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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                             CGC #797
                      Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                       <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
     Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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   FCC NEWS BRIEFS
   o  The FCC has considered the impact of Hurricane Katrina on
communications systems and has issued a massive Order to better
prepare our industry for the next sizable disaster.
   o  Clear Channel has been granted cross-border authority
to feed programming to XHEPR-FM, 99.1 MHz.  The FCC's FM Query
program does not recognize the call sign XHEPR, and the location
of the station is not revealed in the FCC's public announcement.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-107A1.doc
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-273752A1.pdf
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   CATHERINE DEATON TO RETIRE FROM THE FCC ON AUGUST 3, 2007
   Catherine Deaton, the person in charge of the FCC Enforcement
Bureau's Los Angeles field office, will be retiring from the
Commission on August 3, 2007.  She is leaving after 40 years of
Federal service including 27 years with the FCC and 10 years
before that as a narcotics undercover agent.
   As far as we are concerned, Catherine has been a breath of
fresh air for the L.A. field office: the door has been open to
all inquiries and concerns, the attitude of the office has been
positive and the results impressive.  Who could forget, for
example, the home run hit by her team in putting jammer
Jack Gerritsen safely behind bars.
   After August 3, Catherine plans to do a bit of traveling,
help her daughter in her medical services business and fully
exercise her gym membership.  If you'd like to send her your
best wishes, send mailto:Catherine.Deaton@fcc.gov.
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   FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - SELECTED ITEMS
   o  Citation issued to Kmart.com and Kmart Corporation
for failure to post appropriate Consumer Alert notices near
television receivers being sold with NTSC-only tuners.  (Those
sets will not decode over-the-air signals after February 17,
2009 without an add-on converter box.)  Similar Citations have
been issued to Radio Shack, Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA,
Target, Sears, Amazon.com, Buy.com, Fry's and others.
   o  In response to so many retailers not posting conspicuous
warning signs close to their NTSC-only TV receivers as required
by law, the FCC has developed an educational and training
advisory bulletin for TV retailers.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2378A1.doc
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-273967A1.doc
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   LARRY LOPEZ NEEDS YOUR GOOD THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
   Larry Lopez of Angeles Crest Services (serving Mt. Wilson
and Mt. Harvard) is recovering from a serious brain injury and
needs your good thoughts and prayers even though he is doing
much better following emergency surgery a week ago.
   The first letter posted at the URL below was circulated
privately to Mt. Wilson and Harvard users last week -- and all
of the correspondence is now being made available to CGC
Communicator readers courtesy of his wife Dianna.
   Larry is home from the hospital and is reportedly up for
phone calls.  His telephone number - along with three letters
from Dianna -- are posted right here:
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Larry_Lopez_Injury.htm
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                              JOB SHOPPE
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   FULL TIME ENGINEERING OPENING AT KPBS, SAN DIEGO
   KPBS TV/FM, San Diego, has an immediate opening for a full
time Radio Engineer.  KPBS is San Diego's non-commercial Public
Broadcasting System affiliate.  For complete information on
the job opening, see:
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/jobs/KPBS_Eng_Jun07.htm
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   SALES OPENING AT BEXT, SAN DIEGO
   An Inside Technical Sales position is open at Bext, a well
established San Diego broadcast equipment firm.
   Business-to-business sales to professionals in the broadcast
industry, no boiler room, high ticket items but no high pressure
sales, mostly servicing established accounts and daily incoming
inquiries.  Familiarity with broadcast equipment and related
terminology preferred.  High income potential but good
communication and organizational skills necessary.  Ideal
candidate would be a broadcast engineer wanting to use his or
her skills and knowledge in the lucrative world of technical
sales.  Compensation is commission with monthly base.  Training,
complete health coverage and retirement benefits provided.
   Please e-mail resume to <bextcareers@bext.com>.
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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   RADIO CONSTRUCTION IN HAWAII
   The Mount Kahili electronic site is one of the most remote
tower locations in the Hawaiian Islands.  One can only drive
within about a mile below the tower....  From the end of the
road, it's a one hour hike up a steep, razor-like ridge covered
with wet Hawaiian ferns, and finally a 30 ft. rope leads you
to the summit and the electronic site.
