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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #790
                     Monday, April 30, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  MAJOR FCC ACTIONS
  o  FCC initiates third review of DTV transition.  One
  of the Commission's proposals is to restrict the grant
  of future extensions of time for stations to construct
  their digital facilities.
  o  The FCC is requiring retailers to fully inform consumers
  about analog-only TV receiver limitations as the transition
  to DTV nears.  A specific Consumer Alert warning must be
  posted if the TV set has only an analog tuner.
  o  FCC seeks comments on ways to ensure that all cable
  customers receive programming after the DTV transition occurs.
  The FCC proposes that cable systems must carry HDTV broadcasts
  in HD format, and the Commission has also asked for comments
  on whether it should move from a subjective to an objective
  measure for what constitutes material degradation of an
  incoming signal by a cable system.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-272655A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-272656A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-272654A1.doc
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  SIDE ISSUES
  o  The FCC has clarified its Software Defined Radio rules
  in a fairly long Memorandum Opinion and Order.
  o  Not long ago, a number of questions were raised concerning
  the technical operations of a number of Mexican radio stations
  operated by Mr. Jaime Bonilla.  Now, the Commission has rejected
  the Petition for Reconsideration filed by Broadcast Company of
  Americas ("BCA") in this proceeding.  (Two URLs)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-66A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-1904A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-1905A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IN CALIFORNIA
  o  Self-oscillating Winegard TV preamp on motor home
  interferes with several channels (circa 459 MHz) assigned to
  the Sutter County Sheriff's Department.  Citation issued to
  motor home owner; owner asked to exchange the defective unit.
  o  Notice of Unlicensed Operation sent to an apparent pirate
  in Lancaster for broadcasting on 101.5 MHz without a permit.
  o  J Dolan Communications, Los Angeles, issued a Notice of
  Violation for leasing licensed radios to a motion picture field
  crew who used the radios in Virginia (far beyond the permitted
  radius) causing interference to the Gallaudet University campus
  police radio system operating on the same frequency.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-272495A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-272506A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-272496A1.html
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  PROPOSED BILL TO CALL BROADCAST STATIONS "FIRST RESPONDERS"
  Proposed legislation is said to federally recognize the role
of local broadcasters in responding to disasters.  The bill would
designate broadcasters as first responders and, as such, entitle
them to federal supplies of fuel, water and other emergency
essentials.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0102/t.5332.html
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  NAB2007 ATTENDANCE THIRD LARGEST EVER
  A preliminary count suggests that attendance at NAB2007 was
108,232, beating last year's number of 105,046.  International
attendance was at an all time high of 26,824.  Final attendance
figures are yet to be released.
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR MAY 8
  The May 8 Los Angeles SBE meeting will feature Wheatstone
Corp.'s new line of Audio Processors, details below.
  http://www.sbe47.org/MarMeeting.htm
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                        LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  ICOM IC-R3 MINI-TV RECEIVER: AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
  The Icom IC-R3, a small handheld device with a 2" TFT
color display (which can feed an external TV monitor thru its
A/V jack), has been popular with the broadcast gang for receiving
NTSC TV pictures and sound, but the gizmo will soon go extinct.
  Icom announced today (4/26/07) that "...the IC-R3-26, blocked
version, is currently on backorder.  The delay is due to the FCC's
Part 15.112 ruling.  This ruling states that all TV receivers
imported into the United States, after March 1, 2007, must be DTV
compatible.  As the IC-R3 is not DTV compatible, this receiver
will no longer be imported for sales in the United States and
will be declared discontinued and no longer available."  So,
when existing stocks are gone, that's all there will ever be.
  "Squeak" Porray, AES/Las Vegas, lasvegas (at) aesham.com
  (Squeak's letter has been summarized.   -Ed.)
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  SOME NAB SEMINARS ARE POSTED ON THE WEB
  Some of the NAB2007 seminars are archived on the Web and
may be viewed for free - visit the first URL below.
  For a look at one particularly interesting seminar, visit
the second URL below.  This is a Webcast of a Mobile Video panel
discussion and it's chuck full of important information.  For
example, industry experts predict that mobile video will become
a significant player in just two to five years, and cite the fact
that over 6 million video cellphone subscribers already exist.
  Of course, the emergence of Internet video and now mobile
video means fewer viewers for traditional TV, and there are also
interesting technical and un-obvious copyright complications for
broadcasters who choose to repurpose their shows for display on
the new (and lower resolution) devices.
  http://www.tvworldwide.com/
  http://tinyurl.com/29zmh8
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  WHAT WILL BECOME OF ANALOG TV TRANSMITTERS IN THE DIGITAL ERA?
