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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #837
                     Monday, May 19, 2008
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, TO SERVE AS DTV TEST MARKET
  A "test market" has been set up to evaluate the operational
readiness of DTV.  That market is Wilmington, North Carolina.
  While full power U.S. television stations are scheduled
to permanently sign off their analog transmitters on February 17,
2009, most of the Wilmington, N.C. media market will sign off
their analog stations early -- at noon on September 8, 2008
to be exact -- absent a serious storm or other emergency
where continuity of service would be vital.
  The five stations involved are WWAY (ABC), WSFX-TV (FOX),
WECT (NBC), WILM-LP (CBS) and W51CW (Trinity Broadcasting).
The Wilmington PBS station, WUNJ, will continue broadcasting
in both analog and digital and one LPTV will continue
broadcasting in analog.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-282032A1.doc
  News articles, weather postponement:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6559552.html
  http://tinyurl.com/4em74l
  Related Item: NAB asks NTIA to make converter-box requests
  from Wilmington a priority:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6561427.html
  Related Item: Eleven TV stations in Orlando, FL are planning
  to conduct three brief DTV tests between June 25 and the end
  of the year.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6559034.html
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FM Translator Auction No. 83; includes list of non-mutually
  exclusive applications:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1154A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1154A2.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1154A3.pdf
  Note:  Files A1 and A2 seem to be the same thing, but that may
  change if the FCC notes that a posting error was made.   -Ed.
  o   Don't forget the FCC's Monday summit on the current state
  and future of our nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS).  Event
  to be webcast live:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-281683A1.doc
  o  Related story: Critical specifications are still missing on
  next-gen EAS equipment:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.13395.html
  o Re migration to 6.25 and 12.5 kHz bandwidths in the
  Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) service:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-127A1.doc
  o  The manufacturer of a remote-controlled surveillance robot
  called Recon Scout has asked for a rule waiver to use 430-448
  MHz on a non-interfering basis.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1077A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- SELECTED ITEMS
  o  Clear Channel, Bakersfield, cited for partial failures
  of the midpoint lights on three towers:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-282188A1.html
  o  County of Kern, Bakersfield:  Tower dismantled but not
  removed from the Commission's Antenna Structure Registration
  (ASR) database as required by the Rules:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-282187A1.html
  o  John Doe (a made-up name) has confessed to making five false
  distress calls on Maritime Channel 16 in Florida that resulted
  in search efforts involving ships and aircraft.  Ironically,
  local police arrested Mr. Doe on unrelated charges before the
  FCC zeroed-in on his location:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-282166A1.html
  o  A company called Digital Antenna has tentatively been
  fined $11,000 for failing to fully and properly answer the
  FCC questions regarding Digital's marketing of cellular/PCS
  boosters/repeaters to (apparently) members of the general
  public:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1093A1.doc
  o  Toys "R" Us, Inc. tentatively fined $248,000 for offering
  to sell or rent TV receiving equipment with analog-only tuners
  without posting the required Consumer Alert message warning
  the public of the upcoming DTV transition:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-124A1.doc
  o  Related Item: Best Buy and Circuit City have challenged
  the FCC's authority to require consumer warning labels on
  analog-only TV sets.  They claim that the FCC lacks the
  authority to require labels, much less to impose fines
  for missing labels:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6561130.html
  o  WXYB(AM), Florida, fined $3,200 for operating after sunset
  in violation of its station authorization:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1143A1.doc
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  SEEKING CONTRACT OR PERMANENT ENGINEERING POSITION
  46 years experience specializing in quality studio/transmitter
construction; documentation creation; studio layout; cable number
systems; 66 block wiring layouts; documentation of single line
drawings in Turbo Cad; 16 years chief engineer experience.
  Will consider all opportunities in southern California.
  Dave Wolfe, cww781 (at) msn.com
  (951) 757-5137 (cell)
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MT. WILSON FIRE SAFE COUNCIL KICKOFF MEETING MAY 21
  Location: Angeles National Forest Supervisor's Office,
large conference room, 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia,
9am-11am.  Hope to see [all interested parties] there.
  Michael J. McIntyre, District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
  (818) 899-1900 ext. 223
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  OVER-THE-AIR RADIO LISTENERS BECOMING ONLINE LISTENERS
  Twenty percent of Americans who are employed full-time or
part-time and listen to the radio at work now listen online, up
from just 12 percent a year ago.  Among college graduates who
listen to radio at work, the figure for listening online is 30
percent, compared to 12 percent among non-college graduates.
  http://www.radioink.com/HeadlineEntry.asp?hid=142019&pt=todaysnews
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  "SMART" ELECTRIC POWER METERS ARE COMING TO SO. CAL.
