__________________________________________________________________
------------------------------------------------------------------
                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #825
                   Tuesday,  January 15, 2008
                             ________
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
------------------------------------------------------------------
__________________________________________________________________
  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership
  ordered FCC chairman Kevin Martin to retain documents and emails
  and refrain from retaliating against agency workers who might
  assist the panels investigation of Martin's management practices.
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6518252.html?desc=topstory
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0102/t.10582.html
  o  The FCC has extended for 30 days (to February 4, 2008)
  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-08-2A1.doc
******************************************************************
  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  "Gangsta rap" pirate station closed in Florida.  The
  perpetrators have been booked and charged with third degree
  felonies under Florida's aggressive radio interference law.
  http://tinyurl.com/ywup38
  o  Mt. San Jacinto Community College, San Jacinto, CA,
  busted for allegedly operating an unlicensed broadcast station
  on 1620 kHz:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-279229A1.html
  o  99.9 MHz pirate discovered in Arcata, CA.  The FCC issued
  two Notices of Unlicensed Operation, one to the property owner
  of record and the other to the alleged pirate:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-279443A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-279442A1.html
  o  A $7,000 fine was issued against a broadcast station
  for (a) no operational Emergency Alert System and (b) failure
  to maintain and make available a complete public inspection
  file:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-25A1.doc
  o  Tower painting violation and failure to notify the FCC
  of a change in the ownership of the tower structure will cost
  this operator $13,000:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-26A1.doc
******************************************************************
                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
******************************************************************
  TOWER STRUCTURES, INC. HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS
  Tower Structures has ceased operations a few months shy of
its 40th year in business.  A full explanation would take far
more than the 100 word limit, but the past three years have
brought a perfect storm of unfortunate occurrences.  I would
like to thank those of you in the broadcast community who have
supported us over the years.
  I am now working for a company called Comsite Hardware that
acquired the antenna mount and cable support portion of Tower
Structures.  I will also be available for consulting for
transmitter site construction.  I can be reached at 775-832-2523
or hopkins(at)comsitehardware.com.
  Sincerely, Steve Hopkins
  [Tower Structures, Inc. was one of the oldest and best
respected tower firms in our area, having designed and built
the KABC and KHJ towers on Mt. Wilson for example.  Tower
Structures will be missed.   -Ed.]
******************************************************************
  CHRIS COMPTON IN SUPPORT OF LPFM
  Chris Compton is a well respected broadcast engineer and
the owner and operator of KFXM-LP, 96.7 MHz, Lancaster, CA.
According to some Communicator readers, his station is one of
the shining examples of how an LPFM should be run.  Yet his very
success has angered some of the local full power broadcasters
as documented in this eye-opening long-form letter:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/LPFM_Compton.htm
******************************************************************
  DTV TRANSITION WRINKLE
  No one has been providing an answer to the question of
whether TV translators will be converted to DTV by the February
2009 cutover date -- or if they ever will be switched to DTV.
It's a costly process, and some stations may not view the switch
worthwhile because translator viewing has decreased as cable and
satellite penetrations have increased.
  Many inquiries to TV stations here in Phoenix, AZ have gone
unanswered partly, I would assume, because the engineering staff
has other concerns and has not seriously addressed the translator
issue.  At risk is the remaining translator audience -- including
travelers and campers -- who may be cutoff come February 2009,
or may try to use DTV-to-NTSC converter boxes unsuccessfully.
  Bob Dreste, retired, K7VOR (at) aol.com
******************************************************************
  RE: NTSC IN THE U.S./MEXICAN BORDER AREA AFTER FEBRUARY 2009
  Q.  CGC #823 indicated that some U.S. TV broadcasters along
the U.S./Mexican border want to continue analog transmissions
beyond the February 2009 DTV transition date.  Of course,
extending analog isn't an "FCC permitting" type of thing.  The
FCC has no authority to extend analog after the deadline, and I
don't think Congress is likely to extend the deadline since
they will want the next (they presume democrat) president to
be able to spend the money.
