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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #811
                    Monday, October 15, 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 NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC Consumer Advisory notice confirms that there is
  currently no statutory deadline for low-power TV, Class A TV
  and TV translator stations to convert to digital broadcasting;
  however, the Commission "will make decisions regarding these
  stations in the future."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-277288A1.doc
  o  FCC to hold a series of digital television consumer
  education workshops starting November 8, 2007.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-277190A1.doc
  o  FCC Office of Engineering and Technology announces additional
  testing of TV white space devices.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4179A1.doc
  o  FCC adopts a ten-application per party limit on non-
  commercial FM new station applications filed during the
  October 12 - October 19, 2007 window.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-179A1.doc
  o  Chairman Martin says the FCC is taking steps to aid
  LPFMs (the abolishment of third adjacent channel protections
  being the apparently key).
  http://tinyurl.com/yqw8dy
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  THE MT. WILSON CHRISTMAS PARTY REMINDER
  Don't forget, the ever-popular Mt. Wilson Christmas Party
and catered picnic for broadcast engineers is set for 10 AM
on Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at the Mt. Wilson Observatory
Auditorium.  As usual, no neckties or formal business garb
are allowed.
  Thanks to Howard Fine and the Southern California Frequency
Coordinating Committee (SCFCC) for reviving this popular event.
  Questions?  Ask Howard: howard (at) pactv.com
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MORE PROBLEMS REPORTING TOWER LIGHT OUTAGES, ETC.
  Several east coast broadcasters have had problems
reporting NOTAMs (re CGC #809) including us earlier this week.
I'm surprised that there is not some way to report NOTAMs elec-
tronically, either by FAX or web-based.  The first two URLs below
show the FAA's response to our complaint; in fact, the second URL
shows how YOU CAN COMPLAIN if you can't get through.  (And it is
absurd that there are instances when we can't get through.)
  The third URL allows you to check for NOTAMs on the web.
I had trouble with this address until I spotted it's an https
instead of an http.  There is a cookie and security setting issue
with this site since it's military.  If you are able to access
the page, enter the three letter abbreviation for the nearest
airfield, such as LAX for Los Angeles.  Note that each NOTAM has
an expiration date.  If your NOTAM is not listed within an hour,
call the FAA again.
  Frederick R. Vobbe, Vice President, Chief Operator
  WLIO Television, Lima Communications Corp. - w8hdu (at) wlio.com
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FAA_E-mail100407.pdf
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FAA_Memo_User_Assessment.pdf
  https://www.notams.jcs.mil/
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  REPORTING TOWER LIGHT OUTAGES VIA THE WEB
  Regarding tower light outage reporting, if I can pay my
taxes online, why can't I report tower light outages online?
Rather than going down the rabbit hole of automated voice
prompts at 2 a.m., it'd be a lot easier to jump on a Web site,
enter the ARN, get a NOTAM receipt and go back to bed.  It
can't be that hard.
  Robert F. Turner, Bakersfield
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  EDITOR'S NOTE RE PRIVATIZED FAA
  Radio Guide's September 2007 article entitled "FAA Outsourced
NOTAM Reporting" (as mentioned in CGC #810) is available on the
Web at:
  http://www.oldradio.com/sep.pdf  --  see Radio Guide's page 32.
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  A PRIVATIZED FCC IS NOT SO FAR FETCHED
  CGC #810 quoted a letter stating: "As our government continues
to be dismantled, I wonder how long it will be until the FCC is
privatized."
  I have never hidden the fact that I joined the FCC 40 years
ago and retired from it 12 years ago.  In the last 20 years, the
following FCC functions have been privatized:
  o  Amateur and commercial radio operator examinations.
  o  Frequency coordination in almost all land mobile services.
  o  Interference investigation and resolution in almost all
  services.
  o  Compliance inspection of broadcast stations.
  o  Technical standards formulation.
  o  Certification of equipment technical compliance.
  Don't look  - we're almost there....
  Phil Kane
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  IBOC ARTIFACTS IN CONVENTIONAL AM RECEIVERS
  It will be interesting to see if Ibiquity can cure MW
multipath, which is why the warble and the digital sidebands
are so obvious at night to listeners on old fashion AM radios.
(Those of us with selectable sideband sync detectors can hear
the lovely artifacts any time).  This happens because the passband
must be perfectly symmetrical in order for the digital stuff to
cancel in a conventional detector.  The digital information on
the Upper Sidebands and Lower Sidebands is identical, but
180 degrees out of phase.
  http://www.hard-core-dx.com/nordicdx/antenna/special/fading.html
  Dave Rickmers, Canyon Country
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  COMMENTS ON "RECENT PIRATE ACTIVITY IN SAN DIEGO" (CGC #810)
  With respect to the apparently unauthorized 88.9 MHz
transmitter in the Mission Bay area over the weekend of
September 15, 2007, reader Johnny Stowers points out that
there were "a couple of different stations" broadcasting from
the Thunderboat Races on Mission Bay that weekend, so we all
need to pay very close attention to future special events.
  With respect to 447.475 MHz (a Ham frequency) being used
for IFB purposes at the Red Bull Air Races at Mission Bay on
September 22, 2007, the frequency coordinator for that event
conducted an investigation and found no one admitting to the
use of 447.475 MHz.  He was extremely concerned about the
alleged mishap and we appreciate his probe.
