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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #870
                  Wednesday, November 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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  TWO BILLS PENDING TO EXTEND ANALOG TV OPERATIONS
  A Senate bill called SAFER, that would allow TV broadcasters
nationwide to continue their analog signals for 30 days beyond the
Feb. 17, 2009 cutoff date, passed the Senate by unanimous consent
Thursday according to the office of one of its sponsors, Sen.
Jay Rockefeller.  However, House action will not occur until
the week of December 8 at the earliest.
  A second bill also awaiting House action is the "The Digital
Television Border Fix Act of 2008" (formerly 2007).  This bill
would allow broadcasters within 50 miles of the U.S./Mexican
border four more years of analog operation provided certain
conditions are met.
  The SAFER bill:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6616487.html
  http://www.tvnewsday.com/articles/2008/11/20/daily.12/
  The Border Fix Act -- see first story at:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2008/cgc850.htm
  [In planning next year's frequency measurements for client
  stations, CGC assumes that the DTV switch will occur on
  2/17/09.  If analog operations are extended significantly
  for some stations, CGC will treat those as special cases
  and cross that bridge at that time.]
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC launches Web site dedicated to Hawaii's early
  transition to DTV on January 15:
  http://www.dtv.gov/Hawaii/
  o  Plans regarding the transition of the 2500-2690 MHz
  MDS/ITFS band:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2536A1.doc
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  EVENT RADIO SERVICE PROPOSED
  A Petition for Rule Making has been submitted to the FCC
to create an "Event Radio Service."  This service is intended
to be used at concerts, sporting events and other short-term
live productions.  The service is to be located in the FM
broadcast band with power and height restrictions.  No
comment date has been set.
  Graham Brock company newsletter, November 2008
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  ON GETTING A GOOD BROADCAST ENGINEERING EDUCATION
  A friend sent me the following, and I didn't have a good
answer:
  "My son is considering going back to school to get a broadcast
engineering degree -- he already has a BA in film/TV.  In looking
around, it seems that most of those are at two year colleges;
however, would it be more appropriate to get a second Bachelor's?
Or if the two year colleges are considered good, which ones
would be [best]?"
  If CGC Communicator readers respond directly back to me, I'll
summarize the responses and send them on to my friend, and back
to CGC for a possible future posting in the Communicator.
  Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq., W6JLK
  Kramer Telecom Law Firm, P.C.
  Kramer (at) TelecomLawFirm.com
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  TRANSMITTER DESTRUCTION BY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE
  The following letter was received on Nov 19, 2008 and
commented on transmitting facilities impacted by the recent
southern California wildfires:
  "Gibraltar Peak had one building totally destroyed -- all
  of the Low Power TVs and two radio stations as well as LPFMs.
  The two radio stations have moved up the hill slightly to
  another site."
  This follow-up email by Richard Rudman offers clarification:
  "Only one station was temporarily moved, KSBL.  Application
  for an STA is in the works."
  http://tinyurl.com/67yfl9  (Map showing location of KSBL)
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  TOWER IN OCEANSIDE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  The large Cox Cable headend tower in Oceanside's Buddy
Todd Park (CGC #869) is no longer available.  Thanks to all
who have asked about it.
  Larry DeMontegre, WQ6V, wq6v (at) aol.com
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  ABOUT THE TOWER WITH THE 140 FOOT LOCATION DISCREPANCY
  Regarding the tower in Adin, CA (CGC #867), a check of
the FAA Obstruction Evaluation Website shows a new study
in progress for the tower at slightly different coordinates,
closer (but not identical) to those suggested by the FCC
in the Notice of Violation.
  William R. Sullivan, Chief Engineer
  wsullivan (at) megastations.net
  WNUE-FM - Entravision Communications
  Altamonte Springs, FL
  http://tinyurl.com/5rqnl5
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  REGARDING "DISPENSING SCOTCH TAPE IN A DARK CLOSET" (CGC #867)
  Actually what Burt observed (in his youth) was a physical
process known as tribo-electric charging.  This occurs in nature
when two dissimilar dielectric materials are pulled apart from
each other due to some external force.  This is the same process
that powers every kind of electro-static generator ever invented
by man.
  Bill Wysock, N6UXW, wysock (at) ttr.com
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triboelectric_effect
  http://www.siliconfareast.com/tribo_series.htm
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  ON THE LOSS OF JOHN PAOLI
  Steve Keating was unusually close to John Paoli, former
Chief Engineer of KFI, Los Angeles.  Steve writes, "I think
the entire broadcast engineering community should know what
a fine person and consummate professional John was along with
my thoughts about our lives together and our friendship....
  One of the things I most enjoyed about [our] relationship
in recent years is no matter where we found ourselves, we kept
in touch.  I think true friends always do."
  Steve's complete memorial to John is now posted on the
Web and is well worth reading:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Obit/Paoli.htm
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  KEN MILLER PASSES AWAY
  It is with great sorrow that I must convey the news that my
uncle, Ken Miller, passed away last Monday Nov. 17 of a massive
heart attack at his home in Cottonwood, AZ.  Per his request, no
services were held.  If you wish to contact his wife, Marjorie,
you may reply to this email and I will see that any messages
are passed along to her.
  Ken was one in a million and will be greatly missed by all
who knew him.
  Debbie Diltz, ddiltz (at) cox.net
  [According to Ed Knight, CPBE, Bonneville International,
  Phoenix, AZ, Ken Miller worked for Metromedia, KLAC & KMET,
  in the 70s and later worked for KRTH & KHJ until he retired.]
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) is about to introduce
  legislation that would require cable operators to provide local
  TV signals at a reduced cost indefinitely to people who lose
  over-the-air TV service as a result of the digital transition
  next February:
  http://www.multichannel.com/CA6615734.html
  o  Volvo said it's the first auto maker to offer HD Radio
  as standard equipment in nearly all of its 2009 models:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.16275.html
  o  Radio World picks up McLarnon's concerns over the
  proposed 10 dB power increase for HD-FM:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.16278.html
  o  Standalone Internet radio is slowly becoming a viable
  business model.  Here is a glimpse of Brandywine Radio serving
  the western suburbs of Philadelphia.  The station is run by
  Lloyd Roach, W3QT:
  http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/pa/chester/nabes/21412624.html
  http://www.brandywineradio.com/
  o  A bit of WLS history:
  http://www.wlshistory.com/home.htm
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Unbelievable Flight of Fancy: F-15 Flying With One Wing:
  http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/510XV0/081120-One-Wing
  o  Never mess with Black Holes:
  http://michelesweb-blog.blogspot.com/2008/11/black-hole.html
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                 Please accept our best wishes
             for a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.

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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNP-20070926AMO   NEW   160820   CHRISTYAHNA BROADCASTING, INC.
           E     1400 KHZ                 LEMON GROVE, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petition to Deny filed 10/11/07 by ("Gold Coast")
  Opposition  to Petition to Deny Filed 03/06/2008 by Christyahna
  Broadcasting inc
  Request for Extension of time filed 3/18/08 by ("Gold Coast")
  Reply Filed 04/01/2008 by Gold Coast Broadcasting Inc.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/06/2008
  Supplement to Opposition to Petition to Deny filed 6/27/08 by
  ("CBI")
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPED-20081120ACU   KCRU   59085   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
              E     89.1 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                           OXNARD, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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