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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                             CGC #857
                   Tuesday,  September 23, 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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   AGENDA FOR OPEN FCC MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
   Items of more than routine interest, by the number:
   #14 - An inquiry into the Commission's policies and rules
   regarding AM radio service directional antenna performance
   verification.
   #15 - Amendment of service and eligibility rules for FM
   Broadcast Translator Stations.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285495A1.doc
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   NEWS BRIEFS
   o  Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters (Saul Levine) is attempting
   to un-spin the Sirius/XM merger:
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285472A1.doc
   http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.15690.html
   o  FCC creates television public service announcements and
   educational video to help prepare for the transition to DTV:
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285456A1.doc
   o  As of June 30, 2008, there were almost 16,000 full
   power broadcast stations in the United States.  If low power,
   translator and booster stations are added, the total jumps
   to almost 30,000:
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285458A1.doc
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   FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
   KUSI-TV, San Diego, fined $25,000 for failing "in a
timely manner to make accessible to persons with hearing
disabilities emergency information that it provided aurally in
its programming for KUSI during a wildfire emergency in the San
Diego, California area on October 26 and October 27, 2003."
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2107A1.doc
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   ANOTHER PIRATE INCARCERATED IN FLORIDA
   According to Inside Radio magazine for Sept. 10, authorities
in Wilton Manors, FL have arrested 23-year-old Constantinos
Rigalos for allegedly operating an illegal FM radio station.
Rigalos is in county jail with bail set at $2,000.  Pirate
broadcasting is a third-degree felony in Florida (CGC #768).
   We now learn that in addition to local law enforcement
action, the FCC was involved in the pirate bust.  Their
report is here:
   http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-285384A1.html
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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   FEEDBACK ON WIRELESS MICS IN THE 944-952 MHZ BAND
   o  The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has issued
   a Statement of Policy Regarding Wireless Microphones Used
   at 944-952 MHz.  This elevates to the national level the
   key wireless mic issues raised in recent CGC Communicator
   newsletters:
   http://www.sbe.org/pub_sc.php#WirelessMic
   o  James Hobbs of Mountain Top Media looks toward the
   need for dedicated UHF wireless mic spectrum, preferably for
   analog mics because they sound best.  His thoughts are posted
   here:
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Hobbs_FCC.html
   o  Another Communicator reader writes, "Check out the
   frequencies for this "Shure Personal Monitor System" used
   for in-ear monitors on stage."  Keep in mind that only
   broadcast stations are eligible to use the 950 MHz band
   and then only on a licensed basis:
   http://tinyurl.com/ShureAd
   o  And finally this edited comment: I am looking at the
   Sennheiser Website and see nothing talking about the tight
   licensing restrictions that apply to the 944-952 MHz band:
   http://tinyurl.com/53losw
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   ALLEGED OVERPOWERED OPERATIONS ON MT. WILSON AND MT. HARVARD
   September 10, Los Angeles -  Today the FCC inspected KFLA-LD
(low power TV Channel 8 on Mt. Wilson) for alleged overpower
operation....  I believe they also inspected CH-57 on Mt. Wilson
and CH-6 on Mt. Harvard for the same type of violation.  Keep in
mind that not all of these stations are necessarily overpowered
- that remains to be seen.  What we do know is that the FCC is
concerned when it comes to allegations of overpowered operations.
   Name withheld upon request (remarks edited)
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                            RANDOM NOTES
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   METAL THEFT CONTINUES UNABATED
   This time, an entire 120 foot radio tower vanishes and
almost without a trace (written story + video courtesy of WJAC):
   http://www.wjactv.com/news/17432092/detail.html
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   PHOTOGRAPHS OF A COMMUNICATIONS SITE GUTTED BY THIEVES
   CGC #852 reported on a southern California communications
site that was gutted by thieves.  Now we have photographs
depicting a ransacked facility said to be near Edwards, CA.
This is probably the same site that was described in our earlier
story.  The before and after pictures are right here and
they are dramatic -- click on the photos for enlargements:
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Com_Site_Gutted.htm
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   COMMENT ON THE GUTTED SITE PHOTOS
   This theft of our wealth really angers me.  I am told that
scrap from theft jobs like this is going to Asia, just like our
jobs.  Scrap metal yards here in Phoenix are doing a booming
business.  It looks to me like our country is having its cash
stolen and is being stripped bare.  A tower guy here tells me
that all he has to do is visit one of these metal "recycling"
places to recognize obviously stolen materials....
   Steve Blodgett, Phoenix, AZ
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   COMMENT FROM WNEM:
   From WNEM-TV, Bay City, MI:  "Our TV transmitter site,
as well as two other facilities across the street from us on
Becker Road, were hit last week for copper.  They cut the fence
and cut the copper ground wires running from the tower legs to
the ground rods....  We are going to look into motion detectors,
lights and possibly some cameras to alert us to intruders."
