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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #776
                 Wednesday,  January 17, 2007
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NEW CHIEFS ON TAP FOR THE MEDIA & INTERNATIONAL BUREAUS
  FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin has announced his intention
to appoint Monica Desai as the Media Bureau Chief, and Helen
Domenici as the International Bureau Chief.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269373A1.doc
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  FCC REPORT: INFORMAL CONSUMER INQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS
  The top consumer complaint received by the FCC during
July, August and September 2006 was in the category of Radio
and Television "Programming - Indecency/Obscenity."  The number
of complaints received during these three months was 179, 404 and
161,587 respectively.  That was an incredible jump in September.
See page 8 of the report below.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269432A1.doc
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  7TH FNPRM IN THE DTV CHANNELIZATION PROCEEDING
  FNPRM means "Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making,"
but there is no DTV channel election news for California
in these documents.  The second and third URLs below go
to the tables of interest.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-20A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-20A2.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-20A3.pdf
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  'By this Forfeiture Order, we find that San Jose Navigation,
Inc. marketed intentional radiating equipment, specifically
Global Positioning Satellite signal re-radiator kits, which
are not authorized and not eligible for authorization by the
Commission because the devices operate in restricted frequency
bands....  For San Jose’s violations, we impose a monetary
forfeiture in the amount of seventy-five thousand dollars
($75,000).'
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-3A1.doc
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  ENFORCEMENT ACTION - SELECTED ITEM
  Time for an 11-meter CB story.  This one is from Houston,
Texas and involves a cat-and-mouse game with FCC agents whereby
the suspect was finally caught running too much power.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269361A1.html
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  RADIO ENGINEER AVAILABLE
  Contract Engineer available, 17 years + experience with
transmitters, studios, AM directional sites, FM transmission
systems, Prophet systems and computers.  Available after
January 31st.
  Please contact Jason Houts at 909-336-8472.
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE BROADCASTER'S INSIDE SCOOP ON CES/LAS VEGAS
  This invited long-form letter recaps the recently
concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.
The author is a highly experienced broadcast engineer, Hal
Kneller, who is also a Senior Manager at Harris Corporation,
one of the largest and most respected manufacturers of
broadcast equipment in the world.
  This letter looks at the future of radio and television
broadcasting and reveals some important and surprising trends.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/CES_Jan_2007.htm
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  FROM ARNOLD TO ANGELS CAMP TO FOWLER PEAK
  A few Letters to the Editor have been received on the so
called "Arnold pirate" that we have been tracking where a
licensed broadcaster has allegedly built two unauthorized high
power FM stations to extend the programming from his or her
licensed stations into new markets.
  Our speculation in CGC #772 - that two authorized translator
signals in the vicinity of Arnold, CA may have been mistakenly
identified as pirate signals - was apparently incorrect.  Two
readers indicate that the pirate stations were built at a site
called Fowler Peak near Angels Camp, CA.  Whether this means
Fowler Lookout on Bear Mtn. shown on a USGS topo map is unclear.
  So far, the FCC has been silent on its findings in this
important case, but our readers have had plenty to say in the
meantime, see below.
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  SELECTED READERS' COMMENTS ON THE FOWLER PEAK PIRATES
  o The pirates were NOT operating anywhere near the town of
Arnold.  They were operating near Angels Camp, CA.  Arnold is
very far away from Angels Camp.  They cannot even be considered
the same market.  Especially when terrain is considered.  There
is a range of mountains between the two areas, and they do not
share common FM signals....
  o The site where the two illegal stations were built is
Fowler Peak.  There is some ham activity up there; no legal
broadcast stations....
  o Approximate ERP is guesstimated to be 5-8 kW per pirate
station thanks to highly directional antennas....  I don't have
the HAAT handy, but the HAAT is huge.  HAMSL is over 3,000 feet.
That is HUGE over a valley area like this.  Fowler is one
monster radio site that is well known around these parts.
  o A ham radio line-of-sight coverage map (found through
Google) is at http://www.calaverasars.org/nv6v/r/fowler.htm
If you look closely, you will see that Fowler Peak does not even
cover Arnold, but it has great coverage of the valley from
Sacramento to Fresno and everything in between!
  o ...this is not the first time this licensed broadcaster
has done this, and been caught.  Even his legitimate stations
have been subject to FCC inspection and actions regarding TPOs
many times overpower, and unlicensed highly directional antennas.
