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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #876
                   Tuesday,  January 13, 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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  THE FEBRUARY 17 DTV SWITCH DATE MAY SLIP
  President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone
the February 17 DTV switch date fearing that too many people
aren't ready (Radio World).  As John Eggerton of Broadcasting
& Cable put it, "Maybe it was a portent that David Gilliland,
NASCAR driver of the Ford that the FCC sponsored to promote
the Feb. 17 DTV transition, crashed his first race out."
  However, delay is not a certainty at this time, so 
the only conservative course of action is to stick with our
Feb. 17 switch plans unless and until an official postponement
is announced.
  http://radioworld.com/article/72572
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6628234.html
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6628526.html
  http://tinyurl.com/MartinOnDTV
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC to hold open Commission meeting Thursday, January 15.
  Item of interest: Implementation of Short-term Analog Flash
  and Emergency Readiness Act; establishment of DTV Transition
  "Analog Nightlight" Program:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287784A1.doc
  o  Chairman Martin creates new "International TV White Spaces
  Fellowship and Training Initiative."  Who will be the first
  "White Spaces Fellow?"  (This is a real title.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287792A1.doc
  o  U.S. White Space Devices decision causes international
  ripples:
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/72314
  o  Deployment of free Mobile TV is rapidly moving forward:
  http://tinyurl.com/7chw57
  http://tinyurl.com/MobTVTest
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  FCC AWARDS CONTRACTS TO HELP CONSUMERS WITH THE DTV TRANSITION
  The FCC has selected 12 "grassroots organizations and local
agencies" (e.g. AARP and Communication Service for the Deaf)
to help over-the-air viewers prepare for the DTV transition.
The selections are worth up to $8.4 million and are said to
be the culmination of a full and open procurement process.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287750A1.doc
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM TRANSMISSION GRANT
  Entravision granted cross-border (U.S.-to-Mexico) program
feed to XHDTV, CH-49, Tecate (Xmtr. on Cerro Bola mountain).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287763A1.pdf
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  JOB OPENINGS AT THE FCC
  The FCC is looking for good people, and some of your
readers may be interested.  All [of the openings] are in DC,
and no relocation assistance is provided.  Summaries are
available at the URL below.
  Do not wait until the last minute to apply.  The Q&A
for each position, which is NOT visible until you actually
click on the "Apply to this Vacancy" button, is quite lengthy.
  Bob Weller, Chief, Technical Analysis, FCC, Washington
  https://jobs1.quickhire.com/scripts/fcc.exe
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  UHF ANTENNAS ARE POOR VHF ANTENNAS
  Do you know if the Los Angeles DTV stations moving back to
their analog VHF channels have put the word out about the band
change?  The reason I ask this is I have talked to several TV
stores like Best Buy, Circuit City and Sears and all are selling
UHF antennas for DTV and have no knowledge that four L.A.
stations are moving DTV off UHF onto VHF.
  This may be happening in other areas of the country too.
This could lead to reception problems after the February 17 DTV
switch as UHF over-the-air indoor and outdoor antennas make
very poor VHF antennas.
  Mike Collis, KCBS/KCAL TV, mcollis (at) cbs.com
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  CONCERNING THE REACH OF UNLICENSED AM STATIONS
  Re the Letter to the Editor in CGC #873 entitled, "Possible
Pirate: Mt. San Jacinto Community College."  Part 15 AM goes
about 2 miles instead of just the 200 feet that Part 15 FM goes.
For unlicensed AM, the rules specify 100 milliwatts into a 3
meter antenna.  There are a lot of Part 15 AM stations.
Please see the URL below.
  Keith Leitch, keith (at) leitch.tv
  http://www.am1000rangemaster.com/
  [FCC Rules on unlicensed AM broadcast stations leave a
lot to be desired.  Rigid field strength limits need to be
established for all permitted station configurations.  -Ed.]
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  PLOTTING RADIO REVENUE VS. TIME AND THE INTRODUCTION OF HD-R
  Has anyone plotted radio revenue over the past 25 years
or so with a tick mark showing when HD Radio was introduced?
