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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #760
                  Tuesday,  September 12, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  EAS TSUNAMI TEST ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
  To: Los Angeles EAS LECC Listserver
  From: John Paoli, Los Angeles Area LECC Chair
  Date: September 8, 2006
  The National Weather Service will be originating a Tsunami
warning test this Wednesday, September 13, at approximately
10:45 AM.  This test will show up as an RMT.  The test should
be treated as a normal RMT, and forwarded in a timely manner.
  The Los Angeles LECC will run [its] normal RMT on the last
Tuesday of the month.  This month is an odd numbered month,
[so] the regularly scheduled test will be the day test, and
should be originated by the LASD Emergency Operations Bureau.
  Let's take advantage of this opportunity to update the LA
EAS List server.  If you did not get this message from the list
server and would like to subscribe, please send me an e-mail
with "Subscribe" in the subject.  Please send the e-mail to
<johnpaoli@clearchannel.com>....
  [NOAA Tsunami press release available through John.  -Ed]
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  RE: FM TABLE OF ALLOTMENTS FOR HEMET, CA
  The FCC has set aside its Memorandum Opinion and Order in
this proceeding that requested the reservation of vacant Channel
273A (102.5 MHz) at Hemet, CA for noncommercial educational use -
and has reinstated the petitions for reconsideration of Southern
California Public Radio and Maranatha Ministries of Hemet.
  Of particular interest is this sentence in numbered paragraph 4:
"We believe that the public interest is best served by narrowly
expanding the scope of situations in which rulemaking petitioners
may use actual terrain in FM allotment proceedings."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1766A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  KLFJ(AM), Springfield, MO ("127, Inc.") has been fined
$16,800 for failure to maintain a main studio, operating over-
power during nighttime hours, and failure to make available for
inspection the station's public inspection file.
  According to the Forfeiture Order, the executive assistant
to the station's owner "stated there was no studio for the radio
station and station programming is done via computer from West
Hollywood, California.  Ms. Morgan stated she did not know
the location of the public file but suggested checking at the
Econo Lodge in Springfield...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1754A1.doc
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  JOB OPENING WITH THE ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF/COMMUNICATIONS DIV.
  Orange County, California, has a job opening for a
"Communications Technician II" in their Sheriff's Communications
Dispatch Systems Unit.  The successful applicant will work with
minimal supervision and install, program, maintain and repair
complex electronic equipment including radio control stations,
dispatch consoles, programmable logic controllers, pagers and
in-building radio coverage systems.  Compensation is $21.20 to
$28.56 per hour.
  Applicants must have no felony convictions or currently be
on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background
investigation.  Please visit the Web address below for a full
job description and note that you must apply online.  Orange
County is an EEO.
  http://www.ocsd.org/
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  JOB SHOPPE POLICY
  CGC Communicator ads for broadcast technicians and engineers
looking for work are carried free of charge as always; however,
several months ago, we began charging for Job Available ads and
the fees received have helped defray the costs of preparing our
newsletter.  Ads that appear in the Communicator are limited
to 100 words or less.  For information on fees, contact Bob
Gonsett at (760) 723-2700.
  If you have more than 100 words to say, send us a 100 word
(or less) synopsis for direct publication in the Communicator.
Then post your big write up on the Web or have someone do that
for you.  Be sure to include the URL (Web address) at the
bottom of the synopsis you send us.
  Do you need someone to do the Web posting for you?  We can
handle that too.  Let's talk.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  EMERGING TECHNOLOGY - ZERO EMISSION BACK-UP POWER
  California-based Power Air Corporation claims it has developed
a zero-emission, back-up power generator suitable for indoor and
outdoor use powered by the company's Zinc Air Fuel Cell technology.
  Power Air says its system replaces batteries and mechanical
engines with fuel cells that can be quickly recharged by a simple
exchange of electrolyte.  The company says that its Zinc Air Fuel
Cell technology was created using low cost materials and
conventional manufacturing techniques.  (Story tip de AR Newsline)
  http://www.poweraircorp.com/
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  BROADBAND IN GAS PIPES COULD BE A "BIG" BREAKTHROUGH
  A San Diego company says it has found a way to send high-speed
broadband and TV programming through the gas pipes used to warm
homes and cook dinners.  Nethercomm predicts its "Broadband In Gas"
-- or "BIG" technology -- could aggressively compete with cable
and phone companies while reaching 62% of the nation's households,
and says field trials will begin next year.
