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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #845
                    Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  DETERMINING HOW WELL (OR NOT) FM HD RADIO COVERS
  The first serious, independent and widespread look into
real-world FM HD Radio coverage comes from NPR Labs (National
Public Radio).  In a nutshell, public radio stations want to
know how far their digital signals travel compared to analog,
how much interference HD Radio is causing to analog (and vice
versa) and the ramifications of any FM HD power increase
(if any increase is ultimately authorized by the FCC).
  The following progress report by Leslie Stimson makes
fascinating reading and raises 'proceed-with-caution' flags
for an FM HD power increase.
  http://www.rwonline.com/pages/s.0049/t.14274.html#
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC lifts freeze on filing certain Class A
  television applications effective August 4, 2008:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1644A1.doc
  o  The Commission announces initiation of field testing
  for prototype TV white space devices.  Initial test locations
  are in Maryland:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1635A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/6pxdeo  (Comments by Broadband Reports)
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NEW DIGITAL CH-8 RECEIVED IN SHERMAN OAKS
  On Monday, July 7, 2008, I began receiving a digital
TV station on CH-8, with 8.1 lots of sports, especially British
Golf, 8.2-and-8.4 old TV shows, and 8.3 Spanish Christian.
  Just wondering where the station is located as I am in
Sherman Oaks and the signal is sporadic.
  Larry Hart,  chime (at) hubert-humphrey.com
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  ON THE 1500 KHZ LONG BEACH PRESUMED PIRATE
  I have a further update for you on the Long Beach pirate.
The signal is full scale on Willow Street between Palo Verde
and Studebaker Road.  I also have a new video posted on U-Tube
covering my reception of the pirate at the location mentioned
above.  The URL below brings up the video.
  My monitoring was done at night on Wednesday, July 9, 2008.
The pirate overpowers and drowns out the co-channel skywave
signal of KSJX, 1500 kHz, San Jose, CA.
  At least the pirate has fixed the time announcements
being broadcast.  They are now correct!
  Anonymous
  http://www.youtube.com/user/mwdxdotcom
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  ZEROING IN ON THE PRESUMED 1500 KHZ PIRATE
  After reading the CGC Communicator recently, I have heard
the "pirate" on a couple of occasions.  Currently I have a field
strength meter so I can pinpoint [the station]....  It's virtually
in my back yard!
  They were on the air last Wednesday with the "WWV-clone time
& temp" and the correct time, but they haven't been on since then
that I've noticed....
  Their signal faded on my stock Honda AM radio at South St. and
the 605, and was totally gone in the noise by the 91 freeway [non-
scientific as it was].  I wouldn't be surprised if it's at
CSULB's campus somewhere.
  L.A. Broadcast Engineer
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  1500 KHZ UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008
  Funny, [the suspected pirate] was just putting out a dead
carrier today [no modulation].
  Anonymous
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  SPECULATION ON THE SOURCE OF THE 1500 KHZ SIGNAL
  Caltrans had licensed 620 kHz as a Travelers Information
Station (TIS) at the junction of the 405 and 605.  Then Mexico
granted a license on 620 kHz.  It bombs into Long Beach over the
water.  Caltrans is believed to be testing 1500 as a replacement
for the 620 TIS station -- located on the south side of the 405
near the Studebaker/7th Street exist.  A 20 year old CP for 1500
was just deleted -- which would allow Caltrans to apply to
change channels.  Just another TIS to jam up the AM band.
  Anonymous
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  EDITOR'S NOTE: KIEV(AM) ON 1500 KHZ IS NOT NECESSARILY DEAD
  In the AM RADIO section of this newsletter, see the story
entitled, "Reports of KIEV's Final Demise are Premature."
KIEV was never built, of course.
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  A NEW FM ON 87.7 MHZ
  I was just down in the Victorville area over the weekend
and noticed a sign for "87.7 FM."  Thinking "pirate," I tuned it
in.  Spanish religion from an outfit called Almavision.  I had
heard that there was a low power [CH-6] TV on Mts. Harvard or
Wilson, but it's only 500 watts.  This thing has an AMAZING signal,
and they're running a 19 kHz pilot too (and possibly stereo).  If
that's 500 watts, I'm VERY impressed.  Also, of what use would
a 19 kHz pilot be to a TV station?
