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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #834
                    Monday,  April 7, 2008
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  A FABULOUS LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR TUESDAY
  Scott Fybush, the creator/photographer of the Tower Site
Calendar, editor of The Radio Journal and contributing writer
to Radio Guide magazine, will be presenting a talk on "Towers
of the West" at the SBE Chapter 47 meeting in Burbank on Tuesday,
April 8, at 6:30 PM.  The presentation will include highlights
from Scott's extensive travels to broadcast facilities around
the region, highlighting the area's radio history.  Guests
are welcome, but advance registration is requested.  Details,
including directions, are right here:
  http://www.sbe47.org/AprilMeeting.htm
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o FCC seeks applicants for 2008 Engineer-in-Training program:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-281133A1.doc
  o FAA Pursues New Testing in Bird/Tower Debate:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.12295.html
  o Nextel rebanding: The FCC has extended the mandatory
  negotiation periods for border area NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-
  NPSPAC (Stage 1) licensees in Wave 4 to July 1, 2008, and
  has postponed the beginning of the mediation period for such
  licensees until July 2, 2008:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-766A1.doc
  o According to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, in June 1995, the
  entire wireless subscriber base in the U.S. was only 28 million.
  By the end of 2005, there were 213 million subscribers, and
  growth for wireless continues:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-281259A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The FCC has fined KREA(AM), Honolulu, Hawaii, $4,000 for
failing to ensure that emissions removed by more than 75 kHz
from the KREA fundamental frequency of 1540 kHz were attenuated
at least 80 dB below the unmodulated carrier level.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-743A1.doc
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  HANDS-FREE MOBILE PHONE LAW MAY IMPACT TWO-WAY RADIO AFTER ALL
  With respect to the California DMV pamphlet (first URL
below) claiming that, "The use of dedicated two-way radios such
as walkie-talkies or Citizen Band (CB) radios is not affected by
the new [hands-free] law" (CGC #833), legal opinions vary.  One
opinion is that judges will ignore the DMV pamphlet and refer
to the actual law which does not generally exempt two-way radio
operations from the hands-free provision.
  However, a contrary opinion is that the law clearly refers to
and is written around "wireless telephone" use, and most two-way
radios are not wireless telephones.  Even the CHP seems to 
acknowledge that the new law is about Wireless Telephone(s) 
(see the second URL below).  Who wants to be the first test 
case?  -Ed.
  http://www.dmv.ca.gov/cellularphonelaws/dl208_03cell_phone.pdf
  http://www.chp.ca.gov/pdf/media/cell_phone_faq.pdf
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  HD RADIO HISS
  Re the prospect of HD Radio hiss encouraging analog listeners
to "seek HD in desperation, not realizing that HD caused the
degradation (hiss) in the first place" (CGC #833).  More likely
the listeners will just go to some other media - satellite or
wiffy - assuming [they] can find something they're willing or
want to listen to.  Otherwise it will be to CDs or MP3 types of
devices.  It's a sham(e) that radio no longer knows what it's
product is.
  Burt Weiner, biwa (at) att.net
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  MORE ON INTERFERENCE FROM HD RADIO
  The problems presented by HD Radio during ANY hour are well
known to many listeners who have been hearing about this since
prior to 2002....  Several chain owners and wary operators have
curtailed HD Radio use at night even after FCC approval.  I have
heard complaints from regular listeners, broadcasters and even
radio restorers.  Analog AM is a basic need in many parts of the
West and many people DO hear the difference when the analog signal
is chopped by the HD Radio signal and noise is everywhere....
  A reader in Oregon
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  TO ALL HAM OPERATORS VISITING THE NAB CONVENTION IN LAS VEGAS
  The Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club invites you to enjoy the
use of our repeaters in town.  We have a UHF and VHF hard-linked
together (most) all of the time.  The 2-meter is on 146.94 MHz,
-600 kHz offset, and 100 Hz tone.  The 70 cm is on 448.500 MHz,
-5 MHz offset, and 100 Hz tone.
  See us at the ARRL booth at the convention.
  Bill Croghan CPBE WBØKSW
  Chief Engineer
  KOMP/KXPT/KENO/KBAD/KWWN
  Lotus Broadcasting, Las Vegas, NV
  Email to loteng (at) lvradio.com
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  COPPER THEFT DETERRENTS
  One simple solution to copper ground wire theft at AM radio
stations is 4 inches of concrete on top of it; concrete may be
expensive, but so is copper.  If concrete is not an option, use
very large boulders, in the size range that would take a back hoe
or more than four men to move.  That may look ugly, but it will
save your copper and would be a bit cheaper than replacing the
copper wires every few months.
  Theft of copper power lines can be eliminated by running
them underground and encasing them in ridged steel conduit and
concrete.  Theft of copper coax from the tower to the dog house
can be eliminated by encasing in heavy steel cages with hockey
puck locks on all access panels....
