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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #877
                    Sunday, January 18, 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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  JUNE DTV SWITCH DATE IS DEFEATED - BUT EXPECT ANOTHER TRY
  Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that would delay the
nationwide DTV switch until June 12, but Democrats say they will
try again this coming week.  The bill was defeated even after
President-elect Barack Obama urged Congress to postpone the
Feb. 17 transition.  In other news, the congressional wheels
are turning to free-up more money for the stalled DTV
Converter Coupon program.
  http://tinyurl.com/9lrnae
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  DTV NEWS -- A POSTPONED SWITCH DATE SEEMS LIKELY
  o  On the one hand, Hawaii's early DTV switch appears to
  be proceeding smoothly, calling into question whether the
  Feb. 17 switch date for the rest of the U.S. should be
  postponed:
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVHawaiiOkay
  o  "It seems as if the only people in American who are
  unprepared for the Feb. 17 transition to digital television
  are advisers to President-elect Obama."  Viewpoint article
  from Broadcasting & Cable:
  http://tinyurl.com/Viewpointe
  o  On the other hand, Commission Democrats, including the
  likely acting chairman come next Tuesday, have given Congress
  a host of reasons to delay the DTV transition date, saying
  preparation has been inadequate across the board:
  http://tinyurl.com/DelayDTV
  o  The Obama team urges passage of a DTV delay bill:
  http://tinyurl.com/DelayCertain
  o  These points notwithstanding, CGC suggests that the
  wisest course of action is to assume that the DTV switch
  will occur on Feb. 17, to keep promoting that date to the
  public, and to have our facilities ready for the switch
  if it happens then.  No telling what Congress will do.
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  NIGHTLIGHT PROGRAM APPROVED
  The FCC has adopted the Analog Nightlight Program which
  allows pre-approved full power analog TV stations to remain
  on the air for up to 30 days after the DTV transition.  DTV-
  challenged viewers will then be able to receive emergency and
  DTV transition information via the analog signals from these
  so-called "nightlight" stations.  Summary + Details:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287915A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-2A1.doc
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  LIST OF TENTATIVE PRE-APPROVED NIGHTLIGHT STATIONS
  The FCC has published a list of TV broadcast stations
that have been tentatively pre-approved as nightlight stations.
In the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, these stations are:
  KCBS, CH-2
  KNBC, CH-4
  KTLA, CH-5
  KWHY, CH-22
  KTBN, CH-40
  KPBS, CH-15
  KNSD, CH-39
  KUSI, CH-51
  The complete list of tentative eligible stations is at the
URL below.  As an FCC official points out, "Other stations,
not on the list, may also be eligible, but will have to submit
some sort of interference showing.  The [following] list was
based upon fixed spacing; we are still doing interference analysis
(OET-69 style) and may end up pulling some stations off the
list when that analysis is completed."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-2A2.pdf
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  FCC CHAIRMAN KEVIN J. MARTIN TO RESIGN TUESDAY
  January 15, 2009, Washington DC --  Today FCC Chairman
Kevin J. Martin announced his resignation from the Federal
Communications Commission, effective January 20, 2009.  The
Chairman said he leaves the office with great pride in the
FCC's accomplishments and with deep gratitude for having
had an opportunity to serve the American public.  It
appears that Julius Genachowski will be the next Chairman.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-287909A1.doc
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  MARTIN HEADS TO THE ASPEN INSTITUTE
  According to ARRL Bulletin #3, January 16, 2009, "The Aspen
Institute, a non-partisan think-tank, announced today that FCC
Chairman Kevin Martin will join their group as a Senior Fellow
in the Communications and Society Program on Tuesday, January 20,
immediately upon his departure from the FCC."  Martin will be
the fourth consecutive FCC Chairman to make the move to Aspen:
Democrats Reed Hundt and William Kennard, and Republican Michael
Powell, have accepted fellowships with the Institute upon
leaving the FCC.
  http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/2009-arlb003.html
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  FOUR YEARS TO REBUILD THE KXO TOWER, JUST LIKE KFI & KSON
  As mentioned in CGC #872, "Three prominent southern
California broadcast towers collapsed in late 2004, namely
the KFI, KSON and KXO tower structures."  We know that the
KFI and KSON towers took four years to rebuild and activate,
and we are now told that the same four year figure applied to
the fallen KXO tower in El Centro.  (KXO AM&FM share a common
tower structure.)  Carroll Buckley of KXO fills us in:
  "Interesting to read about KSON and KFI getting their
towers completed and activated.  As you may recall, the KXO AM
and FM tower went down October 16, 2004.  We were able to get
the new tower operating on July 22, 2008 for KXO-FM and...
