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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #781
                   Saturday,  March 3, 2007
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  ALL NEW TVs SOLD MUST DECODE DTV
  Starting last Thursday, all new television sets (and VCRs)
sold in the U.S. must contain a tuner capable of receiving digital
broadcasts, not just the "old-style" NTSC (analog) signals that
have served us well for the past half-century.  (CGC #713)
  http://tinyurl.com/29u3df
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  TOO FEW KNOW ABOUT THE DTV TRANSITION
  More than 56% of over-the-air viewers have "seen, read or
heard nothing" about the February 2009 DTV transition according
to a recent survey by NAB.  And only 10% of viewers knew it
would happen in 2009.
  http://tinyurl.com/2vldpc
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  AM PRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET AUTHORIZATIONS MODIFIED
  Because Daylight Saving Time comes earlier (March 11) and
ends later (November 4) this year, all AM licensees operating with
a Presunrise Service Authorization (PSRA) and/or a Postsunset
Service Authorization (PSSA) will be affected.  Accordingly, the
FCC's Media Bureau is withdrawing all PSRAs and PSSAs issued
prior to February 1, 2007.
  Instructions on how to view your new PSRA and PSSA
authorizations is given at the URL below:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-938A1.doc
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  KING AND TAWIL TO RECEIVE NAB ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
  This year's recipients of NAB's Radio and Television
Engineering Achievement Awards are Louis King (of Kintronic
Laboratories) and Victor Tawil (senior vice president of the
Association for Maximum Service Television).
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0104/t.2523.html
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMIT GRANTED
  The Commission, by its International Bureau, granted on
March 2, 2007, subject to conditions, the application for
a Section 325(c) permit to deliver programming to Station
XETRA(AM), 690 kHz, 77 kW.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-271017A1.pdf
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  LOCAL FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - SELECTED ITEMS
  (1) Hispanic Bakersfield, LLC, licensee of LPTV Station
KBBV-CA, Bakersfield, has been tentatively fined $7,000 for
failing to maintain a local main studio.
  (2 & 3) The alleged marketing of wireless surveillance
cameras and associated receivers not certificated for sale
or use in the U.S. has resulted in Citations to two vendors.
No monetary forfeitures have been assessed yet.
  (4) The fine against Jose A. Molliendo for operating a
pirate FM station in Victorville, CA (90.9 MHz) has been reduced
from $10,000 to just $500 based on Mr. Molliendo's limited income.
According to footnote 11 of the decision, "forfeiture not deemed
excessive where it represent[s] approximately 2.02% of the
violator's gross revenues."
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-270626A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-270629A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-270630A1.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-862A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MANY LETTERS RECEIVED - THE SUBJECT OF A SEPARATE NEWSLETTER
  Several Letters to the Editor were received in the past
two weeks, and they will fill their very own newsletter later
today.  Watch for CGC #782.
  Letter "6A" is of particular interest.  It shows how the
Arizona pirate (mentioned two weeks ago) got his STA from the
FCC.  You will even be able to download a copy of the STA which
makes fascinating reading in this precedent-setting case.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE LUNCHEON MEETING SET FOR MARCH 13
  SBE's program is audio over IP - and IP is not just for
consoles anymore.  The presenter is Mike Uhl of Axia, the
gathering starts at 11:30 AM and the location is the Holiday
Inn in Burbank.  Reservations are required.  The details
and directions are posted here:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/SBE47_03_07.htm
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  SAN DIEGO SBE STORIES OF INTEREST
  o  Daylight Savings Time starts earlier this year (March 11)
than last year....  In my case, this means dealing with a master
control room and transmission center that is suddenly in another
time zone.
  o  KFMB, Channel 8, has became the first San Diego broadcaster
to transmit high definition local news to its viewers.  On Sunday
night, January 28, CBS affiliate KFMB-DT originated a 1080i signal
from a brand new Studio B set for their 5 PM newscast.
  http://www.sbe36.org/index.php/content/view/142/1/
  http://www.sbe36.org/index.php/content/view/141/1/
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  NEWS BRIEFS FROM RADIO WORLD
  FMeXtra Developer Reaches Deal With Big Chinese Manufacturer:
http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.1892.html
  Is HD Radio Dead on Arrival?
http://radioworld.com/pages/s.0044/t.2226.html
  The Vacuum Tube Celebrates 100 Years:
http://radioworld.com/pages/s.0106/t.2239.html
  About the March 11 change to Daylight Saving Time:
http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.1897.html
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  RADIO THINGS TO WATCH OR DISCUSS AT THE NAB
  FMeXtra
http://www.bext.com/pdf/BextFMeXtraNAB05.pdf
  High Definition Expanded radio ("HDE") by Compress Technologies
http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.2485.html
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  STATS ON SATELLITE RADIO LISTENERS
  People who listen to satellite radio are heavy into all forms
of radio and spend more time with AM/FM radio each week (14 hours)
than they do with satellite radio (10 hours & 45 minutes) or the
Internet (8 hours & 15 minutes).
