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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #841
                    Tuesday, June 24, 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  FCC Chairman announces his support for the proposed XM/Sirius
  Satellite merger:
  http://tinyurl.com/4hqcuj
  o  How to contact the FCC 24/7 for emergency assistance:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-282953A1.doc
  o  Telemarketers told to honor the Do-Not-Call List indefinitely,
  not just for five years as originally required:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-282946A1.doc
  o  FCC identifies mutually exclusive non-commercial FM
  applications (88.1-91.9 MHz):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1437A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1437A2.pdf
  o  FCC conditionally grants Sprint Nextel's request for a
  waiver of the June 26, 2008 rebanding deadline with respect
  to channels 1-120:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1444A1.doc
  o  FCC seeks comments on the proposed rule changes for Advanced
  Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum in the 1.9 and 2.1 GHz bands:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283120A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE "HANDS FREE" LAW - NOT AN ISSUE FOR TWO-WAY RADIO USERS
  In regard to the cellular driving law, there is no need
for a re-write.  The law is very clear in that it pertains to
telephone operation.  I have spoken with CHP headquarters in
Sacramento and they are briefing their staff on the telephone
specifics.
  One possible snag is the use of Ham (and commercial) VHF/UHF
units through auto-patch telephone links.  This may be illegal
according to the wording of Section 23123(e) unless you are
driving one of the exempt listed vehicle types.  I wonder if the
legislature considered auto-patch systems when drafting this text.
In the URL below, note the revision which takes effect in 2011.
  Hal Williams, N6TZ,  hal.williams (at) salem.cc
  http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc23123.htm
  [Hal's contact with the CHP is much appreciated.  Some readers
  note, however, that not all law enforcement is done by the CHP,
  so other agencies may have other enforcement guidelines or no
  guidelines at all.   -Ed.]
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  BEWARE OF SIGNAL SPLITTERS THAT ALSO ACT AS RF FILTERS
  Early in the DTV days, I ran into someone with a reception
problem that was traced to a splitter that rolled off the high
end of the UHF band.  Remember the world revolves around cable TV,
and some cable systems move the UHF stations to lower frequencies.
So, a splitter intended for cable use may be worthless when used
with an antenna.
  Also beware of coax from a certain national chain of stores.
I ran into a roll in which the shield wasn't braided -- it was
just wound around the center conductor and they improperly
called it RG-6.
  Roy Trumbull,  roy547 (at) msn.com
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  VANISHING DTV COUPONS
  While RV traveling, I ordered DTV converter coupons.  When
they shipped in March, I had forwarding activated from my home
address to a private mailbox handling our mail while we were
away.
  I waited and checked the Internet, then called the toll free
number and was told that since I had my mail forwarded, the coupons
would have been returned... and, no, I couldn't order replacements!
  I was told I could appeal to DTV 2009 Coupon Program Comments
in Portland, OR.  I wrote.  So far, no response!  If my experience
is typical, there will be a LOT of upset former viewers!
  Raymond Voss, KG0DK
  Retired Broadcaster, Edina, Minnesota
  RayVoss (at) aol.com
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  TWO CHANNEL 6 LPTVs -- ONE ON MT. WILSON, ONE ON MT. HARVARD
  I note with some amazement the Commission's apparent
blessing of a new CH-6 LPTV CP Application for 500 Watts ERP
on Mt. Wilson, directional, with a skinny main lobe pointed
at 310 degrees true (KTAV-LP, BDISTVL-20080509ADD).
  What befuddles me is that there is already an *existing*
CH-6 LPTV on Mt. Harvard about 1.5 miles away, also with 500
watts ERP, but this station is non-directional (KSFV-LP,
BPTVL-20021018AAZ).
  Could one of your readers give us some insight on how these
two stations are supposed to work together?
  Mike Worrall, KABC/KLOS,  mike.worrall (at) citcomm.com
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  MT. SAN JACINTO COLLEGE: A POSSIBLE PIRATE - PART 2
  In the last CGC Communicator, we mentioned a possible 1620
kHz pirate station being operated by Mt. San Jacinto College.
What makes this case particularly interesting is that the FCC
wrote-up the college for excessive field strength in December
of 2007 (see the URL below) as reported in CGC #825.  The question
now is whether the college is continuing to operate with excessive
strength as implied by recent distant reception reports.