KXO AM [went] on the air October 8, 2008.  Four long years
but incredible signals are the result."
  Carroll Buckley, V.P.
  KXO AM 1230 / FM 107.5
  El Centro, California
  jcb (at) kxoradio.com
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  KSFV-CA PROPOSES TO SWITCH TO DTV AS A DISPLACED STATION
  KSFV-CA (channel 6 Class A ("CA") LPTV on Mt. Harvard) has
filed to switch to DTV on CH6 and their application BDISDVA-
20090114ABC has been Accepted for Filing.  This just happened.
It's not even in the FCC's Daily Digest yet.
  According to their Exhibit 1, "The licensed facility of
KSFV on channel 6 in Los Angeles is being displaced by
interference from KTLA on channel 5 in Los Angeles, California
and by XETV on channel 6 in Tijuana, Mexico.  Therefore, the
applicant is proposing a digital displacement application to
move KSFV from analog channel 6 to digital channel 6."
  My comment is that KTLA and XETV have always been there,
so nothing has changed except that KTLA will soon go dark
on CH5.  KSFV is not and has not been "displaced."
  Name withheld upon request
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  A MONO-PALM IN DOWNTOWN BRAWLEY
  Yep - the cellular industry just about fooled me again.
I thought all of the trees pictured here were Date Palms, but
the tallest is a "mono-palm" cellular tower disguised to look like
a palm tree and the outgrowth on the trunk is a microwave dish.
  Good job cellular, this will keep scenic downtown Brawley
looking good.
  The Clandestine Engineer
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/100_1776.JPG
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The City of Grand Terrace, CA intends to purchase
  an AM radio station to disseminate information about special
  events, city happenings and emergencies.  Whether the
  facility will be licensed is not discussed in this article:
  http://www.sbsun.com/sanbernardino/ci_11445166?source=email
  o  Doug Myrland retired as GM of KPBS TV/FM on December 31,
  2008 and the University is in the process of selecting a
  successor.  Doug has agreed to stay on as a consultant for
  one year, if needed, to help with the transition.  CGC
  wishes Doug a wonderful and well-deserved retirement:
  http://www.kpbs.org/about_us/press_room;id=12870
  o  The National Safety Council calls for a nationwide ban
  on cell phone use (even hands-free) while driving.  There is
  currently no push to ban two-way radio use as far as we can
  tell:
  http://www.nsc.org/news/cellphone_ban.aspx
  o  Hal Kneller, Director of International Broadcast Business
  Development at iBiquity, explains his experiences in promoting
  HD Radio to a global market, to make it a worldwide standard:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/72822
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Helicopters and high voltage lines, an electrifying
  video, back by popular demand (mentioned in CGC #791):
  http://www.flixxy.com/helicopter-cable-inspector.htm
  o  An unexpected electromagnetic roar, possibly from the
  distant cosmos, has astronomers and physicists puzzled:
  http://tinyurl.com/CosmicRoar
  o  And finally, an amazing collection of historical videos:
  http://www.radiochemistry.org/history/video/
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20061023AEY   KMRJ  15475    MITCHELL MEDIA, INC.
            E     99.5 MHZ          RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/25/2008
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  BPH-20061023AFU  KKLA-FM 48453  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO..
             E     99.5 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/23/2007
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/25/2008
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/12/2008
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  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")
  (2) SUPPLEMENTS FILED 4/8/04 BY ("SSCC")
  REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FILED 4/15/04
  REPLY FILED 4/22/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/26/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 10/28/05 by (Second Samoan)
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 10/2/2006 - no letter sent
  Dismissed 11/14/2008 per DA 08-2509
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 12/12/2008 by The Second
      Samoan Congregational Church of Long Beach
  Correction to Petition for Reconsideration filed 12/16/08 by
      The Second Samoan Congretional Church of Long Beach.
  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
  Petition for Reonsideration Dismissed per Applicant's request
      1/12/2009 - no letter sent
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTT-20090113ACM   KBAB-LP  14003   BILTMORE BROADCASTING
                  E     CHAN-50           SANTA BARBARA, INC.
                                           SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change of callsign KBAB-LP.
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