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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #795
                  Wednesday,  June 6, 2007
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                    <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
  Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  AT&T OFFERS TELEVISION SERVICE IN PARTS OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY
  AT&T marketers began targeting upscale towns and regions
in San Diego County during the past weekend, offering its U-verse
television service to compete with satellite and cable providers
and attempting to lure new business with its bundled offering of
wireline and wireless telephone service, Internet access and
television programming.
  Apparently AT&T is distributing wideband video over its
fiber network to neighborhood hubs, then is relying on high speed
IP (DSL) to send the video the last X feet into a consumer's home.
The consumer tells the hub what channel is wanted and the hub
sends that channel over exisitng telco (copper) twisted pair
via IP.
  AT&T's U-verse will roll out across the state this year and
next, serving areas with 18 million homes.
  http://tinyurl.com/23nh5w
  http://tinyurl.com/yo7cgm
  http://www.telecomweb.com/tnd/23579.html  (Registration req'd.)
  http://gigaom.com/2007/06/05/att-ceo-randall-stephenson-interview/
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  LOS ANGELES SBE DINNER MEETING RE AT&T ON JUNE 12
  SBE Chapter 47 (Los Angeles) will hold a 6:30 PM dinner
meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at the Holiday Inn Media Center
in Burbank.  The presentation will be by Martin Pascale and Laurie
Russell of AT&T.  Dick Burden of SBE writes:
  "Broadcasting has historically been entwined with the telephone
company.  What should we expect in the future?  This is a program
which Scott Mason attended as part of his work at CBS, recommended
to us and has arranged for its presentation."
  Reservations may be made by calling the SBE reservation line
at 310-664-3339.
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  TOWARD AN UPGRADED EAS
  The FCC has adopted a Second Report and Order and Further
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that strengthens the nation's
Emergency Alert System (EAS).  The Commission's Order promotes
the development of fully digital Next Generation technologies
and delivery systems that will better serve the American public.
  The Order requires EAS participants to accept messages using
Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), the groundwork for Next Generation
EAS delivery systems, no later than 180 days after FEMA makes a
key announcement.  The Further Notice seeks comment on whether
participants should be required to deliver EAS alerts originated
by local, county, tribal, or other state governmental entities.
Much more at the URL below.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-273458A1.pdf
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  LOCAL EXPERIMENTAL GRANT OF INTEREST
  An experimental authorization has been granted to Northrop
Grumman to operate in the 1850-1865 and 1930-1945 MHz bands for
demonstrating a Battlefield Airborne Communications Node for the
U.S. Air Force.  Fixed & Mobile:  Airborne with an altitude of
60,000 feet (18,288 meters) within 92 miles (148 km) of Marine
Corp Air Station Miramar (San Diego), CA.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-273498A1.doc
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  LOCAL (AND ONE DISTANT) FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
  o  Nextel of California issued a Notice of Violation for
  faded tower paint (San Fernando).
  o  KAEH, San Bernardino, issued a Notice of Violation for not
  monitoring two EAS input sources and a public file violation.
  o  Tyco Electronics M/A COM, Los Angeles area, issued a
  Citation for creating a a broadband noise in its transistor
  testing room.  The noise was centered at 810 MHz and interfered
  with the operation of a Sprint Nextel fixed site nearby.
  o  $1,000,000 fine assessed against Behringer USA for
  marketing 50 models of unauthorized radio frequency equipment,
  specifically digital audio music devices.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-273561A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-273562A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-273558A1.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-100A1.doc
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  RADIO BROADCAST ENGINEER WANTED - LOS ANGELES
  Staff engineer wanted for KDIS, 1110 kHz, Radio Disney &
KSPN, 710 kHz, ESPN Radio.  Knowledge required of broadcast studio
and transmitter equipment including RF, high power AM directional
arrays, broadcast studio maintenance and troubleshooting.  Must be
available for some overnight and weekend work.  Broadcast studio
installation experience required.  Large/major market experience
required.  Some remote broadcasts possible.
