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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #766
                  Tuesday,  October 24, 2006
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NEW DTV TABLE OF ALLOTMENTS
  The FCC has published its Seventh Further Notice of
Proposed Rule Making in the DTV channelization proceeding, taking
the "final step of the channel election process by proposing a
new DTV Table."  Here are extracts from the proposed Post-
Transition Table for major cities in southern California:
  Los Angeles: 7, 9, 11, 13, *28, 31, 34, 36, *41, 42, 43
  Riverside: 45
  San Bernardino: *26, 38
  San Diego: 8, 10, 18, 19, *30, 40
  Of course, these extracts tell only part of the story because
other stations licensed to other communities will share prominent
broadcast sites such as Mts. Wilson & Harvard, so the actual
number of channels received in Los Angeles, for example, will be
greater than this table indicates.  (Asterisks in the table
designate channels reserved for non-commercial use.)  Mexican
concurrence has yet to be obtained for all proposed assignments.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-150A1.doc
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  LOW POWER DEVICES ON VACANT TV CHANNELS COMING SOON
  Following is the "First Report and Order and Further
Notice of Proposed Rule Making" in the TV spectrum sharing
proceeding mentioned last week.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-156A1.doc
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  EAS REQUIREMENTS EXTEND TO DIGITAL BROADCAST TECHNOLOGIES
  Following is an extract (with permission) from a Leventhal,
Senter & Lerman client newsletter dated October 17, 2006:
  "In November 2005, we notified you that the FCC set an
effective date for extending EAS requirements to digital
television and radio, digital cable television, direct broadcast
satellite television and satellite digital radio services.  The
new rules for national EAS will apply to digital television and
radio, digital cable, and satellite radio beginning December 31,
2006, and to direct broadcast satellite television beginning
May 31, 2007...."
  The full text is available at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/EAS_LSL.pdf
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  KNBX-CA (a Class A LPTV station in Las Vegas, Nevada) has
been inspected by the FCC and two rule violations were noted:
  o there was no local or toll free telephone number listed
in the local phone book for either KNBX or its parent company
as required by Rule 73.1125(e), and
  o the station was more than weak on EAS compliance.  FCC Rule
11.52(d) states that, "Broadcast stations and cable systems must
monitor two EAS sources...."  KNBX's LP-1 receiver monitoring
107.5 MHz was receiving the signal so poorly that reliable
retransmission of tests and alerts was not possible.  In addition,
there was no receiver installed for monitoring the LP-2 station
as designated in the state EAS plan.
  KNBX is being given a chance to respond to these findings.
Absent having an infallible psychic on staff to receive and
encode EAS alerts, however, the station may have more than a
small problem on its hands.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-267717A1.html
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  CORRECTION
  The correct URL for last week's story entitled "FCC Requests
Nominations for New Emergency Alert Committee" is as follows:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2037A1.doc
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  CLAY FREINWALD IS AVAILABLE COME JANUARY ONE
  About three weeks ago I was informed that my Corporate
Engineer position with Entercom was being eliminated at the end
of the year.  Needless to say this came as a complete surprise.
I am thankful that they gave me almost three months notice and
that this had nothing to do with my work but was rather a
budgetary action.
  Whereas I started with one of the stations in their Seattle
cluster back in 1982, my job seeking skills are very poor, in
fact, I have never been out of work.  So I have been telling
everyone that I am available on Jan 1.  Re-location is not an
option for many economic reasons, but I am not opposed to some
travel.
  Clay Freinwald, CPBE, K7CR, k7cr (at) blarg.net
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  ONCE UPON A TIME ONE-WIRE POWER FED PARTS OF THE U.S.
  With regard to the "one-wire" power system in Australia
(CGC #765), many areas of the US were supplied with the same
system back in the early days of "Rural Electrification."  I
personally saw many single wires on poles in country areas
back East.
  Red Blanchard, redblanchard (at) sbcglobal.net
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  BOSTON CONSIDERING BANNING SAT-TV DISHES FROM BUILDING FRONTS
  The Boston City Council, citing a proliferation of satellite
television dishes across the city, is considering banning the
devices from the fronts of buildings.  Such bans are rare across
the country.  A spokesman for DirecTV, which operates nationally,
said no other community has banned dishes from building fronts,
though historic districts or complexes governed by condominium
associations do impose restrictions.
  http://tinyurl.com/yn6kgu
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  FLORIDA'S ANTI-PIRATE LAW
  If anyone has a copy of Florida's state law permitting
police to apprehend pirate broadcasters, please send a copy to
<r.gonsett@ieee.org>.  According to one FCC staff member, this
law has been a significant help in eliminating pirates in that
part of the country, and that in turn helps eliminate
interference.