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  GOOG-411 (FREE 411) EXPECTED TO REMAIN FREE AND WITHOUT ADS
  The GOOG-411 service has been available for a long time now
and there are no plans for it to become a charge basis-service
or for a commercial to be added.  In fact, if Google wins the
700 MHz wireless auction Jan 8, you will see FREE CELL PHONE
SERVICE as well.  A long time ago, even oil companies figured
out that institutional advertising (no "call for action" in
the ad) was good in just getting one's NAME out there.
  If we warm up to the name GOOGLE, then just WHOSE search
engine do you think we might use FIRST?  And THAT is where the
commercials are found - in the margins - the Adspace by Google.
  Don Elliot, Google Lover, voiceovers (at) charter.net
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF CELL PHONE RADIATION - REVISED URL
  The URL for "The Hidden Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation"
story in the August 2007 Life Extension magazine changed soon
after we went to press with CGC #810.  A reliable way to find
the story is as follows:
  o  Visit http://www.lef.org/
  o  In the "search" box in the upper right hand corner of
  the page, insert the words "cell phone" (without quotation
  marks) and click the search button.
  o  On the resulting page, locate the blue line of text that
  says, "Le Magazine August 2007 - Report: The Hidden Dangers
  Of C..." and click on it.
  You should now have the first half of the story.  Click
  on "Page 2" at page bottom for the second half.
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  KOGO BEGINS NIGHTTIME HD RADIO TRANSMISSIONS
  KOGO, 600 kHz, San Diego, began nighttime HD Radio broadcasts
on the first legal night, September 14, 2007, according to Clear
Channel San Diego Market Director of Engineering John Rigg.  They
haven't experienced any problems or heard any complaints to date.
No other San Diego AM stations have yet aired HD Radio signals.
  (Adapted from SBE Chapter 47 story dated October 5, 2007)
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  CHANGING OF THE GUARD
  o  Jose "Pepe" Marquez, the engineering patriarch of CH-12
  in Tijuana, has passed away.  Services were held Friday night.
  Pepe was both well liked and respected by those who worked with
  him and knew him.  He will be missed by many on both sides
  of the border.
  o  Victor Diaz, owner of several FM stations in Tijuana
  including Jammin' Z-90 (90.3 MHz) and XLNC (90.7 MHz),
  passed away in 2004 although that point has escaped the
  attention of many.  Now, Victor's son Alejandro has posted
  a fascinating and personal look at the part of Victor's
  life that was dedicated to the love and propagation of
  classical music - a very nice write up:
  http://www.xlnc1.org/victordiaz.htm
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  A TRANSPARENT PLASTIC AS STRONG AS STEEL
  Oscar Medina writes, "Remember Scotty in the Star Trek
movie "The Voyage Home" talking about "Transparent Aluminum"?"
  By mimicking a brick-and-mortar molecular structure found
in seashells, University of Michigan researchers have created
a composite plastic that's as strong as steel but lighter and
transparent.  This is revolutionary.
  http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=6084
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  TIME-TELLING WOMEN
  Here are priceless photographs of various women reading
the time of day for telephone customers.  The "time lady" was
live in the 20s before time-of-day recording machines were
invented.  A few distinctive voices eventually emerged -- the
fourth and final picture in this series shows Joanne Daniels
who became the voice Californians heard when they called for
the time.
  http://tinyurl.com/ywcgwk
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  JUST FOR FUN
  The Crow and the Cat video, seven minutes, URL courtesy
  of Red Blanchard.
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JiJzqXxgxo&mode=related&search
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20071004ADX   K225BA  141934   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
              E     92.9 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                        BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20070411ACP     KMYI  58821    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E    94.1 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPL-20070925AJX    KJVA-LP  124517    VIDA ABUNDANTE
               E    94.3 MHZ           SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/01/2007
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20071004AAA   K237EN  145443   ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
               E    95.3 MHZ      D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                         YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION
  OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLH-20050513ACC  KYSR  36019   AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC
            E     98.7 MHZ                LOS ANGELES, CA 
  License to modify
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20070913AAG  KKJD-LP 124818  BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN...
            E     99.1 MHZ             BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20071002ACQ   KATY-FM  33611   ALL PRO BROADCASTING, INC.
              E     101.3 MHZ               IDYLLWILD, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20070926ARF   KLQV  51164   UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE CORP...
            E     102.9 MHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20070927AKQ   KLQV  51164   UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE CORP...
            E     102.9 MHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20070409AAQ     KSCF  59816    CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
              E     103.7 MHZ            SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20070411ACO     KIOZ  13504    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              E     105.3 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, 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
  GRANTED
  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTVL-20071009ABR   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 ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTL-20000828ARR  K49KJ  127605   CHARLES C. TOWNSEND, III
               P     CHAN-49              PALM SPRLNGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRLNGS, CA
  on channel 49, Effective Radiated Power .90000, coordinates
  NL 33 deg 55 min 23 sec WL 116 deg 36 min 58 sec, as amended.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO 
  COVER GRANTED
  BLTTL-20070524AEE  KTAV-LP  6791  ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK..
              E     CHAN-69               ALTADENA, CA
 License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20060912AAQ,
 callsign KTAV-LP.
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