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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #808
                  Monday, September 10, 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 FORFEITURE WATCH
  o  One Mart Corporation, former licensee of KEVT(AM), Cortaro,
  AZ, fined $6,400 for failure to ensure the operational readiness
  of its EAS equipment.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3843A1.doc
  o  NBC Telemundo License Co. issued a Notice of Violation
  when one of its contractors transmitted on 450.1125 MHz and
  reportedly caused interference.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-276380A1.html
  o  CB Shop & More, Loveland, CO, tentatively fined $7,000
  for selling a non-certified Citizens Band ("CB") transceiver.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-276378A1.html
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  SPRINT NEXTEL AND OTHERS FACING STIFF E911 FINES
  The FCC has tentatively fined three cellular telephone
carriers for apparently violating the FCC's enhanced 911 ("E911")
rules.  The E911 rules ensure that important public safety needs
of wireless callers requiring emergency assistance are met as
quickly as possible.  The largest proposed fine, $1,325,000,
was assessed against Sprint Nextel Corporation.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-276351A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-156A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-156A2.doc
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  ENGINEERING AND SALES OPENINGS AT DIELECTRIC
  Dielectric (a division of SPX Corporation) is currently
looking for a RF Engineer and a FM Regional Sales Manager.
Salary for the RF Engineer is $75 - $95k and for the FM Regional
Sales Manager is $60 - $80k plus commission (averaging $40k).
For detailed job descriptions and to apply for work, please see:
  http://tinyurl.com/3875tq (RF Engineer)
  http://tinyurl.com/3dvrkg (FM Regional Sales Manager)
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TSUNAMI WARNING EAS TEST SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER 19
  This is a reminder that the Required Monthly Test (RMT) for
September will not be broadcast at the usual time.  September's
RMT is being coordinated with a state wide "Tsunami Warning" test.
  The coordinated RMT will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday,
September 19th.
  Normally the RMT runs the first week of the month EXCEPT for
this month because of the "Tsunami Warning" test, so all stations
in the San Diego Operational Area should have run a Required
Weekly Test (RWT) last week to remain in compliance with the
rules.  If anyone with a need to know did not receive my e-mail
of Sept 4, 2007 giving advance notice of these events, please
visit the following link and add yourself to the San Diego
EAS list: <http://tinyurl.com/9rg2t>.
  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego LECC EAS, (858) 274-0665
  For a complete schedule of RMTs, visit:
  http://emergencyalertsystem.org/rmt2007.htm
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  RE "USING THE TESLA COIL AS A LOUD SPEAKER" (CGC #807)
  This business of sound from a flame or arc first came to
my attention in a news story datelined San Jose circa 1970.
A company had found the loudspeaker effect using an ionized flame
between an anode and cathode.  It was novel and we had a SMPTE
meeting at the Ampex cafeteria.  The company did a demonstration.
Sure made a good loudspeaker.  They did some searching and found
the effect was first described in the 1920s.  So once again it's
been found using a Tesla coil.  Fifty years hence it will be
discovered again.
  Roy Trumbull
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  COMMENTS ON IBIQUITY'S REBATES
  CGC #807 asked if purchasers of Radiosophy HD100 receivers
were given the advertised rebate, or if iBiquity's rebate
contractor was balking at some submissions.  In response,
the following e-mails were received:
  o  I bought an HD 100 and a Kenwood module for my car stereo
  and received rebates for both. (I had to use two different
  addresses to get the second.)
  o  I sent in the rebate.  I received a check about 6 weeks
  later.  The radio failed 3 weeks after I received it.  I tried
  email with no response several times.  Then I called and they
  took care of the replacement within a week.  I have been happy
  except for [their] not responding to email.
  o  I received the rebate on the HD100, no problem.  I was
  disappointed that it wasn't a true portable radio (just looks
  like one, but no battery option), but that's another matter.
  o  I bought the HD100 and got the rebate quickly.
  o  I received my iBiquity rebate for my Radiosophy purchase
  in about five weeks.
  o  My rebate was denied and all of my submissions were
  returned to me.  The contractor's letter of denial attempted
  to change the terms of the rebate offer, so I wrote them and
  got the rebate in the end, but with a lot of extra work.
