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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #801
                     Monday,  July 23, 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 CRACKS DOWN ON TIS ABUSE - EDITORIAL
  Travelers Information Stations ("TIS"), special low power
stations in the AM band, are permitted to transmit only
noncommercial voice information pertaining to traffic and road
conditions, traffic hazard and travel advisories, directions,
availability of lodging, rest stops and service stations and
descriptions of local points of interest.  Communicator readers
have pointed out that these stations have been observed
repeatedly abusing the program content rule over the years.
  Now the FCC is cracking down on one of the biggest abusers,
the State of California.  The violation applies to a TIS facility
in Los Angeles that, according to the FCC, "transmitted only the
same continuous loop recording of, "This is Caltrans highway
advisory radio WPHJ962 broadcasting.  This is a test message.""
  The State was given only 20 days to respond and the
response must be signed by an officer of the State - so maybe
this time they'll clean up their act.  Maybe.  Also busted is a
City of Santa Monica TIS facility for simply "retransmitting
the National Weather Service station KWO37...."
  We hope these actions send a clear message that TIS stations
are to be used only for the purpose intended.  In our opinion,
unnecessary TIS stations should be shut off - and we suspect
that the State of California operates a lot of unnecessary TIS
stations.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-275254A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-275255A1.html
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  FCC Citation issued to Overseas Best Buy, Inc. dba
110220volts.com for marketing unauthorized radio frequency
devices, namely police radar jammers.  A similar Citation
was issued to Unbeatablesale.com, Inc.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3266A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3270A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE LPTV-TO-DTV TRANSITION - NO DATE SET YET
  Re the question of whether the DTV transition date for LPTVs
has been postponed beyond February 2009 (CGC #799):
  The FCC has not set a transition date for the LPTV service,
including Class A stations, to terminate analog transmissions.
See Section III-B, paragraphs 11-19, in MB Docket 03-185 (FCC-04-
220) which can be found at the first URL below.
  Furthermore, although in that Report and Order the FCC said
the issue might be addressed in the Third Period Review, it was
deferred to a separate proceeding (see footnote 3 in FCC-07-70,
which can be found at the second URL).
  Tim Schultz, Vice President Engineering, Univision Television
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-220A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-70A1.pdf
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  XHTY, 99.7 MHZ, TIJUANA, IS ON THE AIR WITH HD RADIO
  A Communicator reader indicates that XHTY, 99.7 MHz, Tijuana,
has lit up in HD.  This report is from a Los Angeles broadcast
engineer who drives through Malibu on his way home, and Malibu
is where the signal was received.  He knew it was XHTY because
the call sign appeared on his radio's digital display (sort of
an instant QSL card).
  The engineer reported that the station "sounded fine" and
concluded that this could be "the first border FM from Mexico to
transmit HD."  Of course, reception in Malibu will vary depending
on temperature inversion layer ducting conditions.
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  REPLY TO THE ELLIOTT KLEIN LETTER
  A long-form letter commenting on the Denver FM HD Radio
Spectral Regrowth issue (CGC #800) has been Web posted.  Use
the URL below.  In the future, please hold your Letters to the
Editor to 100 words or less - or post your long-form thoughts
on the Web and send us the URL.  Thanks!
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/DenverHD_resp_Klein.htm
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  PHIL WELLS UPDATE
  Former broadcast engineer Phil Wells is facing difficulties
in his recovery from pancreatic cancer surgery.  After reading
the latest update at the URL below, please take a moment and send
out your best thoughts and prayers so the situation will improve.
Please also remember Carol Hyne who is constantly at Phil's side
in the hospital.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Phil_Wells_Surgery.htm
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  THANKS FOR THE NEWSLETTERS
  Bob - Congrats on # 800 !!!!!!
  Mike Tosch, KSPN-710 + Radio Disney AM-1110 KDIS
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  CONGRATULATIONS
  Bob!  800!  Congratulations, and many thanks for all
the great information over the years.  Keep 'em coming.
  Russ Jackson, Palomar College, retired
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  ISSUE #800!  WOW!
  In looking at my own archive of the last 624 issues, I
calculate an average of 16.7 kilobytes per issue, meaning that
in over 800 issues you've generated about 13.3 megabytes of
highly useful information.
  THANK YOU for your diligence and effort.  It's truly
appreciated out here!
  Sam Wallington, Director of Engineering, Educational Media
  Foundation
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  RFR COURSE COMING TO SAN DIEGO ON JULY 25
  San Diego's SBE Chapter 36 will join several other chapters
nationwide for an RF safety course (re human exposure to RF
radiation - or "RFR") on July 25.  Details are posted at:
  http://sbe36.org/
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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-20070705AJG  KCBQ 13509   NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
           P    1170 KHZ                  SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20070307ABW    KCLB-FM  12131    MCC RADIO, LLC
              E      93.7 MHZ          COACHELLA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20070703AAE    KUSS  67664    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
             E     95.7 MHZ               CARLSBAD, CA
  License to cover.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/11/2007
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20070716AAT   KVTU-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                 E    CHAN-3           LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20070627ABE,
  callsign KVTU-LP.
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  CH-22: PROPOSED LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR GRANT
  K33DK, Lucerne Valley, going from CH-33 to CH-22.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-275347A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISTTL-20060323AEG KSCD-LP 128978  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
                 E    CHAN-38              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change of callsign K40IM.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/25/2007
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20070717AAN  KILA-LP  129642 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E    CHAN-51              CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20051229ABN.
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