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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #829
                 Thursday,  February 21, 2008
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  U.S. Bank has become the new FCC lockbox bank
  replacing Mellon Bank for the most part:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-280191A1.doc
  o  FCC accepts MediaFLO's proposed use of CH-55 in
  San Diego in light of MediaFLO's prior interference
  agreement with KDOC, CH-56:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-340A1.doc
  o  FCC chairman Martin is concerned that DTV converter
  boxes will not pass analog LPTV stations:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6532393.html
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  RE THE "UP TO 10 DB" POWER INCREASE PROPOSED FOR FM HD RADIO
  Exactly what is the motivation behind increasing FM HD Radio
power levels by up to 10 dB?  In the following long-form letter,
Geoff Mendenhall, Vice President, Transmission Research and
Technology at Harris Corporation, shares his views on the subject.
  The real driving issue in Geoff's opinion is to improve the
reliability of the secondary/multi-cast channels where there is
no "blend to mono" feature in scratchy signal areas.  His letter
also delves into the technical challenge of achieving a 10 dB
power increase -- it's not a trivial matter.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/IBOC_Power_Mendenhall.htm
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  ABOUT DISABLED CARS NEAR THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING ("ESB")
  The "car key clicker" problem isn't unique to the ESB.
I have the same problem here in Seattle anytime I'm parked near
either the 3 towers on Queen Anne Hill (full-power analog 4, 5,
7, and their digital channels) or the 3 towers on Capitol Hill
(full-power analog 9, 11, 22, their digital channels, plus
94.9 MHz and 90.3 MHz).
  When I am in those areas, I just make sure to lock my car
doors manually so that when I use the actual key to get in it
won't set off the alarm.  (At least, that's how it works on a
Subaru.)  I've always assumed it was an issue with the noise
floor being too high, but haven't ever investigated.
  Erik C. Swanson
  Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers
  eswanson (at) hatdaw.com
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  SOME STRANGE THINGS IN THE FCC'S MEXICAN RADIO DATABASE
  The FCC database has dropped several newer Mexican
AM & FM sites and left previous old site data.  For example,
several of Mr. Bonilla's sites show none of the current (Cerro
Bolla) sites for FM (or AM).  The change occurred in the past
few weeks.  Other Mexican sites also appear to have reverted
back to older data so when you go into fccinfo or radio-locator
they will show coverage/data for the older Mexican sites.
  Strange that the FCC data base is moving backward!
  Name withheld upon request
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  MEXICO HAS NOT RESPONDED TO FCC REQUESTS
  The FCC sent approximately 10 commercial radio applications
down to Mexico beginning in May of 2007 for approval and Mexico
has not acted on any of these, or any other apps.  It's as if
things are frozen down there.
  Washington correspondent
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  A HELICOPTER ADVENTURE
  Just as an aside, I put up a short video of one of my
[helicopter] commutes to a tower here on Kaua`i.  Hang onto
your hat!
  Don Mussell, Consulting Engineer
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X95vJC7bExE
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  ROY TRUMBULL AND THE ALTERNATE BROADCAST INSPECTION PROGRAM
  At the URL below is a podcast I did just for the folks
who are stuck in [road] ruts as I was.  Please mention I'm doing
inspections in northern California for the Alternate Broadcast
Inspection Program (ABIP).
  Roy Trumbull, roy547 (at) msn.com
  http://www.storyspieler.com/Roads.mp3
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  IF YOU THINK THE SNOW AND ICE ON MT. WILSON ARE TOUGH...
  Clay Freinwald writes that the Olympic and Cascade Mountain
ranges, west and east of Seattle respectively, are seeing record-
setting amounts of snow.  First the photos courtesy of Clay
(there are several pictures, scroll down) then a few words from
Leslie Stimson:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Snow/Snow_2008.htm
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.11252.html
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  ROD DINKINS, AC6V, IS A SILENT KEY
  AC6V passed away recently.  He has a fantastic amateur
radio Web site at the URL below.  The site has a wealth of
information and a ton of links to other sites.
  If interested, check it out as how much longer it will be
up is unknown.
  Anon.
  (Rod was a gifted writer and true friend.  Draft
  biographical accounts and memories are starting to
  circulate on the Web.  He will be missed by many.  -Ed.)
  http://www.ac6v.com/
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  PROPOSAL: FIVE MORE YEARS OF NTSC-TV FOR STATIONS NEAR MEXICO
  Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) wants the FCC to allow U.S.
