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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #873
                   Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2009, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ANALOG NIGHTLIGHT PROGRAM
  It's official.  The "Nightlight Bill" has become law.
Eligible TV stations may keep their analog transmitters on
the air for an extra 30 days past the February 17, 2009 DTV
switch date to broadcast emergency and DTV switch information
on their analog channels.  The FCC is to work out the details
by mid-month:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6624867.html
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6626521.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-281A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287676A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2820A1.doc
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  FCC REPORTS SHOW ANALOG VS. DIGITAL TV COVERAGE CHANGES
  The FCC has released two reports that show changes in
the coverages of the nation's full-power television stations
as they prepare to transition from analog to digital broadcasting
on February 17, 2009.  Let your viewers know what to expect:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287579A1.doc
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  REPLACEMENT DIGITAL LOW POWER TELEVISION TRANSLATOR STATIONS
  With this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC proposes
to create a new "replacement" digital television translator
service to permit full-service television stations to continue
to provide service to viewers within their coverage area who
have lost service as a result of the DTV transition.  Filing
procedures are outlined in the second URL.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-278A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2818A1.doc
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  COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES TO USE TV CHANNEL 15 FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
  The County of Los Angeles has filed 57 applications and
requests to use, by waiver, for public safety communications,
all frequencies in the television Channel 15 band (476-482 MHz).
For the reasons stated below, the FCC has conditionally granted
the requests:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2823A1.doc
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  NEXTEL 800 MHZ BORDER ZONE REBANDING DELAYED (AGAIN)
  By this Public Notice, the FCC extends the negotiation
period for Wave 4 NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1)
licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region until April 1, 2009,
and postpones the beginning of the mediation period for such
licensees until April 2, 2009.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-2811A1.doc
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  WASHINGTON D.C. JAIL TO TEST CELL JAMMER
  This is definitely one of the more unusual Special
Temporary Authority (STA) grants by the FCC.  Short and
sweet reading:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-3A1.txt
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  CHANNEL 6 TV STATIONS ACTING AS FMs -- FEEDBACK GALORE
  In our last two newsletters (December 2008), readers commented
on various aspects of Channel 6 LPTV stations behaving like FM
broadcast stations instead of televisions stations.  In particular,
there were comments on the FCC's Notice of Violation (NOV) against
KSFV-LP for allegedly running almost eight-times the allowable
aural transmitter power -- and KSFV's special request to the
FCC that KSFV be allowed to run excessive power.
  Right after our last newsletter was published, Radio World
printed a cover story entitled Concerns Raised About 'Franken
FMs.' Franken FMs is their term for Channel 6 stations acting
like FMs.  The article by Randy J. Stine is fascinating and
is available here:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/71552
  Now our readers have added even more thoughts to the Franken
FM situation and their responses have been Web-posted at the
following address.  Perhaps KSFV's special request -- asking
the FCC for permission to run excessive aural power -- will
entice the Commission to rule on the question of whether
Channel 6 stations are even allowed to act like FMs.
  Our readers' questions and letters are posted here:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Franken_FMs.htm
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  INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH TOWER ICE
  I saw an article about icing in the latest online edition
of Radio World from Dave Abdoo in Albany, NY.  The article had
a few photos showing a bit of ice on their antenna.
  Here is a photo of KLYY-FM on Heap's Peak taken on December
16th.  The deicers were turned on the day before the storm.
That's what I call icing!  FYI, we had to operate at 25% power
when the VSWR reached 2.5-to-1.
  Rick Hunt, Vice President & Director of Radio Engineering
  Entravision Communications Corporation (EVC)
  rhunt (at) entravision.com
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/KLYY-FM_12-16-08.pdf
  [Editor's note:  The KLYY antenna is 6,550 ft. AMSL]
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  POSSIBLE PIRATE:  MT. SAN JACINTO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  Apparently the unlicensed 1620 kHz AM station at Mt. San
Jacinto Community College ("MSJCC") has returned to the air and,
according to earlier reports, can be heard in Hemet.  One of our
readers asks why the college has resumed operating the station
when unlicensed operations should only cover a distance of
approximately 200 feet, or serve the area of a college campus.
MSJCC was cited for grossly excessive field strength a year ago.
  See the FCC's opinion on the nominal reach of
  unlicensed AM stations:
  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/lowpwr.html#UNLICENSED
  See the FCC's Notice of Unlicensed Operation to MSJCC:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-279229A1.html
  For case history, see the first story under Random Notes at:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2008/cgc840.htm
    and
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2008/cgc841.htm
  Editorial comment:  Unless someone files a complaint with
the FCC and presses the issue, the San Diego FCC field office
is likely to do nothing further in this case.  The upcoming DTV
transition is straining the Commission's resources.
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  NEW LPFM IN ORANGE COUNTY
  There is a new FM station in Orange County as of August 2008:
KOCI-LP, 101.5 MHz, 42 watts ERP.  It's licensed to Newport Beach.
The transmitter is on 17th and Irvine Avenue in Costa Mesa,
presumably atop the Newport Office Tower.  KOCI can be clearly
heard in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, but Westminster and Garden
Grove receive weak signals, and listeners south of Newport should
hear 101.5/KGB out of San Diego since terrain tends to block Los
Angeles DMA signals along the coast.
