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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #846
                     Monday,  July 21, 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 ENFORCEMENT WATCH - ITEMS OF INTEREST
  o  Class A TV Station KBOP-CA, "located atop Mount San Miguel
  near El Cajon," issued an EAS violation for failure to monitor
  the local LP-1, KOGO(AM):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-283664A1.html
  o  Notice of Violation issued to CBS Communications Services
  Inc. for posting an incorrect Antenna Structure Registration
  Number "at the base of each tower of the four tower array"
  (7600 Mesa Linda, Hesperia):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-283663A1.html
  o  KSUA(FM), Fairbanks, Alaska, issued a Notice of Violation
  "because there was no staff at the studio" at the time of an
  attempted inspection.  (In our opinion, the FCC could have
  made more of an effort to contact station staff.   - Ed.)
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-282962A1.html
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  LOS ANGELES FCC FIELD OFFICE: DISTRICT DIRECTOR OPENING
  Not long ago, an FCC field office was headed up by a
person known as the Engineer-in-Charge.  Today, things are
a bit different.  Field offices may sometimes be run by non-
engineers, so the Engineer-in-Charge title has been replaced
with the title "District Director."
  As many of you know, Catherine Deaton headed up the Los
Angeles FCC field office for years.  She had a police background
-- she wasn't an engineer at all -- but she did a terrific job
as DD and retired recently.
  The FCC's Los Angeles field office is now returning to the
engineering theme and is looking for a "Supervisory Electronics
Engineer (District Director, Los Angeles)."  Note that the basic
qualifications and specialized experience required by the vacancy
announcement include both engineering and supervisory experience.
The salary range is $101,577 to $149,000 per year.  For full
information, visit the URL below and note that the application
deadline is August 11, 2008.  Best of luck!
  http://tinyurl.com/6pyz8o
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MANY ANONYMOUS LETTERS LAST WEEK
  One CGC Communicator reader wrote:
  "I find it funny that so many anonymous letters are so intent
on commenting on the [Long Beach 1500 kHz] pirate.  If you all
know each other, the collective engineering expertise could D.F.
the station and provide the FCC with the data providing them
with a slam dunk to get the pirate off the air."
  Editor's reply:  Last week we were overwhelmed with letters
on the Long Beach matter and did not have time to correspond with
each author.  This week we faced another flood of letters but on
a different topic:  the conversion of CH-6 LPTV/TV translator
stations into FM broadcast stations.  Wish we had time to
correspond with all the authors for permission to publish names
and to work out the bugs in some of the letters - but we're just
overwhelmed with input right now - most of it high quality and
informative.
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  LETTERS RECEIVED ON CONVERTING S. CALIFORNIA CHANNEL 6
  LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR STATIONS INTO FM BROADCAST STATIONS
  o  The 87.75 in Victorville is KCIO-LP.  It operates from
Quartzite Mt. on an STA.  [This station is reportedly missing
a visual carrier.  -Ed.]
  o  There is a Channel 6 on Quartzite Mountain at Victorville
which has a huge signal and is causing a lot of interference in
the Palmdale/Lancaster area to the one you mention on El Paso
Peak.  Along with the one on Mt. Harvard (not Mt. Wilson), they
all operate as FM stations.  Victorville and Harvard use
conventional FM stereo, but the one on El Paso Peak is in mono.
All run FM-type 75 kHz deviation.
  o  87.7 is covering the San Gabriel Valley like gang busters!
What is the deal?  One more thing, they are running a full load
of commercials....  87.7 is transmitting KSFV call letters on
their RDS!  Last time I checked, you are not allowed to transmit
standard FM stereo with a 19 kHz pilot and RDS on a TV allocation.
  o  There are several licensed LPTV stations playing radio
over TV.  One in LA is Univision CH6.  Would suspect the 19 kHz
is to light up the stereo light in radios.  [Some radios will
skip non-stereo stations.]  I do not know the legalities of
running FM type stereo on a TV aural carrier.  Anyone else know?
This is a niche market and there is some money to be made.
Most modern FM radios will tune to "CH6" audio.
  o  As your readers may know, the FM 87.7 MHz [Ch 6] on Mt.
Harvard has been around for several years as "Almavision" [Spanish
religious music] complete with bumper stickers seen in the San
Gabriel Valley with a logo that is "suspiciously reminiscent" of
Major League Baseball's.  Apparently the Victorville area station
on this frequency is another satellator of the same organization,
whom recently applied for Ch. 10 in Arcadia [CGC #845].
  o  The new Victorville "Franken-FM" signal has a different
format (religious) as described by your [reader] in the area.
The 87.75 at El Paso Peak, and another 87.75 at Hauser Mountain
near Palmdale, are running content... under the Radio BETO format
in Spanish....  Why the established FM broadcasters have not
gotten their torches and pitchforks and gone after this
Frankenstein Monster, I do not know....  [Letter was well over
100 words and truncated.  -Ed.]
  o  The reason that the FCC has done nothing about FM-
like LPTV stations on Channel 6 is a simple one, but one that
apparently is unknown to engineers with little to zero LPTV/TV
translator experience.
  The signal components of full service TV are regulated by the
FCC; visual, audio, etc.  The FCC explicitly only regulates (for
analog) the signal envelope of LPTVs and TV translators.  All one
has to do is to actually read Part 76, subpart G, and you see that
the only technical references to Part 73 have to do with digital
modulation.  Keep reasonable frequency stability and 'it's all
good' with Part 76....  [Letter was well over 100 words and
truncated.  -Ed.]
