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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #888
                 Saturday,  February 14, 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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  PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS JUNE 12 DTV CONVERSION BILL
  As widely anticipated, President Barack Hussein Obama has
signed the bill extending the mandatory analog TV cut-off date
from February 17 to June 12.  Of course, many of the nation's
TV stations have elected to switch early, on February 17, as
permitted by the new legislation.
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVBillSigned
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  SOME POTENTIALLY HARMFUL STATIONS CLEARED TO SHUT OFF ANALOG
  ON FEBRUARY 17, SOME NOT
  On February 11, the FCC released a Public Notice identifying
123 TV stations that had indicated their intention to terminate
analog service on February 17, 2009, and whose early termination
was determined by the Commission to pose a "significant risk of
public harm."
  Here is how the Commission has ruled on the potentially
harmful cases here in southern California:
  o  KBAK, KERO and KGET in Bakersfield will not drop
  analog on February 17, and
  o  KSBY (San Luis Obispo), KEYT (Santa Barbara) and KCOY
  (Santa Maria) have certified to the special Public Notice
  conditions and thus will be allowed to drop analog on
  February 17.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-245A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-245A2.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-245A3.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-245A4.pdf
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  NO LOOSE ENDS REPORTED IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA
  There are no loose ends reported in the San Diego area
where KFMB, KGTV, KSWB and XETV are poised to end analog
transmissions on Tuesday IF NO ONE JUMPS SHIP.  The only other
question is how XETV's analog channel, CH-6, will be repurposed
-- it being unlikely that the station's owner will abandon the
deep penetrating power of a low-band VHF signal.
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  FCC ISSUES FIRST ORDER TO IMPLEMENT DTV DELAY ACT
  "In this Report and Order, the first in response to the 
Congressional extension of the digital television (DTV) transition
period, we extend the analog license terms and adjust the
construction permits for the full power television stations
subject to the DTV Delay Act that was enacted into law on
February 11, 2009...."  Full text:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-9A1.doc
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  UNUSUAL EVENTS HERALDING THE DTV TRANSITION
  o  Funeral set for analog TV on Feb. 17 at Berkeley, CA:
  http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/tvfuneral/
  o  Two large communications satellites (Iridium #33 and
  a believed-to-be defunct Russian bird) collide in space
  creating a huge debris field that endangers other satellites:
  http://tinyurl.com/SatCrashPart2
  o  Sirius XM on the verge of bankruptcy absent a white knight:
  http://tinyurl.com/InSiriusTrouble
  http://tinyurl.com/Sirius-Bankruptcy
  o  Muzak, elevator-music creator, files for bankruptcy:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/74594
  http://tinyurl.com/MuzakC11
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  John Brown University has been fined $7,200 for "failing
  to properly maintain a public [inspection] file for KLRC(FM):"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-236A1.doc
  o  Another FM pirate has been arrested under Florida's
  third-degree felony law for pirate broadcasting (California
  would benefit from a similar law):
  http://tinyurl.com/FLoridaPirate
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  ABOUT THE SUNDAY DEADLINE TO JUMP SHIP
  The following comments are from a former radio broadcast
engineer in the San Francisco area who has been following the
FCC DTV transition paperwork closely.  She offers some important
insights.  -Ed.
  ...Yesterday the FCC set a deadline of tomorrow (2/15) for
stations that want to change their minds and wait until June 12th
to switch off analog, without the previously mandated penalties
for doing that after declaring a Feb. 17th date.  It's clear from
the past week's Public Notices that they are making it as easy as
possible for stations to wait, and as difficult as possible
for them to go on Tuesday.
  In case you didn't see the mention of Sunday's deadline, it's
in the "Report and Order and Sua Sponte Order on Reconsideration"
(see the URL below) that was released yesterday (separately from
the info about which stations had been granted permission to cut
on Feb. 17th).  It's in a section on page 4 called "Sua Sponte
Reconsideration."
  Here's the relevant sentence: "Due to the limited period
of time remaining before February 17th, stations that wish to
withdraw their notifications must notify us no later than 6:00 pm
EST on Sunday, February 15, 2009."  ("Notifications" meaning
notifications of intent to go dark on Feb. 17th.)  So they're
saying, "Are you SURE you want to go dark on February 17th?
