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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #792
                      Monday, May 14, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  ACCIDENT AT KBRT(AM) IGNITES CATALINA ISLAND FIRE
  A fire that started at the KBRT(AM) transmitter plant on
Catalina Island near Los Angeles apparently ignited the 4,200-
acre wildfire that ravaged the island's interior and threatened
Avalon, the resort's main town.  One home and six industrial
buildings were lost but no one was seriously injured.  The fire
is expected to be fully contained by Tuesday evening.
  According to a published report supplemented by information
from the island, a tower contractor hired by KBRT had been warned
against using a cutting torch because of dry brush fire danger.
While the station's transmitter engineer, Bill Agresta, was inside
the transmitter building and temporarily away from the work site,
the contractor used a gasoline-powered circular saw to cut metal,
and sparks from the blade apparently ignited the brush.
  Bill reportedly said he saw a small blaze when he went outside
the transmitter building.  Then he ran back inside to call 911.
By the time he went outside again, the fire had moved several
hundred feet downhill and engulfed the contractor's tool truck -
the blackened hulk of which remained at the site as of Saturday.
  Commercial power and telco lines feeding the "KBRT Ranch" (as
the transmitter site is known) were destroyed in the fire.  The
station resumed operations Sunday using its own power generator
and CDs hand-carried to the island for programming.  Joel Saxberg
is reportedly at the site attempting to set up a Ku-band satellite
downlink as an STL, but is said to be having trouble acquiring the
satellite.  As of 9:30 AM Monday, the station was off the air
again, but this time voluntarily until the program feed bugs
are resolved.
  Meanwhile, Bill Agresta is nursing some fractured ribs
suffered when one of the construction workers commandeered his
tractor and accidentally ran into him during the fire melee.
  http://tinyurl.com/3xjgvn  (Latest AP information)
  http://tinyurl.com/27h43r  (Older L.A. Times info)
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  FCC CHAIRMAN MARTIN ADDRESSES THE CABLE INDUSTRY
  Following are the remarks of FCC Chairman Kevin J.
Martin as prepared for delivery to the National Cable &
Telecommunications Association's (NCTA) meeting in Las Vegas.
As you may know, NCTA has been at odds with Chairman Martin,
so this speech is of more than routine interest.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-272897A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  o  Fed-Ex is fined $4,000 for willfully and repeatedly
  operating on a 460 MHz frequency not authorized by its license.
  That operation happened to cause interference to the Riverside
  Police Dept.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-1995A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  INEXPENSIVE TV REMOTES
  The Slingbox is known best for its ability to let consumers
watch their home TV channels remotely using a laptop or smart
phone.  But a San Francisco news station has found a way to
utilize the trapezoid-shaped set-top box to cheaply and
wirelessly send live news, traffic and weather updates back
to its studio.
  http://news.com.com/2300-1025_3-6182268-1.html
  http://news.com.com/1606-2_3-6182261.html
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  WHY HD RADIO ISN'T CATCHING ON WITH CONSUMERS
  According to Bridge Ratings, LLC, which tracks consumer
trends, "Of all the media we are covering in this latest study,
HD Radio growth is the most disappointing based on previous
industry expectations....  Why isn't HD radio catching on?  The
number one response from those who have "little or no interest
at this time" was "Don't see a need" followed by "Not aware
of its benefits."
  "Bridge Ratings is reforecasting its HD Radio growth at
this time.  We expect no more than 500,000 users of HD radio by
year-end 2007 and only just over 1 million by the start of 2009.
These estimates are considerably reduced from our earlier
expectations when a larger consumer base indicated interest."
  To see Bridge Rating's study, visit the URL below, then under
Current Studies click on Digital Media Growth Projections Update.
HD Radio is covered under heading III.
  http://www.bridgeratings.com/
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  TOUR SEATTLE'S WEST TIGER AND COUGAR MOUNTAINS
  Take a virtual tour of the magnificent broadcast facilities
at Seattle's West Tiger and Cougar Mountains.  This is another
outstanding Web posting by Scott Fybush.
  http://www.fybush.com/sites/2007/site-070504.html
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  MORE HELP FOR WUVT(FM)
  Harris and Clear Channel have worked together to donate a
new Harris ZX-3500 (3.5KW solid state) transmitter and FlexStar
HDx (FM/HD Radio exciter) to WUVT to get them back up to full
power.
  (Private communication)
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  "TASTE OF NAB" COMING TO OUR AREA SOON
  Larry Bloomfield's "Taste of NAB" road show, bringing
some of the products displayed at NAB/Las Vegas to a location
near you, is coming to Los Angeles on May 16, Riverside on
May 18 and San Diego on May 22.  Visit the URL below and
click on the dates for full information.  Larry always
puts on a good show.
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/2007/2007-Itinerary.htm
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  THE SCARBOROUGH REEF DX-PEDITION
  Ham radio operators travel worldwide to briefly put exotic
locations on-the-air for DX (distant station) hunters.  The first
photos of the recent Scarborough reef ham radio DX-expedition have
arrived.  The operators stayed for days on incredibly small rock
outcroppings surrounded by water.  Check the photos - you won't
believe your eyes - this is true dedication to the radio sport!
  http://www.scarboroughreef.com/4rocks.html
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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-20070430CGQ      KECR  20977     FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
               P    910 KHZ               EL CAJON, CA
  License to cover.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20070430CGR    KMPC  61647    ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
            P     1540 KHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Direct Measurement
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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 ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20070507AAO  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20070503AAW    K252EI  144445  CARLOS ARANA MINISTRIES
               E     98.3 MHZ               RIALTO, CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20070411AAL  KECY-DT  51208  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                 E    CHAN-48               EL CENTRO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-19991101AHI.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/19/2007
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20070507AET   KECY-DT  51208  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                 E    CHAN-48               EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20070411AAL,
  callsign KECY-TV.
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