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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #810
                   Thursday,  October 4, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SPEED BUMPS FOR AM IBOC AT NIGHT
  Many comments on AM IBOC at night have been received and
we appreciate your input.  The bottom line is that IBOC at night
has hit some significant speed bumps, the primary public example
being "Citadel Halts AM Nighttime IBOC Operation Amid Complaints"
at the first URL below.  Related stories are at the other URLs.
Thanks to Leslie Stimson and The Leslie Report for examining
this situation.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.8847.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.8848.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.8849.html
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC clarifies notification procedures for dual FM antenna
  hybrid digital operation.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4114A1.doc
  o  Negotiation period between Sprint Nextel and border
  area non-NPSPAC licensees in Wave 4, Stage 1, of 800 MHz
  band reconfiguration extended to January 2, 2008.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4038A1.doc
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  DON'T FORGET THE VSB (DTV) FUNDAMENTALS SEMINAR IN L.A.
  On October 6, 2007, Gary Sgrignoli will be presenting a
one-day seminar on the ATSC digital television (DTV) vestigial
sideband (VSB) transmission system.  Don't miss this outstanding
event to be held at the studios of KLCS-DT.
  Full details are in CGC #809 at the first URL below.  The
second URL takes you to the Flyer/Registration form.  Thanks!
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2007/cgc809.htm
  http://www.uesmanagement.com/vsb_flyer.pdf
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  Land-mobile radio station on Mt. Lukens found to be
  running excessive ERP (184 watts instead of 9 watts as
  authorized); proposed fine was $4,000, but the forfeiture
  has now been reduced to $3,200.
  o  Chula Vista Cable, Ltd. was to have been fined $8,000 for
  EAS operational unreadiness issue (the encoder/decoder was
  purchased but not installed).  That fine has been reduced to
  $6,400.
  o  Tower lights out in California and FAA not notified.
  o  Notice of Violation to Adelman Broadcasting (KGBB),
  Johannesburg, CA for not monitoring either the LP-1 or
  the co-LP-1.
  o  Notice of Violation to Poor Investment Enterprises:
  No Antenna Registration Number visible at the tower base.
  http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4027A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4029A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-276992A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-277003A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-276995A1.html
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  FCC CONSIDERING FINES AGAINST SATELLITE RADIO COMPANIES
  FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said last week that his agency is
considering forfeitures against XM Satellite Radio and Sirius
Satellite Radio for a series of rule violations tied to receiver
standards (e.g. FM modulators running too much power) and power
level violations for terrestrial repeaters.
  http://www.radioink.com/HeadlineEntry.asp?hid=139358&pt=todaysnews
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  ALLEGED HIDDEN DANGERS OF RFR
  We have a federal human exposure to RF radiation (RFR)
standard, but is it adequate?  "The Hidden Dangers of Cell Phone
Radiation" story in the August 2007 Life Extension magazine is
intriguing because of its behind-the-scenes look at cell phone
RFR politics, and a possible mechanism (other than thermal
heating) that links RFR to human disease.
  It appears, based on the article, that steady-state (continuous)
RF at 1.9 GHz is not as much of a disease causing concern as the
type of amplitude modulation that is imposed on the carrier (e.g.
the pulsing nature of TDMA and GSM signals and rapid amplitude
adjustments that are made to CDMA signals).
  http://tinyurl.com/2prknx (Life Extension story)
  http://www.safewireless.org/  (Related Website)
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  RE THE UNRELIABLE PHONE NUMBER FOR REPORTING TOWER LIGHT OUTAGES
  [In CGC #809 you mentioned that the Lockheed/Martin phone
tree for reporting tower light outages is unreliable and in
urgent need of repair.  You mentioned that 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
contacting them.]
  Better yet would be to cut all the bureaucracy and have a
phone number that goes directly to the duty officer at the FAA's
ARTCC or other command post manned 24/7 by FAA controllers.
Privatizing safety operations is not only stupid but dangerous.
  Phil Kane, K2ASP
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  RADIO GUIDE SHINES LIGHT ON THE FAA PROBLEM
  Thanks for the heads-up in CGC #809 about the FAA's
outsourcing the operation of its Flight Service Stations.
