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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #821
                    Monday, December 3, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  ANOTHER POWER OUTAGE SCHEDULED FOR MTs. WILSON & HARVARD
  An e-mail from Gary Hartman of Southern California Edison
(SCE) reads as follows:
  "Tuesday Dec-04-07 at 03:00 a.m. I will switch Mt. Wilson
over to back side source.  Outage should take about 15 minutes.
My crew will hand out outage letter Thursday Nov-28-07 by hand
to all customers at Mt Wilson.  This will let contractors start
rebuild on front side.  Thank You, Gary Hartman, 818-422-2547."
  Gary confirmed by telephone yesterday that the outage is
still "go" for Tuesday morning.  If the automatic electric
transfer switch works, the outage is expected to last two minutes.
If the automatic feature does not work, the switch will be
operated manually and the outage might run five minutes.
  After the one brief outage, Wilson & Harvard will stay on
"back side" power for about six weeks as the front side power
poles and lines are replaced in Phase III of SCE's reconstruction
project.
  A copy of SCE's hand-delivered notification letter is here:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/edison_letter.pdf
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  FCC ADOPTS RULES TO FACILITATE LOW POWER FM
  The FCC will soon issue two important documents affecting
Low Power FMs (LPFMs).  The documents will consist of a Third
Report & Order (R&O) and a Second Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM).  Some of the rule changes will impact full power FM
stations and may affect FM translators as well.
 
  All of the present and proposed rule changes can be seen
in summary form by clicking on the first URL below.  If you
are going to study just one document, the first URL is the hot
ticket.  It's the official word from the FCC.  The full texts
of the R&O and the NPRM have not been released by the FCC but
should be available shortly.
  Summary of the Third R&O and Second NPRM:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-278449A1.doc
  The FCC Commissioners' perspectives as summarized by Radio World:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.9927.html
  General observations from Radio Online:
  http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/$rol.exe/headline_id=b10420
  "LPFM Proponents Pleased" story from Radio World:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.9903.html
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Richard Mann, d/b/a The Antique Radio Collector, has been
fined $7,000 for marketing uncertified AM radio transmitters.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4716A1.doc
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  A QUESTION ABOUT WIRELESS POWER
  Q.  CGC #805 carried a story on MIT's "WiTricity" wireless
power transmitter operating at 10 MHz, as if it were a newly
discovered technology.  I have been using an electric shaver
with induction charging for years.  What if anything is new
about MIT's appraoch?
  A.  To our knowledge, all previous applications used
induction at distances not substantially larger than the
size of the coils involved.  The MIT device goes further.
-- Editor.
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  MORE POWER REQUESTED FOR RFID TAGS - BUT WHY?
  The proponent of this system wants to use RFID to track
tagged surgical items and increase the power from 4W EIRP to
25 watts.  Question: What kind of system needs 25 watts to
work at close range around a patient?  Answer: A very poorly
engineered one.  RFID tags can be triggered at 3 feet with
less than a watt.  Check out this FCC rule waiver request:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4606A1.pdf
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  MAINTAINING OUR "NEWS DIET" THROUGH DECEMBER
  As reported in CGC #818, the CGC Communicator will be
reporting less news through the remainder of 2007 to allow
us to catch up on some important projects.  We would appreciate
your holding all but the most important Letters to the Editor
during this time.  Thanks!
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  TV Channels 5 & 6 could be used for FM broadcast
  purposes under this ambitious proposal:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.9703.html
  NYC has a new FM station on 87.88 MHz FM (apparently
  another CH-6 aural carrier):
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0103/t.9744.html
  HDTV bit compression by cable & satellite remains a concern:
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6504772.html
  New article linking nighttime light exposure to cancer
  (see CGC #808, "Be Cautious of Electric Lights at Night"
  story, the second URL, for in-depth information):
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/health/20071129-1522-nightshift-cancer.html
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2007/cgc808.htm
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  ANOTHER LIKELY CALTRANS TIS RULE VIOLATION
  Not long ago, CalTrans was cited by the FCC for broadcasting
a continuous test message on one of their Travelers Information
Stations (TIS).  Now, CalTrans is back testing again, apparently
violating the same rule they violated last summer.  The following
looped audio was heard on 1610 kHz on November 25, 2007 near
Magic Mountain theme park:
  "Testin' 123, testin' 123.
