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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #842
                    Tuesday,  July 1, 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  The FCC has released a Further Notice that proposes
  public access to free, nationwide, high-speed wireless
  broadband Internet services using a portion of the winning
  bidder's network:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283120A1.doc
  o  The Commission is revising its Strategic Plan to cover
  2009 through 2014.  A draft of the new Plan is available and
  comments are due by July 24, 2008:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1472A1.doc
  o  Here is the FCC's "threshold fair distribution analysis"
  of 32 groups of mutually exclusive applications for permits to
  construct new or modified noncommercial educational FM stations:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1537A1.doc
  o  The FCC has waived for 30 days the June 26, 2008
  deadline by which Sprint Nextel Corporation (Sprint) is
  required to vacate its spectrum holdings in the 800 MHz
  Interleaved, Expansion and Guard Bands:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1449A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- ITEM OF UNUSUAL INTEREST
  $18,000 forfeiture affirmed against "John Doe" (name
changed due to the age of the individual) for operating radio
transmission equipment without a license in Largo, Florida, on
the International Distress, Safety and Calling Channel (156.300
MHz) and transmission of false distress signals.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1505A1.doc
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                        LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  A HOME-BREW 950 MHZ STL DISH ANTENNA
  A southern California broadcast engineer has constructed
a home-brew 950 MHz STL dish antenna to conduct a path test.
A picture of his invention is at the URL below and came with the
caption, "Here's something that will probably give you a laugh."
  Asked how he determined if the home-brew reflector was
a true parabolic, the engineer replied, "I just visualized
a billiard ball striking the reflector at several points, and
derived the angular response (not very scientific, but it gave
me an approximate idea of the pattern)."  While even small errors
in the shape of the reflector could destroy the gain of the dish,
this particular antenna produced enough signal to prove the
viability of the path being tested, and that's all that counted.
May the spirit of home-brewing live on.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Fab_STL_ant.jpg
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Adults now spend more time with the Internet than
  broadcast radio:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0105/t.14231.html
  o  The Cleveland National Forest celebrates its 100th birthday
  today:
  http://tinyurl.com/5v9dr7
  o  NFL, ESPN invite FCC to test white space devices in real-
  world environment:
  http://tinyurl.com/6qnbce
  o  A DTV test by 12 TV stations across Central Florida's
  Orlando DMA indicates that many viewers are aware and prepared
  for the DTV transition:
  http://tinyurl.com/59fjdv
  o  Wireless systems used by many hospitals to keep track
  of medical equipment can cause potentially deadly breakdowns
  in lifesaving devices such as breathing and dialysis machines.
  Hospitals have been warned to conduct safety tests:
  http://tinyurl.com/59nxh6
  o  Carl G. Eilers, FM stereo and TV pioneer, has passed
  away at the age of 83.  During his 50-year career at Zenith
  Electronics, he helped develop the stereo FM standard still
  in use today and became known as the "father of stereo FM
  radio and stereo television sound."
  http://www.twice.com/article/CA6572565.html?nid=2402
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.14217.html
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  NEWS FROM SAN DIEGO SBE CHAPTER 36
  o  TV satellite Galaxy 26 goes dark -- users scramble
  for alternate feeds.
  o  Dave MacKinnon hired as the Director of Technology
  for KNSD-TV/DT, San Diego.
  o  SBE Chapter 36 meets next on July 16.  The subject:
  5.1 surround sound.
  o  Veteran local engineer John Morgan passes away,
  reportedly from complications of prostate cancer.
  He will be greatly missed.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  CORRECTION
  KMRY(AM), Cedar Rapids - the station with the floating red
  gas can reported in CGC #841 - is located in Iowa, not Ohio.
  http://kmryradio.com/snapshots.htm
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Learn about AudioGirl Productions and the interesting
  work they do right here in southern California.  Tip from
  Xrey, Asst. CE of KSPN/KDIS:
  http://www.longbeachcomber.com/story.aspx?artID=1005
  o  Extraordinary acrobatics Web-video.  Red Blanchard writes,
  "You must see this video!  I have never been so awe-struck!!"
  http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=PRJxJdgc4Ng&feature=related
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20080620ADI   NEW   155937   KEVIN J. YOUNGERS
                E   99.9 MHZ            SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP New Station.
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  BNPFT-20080620AIW   NEW  139771  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS...
                E  104.9 MHZ             PALOS VERDES, CA
  CP New Station.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20080625ACB   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 MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BPH-20070919ABO   KWVE   8410   CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA
              E   107.9 MHZ            SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Informal Objection Filed 01/04/2008 by OWENS ONE COMPANY INC
  Opposition Filed 01/14/2008 by CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA INC
  Reply Filed 01/28/2008 by OWENS ONE COMPANY INC
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/11/2008
  Petition for Waiver is denied by letter 6/24/2008
  Application dismissed by letter 6/24/2008
  Informal Objection dismissed as moot 6/24/2008 (See DA 08-1475)
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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-20080310AAX  KGTV-DT  40876  MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO..
                E    CHAN-10               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/19/2008
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20080619ACW  KSCI-DT  35608  KSLS, INC.
                 E    CHAN-18       LONG BEACH, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20080311ADB.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20080620ADN   KSWB-TV   58827   KSWB INC.
                E     CHAN-19         SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSWB-TV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20080520ABB   KHIR-LP  130855   KHIR TV, INC.
                E     CHAN-22           TWIN PEAKS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KHIR-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/22/2008
  Dismissed per applicant's request
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20080619ABQ   KBEH   56384   HERO LICENSECO LLC
                E    CHAN-24             OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KBEH.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTTL-20080625ABJ  KZSD-LP  57054  MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING
                 E     CHAN-25              COMPANY, INC.
                                            SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KZSD-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPEDT-20080410ABR  KCET-DT  13058  COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF
                E    CHAN-28           SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                         LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/20/2008
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20080620AJR  KFTR-DT  60549  TELEFUTURA LOS ANGELES LLC
                E     CHAN-29                ONTARIO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPCDT-20021028ABV.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20080620AGO KMEX-DT  35123  KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
                 E   CHAN-34                LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20080228ABI.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20080620AIN  KRCA   22161   KRCA LICENSE LLC
                E   CHAN-35           RIVERSIDE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KRCA.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  APPLICATION GRANT RESCINDED
  BPCDT-19991101AEM  KAJB-DT  40517  CALIPATRIA BROADCASTING CO...
                E    CHAN-36              CALIPATRIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KAJB.
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/11/2005.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/12/2008
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20080624ABA  KSCD-LP 128978  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
                 E    CHAN-38              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BDISTTL-20060323AEG.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20080620ANU  KVEA  19783  NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE CO.
                E   CHAN-39              CORONA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVEA.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPEDT-20080620AIZ  KLCS-DT  38430  LOS ANGELES UNIFIED
                 E    CHAN-41           SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                        LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPEDT-20080326AJE.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20080619AGK  KMIR-DT  16749  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
                E    CHAN-46              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KMIR-TV.
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