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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #800
                    Tuesday, July 17, 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 HEADLINES
  o  Improving the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  FCC issues
  Second Report & Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
  This item is important.  (Radio World synopsis + FCC text)
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.7160.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-109A1.doc
  o  Comments in the Third DTV Periodic Review are due
  by August 8, 2007; Reply Comments due by August 23, 2007.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3073A1.doc
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS OF INTEREST
  o  The South Coast Air Quality Management District will operate
wind profiler radars on 915 MHz in Moreno Valley and Ontario, CA.
  o  Qualcomm will operate on the following frequencies for
MediaFlo testing in San Diego: 1454.50, 1459.50 and 1464.50 MHz.
  o  Sierra Nevada Corp. will use 92.5-95.5 GHz (impressive) for
demonstrating Helicopter Autonomous Landing System (HALS) - mobile
including Reno and Sparks, NV.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-275134A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  $7,000 fine affirmed against Donald Winton of Texas.  This
case involves rebroadcasting of a local AM station on CB Channel
19.  Mr. Winton refused to allow the FCC to inspect his CB
station.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3098A1.doc
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  RADIO ENGINEERING OPENING IN LOS ANGELES
  Entravision Communications is looking for a Facilities
Manager (Studio / Satellite Engineer) to be responsible for the
operation of their state-of-the-art Los Angeles facility.  Duties
include the maintenance of studio, satellite, and remote broadcast
equipment.  Experience with Wheatstone Digital Consoles, ENCO
Digital automation, Comstream satellite uplink and receiver
equipment, and Telos 2010 telephone systems a plus.  Salary
to be commensurate with education and experience.
  Contact Rick Hunt, V.P. and Director of Engineering, at
rhunt (at) entravision.com if interested.
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  SPECTRAL "REGROWTH" (HD RADIO STYLE) IN THE DENVER FM MARKET
  Spectral regrowth is created as intermodulation products
between the IBOC carriers and the analog carrier.  The resulting
spectral regrowth causes unacceptable second, third, fourth and
sometimes in extreme cases fifth adjacent channel interference....
I experienced the problem firsthand at a client's station in the
Denver market.
  Rather than spending more time than could be spared cleaning
up the transmitter issues, the offending station volunteered to
install an inter-digital bandpass filter on their high-level IBOC
transmitter and that took care of the problem for my client's
station (which was a second adjacent "move in").  The equipment
that produced the offending spectral regrowth was manufactured
by BE.  The inter-digital bandpass filter was supplied by Bob
Surrett at Shively.
  Elliott Klein
  Klein Broadcast Engineering, L.L.C.
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  USING THE INTERNET AS AN STL
  The company [KBPK] that needs an STL path has alternatives.
An Internet service that can set up a wireless bridge network
from the studio to the transmitter makes the transmitter location
part of the studio's local area network and that removes latency.
  They should get two Internet services and make the second
one a satellite Internet service like direc Way, and that way they
don't need to worry about an STL path.  Let the ISP worry about
it.  The back up ISP at the studio should be DSL if possible, or
cable if the wireless and wired backbones are different.
  Fred Lundgren, KCAA, ceo (at) houston.rr.com
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  HEALTH WATCH: (1) ANGIOGENESIS AND (2) PHIL WELLS' RECOVERY
  (1)  Ed Tipler, P.E., has been kind enough to share his
thoughts on a potentially revolutionary cancer treatment known
as anti-angiogenesis.  Keep in mind that there are many different
types of cancer and this treatment is not necessarily a cure-all,
but the results can at times be amazing.  See the first URL below.
  (2)  The second URL is a health update on Phil Wells as he
continues to recover from pancreatic cancer surgery.  Please keep
directing your good thoughts and prayers his way.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Cancer.htm
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Phil_Wells_Surgery.htm
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  THANK YOU
  ....I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful information
source you provide.  Even here, at the other edge of the continent,
I always learn something -- and it's usually quite productive --
from your publication.
  Thank you, Bob, again and again, for educating us all....
  Larry Bernstein [Esq.], Washington, D.C.
  [Our readers send us great story tips and letters, and the
editor of one public safety newsletter has kindly allowed us
to draw from his publication.  Thanks everyone!   -Ed.] 
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  DOUBLING THE SENSITIVITY OF DIGITAL CAMERAS
  Eastman Kodak says it's developed a color filter technology
that will at least double the sensitivity to sensors used in
digital cameras.  Kodak expects to provide samples of the new
chips to a variety of camera manufacturers in the first quarter
of 2008.
  The new technology is likely to be quickly incorporated into
mass-market point-and-shoot cameras and camera-equipped cellular
phones beginning sometime next year.
