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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #860
                    Monday,  October 6, 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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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Dr. Jon M. Peha (Ph.D.) has been named Chief Technologist
  of the Federal Communications Commission:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285791A1.doc
  o  The FCC has extended the negotiation period for Wave 4 NPSPAC
  (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1) licensees in the U.S.- Mexico
  border region until January 1, 2009:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2218A1.doc
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  ERIC SCHECTER PARTS COMPANY WITH LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA
  A talented and experienced radio Director of Engineering,
Eric Schecter, is looking for work -- even contract work will
be considered.  Eric's departure from Lincoln (KSON etc.) is
a prominent story at the San Diego SBE Website, see the URL
below.
  Do you know of any job openings for Eric?  Can you give him
a hand?  He is willing to relocate from the San Diego area if
necessary.  Eric may be reached at <eschecter (at) sbe36.org>.
Let's keep our guys employed.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  OCTOBER 16 STE MEETING AT THE CASTAWAYS (BURBANK)
  The Society of Television Engineers (STE) is having a
presentation this month that should be very interesting to
the broadcast engineers in the area.  Speaker: Richard Chernock,
Director of Technology, Triveni Digital, will discuss PSIP and
the importance of implementing ATSC Document A/78A, the ATSC
Recommended Practice for Transport Stream Verification.  Below
is a web link with a full description of the program.
  Bill Welty,  bwelty (at) la18.tv
  http://www.ste-ca.org/meetings.php?action=current
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  KFI'S SIGNAL WAS UNUSUALLY WEAK JUST PRIOR TO THE TOWER SWITCH
  ...I listened to KFI the morning of the new tower's activation
(CGC #859, Random Notes, item 1) and noticed that they were a lot
weaker than I'd ever heard them before (I'm in Santa Barbara).
I listened both on my way home from work that afternoon and at
home preceding the switch-over and once again they were still the
weakest I'd ever heard, much weaker than when they were on from
there during construction....  New topic: Some old photos of
the KFI AUX-AUX site are available on the Web (see below).
  Dennis Gibson,  wb6tnb (at) cox.net
  http://www.fybush.com/sites/2006/site-060804.html
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  KFI IS BACK IN A BIG WAY IN SALT LAKE CITY
  Just a quick note to let you know that the KFI skywave
is back in a big way and serving us here in Salt Lake City.
  I have checked it several times in the last week and
believe that it is every bit as good as the original tall tower.
It would be fun to see the vertical angle profile of both the
old and new towers.
  Glad to have KFI back on the air here.
  Bill Gillman, W7WHG, formerly with Gentner
  billgillman (at) witinc.net
  October 2, 2008
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  COMMENTS ON THE TEMECULA 1610 KHZ TIS STATION
  The new Temecula AM station appears to be a Travelers'
Information Station [TIS], licensed under Section 90.242 as
WQIQ379 at 10W ERP on 4/14/08.  This is considered a Public
Safety station, not a broadcast station.  Does [the City of
Temecula] know the difference?
  TIS stations are restricted in their location and use to
information about road conditions, traffic alerts and directions,
lodging availability, and visitor attractions.  That does not
include emergency alerts not falling into those categories nor
other news about city operations.
  It appears from the article that they may be slightly over
the line and in need of education.  This has been a problem that
the non-technical agents in the [FCC] Field Offices run up against
time after time.  Perhaps one of the San Diego FCC crew can set
them straight.
  Phil Kane, K2ASP
  [Phil Kane was District Director of the FCC's San Francisco
  District Field Office and speaks from years of experience. -Ed.]
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  FOLLOW UP ON THE TEMECULA 1610 KHZ TIS STATION
  o  The Temecula TIS station is in fact licensed with call
  sign WQIQ379.  To see their authorization, visit the URL
  below and about 1/3 of the way down the page click on
  the blue colored phrase "Authorization -- Licensee."
  http://tinyurl.com/469srf
  o  Note that the station is authorized by the Public Safety
  and Homeland Security Bureau, not the Media Bureau or even the
  Wireless Telecommunications Bureau as one might imagine.
