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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #865
                   Sunday, November 2, 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 TO HOLD OPEN COMMISSION MEETING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
  Items of more than routine interest are as follows:
  o  Item 5 (white space transmitters):  "The Commission will
  consider a Second Report and Order and Memorandum Opinion and
  Order to consider rules for operation of low power devices
  in the broadcast television spectrum."
  o  Item 6, "The Commission will consider a Report and Order
  to adopt rules for the use of distributed transmission system
  ("DTS") technologies in the digital television ("DTV") service."
  o  Item 7, "The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling
  and Order concerning the application of the Commission's closed
  captioning requirements to digital programming, as well as
  measures regarding the handling and addressing of consumer
  concerns and complaints regarding closed captioning."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286392A1.doc
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  WHITE SPACES VOTE LOOMS FOR NOVEMBER 4
  Chairman Martin told Congress that, out of an abundance of
caution, the FCC conducted a peer review of the FCC engineers'
report on white spaces testing, and that it concluded the tests
were "well done and thorough" within the limitations involved.
  The FCC has just released the peer review paperwork, but we
will spare you the massive text and rely on the Broadcasting &
Cable synopsis instead.  On the other side of the coin, everyone
and their sister is urging the FCC to delay the white spaces 
vote, even singer Dolly Parton:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6609839.html?industryid=48696
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6608923.html
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS
  The latest FCC experimental grants have been reviewed.  This
was one of those rare occasions when nothing of local interest
was found:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286331A1.doc
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  SPRINT/NEXTEL 800 MHZ SPECTRUM RELINQUISHMENT UPDATE
  The FCC has granted a waiver to Sprint/Nextel allowing it
to relinquish spectrum in stages, tied to the progress towards
completion of rebanding achieved by 800 MHz NPSPAC licensees
in each NPSPAC Public Safety Region.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-253A1.doc
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  MT. WILSON POWER OUTAGE SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 5
  Southern California Edison (SCE) has scheduled a power outage
on Mt. Wilson for November 5, 2008 from 3:00 to 3:30 AM.  Since
election results will be coming in throughout that night, Scott
Mason of CBS objected to the outage when announced at the SCFCC
Mt. Wilson picnic by Cynthia Martin (spelling uncertain) of SCE.
  Ms. Martin indicated that she was not in a position to
reschedule the outage on the spot but would take the rescheduling
request back to the office.
  If you could be affected by the outage and believe it should
be postponed, get in touch with SCE.  They provided a 24-hour
customer service center number of 800-655-4555, and Cynthia
pronounced her edress as...
  Cynthia.Martin (at) sce.com
  ...but did not spell her name for confirmation.
  If you have the inside phone number to Joe Torres with Edison,
try that route.
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  DAVID GRAY IS LOOKING FOR TELEVISION ENGINEERING WORK
  I have 28 years of goal oriented, hands-on engineering,
IT and Ops management experience, from concept to construction
and from integration to ops.  For six years I have been the CE
for KPSP, a CBS affiliate in Palm Springs.  For 15 years I was
the DE and Tech Ops Mgr for Gulf California Broadcasting with
multiple full and LP stations in s. California including KESQ.
I have years of TV design and integration experience with
TV Magic in San Diego and Hubcom in Florida.
  Can I help you reach your goals?  Thank you for your
consideration!!!
  David Gray, 760-275-9897 (cell), Dkgray5757 (at) yahoo.com
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS CLIPS FROM ALL OVER
  o  How AM radio broadcasting works, step-by-step, 
  a 1937 film classic 6.5 minutes in length:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VHtZr_xsT8
  o  The KGO solar power project, a work in progress:
  http://dynamic.kgoradio.com/solar.php/
  o  This video shows just how potentially dangerous tower
  work can be.  You probably don't want this job:
  http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=77572
  o  Another incredible shot of Tom Silliman at work on the
  Empire State Building transmission tower:
  http://www.laforetvisuals.com/content/photos/0LaforetP009.jpg
  o  Here is a survey form from iBiquity.  At page bottom note
  that Jacobs Media Online is involved in distributing the survey,
  yet the results will be published not by Jacobs or by an
  independent firm but by iBiquity itself:
  http://www.jacobsmediaonline.com/ibiquity
  o  John Gorman's Media Blog takes a critical look at the
  HD Radio rollout.  The thoughts are somewhat scattered -
  be forewarned - but some fundamental truths are expressed:
  http://tinyurl.com/HDRollout
  o  The November issue of Crawford Broadcasting's "The Local
  Oscillator" is hot off the virtual press and available for
  your online viewing pleasure.  Details on the copper theft
  at KLVZ are most interesting:
  http://tinyurl.com/LOfor11-08
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                       LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  RON BLASSNIG PASSES AWAY
  It saddens me greatly to report that long time Los Angeles
radio engineer Ron Blassnig has lost his battle with cancer.
