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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #809
                 Wednesday,  September 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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  MAJOR PROBLEM IN REPORTING TOWER LIGHT OUTAGES
  Apparently, as of June 25, 2007, the FAA's Flight Service
Station (FSS) at Hawthorne, CA was closed, to become part of
the Lockheed/Martin privatized, automated Flight Service system.
We have traditionally posted the Hawthorne FSS phone number in
our control rooms, to be used by our Operators in case of tower
light/beacon failure.
  The number (800) 336-3980 is now answered with a recorded
message, which directs callers to other numbers for weather
briefings, NOTAMS, etc. with no mention of tower or obstruction
light reporting.  To whom, and at what telephone number, should
southern California (lighted) tower owners be directing their
outage calls?
  Mike Worrall, ABC/Citadel, Los Angeles
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  NEW PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING TOWER LIGHT OUTAGES
  According to the FAA, the operations of the Flight Service
Stations have been privatized to Lockheed/Martin.  The new
procedure for reporting tower light outages is as follows:
  (1)  Dial (1) 877-487-6867.
  (2)  When prompted by the phone tree, say the state where
  the light outage is occurring.  (If you say "California," the
  tree will then ask if you mean northern California or southern
  California.  Southern California, we are told, means the bottom
  third of the state including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.)
  (3)  You should then hear a recording that says, "Please
  wait while I connect you with a flight briefer."  You should
  then be connected with a briefer in Prescott, AZ (where the
  workers are Lockheed/Martin employees and are on duty 24/7).
  Give the briefer the outage information and they will issue a
  NOTAM (Notice to All Airmen) advising pilots of the tower
  light failure.
  It would be appreciated if the FCC issued a Public Notice
to alert tower owners of the fundamental changes listed above.
But read the BEWARE story below.
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  BEWARE: THE NEW FAA LOCKHEED/MARTIN PHONE TREE IS UNRELIABLE
  The FAA Lockheed/Martin phone tree described in the story
above has reportedly been in place for about two weeks and is
erratic and unreliable.  Callers have trouble getting through.
  To test the system, CGC called the 877 number a dozen times
on September 17 & 18, 2007.  We always worked our way through the
phone tree and were always told to wait for a flight briefer.
In five of the test calls, we were connected to a briefer within
seconds, and when we immediately called the 877 number again, we
got through again.  In the other seven calls, the phone tree put
us on hold for about a minute and then disconnected the call.
When we called again seconds later, the same thing (disconnect)
happened again.  So, sometimes the system works, sometimes it 
fails.
  An FCC employee independently tested the 877 number and
agrees that the system is unreliable and in urgent need of
repair.  In three FCC attempts to reach a briefer, two failed.
However, the mode of the phone tree failure was different from
CGC's experience.  After the "please wait" announcement, the FCC
agent waited over 15 minutes, never got disconnected, did get
music on hold and announcements, but never got through to a
live person.
  The 877-487-6867 phone tree is indeed in urgent need of
repair because it handles safety-of-life information.  Hopefully
the current round of problems will be resolved soon, but Murphy
lives and the FAA should consider putting a plain old telephone
(POT) on the wall of each of the Lockheed/Martin call centers
so we have an alternate means of contact.  Just common sense.
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  A Notice of Violation has been issued to Vida Abundante,
licensee of KJVA-LP, 94.3 MHz, San Bernardino, CA for running
excessive transmitter power and using an unauthorized gain
antenna.  KJVA-LP was running net ERP of about 2,900 watts whereas
only 100 watts were authorized.  The transmitter site was also in
error, and by just over a mile.  It appears that the KJVA-LP
transmitter was installed at Little Mountain Lookout with a ground
elevation of about 1,900 feet AMSL, whereas the authorized antenna
elevation was only 1,322 feet AMSL.