Those cases are well documented.  This particular broadcaster
apparently has his own version of the rules.
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  DTV DX: WATCHING THE ROSE BOWL WITH A 200 MILE RF PATH
  Doc Searls is a writer and lecturer who runs a Linux magazine;
he's a great writer and a really nice guy.  I came into contact
with him because we share common fascinations with AM directional
antennas, old high power AM stations, and AM band propagation.
  Doc just built a new house in the hills above Santa Barbara
and installed an HDTV system and outside antenna, but the only
HDTV stations that he receives are signals from San Diego/Tijuana.
Over the weekend, Doc took and posted a series of pictures showing
his HDTV reception of the San Diego/TJ stations at his new home
200 miles (approx.) from the transmitters, and I thought that
your readers might enjoy seeing the photos.  Note the signal
strength data on some of the screen shots.
  H.W. Duncan, Seattle
  http://tinyurl.com/ycp7ep (hit the "Next" button to advance),
  or
  http://tinyurl.com/ydfxnx (click on individual images)
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  ABOUT THE FOUR AM APPLICATIONS FILED FOR LEMON GROVE
  With regard to the four AM applications (780, 1400, 1490
and 1600 kHz) for Lemon Grove mentioned in last week's newsletter,
two individuals reported that Gerard A. Turro signed the
applications, one noted that the applications are three years
old (all filed in January 2004), and one cross referenced the
site coordinates (same for all four facilities) with satellite
images.  The site is reportedly in the middle of a congested city
block, but there is a large swimming pool that "(tongue in cheek)
would make a great high conductivity tower base location with
the addition of salt."
  The unofficial background of "Gerry Turro" (who was associated
with Jukebox Radio in a highly contested FM translator matter) is
posted at the first URL below (thanks to one of our readers), and
the second URL takes you to the FCC's CDBS search page where you
may see any of the AM applications by entering the Facility
Identifier numbers (160817, 160820, 160821 and 160822).  It
still does not appear that these applications were ever put
on public notice.
  http://www.440.com/namest.html
  http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_sear.htm
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  NEW FM PIRATE, SIMI VALLEY
  I was wondering if anyone has heard the pirate that seems
to be in Simi Valley on 99.1 FM.  It covers a good part of Ventura
County.  Seems to operate 24/7 with a very strong signal.  So far,
I have only heard music with silence between the cuts.  No
announcers.  [The L.A. FCC office has been informed, so this guy
may not last long.]
  (Name withheld)
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  NEW DOLBY DEVICE LOWERS VOLUME ON TV ADS
  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dolby
Laboratories has unveiled a new product aimed at correcting
differences in volume between TV shows and commercials.
"Dolby Volume" uses technology based on how the human ear
perceives sound waves.
  http://tinyurl.com/y67b5m
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  GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY FOR DTV CONVERTER BOXES
  The new Democratic Congress might "double or triple" the
$1.5 billion already earmarked to assist consumers who want to
purchase converter boxes to keep analog-TV sets percolating
after the February 17, 2009 DTV transition date.
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6405492.html
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  THE FUTURE FOR TRADITIONAL RADIO IS TRENDING DOWN
  In the past three years, more than $100 million of radio
advertising revenue has disappeared from Greater Media markets.
Meanwhile, interactive advertising is growing in excess of
25 percent per year.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.686.html
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  WIRELESS POWER (AN OLD IDEA)
  Here's a company that is using low power RF to charge low
power devices (introduced at CES).  The human exposure to RF
radiation (RFR) aspects of this device are unknown.
  http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-12760_7-9673092-5.html?tag=cnetfd.mt
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  NEW RECORD FOR SOLAR ELECTRIC CONVERSION EFFICIENCY
  Thanks to U.S. Department of Energy funding, a "concentrator
solar cell" produced by Boeing-Spectrolab has recently achieved
a world-record conversion efficiency of 40.7 percent, establishing
a new milestone in sunlight-to-electricity performance.  This
breakthrough may lead to systems with an installation cost of
only $3 per watt, producing electricity at a cost of 8-10 cents
per kilowatt/hour, making solar electricity a more cost-
competitive and integral part of our nation's energy mix.