TV stations on the border with Mexico to continue to broadcast
in analog for five years following the Feb. 17, 2009 hard date
for cutting off full-power analog transmitters.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6532138.html
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  KPRI(FM) HAS MOVED TO MT. SOLEDAD
  KPRI(FM), 102.1 MHz, Encinitas, has moved its transmitter
from Lake San Marcos Peak to Mt. Soledad and has improved its
coverage substantially.  This has been a long and difficult
process (over a decade) starting with a city of license change
(Oceanside to Encinitas), involving extensive negotiations with
Mexico and ending with a big RFR delay on Mt. Soledad.  CGC is
delighted to have played a small role by encouraging the city
of license change and helping get the ball rolling.
  Congratulations to station owners Jonathan Schwartz and
Robert Hughes who had the foresight and fortitude to combat huge
odds to make the Soledad migration happen.  Patience pays handsome
dividends.  Congratulations also to KPRI's well known Chief
Engineer, Jack Rabell, who built the new facility and oversaw the
diplexing of KPRI with KLQV.  Jack told the CGC Communicator
that in the end he derived a huge amount of pleasure from
the finished product.
  (Not long before KPRI started its journey to Mt. Soledad,
Communications General Corporation, the parent of this newsletter,
served as the consulting radio engineers for Class A station KKOS,
95.9 MHz, Carlsbad.  At the end of a multi-year process and
against incredible odds, KKOS was transformed into a Class B
powerhouse on Mt. Soledad.  A frequency change to 95.7 MHz
was also involved.)
  http://tinyurl.com/3xq3n4
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  HAL KNELLER IS MOVING TO IBIQUITY
  Hal Kneller, KD4RLX, Sr. Manager of Business Development,
Digital (Broadcast) Radio, Harris Corporation, is becoming the
International Business Development Director for iBiquity (the
HD Radio inventor).  He will continue to work out of his home
in Florida but will be traveling internationally rather than
within the US, primarily.
  Hal's last day with Harris will be this Friday and his
first day with iBiquity will be the following Friday, Feb 29.
His new contact information is kneller (at) ibiquity.com and
(941) 505-1949 (office) -- but don't expect those circuits
to work before Feb 29.
  All in all, this sounds like a terrific adventure for a
terrific guy.  We've known Hal since the mid 60s from WBCN(FM)
in Boston.  Congratulations Hal!
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o An opinion on the future of AM HD Radio:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.11260.html
  o The Leslie Report comments on the proposed "up to 10 dB"
  power increase for FM HD Radio:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.11248.html
  o More on the engineering cuts at CBS:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.11247.html
  o Long-term study on cellphone use and benign and malignant
  tumors of the salivary gland:
  http://tinyurl.com/ys6u2o
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPL-20070925AJX    KJVA-LP  124517   VIDA ABUNDANTE
              E     94.3 MHZ          SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/01/2007
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20071026ABP   KRTH   28631   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
             E     101.1 MHZ          LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPL-20000605AIY    NEW  124411   CALVARY CHAPEL OF
              E    101.5 MHZ      RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA
                                 RANCHO SANTA MARGARI, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/13/2004.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/15/04
  Petition for Reconsideration granted, application reinstated
  per letter ref. 1800B23-DT, DA 05-2244, on August 4, 2005.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  BNPL-20000605AKD  NEW  124502  CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE CANYONS
            E    101.5 MHZ            FOOTHILL RANCH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/14/04
  Petition for Reconsideration Granted, Application Reinstated
  per letter ref. 1800B3-DT on July 1, 2005.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/13/2004
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/01/2005
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20080214ACR   KPRI  51503   COMPASS RADIO OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
           E      102.1 MHZ               ENCINITAS, CA
  License to cover.
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  BLH-20080207API  KLQV 51164  UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION
           E     102.9 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20080211ADG  KCAQ-FM2 165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING...
                E    104.7 MHZ             SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20080211ADG  KCAQ-FM2 165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING...
               E     104.7 MHZ             SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Mod of CP
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDVL-20080208AES  KMRZ-LD  167312  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES...
                  E    CHAN-12               BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign KMRZ-LD.
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