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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #878
                   Sunday, January 25, 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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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps is designated
  Acting Chairman of the FCC:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288068A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288067A1.doc
  o  Despite backlash from the House, the Senate nears a deal
  for the June 12 DTV switch date.  Senator Hutchison (R-TX) is
  now satisfied that June 12 would be the final date-certain:
  http://tinyurl.com/Rock-sDelay
  http://tinyurl.com/HouseBacklash
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVJune12
  o  FCC announces major DTV call center contract for IBM:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288049A1.doc
  o  New U.S./Mexican Agreement for Advanced Wireless Services
  (1710-1755 and 2110-2155 MHz) is in place for the border area:
  http://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2008/dec/113395.htm
  http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/rls/othr/2008/113290.htm
  o  No FCC Daily Digest was issued for January 20, 2009,
  Inauguration Day.  Eye witness: "Just about every commuting
  route was closed, including all the bridges and highways...
  there's no way we could have handled business as usual."
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  CGC has seen a number of Public File issues raised by the
Commission lately and some predict that PF discrepancies will
generate considerable revenue for the Commission in the years
to come.
  In the old days, field inspectors went out and uncovered
violations; in the new era (started some years ago), the FCC
is issuing "armchair citations" by sifting through documents
prepared by licensees, discovering rule violations (including
failure to renew licenses on time), then issuing hefty fines.
  The following cases show how armchair citations work --
and the Enforcement Bureau has reportedly been hiring a number
of attorneys to polish and propagate the practice:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-140A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-142A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Amateur Extra Class operator Jose Torres, Philadelphia,
PA, allegedly used his station to transmit on an unauthorized
frequency (26.71 MHz) near the CB band, and apparently did so
again after being caught by the FCC.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-288038A1.html
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Clear Channel cuts about 1,850 jobs, or about 9% of
  its work force:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/73346
  http://tinyurl.com/ClearChanJobs
  http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/21/technology/21clear.php
  http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=1117507&spid=24698
  o  iBiquity, the company behind HD Radio, has trimmed its
  work force by an undisclosed amount "to conserve resources."
  One unofficial figure is that 20% of the workers were let go:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/73136
  o  DTV signals aren't as robust as NTSC, leading to a number
  of consumer complaints:
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVDisappointments
  o  Details on a new and vicious computer virus/worm and what
  to watch out for -- courtesy of Oscar Medina:
  http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/116396
  o  Researchers at Polyera Corp., of Skokie, Ill., say
  they've invented a new polymer that closes an important gap
  in the field of printing electronics on [flexible] plastic:
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jan09/7409
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  THE GREEN PERSPECTIVE ON FLAT SCREENS
  o  "California is planning to phase out energy-guzzling
  flat screen televisions to reduce pressure on the state's
  over-stretched power grid."  Perhaps only "Green TVs" will
  be sold:
  http://tinyurl.com/FlatScreenGuzzler
  o  "Power hungry plasma screen televisions to be banned
  [in Europe] under new EU legislation:"
  http://tinyurl.com/9wka4t
  o  The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) states that,
  "Large screen Plasma TVs have had a bad reputation among
  users of the Short Wave radio spectrum because of the high
  level of RF interference they can generate and many radio
  users will be pleased to see them go:"
  http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2009/20090117-1/index.php
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  KLVJ(FM) GETS GOLD STAR FOR FREQUENCY STABILITY
  As many of you know, CGC operates a frequency measuring
service for the broadcast industry in southern California.
Ever since digital FM exciters were introduced, we have seen
a rise in center frequency instabilities.
  Rather than discussing that issue, however, we looked
around the San Diego market for a truly stable station and
gave a gold star to KLVJ, 100.1 MHz, Julian.  It's center
frequency doesn't pull significantly to one side or the other
with modulation (turns out they feed their exciter with
composite analog).  KLVJ's engineer is Jeremy Preece and
their Director of Engineering is Sam Wallington.
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NO HD TV, NO HD PICTURE
  I have yet to see an HDTV PSA that says we must have an
HD television to enjoy high-definition....  I'm upset that
our own government has not been more up-front with this.
  Robert Leembruggen, Tempe, AZ, robert (at) leembruggen.com
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  SHORT NOTES FROM READERS
  o  Regarding the article on Grand Terrace.  The City of
  Victorville has an AM Travelers Information Station?  There
  is no license for one.  Next time I go out there I will see
  what they have.
  o  Here we go again!  (Former FCC field engineer.)
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                             OFF TOPIC
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  o  Progress Statement 1909:  One of the great things
  about America is the Model T Ford assembly line shown here
  in some detail (5-min. video courtesy of Ted Storke):
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4KrIMZpwCY
  o  Construction of the 53.77 MHz Gunstock, NH ham
  radio repeater is memorialized in these photos.  Scroll
  down for the main picture set.  What a fun and
  educational project:
  http://www.gemoto.com/cnharc/gunstock.htm
  o  Green Statement 2009:  No trees were sacrificed in
  the dissemination of this newsletter; we regret that a
  large number of electrons were inconvenienced.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLED-20080919AAW   KUOR-FM  69217  UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
                E     89.1 MHZ             REDLANDS, CA
  License to modify. Engineering Amendment filed 11/07/2008
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFTB-20081215ADC   KMRO-FM2  85929    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                E     90.3 MHZ        COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KMRO-FM2.
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  XHRST-FM, TIJUANA, FROM CLASS A TO CLASS B1
  XHRST, 107.7 MHz, Tijuana, has been granted authority
  to convert from Class A (non-directional) to Class B1 with
  radiation restrictions (e.g. a directional antenna).
  (Private communication.)
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDVA-20090114ABC  KSFV-LP  49704  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GR...
                 E     CHAN-6               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSFV-CA.
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  PROPOSED CH-6 LOW POWER/TELEVISION TRANSLATOR
  A proposed construction permit is on deck for Obidia
  Porras for a Channel 6 "Low Power/Television Translator,
  Class A Television" station in Ventura:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288065A1.doc
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTVB-20080804AAU  KABC1  178446   ABC HOLDING COMPANY INC.
                E     CHAN-7               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for LOS ANGELES, CA
  on channel 7, Effective Radiated Power 2.8799, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 19 min 41 sec WL 118 deg 35 min 48 sec.
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  PROPOSED CH-10 DIGITAL LOW POWER/TELEVISION TRANSLATOR
  A proposed construction permit is on deck for
  Arnold N. Applebaum for a Channel 10 digital low power/
  television translator in Santa Barbara:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288064A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090114ABN KILA-LP 129642  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                E     CHAN-24              CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Minor change of callsign KILA-LP.
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