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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #835
                     Monday, April 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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  POSSIBLY POSTPONING THE DTV TRANSITION NEAR THE MEXICAN BORDER
  The Senate Commerce Committee will consider this week a bill
that would allow most full-power TV stations within 50 miles of
the U.S./Mexican border to continue broadcasting in analog after
the Feb. 17, 2009 cutoff date.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6552945.html
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  NAB: TECH GIANTS SHOULD HAVE TO LICENSE UNUSED SPECTRUM
  If Google, Microsoft and other tech giants really want to
tap unused broadcast spectrum for low-powered devices, the block
should be auctioned off and licensed to each user, so that any
potential interference problems could be traced and fixed by the
responsible party, according to NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton.
"Let's see how serious they really are instead of getting a
free ride and threatening the digital television transition,"
Wharton said.  (Story from NAB SmartBrief)
  http://tinyurl.com/6cq569
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS:
  o  On May 19, 2008 in Washington, D.C., the FCC will host a
  Summit on the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS) looking
  toward the next generation EAS:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-281470A1.doc
  o  FCC adopts rules for the nation's wireless carriers to
  transmit alerts, warnings and critical information to cell
  phones and other mobile devices during emergencies:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-281433A1.doc
  o  Outcome of FCC hearing at Stanford University on Internet
  (Net) Neutrality:
  http://tinyurl.com/4j7v5u
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  Radio One, Los Angeles, tentatively fined $4,000 for
  operating an STL transmitter at an unauthorized location.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-281348A1.html
  o  Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante, Inc., Santa Maria, CA,
  issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation for using a 14 GHz
  satellite earth station transmitter without FCC authorization.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-281534A1.html
  o  Notice of Unlicensed Operation issued to an individual
  in Montebello, CA for operating an unlicensed wireless mic
  on 839 MHz and interfering with a Verizon cell site.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-281535A1.html
  o  Typical of many recent Notices of Apparent Liability
  is this NOI issued to Fry's Electronics for failure to place
  required Consumer Alert labels near TVs offered for sale
  without DTV tuners.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-102A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  USING COPPERWELD TO DETER RADIAL THEFT AT AM STATIONS
  Reader's Question:  Re the letter "COPPER THEFT DETERRENTS"
  in the last CGC Communicator, are broadcasters not allowed to
  use Copperweld in their radial systems?
  CGC Communicator's Answer:  Copperweld was covered in CGC #780
  (February 17, 2007) and here's what was said:
  "At LBA, we design most of our ground systems in 40% Copperweld
(TM) #10 wire.  This stuff has virtually no scrap value, and there
is insignificant AM loss due to the copper cladding being several
skin depths thick at AM frequencies.  It is stiff enough that
anyone trying to pull it up should think twice about it being
copper.  It is also more resistant to breaking from earth
movement and vehicular traffic, as well."
  Lawrence Behr, CEO, LBA Group, Inc.
  Greenville, NC 27834
  lbwireless (at) lbagroup.com
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  COPPER THIEF YANKS 480 VOLT FEED - MUCHAS CHISPAS!
  Forwarded e-mail: This is what happened to one of the Clear
Channel sites in Sarasota (as described by their Chief Engineer):
  "....After a couple of hours I began to get suspicious that
there was more to the story so went to the site to investigate.
What I found was like nothing in 30 years I have seen yet.
  "A copper thief pried the cover off of the electric meter
panel and attempted to remove the wires.  On the third leg of
the three phases, he attempted to cut the wire first, and then
in apparent frustration gave it a mighty yank.  I don't know if
he (or she) just didn't realize the box is a 480 volt feed and was
live, or is really this stupid, but you can imagine the pop the
unfused primary feed made when phase 3 and phase 2 met each other.
The meter box burned; the conduit going to the power company's
transformer looked like someone used a cutting torch on it.
  "I took pictures and you can see them here.  Click on pictures
of interest for hi-res close-ups...."
  http://easmonitor.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1&pos=0
  (This URL worked earlier but did not work immediately prior
  to publication on a Sunday night.  -Ed.)
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS FROM RADIO WORLD AND RELATED PUBLICATIONS
  o  The 2008 radio "Cool Stuff" award winners are here:
  http://www.radioworld.com/cool.stuff.shtml
  o  On the TV side for cool stuff, TV Technology announces
  the "STAR and Mario Awards" at the 2008 NAB Show:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0108/t.13047.html
  o  Next-Gen EAS meeting scheduled for May 19:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.13032.html
  o  IBOC receiver testing seen as the key to the elevated
  FM IBOC power debate:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.12821.html
  o  New NRSC-5-B FM emissions mask and editorial updates
  recommended (some dissension is likely):
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.12820.html
  o  Cell phone emergency alerts planned:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.12690.html
  o  SBE to phase out of NFL frequency coordination:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.12688.html
  o  FCC stops dismissing FM translator applications that
  exceed the new 10-application limit:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0102/t.12668.html
  o  The NAB Show in Las Vegas drew 105,259 attendees
  and 1,650 exhibitors.  According to the NAB, international
  attendees hit an all-time high of 28,310.
