__________________________________________________________________

------------------------------------------------------------------

                   THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                         CGC #854

                Monday,  September 8, 2008

                          ________

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

  Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

------------------------------------------------------------------
__________________________________________________________________


  FCC WARNS REGULATORY FEE PAYERS ABOUT POTENTIAL PHISHING

  The FCC has received complaints that non-government entities
may be using Internet sites to misdirect parties seeking to submit
their regulatory fee payments in order to collect financial
information.  Make any Internet payments directly through the
Commission's authorized Internet website: <www.fcc.gov/feefiler>.

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285124A1.doc

******************************************************************

  UPCOMING AUCTION OF DIGITAL TV COMPANION CHANNELS

  The FCC has announced details for the upcoming auction of
construction permits for Low Power Television (LPTV) channels,
including Class A Television and TV Translator digital companion
channels.  Several southern California communities are included
(e.g. Palm Springs, Indio, Van Nuys and Santa Barbara).  The
auction is scheduled to start November 5, 2008.

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1944A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1944A2.pdf

******************************************************************

  NEWS BRIEFS

  o  The FCC requests public comments in its 2008
  biennial review of telecommunications regulations:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-201A1.doc

  o  Small cable systems have been granted a temporary
  exemption from the 'no material degradation' requirement
  affecting HDTV signal carriage:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-193A1.pdf


******************************************************************
                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
******************************************************************

  FEEDBACK ON WIRELESS MICROPHONES AT 944-952 MHZ

  Regarding the complaint filed with the FCC against Location
Sound Corporation:

  o  First, regarding the wording of the complaint itself,
these are some of the comments received:  "This is expertly
done.... Well done!... Outstanding, bravo!"  Remember that
several people reportedly contributed to the write up so this
was a group effort.  Other comments follow:

  o  "Wireless microphones in the 944-952 MHz aural STL band
could be a real problem to all of us....  Until [the complaint
published in CGC #853] is dealt with by the FCC, this info should
be spread to all who may be impacted by interference from these...
wireless mic frequencies."  (Special bulletin issued by SBE
Chapter 43, Sacramento, CA.)

  o  "I, too, saw the Location Sound article and sent them the
following two emails....  They have NOT responded to them."
-  Bill Ruck, Chairman, NCFCC (Northern California Frequency
Coordinating Committee).

  o  "Thanks for the very important newsletter on wireless
mics in the STL band."  - Eric Schecter, Director of Engineering,
Lincoln Financial Media Company of California.

  o  "...The key is to get the FCC to pay attention to the
complaint.  Today's Enforcement Bureau is castrated.  Their
talented engineers are being sent to retirement homes to educate
the public about DTV and install TV antennas for senior citizens,
leaving little time for enforcement activities....  The solution
is yelling to top FCC officials and to congress.  Licensed
spectrum is useless without enforcement."
  - Anonymous

******************************************************************

  MT. WILSON FIRE SAFE COUNCIL -- *NEW WEBSITE* 

  Thanks to a Trojan effort by our communications committee
chairman, Dennis Doty, the Mt. Wilson Fire Safe Council ("MWFSC")
now has a website as a sub-site on the Mt. Wilson website
<http://mtwilson.net/>.  To go directly to the MWFSC site, go to:

  http://mwfsc.mtwilson.net/

  Both sites need more info and photos.  I hope we will get
contributions from everyone that has an interest in Mt. Wilson.
We will shy away from photos that identify a particular building
with a particular station, however.  We also hope the sites will
generate some interesting discussions on the forums.

  By the way, Dennis Doty is a recent addition to the
Transmitter Engineering staff at the KNBC-KVEA-KWHY transmitters
at Mt. Wilson.  He is a Communicator subscriber.

  Tony Neece, President, Mt. Wilson Fire Safe Council, Inc.
  tonyneece1 (at) att.net  (it's a one, not an ell)

******************************************************************

  EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

  Brand-new, unopened, 300 foot reel of Andrew EW-90 that we
can't use.  We're accepting offers on this.  We paid $10.85/foot.
Buyer coordinates shipping and takes entire reel.  Want to get
it out of our building.  Thanks.

