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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #830
                   Monday,  February 25, 2008
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SIMPLIFIED PROCESS FOR USING VALCOM AM ANTENNAS
  The FCC's Media Bureau has adopted simplified application
procedures for AM broadcast non-directional (non-D) Valcom
antennas.  This antenna is a relatively short self-supporting
whip with a "Valcosphere," a wire-framed sphere, mounted on top
(it's a fancy-looking top-loading hat).  The antenna is only
authorized for non-D operation at this time.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-448A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o Death prompts cancellation of pirate fine:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0102/t.11367.html
  o Ameri-King Corp. and Compatible Electronics, Inc. have each
been fined $8,000 for an incident regarding the activation of an
unregistered Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) in an open field
test range near Mission Viejo, CA (then Ameri-King repeated the
stunt at another test range).  Ameri-King did the testing while
Compatible owned or operated the test range near Mission Viejo:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-402A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-403A1.doc
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NPR LABS IS DOING RESEARCH - NOT ADVOCATING 10 DB MORE HD POWER
  Recently, in a letter from Harris Corporation, it was stated
that, "...the Public Radio stations and NPR are some of the main
proponents of increasing [FM HD Radio] sideband power..." (see
CGC #829 and the story entitled, "Re the "up to 10 dB" power
increase proposed for FM HD radio").
  NPR Labs has clarified the issue by saying that, "It would
be inaccurate, based on our research activities, for NPR Labs to
be considered an unqualified advocate of increasing sideband power
level."  What NPR Labs is doing is conducting research into a
number of possible ways to increase the performance of FM HD
Radio, of which an HD power increase is only one way.  For the
full response from Mike Starling and John Kean at NPR Labs,
visit the URL below and scroll down past the Harris letter.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/IBOC_Power_Mendenhall.htm
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  USED RADIO & TV BROADCAST EQUIPMENT WANTED
  I am consulting with a number of non-profit groups
broadcasting in third world countries that are looking for
equipment (both radio & TV) that is being phased out and replaced
with the new mandates.  If anyone is interested in having someone
take it off their hands, they can contact me by telephone or at
the email address below.
  In most instances, donation receipts can be given.
  David Lawrence,   (714) 731-1469
  davidnlawrenceinc (at) sbcglobal.net
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  OFF-TOPIC
  These two guys will amaze you!  Video courtesy of Red Blanchard:
  http://tinyurl.com/3d22o7
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE
  FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXMLH-20080219AHP   KCAQ   25092   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E    104.7 MHZ                 OXNARD, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20080219AHQ  KCAQ-FM1 159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E    104.7 MHZ               CALABASAS, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTTL-20071207AAE   K20IU  125257   IGLESIA JESUCHRISTO
               E     CHAN-20          ES MI REFUGIO, INC.
                                       BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTTL-20000804ABD,
  callsign K20IU.
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  BLTTL-20071210ABX  KDUO-LP 128874  LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP..
               E     CHAN-43              PALM DESERT, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20070615ACS,
  callsign KDUO-LP.
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