has announced October 30, 2006 as the
long form application deadline for singleton proposals.
  Beware, the URL below links to a big file.  Use a "txt"
suffix for a much faster download, but a less readable copy.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1748A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The San Diego FCC field office has issued a Citation to
Sentry Tech Systems, Highland, CA, for apparently selling a
wireless video camera to the Club Royale Apartments in Rialto,
California - a camera that transmitted in the 820 MHz band and
caused harmful interference to a Public Safety two-way radio
communications system operated by Riverside County.  This
incident has raised all sorts of questions as outlined in
the Citation itself:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-267102A1.html
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  TV MAINTENANCE ENGINEER NEEDED AT VENTURE TECH IN L.A.
  Venture Technologies Group is looking for a Broadcast
Maintenance Engineer to work at its Los Angeles/Wilshire Blvd.
studios and Mt. Wilson area transmitters.  Interested candidates
should send an e-mail with an attached Word or PDF resume to
<venturetechhr@hotmail.com>.  No phone calls please.
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                         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  RFI COMMENT ON COMPACT FLUORESCENTS
  [Don Johnson's letter] on LED traffic lights generating RFI
reminded me of something that happened to me recently.  I was
building a new VHF repeater system in my workshop, and all was
working well, full duplex, no desens etc. (into a load) *until*
I connected the VHF antenna on my tower.  Once I did that, all
!X@k!l broke loose on the repeater input as long as the
transmitter was keyed.
  Using a portable receiver, I tracked down the interference to
a 120VAC compact fluorescent lamp that I had been using in one of
my aquariums!  Seems that the 50 watts of VHF energy from 45 feet
straight up was enough to cause the oscillator board in the lamp
to go nuts.  I might imagine something similar could happen at a
broadcast site, or anywhere there might be substantial RF energy.
I have since pitched all my compact fluorescents in the trash
and went back to a standard old light bulb.
  Thanks for newsletters, keep 'em coming!
  Dave Fortenberry, NA6DF
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  VERY COOL VIDEO FEATURING TOWER CLIMBERS
  Here is a very cool Coca-Cola spot that hits close to
home for everybody who's ever climbed or worked with tower
guys -- even if the ones in the spot do go straight up the
tower, skipping the ladder....
  Doug Herman, Promotional Broadcast Network, San Diego
  dherman (at) pbninc.com
  http://www.pockethercules.com/broadcast_detail16.html
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  THE TICK
  If the nation's time and frequency stations were taken
over by commercial interests, what kind of contests and
promotions would they run?  This tongue-in-cheek Web posting
is amusing.
  http://www.lownoiserecords.com/wwv_the_tick.html
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  VARIABLE DIFFRACTION GRATINGS MAY ENHANCE TV'S COLOR RANGE
  Researchers in Switzerland are developing a new nano
technology they claim will double the range of colors that
future TVs can produce - displaying every hue the human eye
can see.  The technology - relying on millions of mini variable
diffraction gratings - is still in its infancy and will
probably require years to perfect.
  http://tinyurl.com/keum5
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  LOCAL INPUT TO EAS THREATENED
  When disaster strikes, local officials rely in part on
the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to quickly warn residents
and provide invaluable advice on escape routes and where to
find help.  But now local input to the alert system faces its
own threat from the California Legislature, putting at risk
city and county officials' ability to spread information
during a crisis.
  http://tinyurl.com/qrauu
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  NEW OFFERING ALLOWS VIEWERS ANYWHERE TO SEE U.S. TV
  Colorado-based TV Anywhere plans to launch a trial offering
of its new service that uses high-speed connections to export
live and on-demand programming from U.S. providers to viewers
around the world.  As a business model, TV Anywhere will
initially be subscription-driven, but will also seek
advertising revenue.
  http://www.cedmagazine.com/article/CA6367258.html
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  EXPLORATION TIP
  There are five islands in the Channel Island chain that
are available for camping, hiking, kayaking, and day and
overnight trips.  Island Packers out of Ventura Harbor is
the authorized concessionaire.  They offer tours and ferry
service to Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel
and Santa Barbara Islands.
  http://islandpackers.com
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20060829BEO KKLA-FM 48453 NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
              E  99.5 MHZ                LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20060828ACF  KDUG-LP 128855 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
                 E   CHAN-21         HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KDUG-LP.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRCT-20060804AFU  KMIR-TV 16749  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
                E   CHAN-36              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Amendment filed 08/28/2006
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