   For the Kekahu construction project, we hired Jack Harter,
the most experienced helicopter pilot on Kauai.  With over 35
years of experience, and 25 years with landing at the sometimes
treacherous Kahili ridge, we were in good hands....  Two stories:
   http://www.well.com/~dmsml/kahili.html
   http://www.kauaiworld.com/articles/2007/06/08/opinion/edit02.prt
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   HD RADIO QUESTION
   I just want to say hello and inform you that I enjoy your
newsletter here in Berlin, Germany.  It's always interesting
to read, all the new developments in the US right from the source.
   I wonder why the HD-radio standard is not being implemented
here in Europe?
   Sebastian Fritzsche
   >> Milford ("Smitty") Smith of Greater Media was kind enough
to answer Sebastian's question, and Smitty's reply is posted here:
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/IBOC_Milford.htm
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   NOT ALL CELLPHONES USE GPS FOR POSITION DETERMINATION
   Steve Webster of www.RFconsultant.com takes issue with a
number of technical points made in an outside article referenced
in CGC #795.  For example, not all cellphones rely on GPS
technology for position determination.  Steve's observations
are posted here:
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Webster_Cell.htm
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   TOWER CROSS-ARM FAILURE ON MT. LUKENS
   The top cross-arm on one of the land-mobile towers on Mt.
Lukens has "rolled over," giving the whip antennas a new and
genuinely undesirable polarization.  And the tower owner has
reportedly not yet acted to fix the problem.  Photos and notes:
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Lukens_Hazard.htm
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   ANOTHER POISON OAK REMEDY
   Another remedy for poison oak...is good old Fels-Naptha bar
soap.  It's the old real bar soap (brown in color) that Grandma
used to get out stains, and shred up in the laundry.  It's still
sold in a basic white wrapper, with a read strip in the center
with the name Fels-Naptha in the center of green with white
letters.  It removes the oil that poison oak leaves on the skin
or clothes (real old fashion soap - not a detergent).
   It really works.  Even when poison oak gets on your clothes,
put Fels-Naptha in the laundry water....
   (Carol, Palomar Mountain property owner)
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   A REMINDER FOR OUR READERS
   Please do not send the CGC Communicator attached files
(including photographs) or Letters to the Editor containing more
than 100 words (unless invited).  We wish we had the staff to
handle these items, but we don't.  Instead, post your long-form
information on the Web and send us the short-form (100 word)
synopsis along with the URL.
   On another subject, the CGC Communicator does charge for
Job Shoppe ads for job openings.  Contact Bob Gonsett at (760)
723-2700 for details.  Job Shoppe ads for engineers looking for
work are always placed free of charge (100 word restriction
applies).  Thanks.
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                            RANDOM NOTES
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   A BETTER DTV SIGNAL STRENGTH PREDICTOR
   Check out this Website for industrial-strength DTV signal
strength predictions at any receiving location.  Just enter your
address and antenna height above ground, and get back (free
of charge) a chart showing incoming DTV signal strengths taking
terrain data (including diffraction losses) into account.  Other
useful information is also provided.  (Thanks to San Diego SBE
Chapter 36 for this story tip.)
   http://www.tvfool.com/
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   CONCERNING THE 96.9 MHZ SAN DIEGO PIRATE
   Not long ago, Mr. Donald J. Payne was tentatively fined
$10,000 for leasing a garage to support the transmitter for
San Diego's pirate 96.9 MHz operation and not acting to take
the pirate off the air after being approached by the FCC.  Now,
that fine has been reduced to $750 based on Mr. Payne's claimed
inability to pay.  The following FCC write up (URL below)
discusses the forfeiture reduction and gives a synopsis of
what the FCC went through to get the pirate off the air.
   During the past few weeks, however, another apparent
pirate operation has sprung to life in the Chula Vista area
on 96.9 MHz.  At first only a dead carrier was heard, but
last week there were intermittent bursts of rock programming.
It is too early to tell who is behind the new operation.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2444A1.doc
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   9-1-1 IN L.A. MAY ACCEPT CELLPHONE PHOTOS, TEXT MESSAGES
   The Los Angeles Police Commission met recently to give
preliminary consideration to a 9-1-1 technology upgrade that could
allow callers to transmit text messages and cellphone photos of
license plates and suspects.  Implementing such a system could
cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and require five years to
implement, but a scaled-down version could be up and running
by year's end.
   http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/7952352.html
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   NEWS BRIEFS
   o  PCS Electronics, a company that claims it is not located
   in the U.S., appears to be illegally selling broadcasting
   equipment to individuals inside the U.S.
   o  More on upcoming EAS changes.
