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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #772
                   Tuesday, December 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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  CONVERGENCE: MOVING VIDEO FROM PC TO TV AT HOME
  High speed home networks are beginning to move full motion
video from personal computer storage systems to full sized
television screens, including HD.  The San Jose Mercury News
has the details (free registration sometimes required):
  http://tinyurl.com/y2c3t9
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMITS GRANTED
  o  For Entravision Communications Corporation, the FCC has
"Granted on December 6, 2006, subject to conditions, application
for Section 325(c) permit to deliver programming to Station
XHRIO-TV, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, licensed to TV Norte,
S.A. de C.V.  The station operates on Channel 2."
  o  For Fox Entertainment Group, Inc., the FCC has "Granted on
December 6, 2006, subject to conditions, application for renewal
of a Section 325(c) permit to deliver programming to Mexican
television station XETV, Tijuana, Mexico."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268832A1.pdf
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  $10,000 fine affirmed against Mr. Adam Venters for pirate
radio operation in Florida.
  o  $13,000 fine against Jamie Patrick Broadcasting.  The
noted violations involve Patrick's failure to register its antenna
structure, failure to repaint or clean the structure to maintain
good visibility, and failure to exhibit required obstruction
lighting (Louisiana).
  o  The Enforcement Bureau has yet to post anything on the bust
of the Catalina Pirate mentioned two months ago (CGC #764), but
rest assured that we are watching.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2472A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2473A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  COPPER THEFT THWARTED
  I have been authorized by Gold Coast Broadcasting to inform
the So. Cal. engineering community that Gold Coast had a thwarted
copper theft incident at one of their AM sites in Ventura.  A
guard from the ranch adjacent to the site ran off three individuals
who he spotted on the roof of the transmitter building.  The men
were attempting to saw off lengths of coax running over the roof to
a short STL tower located next to the building.  No evidence they
went after the ground system.  They did manage to saw through one
piece of coax before the guard and his two dogs ran them off --
fortunately that length of coax running up the short tower was
not one that was in use.
  Richard Rudman
  Remote Possibilities Tech Consulting, rar01 (at) earthlink.net
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  ROAD OPENING IN THE SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS
  Maple Springs Road, in Silverado Canyon, up to Santiago Peak
will be re-opened by Saturday morning December 9, 2006.  If you
have any questions, please contact me.
  Jake Rodriguez, Trabuco Ranger District,
  Cleveland National Forest.  jfrodriguez (at) fs.fed.us
  or (951) 736-1811 ext. 3275
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  LIFE ON EARTH
  I have just finished reading the most fascinating book I
have seen in a very long time: "The Universe," by my good friend
and colleague, Henry L. Richter, PhD, PE.  This book examines the
unique characteristics of our earth that are ideal for life to
exist, along with many specific characteristics of human and
non-human life forms, and asks what it all means.
  The book is available from Xulon Press (866/909-BOOK), only
$13.99.  I encourage you to check it out for yourself.
  Merry Christmas, Gary Gray
  http://www.xulonpress.com/book_detail.php?id=3502
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  THE PUBLIC IS SKEPTICAL AT BEST ABOUT HD RADIO
  Radio Magazine's Digital Radio Update for December 6, 2006
tells us what the general public seems to think about the HD
Radio roll-out.  The predominant tone was skeptical at best.
  http://tinyurl.com/yyeme4
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  JULIAN VEGA IS THE NEW CE AT KCBS-FM & KROQ-FM
  Congratulations to Julian Vega who is the new Chief Engineer
of KCBS-FM & KROQ-FM in Los Angeles (actually, Julian has been
serving in that capacity since June, and he is very glad to be
back on the West Coast).
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  POSSIBLE INTERFERENCE TO 740 KHZ IN SAN DIEGO
  KBRT, 740 kHz, Avalon, is normally listenable in San Diego
during the day.  However, during the past week or so, one or more
interference complaints have been received by the station alleging
interference from public radio audio.  KBRT broadcasts religious
programming for the most part.
  If 740 kHz interference exists, it is probably highly
localized.  Nevertheless, if you catch wind of any unusual
interference, please notify Bill Agresta, KBRT's CE:
  bagresta (at) crawfordbroadcasting.com
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  CLARIFICATION
  CGC #770 contained an anonymous letter entitled, "Two
powerful pirates going strong in northern California."  The
letter stated that, "We have two pirate stations (104.5 and 106.7
MHz) on the air from a very high mountain running several kW ERP
each with one beamed toward Modesto and the other beamed toward
Stockton."  The author took the FCC to task for doing nothing.
  CGC recently received a long-form letter from a broadcast
DXer that caused us to look into the matter briefly.  CGC found
that these stations are not necessarily pirates; they may in fact
be K280EN and K294AW for KCFA in Arnold, CA.  These translators
are authorized for different sites (not the same site as
claimed), and are permitted to run 130 and 140 watts maximum
ERP respectively with directional antennas.  If the channels are
clear, the signals could be received quite a bit beyond the
theoretical 54 dBu Class B1 contour of KCFA, so the fact that
there is distant reception does not necessarily mean that these
stations have "several kW ERP each."
  If anyone has hard data to substantiate a claim of overpowered
or other unauthorized operation, that data should be sent to the
FCC, not the CGC Communicator.
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  DANISH STUDY FINDS NO LINK BETWEEN CELLPHONES AND CANCER
  http://tinyurl.com/yyflwz
  or
  http://tinyurl.com/y8mop8
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  CELL PHONE PING LEADS TO RESCUE
  http://tinyurl.com/ylbl8q
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  POLICE STARTING TO USE PLAIN LANGUAGE IN RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
  Some police officers believe law enforcement will never
completely abandon the use of radio ten codes that have been
around almost since the advent of mobile communications, but for
incidents involving multi-agency responses, plain language
transmissions are fast becoming the rule.
  The 120 agencies currently authorized to use the Los Angeles
Regional Tactical Communications System are already required to
speak in plain English when communicating via the network.
  http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_4766822
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             UNUSUAL LINKS IN CELEBRATION OF YEAR END
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  ONE VERY CLASSY WEB VIDEO
 
  Here is outstanding performing art that is worth watching to
the very end.  This Web video is about eight minutes long.  High
speed Internet recommended.  Link courtesy of Oscar Medina.
  http://tinyurl.com/y2jl5w
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  SHOW BUSINESS WEBSITE COMPLETE WITH MP3s
  I now offer a link to what I consider the greatest Website
in all the Internet!  It is a very detailed history of show
business, complete with sound tracks playable as MP3s!
  Red Blanchard, W6AG
  http://vitaphone.blogspot.com/2006_11_01_archive.html
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  SANTA'S SONG
  Link courtesy of Red Blanchard.  Brings a smile every time.
  http://badaboo.free.fr/merryxmas.swf
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  APPLICATION FOR REVIEW
  BPED-19940802MA  KSDS 58818  SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST..
           P     88.3 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  [The bottom line to lots of verbiage published by the FCC
  is that on 11/30/06, Fox 6 filed an Application for Review
  opposing KSDS' recent 22 kW grant.  -Ed.]
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  CH-3 LPTV READY FOR GRANT
  The following Low Power TV application has been Accepted
  for Filing:
  KSPP-LP, CH-3, Riverside/Palm Springs, for Mark C. Allen.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268894A1.doc
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