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/pages/s.0096/t.13019.html
  o  AVT's booth materials mysteriously vanish just
  before the NAB Show opens:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.13048.html
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  By February 2009, the Open Mobile Video Coalition hopes
  to have an open standard in place to allow its 800 local TV
  station members to reach mobile users directly.  Three
  standards are currently under consideration:
  http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/04/14/ap4888619.html
  o  It appears that KSWB-TV will be the new San Diego Fox
  affiliate come August 1, leaving XETV as an independent or
  the CW affiliate.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6544678.html
  o  Searching for a tower site?  Check out American Tower's
  improved "Site Locator" below.  This is a very cool tool.
  http://www.americantower.com/sitelocator/
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  BEST VIDEO
  This is probably the most intriguing and inspiring video
that we have seen on the Web in the past year.  John Kanzius,
K3TUP, of Erie Pennsylvania, has combined intense RF fields
with injected gold nanoparticles to cook and kill cancer cells
in animals while sparing healthy tissue, and the technique holds
the promise of being applicable to humans with a wide variety of
cancer types.  His technique is being tested and refined in two
medical laboratories with promising results.
  Thanks to Amateur Radio Newsline for the story tip.
  http://tinyurl.com/5dykg9  (Two videos)
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLED-20080319AAA   KSPC  52922   POMONA COLLEGE RADIO STATION
             E     88.7 MHZ               CLAREMONT, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20080410AAA   KPFK  51252   PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
              E     90.7 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20070312AAI  K216EM  88940  LIFE ON THE WAY COMM....
             E     91.1 MHZ             ARCADIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K216EM.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  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 BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20080410AAJ   KJLH-FM1  159113   TAXI LICENSE CORPORATION
                E     102.3 MHZ                HOLLYWOOD, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20080410AAJ   KJLH-FM1  159113   TAXI LICENSE CORPORATION
                E     102.3 MHZ                HOLLYWOOD, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  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
  MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME
  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...
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/17/2008
  Opposition Filed 01/18/2008 by R & R RADIO CORPORATION
  Informal Objection Filed 02/20/2008 by Donna Evanko
  Informal Objection Filed 02/19/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 02/19/2008 by Elearnore Lanz
  Informal Objection Filed 02/20/2008 by Sutherland
  Informal Objection Filed 02/20/2008 by Lucy Goldfort
  Informal Objection Filed 02/25/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 02/21/2008 by Multi filings
  Opposition Filed 02/19/2008 by GOLD COAST BRAODCASTING LLC
  Informal Objection Filed 02/25/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 02/29/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 03/03/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 02/26/2008 by Ronald De Armond
  Informal Objection Filed 02/29/2008 by Stephen D. Weiss
  Informal Objection Filed 02/28/2008 by Kay R.
  Informal Objection Filed 02/27/2008 by Teresa Coulter
  Motion for Extension of Time Filed 03/04/2008 by R & R RADIO...
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/14/2008
  Reply Filed 03/14/2008 by R & R RADIO CORPORATION
  Motion for Extension of Time Filed 03/25/2008 by Gold Coast...
  Informal Objection Filed 03/24/2008 by Mr. Jack Lima
  Informal Objection Filed 03/25/2008 by Ms. Sandra Short
  Informal Objection Filed 03/24/2008 by Mrs. Akemi Short
  Informal Objection Filed 03/20/2008 by Steve Pougnet
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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.
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/17/2008
  Opposition Filed 01/18/2008 by R & R RADIO CORPORATION
  Informal Objection Filed 02/20/2008 by Donna Evanko
  Informal Objection Filed 02/19/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 02/19/2008 by Elearnore Lanz
  Informal Objection Filed 02/20/2008 by Sutherland
  Informal Objection Filed 02/20/2008 by Lucy Goldfort
  Informal Objection Filed 02/25/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 02/21/2008 by Multi filings
  Opposition Filed 02/19/2008 by GOLD COAST BRAODCASTING LLC
  Informal Objection Filed 02/25/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 02/29/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 03/03/2008 by Multi filings
  Informal Objection Filed 02/26/2008 by Ronald De Armond
  Informal Objection Filed 02/29/2008 by Stephen D. Weiss
  Informal Objection Filed 02/28/2008 by Kay R.
  Informal Objection Filed 02/27/2008 by Teresa Coulter
  Motion for Extension of Time Filed 03/04/2008 by R & R RADIO...
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/14/2008
  Reply Filed 03/14/2008 by R & R RADIO CORPORATION
  Motion for Extension of Time Filed 03/25/2008 by Gold Coast....
  Informal Objection Filed 03/24/2008 by Mr. Jack Lima
  Informal Objection Filed 03/25/2008 by Ms. Sandra Short
  Informal Objection Filed 03/24/2008 by Mrs. Akemi Short
  Informal Objection Filed 03/20/2008 by Steve Pougnet
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20061102ACA    KCAQ  25092    GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E     104.7 MHZ                OXNARD, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/07/2008
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20080311ABR    KWVE  8410    CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA
              E     107.9 MHZ             SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPEDT-20080410ABR   KCET  13058   COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF
                E    CHAN-28          SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                        LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCET.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20080409AAB    KCBS-TV  9628    CBS BROADCASTING INC.
                E      CHAN-43             LOS ANGELES, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCBS-TV.
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