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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #843
                     Tuesday,  July 8, 2008
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMITS GRANTED
  The following cross-border (US-to-Mexico) program
  permits have been conditionally granted by the FCC:
  o  XEKTT(AM) aka XEPE, 1700 kHz, for Broadcast Company
  of the Americas.
  o  XEPRS, 1090 kHz, Rosarito, for Broadcast Company of
  the Americas.
  o  XETV, NTSC Channel 6 & DTV Channel 23, Tijuana, for Bay
  City Television, Inc.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283423A1.pdf
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMIT APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  XETV is becoming a CW affiliate instead of a FOX affiliate,
so this request covers the transmission of CW program material
originated by Warner Brothers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283497A1.pdf
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  800 MHZ REBANDING NEGOTIATION PERIODS EXTENDED NEAR THE
  MEXICAN BORDER
  "By this Public Notice, the Public Safety and Homeland
Security Bureau (PSHSB) extends the mandatory negotiation periods
for Wave 4 NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1) licensees in
the U.S.-Mexico border region until October 1, 2008, and postpones
the beginning of the mediation period for such licensees until
October 2, 2008.  As we have noted in prior public notices,
rebanding of Wave 4 licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region
is affected by ongoing international discussions with Mexico...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1529A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - TWO ROUTINE ITEMS & ONE SURPRISE
  o  WBSC(AM), South Carolina, fined $12,000 for failure to
  maintain operational Emergency Alert System (EAS) equipment
  and failure to maintain and make available a complete public
  inspection file.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1528A1.doc
  o  WFDL(AM), Wisconsin, fined $7,000 for failing to enclose
  the WFDL antenna tower within an effective locked fence or
  other enclosure.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1566A1.doc
  o  Eureka, CA pirate station on 88.9 MHz interfering with
  121.5 MHz, an aircraft distress frequency, giving pirates 
  (once again) a bad reputation.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-283485A1.html
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  LOVE THAT HOME-BREW 950 MHZ ANTENNA
  In response to the home-brew 950 MHz antenna picture-linked
in CGC #842, the following comments were received.  By the way,
the inventor of the antenna is Lee Wagner of KRTM(FM), 88.9 MHz,
Temecula, CA.  Now the comments:
  o  Because of the reflector material used, the antenna would
be capable of horizontal or vertical polarization with simple feed
rotation, unlike commercial "lawn chair" designs.  Heck, he could
build a dual feed and check both polarities at the same time.
  - Tony Dinkel, KFI(AM), Los Angeles - WB6MIE
  o  I loved the picture of the home-brew STL antenna.  My first
thought: This should be named the "HD-STL Antenna."  HD for Home
Depot.  (Gee, everyone else is using those letters these days.)
  - Clay Freinwald, RF Systems Engineer, Entercom - K7CR
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  ANOTHER HOME-BREW PARABOLIC REFLECTOR ANTENNA
  I built one of these antennas (first URL below) to get
a bit of extra distance from a PC to the access point on a
2.4 GHz WiFi link.
  Used two "foamcore" parabolic templates, some pieces of
foamcore as spacers and a piece of aluminum foil stretched over
the templates.  The whole thing slid over the antenna of a USB
WiFi adapter and the received signal strength went from one bar
to five.  It looked a lot like this (see the second URL below,
not mine, but same idea - the two templates give the foil the
necessary parabolic curve).
  Sometimes close enough is good enough.  Reflector is still
in position, link is still working fine.
  Peter, KA1AXY
  http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template/
  http://tinyurl.com/5wem4l
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  GALAXY 26 SATELLITE NOT TOTALLY OUT OF COMMISSION
  SBE Chapter 36 reported that Galaxy 26 has gone dark.
Not at my house!  I just checked with my wife.  We subscribe
to home schooling programs via Galaxy 26, and she has a good
signal as I type this.   - Mark vanderHoek, July 1, 2008
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  CGC Comment:  The editor of the SBE Chapter 36 newsletter
indicates that their story was overstated and clarified the matter
as follows: "According to a press spokesman at Intelsat, about
a half of Galaxy 26 was taken out by a "power anomaly."  This
did force the core users to be reassigned to other satellites."
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  A LIKELY LONG BEACH AREA PIRATE ON 1500 KHZ
  CGC misplaced an e-mail dated May 18, 2008 reporting a
probable pirate station with a strong signal at the 405/605
freeway intersection in Long Beach, CA.  The frequency is
1500 kHz.