  KOCI plays a nice variety of classical rock.  Give it a listen.
  JamesWootton (at) webtv.net
  P.S.  Interference from KGB can at times can be severe
depending on temperature inversion layer ducting which is
really troublesome during summer months.
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  JORGE WILKINS, SR., DECEASED
  Jorge R. Wilkins, for many years the General Manager and
Chief Engineer of XEPRS, 1090 kHz, Tijuana, has passed away.
He was born in 1922 and lost his battle with pneumonia on
December 25, 2008 at 11 PM in a Tijuana Hospital.
  Per his request, he will be cremated and his ashes will
be deposited in a Tijuana Church.
  A great man, a great father and a great member of the
Mexican Broadcast Community.
  Jorge L. Wilkins, Chief Engineer, XEPRS
  jlwilkinse (at) yahoo.com
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  TV NEWS BRIEFS
  o  NAB to establish a national DTV Hotline for consumers:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6623250.html
  o  Some see the Blu-ray disk as a mere transitional
  technology:
  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/technology/05bluray.html?_r=1
  o  Requests for $40 DTV converter coupons are being wait-
  listed as funds run low (WSJ, subscription required):
  http://tinyurl.com/WaitList
  o  The latest Tech Notes newsletter contains a large FAQ
  section devoted to the DTV transition -- a great resource
  for your technically-oriented viewers:
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_141.pdf
  o  Here are wonderful still photos of early Los Angeles
  TV Station W6XYZ, Channel 4 (later becoming KTLA on CH-5):
  http://www.earlytelevision.org/w6xyz.html
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  HD RADIO NEWS
  o  The number one radio advertiser in 2008 was the HD Radio
  Alliance:
  http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/$rol.exe/headline_id=b11316
  o  The FCC has apparently begun granting permission
  to some stations for FM IBOC testing at increased power:
  http://radioworld.com/article/71720
  o  Yet with all the HD Radio hype, is the public buying HD?
  This Web posting indicates that HD Radio is a spectacular
  failure despite non-stop suggestions to the contrary by
  iBiquity:
  http://hdradiofarce.blogspot.com/
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  RADIO AND GENERAL NOTES
  o  A copper thief has been arrested thanks to a motion-
  activated still camera that took a series of high-
  resolution pictures (see page 2, photo on left):
  http://tinyurl.com/CopperCam
  o  Next steps in the AM DA performance verification
  proceeding:
  http://radioworld.com/article/71954
  o  This article discusses the possibility that WiMax
  transmitters and C-band receivers may not be good neighbors:
  http://www.tvnewsday.com/articles/2008/12/18/daily.5/
  o  Here is the latest news from San Diego SBE Chapter 36
  including a story entitled, "KDTF-LP Applies for Digital
  Channel 51:"
  http://www.sbe36.org/
  o  About the leap second added at the end of 2008:
  http://tf.nist.gov/pubs/bulletin/leapsecond.htm
  o  The Web site Topozone.com has been sold and the new
  owner no longer offers free topo map downloads.  Fortunately,
  there are other free sources on the Web.
  o  Congressional committee: "The fact that the FCC withheld
  the required engineering reports [on BPL-induced radio frequency
  interference] indicates poor judgment and an attempt to hide
  critical weaknesses in its decision" [to deploy BPL].
  http://radioworld.com/article/71728
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  THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR
  o  It would be a great help to the CGC Communicator if all
Letters to the Editor were kept to 100 words or less.  If you
have more to say or pictures to share, post them on the Web and
send us the URL (the Web address) along with a synopsis not to
exceed 100 words for direct publication in the Communicator.
  o  Keep in mind that e-mail addresses published in
the Communicator are intentionally disguised to thwart spam
software looking for the "@" symbol.  If you want to contact
<john.doe (at) jacor.com>, for example, you must manually re-
construct the address so it reads <john.doe@jacor.com>.
  o  Finally, welcome to 2009!  This year Communications
General® Corporation is celebrating its 50th year in business
and we greatly appreciate your support.
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  A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO BROADCAST ENGINEERS
  Broadcast engineers are the ones who make it work and
make it happen.  They are on call 24/7/365 and do it in the
snow, sleet, rain, and blazing sun... and do it happily.
  We hope you will read and enjoy this tribute to broadcast
engineers penned by June Fox and relayed by Radio World:
  http://radioworld.com/article/71732
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Laurel and Hardy deftly execute a home antenna
  installation (5-star video, 6-minute duration):
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIgqrHTEXbI&feature=related
  o  You can turn day into night.  After this animation loads,
  place your cursor at the top of the picture and slowly move it
  to the bottom.  Click your mouse and the time stamp vanishes.
  http://61226.com/share/hk.swf
  o  Slingshot expert:
  http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=9ieWrWLjii0
  o  How to manufacture nanobamas:
  http://www.nanobama.com/
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                LOCAL FCC APPLICATIONS AND ACTIONS
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  CGC is still assembling its list of FCC Applications
  & Actions covering local AM, FM and TV broadcast stations.
  There is quite a bit of material to sort through following
  the holidays.  Stay tuned -- and Happy New Year!
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