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  CES CONVENTION COMING TO LAS VEGAS JANUARY 8-11, 2007
  The gigantic International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
takes place in Las Vegas January 8-11, 2007.  The NAB convention
cannot even fill the recently expanded Las Vegas Convention
Center (LVCC), but CES is spilling over into Halls B, C and D
of the Sands Expo and Convention Center, and portions of the
adjoining Venetian Hotel.
  To draw attendees to the Sands/Venetian, the keynote
speakers will deliver their addresses there.  The lineup of
luminaries includes Bill Gates, chairman, Microsoft; Ed Zander,
chairman and CEO, Motorola Inc.; Robert Iger, president and CEO,
The Walt Disney Co.; and Michael Dell, chairman, Dell Inc.
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  ABILITY OF AGENCIES TO COORDINATE DURING DISASTERS TESTED
  Cities, school districts, hospitals and others in southwest
Riverside County gathered in a Murrieta conference room last week
for a disaster response exercise intended to evaluate how the
different organizations could work together to better protect the
lives and safety of their separate constituencies.  The well-
planned drill underscored the need for a variety of communications
platforms including broadcast, amateur, the Internet and
cellular systems.
  http://tinyurl.com/ylvjf9
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  VULNERABILITIES OF CELLPHONES STUDIED
  U.C. Davis Assistant Professor Hao Chen and a team of
graduate students are looking into the potential for cyber-
attacks focused on cellphones and cellular networks.  Chen's
team has already found ways to use a PC to flood mobile phones
with data streams, quickly accelerating battery drain, a
technique that could simultaneously target 5,000 phones.
Read about "zombies" and more:
  http://www.sacbee.com/103/story/43930.html
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  HAWAII'S HAMS SCRAMBLE IN EARTHQUAKE'S WAKE
  Read about the Amateur Radio Operators who scrambled to
provide emergency communications and assist with relief efforts
in the aftermath of Hawaii's magnitude 6.7 earthquake.  See the
second story at:
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/06/1020/
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  1000-DAY BIRTHDAY THURSDAY FOR MARS ROVER "SPIRIT"
  The Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, are still alive
and exploring the planet's surface with alacrity, or semi-alacrity
in the case of Spirit which has a locked wheel that merely slows
down exploration.  Because of the amazing robustness of these
spacecraft, they have already completed the equivalent of over
10 prime missions to Mars.
  Opportunity is the star of the show at the moment.  It recently
began an overview of Victoria Crater which may offer the richest
science trove of the entire mission.  For scale, Victoria is about
a half mile wide and 230 feet deep, and is pictured at the URL
below.
  The really big news is that this Thursday will be Spirit's
1,000-day birthday, and NASA is expected to release a high
resolution panorama from Spirit's current location just before
the big event.  According to NASA staff, NASA-TV "may" put the
panorama into a video format with pans and zooms suitable for
airing.
  Right about now, the communication path between Earth and
Mars is being obstructed by the Sun, so both rovers are going
into hibernation.  Opportunity is expected to move again in
early November, while Spirit should get underway later that
month.  Incredible missions; incredible spacecraft.
  http://tinyurl.com/y3sauo
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20061006ADR  KRLA  61267  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO.
            P   870 KHZ                 GLENDALE, CA
  License to cover.
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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 INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BPFT-20060927AKH   K205EP  93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMM, INC.
               E    88.9 MHZ              LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
  Informal Objection filed 10/16/06 by ("PACCD")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ASSIGNMENT OF PERMIT GRANTED
  BAPFT-20060811ASQ  K252EI  144445  RFENGINEERS, INC.
                E   98.3 MHZ             RIALTO, CA
  Voluntary Assignment of Construction Permit, as amended
  From: RFENGINEERS, INC., To: CARLOS ARANA MINISTRIES, Form 345
  [We include this listing merely because the transfer of
  control of an FM translator is uncommon.  -Ed.]
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  CH-4 Santa Barbara,
  CH-27 San Bernardino,
  CH-32 Palm Springs and
  CH-47 Santa Barbara.
  See the following FCC sheet for specific information:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267933A2.txt
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20060830ADL  K10OU  129227  MARCIA T. TURNER tr/as
                E   CHAN-10           TURNER ENTERPRISES
                                       PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTVL-20000830AXA,
  callsign K10OU.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL 
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDVL-20061017ADF  NEW  168689   MEEKER, CHARLES R
                  E  CHAN-13         CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Digital Companion Channel Construction Permit request for
  facility id no.: 10536.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE ACCEPTED
  FOR FILING
  BMLCT-20061017ABE  KMIR-TV 16749  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORP.
                E    CHAN-36           PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of license: BLCT-19901207KE, callsign KMIR-TV.
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