  Last December, the FCC found Mt. San Jacinto College to be
running way too much field strength, the equivalent of 19,000,000
times the power authorized by Rule 15.209(a) [calculated via
65,000/14.8 uV/m squared, see the URL below].  KAHZ, 1600 kHz,
take note -- your reception may be impacted.
  It would be interesting if a qualified broadcast engineer
took field strength measurements on the college station along
the lines of the measurements reported below, to see what the
college is doing today.  Hopefully they comply with the Rules:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-279229A1.html
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Proposed IBOC power increase causes concern, including
  from Bert Goldman:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.14035.html
  http://www.twice.com/article/CA6571408.html?desc=topstory
  o  Social Security Administration has a satellite earth
  station application dismissed -- a somewhat unusual event:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1454A1.doc
  o  KMRY(AM), Cedar Rapids, OH, dries off -- transmitter
  photos.  Don't miss the floating red gas can:
  http://kmryradio.com/snapshots.htm
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Some members of Congress want to ban incandescent
  light bulbs -- apparently the members have nothing better
  to do with their time.  Learn more in this 5-minute video:
  http://youtube.com/watch?v=e-LOtKIIKcg
  o  BPL's impact on the ham 80-meter band is significant in
  Tasmania leading one to wonder what other radio services are
  being impacted.  Video by VK7TW:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdcY0Eetvsw&amp;feature=related
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20060310AHK  KRLA  61267  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
            E   870 KHZ                  GLENDALE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/12/2008
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPED-20071022AOY   NEW  175014   CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY
             E     89.1 MHZ               TWO HARBORS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/16/2008
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20080610AAE   K253AD 156524  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E    98.5 MHZ              OCEANSIDE, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20080617ACK  KCAQ-5  178198  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
              E     104.7 MHZ            LAS FLORES CANYON, CA   
  CP New Station.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20080613ABA   K287AL  156359  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E     105.3 MHZ                ISLA VISTA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K287AL.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20080613ABA  K287AL 156359  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
            E     105.3 MHZ               ISLA VISTA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K287AL.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20080612AAV   KBUE 34386   LBI RADIO LICENSE LLC
             E    105.5 MHZ           LONG BEACH, CA
  License to modify.
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPCDT-20080222ABI KECY-DT  51208  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
               E    CHAN-9                 EL CENTRO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/11/2008
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20080616AAK KTTV-DT  22208  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                E    CHAN-11                LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20080319ACL.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL DISMISSED
  BDCCDTL-20070411AAR   NEW   167362   ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  E   CHAN-14                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 4035.
  Opposition Filed 02/11/2008 by ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  Petition to Deny Filed 02/01/2008 by NATIONAL SCIENSE AND
  TECHNOLOGY NETWORK
  Reply Filed 02/25/2008 by ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  Supplement Filed 02/20/2008 by ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  Informal Objection Filed 03/19/2008 by RCA
  Supplement Filed 03/06/2008 by ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  Reply Filed 03/12/2008 by NATIONAL SCIENSE AND TECHNOLOGY NETWORK
  Informal Objection Filed 03/07/2008 by THE ENTERPRISE WIRELESS ALLIANCE
  Informal Objection Filed 03/24/2008 by MOBILE RELAY ASSOCIATES
  Reply Filed 04/14/2008 by THE ENTERPRISE WIRELESS ALLIANCE
  Reply Filed 04/16/2008 by MOBILE RELAY ASSOCIATES
  Motion to Strike Filed 04/18/2008 by ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  Opposition Filed 04/02/2008 by ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  Opposition Filed 04/28/2008 by MOBILE RELAY ASSOCIATES
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL DISMISSED
  BDCCDTT-20070417AAM    NEW  167583    BOARD OF TRUSTEES, CSU,
                 E     CHAN-15         FOR SAN DIEGO STATE UNIV.
                                             LA JOLLA, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 6119.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20080122AQF  KPCD-LP 129226  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
               E     CHAN-40               BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KPCD-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/05/2008
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  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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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPCDT-20080222ACV KESQ-DT 25577 GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO...
                E   CHAN-42             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/11/2008
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20080616ABQ   KCBS-DT  9628  CBS BROADCASTING INC.
                 E     CHAN-43           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20080409AAB.
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  KJLA(TV), VENTURA, ALLOWED TO TERMINATE NTSC-TV ON CHANNEL 57
  KJLA has filed a petition for reconsideration asking to
  terminate its analog operations on Channel 57.  The FCC
  has granted the request with conditions.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1440A1.doc
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