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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #850
                     Monday, August 4, 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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  SENATE CONSENTS TO EXTENDING ANALOG TV IN THE BORDER AREA
  A Media Network blog <http://tinyurl.com/BorderTV> reports
that, "The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill to extend
analog TV broadcasting for a further four years for stations
located within 50 miles of the Mexican border....  The bill
now awaits a vote in the House of Representatives."
  The blog report is true according to the Website for U.S.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and the area affected is
border-wide, not just for Texas alone.  Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
is the chief co-sponsor of the Senate-passed legislation. Senator
Hutchison's bill is officially known as "The Digital Television
Border Fix Act of 2007."  Her summary report is at the first URL
below, and the text of the bill is at the second URL.
  http://www.senate.gov/~hutchison/pr080108b.html
  http://thomas.loc.gov/
  Search for "Bill Number" S. 2507
  There are 3 versions, click on #3: "S.2507.ES"
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  SIRIUS & XM ARE NOW ONE COMPANY
  "Sirius XM Radio, the merged company, began day one with
over 18.5 million subscribers, making it the second-largest radio
company, based upon revenue, in the country -- and, based upon
subscribers, the second largest subscription media business in
the U.S.," it stated.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.14778.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-284108A1.doc
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  OPEN ACCESS TO THE INTERNET
  In a precedent-setting move, the FCC by a 3-2 vote on Friday
enforced a policy that quasi-guarantees customers open access to
the Internet.  Republican Chairman Martin voted in favor of the
measure in concert with the two Democratic commissioners.
  http://tinyurl.com/NetNutrality
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  UNAUTHORIZED WIRELESS MICS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
  Media Access Project has attacked the unauthorized use
of wireless microphones, and asked for amnesty for broadway,
churches, and other users.
  http://tinyurl.com/WirelessMics
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  IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS IN THE 800 MHZ BAND
  The FCC has extended for an additional 30 days its prior
waiver of the deadline by which Sprint Nextel Corporation is
required to vacate its spectrum holdings in the 800 MHz
Interleaved Band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1748A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS:
  o  Auction of LPTV & TV translator digital companion channels
  scheduled for November 5, 2008:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1681A1.doc
  o  Cross-border program transmission permit/s granted for XETV,
  Tijuana:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-284191A1.pdf
  o  KIQQ AM&FM, Barstow & Newberry Springs, fined $4,000 total
  for, "failure to maintain a complete public inspection file."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1782A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  COMMENT ON FM IBOC AND THE PROPOSED 10 dB POWER INCREASE
  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the train wreck
coming with the 10 dB IBOC power increase proposal [CGC #848].
We already have enough IBOC-to-analog FM interference without a
power increase.  It is great to finally see independent engineers
(NPR Labs) addressing such critical items as loss of coverage
and interference created by FM IBOC transmissions.
  A lot of us knew there would be damage to FM analog signals
when the IBOC carriers were first turned on, but the extent of
that damage was previously just a guess.  Wow!  NPR Labs has
shown that the IBOC system is seriously flawed from the get go.
  I hope the FCC resists any temptation to increase IBOC power
by 10 dB.  This would be the last hurray for the little mom and
pop stations as the HD monster eats their coverage areas.
Thank you, Mr. John Kean, and NPR Labs.  Bravo Zulu.
  Joel Saxberg, consulting radio engineer, joel (at) beemco.com
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  WHY TV CHANNEL 6 AUDIO IS DETECTABLE ON CAR RADIOS
  LPTV stations acting like FM stations (CGC #848) are of course
doing this on analog TV Channel 6.  Most FM car radios made today
are for combined use in the US and European markets.  The European
FM band goes lower in frequency than the US band, and since the
radios are capable of tuning in the lower portion of the European
band they are capable of tuning in the US Channel 6 aural carrier
(typically 87.75 MHz which is received at 87.7 on the FM dial).
Evidently FM radio is more profitable than LPTV.
  Rick Hunt, Entravision, MagicElectronics (at) aol.com
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  LASER DATA LINKS (RE INFRARED BEACON STORY IN CGC #848)
  Thirty years ago a company named American Laser produced a
video link good for about a half mile using an IR laser diode.
Their receiver had a clever anti-scintillation circuit that would
take out the variations caused by rooftop IR radiation.  They
started getting questions about that circuit and figured out
that one of their units had made it to the USSR.
  There was a spook device that would bounce IR off a window
and pick up the modulation on the glass caused by conversations
inside the room.  In short, there have been a number of clever
uses for IR radiators and detectors.
  Roy Trumbull,  rhtrumbull (at) earthlink.net
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Congratulations to Cris Alexander, Director of Engineering
  for Crawford Broadcasting and Editor of Crawford's Local
  Oscillator newsletter.  Cris has been elected Broadcast Engineer
  of the Year by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.14776.html
  o  The next monthly meeting of SBE Chapter 47 (Los Angeles) is
  set for Tuesday, August 12, 2008.  This will be a dinner meeting
  starting at 6:30 PM.  Topic: "Consideration of an increase in
  IBOC injection levels."  Further information should be available
  soon at:
  http://www.sbe47.org/
  o  The next meeting of SBE Chapter 36 (San Diego) is
  set for Wednesday, August 13, 2008.  "Harris is pleased to
  invite you and your engineering staff to a special dinner and
  presentation [on] Wednesday evening, August 13th, at The Butcher
  Shop.  Tim Anderson will talk about the proposed 10dB HD [FM
  Radio] sideband power increase and how this will affect you."
  http://www.sbe36.org
  o  The San Diego SBE will hold a lunch meeting on August 20,
  2008 with the topic "Arbitron PPM" (the People Meter survey
  device).  Time/location: At noon at Clear Channel Comm.
