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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #884
                    Monday, February 9, 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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  MAJOR NETWORK O&O STATIONS WON'T SHUT OFF ANALOG UNTIL JUNE 12
  o  "TV stations owned and operated ["O&O"] by ABC, CBS, Fox
  & NBC/Telemundo will not shut off their analog signals until the
  new June 12 DTV transition date...."  (NAB Smart Brief, 2/6/09)
  o  "All of the major network O&Os have committed to stay on
  through June 12, that would include KNBC/KWHY, KCBS, KABC, and
  KTTV/KCOP, at least [in the Los Angeles area]."  (FCC source)
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  SAN DIEGO COMMITMENT TO SHUT OFF ANALOG ON FEB 17 CHANGES
  At least for the moment, it appears that the commitment
made earlier by all of the full power commercial San Diego TV
stations to end analog transmissions on February 17 (see CGC 
#881) has changed.  Here are the plans as of late last week
as reported by a number of reliable sources:
  o  KNSD, owned and operated by NBC, will continue analog
  until June 12 because of corporate instructions to do so.
  o  KUSI is now heavily leaning toward June 12.
  o  KFMB, KGTV & KSWB are reportedly sticking with the
  February 17 date.
  o  Non-commercial KPBS still plans to keep analog on through
  their March pledge month.  However, that operation could go
  into April, according to one source, if additional revenue
  is needed.
  o  XETV, Tijuana, still plans to stick with analog until told
  to sign-off by the Mexican government, probably well into the
  next decade.
  o  XHDTV, Tecate, no information reported.
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC announces procedures for termination of analog
  television service on or after February 17, 2009:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-6A1.doc
  o  Acting Chairman Copps, Q&A re the DTV transition:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288276A1.pdf
  o  Note:  The FCC Commissioners are issuing DTV Statements
  and Remarks at a blistering pace in the FCC's Daily Digest.
  The CGC Communicator is carrying only those documents that
  appear, on their faces, to be particularly relevant to day-
  to-day decision making.
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  READER FEEDBACK ON THE DTV TRANSITION DATE
  o  I have a hard time believing that another four months is
  going to make a big difference.
  o  Our station is ready, let's do Feb. 17.  The same people
  who can't read the fine print in their mortgages will be DTV-
  clueless four months from now.
  o  Keeping both NTSC and DTV on the air extra months will
  be financially hard on our operation.  [From a full power
  southern California educational TV station.]
  o  Reader K.M. Richards <KMR (at) kmrichards.com> has
  posted his long-form letter on the Internet.  He tells us
  about his DTV reception experiences approx. 30 miles west
  of Mt. Wilson and urges that the February 17 date be upheld:
  http://www.kmrichards.com/digitaltv.html
  o  Concerning the DTV transition, it's great to be retired.
  -  Robert S. Sudock, formerly with KTTV/KCOP Los Angeles
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                           RANDOM NOTE
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  NEWS BRIEF
  o  Lazer Broadcasting loses its bid to build an 80-foot
  tall tower in San Bernardino County, apparently in the
  Yucaipa area:
  http://www.sbsun.com/search/ci_11574509?source=email
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  98.5 MHZ IS ON THE AIR
  K253AD/Oceanside is on the air.  It is relaying KLRD from
Educational Media Foundation's Yucaipa-90.1.  Stereo.  I believe
it is picking the station over the air and retransmitting.
  Christopher Carmichael, chris (at) sdradio.net
  [K253AD is a 10 watt ERP Vpol directional station beaming
west and north, and it is licensed.  The transmitter is near
Lake San Marcos.   -Ed.]
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  CONCERNING KUSC(FM) SENDING PROGRAMMING TO XHLNC
  Re the story in CGC #881 entitled, "Application Accepted
for Filing for Cross-Border Program Permit."  KUSC's application
to send programming to XHLNC is the result of a request by that
station to broadcast two KUSC programs: Saturday morning opera
and The Record Shelf.  In spite of what is suggested in the
FCC release, KUSC doesn't own the station.
  Eric DeWeese, General Manager, Classical KUSC
  edeweese (at) kusc.org
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288190A1.pdf
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  HIGHLY DISTORTED AUDIO ON AN XM EMERGENCY ALERT MESSAGE
  I was listening to XM Radio Online this evening (2/3/09) and
heard an emergency alert broadcast on XM Channel 44: "1st Wave."
