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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #861
                   Tuesday,  October 14, 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  Here is the agenda for the FCC's Open Meeting of October 15.
  Of particular interest is the first item.  The Commission will
  consider establishing rules for Digital LPTV, Television
  Translator, and Television Booster Stations and amending the
  rules for Digital Class A Television Stations:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-285962A1.doc
  o  According to John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable magazine,
  the aforementioned meeting includes a vote on giving some low-
  power TV stations full-power status, including must-carry rights:
  http://tinyurl.com/LPTVMust-Carry
  o  Television stations are reminded to update their FCC Form
  387 - DTV Transition Status Report - by October 20, 2008:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2264A1.doc
  o  The Media Bureau has identified groups of mutually exclusive
  applications submitted in the October 2007 filing window for
  noncommercial educational FM stations:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2259A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2259A2.pdf
  o  The Region 5 (southern California) Public Safety Regional
  Planning Committee (RPC) will hold a 700 MHz meeting on Thurs.,
  October 30, 2008, at Irvine, California:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2241A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- SELECTED ITEM
  LPTV Station K55KD (operating on Channel 57 from Mt. Wilson
under an STA) has been cited for excessive power (more than double
the authorized value) and a visual carrier frequency that was
nowhere near correct (149 kHz off frequency).  The licensee, Alma
Vision Hispanic Network, has been given 20 days to submit a
written statement concerning these findings.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-285869A1.html
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  CHECK DTV TIME CODES
  The California Broadcasters Association (CBA) has been
advised by the FCC that they have received complaints that the
digital TV signals of many California stations have incorrect
time codes (PSIP).  This is a FCC violation and they have asked
our assistance in correcting this problem immediately.  Please
check your signal as soon as possible.
  Mark Powers, CBA, cbapowers (at) aol.com
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  MORE ON THE PSIP TIME CODE ERROR/S
  [CGC asked Mark Powers to clarify what the FCC
  is concerned about and received the following reply]
  The issue at hand has more to do with daylight savings time
than time of day.  A viewer in the Bay Area sent an e-mail to the
FCC complaining that many of the DTV stations there switched back
to standard time on Oct. 2 - one month early.  Apparently, the
FCC is receiving complaints from various parts of the country.
  With regard to an FCC rule cite, the applicable Rule is
73.682(d) where the FCC incorporated by reference A52, A53 and
A65.  This means that these ATSC standards are now part of the
Rules and, by strict interpretation, a station must be in complete
compliance with these standards.  In December of 2007, in the
Report and Order (R&O) in the Third Periodic DTV Review, the
Commission amended this Rule adopting the most recent versions of
these ATSC standards.  What is significant about this is that, in
the text of the R&O, the FCC essentially stated that they expect
DTV stations' PSIP to be correct.
  Does this mean that the FCC is sitting around with a stream
analyzer looking to see if every station's PSIP is spot-on?
I doubt it.  But it does mean that given the right set of
circumstances, they could cite a station for having PSIP errors.
A link to the R&O is below.  See paragraphs 185 - 189.  Also see
Appendix B for the modified Rule (starts on page 120 of the pdf).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-228A1.pdf
  This was brought to our attention by a staff member at the
FCC as a "heads up."
  Mark Powers, California Broadcasters Association,
  cbapowers (at) aol.com
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  "HEARING" THE FORMER KFI MAIN TOWER COLLAPSE
  I was in Crestline in front of Lake Drive Hardware the
day the KFI tower was hit and collapsed [December 19, 2004].
I heard an arc sound, then dead air for a second or two, then
back on the air but noisy, then another arc sound followed
by the station being off the air.
  Mike Collis, CPBE, KCBS-TV/Mt. Wilson, mcollis (at) cbs.com
  [This is the only report of its type received by CGC.  -Ed.]
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  NEWS BRIEFS FROM READERS
  o  I posted a request on several medium wave DX'ing lists
  for signal reports for KFI.  Almost all said that the current
  signal is as strong as it was with the old tower.  A couple said
  it may be a little bit weaker than on the old tower but that
  it's still a great signal from California....
  o  Like Temecula, the City of Santa Paula now operates a
  Travelers Information Station (TIS), WQFE310, on 1610 kHz, and
  in private discussions I learned that they are even considering
  airing local high school football games [in clear violation of
  the TIS rules]:
  http://tinyurl.com/SantaPaula1610
  o  My son in law, without my input, went out and bought
  a "digital" TV antenna.  It's UHF only, but we have three
  primary stations which will be on VHF after the transition.
