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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #864
                    Sunday, October 26, 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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  COMMENTS SOUGHT ON PROPOSED HD RADIO POWER INCREASE
  AND ASSOCIATED TECHNICAL STUDIES
  The FCC is requesting comments on the proposal to
increase FM HD Radio power from the current level of 1%
of a station's authorized analog power to a maximum of 10%
of a station's authorized analog power.  iBiquity has submitted
a study supporting the power increase while National Public
Radio (NPR) has submitted a study calling for caution.
  NPR concludes that such an increase in digital operating
power could result in interference to the reception of first
and second adjacent channel FM stations, and that further
testing is necessary to determine if increased digital
operating power can be tolerated.
  Comments may be filed on or before November 28, 2008;
reply comments are due on or before January 4, 2009.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2340A1.doc
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  WHITE SPACES VOTE PENDING
  The broadcast industry is making every effort to have
the FCC's White Spaces vote postponed.  The vote is currently
set for November 4.  A source at the FCC indicates there are at
least three votes in favor of the item although those votes are
not set in stone.  Naturally, the broadcast industry has gone
ballistic over the prospect of having unlicensed White Space
boxes spring up everywhere.
  http://tinyurl.com/Nov4White
  http://tinyurl.com/MoreWhite
  http://tinyurl.com/WhiteFoodFight
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  RSVP FOR THE MT. WILSON CHRISTMAS PARTY
  If you are planning to attend the Mt. Wilson "Christmas Party"
for broadcast engineers this Wednesday, Howard Fine needs your
RSVP now.  Reason: Ensuring that there will be enough chow.
See the Random Notes section of this newsletter for details.
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  ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The FCC has issued a $1,600 fine to BK Towers for failure
to make observations of an antenna structure's lights at least
once each 24 hours, either visually or by observing an automatic
indicator designed to register any failure.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2306A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NEEDED: DTV TRANSITION HOT LINES FOR THE PUBLIC
  In our efforts to comply with FCC rules to properly inform
the public about the impending DTV transition in February, we
have seen a steady climb in the numbers of calls we get from
viewers.  There has been some discussion about the FCC setting
up call centers or regional hot lines to assist the general
public in regards to DTV converter box and reception issues
in preparation for the analog shutdown.
  Is there any talk of the call centers becoming a reality?
If not, would it behoove us as the #2 TV market in the country
to push to have something along these lines established to
alleviate the inevitable deluge of unhappy viewer phone calls
on that fateful day?
  Since CGC is such a great resource, it seems logical to
get people thinking along these lines.  Many thanks for your
continued efforts to keep us informed.
  Jeremy Howard
  RF and Transmission Supervisor
  KCET-TV, jhoward (at) kcet.org
  [This would be a good topic for discussion at the SCFCC
   Mt. Wilson Christmas Party.  -Ed.]
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  JOHN PAOLI - KIND, CONSIDERATE, HELPFUL AND SUPPORTIVE
  I wanted to express my great sadness as I read the message
this morning of John's passing.  I had recently seen him at the
KFI "Re-Erection" Celebration and had commented how well and happy
he looked. I had the pleasure of working with John for several
years on the EAS program in Orange County.  He was always kind,
considerate, helpful, and supportive.
  In life, there are people and then there are guys like
John Paoli who truly make a difference and leave their mark on
the world.  Unfortunately, John's time with us was too short and
he will be greatly missed.  We will keep the Paoli family in our
thoughts and prayers.
  John N. Hudson III, Assistant Chief
  State of California, Governor's Office of Emergency Services
  Communications Technology Division, Southern Region
  john_hudson (at) oes.ca.gov
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  GUY WIRES ARE INCORRECTLY CALLED GUIDE WIRES
  In the following AP news article, I saw an increasingly
common misuse of language and terminology: The wires holding
the tower in place were referred to as "guide wires" in the
picture caption.  I sent a note to the AP website taking them
to task.  References were made to a manufacturer's line
descriptions to show that an illustrative company did not use
term "guide wire."  I also sent them links to the EIA info
on standards.
  It is sad that our language gets so little defense.  AP
used to be definitive, with style books, pronunciation guides
and other copy aids.
  David Stewart, dallasdavidstewart (at) tx.rr.com
  Moving Target Consulting Works LLC
  (Director of Engineering by the Slice!)
  http://tinyurl.com/AuroraLights
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  GENERATORS GALORE
  Many thanks for your efforts on KCSN's behalf vis-à-vis
our need for a power generator.  Many replies and offers were
received within *minutes* of publication of your newsletter.
The CGC Communicator is a very good friend to the broadcast
community.
  Mike Worrall, KCSN, mike.worrall (at) citcomm.com
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  VIEWING HABITS AFTER THE DTV SWITCH
  A survey by ABI Research indicates that over-the-air TV
viewing habits will be as follows after the DTV switch:
  * about 70% of viewers will use a converter box,
  * about 20% of viewers will let their NTSC sets go dark, and
  * about 10% of viewers will switch to cable or satellite.
  There is no indication that the survey asked how many people
would simply go out and buy a DTV set.