  There is an outfit called "Pulse 87" doing the same thing
in New York.  Does the FCC do anything that doesn't involve
Janet Jackson [e.g. wardrobe malfunctions] anymore?  I'm
just speechless and mystified.
  Name withheld
  [There is reportedly a CH-6 LPTV station on El Paso Peak
in the high desert and that station -- not the one on Mt. Harvard
-- is almost certainly the source of the 87.7 MHz signal you are
hearing.  Why the FCC has looked the other way when CH-6 LPTVs
are converted into FMs is a great mystery.  The LPTV rules are
for TV, not FM, by the very title of the applicable rule
section.  - Ed.]
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  SOME DTV DETAILS IN NEED OF ATTENTION
  After testing two ATSC converter boxes, RCA DTA800B and
Insignia NS-DXA1, with display set to 4:3 for my old TV receiver,
and converter box display option set for "program-determined,"
I've viewed every imaginable aspect ratio from SoCA TV digicasters
-- squeezed, letterboxed, panelled, compressed H&V, panel-phonied,
and questionable others.  Stations' marquis newsreaders' viewed
images' height and breadth vary.  Main channel monaural audio/
loudness levels also vary.
  I don't believe John Q. and Mary Public are going to like these
characteristics of the "new digital TV" in 2009.  Our industry has
some serious work to do if broadcasters' market share is going to
be retained.
  Tom Weems, CPBE, tweemspro (at) gmail.com
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  RUNNING A DTV RECEIVER ON BATTERY BACKUP
  Re power failures and not being able to watch TV for
emergency information (CGC #843):
  I guess I'm a geek at heart.  I have a Sharp DTV in my home-
office.  It's plugged into an old computer battery backup.  When
we lost power due to a tornado on June 9th, it lasted about
12 hours.
  Fred Vobbe (W8HDU), VP/CE, WLIO(TV), Lima, OH
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  SPIN CASTING MAKES PARABOLIC REFLECTORS
  Speaking of parabolic reflectors (CGC #842), here is a
clever way of making a parabola out of moon dust using a technique
called spin casting.  This would permit a large optical telescope
to be constructed on the surface of the moon -- but it's the
technique of forming the parabola -- spin casting -- that
caught my eye.
  (Letter adapted from remarks by Hal Williams)
  http://tinyurl.com/5slyde
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  ENDLESS ADVENTURES ON CATALINA ISLAND
  Everyone is familiar with parks and playground equipment,
but on Catalina Island a park may be occupied by big, dangerous,
wild animals.  Such was the case recently when, after a long
day of paperwork, Bill Agresta (CE of KBRT(AM)) visited the
park next door to his transmitter plant and found the following
welcoming committee (see URL below).  Bill adds:
  "Do you think you could get this close to these big guys
while they got the kids with them?  The big guy to your far right
has become pretty interested with me lately.  He stood outside
our fence and watched me mow for hours yesterday.  Finally, I
tossed a bunch of cut weeds over the fence and he was pretty
happy....  Wonder if he would mind if I [took] him for a ride?
Maybe next week."
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/AgrestaCatalina.jpg
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  San Diego SBE Chapter 36 meets today at noon at TV Magic.