  TV Technology editor James E. O'Neal looks at how stations
may deal with old and unused analog TV transmitters as the digital
era kicks in.
  http://www.tvtech.com/pages/s.0082/t.4975.html
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  KKOL(AM), SEATTLE, CREATES SPARKS AT AN OIL REFINERY NEARBY
  A new transmitter site for KKOL(AM), Seattle, is causing
sparks at an oil refinery less than a mile away, and concern
over a possible explosion has gotten the FCC involved.
  http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/312103_radiobeat19.html
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  THE RDS SYSTEM IS HACKED, ALLOWING FALSE AND ALARMING MESSAGES
  Security engineers have sent false and sometimes alarming
messages to a car's satellite navigation system by hacking into
the RDS (Radio Data System) data stream used by a number of FM
broadcast stations.  The findings were presented recently at
CanSecWest, a security conference in Vancouver.
  http://tinyurl.com/2lwpo4
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  NEW REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM FOR SAN DIEGO CITY & COUNTY
  After a number of years operating separate 800 MHz radio
systems, the City and County of San Diego have announced plans
to jointly build a new $100 million regional emergency
communications network.  Backers of the plan say such a regional
approach will increase their chances of securing a portion of
$1 billion in federal grant funding.
  http://tinyurl.com/2exkdr
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  SUPPORT FOR WUVT AND KEVIN STERNE WHO WAS SHOT
  People are showing strong support for WUVT(FM) and its
22-year old Chief Engineer, Kevin Sterne, who was injured in
the Virginia Tech shootings and whose photograph was widely
circulated in the media.
  http://www.wuvt.vt.edu/support.html
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  ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM RADIO WORLD
  o  AM directional pattern proofs by computer calculations?
  A group is scheduled to submit its proposed FCC rule changes
  this week.
  o  Howard Enstrom, the father of the FM translator service,
  has died at the age of 84.
  o  China begins FMeXtra broadcasts - a technology that could
  benefit many U.S. broadcasters as well.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.5571.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.5612.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.5543.html
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  COPPER THEFT HITS SAN DIEGO SCHOOLS -- EUGENE, OREGON ALSO
  http://tinyurl.com/26cvur
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.4788.html
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  CENTENNIAL OF FIRST VOICE RADIO BROADCAST - ARTICLE
  http://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2006/12/23/news/news03.txt
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  SUNNYVALE START-UP SEEKS PATENT FOR WIRELESS ELECTRICITY
  The founders and co-owners of PowerBeam in Sunnyvale, CA
are seeking a patent for their use of a powerful laser beam to
react with a solar cell and generate electricity free of wires
and batteries.  The company envisions uses ranging from powering
laptop computers to charging cellphones, and there are a variety
of applications in environments where the use of electrical
cords is impractical.
  http://www.siliconvalley.com/opinion/ci_5711247
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  CELLPHONE LEADS DEPUTIES TO VICTIM LOCKED IN CAR TRUNK
  Basic wireless 9-1-1 technology enabled San Diego County
Sheriff's deputies to come to the aid of an alleged kidnapping
victim who said he had been locked inside the trunk of his own
car for 23 hours.  The man called 9-1-1 from his cellphone after
the suspect reportedly abandoned the vehicle in Encinitas.
  Sheriff's dispatchers were able to determine the location
of the originating cellular tower so the victim could guide
deputies to his location by listening to the sirens on the
police vehicles and indicating when they were near.
  http://tinyurl.com/2ow8es
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  ARE CELLPHONES TO BLAME FOR A DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF BEES?
  Bees are essential to agriculture in California and
elsewhere, so the recent disappearance of large numbers of bees
is alarming.  Now, researchers at Landau University have found
that honey bees won't return to their hives when cellphones are
located nearby, and suggest that the widespread use of wireless
devices could be the cause of "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD).
Of course, the disappearance of bees may yet be linked to some
other far more mundane phenomenon, but the Landau report is
colorful.
  http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife/article2449968.ece
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070424/news_1n24bees.html
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  COOL VIDEO - WORKING ON HOT 500KV POWER LINES
  http://www.flixxy.com/helicopter-cable-inspector.htm
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20061018ADY  KCBQ  13509   NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING
            P   1170 KHZ               COMPANY, INC.
                                       SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/03/2007
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20061023AFU KKLA-FM 48453 NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
            E     99.5 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/23/2007
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDTL-20070420ABK   NEW  168686   U-DUB PRODUCTIONS LLC
                E     CHAN-35            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 2961.
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