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THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

CGC #848

Saturday, July 26, 2008

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Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
<cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>

Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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XM/SIRIUS MERGER APPROVED BY FCC

The XM/Sirius Satellite merger has been approved by the FCC
according to the Wall Street Journal and Broadcasting & Cable
magazine. The 3-2 vote came late Friday after most FCC staffers
had gone home. XM and Sirius have agreed to pay about $20 million
for their unauthorized use of certain terrestrial relay stations
and for marketing overpowered FM modulators:

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6582004.html
http://tinyurl.com/5qmsfa (WSJ subscribers only)

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HIGHER IBOC POWER MEANS HONKIN' INTERFERENCE TO ANALOG

NPR Labs has released the results of its 18-month study of
elevated FM IBOC power levels. According to Leslie Stimson of
Radio World, "...now we can get a handle on the meat of the
probable interference issues [to analog reception] if the digital
power levels are raised" by 10 dB. Ms. Stimson's article (use
the first URL below) should be considered "must reading" for
those involved in the HD Radio roll out.

The NPR study should put the brakes on the blanket +10 dB
HD power increase idea for now. Not even STAs or experimental
authorizations for higher powered operation appear to be warranted
at this time because analog listeners hit by interference will
have no idea where the problem is coming from, and NPR indicates
that plenty of interference will occur. (HD Radio is essentially
digital noise that does not leave an identifiable calling card.)
Furthermore, there may be better ways to increase HD coverage as
NPR points out.

To read NPR's summary of its landmark engineering study,
click on the second URL below and then click on the blue
colored text that says, "Download the executive summary." The
entire NPR Labs report is available by clicking on the blue
colored text that says, "Download the full report." Caution:
the full report runs 270 pages (file size about 26 MB), but
the appendixes are easy to scan.

Congratulations to NPR Labs. They deserve a gold star
for addressing the difficult questions that iBiquity and NRSC
should have asked and answered long ago.

http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.14665.html
http://www.nprlabs.org/research/drcia.php

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FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS

o Notice of Apparent Liability for $5,000 issued to WKHK,
Virginia, for failure to protect the switch used to initiate
the generation of the Emergency Alert System two-tone Attention
Signal:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1717A1.doc

o The FCC is hot on the case of Range Video for marketing
unauthorized audio/video transmitters in the following bands:
900, 1300 and 2400 MHz:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1685A1.doc

o Wolfcom Enterprises of Hollywood, CA has been cited
for marketing an unauthorized 1.2 GHz wireless transmitter:
http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-283836A1.html


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LETTERS TO (AND CONVERSATIONS WITH) THE EDITOR
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COMMENTS ON NPR LABS' HD POWER STUDY

o It's wonderful to see the report from NPR that confirms
what all of us have strongly suspected all along.... Let's
hope that sanity will prevail.

o Does this mean that super-powered FM stations might have
to reduce their HD power levels? It'd be a blessing to the
first and second adjacents being hard hit by HD interference.

o We are not seeing a rapid uptake in HD Radio listeners
but do see a big increase in Internet listeners. In fact,
iPhone listeners became about 50% of our Internet listeners
almost overnight.

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MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS

Re this Communicator story: 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).

Reader comment: However, run a TV station without a visual
carrier so you couldn't inform the folks in your coverage area
even if you had properly operating EAS stuff - that's ok
[in the FCC's myopic view]. I'm referring to Ridgcrest's
Channel 6 LPTV. They run as an FM with no visual carrier.

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Re this Letter to the Editor: 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.]

Reader comment: It surprises me how many technical people
do not realize that without the visual carrier, a TV cannot
receive the aural carrier and produce sound. This, of course,
is because all TVs made in the last 50+ years are intercarrier
sets. I see nothing in the rules that allows either a LPTV
or full power TV to run only the aural carrier.

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Re this Letter to the Editor: There are several licensed
LPTV stations playing radio over TV [using the aural carriers
to mimic FM broadcast stations including adding 19 kHz pilot
carriers]. I do not know the legalities of running FM type
stereo on a TV aural carrier. Anyone else know?

Reader comment: The rules allow for stereo systems other
than the BTSC stereo system. It is perfectly legal to operate
with the system typically used for FM broadcast, but you must
keep the area of the BTSC pilot frequency clear of any
[interference]. Why a legitimate TV broadcaster would want
to [convert his station to FM] boggles my mind since, to my
knowledge, there has never been a TV receiver built that
will recover the FM Broadcast stereo system.


