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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #871
                   Tuesday,  December 9, 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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  THE DTV COUNTDOWN
  o  San Diego analog TV stations (including XETV) will
  participate in a "soft shutdown" on December 17 @ 6:58PM.
  For details, see the story entitled, "Local Analog TV Channels
  to Participate in Soft Shutdown" at:
  http://www.sbe36.org/
  o  The initial idea was to have the San Diego NTSC carriers
  turned off for five minutes, but the GMs reportedly didn't like
  that idea and decided to run a two-minute announcement instead.
  o  Brief market-wide analog (NTSC) shutdowns are encouraged
  by the NAB for mid-December and mid-January:
  http://www.rbr.com/tv-cable/11545.html
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  SAN DIEGO BROADCAST ENGINEERS' LUNCHEON DECEMBER 10
  San Diego radio and television broadcast engineers are
invited to a SBE Holiday Luncheon on December 10 at high noon.
See story entitled, "December 2008 - Holiday Luncheon" at:
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  DTV PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH FCC
  The Los Angeles FCC Field Office has a wealth of DTV
transition material on hand to help your viewers.  Presumably
the other FCC Field Offices have the same offerings, but we know
that L.A. has easy-to-read write ups on why the DTV transition
is occurring and how to hook-up over-the-air converter boxes.
Information on antennas and closed captioning is also available.
If you need DTV converter box coupon applications, the L.A.
office has those too.
  Do you need a speaker on the DTV transition?  The FCC can
provide one.  Typical venues are senior citizen centers, libraries
and even farmer's markets.  The Commission is particularly
interested in reaching low income and non-English speaking
people who might otherwise find themselves disenfranchised
come February 17.
  To reach the Los Angeles FCC Field Office, call (562) 865-2702.
We are told that the L.A. office covers Los Angeles, Orange,
Ventura, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Fresno, San Luis Obispo
and Kern Counties, parts of Riverside County and even the southern
portion of the San Francisco area.  (Basically the Pacific Coast
to the Nevada border.)  If you are outside of this area and need
any of the DTV offerings listed above, call (888) CALL-FCC.
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing a new digital
  television translator service for analog loss areas will
  tentatively be considered at the Commission's open meeting
  on December 18:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287123A1.doc
  o  According to Commissioner Adelstein, "...as Nielsen has
  recently reported, Hispanic TV households remain the slowest
  group to prepare for the [DTV] transition."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287163A1.doc
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  GROSS COORDINATE ERROR AT KIRN(AM)
  KIRN(AM), Simi Valley, CA, has been issued an FCC Notice of
Violation for tower coordinates that are off by a whole degree
of longitude, creating an error of about 57 miles.  However, the
station owner, Lotus Communications, maintains that it attempted
to correct the error with FCC staff on more than one occasion
and to no avail.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-286913A1.html
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  GROSS OVERPOWERED OPERATION AT KSFV-LP, CH-6 (LOS ANGELES)
  There is news to report in the "Channel 6 acting as an FM
radio station" department.  KSFV-LP, CH-6 on Mt. Harvard (adjacent
to Mt. Wilson and serving Los Angeles), has been cited by the FCC
for running almost eight-times the allowable aural transmitter
power.  Their aural transmitter is apparently primarily used
to broadcast to FM receivers tuned to 87.7 MHz.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-286914A1.html
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  ANONYMOUS COMMENTS ON THE KSFV-LP NOTICE OF VIOLATION
  o  Re KSFV-LP being cited for running almost eight times
  the allowable aural transmitter power: I was disappointed
  that (1) the FCC continues to allow CH-6s to act like FMs
  and (2) KSFV-LP was not cited for grossly excessive modulation.
  ... Still, the citation is a step in the right direction.
  Maybe the FCC will use this opportunity to stop CH-6 stations
  from acting like FMs.  This is crazy.
  o  Yeah, and now [KSFV is] asking the FCC to allow them to
  [run excessive power] legally.  Now THAT'S chutspah!  Here
  is KSFV's request:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KSFV_LP_Waiver_App.pdf
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  REDUCING THE RECURRENT COSTS OF TOWER LIGHT INSPECTIONS
  Question:  Did you see this story on reducing tower lighting
inspections from quarterly to yearly using high tech remote
monitoring equipment?  <http://radioworld.com/article/70940>
  Answer:  CGC covered the story back in May 2007.  See the
URL below and the story entitled, "Tower lighting inspections
relaxed to yearly with waiver."
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2007/cgc793.htm
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  FREE TOWER IN SANTA BARBARA
  KEYT(TV), Santa Barbara, has a tower in storage we'd like to
get rid of.  The tower is a 40' self-supporting Tashjian T-26.
The tower has been out of service for several years, but as far
as I can tell, it is in very good condition.
  The tower is in two 20' sections in the parking lot next to
our warehouse in Santa Barbara.  We're offering the tower free to
anyone who will remove it at their own expense.  Any broadcaster,
communications company or amateur who wants the tower is welcome
to it.  A picture of the tower can be seen on the KEYT website at
http://www.keyt.com/home/35500339.html
  Information and specifications on the tower can be seen at
the Tashjian website at http://www.tashtowers.com/selftowers.html
  Dave Williams, Chief Engineer
  d.williams (at) keyt.com
  Office: (805) 882-3928
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  WHERE TO GET A GOOD BROADCAST ENGINEERING EDUCATION
  Regarding the inquiry of where to get a good broadcast
engineering education (CGC #870), Cris Alexander of Crawford
Broadcasting Company kindly provided the following list of
educational institutions recognized by SBE.  Thank you Cris!