I quickly opened my default recorder and recorded as much of
the broadcast as possible as there was no telling what might
be announced.
  Unfortunately, there was no telling what WAS announced
because the voice was so distorted!  Listen and judge for
yourself.  The attached file was not doctored, altered,
filtered, compressed, limited -- nothing.
  I hope one of your readers will call this matter to XM's
attention.
  John Kord, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, jmkord (at) earthlink.net
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/audio/XM_Alert_Ch44.mp3
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  A TRIBUTE TO THE OLD KMAX(FM) IS NOW ON THE WEB
  I've just added a "Tribute to KMAX Radio" page to my Website.
It's a history of the mom-and-pop FM station that Max and Mary
Ellen ran in Sierra Madre and Arcadia from 1960-1975.
  I think lots of your readers would get a kick out of it.
The link is below.
  Hank Landsberg, Henry Engineering, henryeng (at) aol.com
  http://www.henryeng.com/kmax.html
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  LETTERS NOT READY FOR PUBLICATION
  Several letters have been received by the CGC Communicator
that are not ready for publication for various reasons.  If your
letter did not appear in this issue, it will be considered in
the next week or two.  DTV news has first priority right now.
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GENUINE OFF TOPIC ITEMS
  o  This innocent-looking 1972 Datsun is all-electric and
  shatters drag-strip records.  As appealing as the video may
  seem, remember that economical long-lasting batteries do not
  yet exist, so all-electric passenger vehicles that will "go
  the distance" are still a thing of the future:
  http://tinyurl.com/6ljnw6
  o  Art that messes with your head courtesy of Oscar Medina:
  http://geeks.pirillo.com/forum/topics/cool-art-that-will-mess-with
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  VISUALIZING A TRILLION DOLLARS
  With the latest round of Washington bailout money
  approaching a trillion dollars, here's a way to visualize
  large sums of money assuming that the average dollar bill
  is 4 mils (0.004 inches) thick:
  o  One million dollars is one million $1 bills.  Lay
  them edge-to-edge and they would cover 2.57 acres of land.
  o  One billion dollars would be the same as above but
  with a 4-inch tall stacks of dollar bills replacing each
  individual dollar bill.
  o  One trillion dollars:  Use the same 2.57 acres of land,
  but the stacks of one dollar bills would now be 333-feet tall.
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  HESITANT VIDEO
  o  Comment from Steve Dinius: "The Pac Bell acorn video
  (CGC #881) doesn't mention that it needs one play cycle to load
  and play normally afterward and it lacks navigation/playback
  cues so it may seem to not be working at an initial glance."
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BSTA-20081212ACQ    KSPA  13899    ONTARIO BROADCASTING, LLC
              E     1510 KHZ                ONTARIO, CA
  Petition for Reconsideration
  Filed 01/26/2009 by Ontario Broadcasting, LLC
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-19971124TD   971124TD  89263   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
              E     88.5 MHZ             WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/03/2009
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLFT-20090128ACO  K205DT  94146  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
              E     88.9 MHZ                INDIO, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLFT-20090128ACO  K205DT  94146  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
               E     88.9 MHZ               INDIO, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPED-20071016AFG   NEW  173244   PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS
             E     91.3 MHZ                  PALA, CA
  CP New Station.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20090202AAE   K218CP 90737  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
              E     91.5 MHZ            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BLFT-20090202AAE   K218CP 90737  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
            E       91.5 MHZ            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/02/2009
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20090130ASX  KMVN-FM1  170041   EMMIS RADIO LICENSE, LLC
               E     93.9 MHZ               SANTA CLARITA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
   ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20090130AAH    KWIZ  37225     LBI RADIO LICENSE LLC
              E     96.7 MHZ              SANTA ANA, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  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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  KTBN-DT MOVING TO CHANNEL 33
  Here is the Report & Order authorizing KTBN(TV) to
  switch from DTV Channel 23 to 33, as approved by Mexico:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-187A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090202AGY   KLAU-LP  21511    GERALD BENAVIDES
                 E      CHAN-45             REDLANDS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KLAU-LP.
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