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  A SPECIAL REPORT ON 87.7 IN NEW YORK CITY ("NYC")
  While not a West Coast matter, I drove past NYC this weekend
and tuned the radio in my rental car to 87.7 MHz.  As has been
reported, "Pulse 87 FM" was heard loud and clear from South of
Newark, NJ, to well north of the CT stateline.  My radio did not
have a pilot indicator, so I'm not sure whether they were in
stereo or not.  The apparent loudness of the audio was similar
to other FM stations, so I expect that the station's deviation
is significantly greater than the 25 kHz normally used by
analog TV stations.
  The station identifies itself as "WNYZ, New York, broadcasting
from the Citicorp building in Queens."  CDBS lists WNYZ-LP on
Channel 6 as a 3 kW LPTV station, licensed to Island Broadcasting
of Roslyn, NY, Richard D. Bogner, Partner.  There is a nice write
up on them in Wikipedia:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNYZ-LP
  That Wikipedia article links to a number of other "87.7 MHz
FM" stations, including the one in LA:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KSFV-LP
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  THANKS!
  The Editor of the CGC Communicator thanks each and every
one of you who took the time to write in.  We welcome your views.
In the future, please limit letters to 100 words or less.  If you
have more to say, post your thoughts on the Web and send us the
URL along with a synopsis not exceeding 100 words for direct
publication in the Communicator.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  EDITORIAL - A SERIOUS FIX FOR THE LOW-POWER AM RULES IS NEEDED
  FCC Rule Sections 15.219 & 15.221 covering license-free
low-power AM radio stations are in need of repair.  There is a
serious loophole whereby a party can run 100 mW of transmitter
power and "tune" the ground system -- or couple the radiator into
a metal light pole or billboard -- to extend coverage.
  One or both of these rule sections should be modified so there
are clear-cut field strength limits for ALL modes of license-free
low-power AM operation.  Do we have any broadcast stations or
station groups that would be willing to formulate a Petition for
Rule Making to fix the problem?  This is an important issue.
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  THE 1500 KHZ LONG BEACH PIRATE IS OFF THE AIR
  The ominous "Presumed Pirate" in the Long Beach area has
vanished from the airwaves following publicity in last week's
CGC Communicator newsletter.  One reader commented that, "As
of right now [July 16], the "time" pirate on 1500 hasn't been on
for several days."  DF bearings suggest that a private individual
close to the 405 freeway was responsible for the transmissions.
Whether the FCC was involved in the shutdown remains to be
determined.
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  NBC'S "DATELINE" TO EXPLORE THE PERILOUS WORLD OF TOWER CLIMBERS
  NBC's "Dateline Presents" says it will take "a never-before-
seen journey into the hazardous world of the tower climbers who
work on the front lines of America's high-tech communications
system."
  In a prepared statement to the National Association of
Tower Erectors last February, fishing workers were identified
by the head of OSHA, as the second most dangerous job in America,
trailing considerably behind the nation's most perilous profession,
tower climbers.
  NBC's program, "Tower Dogs," is scheduled to air on Monday,
July 21, at 10:00 PM/ET.
  http://www.wirelessestimator.com/t_content.cfm?pagename=Tower%20Dogs
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  SDG&E BEGINS "SMART METER" DEPLOYMENT
  "Mario Mendoza began his shift at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and two
hours later, the San Diego Gas & Electric service technician had
completed 10 "smart meter" installations at houses along
Tierrasanta's Fino Drive.  So far, so good.  Only 2.3 million
installations to go....
  "The electric smart meters include 900-megahertz, wireless mesh
networking technology, which provides two-way data communications
between each meter and SDG&E's data center....  Each smart meter
also includes "ZigBee" technology, a low-power wireless standard
intended to serve as the gateway to a customer's ZigBee-enabled
home area network and ZigBee-equipped appliances connected to it."
  Needless to say, meter readers will become a thing of the past
once smart meters are fully deployed.  (A group of ham radio
operators in s. Calif. has been investigating smart meters as a
24/7 source of wideband RFI but has yet to issue a report.)
  http://tinyurl.com/5reyob
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Reaction time game.  Warning, this can be addicting:
  http://tinyurl.com/45ddg
  o  "Well, we lost one of the great ones [on July 18].
  Just think, she was 90!"   - Red Blanchard
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcrJK5onlnQ
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNP-20051027ABP     NEW  160737     MARK C. ALLEN
              E     1450 KHZ          CATALINA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petition to Dismiss or Deny filed 12/13/05 by ("North County")
  Application dismissed by letter 07/15/2008
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KRBV(FM), Los Angeles, to KSWD
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283646A1.txt
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  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 ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPED-20071012ASL  NEW  172590  BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CENTER
             E     91.3 MHZ             BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  CP New Station.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20080620ADI   NEW  155937     KEVIN J. YOUNGERS
              E     99.9 MHZ            SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP New Station.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20080715AEL    KMLA  55273    GOLD COAST RADIO, L.L.C.
              E     103.7 MHZ               EL RIO, CA
  License to modify.
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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
  Petition to Deny Filed 07/14/2008 by John Spencer
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20080620AIW   NEW 139771  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS, INC.
             E     104.9 MHZ             PALOS VERDES, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  K25GW, Indio, to KPDC-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283646A1.txt
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  KFTR-DT GRANTED ADDITIONAL DTV CONSTRUCTION TIME
  KFTR-DT, Ontario, has been granted until February 17, 2009
  for DTV construction because it is facing a "unique technical
  challenge."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1672A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER GRANTED
  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 MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20080715ADP KDUG-LP 128855 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
               E     CHAN-21                HEMET, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-20060828ACF.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL OPPOSITION
  BRTVA-20060810AKE  KSFV-LP 49704  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
               E     CHAN-26          SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
  Renewal of License.
  Amendment filed 02/14/2007;  Amendment filed 05/23/2007
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 06/19/2008 by
  ROY WILLIAM MAYHUGH
  Opposition Filed 07/02/2008 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
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