  A.  One CGC Communicator reader forwarded the text of a
news item on this very subject.  It reads in part as follows:
  "TV stations along the Texas-Mexico border may be exempt
from shutting off their analog signals on Feb. 17, 2009 if a
U.S. Senator from Texas gets her way.
  "Just before Christmas, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)
introduced legislation to allow broadcasters within 50 miles of
the Texas-Mexico border to continue broadcasting analog signals
for up to five years if permitted by the FCC.  The Digital
Television Border Fix Act (S. 2507), cosponsored by Sen. Barbara
Boxer (D-Calif.), addresses the unique challenges for U.S.
citizens along the U.S.-Mexico border....  The legislation will
ensure that Texans living along the border will not lose access
to public safety communication message sent through television
stations....  The legislation would most affect the Texas cities
of Laredo, McAllen and El Paso."
******************************************************************
  PLEASE HONOR OUR LETTERS POLICY
  CGC is continuing to work on a number of pressing consulting
projects and we ask you to please respect our Letters to the
Editor policy that appears at the bottom of each newsletter.
The policy is:
  Letters to the Editor are always welcome but must be non-
commercial in nature and kept to 100 carefully chosen words
or less.  If you have more to say, post your thoughts on the Web
and send us the URL (the Web address) along with a synopsis not
exceeding 100 words for direct publication in the Communicator.
  Thanks!
******************************************************************
                           RANDOM NOTES
******************************************************************
  KFMB-DT TO SWITCH FROM CHANNEL 55 TO CHANNEL 7
  CGC #824 mentioned a DTV Experimental Permit recently
granted to KFMB-TV in San Diego.  Curiously, the grant as
announced by the FCC on the Web did not specify the operating
channel nor provide any technical data.  This is the first
Experimental we recall seeing granted by the Media Bureau,
so it attracted quite a bit of interest in our office.
  Now, a number of CGC Communicator readers have come forward
with this consistent story:  KFMB is turning its current DTV
channel (CH-55) over to MediaFLO, and KFMB will temporarily
switch its DTV operations to Channel 7.  As many of you know,
MediaFLO has the nationwide rights to CH-55 come February 17,
2009.  Presumably, KFMB will switch to its elected DTV channel
(CH-8) by February 17, 2009 and relinquish its use of Channel 7
by that time.
  One Communicator reader described KFMB's CH-7 antenna
pattern as a "cardioid beamed south."  Other readers have
asked (a) if KFMB will lose coverage to the north while it is
operating on Channel 7, (b) why the maximum ERP to the south is
so high, (c) if KABC-TV viewers would be impacted by KFMB's use
of Channel 7, (d) if assurances are in place that KFMB's actual
antenna pattern will comply with its theoretical pattern and (e)
if Mexico has approved of KFMB-DT's temporary use of Channel 7?
  Our calls to KFMB have not been returned.  As one reader put
it, "This [experimental application process] has been brilliantly
conducted to take place under the regulatory and diplomatic
radars."  Regardless of whether that is true or not, the FCC
has yet to scan KFMB's Experimental Application into the CDBS
database.  But you can watch for details yourself by searching
on file number BPEXDT 20070810ACT at the URL below, or simply
requesting a copy of the application & grant from Washington.
  http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_sear.htm
******************************************************************
  KFI TOWER TO BE REBUILT SOON, BUT 76 FEET SHORTER THAN BEFORE
  The La Mirada City Council has unanimously approved
reconstruction of the main KFI(AM) broadcast tower, albeit
76 feet shorter than before.  The Orange Country Register has
the details.  This is a fascinating story well worth reading:
  http://www.ocregister.com/news/tower-airport-fullerton-1956223-mirada-radio#
******************************************************************
  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Tips for the public from the DTV Transition Coalition:
  http://www.dtvtransition.org/
  o  The ATSC DTV transmission standard could be upgraded
  to include MPH transmissions, "allowing excellent DTV
  reception performance in cars, even at highway speeds."
