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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #867
                  Monday,  November 10, 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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  WHITE SPACES DEVICES APPROVED BY FCC - A MONUMENTAL DECISION
  On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, the FCC approved the use
of TV white spaces devices.  These are unlicensed transmitter/
receiver combinations that will send and receive Internet data
for the general public on hopefully unused television channels.
  FCC's approval came after an intensive lobbying effort by
NAB and others to postpone the vote or deny the technology.  The
well-founded fear is that millions of unlicensed white space
transmitters will inevitably lead to interference and an
impossible policing situation.
  John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable writes, "FCC engineers
whose report paved the way for the FCC to potentially approve
mobile unlicensed devices in the broadcast band were not given
permission to attend a meeting at the FCC Friday (Oct. 31) about,
among other things, their own report...."  Lack of engineers,
truth tellers in most instances, is more than a little disturbing.
  http://tinyurl.com/WhiteSpace5
  http://tinyurl.com/WhiteSpecesOne
  http://tinyurl.com/WhiteSpacesTwo
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286566A1.doc
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  FCC ADOPTS DISTRIBUTED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES FOR DTV
  In this Report and Order, the FCC adopts rules for the
use of distributed transmission system ("DTS") technologies in
the digital television service.  The Commission finds that DTS
will furnish broadcasters with an important tool for providing
optimum signal coverage for their viewers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-256A1.doc
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  CABLE RULING
  On October 31, 2008, the federal appeals court in
Washington, D.C. ruled to uphold the FCC's decision to require
cable systems to make the digital signals of local broadcast
must-carry stations viewable to all subscribers, including
analog subscribers....
  http://tinyurl.com/6gh4k4  (TV Week)
  http://tinyurl.com/5r6ctk  (WSJ, subscription required)
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - ITEM OF UNUSUAL INTEREST
  The FCC's San Francisco field office has cited the owner
of a tower for providing coordinates that were allegedly in
error by 140 feet.  Absent some unusual circumstance, this is
a small number to quibble about and the FCC says that its own
measurements only gave an approximate position of the tower.
  Did the FCC use a DGPS or theodolite survey in an attempt
to pinpoint the tower?  What datum did the FCC use?  How can a
Notice of Violation ("NOV") be written on unqualified approximate
data?  There are many questions about this NOV.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-286437A1.html
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  HAL WILLIAMS IS LOOKING FOR ENGINEERING EMPLOYMENT
  My abbreviated resume follows.  Worked for Southern California
Broadcasting Company from 1967 to 1998 as Chief Engineer for KIEV.
Built several transmitter and studio facilities.  Also contracted
on various AM and FM projects with different consultants during
the KIEV tenure.
  From 1998 to 2008, Technical Facilities Manager for Salem
Communications.  Managed the 100+ station FCC Compliance Program
with on-site FCC type inspections.  Coordinated with the Salem
station engineers to find solutions to technical and operational
problems.  Took part in projects doing hands-on constructions,
repairs, proofs, etc. at various facilities as needed.  Worked
with the Salem legal department to complete the technical and
environmental license renewal requirements for all the Salem
stations during the last renewal cycle.
  References available upon request.
  Contact Hal at 805-444-6550 (cell) or n6tz (at) arrl.net
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MT. WILSON POWER OUTAGE RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 13
  The Mt. Wilson/Southern California Edison planned outage
#321171 has been scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 2008,
between 3:00 a.m. and 3:15 a.m.
  Dennis Doty,  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
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  WEDNESDAY LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF RON BLASSNIG, DECEASED
  There will be a no-host lunch gathering to celebrate the
memory of CBS engineer Ron Blassnig next Wednesday (November 12th)
at 1:00 PM.  The location is one of Ron's favorite places,
Canter's Deli, 419 N. Fairfax, LA 90036.
  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to me here at the
station.
  Thanks, Lynn Duke, lduke (at) cbs.com, (323) 930-5211
  [Lynn is Engineering Manager of KRTH - KTWV - KLSX,
  CBS Radio - Los Angeles.   -Ed.]