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0105/t.2530.html
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  SUN WILL DISRUPT SATELLITE SIGNALS IN MARCH
  Every spring and fall, the sun is lined up with geosynchronous
satellites orbiting the earth, and radio frequency noise from the
sun itself overpowers (or at least interferes with) satellite
signal reception - often for several minutes at a time.
  http://www.newsobserver.com/104/story/547709.html
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  COUNTRY MUSIC RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES
  Last Monday, Los Angeles classical station KMZT-FM switched
to a country music format with a revival of the station's former
call sign KKGO and the slogan, "Go Country 105.1."  The commercial
classical format will be maintained on the station's HD2 channel.
Los Angeles has been without a country station since last August.
  http://tinyurl.com/23yhyg
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  MORE TV SCREENS FOR MORE EYES
  NBC's Los Angeles stations have partnered with out-of-home
video provider Transit TV to provide local news, weather, sports
and entertainment programming on 2,200 buses in the Los Angeles
metro area.
  http://tinyurl.com/yqgfxe
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  SHARP ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR FIRST BLU-RAY DISC RECORDER
  Sharp's stand-alone BD-HP1 Blu-ray disc player will be the
first to offer consumers the ability to record HD content directly
to a Blu-ray disc.
  http://tinyurl.com/2z9ulo
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  WEBSITES OF INTEREST
  Interesting stories and biographies of KXFM's DJs that
have moved on to big time radio and TV can be found at the KXFM
Website.  Tennessee Ernie Ford, at one time, was a DJ at KFXM:
  http://www.kfxm590.com/
  A Webcam now resides inside the dome of the world famous
200-inch Hale Telescope on Palomar Mountain:
  http://archive.hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/mpo-p200cam.jpg
  U.S. Drought Monitor:
  http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
  Real-time world disaster and terrorist threat map.  Click
on an icon to read more about a particular report.  Scroll down
to see a satellite map of the location.
  http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert.php?lang=eng
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  VINYL STILL BIG AT NASHVILLE FACTORY
  Many record collectors, DJs and music junkies still consider
vinyl to be the gold standard of recorded music -- scratches, pops
and all.  That enduring appeal has helped Nashville's United
Record Pressing which cranks out 20,000 to 40,000 records a day
and is one of the largest - and last - vinyl record manufacturers
in the country.
  http://tinyurl.com/2c5rrv
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  OBITUARIES
  o  Robert Adler, who shared an Emmy Award for co-creating
the wireless TV remote control while working at Zenith Electronics
Corp. in the mid-1950s, has died from heart failure at a Boise,
Idaho, nursing home.  He was 93.
  o  Jim Somich (of Somich processor fame) has passed away.
  http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/adler.html
  http://www.radio-info.com/smf/index.php/topic,64391.0.html
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  ABOUT WORKING AT FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT
  http://community-2.webtv.net/karenlprince/AMUSTSEE/index.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-20070123ABO   K205DK 92058  ONDAS DE VIDA, INC.
              E     88.9 MHZ         YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/23/2007
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLL-20070221ACW KHHS-LP 124381 HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
              E  107.5 MHz              SAN DIEGO, CA
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR PROPOSALS
  The FCC's Video Division of the Media Bureau has provided
  a list of all proposals received during the July/August 2000
  filing window that remain mutually exclusive with other
  proposals submitted in the window.  Here are the affected
  locations and channel numbers:
  Brawley - 20, 26, 27, 29
  Caliente & Tehachapi - 6
  El Centro - 18, 26, 27, 30, 45, 46
  Needles - 28
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-193A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL DISMISSED
  BDCCDTT-20061030AHG NEW 168900 MORONGO BASIN TV CLUB, INC.
                E   CHAN-21         JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA
  Digital Companion Channel Construction Permit request for
  facility id no.: 43821.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRTVA-20060810AKE KSFV-LP 49704 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                E   CHAN-26         SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
  Amendment filed 02/14/2007 
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTL-20070227ACN    K26FA  14910    RICK D'AMICO
                    E   CHAN-26           VISTA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K26FA.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISDTL-20061227AAQ DKNLZ-LP 128324 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GRP...
                  E   CHAN-30              FOREST FALLS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KNLZ-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20060626ACV  KDOC-DT 24518  ELLIS COMMUNICATIONS
                E    CHAN-32         KDOC LICENSEE, LLC
                                         ANAHEIM, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19981028KE,
  callsign KDOC-TV.
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/17/2006
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT DISMISSED
  BDFCDTA-20060802ASH   K35DG   66321   REGENTS OF THE
                  E    CHAN-35     UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
                                         LA JOLLA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K35DG.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRTT-20060727AIN   K59CD  19656  KSBY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
               E    CHAN-59             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Amendment filed 02/21/2007
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRTTL-20060810AMM KNLA-LP  72270  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
               E    CHAN-68               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Amendment filed 02/14/2007 
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