  Read about "smart" electric power meters that will be coming
our way soon.  However, some of the test meters are suspected of
causing RFI even when the meters are not receiving or transmitting
data (local ham radio reports).
  http://tinyurl.com/65zoed
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  JOHN PAOLI RECEIVES RECOGNITION
  John Paoli of Clear Channel ("CC"), Los Angeles, has been
named one of CC's Radio Engineers of the Year.  John has been
leading the effort to replace the main KFI tower (although the
tower has not yet been rebuilt and the Senior VP mentioned
in the article below is Tom Cox, not Tim Cox):
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.13405.html
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Larry Bloomfield's "Taste of NAB" road show will be
  featured at the Los Angeles SBE meeting set for Monday,
  June 2, at noon at the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank.
  The show goes to the Inland Empire on June 4, and to San
  Diego on June 5:
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/2008/2008-Itinerary.htm#9
  o  The Nextel/ENG frequency transition is delayed but will
  hopefully be completed by late 2009:
  http://tinyurl.com/3oxhaz
  o  More flexibility for redeeming DTV-to-analog converter
  box coupons is being discussed:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6558670.html
  o  NTIA has determined that it has the authority to allow
  consumers to reapply for DTV-to-analog converter box coupons
  which expire after 90 days.  However, there would have to be
  a notice and comment period before any extension could occur.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6559158.html
  o  ATSC, the standards organization that created DTV,
  celebrates its 25th anniversary and looks forward to
  Mobile TV:
  http://tinyurl.com/5qa5z8
  o  Dish Network has won a hollow victory against NDS
  Group PLC for apparently cracking Dish's encryption code.
  The fine was $1,500 instead of the $1 billion Dish sought.
  WSJ story, subscription required:
  http://tinyurl.com/4hzo54
  o  Details on the ARRL vs. FCC D.C. Circuit Court decision
  on BPL may be found here:
  http://tinyurl.com/68eurj
  o  Finally, a technical review of the Sony XDR-F1HD HD Radio
  tuner:
  http://ham-radio.com/k6sti/xdr-f1hd.htm
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Rod Luck has been put on "extended leave" from KUSI-TV:
  http://tinyurl.com/4266bb
  o  KUSI-TV looks back at the San Diego military tank rampage
  of 13 years ago.  The tank caused quite a wake of destruction
  and fear, and drove right past the KYXY studios (just ask Chief
  Engineer Lee McGowan for his interesting perspective).  Click
  on the Video icon at the link below:
  http://www.kusi.com/home/18883169.html
  o  Wi-Fi to go dark in Philadelphia, just too darn expensive
  to maintain - and this is just the tip of the Wi-Fi bubble
  burst:
  http://tinyurl.com/4l3av3
  o  NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is scheduled to land on Mars
  May 25.  Digging into the soil and anticipated ice should be
  just part of the accomplishments if the mission is successful:
  http://tinyurl.com/5puv58
  o  Microsoft Corp. has launched its WorldWide Telescope.
  The free Web-based program allows you to zoom around the
  universe from your easy chair.
  http://www.worldwidetelescope.org
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KKZZ, Ventura, to KUNX
  KUNX, Santa Paula, to KKZZ
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-282039A1.doc
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT PERMIT CANCELLED
  BXPED-20050624AAT  KUSC 69318  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
              E    91.5 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/06/2005
  Permit cancelled per app's request on 5-1-2008. (no letter sent)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20080509AAO  K276EF  89084  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
             E     103.1 MHZ                MUSCOY, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20061102ACA    KCAQ   25092   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E     104.7 MHZ                OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/07/2008
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  K19DH, Indio, to KLPS-LP
  KDPX-LP, Cathedral City, to KRET-CA*
  * "CA," of course, stands for Class A, a type of LP
  (Low Power) TV station.   -Ed.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-282039A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20080430ABK   KVTU-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                E     CHAN-3            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTVL-20080328ADJ,
  callsign KVTU-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20080509ADD  KTAV-LP 6791 ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK..
                E      CHAN-6                ALTADENA, CA
  Minor change of callsign KTAV-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20080513ABQ  KZSD-LP 57054 MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO..
                E      CHAN-9               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KZSD-LP.
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTA-20080513ABD KSBB-LP 60639 SMITH MEDIA LICENSE HOLDINGS..
                E     CHAN-17             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSBB-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTT-20080220ABP  K21GR  43826  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
             E     CHAN-21             JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K21GR.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BDISDTT-20060330ALC      K67AM  6120     BOARD OF TRUSTEES
                  E       CHAN-38       FOR SAN DIEGO UNIVERSITY
                                              LA JOLLA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K67AM.
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