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6607235.html
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  German researcher finds no childhood leukemia tie
  to living near powerful AM & FM broadcast transmitters:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.16038.html
  o  Mike Dorrough urges that the retired Delano Voice of
  America transmitter plant be preserved:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.16041.html
  o  Daylight saving time ends at 2AM today (Sunday)
  in Mexico, but we won't switch in the U.S. until a week
  later (Sunday, November 2):
  http://tinyurl.com/SavingsTime
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  DISGUISED E-MAIL ADDRESSES
  E-mail addresses published in the CGC Communicator are
disguised to thwart spam software looking for the "@" symbol:
  When we write:
  <john.doe (at) jacor.com>,
  you must reconstruct the address so it reads:
  <john.doe@jacor.com>.
  Most of our readers have figured this out of course, but
we still get a few inquiries.
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  PLEASE RSVP FOR THE MT. WILSON "CHRISTMAS PARTY"
  Don't forget, the annual meeting of the Southern California
Frequency Coordination Committee ("SCFCC") and the gala "Christmas
Party" luncheon for broadcast engineers will be held as follows:
  Date & Time:  Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at 10:00 AM.
  Location:  Observatory Auditorium at Mt. Wilson.
  Chow provided:  Bar-B-Q lunch sponsored by American Tower.
  Formal clothing prohibited, e.g. no neckties.
  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Howard Fine at:
  <Howard (at) pactv.com>.
  Hope to see you there!
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  MT. WILSON FIRE SAFE COUNCIL MEETS NOVEMBER 5
  There will be a meeting of the Mount Wilson Fire Safe
Council at the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Fire
Suppression Camp 2 in La Canada-Flintridge on Wednesday,
November 5, 2008, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
  Those needing further information (including being put on
an e-mail list to receive similar bulletins in the future)
should contact Dave Jurasevich at <starimager (at) sbcglobal.net>.
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  SIRIUS SATELLITE IS CONVERTING TO GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITES
  Sirius operates its satellite constellation in a
highly elliptical orbit (HEO) while XM relies on conventional
geostationary satellites in circular orbits (GEO) as many of
you know.  Sirius will soon begin switching to geostationary
satellites, but the conversion process will take time to
accomplish:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.16018.html
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  THE CGC COMMUNICATOR IS LOOKING FOR A LETTERS EDITOR
  Has the broadcast industry served you well?  Would you
enjoy an opportunity to post the thoughts of other broadcast
engineers on the Web for the benefit of all?  If so, the
CGC Communicator is looking for a Letters Editor.  Please
contact Bob Gonsett at <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
or (760) 723-2700 weekday mornings.  Thanks!
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  HAM RADIO IN SPACE
  Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, has just completed a stay aboard
the International Space Station.  You can hear some of his ham
radio contacts ("QSOs") and see some of the "slow scan" TV images
that he sent back to earth on ham channels by clicking on the
youtube URL below.  Even the "slow scan" action is captured
in the video.
  All told, Richard made hundreds of voice contacts and sent
thousands of pictures from space.  His flight included an historic
QSO with his earth-bound father, Dr. Owen Garriott, W5LFL, himself
a retired astronaut and the first person to make ham radio
contacts from space.  (Source: AR Newsline)
  Ham radio is fun, educational and essential in emergencies.
  It's a wonderful hobby.
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW9DXHkKpNo
  http://www.richardinspace.com/
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  OFF TOPIC
  o The ARRL has protested that portion of the DRM Alaska
  test spectrum that would clobber the 40-meter ham band.
  ARRL's complaint was filed with the FCC last Monday, and on
  Friday the FCC modified the DRM test permit to exclude the
  frequencies of concern.  That is incredibly fast action for
  the FCC.  Good going ARRL and FCC!
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/08/1024/
  o  A new device using an electric field increases the gas
  mileage in cars:
  http://tinyurl.com/ElectricGas
  o  Scotch tape unrolled in a vacuum produces surprisingly
  strong X-rays.  This is downright amazing:
  http://tinyurl.com/ScotchX-Rays
  http://tinyurl.com/ScotchX-Ray
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPED-20080923ABK    KPCC  51701    PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
               E     89.3 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                            PASADENA, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20081015ACJ   KSIQ-1  178665   CCR-BRAWLEY IV, LLC
                E     96.1 MHZ              SANTEE, CA
  CP New Station.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20080818ACI  KCAQ-FM1 159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
              E     104.7 MHZ                CALABASAS, CA
  License to cover.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  PROPOSED CP FOR CH-7 LPTV IN LOS ANGELES
  The following application has been accepted for filing
  and is not mutually exclusive with any other application/s.
  The new station might be used for Low Power/Television
  Translator or Class A purposes (collectively "LPTV"):
  New CH-7 LPTV for Los Angeles; applicant is ABC Holding
  Company Inc.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286163A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTL-20081021ABD   KHIR-LP  130855   KHIR TV, INC.
                  E     CHAN-22          TWIN PEAKS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KHIR-LP.
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMIT APPLICATION, CH-49,
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  Permit is for XHDTV, CH-49, Tecate-Cerra Bola, Baja
  California, Mexico, to send programming across the U.S./
  Mexican border.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286199A1.pdf
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  PROPOSED CP FOR CH-64 LPTV AT GLENDALE
  The following application has been accepted for filing
  and is not mutually exclusive with any other application/s.
  The station might be used for Low Power/Television Translator
  or Class A purposes (collectively "LPTV"):
  New CH-64 LPTV for Glendale; applicant is Obidia Porras
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286163A1.doc
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