  Terryl S. Peterson, Retired, KE6QCV (at) aol.com
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  FINDING THE GONSET COMMUNICATOR
  Question: In this frame from a Mountain Dew ad, which box
  is the Gonset Communicator II?
  http://knormoyle.googlepages.com/dew_ham.jpg
  Answer: Of the two stacked boxes in the foreground, the
  Communicator II is the top box.  The unit underneath is
  a Gonset VHF power amplifier.
    http://tinyurl.com/2nujnu   ...and click on TV ADS: LIGHTNING
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o The NAB has created an easy-to-understand Web page
  lobbying against unlicensed wireless devices in TV white
  spaces, and it wouldn't hurt to promote the URL on TV:
  http://www.interferencezones.com/
  o Clocks in Tijuana have sprung forward, ending the one
  hour of difference between San Diego and TJ:
  http://tinyurl.com/5952ud
  o Here is an anti-IBOC article written by Steve Tarter for
  the Peoria Journal Star.  Even the public is becoming aware
  of HD's serious shortcomings:
  http://www.pjstar.com/stories/033008/STE_BG6GEEC2.004.php
  o The Empire state Building will be exhibiting at the NAB:
  http://nab.radioworld.com/pages/s.0130/t.12492.html
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  MEDIAFLO CH-55 ACTIVATED IN SAN DIEGO; CH-56 BEING ADDED TO L.A.
  Qualcomm's MediaFLO division broadcasts multiple digital
TV pictures and sound to a new generation of cell phones.
The images are real-time and fairly impressive using a screen
resolution of one quarter VGA.
  MediaFLO will videocast on Channel 55 nationwide following
the February 17, 2009 DTV conversion date, but in some markets,
like San Diego, CH-55 has been relinquished to MediaFLO ahead 
of schedule.  MediaFLO "went live" with CH-55 video programming
for San Diego on March 31, 2008 -- presumably using multiple
transmitter sites.
  CGC found a number of working MediaFLO-equipped cellphones
on display at a Verizon store in Escondido, and the demonstration
was impressive.  The cost to add basic MediaFLO reception to an
existing Verizon account is $15/month.  Video-capable MediaFLO
cellphones sell in the $150 to $450 range.
  While Verizon is off and running, AT&T is slated to launch
its long-awaited mobile-TV service in May and that service will
also use the MediaFLO network.  See the Wall Street Journal story
at the first URL below for details (WSJ subscription required).
Recently, MediaFLO acquired CH-56 spectrum in several key markets
including Los Angeles, and will be expanding its program
offerings accordingly (see the second URL).
  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120665707720969923.html
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6548100.html
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  SOUND RECORDING PREDATES EDISON'S INVENTION
  A recently discovered 10-second recording of a singer
performing a French folk song from 1860 is now believed
to be the oldest recording of sound, and you can hear the
snippet on your computer:
  http://tinyurl.com/2t9xbc
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  WAY OFF TOPIC
  o The high flying laser cannon is becoming reality:
  http://tinyurl.com/66r2bc
  o  OK, another topper!!  You have never seen a better 
  "Swan Lake...." Chinese style, performed in Germany!!!
  - Red Blanchard, W6AG
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOqxSaW05p4
  [The incredible part starts at 2:15 into the video.  -Ed.]
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BLFTB-20080305ADF  KPFK-FM1 158785  PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
               E    90.7 MHZ                MALIBU, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/21/2008
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20080305ADF  KPFK-FM1 158785  PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
               E    90.7 MHZ                MALIBU, CA
  License to cover. Engineering Amendment filed 03/21/2008
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20071107ACD    KDAY   10100   KDAY LICENSING, LLC
              E    93.5 MHZ          REDONDO BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  BPH-20071107ACG    KWIE   10099   KDAI LICENSING, LLC
              E    93.5 MHZ             ONTARIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20080225AHF    KJVA-LP  124517    VIDA ABUNDANTE
               E     94.3 MHZ         SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPL-20080324AAE   KOCI-LP 124219   STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
             E     101.5 MHZ            NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20080125AEG   KCAQ   25092   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
              E   104.7 MHZ                OXNARD, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20080307ACB  KCAQ-FM3 165419  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E     104.7 MHZ              FRYMAN CANYON, CA
  Mod of CP
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTVL-20080328ADJ  KVTU-LP  130176     MARK C. ALLEN
               E      CHAN-3             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTVL-20080304ABW.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDVL-20080331APN   KVTU-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                  E     CHAN-3            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KVTU-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20080326AJJ   KABC-TV  282   ABC HOLDING COMPANY, INC.
                E     CHAN-7             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KABC-TV.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-20080317ABU  KFMB-TV  42122  MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.
                E    CHAN-8               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KFMB-TV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BNPTTL-20000831BLO  NEW  128965  PURI FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
               P    CHAN-22                  HEMET, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for HEMET, CA on
  channel 22, Effective Radiated Power 25.0, coordinates
  NL 33 deg 45 min 0 sec WL 116 deg 59 min 53 sec, as amended.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20080324AAO  KHIR-LP  130855  DELTA MEDIA GROUP, INC.
                E    CHAN-22            MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDISTTL-20071107AAD,
  callsign KHIR-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT GRANTED
  BDFCDTT-20080221AAF    K26FT-D  13450    COMMUNITY TV OF
                  E      CHAN-26         SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K26FT.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT GRANTED
  BDFCDTT-20080221AAU    K28GY-D  13469    COMMUNITY TV
                  E      CHAN-28      OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                      SANTA BARBARA, ETC., CA
  Minor change of callsign K28GY.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPEDT-20080326AJE  KLCS-DT 38430  LOS ANGELES UNIFIED
                E    CHAN-41          SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                      LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KLCS.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPET-20080326AJF  KLCS  38430  LOS ANGELES UNIFIED
               E   CHAN-58         SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                   LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KLCS.
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