  o  A Notice of Violation has been issued to Ondas De Vida,
Inc., licensee of FM translator station K205DZ, 88.9 MHz, in
Devore, CA for having its transmitting antennas pointed in the
wrong direction.  K205DZ uses a highly elevated site on Cajon
Mountain which is immediately east of I-15 when you're in the
Cajon Pass.  Unofficial reports indicate that the K205DZ antennas
were beamed south toward the large population centers in the
greater San Bernardino area, instead of being pointed generally
west (as authorized) toward the Cajon Pass.  If you have any
"inside info" on K205DZ (not for publication), please pass
it along.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-276662A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-276660A1.html
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  VSB FUNDAMENTALS SEMINAR COMES TO LOS ANGELES ON OCT. 6
  On October 6, 2007, Gary Sgrignoli will be presenting a
one-day seminar on the ATSC digital television (DTV) vestigial
sideband (VSB) transmission system.  Co-hosted by the Society of
Television Engineers, California, and the Los Angeles Chapter of
the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the seminar will be held at
the studios of KLCS-DT.  Attendance at this seminar earns one
SBE credit towards re-certification, and it can facilitate
preparation for the SBE "8-VSB Specialist Certification" exam.
  An advance registration fee of $80 ($90 at the door) includes
Gary Sgrignoli's VSB fundamentals & measurements book (normally
$50), a continental breakfast, refreshments during the morning &
afternoon breaks and a box lunch.  Reservations can be placed by
sending mailto:8vsb@uesmanagement.com.  Checks & money orders
should be made payable to: SBE, Chapter 47, c/o Urban E. Stiess,
5623 Adale Place, Los Angeles, CA 90043-2106.  Enclose your SBE
member number for recertification credit.
  Flyer/Registration form:
  http://www.uesmanagement.com/vsb_flyer.pdf
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  MAJOR COMMISSION ACTIONS
  o  FCC adopts rules to ensure that all cable customers receive
  local TV stations after the digital television transition occurs
  on February 17, 2009.
  o  FCC adopts rules to ensure competition in video distribution
  market.
  o  FCC establishes a newly designed and automated (and
  voluntary) Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).
  o  Fixed Service operators in 10.7-11.7 GHz spectrum band are
  being allowed to install and use smaller antennas.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-276576A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-276575A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3871A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-276514A1.doc
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  NEXTEL NEWS
  o  The FCC has waived for 60 days the deadline by which Sprint
  Nextel is required to complete the transition of the broadcast
  auxiliary service (BAS) to frequencies above 2025 MHz.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-162A1.doc
  o  The FCC has determined that Sprint did not meet the interim
  18-month rebanding benchmark established by prior orders, so the
  Commission established additional benchmarks to ensure that the
  rebanding process would proceed expeditiously.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-276578A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  REMINDER ABOUT TODAY'S EAS TSUNAMI WARNING TEST
 [This] morning the National Weather Service (NWS) will
conduct a tsunami warning test.  Broadcasters will see this test
as an RMT.  The test will originate between 10:15 and 10:30 am.
Local broadcasters not monitoring the NWS will see the test
shortly after.  Additional information is available on-line.
  This test should be forwarded.
  The purpose of this test is to demonstrate the ability to
deliver warning messages originated by the West Coast/Alaska
Tsunami Warning Center.
  The regularly scheduled RMT for the Los Angeles operational
area, originated by LASD, will air, as scheduled, on the last
Tuesday of the month.  Being an odd numbered month, this will
be a day test and will be originated at 10:35 am.
  This test must be forwarded.
  John Paoli, Los Angeles LECC Chair
  Chief Engineer, KFI/AM 570-KLAC/AM 1150-KTLK
  Clear Channel Los Angeles
  Voice/Fax:  818.566.6364
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  EAS TIPS
  Good work on posting the link to Doug Lung's EAS information
in Radio World.  Your readers might also like to check out the
following SBE website link for other EAS information including
SBE's interpretation of the new EAS Rules.
  Richard Rudman, Remote Possibilities Tech Consulting
  http://www.sbe.org/gov_eas.php
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  SAWSTOP SAVES FINGERS
  Some of your readers may find this product of interest.  It
is an amazing technology.  It may save a lot of fingers and hands,
and a lot of pain.  (I'm not affiliated with the company and don't
make any money on the link.)