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/SBE_School_List_May_08.doc
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  RICHLAND TOWERS' INVOLVEMENT WITH KNSD AND KNBC
  I thought you might want to pass on that Richland Towers
manages the KNBC-TV site on Mt. Wilson now.  Richland also
owns the KNSD site on San Miguel Mountain in San Diego.
  Best holiday wishes to your readers.
  Chuck Wilkinson
  cwilkinson (at) rtowers.com
  Acquisitions/Development, Richland Towers
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  HAM RADIO NOTES
  o  Pat Bunsold, WA6MHZ, is past ARRL Section Manager for
  San Diego and is recovering from heart surgery last Thursday
  at Grossmont Hospital.  He enjoys receiving calls and can be
  reached at (619) 740-6000.  He particularly enjoys discussing
  vintage radio and even runs a ham radio museum at home.
  o  Here is a nice video concerning Amateur Radio's
  participation in the recent San Diego earthquake drill:
  http://tinyurl.com/EQDrill
  o  The City of San Diego has proposed amendments to its Land
  Development Code as it relates to Amateur Radio towers:
  http://tinyurl.com/SDAmateurRegs
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Where things stand on the proposed +10 dB FM HD Radio
  power increase:
  http://radioworld.com/article/70932
  http://radioworld.com/article/70934
  o  Copper thieves threaten critical US infrastructure,
  FBI says:
  http://www.fbi.gov/hq/majorthefts/coppertheft_120308b.htm
  http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/12/copper-thieves.html
  o Five minute video on America's most dangerous job,
  tower work:
  http://tinyurl.com/TowerWork
  o  Virtual radio transmitter site tours courtesy of Jim
  Hawkins' "Radio Room:"
  http://hawkins.pair.com/radio.html
  o  Radio legend Bill Drake died last week at the age of 71
  (lung cancer).  He was half of the famed of Drake-Chenault
  radio programming team and helped create the legendary Boss
  Radio format on KHJ in the 60s:
  http://tinyurl.com/572pxg
  http://radioworld.com/article/71054
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  TV TRANSITION NOTES
  o  WECT, Wilmington, made the DTV switch early and offers
  valuable lessons for all of us facing the Feb. 17 deadline:
  http://www.rbr.com/features/viewpoints/11655.html
  o  As expected, ATSC has approved a "candidate standard" that
  would allow DTV stations to broadcast to cell phones and other
  portable devices.  A final standard is expected in the second
  or third quarter of next year:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6618009.html
  o  MediaFLO is poised to power-up more transmitters
  (broadcasting their proprietary video stream to cell phones)
  following the Feb 17 NTSC-to-DTV switch, increasing its
  coverage from 140 million people (Dec 2008) to 200 million
  (Dec 2009):
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6618151.html
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  INTENTIONAL/COMPACT RADIO FREQUENCY JAMMER
  "Intentionally interfering with an RF signal is a big no-no,
but that didn't stop someone from posting complete instructions
on how to build your own portable, self-tuning, wideband RF
jammer.  We don't agree with the concept, but we admire the
detail of the work."  -Radio Current magazine, 12/8/08:
  http://www.ladyada.net/make/wavebubble/index.html
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Regarding the F-15 pilot landing with a missing wing
  (CGC #870), one of our readers provides an even more amazing
  video.  Hang onto your hats for this one:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRCbkBfdBrQ
  o  Great video of ALL presidents, each morphing into the next:
  http://www.flixxy.com/presidents-morphing.htm
  o  Fabulous aerial photographs of London at night:
  http://tinyurl.com/AerialLondon
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT PERMIT CANCELLED
  BXP-20070223AGX    KTLK  19219    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
             E     1150 KHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
  Permit cancelled per app's request on 11-14-2008.
  (no letter sent)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BP-20050809ADY    KLSD  34452    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
            E     1360 KHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Dismissed per applicant's 11/4/08 request
  (without letter) 12/2/08
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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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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20080707AKY   KMRB  52913   MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
           P     1430 KHZ                 LICENSEE, LLC
                                         SAN GABRIEL, CA
  License to cover. Engineering Amendment filed 08/06/2008
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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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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BXPED-20081120ACU   KCRU  59085   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
              E     89.1 MHZ          COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         OXNARD, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/25/2008
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPED-20081120ACU  KCRU  59085   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
             E     89.1 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         OXNARD, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/25/2008
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20070327ADP    K206AC  62951   STATE OF CALIFORNIA
               E     89.1 MHZ            SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K206AC.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLED-20081113AET   KPCC  51701   PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
              E     89.3 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          PASADENA, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/21/2008
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20080917ACK  KPCC-FM1  178427  PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
                E     89.3 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                           SANTA CLARITA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20081113AAK  KRCV-1 169192  UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE COR..
               E     98.3 MHZ              SAN DIMAS, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTVL-20080922AFN   KVTU-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN 
                E     CHAN-3           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVTU-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/07/2008
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/03/2008
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20081112ALL  KMRZ-LP 127901  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                E     CHAN-69              MORENO VALLEY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831AMZ.
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