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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #859
                   Monday, September 29, 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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  THE MT. WILSON "CHRISTMAS PARTY" IS SET FOR OCTOBER 29
  The annual meeting of the Southern California Frequency
Coordination Committee ("SCFCC") and the gala "Christmas Party"
lunch for broadcast engineers will be held as follows:
  Time & Date:  Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at 10:00 AM.
  Location:  Observatory Auditorium at Mt. Wilson.
  Chow provided:  It's a Bar-B-Q lunch sponsored by a
  donation from American Tower.
  Clothing:  No formal attire allowed.  Ties (perish
  the thought) will be summarily shredded and discarded.
  A good time will be had by all.
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  FCC ACTS ON COMPUTERIZED PROOFS FOR AM DIRECTIONAL STATIONS
  The Commission has "further reduced the regulatory burdens
on AM broadcasters by permitting the use of computer modeling
techniques to verify AM directional antenna performance," but
only for series-fed radiators.  The FCC is also seeking comment
on new rules regarding tower construction near AM stations.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-228A1.doc
  http://www.rwonline.com/pages/s.0121/t.15513.html (Background)
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The FCC will tentatively consider at its October 15 open
  meeting the adoption of an an Order, Further Notice of Proposed
  Rulemaking and Memorandum Opinion and Order considering issues
  with respect to the LPTV digital transition.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285625A1.doc
  o  Of note is that the FCC has apparently deleted from its
  September 25 open meeting Item #15: Amendment of service and
  eligibility rules for FM Broadcast Translator Stations.
  This item has not been rescheduled.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285615A1.doc
  o  According to Radio World, the FCC has already granted
  about 150 STAs for AM stations to use FM translators.  See
  third paragraph of:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.15793.html
  o  The Commission has clarified the application of certain
  rules regarding cable carriage of digital signals:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-224A1.doc
  o  Sprint Nextel has been granted an additional 30 days
  before it is required to vacate its 800 MHz spectrum holdings:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2139A1.doc
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  LOCAL EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS
  o  900-930, 1765 and 1785 MHz, for sending and receiving
  voice communications, data, and streaming video in a combat
  environment.  Fixed & Mobile:  Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), CA.
  o  909.75-921.75 MHz to test and evaluate the Automated
  Vehicle Identification, Intelligent Transportation System, as
  a component of electronic toll collection.  Fixed: Pomona, CA.
  o  3410-3450 MHz for testing WiMAX equipment for export.
  Mobile:  San Diego, CA.
  o  14 GHz band for equipment testing.  Mobile: Within 248
  kilometers of Naval Air Station, North Island.
  o  33.9-34.7 GHz for testing a radar system.  Mobile:
  various locations including Los Angeles, CA.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285561A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  A $1,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture has
been issued to Michael G. Lewis, Lone Pine, CA for failure to
timely file a renewal application for FM translator station
K296DW, and for unauthorized operation of same.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2159A1.pdf
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MT. WILSON FIRE SAFE COUNCIL - MEETING POSTPONED
  The Mount Wilson Fire Safe Council meeting scheduled for
October 1 at LACOFD Camp #2 has been postponed.  We are expecting
to reschedule the meeting for a yet-to-be determined date in the
middle of October.  We apologize for this schedule change and
will let you know the new date as soon as possible.
  Dave Jurasevich, Secretary, MWFSC
  P.S.  The MWFSC Website is http://mwfsc.mtwilson.net/
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  TWO COMPLAINTS PENDING WITH FCC AGAINST LOCATION SOUND CORP.
  As of September 26, 2008, Location Sound Corp. had not
responded to an inquiry by Richard Rudman as to whether Universal
Studios is still using wireless microphones in the 944-952 MHz
band.  At least two complaints against Location Sound are pending
at the FCC for encouraging ineligible parties to use the 944-952
MHz spectrum, and for conducting apparently unauthorized
transmissions in that band at Universal Studios.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  KFI SIGNAL STRENGTH READINGS DISAPPOINTING
  KFI's switch to its new Main tower (CGC #858) in La Mirada
gave disappointing field strength measurement results.  It now
appears that for some reason KFI was not operating its La Mirada
Aux tower right before the switch, but instead used a different
and far-removed tower (the "Aux-Aux" tower as we'll call it).
  This means that the before-and-after field strength data
submitted by our readers varied considerably depending on where
each observer happened to be located with respect to the La
Mirada Main tower and the Aux-Aux tower.