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   CALENDAR ITEMS - LOCAL MEETINGS
   LOS ANGELES SBE - The next program is "Audio Over IP for STL"
   by Kevin Campbell of APT -- it's a 6:30 PM dinner meeting on
   Tuesday, October 7, 2008 (this is a departure from SBE's regular
   meeting schedule).  Details at:
   http://www.sbe47.org/
   SAN DIEGO SBE - The September 25 meeting is a luncheon
   program featuring Jeff Welton of Nautel.  Subject: The proposed
   up to 10 dB power increase for HD Radio.  Details at:
   http://tinyurl.com/SBE36Jeff
   MT. WILSON FIRE SAFE COUNCIL - The next meeting of the Mount
   Wilson Fire Safe Council will be held on Wednesday, October 1,
   2008, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  Details here:
   http://mwfsc.mtwilson.net/Meeting_info.htm
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   TIPS FROM THE LESLIE REPORT
   o  NPR Labs IBOC coverage prediction study gets clarified:
   http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.15723.html
   o  iBiquity/NPR talking, seeking common ground on NPR's
   IBOC coverage prediction program:
   http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.15724.html
   On thing remains clear: Adoption of the up to 10 dB IBOC
   power increase will impact what remains of fringe FM listeners.
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   NEWS BRIEFS
   o  KFI(AM) plans to "celebrate the flipping of the 50,000
   watt switch" (this means activating their rebuilt tower) on
   Thursday, September 25, 2008, according to an inside source.
   The following contest advertisement gives skeletal details
   but not the date of the switch:
   http://tinyurl.com/KFI-Promo
   o  Some TV stations, including KPBS, oppose an extension
   of the February 17, 2009 DTV transition date for stations
   near the U.S./Mexican border:
   http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6595825.html?q=border
   o  New findings in Personal People Meter data - "incidental"
   and "invisible" listening defined:
   http://www.radioink.com/HeadlineEntry.asp?hid=143521&pt=todaysnews
   o  Red Blanchard, a frequent CGC Communicator contributor,
   is being inducted into The Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class
   of 2008.  Congratulations Red!
   http://bayarearadio.org/hof/index.shtml
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   OFF TOPIC
   Chile's Chaitin Volcano - May 3, 2008 - This is what happens
  when volcanic ash meets a thunderstorm head-on:
   http://tinyurl.com/ChileDrama
   http://tinyurl.com/ChileArc
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   REALLY FAR OUT - THE KEPPE MOTOR
   Calendar item - September 24 & 27 - public presentations
of the Keppe Motor in San Diego.  This motor is supposedly vastly
more efficient than existing electric motors because it harvests
a previously unrecognized source of universal energy called
"scalar energy" according to the "new physics" said to be
associated with the device.
   If you attend the demo, let us know.  Be sure to ask why a
battery is apparently needed to keep the motor running since
Keppe's claim is that, "battery or electrical current used only
to give the initial start."  Also ask if the proponents have had
the device tested by a well recognized U.S. lab and if a copy
of their report is available.
   CGC has spent some time reviewing the Keppe Motor Web postings
and has concluded that the device almost certainly represents
snake oil.  The demonstration should be fascinating nevertheless
and we hope that astute engineers will carefully inspect the
gadget and look for hidden power sources.  On the other hand,
you never know when an inventor will stumble onto something
monumentally important, so a look-see never hurts.
   http://www.keppemotor.com/about.php
   http://www.wcatus.org/home_wcat.html
   http://tinyurl.com/KeppeWSJ
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo6y2fwLZ_Q
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTwwt-lmEA8
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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   AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
   PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
   BNP-20051031AGQ     NEW  161373    ETHER MINING CORPORATION
              E     1220 KHZ           DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
   Engineering Amendment filed 09/16/2008
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   AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
   PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BMP-20080912ACN  KAZN  51426  MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
            E     1300 KHZ          LICENSEE, LLC  Mod of CP
                                          PASADENA, CA
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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   FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
   TENDERED FOR FILING
   BNPFTB-20080917ACK  KPCC-1  178427  PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
                E     89.3 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          SANTA CLARITA, CA
   CP New Station.
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   LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
   CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BMPL-20080912ACX  KXRN-LP 124565  SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS CHURCH
              E     93.5 MHZ               OF LAGUNA NIGUEL
                                           LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
   Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
   TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
   BPTVL-20080710AUU   KVTU-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                 E     CHAN-3           LOS ANGELES, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVTU-LP.
   Engineering Amendment filed 07/21/2008
   Engineering Amendment filed 07/22/2008
   Engineering Amendment filed 07/29/2008
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
   TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
   BPTVL-20080811ABC   KVTU-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                 E     CHAN-3           LOS ANGELES, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVTU-LP.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
   GRANTED
   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.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
   GRANTED
   BLTTL-20080905AHE   KZSW-LP  7776   KZSW TELEVISION, INC.
                 E     CHAN-27              HEMET, CA
   License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20050831AEA,
   callsign KZSW-LP.
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   DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT GRANTED
   BDFCDTA-20080804ACQ  KVMM-CD 18741  CABALLERO ACQUISITION INC.
                  E     CHAN-41            SANTA BARBARA, CA
   Minor change of callsign KVMM-CA.
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