He passed away at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at
St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica.
  Many of your readers have met or worked with Ron and know
what a wonderful person he was.  I first met him in 1971 when we
were both working at small stations in Oregon and Washington.  He
came to work at K-Earth and KHJ under RKO the first time in 1981
and stayed in LA radio the following 27 years.  During that time,
he worked at a number of stations including, KRTH, KHJ, KZLA,
KLAC, KDAY, Radio Unica, KROQ and KCBS-FM, and most recently
KRTH, KTWV and KLSX under CBS.
  Ron was one of those guys who never met a person he didn't
like.  He was always upbeat and had a story to share.  Even when
he was extremely sick from medical treatments he wanted to be at
work and around people.  To say we will miss him is really an
understatement.
  We are in touch with his family in Seattle and will let you
know what memorial service arrangements are made.
  Lynn Duke, Engineering Manager, KRTH - KTWV - KLSX
  CBS Radio - Los Angeles,  lduke (at) cbs.com
  (323) 930-5211 Office
  [Lynn adds that Ron's cancer started as a kidney tumor in
2000.  It re-occurred twice and the last time was inoperable.
-Ed.]
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  POTENTIAL MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH
  Roger Knipp, N6VU, an engineer with KLCS-TV, has designed
and built a device that is reportedly able to "electrocute" many
body pathogens, and hasten recovery from the diseases they cause.
The device works by painlessly inducing small RF currents at
frequencies reported to be lethal to bacteria and viruses, which
in turn relieves the immune system of a significant load.
  According to Roger, experiments in the Philippines have
shown the device to quickly relieve viral blood infections such
as dinghy fever and shingles.  For further information, you can
download a free 600-page book touching on the subject (below)
or Roger can be contacted at rwknipp (at) yahoo.com for a
copy of the manual for his improved device.
  http://www.drloyd.com/cure.pdf
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  INTERESTING NOTES
  o  About every eight minutes, something will happen high
  overhead that until recently many scientists didn't recognize.
  A magnetic portal will open, linking the Earth to the sun 93
  million miles away, and tons of high-energy particles may
  flow through the opening before it closes again:
  http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/30oct_ftes.htm?list747346
  o  This has to be the greatest nostalgia site ever!!
  - Red Blanchard, W6AG
  http://www.theradio.com
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20080815ACH   KGBA  8174   THE VOICE OF INTERNATONAL
           P     1490 KHZ       CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM, INC.
                                        HEBER, CA
  License to cover.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BNPED-20071018AVL   NEW  173910     STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
             E     88.1 MHZ       SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
                                        CALIPATRIA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Informal Objection Filed 10/22/2008 by HOLY CROSS RADIO
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLED-20080820AFY  KUOR-FM 69217 UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
               E    89.1 MHZ            REDLANDS, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20080626ABS KFSH-FM 2195 NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO.
            E    95.9 MHZ             LA MIRADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A
  LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20081007AFU   K270AI  88469  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
             E     101.9 MHZ             CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  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 LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20081027ABB  KCIO-LP  11529  OBIDIA PORRAS
                E    CHAN-6           BARSTOW, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20080110ABY,
  callsign KCIO-LP.
  [Is this LPTV acting as an FM?  Observations needed.  -Ed.]
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20081022ABW   KSMV-LP  14002    KJLA, LLC
                  E     CHAN-23        LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSMV-LP.
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  CH-50 -- KVMD-DT, TWENTYNINE PALMS
  The rulemaking petition to change KVMD's DTV channel from
  23 to 50 has been dismissed.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2428A1.doc
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