  A full description of this job opening is posted at the
Website below, and you MUST apply at the Website, but you could
copy or send additional info to Mike Tosch if so desired:
  Mike Tosch, Chief Engineer, KSPN/KDIS Radio
  3321 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
  Email to: mike.tosch@espnradio.disney.com
  FAX: 310-840-2493 (email preferred)
  http://tinyurl.com/yqmn3n
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  CONTRACT TV TRANSMITTER ENGINEER NEEDED - PALM SPRINGS
  KMIR-TV, Palm Springs, CA is seeking a qualified person to
maintain a Townsend (nee RCA) television transmitter operating
on UHF Channel 36.  This person must have experience with Klystron
amplifier technology.  This is a contract position for routine
and emergency maintenance.  Please contact Tim Balint, CE, at
(760) 568-3636.
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                         RANDOM NOTES
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  A SLOW RECOVERY FOR KBRT(AM) ON CATALINA ISLAND
  It has been a slow and hard recovery for KBRT's Transmitter
Chief Engineer Bill Agresta following the Catalina Island fire.
Bill lives at the KBRT transmitter plant.  It's a romantic job
some of the time (four miles to the nearest civilization).  Then
again, everything is slow and hard to accomplish even on the best
of days and when the going gets rough, it's really rough.
Modern day lighthouse keepin' ain't for sissies.
  Lately, KBRT has been running on a temporary electric
generator and Bill has been hauling 20 gallons of diesel fuel
(in four five gallon jugs) from Avalon to the site each day.
The road is beat up following the fire and the drive is slow.
The AQMD might even fine KBRT for running the generator too many
hours a day, creating extra air pollution as a result.  Then
there's the issue of fuel cost.  It's just over $5/gallon for
diesel and about the same for gasoline.
  Add to that mix the constant stream of attorneys, adjusters
and investigators that want to be taxied around and you find
yourself busy 24/7.  Oh yes, there's another little problem.
Bill says, "With all the fine ash dust caused by the fire and the
morning and evening fog, I have lots of issues arising with our
equipment that are beginning to overwhelm me since [the crud] is
blowing inside the plant through the ventilation fans since our
usual re-circulating air conditioning systems are off-line."
  Good news: electric service has been restored to the
transmitter site.  Bad news: the configuration of the utility-
provided power makes it 100% unusable.  The utility insists that
KBRT must now reconfigure its plant to meet the modernized feed,
so that means more delays and red tape for permits to change out
the power meter and electric panel.  KBRT has phone service again
but random/intermittent outages are common.  Living in Baghdad
might be better in that regard.
  The first URL below will take you to a set of photos from the
KBRT transmitter plant captured right after the fire.  Tony Dinkel
took the pictures when he was helping Bill establish a satellite
STL (which the station is still using).  Keep in mind that the
transmitter shown is KBRT's aux (their main is a much newer 
XL-12), and the "stuff" outside the transmitter building is not
normally there.  Note the dramatic desolation caused by the fire.
The second URL shows spectacular photos (taken by others) of
the fire itself.
  Bill is making good progress in recovering from the head-to-
toe case of poison oak mentioned last week.  His injured ribs,
however, have been slow to heal and he is forced to sleep on
his back - and what sleep he gets is intermittent.  Your
continued good thoughts and prayers are needed.
  http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m115/tonydinkel/kbrt/
  http://www.catalinachamber.com/chamber/FirePhotos.asp
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  MEDIAFLO COMING TO L.A. & SANTA BARBARA ON CH-55
  FCC permission has been granted for Qualcomm to activate
TV CH-55 MediaFLO data transmissions in the Los Angeles and
Santa Barbara areas.  MediaFLO will initially provide up to
fifteen live streaming video program channels, numerous video
"clip cast" channels from which subscribers can choose video
clips for viewing on-demand, and numerous audio channels
according to the FCC.  Similar grants for a few other major
markets (e.g. NY, NY) were issued as well.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2299A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2297A1.doc
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  NEW CELLPHONE SENSORS - BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL AND RADIOACTIVE
  The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly launched
an initiative asking the wireless industry about the potential
for equipping a new generation of cellphones with technology to
scan and detect harmful compounds in the environment and
automatically relay the readings to a central monitoring point.