Radio Guide (RG) for September had a good article on the
same subject and pointed out other problems with Lockheed-
Martin's takeover of those Stations.  Sometimes outsourcing
works, but after reading your article and RG's article, the
Lockheed Martin takeover is a danger to the public.  Some
tower light outages will go un-NOTAMed.  Pick up a copy of
Radio Guide for September 2007.  It is a great publication.
  (Name withheld upon request)
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  FAA'S DOWNHILL SPIRAL - WHERE ARE THE OXYGEN MASKS?
  FAA "privatization" of services means profit is first, safety
is second.  Not surprising.  I wish we could stop the jokers in
Washington that are doing these things to us.  As our government
continues to be dismantled, I wonder how long it will be until the
FCC is privatized.  Washington is on a downhill spiral as far as
I'm concerned and it seems there is no stopping it.
  (Name withheld)
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  A RELIABLE BACK-DOOR WAY TO REPORT A TOWER LIGHT OUTAGE
   With regard to the reporting of tower light outages,
there is a more reliable way to reach a briefer quickly.  The
standard FAA Flight Service Station number of (800) 992-7433
(800 WX-BRIEF) will connect you to a voice recognition system.
Simply say "Briefer" at the first prompt.  You will then be asked
what state you are in.  Once you give the state you will be
connected to a live person at the Flight Service Station.
  That 800 number has been in service for decades and is well
established.  Sometimes there will be a wait depending on how busy
they are, but I've seldom had to wait more than a few minutes and
usually you get right through.  That system is designed to forward
you to a briefer outside your area in the event that the local one
has too many calls waiting.
  Dennis O'Brien, N0SP
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  NEXTEL STORY COMMENT
  Your juxtaposition of these two Sprint Nextel items [Nextel
News in CGC #809] is likely to leave readers with the impression
that the benchmarks called out in the second item are related to
the BAS 2 GHz relocation.  They are not.  Those benchmarks apply
to the 800 MHz rebanding, which gets much closer FCC scrutiny due
to the public safety aspect.  Yes, the two band transitions are
logically related, but they are following different procedures
with different sets of deadlines.
  David P. Otey, CPBE, General Manager, AZCAR Training Systems
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  TOP 40 COMMENT
  It's certainly a good kind of kick-in-the-rear to see one's
own name IN the CGC Communicator, and I thank you for that!  But,
I must defer right back to Bill Kingman for the "Local Top 40
Card is 50 Years Old" item in CGC #809.
  Greg Hardison
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Watch the antenna change out and tower upgrade at
  WSBT(TV) as they are taking place (Webcam + archive).
  http://list.wsbt.com/TV/Work-NewAntenna/wsbt_tv_antenna.htm
  o  How MP3s are hurting fidelity in more ways than
  you may suspect:
  http://tinyurl.com/ypzakn
  o  Analyst: "The iPod Is Doomed" and will be replaced
  by the ubiquitous cellphone.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.8472.html
  o  NATO Group Releases Report on BPL
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/09/06/100/?nc=1
  o  Power grid vulnerability (dramatic video)
  http://tinyurl.com/3xemus
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  GOOGLE'S FREE VOICE-ACTIVATED 411 SERVICE
  Google has introduced a free (for now) voice-activated
telephone directory service, but has business listings only:
  Dial  1 800 GOOG 411
  You can have the automated system look up any business number
and automatically connect you with "local" numbers - ideal when
calling from a cellphone for example.  CGC tried calling a
business in central California from our office in southern Cal.
and we were connected to the right number on short order, all
free of charge.
  http://www.google.com/goog411/
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  NAMES OF USED FM BROADCAST EQUIPMENT DEALERS NEEDED
  A broadcasting group is regularly contacted by community
stations in Africa and elsewhere looking for used FM broadcast
equipment.  Do you know of reliable used FM broadcast equipment
dealers or brokers other than eBay?  If so, please send
mailto:r.gonsett@ieee.org and we'll pass your information along.
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  WILLY'S ELECTRONICS TO OPEN KEARNY MESA STORE
  The Willy's Electronics website says the National City company
intends to open a second store on Complex Avenue in Kearny Mesa
(San Diego) by October of this year.  Willy's has, for decades,
been a source of tools, small and large electronics components,
TV antennas, and cable.
  (Tip courtesy of San Diego SBE Chapter 36)
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  RECENT PIRATE ACTIVITY IN SAN DIEGO
  An 88.9 MHz pirate transmitter was in operation, apparently
in the Mission Bay area, over the weekend of September 15, 2007.