  http://tinyurl.com/z94rd
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  SIRIUS REQUESTS A HIGHER-POWER SATELLITE
  Sirius has asked the FCC to okay the launch of a new higher-
power geostationary satellite to complement its constellation of
non-geostationary satellites.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9690
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  VERIZON WIRELESS FLOATS A NEW PLAN FOR 700 MHZ SPECTRUM
  With Cyren Call and others promoting a nationwide, shared
public/private broadband network on a slice of 700 MHZ spectrum
currently scheduled for auction in 2008, Verizon Wireless is
offering a competing proposal with one major difference.  The
Verizon plan envisions a network using half of the 24 MHz of
spectrum already set aside for use by public safety as part
of the transition to digital television.
  http://rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=27223
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  PROGRESS REPORT ON MEDIAFLO (BROADCAST TV ON SPECIAL CELLPHONES)
  The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on Qualcomm's $800-million
MediaFLO USA venture that will bring full motion video to larger-
than-usual cellphone screens (1/4 VGA) across the nation.  It's
an ambitious and adventurous plan.
  http://tinyurl.com/l2yzt
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  FOUNDER OF KMIR-TV DIES AT 90
  Actor John Conte, also known for founding the NBC affiliate,
KMIR-TV, in the Palm Springs-Rancho Mirage area, has died at the
age of 90 of natural causes.  He is said to have owned KMIR from
1968 to 1999.  Conte is survived by his wife of more than 40
years, a son, two daughters and six grandchildren.
  http://tinyurl.com/fptcm
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                         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  USING HOUSE LIGHTS TO SEND DATA
  Fluorescent and high pressure sodium lamps are ordinarily
fed by 60 Hz AC and therefore flicker at twice that rate, or 120
pulses/second - so fast that the eye thinks the lights are on
continuously.
  Over the Labor Day weekend, Qualcomm's Kerry Banke, N6IZW,
performed an experiment that many of us have only dreamed about
doing: feeding those lamps with something a little different than
60 Hz for the purpose of sending data to a distant optical
receiver.
  Kerry powered his lamps with signals in the 62.5-67.5 Hz
range and succeeded in sending text messages over a simulated
long distant path.  The next step is to send messages over an
actual long distant path.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Lamp_Transmission.htm
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  HOUSE LIGHTS AND LASER DX -- AN UPDATE FROM KERRY BANKE
  Our plan is to try receiving various lamps from a distance
of 20+ miles this Wednesday evening, September 13, 2006.  Greg,
K6QPV, and I will be up on San Miguel mountain and Jerry, WA6VLF,
and Lee, KD0IF, will be on the coast near Carlsbad.  We hope to
run a number of experiments including a two-way laser contact to
measure signal margins at that distance to estimate the maximum
path lengths over which these approaches may function.
  Our thoughts are to head towards setting a new record of
200+ miles for terrestrial laser communications if we can find a
suitable path.  Mainly we're just having fun satisfying our
curiosities.  :)
 - Kerry N6IZW, kbanke (at) qualcomm.com
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  ANOTHER COOL TOWER VIDEO - THIS ONE GETS A GOLD STAR
  One cool tower video (CGC #759) deserves another.  Here's
one taped in Denmark by my friends Andrew Huddleston (G3WZZ /
OZ1XJ) and his wife Lissa Ladefoged.  Andrew and Lissa are
country/western singers living in Arhus, Denmark, but who record
in Nasville as Andrew John and Lissa.  This video is to promote
a CD called "SEEK YOU" -- all songs about ham radio....
  No trick photography or post production effects....  Andrew
is actually at the top of the 100' tower at his contest site.  He
seems to like it up there because he takes his guitar with him at
times.  And, Lissa is really up at the 66' level -- I think
standing on an early Step-R tri-bander -- opening the champaign.
  It was taped live using a camera crane....  I have an NTSC
Beta SP dub here at the house -- the only broadcast quality copy
in the USA.  Anyhow, take a look.
  Bill Pasternak, Editor, Amateur Radio Newsline,
  wa6itf@arnewsline.org
  http://www.hamband.com/html/video.html
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BML-20051209AGF  KKGO 43937  MOUNT WILSON FM BROADCASTERS, INC.
             P   1260 KHZ              BEVERLY HILLS, CA
  License to modify.
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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 GRANTED
  BPFT-20060829BHA    K204FJ  88897   PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                 E   88.7 MHZ                BARSTOW, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EE.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20060829BEO  KKLA-FM 48453 NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO..
               E   99.5 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20060905ADY   K272DT  84008  CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
                E   102.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover.
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  102.5 MHZ, HEMET
  (See second story from the top of this newsletter.)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20060822AHG  K276EF 89084  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                E   103.1 MHZ               MUSCOY, CA
  Mod of CP
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISTVL-20060331APS  KRPE-LP 129651 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                   E   CHAN-6                BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign KRPE-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20060901AAT  KRMV-LP 129618  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                   E   CHAN-35                BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign KRMV-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  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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