  This is frequency 1610 for Caltrans EOC,
  this is frequency 1610 for Caltrans EOC.
  This is only a test."
  The matter has been referred to the FCC.  To find out what
happened to CalTrans last time around, see:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-275254A1.html
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  OFF TOPIC
  Radical base jumping:
  http://www.biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=4262
  A celebration of machines that do not work:
  http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/unwork.htm
  History: Build the "Cyclops," a one tube magic eye receiver:
  http://www.oldradios.co.nz/projects/cyclops/index.htm
  Snowball fight, great fun, but DO NOT hit Santa:
  http://www.elfmovie.com/swf/snowball_fight/index.html
  Another outstanding greeting card from Jacquie Lawson,
  audio included:
  http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=ZS43976949
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KMZT, Beverly Hills, to KGIL
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-278388A1.doc
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAMMING PERMIT GRANTED
  The FCC has granted a Section 325(c) cross-border
  programming permit to XESPN, 800 kHz, Tijuana, Mexico.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-278272A1.pdf
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNP-20051031AGQ     NEW  161373     ETHER MINING CORPORATION
              E     1220 KHZ           DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/26/2007
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN GRANTED
  New LPFM, 93.5 MHz, Laguna Niguel, to KNIG-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-278388A1.doc
  [The station appears to have changed call signs and is now
  KXRN-LP according to CDBS.   - Editor.]
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME
  BPED-20070905ABF   KKJZ  8197  CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
             E     88.1 MHZ         LONG BEACH FOUNDATION
                                        LONG BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Informal Objection filed 10/30/2007 (SMCCD)
  Request for Extension of Time to Oppose Informal Objection
  filed 11/8/2007 (CSULB)
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION
  OF AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMXPH-20071115AAK   KFRG  1241    CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
              E     95.1 MHZ          SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Mod of CP
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  "XLNC ONE" PLANS TO MOVE TO 104.9 MHZ BEFORE YEAR END
  According to the Website for XLNC1, the station will
  be moving from 90.7 to 104.9 MHz before year end with a new
  transmitter site and more power "in Tecate, Baja California,
  Mexico."  One engineer thinks that the new site might be
  Cerro Bola, but the hunch remains unconfirmed.
  http://www.xlnc1.org/faqnewfreq.htm
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PERMIT CANCELLED
  BPH-20051024ABK    KWVE  8410    CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA
              E    107.9 MHZ             SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Permit cancelled per app's request on 9-12-2007, no letter sent.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20071119ABU    KNJR-LP  123947   CONEJO RADIO MINISTRIES
               E    107.9 MHZ            WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  K03HS, Morongo Valley, to KHIR-LP
  K19DH, Indio, to KLPS-LP (pending station sale)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-278388A1.doc
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  APPROVED: CH-8 LPTV FOR SAN BERNARDINO
  John Powley's LPTV application for Channel 8 is
  set for FCC grant following payment to the Commission.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4608A1.doc
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  PROPOSED CPs FOR DIGITAL LOW POWER/TELEVISION TRANSLATORS
  CHs 15 & 17, Twentynine Palms, etc.
  CHs 22, 24, Palm Springs
  CHs 22 & 50, Los Angeles
  CH-51, Morongo Valley
  CH-55, Banning
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-278565A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BNPTTL-20000828AVB   NEW  127823   CHARLES C. TOWNSEND, III
               E     CHAN-20               BRAWLEY, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BRAWLEY, CA on
  channel 20, Effective Radiated Power 5.0, coordinates
  NL 32 deg 58 min 45 sec WL 115 deg 33 min 20 sec.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/05/2007
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  CHANNEL 55, LOS ANGELES, AUTHORIZED FOR USE FOR MEDIAFLO
  KDOC-TV has consented to the use of CH-55 by MediaFLO
  and has agreed to accept a minor amount of interference.
  There being no other issues, MediaFLO's CH-55 application
  was granted.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4695A1.doc
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