It used professional-sounding sports announcers covering what
may have been a boat race, and commercial advertisements were
included.  Reception was first reported by a mobile listener
in the vicinity of KYXY's studios, so the transmitter had
good range.
  On September 22, 2007, apparently in conjunction with the
Red Bull Air Races at Mission Bay, IFB activity was detected
in the ham band on 447.475 MHz.
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS OF MORE THAN ROUTINE INTEREST
  o  The Boeing Company: New experimental to operate on various
frequencies in the C and Ku bands for equipment testing.  Fixed:
El Segundo (Los Angeles), CA.
  o  Southern California Edison: New experimental to operate
in 470-608 MHz and 614-740 MHz for evaluating communications
inside and around a nuclear reactor.  Fixed & Mobile: San
Clemente, CA.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-277033A1.doc
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  JUST FOR FUN
  o  Find out the demographics of your zip code:
  http://www.zipskinny.com/
  o  Women in film.  Somebody went to a lot of work for
  this video!!  Tip by Red Blanchard, W6AG
  http://glumbert.com/wii/view.php?name=womenfilm
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT RECEIVED
  BNP-20070926AMO    NEW  160820   CHRISTYAHNA BROADCASTING, INC.
            E     1400 KHZ                LEMON GROVE, CA
  CP New Station.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20070918ACD   KSBR  58529  SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY
              E     88.5 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         MISSION VIEJO, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20070912ACC  KUSC-FM1 164824  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA...
                E     91.5 MHZ             SANTA CLARITA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20070920AAC   KUSC-FM1  164824  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA...
                E     91.5 MHZ              SANTA CLARITA, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPL-20070925AJX    KJVA-LP  124517   VIDA ABUNDANTE
               E     94.3 MHZ        SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20070914ABO   KPRI  51503  COMPASS RADIO OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
             E     102.1 MHZ              ENCINITAS, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPH-20070914ABO   KPRI  51503  COMPASS RADIO OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
             E     102.1 MHZ              ENCINITAS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/21/2007
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20070813AAI  KCAQ-FM1 159550   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E    104.7 MHZ                CALABASAS, CA
  License to cover.  Engineering Amendment filed 08/29/2007
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20070913AAJ  K286BE  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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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PERMIT CANCELLED
  BNPL-20000602AFH   DKCFM-LP 124229  CHARISMA IN MISSIONS, INC...
               P    105.5 MHZ             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.  Permit cancelled per applicant's
  request 9/21/2007 - no letter sent.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20070725AAF   KSSE-FM1 35114  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E    107.1 MHZ              BURBANK, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLFTB-20070801CLO  KSSE-FM1  35114  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E    107.1 MHZ             SAN FERNANDO, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20070919ABO     KWVE  8410    CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA
               E    107.9 MHZ            SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTVL-20070910AAB   KHIR-LP  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTVL-20070111ACJ  KZDF-LP 41124   UNA VEZ MAS SANTA BARBARA
               E     CHAN-8                LICENSE, LLC
                                         SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20051228ADI,
  callsign KZDF-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTT-20070808AAC   K15FC 43809  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
              E     CHAN-15              JOSHUA TREE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K15FC.
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  BPTT-20070808AAB   K17GJ 43816  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
              E     CHAN-17              JOSHUA TREE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K17GJ.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20070103ADK   KJHP-LP  130845   SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY
                E     CHAN-18              COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20041110ACG,
  callsign KJHP-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTT-20070808AAA   K21GR 43826  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
              E     CHAN-21              JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K21GR.
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT GRANTED
  BDFCDTA-20051017ABS  KSKP-CD 36718  CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORP.
                 E     CHAN-25               OXNARD, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSKP-CA.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/04/2006
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20070103ACI  KRVD-LP 128327 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
               E     CHAN-33               BANNING, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20060720ABS,
  callsign KRVD-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/14/2007
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/31/2007
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISDTT-20060330ALC    K67AM  6120     BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR
                  E     CHAN-38           SAN DIEGO UNIVERSITY
                                              LA JOLLA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K67AM.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20070130AJO  KRMV-LP 129618  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
               E     CHAN-45              MORENO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20060720ABR,
  callsign KRMV-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/31/2007
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