Not that HD is solely responsible for the decline in revenue,
but HD has cluttered the band with fringe-area interference
and that fact can't be ignored.
  Anonymous
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  KSON(AM): REMEMBERING THE TOWER COLLAPSE OF 2004
  Extract from CGC #667 dated December 29, 2004:
  "Roughly the upper half of the historic KSON(AM) self-
supporting tower collapsed in heavy winds at about 1:30 a.m.
today.  The tower site is located a few miles south of downtown
San Diego next to the I-5 freeway.  Some of the falling debris...
impacted an automobile impound yard at the base of the tower.
However, a considerable amount of tower metal simply "bent over"
and did not fall to the ground.  What was once a straight
vertical tower has become a U-shaped nightmare...."
  Photos, before and after the bent over portion was removed:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KSON.htm
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  JANUARY 2009: KSON(AM) ACTIVATES ITS NEW TOWER, BECOMES KNSN
  January 8, 2009, San Diego:  The new KSON(AM) tower was
completed and activated today at about 4:30 p.m. according
to Joel Saxberg who performed the RF matching.  The tower is
grounded at its base and skirted to permit RF to be induced
onto the structure.
  Actually, two stations are diplexed onto the tower, each
with its own set of tuning skirts.  The stations are KSON(AM)
on 1240 kHz, now KNSN with its recent call sign change ("K North
South North" as we call it); and KURS on 1040 kHz.  The remaining
portion of the old tower structure will soon be dismantled and
the RF matching to the new tower will be checked after that
(there is obviously some mutual coupling between the towers).
Both stations are currently operating at full power.
  Congratulations to all parties involved and particularly
to Eric Schecter, KSON's former Director of Engineering, who
performed a large part of the planning, and to Bill Eisenhamer
who was involved in this project from the beginning and still
has a large number of finish-up details to tidy up.
  Following is a December 10, 2008 photo showing the remains
of the old tower (left) and the new tower structure.  The new
tower was just about completed at the time of the photo but
still had a gin pole on top:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/KSON/kson_DAWN_sm.jpg
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  THE BOTTOM LINE
  An interesting factoid:  The collapsed KFI & KSON towers each
  took about four years to replace.
  Date of collapse of the KFI tower: December 19, 2004
  Date of first RF into the replacement tower: September 25, 2008
  Date of collapse of the KSON tower: December 29, 2004
  Date of first RF into the replacement tower: January 8, 2009
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  SBE Introduces SBE University.  The first course is
  AM Antenna Modeling.  Enrollment is now open:
  http://tinyurl.com/SBE-Univ
  o  Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) is accredited
  for Riverside/San Bernardino:
  http://radioworld.com/article/72596
  o  CTIA seeks to block cellphone jamming demo at DC jail:
  http://tinyurl.com/CellBlockInDC
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Cool flash animation.  Takes a little while to load.
  Once it does, slide the bottom red bar to the right:
  http://www.adobecards.com/
  (Link courtesy of Oscar Medina)
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT REPLY
  BNPL-20000602ADY   NEW  123994    SECOND SAMOAN CONGREGATIONAL
           E      104.7 MHZ             CHURCH OF LONG BEACH
                                          NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Station.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY ROCK 'N ROLL
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY GOLD COAST
  (2) OPPOSITIONS TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 4/5/04 BY ("SSCC")
  
  [Intermediate text deleted to save space.  -Ed.]
  Opposition Filed 12/24/2008 by Gold Coast Broadcasting, LLC
  Opposition Filed 12/24/2008 by Gold Coast Broadcasting LLC
  Reply to Opposition filed 12/30/2008 by Second Samoan
      Congregational Church of Long Beach
  Reply Filed 12/30/2008 by Second Samoan Congregational
      Church of Long Beach
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
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               E     CHAN-25         RIVERSIDE AND PERRIS, CA
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  callsign KBLM-LP.
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