The concept, known as "Cell-All," is said to have attracted the
interest of several companies, and partnerships with handset
manufacturers are being discussed.
  http://public.cq.com/docs/hs/hsnews110-000002524221.html
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NEW FM PIRATE IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
  A friend of mine who works in radio told me about this
pirate station he's heard on the air: 95.1 MHz, San Fernando
Valley (from what I can tell so far, it covers part of the east
San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys & North Hollywood).  It may be
related to KRFA.cbj.net (The Weekend Warrior).  Only broadcasts
on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
  (Name withheld)
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  KILL A WATT
  Here's a neat device on sale, something that you might want
to have around.  Find out where all those money-eating electric
watts are going.  I have no pecuniary interest in this matter.
  http://tinyurl.com/2x95w2
  (San Diego radio ham)
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  NO IBOC SPECS
  It's amazing how little the [new AM IBOC] rules say about
the HD system itself.  NO specs other than the mention of NRSC-5.
Still nothing published on distortion, stereo separation, etc.
Makes it difficult to debate a system when you can't say it
does or doesn't "meet specs."
  (Name withheld)
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  NIGHTTIME AM IBOC TRANSMISSIONS ARE A GENUINE CONCERN
  As a long-time AM listener, I moved to the Denver area in
1991 and found that local frequency allocations were such that
EVERY clear-channel Class I station in the western states that
I've ever enjoyed listening to was clobbered by a local allocation
on the adjacent frequency.  KSL, KFI, KOB and a few others were
all hammered by locals 10 kHz away.  (I had to assume that was
by design.)
  Then I moved away from the metro area two years ago (35 miles
west and 9,000 feet high) which got me out of the primary fields
of those stations and eliminated much of that interference.  Now
comes IBOC at night [CGC #794]. I think I'll give up.
  In closing, I want to say that I really enjoy your newsletter.
I'm a native of Northern California and have followed broadcasting
since I was in the field in my early 20s.  Aviation then called
me.  After a tour as a Navy pilot, I started flying private jets
and reside in Golden, Colorado, but never lost the love of radio.
  Dennis O'Brien
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20070529ACI  KCAA 43995   BROADCASTING MANAGEMENT SERVICES...
          E     1050 KHZ               LOMA LINDA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20070529AHM  KSDS 58818  SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST..
            E     88.3 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
  [This appears to be a request for Program Test Authority.
  - Ed.]
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20070511ABT  K206DT  91086   ONDAS DE VIDA, INC.
              E    89.1 MHZ              DEVORE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205DZ.
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 5/24/2007-no letter sent.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION
  OF LICENSE ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20070524ADX KLOS 35078  RADIO LICENSE HOLDING XII, LLC
           E     95.5 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to modify.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTVL-20070524AAU  K03HS  130855  SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                 E   CHAN-3            MORONGO VALLY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BDISTVL-20060821AAW.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRCT-20060811ASH    KTLA   35670    KTLA  INC.
                E    CHAN-5        LOS ANGELES, CA
  Amendment filed 05/29/2007
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20070525AIV  KPCD-LP 129226  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
               E     CHAN-40               BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTTL-20000831BQP,
  callsign KPCD-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20060926ALW    KCAL-DT  21422   LOS ANGELES TELEVISION
                  E     CHAN-43             STATION KCAL LLC
                                             LOS ANGELES, CA
 Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
 to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-20040730AWC
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRCT-20060809ABF    KSWB-TV  58827   KSWB INC.
                E     CHAN-69        SAN DIEGO, CA
  Amendment filed 05/29/2007
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20070524AEE  KTAV-LP 6791  ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                E    CHAN-69               ALTADENA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20060912AAQ,
  callsign KTAV-LP.
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