  http://www.energy.gov/news/4503.htm
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  PUBLIC SAFETY RETIREES ARRESTED IN COMMUNICATIONS SCAM
  The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has arrested retired
fire communications manager Michael Burton and retired Sheriff's
lieutenant Steven Vaughn on charges they embezzled as much as
$2 million from the Riverside County Fire Department.  According
to the arrest report, Burton and Vaughn arranged for the purchase
of communications gear from a company Vaughn owned with his son.
  http://tinyurl.com/yt3x3c
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  CELLPHONE REPORTEDLY SETS CALIFORNIA MAN AFIRE
  A Vallejo man is reported in stable condition with second
and third-degree burns over at least 50% of his body after
a cellphone tucked into the pocket of his pants mysteriously
combusted late Saturday night as the victim sat sleeping in
a plastic lawn chair which is now history.  Fire officials
declined to name the cellphone's manufacturer or model.
  http://tinyurl.com/yhtm96
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  FIRST VHF HAM REPEATER
  The first VHF ham repeater in southern California was the
brainchild of a broadcast engineer by the name of Art Gentry,
W6MEP.  Read about this historic device in this QST article
written by Bill Pasternak.  Don't miss the boxed story with
Burt Weiner's hilarious encounter with the repeater owner.
  http://www.arrl.org/qst/2004/03/pasterna.pdf
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  HOW TO GET A HAM LICENSE (PODCAST)
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.668.html
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  CHU CANADA SEEKS COMMENTS ON ITS 7 MHZ FUTURE
  Will those familiar time keeping beeps from our Canadian
neighbor cease?  It seems that CHU will have to change frequency,
be relicensed as a "broadcast" or perhaps end its historical
presence in the 7 MHz band altogether, since that frequency lies
in a portion of the HF spectrum that has been reallocated to
"broadcast" by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
  CHU seeks your comments and support on its web site at:
  http://tinyurl.com/y2wa2y
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  ROBOTS & REHABILITATION
  There are no silver bullets after brain injury, but new
robotic "repetitive exercisers" are remarkably effective in
helping stroke victims regain function in their arms and legs -
beyond what can be accomplished by traditional physical therapy.
The robot exercisers foster learning that actually rewires the
brain.  Neville Hogan, Ph.D., Newman Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge;
and Diane Anderson, Stroke Survivor.  Program airs on UCSD-TV
(K35DG) and is also viewable on the Web.
  http://www.ucsd.tv/series/index.asp?show=show&number=202
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  THREE OLD WOR(AM) TOWERS DEMOLISHED - VIDEO
  Buckley Broadcasting succeeded on its second attempt to
bring down its old three-tower Lyndhurst array for WOR(AM) in
northern New Jersey.  The first attempt was thwarted by local
police who cited safety concerns for drivers on the New Jersey
Turnpike who may be distracted by the event (CGC #762).  The
towers were about 700 feet tall.
  "A really good video" of the tower demolition with CE Tom
Ray giving the technical details is posted at the YouTube link
below.  WOR was on the air from its replacement site during the
demolition, so service to the public was uninterrupted.  Thanks
to Hal Kneller and Bob Weller for the video URLs.
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vOdyQoCyqo  YouTube Video
  http://wcbstv.com/video/?id=95521@wcbs.dayport.com  WCBS Video
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.665.html  RW Story
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMIT FOR XETRA(AM) ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  Section 325(c) authority for XETRA(AM), 690 kHz, is being
sought. "On December 21, 2006, the applicant filed an amendment
replacing Exhibit No. 3.  The revised exhibit specifies the
location of XETRA as Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico
in lieu of Rosarito, Baja California."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269461A1.pdf
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20070103ADA  KUSS 67664  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E  95.7 MHZ             CARLSBAD, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20070103ADK  KJHP-LP  130845  SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY
                E    CHAN-18              COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20041110ACG,
  callsign KJHP-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20070103ACI KRVD-LP 128327 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                E   CHAN-33            RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20060720ABS,
  callsign KRVD-LP.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPTTA-20050725ADK  KBOP-CA  11371   D.T.V. LLC
                E    CHAN-43         SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KBOP-CA.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/21/2006
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISDTL-20060403ARZ KNLZ-LP 128324 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                  E   CHAN-46              FOREST FALLS, CA
  Minor change of callsign K29FX.
  Dismissed per applicant's request.
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