  The full story is here, and our readers even helped
us decipher the location of the mysterious Aux-Aux tower:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KFI_New_Tower.htm
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  YET THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE KFI TUNNEL
  "Hi, I happened to be listening on a pocket radio when the
change was made.  Immediately the background noise ceased, and
KFI sounded like it ought to!!  I imagine old Earle C. Anthony
stirred in his grave and gave a shout!!
  Regards, George Tokar
  [Marv Collins says, "This is the best signal strength report
I have received.  George Tokar worked at KFI in the early to mid
forties.  I believe George lives in the Santa Ana area (and) is
well in his nineties now."]
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  DTV phase-in bill proposed - some analog to be left
  until March 2009:
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6598268.html
  o Earl "Madman" Muntz!  The very name conjures up many
  memories like his removing "unnecessary" components from TVs.
  Here's the rest of the story by Robert A. Pease:
  http://www.smecc.org/mad_man_muntz!.htm
  o  A 1610 kHz AM station has been built in Temecula.
  See "AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM IN THE NEWS" below for details.
  o  90.7 MHz goes dark in Tijuana.  See "FM RADIO - LOCAL
  ITEMS FROM THE FCC" below.
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  RAY TATTERSHALL PASSES AWAY
  Ray Tattershall passed away in the hospital in Oakville,
Ontario, Canada on Tuesday morning August 26th.  Ray and his
wife Maureen returned to Canada late last year after he became
seriously ill with Parkinson's disease.  He was 75 years old.
  Ray had been associated with LeBlanc, LDL Communications,
Lodestar Towers and Crown Castle and had worked with many of the
consultants on FM and TV antennas and tower management projects.
His favorite pastime was golf.
  A memorial service was scheduled for September 27, 2008 at
1279 Melton Dr., Mississauga, Ontario.  The funeral home is
Skinner and Middlebrook: 905-278-5546.
  If anyone would like to contact his wife, please contact me
for more information.
  Lew Page, 301-490-7097
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  A WORD ABOUT RAY
  Ray Tattershall was responsible for hiring me into this
industry and was my boss while at Lodestar Towers.  He was a
lovely man, full of British wit and fun.  I really adored him
and was deeply saddened by this news.  His great joys in life
were his wife, family and golf.
  Vikki Amrine, American Tower
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  ALMOST OFF TOPIC, VIDEO
  This incident reportedly took place in Athens, Greece:
  http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/958869/
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  GENUINELY OFF TOPIC
  o  UCLA researchers have discovered a humungous prime
  number with 13-million digits.  The group found the 46th
  known "Mersenne prime" last month on a network of 75
  computers running Windows XP.
  http://tinyurl.com/4legoq
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                 AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM IN THE NEWS
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  NEW AM STATION IN TEMECULA
  A 1610 kHz AM station has been built in Temecula, CA for
emergency messaging.  This story from The Temecula Valley News
gives many of the details absent any discussion of compliance
with FCC Rules.  Hopefully it's a low powered station and it's
rule compliant:
  http://www.myvalleynews.com/story.php?story_id=32963
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KBXO(FM), Coachella, to KPCV
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285526A1.txt
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A
  LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20080918AGJ  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
             E     88.5 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20080919AAW   KUOR-FM  69217  UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
                E     89.1 MHZ             REDLANDS, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPED-20080923ABK   KPCC  51701   PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
            E       89.3 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         PASADENA, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  90.7 MHZ GOES DARK IN TIJUANA
  "Excellency One" (XLNC1) in Tijuana went dark on 90.7 MHz
  last week after simulcasting on 90.7 and 104.9 MHz for a long
  period of time.  The 90.7 frequency never worked well because
  of strong co-channel interference from KPFK in Los Angeles.
  KPFK operates with grandfathered facilities of 110 kW ERP
  and is the most powerful FM station on Mt. Wilson - and
  in southern California for that matter.
  Victor Diaz, owner of XLNC1, had repeatedly expressed his
  desire to vacate 90.7 MHz and KPFK is delighted to see this
  wish come to pass.  KPFK is once again heard in San Diego
  County.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  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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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20080725ADC     KDAY  10100     KDAY LICENSING, LLC
              E     93.5 MHZ           REDONDO BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/20/2008
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20080617ACK  KCAQ-FM5 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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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20080918AGH   KVTU-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                E     CHAN-3            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20080811ABC,
  callsign KVTU-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTVL-20080922AFN   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-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.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  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.
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