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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #815
                    Monday, November 5, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  DON'T FORGET WEDNESDAY'S SCFCC MT. WILSON PICNIC
  This Wednesday's SCFCC annual meeting and Christmas Party
for broadcast engineers promises to be a fabulous event as
always.  The meeting starts at 10 AM sharp in the Mt. Wilson
Observatory Auditorium, and there will also be a celebration
of the life and career of John Russell, WB9RNW (see CGC #814).
John recently passed away at a young age.  His wife Sherri
will be in attendance as will his friends.
  Lunch will be served and it is a full Bar-B-Que -- just the
way John would have liked it.  Remember, no neckties or formal
business attire allowed.  Please RSVP to howard (at) pactv.com.
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  MORE ON THE SCFCC MEETING & PICNIC
  As founding chairman of the SCFCC, I hope you will all be
able to attend this year's event.  Celebrating the life and
lengthy list of contributions of John Russell will be an
important part of this event for me.
  In its 31 year history dating back to 1976, the SCFCC has
had only three chairs, myself, Don Wilson and John Russell.
John's steady hand, logical mind, hard work and incredible
support were instrumental in keeping SCFCC the great organization
it has always been.  As far as we know, the SCFCC was the first
successful major market effort to manage Broadcast Auxiliary
Service (BAS) frequency coordinations.  It is still the best.
  For that, all of us owe John a great debt of gratitude.
  Richard Rudman
  [John was known for his pioneering work in ham radio
repeater linking and was an early adopter of 220 MHz according
to Amateur Radio Newsline.  The WB9RNW repeater operated from
atop Oat Mountain overlooking most of greater Los Angeles.  His
was one of the first machines to install an IRLP node and
Echolink operations.  - Ed.]
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  FCC NEWS BRIEF
  o  Nextel mandatory negotiation period extended for border-area
  NPSPAC (Stage 2) licensees in Wave 4 of the 800 MHz Transition.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4392A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - ITEMS OF UNUSUAL INTEREST
  o  The FCC has tentatively fined Funai Corporation $7,745,687
  for violations of the DTV V-Chip technology requirements.
  o  Basic Home Shopping has been issued an Official Citation
  for marketing a cell phone jammer.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-191A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4449A1.doc

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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  CRAWFORD'S LATEST "LOCAL OSCILLATOR" NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
  The November issue of The Local Oscillator is hot off the
virtual press and available for your online viewing, amusement
and enlightenment.
  Cris Alexander, Crawford Broadcasting
  [Bill Agresta's comments about abandoning land-lines and
going all-satellite for KBRT's STL and security camera feeds is
interesting.  It's goodby AT&T for now.  See page 13.   -Ed.]
  http://tinyurl.com/2fdsc3
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Bill to expand LPFM headed for Senate vote.  Proposal
  would drop third adjacent channel protections.
  http://tinyurl.com/2zoe3c
  o  First AM IBOC-at-night complaint reaches FCC and an
  anti-IBOC Website is created:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.9436.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.9437.html
  o  Time Magazine has included Arbitron's Portable People
  Meter among its list of Best Inventions of the Year.
  http://tinyurl.com/2rolvw
  o  FCC's Riley Hollingsworth, Special Counsel for the FCC's
  Enforcement Bureau, has changed his mind and decided not to
  retire just yet.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/07/1102/
  o  About the challenge to preserve radio archives tainted
  with smoke from PCBs:
  http://tinyurl.com/28hqvl
  o  Tubes are cool again.  Nano-tubes, that is:
  http://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=110566
  http://tinyurl.com/37w36m
  http://tinyurl.com/26agpe (don't miss the video)
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  FIRE NOTES
  o  A product called Barricade Fire Blocking Gel may be
  sprayed on combustible structures when fire is approaching.
  Requires a garden hose and sufficient water pressure for the
  application.  Recently field tested at the Palomar Mountain
  fire.  The first report received by our office was favorable.
  http://www.barricadegel.com/
  o  A product called Fire Foil is an alternative to
  Gel when it comes to protecting structures from fires.
  No feedback from readers on the effectiveness of this
  product yet.
  http://www.savenrg.com/firefoil.htm
  o  Flash video of some of the fires in San Diego County
  as seen by the HPWREN research camera on Lyons Peak, October 21
  to October 28, 2007.
  http://archive.hpwren.ucsd.edu/Fires/20071021-20071028_LP/iqeye11.swf
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  CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING SAVANT
  Link courtesy of Red Blanchard, W6AG
  http://video.stumbleupon.com/#p=0k4lsi1dql
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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
  BPED-20070907ADE   KSAK  46740   MOUNT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY
             E     90.1 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                           WALNUT, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Granted in part 10/20/2007 at an ERP of 0.003 kW
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMITS GRANTED
  BXLH-20060512ABR    KHTS-FM  20697  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E      93.3 MHZ              EL CAJON, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  BXLH-20060517AAY    KMYI  58821     CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E    94.1 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20071026ABP    KRTH  28631     CBS RADIO EAST INC.
              E     101.1 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  102.5 MHZ ADDED TO HEMET AS A NON-COMM
  The FCC has added FM Channel 273A (102.5 MHz) to Hemet,
  CA and has designated the channel for non-commercial use.
  The window for filing applications on this channel has yet
  to be announced and "will be addressed by the Commission
  in a subsequent order."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4504A1.doc
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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