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RANDOM NOTES
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SOME METAL RECYCLERS IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW

Four employees of metal recycling companies in North San
Diego County were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of
buying stolen telephone cables, culminating a months-long
sting operation:

http://tinyurl.com/64793d

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COMING EVENT: 58TH ANNUAL IEEE BROADCAST SYMPOSIUM

IEEE's 58th Broadcast Technical Society (BTS) Symposium
will be held October 15-17, 2008 in Alexandria, Virginia. This
will be their final symposium before the 2009 DTV transition
although radio and computer networking topics will be covered
as well. For complete information, see:

http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/bt/ABS08/abs08index.html

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EXPERIMENTAL INFRARED BEACON INSTALLED IN SAN DIEGO

KD0IF and N6IZW have installed an experimental
weatherproofed infrared LED beacon atop the 3959 Ruffin Road
building in San Diego. Modulation is currently a 450 Hz tone
for propagation testing. The beacon is on a timer and is
turned on from 9:00-10:00 PM every evening.

The invisible lightwaves (940 nanometers) are pointed east
toward N6IZW's residence about 7.5 miles away and non-line-of-
sight ("NLOS"). Despite the NLOS condition, N6IZW has already
received the beacon "with the signal varying from maybe 5-20 dB
above the noise in a 1Hz BW depending on atmospheric moisture
and pollution."

For more information, Kerry Banke, N6IZW, may be reached
at kbanke (at) sbcglobal.net.

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OFF TOPIC

This is a fun geography challenge. See how well you
know the locations of the major European cities. Every time
you play, the cities change:

http://www.lufthansa-usa.com/useugame2007/html/play.html


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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
GRANTED

BP-20080306AAT KSON 30831 LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA COMPANY...
E 1240 KHZ SAN DIEGO, CA

Minor change in licensed facilities.

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AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BL-20080707AKY KMRB 52913 MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
P 1430 KHZ LICENSEE, LLC
SAN GABRIEL, CA
License to cover.


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FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BLFT-20080716AHG K238AK 147714 PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
E 95.5 MHZ PALM DESERT, CA

License to cover.

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FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BLH-20080716ABI KMLA 55273 GOLD COAST RADIO, L.L.C.
E 103.7 MHZ EL RIO, CA

License to cover.
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FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE DISMISSED

BMLH-20080715AEL KMLA 55273 GOLD COAST RADIO, L.L.C.
E 103.7 MHZ EL RIO, CA

License to modify. Dismissed 7/16/2008 via PN - no letter sent
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FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

BLH-20080716ABI KMLA 55273 GOLD COAST RADIO, L.L.C.
E 103.7 MHZ EL RIO, CA

License to cover.

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FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BNPFTB-20080617ACK KCAQ-5 178198 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
E 104.7 MHZ LAS FLORES CANYON, CA

CP New Station.
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.

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FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BLFT-20080717ALL K287AL 156359 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
E 105.3 MHZ ISLA VISTA, CA

License to cover.

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FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION

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)
Petition for Reconsideration Filed 07/15/2008 by Calvary
Chapel of Costa Mesa, Inc.


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TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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CHANS-6 & 23: CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM TRANSMISSION GRANTS

The FCC has issued an STA to XETV-TV and XETV-DT for
cross-border transmissions of programming from the CW Network:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283961A1.pdf

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TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BMPTVL-20080717AAF KEQK-LP 127164 KM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
E CHAN-7 PALM SPRINGS, CA

Modification of construction permit file number
BNPTVL-20000830AFB.

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DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BPCDT-20080717AFP KCOP-DT 33742 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
E CHAN-13 LOS ANGELES, CA

Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCOP-TV.
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DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
GRANTED

BPCDT-20080717AFP KCOP-DT 33742 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
E CHAN-13 LOS ANGELES, CA

Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCOP-TV.

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TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

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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DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
COMPANION CHANNEL DISMISSED

BDCCDTL-20061030AGH NEW 168607 COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.
E CHAN-42 SAN DIEGO, CA

Digital Companion Channel
Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 11371.
Petition for Reconsideration Filed 01/07/2008 by COMMERCIAL
BROADCASTING CORPORATION

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CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

BLTTA-20080421ABQ KBOP-CA 11371 D.T.V. LLC
E CHAN-43 SAN DIEGO, CA

License to cover construction permit no: BPTTA-20050725ADK,
callsign KBOP-CA.


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