  Andrew Skotdal, KRKO
  andrew (dot) skotdal AT krko (dot) com

  [EW-90 is elliptical waveguide designed for 10.2-11.7 GHz
  with an eTE11 mode cutoff of 6.5 GHz.   -Ed.]

  http://awapps.commscope.com/catalog/product_details.aspx?id=1398

******************************************************************
                          RANDOM NOTES
******************************************************************

  DRAMATIC AERIAL PHOTOS OF THE KFI TOP HAT BEING BUILT

  Dramatic aerial photos were taken of the KFI(AM) tower
"top hat" as it was being built.  Check out the tower dogs at
work.  The photos are at the top of the page.  Click on a
thumbnail to enlarge it:

  http://www.k6rix.com/kfitower2.html

******************************************************************

  NEWS BRIEFS:

  o  KSON(AM) is set to rebuild its tower which crumpled
  in a windstorm about the time the KFI tower was felled by
  an airplane:
  http://www.sbe36.org/

  o  San Diego SBE meeting set for September 17 - 
  Triveni Digital - "ATSC Bitstream Verification:"
  http://www.sbe36.org/
                                            
  o  AM DA proof-of-performance changes likely soon --
  our industry is heading toward "computerized" proofs:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.15513.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.15514.html

  o  Arbitron's Portable People Meter listener survey device
  is scheduled to "go live" in Los Angeles and three other top
  markets on October 8:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.15519.html

  o  Over-the-air DTV signals are expected to disappoint
  some viewers:
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVShortfall

  o  This is an overview of White Spaces and the Licensed vs.
  Unlicensed Spectrum controversy.  A medium length article:
  http://tinyurl.com/WSOverview

******************************************************************

  OFF TOPIC

  o  Here is a great musical tribute to the 60s.  The URL was
  forwarded by Red Blanchard who noted that the 60s were really
  "after his time:"
  http://moreoldfortyfives.com/TakeMeBackToTheSixties.htm


******************************************************************
              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************

  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BNPED-20071022AEZ   NEW   176023   ACTIVIST SAN DIEGO
               E    89.9 MHZ             RAMONA, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 08/27/2008

******************************************************************

  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING

  BNPED-20071012ASL  NEW  172590  BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CENTER
               E   91.3 MHZ              BORREGO SPRINGS, CA

  CP New Station.
  Petition for Reconsideration
  Filed 08/14/2008 by Borrego Springs Christian Center
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/14/2008
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 8/29/2008 -no letter sent.


******************************************************************
                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************

  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTT-20080902AEC  K15FC 43809  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
             E     CHAN-15               JOSHUA TREE, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20080220ABO,
  callsign K15FC.

******************************************************************

  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTT-20080902AED  K17GJ 43816  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
             E     CHAN-17              JOSHUA TREE, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20080220ABN,
  callsign K17GJ.

******************************************************************

  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTT-20080902AEB  K21GR 43826  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
             E     CHAN-21             JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20080220ABP,
  callsign K21GR.

******************************************************************

  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTTL-20080828ABT   K61GH 56830  INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
               E     CHAN-61              NETWORK, INC.
                                        NATIONAL CITY, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20060713AAG,
  callsign K61GH.


__________________________________________________________________

------------------------------------------------------------------

  The CGC Communicator is published for broadcast engineering
  professionals in so. California by Communications General®
  Corporation (CGC), consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA.

  Letters to the Editor are always welcome but must be non-
  commercial in nature and kept to 100 carefully chosen words
  or less. If you have more to say, post your thoughts on
  the Web and send us the URL (the Web address) along with a
  synopsis not exceeding 100 words for direct publication
  in the Communicator.

  For subscriptions to the CGC Communicator, or to cancel
  subscriptions, or to change your e-dress already on file,
  send mail to <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>. Manually
  edit the address so it reads, "cgc@cgc333...."

  CGC Communicator articles may be reproduced in any form
  by non-commercial publications provided the articles are
  unaltered and credit is given to the CGC Communicator. Past
  issues may be viewed and searched at http://www.bext.com/_CGC/
  courtesy of Bext Corporation.

  Typographical errors originating in FCC material are
  reproduced in our newsletter without speculative corrections.
  The views expressed in our newsletters do not necessarily
  reflect those of Communications General® Corporation, Bext,
  or the newsletter editor.


------------------------------------------------------------------
_________________________ End _______________________________