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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #826
                   Tuesday,  January 29, 2008
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  ANALOG CELLULAR SERVICE COULD END SOON
  Beginning February 18, 2008, cellular telephone companies
are no longer required to provide analog service.  While most
wireless telephone users will not be affected by this transition
because they already have digital phones, some cell phones, alarm
systems and OnStar in-vehicle communications gear will be
impacted.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-279722A1.doc
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  LOS ANGELES SEEKS USE OF TV CH-15 FOR PUBLIC SAFETY COMM.
  The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks
comments on fifty-seven applications filed in early April 2007,
and an associated waiver request filed by the County of Los
Angeles.  L.A. County seeks a rule waiver to use all frequencies
in the TV Channel 15 spectrum (476-482 MHz) for public safety
communications use.  The Comment deadline is February 7, 2008.
KPBS-TV, CH-15, San Diego, is on top of the situation.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-125A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-279646A1.pdf
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  SECOND DTV ERRATUM ISSUED
  The FCC has issued a Second Erratum correcting its Report
and Order in the Third Periodic Review of the Commission's rules
and policies affecting the nationwide conversion to DTV.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-279689A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Eliandro B. Ramos, Danbury, CT, has been fined $10,000
for unlicensed transmissions on 296.55 MHz, a government
frequency, and causing interference to a government radio
system.  What motivated Ramos (and exactly what government
system received the interference) was not explained in either
the Notice of Apparent Liability or the Forfeiture Order.
This is an unusual and curious report.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-112A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-273578A1.html
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  PODCAST CONCERNING THE UPCOMING ANALOG TV SHUTDOWN
  I've done a podcast re the analog shutdown.  -Roy Trumbull
  http://www.storyspieler.com/End_of_TV.mp3
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  EXTRACTS FROM A RECENT QUALCOMM STA APPLICATION FOR CH-55
  o Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary:
  MediaFlo technology will be demonstrated at Qualcomm's annual
stockholders meeting in San Diego on March 11, 2008.  Qualcomm
owns channel 55 (716-722 MHz) in the San Diego area (call sign
WPWU989), but commercial service is not expected to launch until
mid-March.  The incumbent TV station (KFMB-DT) is expected to be
relocated to a new frequency in mid-February.  If commercial
sites are not yet operational on March 11, this STA is required
to permit operation to provide MediaFLO coverage during the
meeting.  If the commercial sites in San Diego are operational,
operations from the STA parameters may still be necessary to
enhance coverage at the meeting location.
  o Please explain the purpose of operation:
  Qualcomm will provide temporary MediaFlo coverage at Copley
Symphony Hall located in downtown San Diego by installing two
low power transmitters at the venue.  The two transmitters will
be installed inside the building and will operate on TV Ch55
(716-722 MHz).
  (Information submitted by a well informed Communicator reader)
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  HEAVY ICE IMPACTS MT. WILSON
  The following photo shows the TV and FM broadcast antennas
stacked atop the KABC tower on Mt. Wilson during a heavier-than-
usual ice storm that put heaters, raydomes and engineers to the
test.  It was not an easy event for some of the folks involved;
this amount of ice is uncommon in the Land of Perpetual Sun.
  When the ice thaws, you don't want to be standing anywhere
near the towers on Wilson.  Ice chunks and sheets can travel
some distance with wind.  Photo dated Friday, January 25, 2008.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/kabc_tv_ice.htm
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  WHY KSDG(AM), JULIAN, NEVER GOT OFF THE GROUND
  No tolling for KSDG(AM), Julian, CA, so it's history.  It
was way back in 1999 when JNE Investments won a CP for a new
signal on 890 kHz in Julian, 40 miles or so northeast of San
Diego.  In 2001, JNE tried to get the clock stopped ("tolling")
on the expiration of its CP, citing advice it had received from
local real estate experts that tower construction would never
be approved in the Julian area.
  The FCC denied that tolling request, but it did agree to
waive the three-year deadline to build out the CP after JNE found
another Julian-area site where it could build, if it could get
local zoning approval.  That approval never came, and JNE missed
several paperwork deadlines along the way.
  Now the FCC has dismissed JNE's petitions to have the
KSDG construction permit reactivated.  That clears the way for
Multicultural Broadcasting to build out an upgrade in the Los
Angeles market at adjacent-channel KALI, 900 kHz, West Covina,
CA, which was held up by the pending appeals in the Julian case.