  ...A lot of people are going to wake up on Feb 17 to find that
  a primary channel is nowhere to be found if it's a "V" and
  they haven't an antenna that's compatible.
 
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  THE TERM "TOWER DOGS" DEMEANS TOWER CLIMBERS
  Tower dogs?  [As used in CGC #854.]  I don't like the
term and I don't think the tower climbers do either, it's the
equivalent of calling California Highway Patrol Officers "Chips"
or radio sales people "Street Rats."  As far as I know the term
"Tower Dogs" has not been used until the recent documentary of
cell tower workers.  In my opinion the tower climbers deserve
more respect than that.
  Steve Minshall, Director Of Engineering, KOSO, KJSN, KQOD,
  KMRQ, KFIV and KWSX, Modesto/Stockton, CA
  [Tower workers everywhere deserve our utmost respect.  -Ed.]
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  DTV power increases might be allowed on a case-by-case
  basis to reach rural TV viewers left behind in the digital
  transition:
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVPowerUp
  o  NAB and MSTV have produced a video clip to show lawmakers
  the negative impact on DTV reception from unlicensed devices
  in the broadcast spectrum that fail to recognize DTV signals:
  http://www.interferencezones.com/whitespaces.wmv
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  TOWER SITE 2009 CALENDAR AVAILABLE
  There's something about an impressive transmission tower that
makes people stop and stare.  Veteran radio writer/gadfly Scott
Fybush knows that well.
  In his travels he has photographed hundreds of towers: tall
towers, funny-shaped towers (e.g. Blaw-Knox diamonds), downright
pretty towers, towers in spectacular locations and tower farms.
He has collected some of the best in his Tower Site 2009 Calendar.
  The calendar is on sale for $18 -- it's a great deal!
  http://www.fybush.com/calendar.html
  (Story from Radio World via Amateur Radio Newsline)
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  AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS TO CELEBRATE ON MARCH 29, 2009
  ARRL says radio amateurs will soon have cause to celebrate:
March 29, 2009 marks the date that high-powered international
broadcasting stations will be removed from the heart of the 40
meter band.  While it's probably too much to expect 100 percent
instant compliance, the responsible broadcasters are preparing to
move out of the 7100-7200 kHz segment -- doubling the size of the
worldwide 40 meter band and making this popular band more useful
than it's been in 70 years.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/08/1010/
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  OFF TOPIC -- BILL AGRESTA RUNS FOR PRESIDENT
  Bill Agresta, who lives on Catalina Island and is CE
of KBRT(AM), is running for president of the U.S. as this
video clip indicates.  Actually, you can have this same spoof
video recast to insert your name (or a friend's name) free of
charge.  Check out the page after the video finishes:
  http://www.tsgnet.com/pres.php?id=46832&altf=Cjmm&altl=Bhsftub
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  OFF TOPIC -- FORMATION OF A MAN-MADE BLACK HOLE
  The Large Hadron Collider is the world's largest and
highest energy atomic particle accelerator and spans the border
of France and Switzerland.  Shortly after its inaugural run on
September 10, 2008, the LHC was shut down because of an apparent
"badly soldered" electrical connection (first URL).  However,
video smuggled out France shows that the real culprit was the
formation of a black hole that did incredible damage.  This
tongue-in-cheek video (second URL) shows all!
  http://tinyurl.com/4zkzp4
  http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20080917ACK  KPCC-1  178427  PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
               E     89.3 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          SANTA CLARITA, 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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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  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)
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/27/2008
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 08/27/2008 by Activist
  San Diego
  08/27/2008 Petition for Reconsideration granted and application
  reinstated nunc pro tunc.  By Public Notice only, no letter
  issued.
  Petitions to deny must be on file no later than 30 days from
  the date of this public notice accepting the application for
  filing.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20081007AFR  K213AB  60137  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E     90.5 MHZ              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20080523AEK    KTWV   25437    CBS RADIO EAST INC.
              E     94.7 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20081007AFU  K270AI 88469  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
             E     101.9 MHZ            CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20080808AAE  KCAQ-FM6 178421 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E     104.7 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, 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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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL DISMISSED
  BDCCDTL-20061026AFI   NEW  168183   KM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                E     CHAN-24            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 127164.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/21/2006
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/29/2006
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/08/2006
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTTL-20080828ABT  K61GH  56830  INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
              E     CHAN-61                NETWORK, INC.
                                         NATIONAL CITY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20060713AAG,
  callsign K61GH.
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