  Oscar Medina
  http://www.sawstop.com/
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  ARCS AS LOUD SPEAKERS
  As a young man and Radio Amateur still living at home, one
night while on 80 meters my Mom came into the shack and informed
me she could hear someone in our back yard.  To make a long story
short, the combination of trapped antenna and 4-1000A grounded-
grid amplifier produced about a 4" corona ball from the end of
the antenna that was modulated as the RF danced off into space.
Later, I reproduced the corona effect and video taped it because
I knew no one would believe me.
  John N. Hudson III, WA6HYQ, john_hudson (at) cox.net
  [Corona discharges create harmonics and make excellent
IM mixing points which are very bad news at multi-user
communication sites.  - Ed.]
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  MORE ON KSTN(AM)
  I worked at KSTN as a DJ (Sean Kelly) in 1974/1975.  I can
remember curling up for a nap in front of the 21E transmitter.
At the time there was a nighttime 20T 1kw rig next to it.  They
were always clean and healthy looking transmitters.  The place was
a museum of radio equipment but the engineer at the time kept it
running pretty well....  When I got off the air at 6am, I had to
put on boots and walk out to the towers in the field which were
highly irrigated and read the tower base currents.  What a job
that was....
  Gary Belzman, KEZN, Palm Desert (Palm Springs)
  garybelzman (at) aol.com
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  APPLE IPHONE
  Taking an Apple iPhone on a Mediterranean cruise can be
a costly adventure even if you don't use the phone.  This
little escapade generated a 54-page $4,800 AT&T Wireless bill
for one very unhappy customer.
  http://theinquirer.net/?article=42235
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  LOCAL TOP 40 CARD IS 50 YEARS OLD
  This Top 40 card (reportedly from September 1957) was
forwarded to CGC by Greg Hardison and should bring back quite
a few memories.  Please don't send us more cards, but we hope
you enjoy this one.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/690survey1957.jpg
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  HEALTHWATCH - FIND YOUR "REAL AGE"
  http://www.poodwaddle.com/realage.swf
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BP-20070201BSB    KFI  34425   CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
            E     640 KHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20060706AFY      KLAA  50516     LAA 1, LLC
               P     830 KHZ          ORANGE, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BP-20040109ACV  KPRZ  54461  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
          E     1210 KHZ                SAN MARCOS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/16/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 6/16/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/08/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration is granted; Application is
  reinstated and returned to pending status (No letter) 12/21/04
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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
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20070905ABF   KKJZ  8197   CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
              E    88.1 MHZ          LONG BEACH FOUNDATION
                                        LONG BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20070907AAI   KSPC  52922   POMONA COLLEGE RADIO STATION
              E    88.7 MHZ               CLAREMONT, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20070906AEA   KPCC  51701   PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
            E      89.3 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                        PASADENA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20070907ADE   KSAK  46740   MT. SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY
              E    90.1 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          WALNUT, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20070912ACC  KUSC-FM1 164824  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA..
                E     91.5 MHZ             SANTA CLARITA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  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 MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20070907AAQ    KDB  51169    PACIFIC BROADCASTING COMPANY
              E     93.7 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20070911ACV     KAJR  165313    A & J MEDIA LLC
              E     95.9 MHZ         INDIAN WELLS, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20070823AAA   KRCK-FM  52808  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
             E     97.7 MHZ                MECCA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20070913AAG  KKJD-LP 124818 BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CENTER
             E    99.1 MHZ              BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20070913AAJ  K288DR 72006  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
            E     105.1 MHZ          DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K288DR.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20070727AIM  K287AL  156359  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E    105.3 MHZ               ISLA VISTA, 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 LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20070910AAB   K03HS  130855   DELTA MEDIA GROUP, INC.
                 E    CHAN-3             MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTVL-20070524AAU,
  callsign K03HS.
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