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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #862

                    Monday, October 20, 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  Item of importance removed from the FCC's October 15
  open meeting agenda:  The establishment of rules for digital
  LPTV, TV translator and TV booster stations:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286055A1.doc


  LPTV Must-Carry

  o  Chairman Martin wants to grant some LPTV stations cable
  must-carry rights but his fellow commissioners are reluctant
  to go along without more data.  In addition, an LPTV analog-to-
  DTV switch date of 2012 is under consideration:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6605851.html

  o  FCC delays vote on cable must-carry for LPTV:
  http://www.tvnewsday.com/articles/2008/10/14/daily.10/
  http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/10/fcc_delays_vote_on_cable_carri.php


  White Space Devices

  o  The FCC'S Office of Engineering and Technology has
  released a report on tests of prototype white space devices.
  Radio World synopsis followed by FCC executive summary:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.15991.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2243A2.doc

  o  FCC Chairman Martin's recently announced plan to allow
  unlicensed wireless computer devices in unoccupied portions
  of the TV broadcast spectrum (the so-called white spaces) has
  drawn heavy fire from AMST's president David Donovan:
  http://www.tvnewsday.com/articles/2008/10/15/daily.19/

  o  White spaces vote reportedly scheduled for Nov 4:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6605731.html?desc=topstory
  http://tinyurl.com/WhiteSpacesVote (WSJ subscription required)


  Miscellaneous DTV Items

  o  The FCC is proposing allowing broadcasters to install
  multiple towers with smaller reach to provide DTV service to
  all viewers in their markets:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6605806.html

  o  Two reasons why analog TV may still be with us for at
  least a few weeks after the February 17 DTV switch date:
  To allow continued emergency alerts in analog and to allow DTV
  switch information to be broadcast to the public in analog:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6605873.html

  o  FCC will sponsor NASCAR entry No. 38 for a total of three
  races as part of its DTV outreach program:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286098A1.doc

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  JOHN PAOLI, CHIEF ENGINEER OF KFI, HAS PASSED AWAY

  John Paoli, the Chief Engineer of KFI(AM), Los Angeles,
passed away yesterday (Sunday) morning.  He was approximately
50 years of age.  The first report to reach our office read
as follows:

  "He was feeling poorly, and his wife got him to the Emergency
Room.  While they were filling out the admission forms, John
collapsed to the floor and could not be resuscitated."

  The second report provided an important clarification.
John was not the one feeling poorly.  It was his wife, Starla,
who was feeling poorly.  John had accompanied her to St. Joseph's
emergency room where he unexpectedly collapsed and could not
be resuscitated.

  John's passing is a real tragedy for the Los Angeles
broadcast community and for those of us who have had the
privilege of working with this extraordinarily personable
and gentle engineer.  Services are yet to be set.


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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  WLIO IS TESTING VIEWERS' DTV READINESS

  Our station recently has started to turn off our analog
for 60-seconds during one of our newscasts.  The shutdown is
announced prior to dropping carrier: "We're now going to conduct
a DTV readiness test.  If our station disappears for the next
60-seconds, you are NOT ready for DTV."

  Most of the viewer confusion arises from these areas:
(a) viewers using the wrong type antenna to receive the signal,
(b) cable or dish customers being sold incorrect or non-performing
services and (c) retail sales people offering expertise which
is incorrect.

  Fred Vobbe, w8hdu (at) wlio.com

  http://www.wlio.net/index.php?entry=entry081014-083330

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  DTV IS SOMETIMES RECEIVABLE ON NON-RESONANT ANTENNAS

  CGC #861 carried the following Letter to the Editor:

  "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."

  Comment:  It's not impossible to receive an acceptable VHF
signal with a UHF antenna and vice versa.  It all depends on the
distance and the path terrain between the TV transmitter and
receiver.  How many of us have done it with a short whip antenna?

  Phil Kane, commlaw (at) kanafi.org

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  COMMENT ON THE TERM "TOWER DOGS" TO DESCRIBE TOWER CLIMBERS

  The first time I heard the term Tower Dogs was in Dhahran,
KSA during the first gulf war in 90-91.  A Navy Chief at the time,
I supervised a group of communications specialists that included
technicians from the Navy and Air Force, and climbers from the
Army.  The latter referred to themselves as Tower Dogs.

  Primarily trained for wooden pole climbing using gaffs, they
never balked when I asked them to scale and rig Aramco towers,
both guyed and free-standing, up to 500 feet tall.  They were
brave and eager to complete the mission.

  I found the Tower Dog moniker to be a term of respect and
a source of esprit de corps.  They would sometimes "bark," but
it was usually friendly.  I was proud to serve with them.

  Tom Smith, Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc.
  tsmith (at) bms-inc.com
 
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  PUTTING ABANDONED CH-2 TRANSMITTING ANTENNAS ON 6-METERS

  How many ham clubs have made arrangements with a local TV
Channel Two to operate a special-event station on 6-meters (50-54
MHz) using the TV station's to-be-obsolete antenna(s) on February
20 (I know of one....) - assuming that the February transition
date holds.

  73 de Phil Kane, K2ASP, commlaw (at) kanafi.org

  [February 20, 2009 is the Friday following the February 17
DTV switch.  Friday nights and weekends are excellent ham radio
days since lots of operators are available.  - Ed.]


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  KEEP A CAREFUL EYE ON TOWER LIGHTS

  A medical helicopter in Aurora, Ill. crashed after clipping
a WBIG(AM) tower guy wire at night.  Three crew members and a
desperately ill one year old girl being transported were killed.

  Investigators are now asking whether the tower was lit at
the time of impact because the tower was not lit when the first
investigator arrived.  Obviously, the crash may have knocked the
lights out, so that possibility is being explored.  The bottom
line is that tower lights are absolutely essential safety-of-life
devices and must be maintained in proper working order:

  http://tinyurl.com/AuroraLights
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.15992.html
  http://tinyurl.com/AuroraUpdate

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  TIME TO DOUBLE SECURITY

  Criminal activity is on the rise with unemployment.  Take, 
for example, bank robberies in Orange County that are up over 
50% compared to last year (first URL).  Then there is the metal 
thief who made off with the flagpole at an elementary school 
in Riverside.  It's time to double our site security.

  http://tinyurl.com/6xgx4r
  http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local&id=6456662

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  OFF TOPIC

  o  Suspected heavy equipment joy rider penetrates
  transmitter building, rearranges the furnishings and leaves
  the station staff wide-eyed and upset:
  http://tinyurl.com/JoyRRider

  o  A short video that leaves a lasting impression:
  http://tinyurl.com/FutureJobz


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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-20081001AVI    KFI  34425    CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
            P     640 KHZ                LOS ANGELES, CA

  License to cover.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED

  BML-20080707ALA   KIST  10327   CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
            P     1340 KHZ              SANTA BARBARA, CA

  License to modify.


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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED

  BPH-20080523ADB   KSWD   70038   BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY
            E     100.3 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities.


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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPCDT-20080620ANU   KVEA-DT  19783  NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE CO.
                E     CHAN-39                CORONA, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 10/09/2008

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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BDISDTL-20081014AFC  KHTV-LP 60026  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E     CHAN-44             LOS ANGELES, CA

  Minor change of callsign KHTV-LP.


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