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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #881
                    Sunday, February 1, 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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  ANOTHER VOTE LIKELY ON THE JUNE 12 DTV SWITCH DATE
  Last Thursday the U.S. Senate voted a second time to move the
mandatory DTV switch date from Feb. 17 to June 12 and the measure
again passed with unanimous consent.  Now the matter goes back to
the House.  Unlike last time where a two-third majority was
required to pass "expedited" legislation, this time only a simple
majority (50%) will suffice, so approval seems likely.
  If the measure passes the House and becomes law, full
power TV stations will have considerable latitude on when to
discontinue NTSC operations.
  http://www.rbr.com/tv-cable/12621.html
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVFeb17
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  SAN DIEGO TV STATIONS OPT FOR FEBRUARY 17 DTV SWITCH
  At a January 29 (Thursday) meeting at Cox Communications,
San Diego broadcasters KFMB, KGTV, KNSD, KSWB, and KUSI said
they would flash to digital at midnight on February 17 regardless
of the House vote next week to possibly delay the transition.
It remains to be seen whether NTSC really goes dark then.
  Non-commercial KPBS said they would prefer to leave their
analog CH-15 transmitter on through their March pledge month.
XETV, Channel 6, Tijuana, plans to stick with NTSC broadcasting
until told to sign-off by the Mexican government, probably well
into the next decade.
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVSanDiego
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  REMARKS OF ACTING CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. COPPS TO FCC STAFF
  Particularly noteworthy remarks:
  o  "In the weeks ahead, our three most important priorities
  will be, as you have heard me say already, DTV, DTV and DTV."
  o   "...as recently as last week in his inaugural address,
  President Barack Obama called on the country to "build the 
  digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.""
  o  "2009 is our Diamond Jubilee year because it was 1934 when
  President Franklin Roosevelt - my hero, incidentally - called
  upon Congress to establish the FCC as part of the New Deal."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288096A1.doc
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  FCC HAM RADIO BRIEF
  Laura L. Smith has been named by the FCC to fill Riley
  Hollingsworth's shoes for Amateur Radio rule enforcement.
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/01/26/10587/?nc=1
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  APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING FOR CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMIT
  A cross-border program delivery application has been
filed to ship audio from the U.S. to Mexico, in this case
to XHLNC-FM, Tecate (Cerro Bola), Baja California, Mexico.
The FCC write up would lead one to believe that USC is the
licensee of XHLNC when in fact USC is probably only the cross-
border permit applicant.  Presumably USC's FM station, KUSC,
wants to ship programming to XHLNC.  We have asked KUSC for
a clarification.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288190A1.pdf
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Los Angeles SBE dinner meeting set for Tuesday,
  February 10, at 6:30 PM in Burbank.  Subject:  A tutorial
  on controlling the loudness of commercials.
  http://www.sbe47.org/FebMeeting.htm
  o  San Diego SBE luncheon meeting set for Wednesday,
  February 18 at noon.  Topic: Tips for cooling equipment.  Did
  you know, for example, that you should just stack hot servers
  right on top of each other rather than provide air gaps
  between them?
  http://tinyurl.com/SBEAirGaps
  o  Eric Schecter is leaving San Diego for Phoenix and has
  a few kind parting words on the SBE/San Diego Website:
  http://tinyurl.com/SchecterLtr
  o  A pirate station has reportedly been operating in the
  El Cajon area for some months.  Good coverage, 105.9 or
  106.1 MHz (may hop frequencies).
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  KUSC(FM), LOS ANGELES, DAMAGED ANTENNA SYSTEM
  Extract from a KUSC(FM) newsletter dated January 28, 2009:
  "Dear KUSC Listener:  KUSC's Los Angeles transmitting antenna
  sustained major lightning damage during Sunday's hail storm in
  the San Gabriel Valley.  Our engineers are working on the issue
  and we are currently utilizing our back-up site in the Hollywood
  Hills to broadcast Classical KUSC which explains why you are not
  able to receive our signal clearly...."
  The inside scoop from KUSC as of January 29, 2009:
  "We're actually back at reduced power (1/3 or so) from Mt.
  Harvard with transmission line parts from our other sites.
  We're hoping this lashed up system will hold until new line
  parts arrive."
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  IMPROVING DTV OVER-THE-AIR RECEPTION - PART I
  I think we, the TV industry, need to better educate
our viewers in proper antenna installation.  Since most cable
companies are taking the opportunity to cut some distant signals
loose, and consumers are getting rid of cable as a cost savings,
the antenna is a reasonable solution.
  The problem I have found is that the public is woefully
uninformed about correct antenna installation.  Installers are
not much better.  I recently had a complaint from a viewer who
couldn't get our station from 5 miles away.  Turns out that the
antenna was installed with the RG-6 split open and connected to
a UHF antenna.  Water and ice got in the cable making a mismatch,
and besides we're a VHF station that the customer was attempting
to receive on a UHF antenna.  The customer paid $350 for this
HDTV antenna installation by the way.