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  HEALTH WATCH - AN OPEN LETTER FROM PHIL WELLS
  Am progressing very well at this point and am quite thankful
for the sudden speed in recovery.  Almost back to normal except
that I tire a little easier than before and I have to take
digestive enzymes with meals.  Am out doing errands on my own,
working at my desk, and have pretty much abandoned the easy chair
that was my home for the first few weeks when I was losing hope
that I'd even get back to normal.  Shows you not to give up.
  Thanks again for posting my status reports. I got so many
emails of goodwill from folks I hadn't heard from in years which
really helped my attitude.
  - August 29, 2007 (as later amended by Phil)
  [Phil received wonderful news on Sep 6: He will not need any
further treatments now, if ever.  He writes, "What's left of the
tumor is so small (and maybe non-existent) and it's such a slow
growing tumor that three oncologists felt the risk of further
treatments outweighed the potential benefits."   - Ed.]
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  AM HD RADIO AT NIGHT & THE KBRT RECOVERY
  The September 2007 edition of The Local Oscillator from
Crawford Broadcasting is hot off the press.  This is Crawford's
corporate engineering newsletter and it's filled with interesting
material including Cris Alexander's view of the transition to
AM HD at night (pages 1-3) and Bill Agresta's update on KBRT's
recovery from the devastating Catalina Island wildfire (pages
12-13).  Bill introduces us to the "island factor" and gives
graphic examples of this bewildering phenomena.
  http://tinyurl.com/2567qw
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Sprint Nextel and broadcasters are asking the FCC for
  another two-and-a-half-years to complete the relocation of
  electronic-newsgathering spectrum from current channel
  assignments to new ones.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6475395.html
  o  Doug Lung (via Radio World) on implementing the new
  EAS CAP protocol:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.8332.html
  o  Comcast has begun shutting off service to Internet
  customers it says are downloading too much material.
  http://tinyurl.com/2uhsdk
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  WEATHER RADIO RECALL
  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation
with Oregon Scientific Inc., has announced a voluntary recall
of approximately 66,000 weather radio receivers made by Oregon
Scientific.  It has been determined that these radios could fail
to receive National Weather Service alert signals in certain
areas of the country.  In the event of severe weather, this
failure could put a consumer's life and property at risk.
  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07292.html
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  MOST ANDREW LDF CABLE TO BECOME HISTORY SOON
  Andrew Corporation is discontinuing most of its LDF series
cable and featuring alternative products that "offer higher value
for customers."  It was announced that production of LDF5 and
LDF7 will end on December 31.
  http://www.andrew.com/pressroom/pressreleases/English/5227.aspx
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  THE END OF TIME
  It's the end of time, at least as far as AT&T is concerned.
The brief note in customers' bills hardly does justice to the
momentousness of the decision.  "Service withdrawal," it blandly
declares.  "Effective September 2007, Time of Day information
service will be discontinued."
  What this means is that people throughout southern California
will no longer be able to call 853-1212 (or "UL" 3-1212) to hear
a woman's recorded voice stating that, "At the tone, Pacific
Daylight Time will be...."  Check this L.A. Times article for
details (registration may be required):
  http://tinyurl.com/ytsjkd
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  BE CAUTIOUS OF ELECTRIC LIGHTS AT NIGHT
  People have enjoyed the benefits of electric lights for about
100 years, yet recent research indicates that electric lights,
especially the blue hues, are not good for us at night.  If you
read only one of the following articles, the second one ("Bright
Lights, Big Cancer") is recommended.
  Does Light Have a Dark Side? (Oct.17, 1998)
  http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc98/10_17_98/19981017fob.asp
  Bright Lights, Big Cancer (Jan. 7, 2006)
  http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20060107/bob9.asp
  Illuminating Changes (May 20, 2006)
  http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20060520/bob9.asp
  Light Impacts (May 27,2006)
  http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20060527/bob9.asp
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  OFF TOPIC: A CLEAVER GRAVE MARKER COURTESY OF RED BLANCHARD
  Give us a sense of humor,
  Give us the grace to see a joke,
  To get some humor out of life,
  And pass it on to other folk.
  (Note the fine print on the headstone to get the drift.)
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Mom.htm
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20070827AEF  K225BA 141934  SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
               E    92.9 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                      BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20070703AAF    KYXY   51671   CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
             E     96.5 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BLFTB-20070813AAI KCAQ-FM1 159550 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E   104.7 MHZ              CALABASAS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/29/2007
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLEDT-20070904AIC   KVCR-DT  58795   SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY
                E     CHAN-26              COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPEDT-20040624ABZ,
  callsign KVCR-TV.
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