  http://www.sbe36.org
  o  Don't miss Dino's latest KFI tower pictures.  The miniature
  crane for constructing the tower's 50' diameter top hat is slick
  and neat.  Click on thumbnails for enlargements:
  http://www.k6rix.com/kfitower2.html
  o  Paul Sakrison has passed along a couple of photos showing
  that the replacement KFI tower is indeed on its was up, just as
  Dino predicted:
  http://sakrison.com/radio/KFITower3.html
  o  On August 1, 2008, XETV (CH-6) and KSWB (CH-69), San Diego,
  swapped network affiliations.  XETV is now The CW and KSWB is
  Fox.
  o  The relatively new 101.5 MHz signal in Orange Country
  probably belongs to KOCI-LP, 101.5 MHz, Newport Beach (per
  FM Query research in response to readers' inquiries).
  o  Pressure is mounting to reallocate TV Channels 5 & 6
  for FM-like purposes:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.14794.html
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6583138.html
  o  Minority Media & Telecommunications Council tells FCC the
  single biggest boost it could give to minority ownership would
  be to migrate AM stations to "the promised land" of FM service
  on spectrum currently used for TV Channels 5 and 6.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6583138.html
  o  The general public comments on San Diego's HDTV roll out
  on the following Web page.  Is there a similar page for the
  L.A. roll out?
  http://hdtv.forsandiego.com/cgi-bin/discus.cgi
  o  Clear Channel common stock ceases trading as the company
  completes its going-private merger via private equity:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0103/t.14800.html
  o  Wireless data is estimated to grow 16% per year for next
  decade, thanks in part to messaging, mobile e-mail and mobile
  video/TV:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.14779.html
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  DRM TESTS TO TAKE PLACE IN ALASKA
  The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium says that the
FCC has granted an authorization to Digital Aurora Radio
Technologies -- this, for the company to conduct a two year
experiment using DRM modulation to determine the feasibility for
covering the entire state of Alaska with Digital Radio Mondiale
signals in three shortwave bands at 5, 7 and 9 MHz.  Proponents
of the project say that with one DRM transmission of either 10
or 20 kHz bandwidth, FM-like quality with up to 4 simultaneous
program streams would be available.  Currently no single
broadcaster in Alaska is capable of providing this kind of
service.
  ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News/news.txt
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  CELLPHONES CAPABLE OF POPPING POPCORN?
  Question:  This video shows 3 to 4 cellphones being used
together to pop popcorn <http://tinyurl.com/6k2uwa> and the
images seem so real.  Will cellphones really do this?
  Answer:  No. The power imparted by the cellphones is far
too small.  Snopes elaborates and explains how the video
trickery was done, see page bottom:
  http://www.snopes.com/science/cookegg.asp
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  SEMI OFF-TOPIC
  o  The Great Southern California ShakeOut is a week of
  special events featuring the largest earthquake drill in
  U.S. history November 12-16, 2008:
  http://www.shakeout.org/
  o  Copper thief targets water heaters in Redlands:
  http://tinyurl.com/5eefzo
  o  Full-circle color panorama of Phoenix landing site
  on Mars:
  http://tinyurl.com/MarsPanorama
  o  NASA's Phoenix spacecraft confirms water on Mars:
  http://tinyurl.com/MarsWater
  o  This neat 3-minute video from National Geographic (find
  the TV screen near the bottom of the written story) explains
  what causes the Northern Lights to suddenly intensify at times:
  http://tinyurl.com/67hupl
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Beautiful pictures of Earth from space:
  http://www.greatdanepro.com/Blue%20Bueaty/index.htm
  o  Swan Lake as never seen before:
  http://www.sonnyradio.com/swanlake_0001.swf
  o  Properly disposing of spam:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/734ff09.jpg
  Special thanks to Red Blanchard and others for these URLs.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPED-20071022AEZ   NEW  176023     ACTIVIST SAN DIEGO
             E     89.9 MHZ               RAMONA, CA
  CP New Station.  Dismissed by letter 7/28/2008 (47 CFR
  Section 73.515 and Mexican Treaty violations)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20080725ADI   K212FA  90605   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E     90.3 MHZ               TEMPLE CITY, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20080529AFT    KCBS-FM   9612  CBS RADIO EAST INC.
               E     93.1 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20080725ADC     KDAY  10100     KDAY LICENSING, LLC
              E     93.5 MHZ           REDONDO BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20080725ABO    KRCK-FM  52808   PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
               E     97.7 MHZ                 MECCA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20080725ABM    KRCK-FM  52808  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
                E     97.7 MHZ                MECCA, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20061023AFU  KKLA-FM 48453  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
             E     99.5 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/25/2008
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  BPH-20061023AEY     KMRJ  15475     MITCHELL MEDIA, INC.
              E     99.5 MHZ           RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/25/2008
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY
  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.
  Petition to Deny Filed 07/24/2008 by The International Crusade
  of the Penny
  Petition to Deny Filed 07/23/2008 by The Second Samoan
  Congregational Church
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPL-20000601ADQ  NEW  124193  ROCK 'N ROLL PRESERVATION SOCIETY
              P  104.7 MHZ              NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/28/2008
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20080724ABD     KXO-FM  35970     KXO, INC.
               E     107.5 MHZ        EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  CHANNEL 6 -- VENTURE TECH'S APPLICATIONS GRANTED
  The FCC has granted CH-6 displacement applications for
  KSFV-LP, San Fernando Valley, CA.  The applications were
  granted over several objections.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1743A1.doc
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