  The above text is a slightly modified story from Radio
  Journal for 1/23/08.  The original story is posted here
  (fee subscription required):
  http://www.theradiojournal.com/
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  NEW RESEARCH AUGMENTS CONCERNS ABOUT CELLPHONE SIGNALS
  Mobile phones disrupt sleep patterns according to a new
scientific study into their impact on human rest, funded by
the Mobile Manufacturers Association.
  The latest research (using 884 MHz GSM signals) purports
to show that participants took longer to reach stage 3 deep sleep
and had shorter stage 4 deep sleep after actual exposure to
mobile signals compared to when they had sham (no) exposure.
These stages of sleep are believed to be important for helping
to recover from daily wear and tear.
  In addition, the participants who had not been reporting
symptoms from mobile phone use prior to the lab experiments
reported more headaches if they had been in the real (as opposed
to sham) exposure group, yet the participants did not know to
which group they had been assigned.
  While we all need to be aware of research trends, CGC
cautions its readers not to draw definitive conclusions from
this one study alone.
  News article:
  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/94715.php
  Scientific Abstract:
  http://tinyurl.com/2jv2js
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o Cell phones are rapidly becoming much more than
  mere phones:
  http://tinyurl.com/2tevzl
  o PBS study identifies some expected wrinkles for
  when analog TV is shut off:
  http://tinyurl.com/yqygdq
  o Thoughts about an IBOC 10 dB power increase:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.10855.html
  o WWVB (60 kHz) is considering building an East Coast
  counterpart, perhaps at 40 kHz:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.10746.html
  o A litle more on the closing of Tower Structures, Inc.:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0103/t.10751.html
  o The vanishing CD:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0103/t.10772.html
  o Plasma antennas have been around for some time
  but mostly as curiosities.  This is a recent report:
  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071112135910.htm
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  HAM AND EXPERIMENTAL
  o  Here is an audio recording of a 6.79 MHz CW signal
  received first from the HAARP array (presumably running a lot
  of power), followed by the moonbounced echo after the HAARP
  array was shut off.  Then the cycle repeats many times:
  first the direct HAARP signal is heard, then the moonbounced
  reflected signal.
  http://youtube.com/watch?v=L5E2ntIxAsc
  o  There is a Gonset Communicator Yahoo group called
  "Gonsetarium," the place where old gooney birds go to rest,
  be revitalized and then return to glorious vigorous life:
  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gonsetarium/
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  OFF TOPIC
  o Powers of Ten:
  http://tinyurl.com/hck
  o A great animation show:
  http://tinyurl.com/37s6xo
  o Defeating remote-activated bombs:
  http://www.bombjammer.com/c-1-government.aspx
  o Seller of GPS jammer in trouble with the FCC:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-155A1.doc
  o Useful portable laptop stand:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.10860.html
  o Little Hunter Hayes playing Jambalaya; this
  video is guaranteed to improve and inspire your day:
  http://www.biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=2763
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPED-20070907AAI    KSPC  52922   POMONA COLLEGE RADIO STATION
              E     88.7 MHZ               CLAREMONT, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/16/2008
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPED-20070906AEA    KPCC  51701    PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
              E     89.3 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          PASADENA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/22/2008
    
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20080102AAW    KRCK-FM  52808  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
                E     97.7 MHZ                MECCA, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20080111ABM   KRCV 19088  UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE CORP...
             E     98.3 MHZ            WEST COVINA, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20080117AAK     KMLA  55273     GOLD COAST RADIO, L.L.C.
              E     103.7 MHZ               EL RIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BPH-20071128ACX     KDES-FM  67354   R & R RADIO CORPORATION
                E    104.7 MHZ            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Informal Objection Filed 01/03/2008 by SBR Broadcasting Corp..
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20080115ADQ    KCAQ   25092   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E    104.7 MHZ                OXNARD, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20080115ADQ    KCAQ   25092   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E    104.7 MHZ                OXNARD, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPDVL-20080123AAA   KFLA-LD  28566  ROY WILLIAM MAYHUGH
                 E    CHAN-8            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KFLA-LD.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISDVL-20071109ACH   KVTU-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                   E    CHAN-12          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KVTU-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/12/2007
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDVL-20080116AAU   KVTU-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                   E    CHAN-12           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KVTU-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISTTL-20071107AAD  KHIR-LP  130855  DELTA MEDIA GROUP, INC.
                 E     CHAN-22            MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  Minor change of callsign KHIR-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/11/2007
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A
  LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20080122AQF  KPCD-LP 129226  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
               E     CHAN-40              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KPCD-LP.
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