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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #793
                    Wednesday,  May 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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  MORE ON THE CATALINA ISLAND FIRE AND KBRT
  CGC #792 reported on the devastating Catalina Island
fire and tentatively traced its origin to work being done by
a tower crew at the KBRT (740 kHz) directional antenna array
on the island.  While the official cause of the fire is under
investigation and the final details may differ somewhat from
the account given in our report, all information available
to our office continues to exonerate Bill Agresta, KBRT's
Transmitter Chief.
  Bill reports that day-to-day operations at the transmitter
plant are currently difficult at best.  The station is now
without utility power, program lines and phone service.  KBRT
is relying on generator power and a satellite audio feed.
For a brief period of time, the station was operated at half
power to conserve fuel.
  Why was KBRT off the air last Tuesday?  A field coil opened
in the generator.  A small solid enameled wire (probably #24)
which was covered with RTV at the point where it connected to
a binding post chose this most inopportune time to corrode in
two, perhaps the result of exposure to 20 years of salt air.
Then again, this was just one of many technical failures that
have mysteriously plagued the station lately.
  Bill is slowly recovering from three cracked ribs and a
head-to-toe case of poison oak from the oak soot carried by the
fire.  (We have told him about the Zanfel treatment for poison
oak mentioned later in this newsletter.)  One person who saw
Bill last week described him as a "blistered mess" - yet Bill
is adamant about carrying on his day-to-day activities at the
remote site where life, even in the best of times, is not easy.
  Bill asks for your good thoughts and prayers as he continues
to make a difficult recovery.
  http://tinyurl.com/2be3cz (Fire Photos, L.A. Times)
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  L.A. COUNTY FIRE RESPONDS TO THE CATALINA BLAZE
  When the Los Angeles County Fire Department implemented its
"Catalina Plan" as the raging wildfire threatened the resort city
of Avalon, dozens of fire apparatus and hundreds of firefighters
were quickly shuttled across the 20+ mile channel.  The logistical
response was overseen from the second-floor command center at
Fire Department headquarters in East Los Angeles and involved
a special team of 16 dispatchers and supervisors.
  http://tinyurl.com/2ag2ux  (L.A. Times, a subscription Website)
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  AM DIRECTIONAL PATTERN MODELING INSTEAD OF MEASUREMENTS?
  The FCC is requesting comments on industry-proposed rules
to permit NEC moment-method computer modeling (instead of
measurements) to determine AM directional antenna performance.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2143A1.doc
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  WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR AM DIRECTIONAL PATTERN IS OUT OF KILTER
  Two FCC rules give conflicting instructions about what
AM stations are required to do when their directional patterns
are out of alignment.  This FCC Report & Order resolves the
conflict.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-97A1.doc
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  DTV EXTENSION OF TIME REQUESTS
  The FCC has considered the paperwork filed by 145 TV
stations requesting additional time to complete construction
of their digital television (DTV) facilities.  The vast majority
of extension requests were granted.  Of the few denied (some in
California), three permittees were admonished for their
continuing failures to timely construct.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-91A1.doc
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  MORE DTV EXTENSIONS OF TIME GRANTED
  In this document, the FCC considers certain waiver requests
for the July 1, 2005 and 2006 "use or lose" deadlines and the
requests for waiver of the August 4, 2005 "checklist" deadline.
Many station requests have been granted, but seven stations
have lost their interference protections to the unused
portions of their associated coverage areas.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-90A1.doc
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  THIRD PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE FCC'S DTV STANCE
  This is a Notice of Proposed Rule Making whereby the FCC
reviews its rules and policies affecting the nation's conversion
to DTV and considers how to ensure that broadcasters complete
construction of their final, post-transition (digital) facilities
by the statutory deadline.  The document is well over 100 pages
in length but the Executive Summary is clear and brief.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-70A1.doc
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  TOWER LIGHTING INSPECTIONS RELAXED TO YEARLY WITH WAIVER
  FCC Rule 17.47(b) requires that the owner of any antenna
structure which is registered with the Commission and has been
assigned lighting specifications pursuant to Part 17 shall
"inspect at intervals not to exceed 3 months all automatic or
mechanical control devices, indicators, and alarm systems
associated with the antenna structure lighting to insure (sic)
that such apparatus is functioning properly."