  (Extract from Amateur Radio Newsline for July 13, 2007)
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  RADIO HELP: NEW SHORTWAVE TRANSMITTER USERS REMAILER
  Stephen Lockwood of Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers
has set up e-mail list servers on the SBE Chapter 16 server to
help shortwave transmitter users.  According to the National
Association of Shortwave Broadcasters, the servers are a forum
for suggestions for maintenance and operation of Continental 418
and Harris SW 100 transmitters.  For questions, e-mail
lockwood (at) hatdaw.com.  (Radio Remailer via ARNewsline)
  http://sea.sbe16.org/mailman/listinfo/ce-418
  http://sea.sbe16.org/mailman/listinfo/harris-sw100
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  LIGHTNING STRIKES AND PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES = BAD NEWS
  Emergency room physicians have documented cases in which
lightning strikes have caused disabling injuries to those using
various electronic devices including iPods and cellphones.  The
devices do not attract lightning, but appear to make injuries
worse if you take a secondary (minor) lightning hit.  Ruptured
eardrums and ongoing auditory problems are common.  But if you
take a primary lightning hit, you probably won't have any
worries whatsoever.
  http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2007-07-11-ipod-lightning_N.htm
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  MICRO NOTES
  o  Thieves are going to great lengths to steel copper that
  is currently trading at about $3.60 per pound.  Some of the
  culprits are suffering severe injuries and even death.  This
  story is a real eye opener.
  http://tinyurl.com/yu3qzc
  o  The FCC has granted license renewals for KOLA(FM), San
  Bernardino, and KMET(AM), Banning, over the informal objections
  of Mr. Fred Cote.  Mr. Cote was essentially the sole owner of
  these stations prior to his incarceration for four felonies,
  including murder.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3251A1.doc
  o  Brian Beezley's technical review of the Sangean HDT-1X:
  http://ham-radio.com/k6sti/hdt-1x.htm
  o  Conversion and reference material for broadcast engineering:
  http://web.mac.com/bobgroome/index.html
  o  The URL for "Rancho Palos Verdes Antenna Will Keep City
  Connected in Disaster" expired soon after publication last week.
  Two URLs are now needed to see the full story:
  http://tinyurl.com/2ldhhk & http://tinyurl.com/3agwhc
  o  CGC newsletters are archived at the URL below.  CGC #797
  was missing for a time but is posted now.
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/contents.htm
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  RIVERSIDE BEGINS LIMITED LAUNCH OF CITYWIDE BROADBAND NETWORK
  The City of Riverside has contracted with AT&T for a tiered
broadband Wi-Fi network that will ultimately cover the 55 square
miles that make up the developed portion of the city.  AT&T will
build a separate high-speed network for dedicated use by city
employees, including a number of public safety applications for
local police.  (Los Angeles Times, registration required)
  http://tinyurl.com/ytym32
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  VERIZON SAYS AP's FiOS ARTICLE IS MISLEADING AND INACCURATE
  Verizon Communications has taken issue with an Associated
Press (AP) article suggesting that Verizon was removing the
"last mile" of twisted-pair copper wire to homes subscribing to
the company's new fiber optic FiOS network.  Verizon says only
the copper from the street to the house is removed, and only
with the customer's consent, and if a subsequent buyer of a
FiOS-installed home wants the copper reinstalled, the company
will do so without charge, they say, but California is being
cautious.
  http://www.telecomweb.com/tnd/24115.html (registration red'd)
  http://www.telecomweb.com/tnd/24270.html (registration red'd)
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  OFF-TOPIC
  o Impressive macro lens photography (still images):
    http://www.pbase.com/cyrus_k/macro
  o A revolutionary mouse-less computer is coming soon (video
    worth seeing):
    http://www.dotnetuniverse.net/MicrosoftNomorekeyboards.wmv
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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
  Informal Objection filed 6/20/07 by Loyola Marymount University
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPFT-20070511ABT    K205DZ  91086   ONDAS DE VIDA, INC.
               E     88.9 MHZ             DEVORE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205DZ.
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 5/24/2007-no letter sent.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 6/29/07 by ("PACCD")
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 6/29/07 by ("UOR")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A
  LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTVL-20070627ABE   KVTU-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                E     CHAN-3            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVTU-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTT-20070705AEY    K33DK  14153    JEFF CHANG
                 E     CHAN-22       LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
  Minor change of callsign K33DK.
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  SINGLETON LPTV OR TV TRANSLATOR APPLICATION
  CH-30, El Centro, CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3087A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20070615ACS  KDUO-LP 128874 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
                E     CHAN-43              PALM DESERT, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BMPTTL-20070426ADZ.
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