   o  How long before the Internet is viable in cars?  Pilot
   projects are already underway.
   o  Radio Vatican officials cleared in "Electrosmog" (RFR) Case.
   o  Cellular carriers are not required to maintain analog
   service past February 18, 2008.
   http://www.pcs-electronics.com/
   http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.6541.html
   http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.6643.html
   http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.6674.html
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-274241A1.doc
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   REALLY RANDOM NOTES
   o  Photograph of Radio Goldfield (Goldfield, NV) operating
   under a questionable STA [see CGC #787].  Click on thumbnail
   photo for a larger image.
   o  "Amateur Radio Today" narrated by Walter Cronkite is the
   most viewed Amateur Radio video on YouTube (run time 6:38).
   o  Cops shut down alleged Mafia station in Italy.
   http://tinyurl.com/3apc3t
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z9136_Nhh4
   http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.6666.html
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   OFF TOPIC VIDEOS AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHS
   o  When high powered CB operators bring their mobile kilowatts
   together, the RFR levels are undoubtedly astounding.
   o  Quality still images of last year's Delta IV rocket launch
   at dusk from Vandenberg.  Video also available.
   o  This is an animal video to end all animal videos (8 minutes).
   Gripping stuff, no pun intended:
   http://www.bigradios.com/2005/video/1998/
   http://www.spacearchive.info/delta-iv-nrol-22.htm
   http://www.glumbert.com/media/battlespecies
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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   AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
   PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
   BMP-20060222ABE  KIEV  57893  ROYCE INTERNATIONAL B/CING...
             E    1500 KHZ                 BURBANK, CA
   Engineering Amendment filed 06/12/2007
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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 DISMISSED
   BPFT-20060927AKH  K205EP 93751 LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS...
                E   88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
   Informal Objection filed 10/16/06 by ("PACCD")
   Dismissed 6/8/2007 per Applicant's request-no letter sent.
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   FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION
   OF LICENSE GRANTED
   BMLH-20070524ADX   KLOS  35078   RADIO LICENSE HOLDING XII, LLC
               E    95.5 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
   License to modify.
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   FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
   PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BMPH-20070605AAY    KAJR   165313   A & J MEDIA LLC
               E     95.9 MHZ          INDIAN WELLS, CA
   Mod of CP to chg
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   FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
   BLFT-20070416ABJ   K242BR  85371  THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
                E    96.3 MHZ               EDUCATION, INC.
                                              INDIO, CA
   License to cover.
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   FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
   CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BMPFT-20070613ACE  K251BA 148335  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E    98.1 MHZ               BANNING, CA
   Mod of CP
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   102.5 MHZ, HEMET, PROPOSED AS A NON-COMM
   The FCC has proposed to reserve vacant FM Channel 273A
(102.5 MHz) at Hemet, CA for educational/non-commercial use.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2393A1.doc
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   FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
   ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BPFTB-20070613ACX   KSSE-FM1 35114   ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E     107.1 MHZ               BURBANK, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSSE-FM1.
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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   PROPOSED LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR GRANTS
   CH-12, Moreno Valley, Venture Technologies
   CH-38, Big Bear Lake, Word of God Fellowship
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-273648A1.doc
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   DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BLCDT-20070604ABN   KVYE-DT  36170  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                 E     CHAN-22               EL CENTRO, CA
   License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19991029ACL,
   callsign KVYE.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
   A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
   BPTTL-20020530ACP  KBLM-LP 38561  LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
                 E    CHAN-25            RIVERSIDE/PERRIS, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KBLM-LP.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
   A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
   BPTTL-20030403AAW   K26FA   14910   RICK D'AMICO
                 E    CHAN-26            VISTA, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K26FA.
   Engineering Amendment filed 05/02/2007
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   DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION DENIED
   BEPCDT-20060628AAB  KECY-DT  51208  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                  E    CHAN-48               EL CENTRO, CA
   Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
   to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20041028AFC
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   DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
   PERMIT GRANTED
   BMPCDT-20060505ACJ  KESQ-DT 25577  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO.
                   E   CHAN-52              PALM SPRINGS, CA
   Modification of construction permit file number
   BPCDT-19991029AGV.
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   DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION DENIED
   BEPEDT-20060123AFG  KCET-DT  13058  COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF
                  E    CHAN-59           SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                           LOS ANGELES, CA
   Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
   to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPEDT-20000428ADF
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