  Now the FCC has allowed waivers of this rule for American
Tower Corporation and Global Signal, Inc. so that they can make
only yearly inspections when certain types of sophisticated lamp
monitoring systems are used.  The FCC concludes in numbered
paragraph 30 that, "...the Commission or its staff will evaluate
requests by other tower owners using monitoring systems with
characteristics similar to the Eagle and HARK systems for
similar waivers."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-89A1.doc
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  USING FMeXtra IN LOS ANGELES
  Both KLVE & KSCA, Los Angeles, seem to be testing on-air
with FMeXtra, the digital sub-carrier scheme.  Initial impressions
are very positive, the hardware is incredibly cheap and the system
is a good spectral neighbor.  Too bad this technology was not
available five or so years ago.
  (Name withheld upon request)
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  THE SHORT KFI TOWER HAS AN INTERMITTENT BEACON LIGHT
  I am in the neighborhood of the KFI tower and have seen
a small beacon lamp atop the only remaining [short] tower
following the collapse of the main tower.  The lamp worked for
awhile, then failed, and is now working again but it's very dim
and does not stay on long.  It might be solar powered as you
said in CGC #669 [January 3, 2005].
  (Name withheld upon request)
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  TREATMENT FOR POISON IVY, OAK AND SUMAC
  Poison Oak used to make me miserable for several weeks.
Then I found out about the product called Zanfel.  It "washes"
away poison ivy, oak and sumac.  For me, the itch stops within
30 seconds and with a few treatments following the directions,
it just goes away.  I picked up my last tube at a Longs Drug Store
for about $45.00 for a one ounce tube, well worth the investment
to keep on hand.
  Tom Anderson via Bonnie Phelps' Palomar Mountain e-news
  [Another party suggests Googling Zanfel.  He found less
  expensive pricing and free shipping on-line.   -Ed.]
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  CELL PHONE TV COURTESY OF MEDIAFLO
  Verizon Wireless is now offering its eight-channel V CAST
Mobile TV live television service in the biggest U.S. markets
- including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta and
Indianapolis - bringing it up to 28 markets nationwide.
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6442799.html?industryid=47197
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  DIRECTV AND BPL
  DirecTV CEO Chase Carey said his company is looking at a
test using power lines for broadband in a major city next year.
"I think you'll see some meaningful tests in this arena," Carey
said, who added that DirecTV would like to do the test in a
"top 50 city where you're covering at least half the city."
  http://tinyurl.com/23h2v5
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  GPS-ENABLED RADIOS KEEP USERS AWARE OF EACH OTHER'S LOCATION
  Global Positioning System equipment manufacturer Garmin will
begin marketing its $450 Rino two-way radio next month, an FRS
or GMRS transceiver with a color map display that can be
transmitted and shared with other users.  The Garmin Rino can
signal other Rino radios using the same code and channel to
automatically send their positions as well.
  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/24/technology/24gps.html
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  S.D. COUNTY SUPERVISORS RECEIVE EVACUATION AND RECOVERY PLAN
  A 93-page evacuation and recovery plan covering responses to
natural and man-made disasters was presented to the San Diego
County Board of Supervisors recently.  The plan, prepared by
the County's Office of Emergency Services, addresses the need
for transportation and communication in the event of a
significant evacuation.
  http://tinyurl.com/39x6pn
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  AT&T TO FCC: NEXTEL 800 MHz REBANDING PROCESS "DEEPLY FLAWED"
  AT&T Inc., on behalf of its affiliate AT&T Mobility, has
submitted a 13-page filing to the FCC outlining what it sees
as shortcomings and failings in the Sprint-Nextel 800 MHz
reconfiguration process.  AT&T argues that key benchmarks have
passed, rebanding is far behind schedule, Sprint-Nextel is not
living up to its commitments, and continued delays are adversely
impacting all 800 MHz Commercial Mobile Radio Service carriers
by requiring them to devote resources to remedying instances
of interference as they occur.