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  HIGHLIGHTS FROM SAN DIEGO SBE CHAPTER 36 NEWSLETTER
  o  Brawley FM moving into San Diego area.
  o  Astounding RFI, from just about DC to daylight,
  produced by a "Sears DieHard power tool "Multi-chemistry"
  battery charger."  Has anyone else checked this device?
  o  Next San Diego SBE meeting is November 19 - Rorke
  Data will sort out what's happening with today's spinning
  disk and linear tape data storage media.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Here is a ten minute video showing the decommissioned
  Voice of America transmitting facility at Delano, CA and
  the effort to preserve it:
  http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=qlLhWlDbKbI&fmt=18
  o  Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, San Diego, to receive
  the Sarnoff Citation award.  Congratulations Paul!
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0101/t.16163.html
  o  New Faces at NPR Labs:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.16160.html
  o  Monday marks 100 days until the DTV Switch:
  http://tinyurl.com/100DayMarker
  o  Ether may not permeate space, but perhaps it can be
  mined in Desert Hot Springs, CA.  Note the second item under
  the heading AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC below.
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  REGARDING THE TOM SILLIMAN/EMPIRE STATE PHOTO
  Last week we linked to a spectacular photograph of Tom Silliman
working on an FM broadcast antenna high above most of the New York
City rooftops.  He was accompanied by Deke Johnson (on the left)
and the antenna was deactivated at the time.  Tom adds:
  "The photo you sent was on the front cover of the New York
Times (city news section of the paper) in 2001 prior to 911....
We were in the process of inspecting the feed harness of one of
the eight elements of the Empire State Building's FM Master
Antenna....  This photo was later put on the Internet as a part
of the group of photos of jobs that one wouldn't want to have."
  Knowing how much Tom loves his work, we suspect this is one
job that Tom couldn't live without.  The photo is at the first
URL below and further information is at the second URL (scroll
down to the "Miscellaneous" section of our 2003 newsletter).
  http://www.laforetvisuals.com/content/photos/0LaforetP009.jpg
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2003/cgc566.htm
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  OFF TOPIC:  DISPENSING SCOTCH TAPE IN A DARK CLOSET
  Many years ago when I was a little kid, I used to pull
scotch tape off its role in a dark closet and watch the blue
glow at the point where the tape separated from the role (re
CGC #864).  My folks were not happy!  Apparently I watched a
little too much and they were not amused by the large amount
of tape I regularly consumed in my "experiments."
  Burt Weiner, K6OQK, biwa (at) att.net
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20081030ADI    KOGO  51514    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
            P     600 KHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNP-20051031AGQ    NEW   161373   ETHER MINING CORPORATION
             E    1220 KHZ           DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  AM Auction 84
  CP New Station.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/26/2007
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/04/2008
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/16/2008
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20081027ADE   KGIL  43937  MOUNT WILSON FM BROADCASTERS, INC.
           P     1260 KHZ               BEVERLY HILLS, CA
  Direct Measurement
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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
  APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BPED-20070906AEA  KPCC  51701  PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
            E    89.3 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                      PASADENA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Dismissed by letter 12/17/2007 (47 CFR Section 73.509 violation)
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 01/22/2008 by Padadena Area
  Community College District
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/22/2008
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 10/29/2008
  Application reinstated nunc pro tunc 10/29/2008
  (No letter sent)
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20081029ADR KCAQ-FM2  165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
              E    104.7 MHZ               SANTA SUSANA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20080620AIW K285FZ  139771  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS...
             E    104.9 MHZ               PALOS VERDES, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
  Petition to Deny Filed 07/24/2008 by The International Crusade
  of the Penny
  Petition to Deny Filed 07/23/2008 by The Second Samoan
  Congregational Church
  Opposition to Petition to Deny Filed 08/13/2008 by
  The International Crusade of the Penny
  Petitions to Deny Denied 10/29/2008.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20081031ACA  KMRZ-LP 127901 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E     CHAN-12             MORENO VALLEY, CA
  Minor change of callsign KMRZ-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT DISMISSED
  BDFCDTL-20080801AOQ  KPDC-LP  12688  DESERT SPRINGS, INC.
                  E    CHAN-25              INDIO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KPDC-LP.
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