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.10547.html
  o  NAB supports the use of FM translators by AM daytime-only
  stations:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0102/t.10612.html
  o  Larry Bloomfield's Tech Notes #139 has been published
  and is chuck full of interesting items as usual:
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_139.pdf
  o  The January issue of Crawford Broadcasting's "The Local
  Oscillator" is hot off the virtual press:
  http://tinyurl.com/2xxl84
  o  Arkansas - KATV's 2000 foot tower has collapsed
  http://tinyurl.com/2vlzut  and  http://tinyurl.com/27ebxy
  o  "World's most complex" silicon phased-array chip
  developed (UC San Diego, DARPA funding):
  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071030135705.htm
******************************************************************
  OFF-TOPIC:  BUILDING A HOME-BREW TRIODE TUBE, STEP-BY-STEP
  Here is a clever French video on home brewing a triode tube
("Fabrication d'une lampe triode").  Set aside a lot of viewing
time, perhaps with a glass of wine.
  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3wrzo_fabrication-dune-lampe-triode_tech
******************************************************************
                            JOB SHOPPE
******************************************************************
  DICK VOSPER LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL RADIO STATION CLIENTS
  Dick Vosper is a contract engineer available for transmitter,
studio and directional antenna maintenance, and is experienced
in AM and FM.  He currently services stations in San Bernardino,
Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties and has worked in
Los Angeles as well.  Contact Dick at 760-845-8580 or send
mailto: dickvosper@earthlink.net.
******************************************************************
               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************
  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20080110AAV   KSPC  52922   POMONA COLLEGE RADIO STATION
             E     88.7 MHZ                CLAREMONT, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20071228AAG   K212FA 90605   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E     90.3 MHZ              TEMPLE CITY, CA
  Mod of CP
******************************************************************
  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPED-20071019BDH   NEW  175229     247 CLASSROOM
             E     91.3 MHZ         LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/07/2008
******************************************************************
  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20080110ABA    KFRG  1241    CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
              E     95.1 MHZ          SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20071218AAO    K238AK  147714  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
               E     95.5 MHZ              PALM DESERT, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K238AK.
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20080109AAY   K240CR 85365   THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
               E    95.5 MHZ                EDUCATION, INC.
                                           PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover.
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20071212AAE   K253AD 156524  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E     98.5 MHZ               OCEANSIDE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K253AD.
******************************************************************
  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPL-20080103ABU     KNJR-LP  123947   CONEJO RADIO MINISTRIES
               E     107.9 MHZ            WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
  __________________
  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPL-20080103ABU   KNJR-LP  123947   CONEJO RADIO MINISTRIES
              E    107.9 MHZ            WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
******************************************************************
  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BPH-20070919ABO   KWVE  8410    CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA
            E     107.9 MHZ             SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Informal Objection Filed 01/04/2008 by OWENS ONE COMPANY INC
******************************************************************
                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************
  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM-DELIVERY GRANT RE CHANNEL 33
  Entravision has been granted a U.S./Mexican cross-border
  permit to deliver programming to XHAS-TV, CH-33, Tijuana.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-279321A1.pdf
__________________________________________________________________
------------------------------------------------------------------
  The CGC Communicator is published for broadcast engineering
  professionals in so. California by Communications General®
  Corporation (CGC), consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA.
  Letters to the Editor are always welcome but must be non-
  commercial in nature and kept to 100 carefully chosen words
  or less.  If you have more to say, post your thoughts on
  the Web and send us the URL (the Web address) along with a
  synopsis not exceeding 100 words for direct publication
  in the Communicator.
  For subscriptions to the CGC Communicator, or to cancel
  subscriptions, or to change your e-dress already on file,
  please mailto: r.gonsett@ieee.org.
  CGC Communicator articles may be reproduced in any form
  by non-commercial publications provided the articles are
  unaltered and credit is given to the CGC Communicator.  Past
  issues may be viewed and searched at http://www.bext.com/_CGC/
  courtesy of Bext Corporation.
  Typographical errors originating in FCC material are
  reproduced in our newsletter without speculative corrections.
  The views expressed in our newsletters do not necessarily
  reflect those of Communications General® Corporation, Bext,
  or the newsletter editor.
------------------------------------------------------------------
_________________________    End   _______________________________