  http://tinyurl.com/yo9yg9
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  CELLULAR NETWORKS SOMETIMES OF LITTLE USE TO FIRST RESPONDERS
  Greensburg, Kansas - hard hit by a recent tornado which
followed by several months a severe ice storm -- found one
similarity between the two events:  emergency responders who
relied on cellphones found the networks either inoperable or
overloaded.  Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius wants a better
way of communicating.
  http://tinyurl.com/2l9hwh
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  NEW BRIEFS
  o  Mexico proposes to allow IBOC on border stations:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.6292.html
  o  Scott Fybush's 12/05 Mt. Wilson picture posting
  with antenna frequencies/channel numbers identified:
  http://tinyurl.com/32dzux
  o  Ham radio complaint leads FCC to threaten BPL equipment
  provider with enforcement action:
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/05/23/104/?nc=1
  o  KHHS-LP, 107.5 MHz, San Diego, is temporarily silent
  while a new site is found.
  http://tinyurl.com/ytpmj2
  o  U.S. Oil attempts to shut down KKOL(AM)
  http://sea.sbe16.org/wg/2007/wg0507.html
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Some sobering statistics (Power Point):
  http://glumbert.com/media/shift
  o An NBC video of an alleged scam artist at work:
  http://tinyurl.com/lyqjq
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20070221ADH      KNWH  67028     MCC RADIO, LLC
              P     1250 KHZ         YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  License to cover.
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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 INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BPFT-20070507AAO  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
              E    88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
  Informal Objection filed 5/21/07 by Loyola Marymount University
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20070511ABT    K205DZ  91086   ONDAS DE VIDA, INC.
                E    89.1 MHZ             DEVORE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205DZ.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20070511ABT    K205DZ  91086   ONDAS DE VIDA, INC.
                E    89.1 MHZ             DEVORE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205DZ.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
   BPED-20060413ABX   KLFH  60140   SHEPHERD COMMUNICATIONS
               E    89.5 MHZ              OJAI, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/18/2007
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPED-20060413ABW    KSBX   33708    KCBX, INC.
               E    89.9 MHZ       SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/18/2007
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20070521AGV  K212EP  83977  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
             E     90.3 MHZ                LANDERS, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPL-20060221ADJ    KOCI-LP  124219   STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
                E    101.5 MHZ             NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDVL-20070521ADJ  NEW  168107  INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
                 E    CHAN-9               NETWORK, INC.
                                           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 56830.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISDTV-20061215AAN  K10PV-D  19656  KSBY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                 E     CHAN-10             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K59CD.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISDVL-20061220ACJ KMRZ-LP 127901  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E    CHAN-10              MORENO VALLEY, CA
  Minor change of callsign K69JA.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/20/2007 dismissed per
  applicant's request.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDVL-20070517AAK   NEW  168112  ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK..
                 E    CHAN-10               ALTADENA, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 6791.
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  BDCCDVL-20070517ADV    NEW  168217     KZSW, INC.
                  E    CHAN-10         RIVERSIDE, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 7776.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDTL-20070510ACK   NEW  168619     MARCIA T. TURNER
                 E    CHAN-27       D/B/A TURNER ENTERPRISES
                                        PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 129227.
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  BDCCDTL-20070514AAW   NEW  168222  LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
                 E    CHAN-27              PALM DESERT, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 128874.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISTTL-20060403ABE  KPCD-LP  129226  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP...
                 E     CHAN-35             BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change of callsign K40HY.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/07/2007
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20070426ADZ  KDUO-LP 128874  LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP..
                  E   CHAN-43              PALM DESERT, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20070412ACQ.
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