  According to the May letter, "This has been going on for
over a year and I find it interesting no one has said anything
about it or done anything to shut this pirate down."  The station
reportedly covers down to Seal Beach, up close to the LAX area,
and inland to Buena Park.  Back in May the station was said to
be rebroadcasting WSB out of Atlanta; however, at other times the
station was reportedly relaying KSFO San Francisco, KNEW Oakland,
and during the weekends a time of day station.
  As of Saturday, July 5, 2008, the alleged pirate was still
going strong and playing a "standard WWV type clock but with the
time incorrect."  So, who will be the first to track this
presumed pirate down?
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  RE CARL G. EILERS
  Re the death of Carl G. Eilers, FM stereo and TV pioneer,
I knew his name well and this is truly a sad date for the passing
of a brilliant man.  I hope for more like him.
  Steven Dinius
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Radio Shack recalls 13.8 VDC power supplies that are
  reportedly mis-wired, posing electrocution and fire hazards,
  catalog numbers 22-507 and 22-508:
  http://www.radioshack.com/recall
  o  In the event of a major disaster, most portable battery
  operated TVs will become useless as of February 2009; people
  might actually have to listen to radio, imagine that.
  http://tinyurl.com/62zk7d
  o  SBE proposes that two 50 kHz blocks in the 700 MHz
  spectrum be set aside for nationwide EAS messaging:
  http://radiomagonline.com/news/sbe-seeks-communications-0630/
  o  Skeletal details on a solar powered AM radio station:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.14267.html
  o  On the life and passing of John Morgan, veteran San
  Diego broadcast engineer:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Obit/morgan.htm
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  E-MAIL ADDRESS ISSUES
  o  The CGC Communicator will soon be changing its e-mail
  addresses and will issue a bulletin right before the switch.
  o  If you change e-mail addresses or drop an old address
  that you are currently subscribed to, please let us know.
  CGC just finished updating its subscriber list by deleting
  a batch of long-dead addresses.
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Very cool animation with music.  Place your cursor
  on the screen when the animation displays and move the
  cursor slowly left and right to control your flight path.
  Tip courtesy of Oscar Medina:
  http://www.electricoyster.com/electric3d/index.html
  o  Create your own fireworks display with sound.  Place
  your cursor in the black zone above the Statue of Liberty
  and click away:
  http://www.fireworkspop.com/liberty.htm
  o  For the first time ever, a spacecraft made by man has
  seemingly come in physical contact with water (ice) elsewhere
  in the universe.  This monumental event and more are being
  chronicled at: http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/06_20_pr.php  
  (water specific)
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BP-20030829AKH   KALI  56779  TRANSITION RADIO, LLC, TRUSTEE
           E     900 KHZ               WEST COVINA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/30/2004.
  Petition for Reconsideratiion filed 4/30/04
  Consent Motion for Extension of Time filed 5/18/04
  Reply filed 6/1/04
  [Bulky verbiage removed; most recent event shown below.  -Ed.]
  Informal Opposition to Minor Amendment to Application Filed
  06/27/2008 by JNE Investments, Inc.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BNPED-20071018BAN   NEW  174043   PRIMERA IGLESIA EVANGELICA
             E     89.1 MHZ           DE APOSTOLES Y PROFETAS
                                            AVALON, CA
  CP New Station.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/24/2008
  Petitions to deny must be on file no later than 30 days from the
  date of this public notice accepting the application for filing.
  Informal Objection Filed 06/26/2008 by Santa Monica Community
  College District
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPED-20080626AAA   KPFK  51252   PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
              E     90.7 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20080626ABS  KFSH-FM 2195  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO..
            E      95.9 MHZ                ANAHEIM, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY
  BNPL-20000601ADQ  NEW 124193  ROCK 'N ROLL PRESERVATION SOCIETY
           P      104.7 MHZ             NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later than
  30 days from the date of the notice accepting this application
  for filing.
  Petition to Deny Filed 06/26/2008 by The International Crusade
  of the Penny
  Petition to Deny Filed 06/26/2008 by Gold Coast Broadcasting LLC
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20080626AAL  KABC-DT  282   ABC HOLDING COMPANY, INC.
                E     CHAN-7              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20080326AJJ.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20080626AAZ KZSD-LP 57054   MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING
                E     CHAN-25       COMPANY, INC., SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KZSD-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20080630ADI  KSCD-LP 128978  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
               E     CHAN-38              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20080624ABA,
  callsign KSCD-LP.
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