  5.1 Surround Sound is the topic, details at:
  http://tinyurl.com/4mhwe9
  o  The Gap Fire is pictured in the vicinity of Santa 
  Barbara's Broadcast Peak; click on thumbnails for enlargements:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.14446.html
  o  Galaxy 26's partial failure is confirmed by Satellite
  Today magazine:
  http://www.satellitetoday.com/st/topnews/23570.html
  o  General Motors and Toyota have jointly written to the FCC
  to oppose the proposals that HD Radio capability be required
  in all future satellite radio receivers if XM and Sirius are
  allowed to merge:
  http://tinyurl.com/6cjcwy
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Some folks think the current lull in sunspots is
  abnormal, but "the current minimum is not abnormally low
  or long" according to this hot-off-the-press NASA report:
  http://tinyurl.com/5a3xn9
  o  Here is a new clue for predicting earthquakes, but
  keep in mind that earlier clues have not been particularly
  reliable:
  http://tinyurl.com/56cxj8
  o  Peak power demand in California can be a serious matter,
  especially on hot days.  To see how much power California is
  consuming at a given moment -- and if we are in danger of
  exceeding generator capacity -- check the following site:
  http://www.caiso.com/outlook/outlook.html
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMP-20080707AJF    KMRB  52913      MULTICULTURAL RADIO
             E     1430 KHZ        BROADCASTING LICENSEE, LLC
                                        SAN GABRIEL, CA
  Mod of CP
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20080708AOO     KDIF  27390    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
             P     1440 KHZ               RIVERSIDE, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  REPORTS OF KIEV's FINAL DEMISE ARE PREMATURE
  On July 7, 2008, Royce International filed a Petition
  for Reconsideration asking the Commission for more time yet
  to construct KIEV(AM), 1500 kHz, Culver City.  A copy of
  the Petition has been forwarded to CGC but has not, as
  of this writing, been posted for viewing in the FCC's
  CDBS system.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BMAP-20001020AAT   KIEV  57893    ROYCE INTERNATIONAL
             E     1500 KHZ         BROADCASTING COMPANY
                                        BURBANK, CA
  Major modification to construction permit no.: BMP-19990609AC
  AUCTION 32 FILING 12/20/2001--73.3598(a) waived to the extent
  that permit expires 84 days after condition (ITU) on permit
  is resolved.  Ltr action, ref. 1800B3-GDG.
  1/11/2002--12/20/2001 and 1/8/2002 actions (stipulating
  1/31/2002 expiration) RESCINDED, Request returned to pending
  status.
  Request then denied and Royce given to 4/25/2002 to construct.
  Ltr Action, Ref. 1800B3-IB.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 2/11/02 BY ROYCE
  INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY
  Petition for Reconsideration denied, 7/8/2004, Ltr action
  Ref 1800B3-IB/GDG.
  8/17/04--Motion for Extension of Time filed
  8/20/04--Motion for Extension of Time Denied.  Ltr action,
  Ref. 1800B3-IB/GDG.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 9/20/04 by ("Royce")
  Opposition to Petition for Reconsideration filed 10/14/04
  by Ontario
  Motion for Extension of Time filed 11/01/04 by ("Royce")
  Reply to Ontario Broadcasting Company's Opposition to the
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 11/5/04 by ("Royce")
  12/17/04--Petition for Reconsideration denied.  Ltr action,
  Ref. 1800B3-IB/GDG.
  Application for Review filed 1/21/05 by ("Royce International")
  OPPOSITION TO APPLICATION FOR REVIEW FILED 2/7/05 BY ("ONTARIO")
  1/18/2006:  Staff decision of 12/17/2004 set aside on staff's
  own motion by letter 1800b-ib.
  1/28/2005 Application for Review by Royce and 2/7/2005
  Opposition by Ontario dismissed as moot.
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 07/07/2008 by ROYCE
  INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING CO
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPED-20080204ABS   KUOR-FM  69217   UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
                E     89.1 MHZ              REDLANDS, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/16/2008
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  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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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL LOW POWER/TELEVISION TRANSLATORS: PROPOSED CPs
  o  CH-10, Altadena, Alma Vision Hispanic Network, Inc.
  o  CH-16, Indio, Gulf-California Broadcast Company
  o  CH-26, Palm Springs, Gulf-California Broadcast Company
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283687A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTVL-20080710AUU   KVTU-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                E     CHAN-3           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVTU-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT DISMISSED
  BDFCDTV-20070615ACR  K12PO 41601   CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                E     CHAN-12               TEMECULA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K12PO.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/16/2007
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL DISMISSED
  BDCCDTT-20061030AJR  NEW  168877  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO,
               E     CHAN-16         DEPT OF SPECIAL DISTS.
                                       LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 14141.
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