  o  Atop page 2 of the authorization, note that a condition is
  imposed whereby "Travelers Information Stations shall transmit
  only noncommercial voice information pertaining to traffic and
  road conditions, traffic hazard advisories, directions,
  availability of lodging, rest stops and service stations,
  and descriptions of local points of interest."
  o  The following newspaper articles suggest that the Temecula
  TIS station could be using some programming that would violate
  the aforementioned bounds:
  http://www.myvalleynews.com/story.php?story_id=32963
  http://tinyurl.com/Press-Enterprise
  o  The Editor of the CGC Communicator newsletter has
  spoken with Tim Thorson, the person apparently in charge of
  the Temecula TIS station, and he is aware of the strict limits
  placed on TIS programming.  Random monitoring by CGC suggests
  that the actual programming on the station is rule-compliant
  for the most part -- even outstanding in several respects --
  and we hope that the potentially non-compliant parts will be
  removed quickly.
  o  WQIQ379 is not an all-purpose disaster information station.
  WQIQ379 could conceivably broaden the scope of its programming
  by obtaining a letter-ruling from the FCC, but absent something
  in writing the type of information WQIQ379 is allowed to
  disseminate is tightly restricted.
  o  Finally, here are a couple of photographs of the TIS
  antenna atop the City of Temecula's Library - it's an
  attractive installation:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Temecula_TIS.htm
  o  Thanks to CGC Communicator readers for providing valuable
  insights on WQIQ379.  May the station have a very successful
  future.
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Mexico is allowing its AMs to become FMs in places
  where channels are available:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.15848.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.15849.html
  o  The latest from iBiquity's Bob Struble is that FM HD
  Radio can and should bring "niche formats" to consumers.
  So, now it is presumably okay to call FM HD a "Digital SCA"
  (our term, not Mr. Struble's):
  http://www.radioink.com/HeadlineEntry.asp?hid=143633&pt=todaysnews
  o  Since consumers apparently aren't buying HD Radios in
  exciting numbers, legislation has been proposed to force
  HD Radios into one group of Sirius/XM satellite receivers:
  http://tinyurl.com/ForcingHD
  o  HD Radio vs. analog audio levels & time alignments are
  a continuing headache for even large radio groups in our area:
  http://ham-radio.com/k6sti/roster.htm
  o  If you would like to review the Forest Service's scoping
  letter for fuel reduction (wood, brush etc.) on and near Mt.
  Wilson, contact Mike McIntyre <mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us>.
  o  Senator Obama requests that the Portable People Meter
  (PPM) be "accredited" before being rolled out:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/ca6600473.html
  o  Here is a nice Website created by Trip Ericson and
  dedicated to digital television data:
  http://www.rabbitears.info
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  PLEASE SEND A GET WELL CARD TO JIM COOK
  As you may recall, on September 16 Jim Cook of Smith
Electric was severely burned when a large capacity cable in
his hands apparently arced to ground, causing an explosion
(CGC #856).  Jim was still in the hospital as of October 1
and had just received the first set of skin grafts but was
also dealing with complications.
  Those wishing to send get well cards are invited to send
them to:
  Jim Cook
  Smith Electric
  3056 3/4 Glendale Blvd.
  Los Angeles, CA  90039
  Keep Jim in your prayers too.  He has a long and difficult
  hill to climb.
  (Data courtesy of Ron Russ at KLAX)
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  OFF TOPIC
  This video shows the reason FCC field agents are spending
so much time helping senior citizens with the DTV transition.
The video is humorous but the underlying message is all too true:
Installing DTV converter boxes is not trivial for the elderly
novice, and this could be a huge problem for the FCC and our
industry come February 17, 2009:
  http://tinyurl.com/SeniorDTV
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20080919AFP      KXO  35969      KXO, INC.
              P     1230 KHZ        EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20041115AFC    KSPA  13899    ONTARIO BROADCASTING, LLC
            E     1510 KHZ                ONTARIO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/30/2008
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPED-20071022AJF   NEW  173611    SAN BERNARDINO ACORN
             E     91.1 MHZ           SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 9/29/2008 per DA 08-1949 - no letter sent
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  BNPED-20071022AUR   NEW  174617  LIFE ON THE WAY COMM...
                E   91.1 MHZ            HEMET, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 9/29/2008 per DA 08-1949 - no letter sent
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