  Frederick R. Vobbe, VP/CO, WLIO, WLIO-DT Television
  w8hdu (at) wlio.com
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  IMPROVING DTV OVER-THE-AIR RECEPTION - PART II
  Another problem [with DTV reception] is the rabbit ears
antennas that are being sold with small amplifiers.  The public
is putting these on top of their TVs thinking they are going
to get a lot of stations.
  I can't speak for the west coast, but around here it's a
big problem because a lot of people are expecting the same
results with rabbit ears as they got with NTSC and a roof-top
antenna.
  I think it's too late in the game, but perhaps we should
have put together DVDs and PSAs on how to receive DTV properly.
  Frederick R. Vobbe, VP/CO, WLIO, WLIO-DT Television
  w8hdu (at) wlio.com
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  WIRELESS MICS ON UHF TV CHANNELS SEEM DOOMED
  When Sprint/Nextel dislocated 2 GHz TV microwave, they
were required to buy everyone new gear.  Millions and millions
of dollars spent, but certainly fair, considering it was a new
frequency user displacing an existing incumbent user by causing
its equipment to become obsolete.
  So how is it any different that licensed wireless microphone
users in Part 74 are being displaced by the likes of AT&T and
Verizon by taking away frequencies above 698 MHz, but in THIS
case with not much notice, no grace period, and ZERO compensation
to buy replacement equipment.  The 2 GHz guys had YEARS to work
things out with Nextel -- the displaced wireless mic folks have
virtually no time.
  Even when the FCC introduced the "scanner ban" back in the
late 80s (where scanners were prohibited from receiving cellular
channels), there was a gradual "phase in" process.  Coupled with
taking away everything above 698 MHz, here comes the "white space"
deal on the same date.  Between the two, they will pretty much
kill wireless mic usage as we've known it.  Does all this seem
quite right, given previous and seemingly much more fair ways
of doing business by the FCC?
  Mike Simpson, President, MIDCOM, Inc., mike (at) midcom.org
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE-A OFF-TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Can acorns kill a microwave link?  They did at this
  telephone company, and you'll never forget the video:
  http://home.pacbell.net/dredmo1/acorns/bearcreek.htm
  o  Jay Leno provides us with a tutorial on the Ford
  Model T's simplicity, reliability and ruggedness --
  timeless virtues:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g1fBt1e-tI
  o  Zoom in on this super high resolution photo of the
  presidential inauguration.  A large number of high res
  photos were computer-stitched to make zooming possible:
  http://tinyurl.com/c8jabs
  o  Broadcast station QSL cards, letterheads, etc. from the
  1920s and 30s (click for more pages).  Cards from KFI, KNX,
  KHJ, KGO and XEMO are included.
  http://uv201.com/Misc_Pages/letterheads_1.htm
  o  On page 10 via the above URL is a "non-verification
  of reception" letter.  Don't miss this incredible gem:
  http://uv201.com/Misc_Pages/letterheads_10.htm
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BP-20030829AKH   KALI  56779    TRANSITION RADIO, LLC, TRUSTEE
           E     900 KHZ                  WEST COVINA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/30/2004.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 4/30/04
  Consent Motion for Extension of Time filed 5/18/04
  Reply filed 6/1/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/01/2004.
  Response to Reply to Opposition and Motion to Strike filed
       6/24/2004 (JNE)
  [Extensive verbiage omitted  -- Ed.]
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/23/2004
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/11/2006
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/27/2008
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/05/2008
  Petition for Reconsideration of the dismissal of the application
  is denied by the Jan 21, 2009 1800b2-JBS letter.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20070118AES     KJEE  43589     MONTECITO, FM, INC
              E     92.9 MHZ             MONTECITO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Granted 1/27/2009
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLFT-20090127AEN  K288DR 72006  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
             E     105.5 MHZ          DESERT HOT SPRINGS,, CA
  License to modify.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-20080310AAX  KGTV-DT  40876  MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO..
               E     CHAN-10                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KGTV.
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/19/2008
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/23/2008
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ASSIGNMENT
  OF LICENSE ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BALTTL-20090114ACW   KIMG-LP  12732   EBC LOS ANGELES, INC.
                 E     CHAN-23               VENTURA, CA
  Voluntary Assignment of License
  From: EBC LOS ANGELES, INC.
  To: EBC LOS ANGELES, INC., DEBTOR IN POSSESSION
  Form 316
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090123ASZ  KVES-LP  51659  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                 E     CHAN-36             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KVES-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20081217AGQ  KAJB-DT 40517  CALIPATRIA BROADCASTING CO...
                E     CHAN-36             CALIPATRIA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991101AEM
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