Are you really, REALLY sure??  'Cuz here's ANOTHER chance for
you to change your mind...."
  Sheesh, next thing they'll be calling stations personally
and begging them to stay on the air.  :-)  "Good morning, is this
the station manager?  Hi, this is Mike Copps calling from the FCC.
Do you have a minute?"
  I'm sure this is causing all sorts of delight this weekend
as station managers and engineers attend hastily called meetings
to determine which stations in their market want to switch when,
and whether someone else has to change their plans in order to
free up a frequency.  I think the Commission should at least offer
to pay for all the pizza and root beer that their actions in the
past week have forced stations to buy for after-hours meetings.
Let's just hope that no one ends up in the doghouse because he
or she misses a planned Valentine's Day dinner tonight!
  Patty Winter, patty (at) wintertime.com
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-9A1.pdf
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  UNLICENSED AM TRANSMITTERS SHOULD HAVE VERY LIMITED RANGE
  Quoting from Keith Leitch's letter in CGC #876:
  "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."
  My response is as follows:  Getting 2 miles of usable
coverage radius isn't likely unless the Part 15 tx and its
attached 3m antenna are elevated, and use a long conductor
leading to an RF ground buried in the earth.  But these
configurations are functionally non-compliant with Part 15.219.
Most of their radiation is produced by that long "ground"
conductor.
  The NEC-2 plots in the link below show the difference
between a system mounted at ground level and two elevated ones,
other things equal.  The green curve shows about the maximum
inverse distance groundwave field possible from a functionally
compliant Part 15 AM setup.
  http://tinyurl.com/Part15AMFields
  Richard Fry, rfry (at) adams.net
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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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  EDITOR'S COMMENT: KUSC HAS SECOND THOUGHTS
  In a surprising turn of events, KUSC has apparently told
the FCC that it no longer wishes to send programming to XHLNC:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288479A1.pdf
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  RE: HIGHLY DISTORTED AUDIO ON AN XM EMERGENCY ALERT MESSAGE
  The above-titled letter in CGC #884 is very interesting.
I am an XM subscriber and listen regularly. I have heard quite
a few EAS tests on XM (over the air, not online) but never heard
one that sounded any different than the audio on whatever
channel I was listening to.
  Jim Walls, K6CCC, jim (at) k6ccc.org
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  EDITORIAL RE THE PROPOSED 10 DB POWER INCREASE FOR HD RADIO
  The issue of increasing FM HD Radio power by 10 dB was
discussed in a recent Radio World editorial. RW writes
that, "We have long supported IBOC digital broadcasting as a
technology that, while imperfect, allows radio to make the tran-
sition to digital with the least disruption" and RW encourages
that a "middle ground" be found between two conflicting technical
reports -- one supporting and one cautioning against a blanket
10 dB power increase because of adjacent channel interference.
  The CGC Communicator notes that the real issue is not one
of reaching a "middle ground."  That could cause genuine harm.
The real issue is of certifying a theoretical model to predict how
much HD power can be added (or in some cases perhaps subtracted)
to create a tolerable level of interference to adjacent channel
stations -- and this calculation must be done on a station-by-
station basis.  We understand that NPR Labs and iBiquity plan
to work together toward a common solution and we applaud the
cooperation.
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/72322
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Beezley HD Radio time-alignment program updated:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/74480
  o  Harris plans "Virtual NAB" for non-attendees:
  http://tinyurl.com/VirtualNABHarris
  o  The development of White Spaces radios is proceeding:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/74474
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  COMPUTER POWER AIDS PATH ANALYSIS
  Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc. has combined the
FCCInfo.com databases with the extensive mapping capabilities
of Google Earth to display up-to-date FCC broadcast, microwave,
and tower structure databases in a readily understood visual
format.  The company says that the 3-D building and terrain
features of Google Earth permits a unique perspective of
FCC data not freely available anywhere else.
  http://www.fccinfo.com/fccinfo_google_earth.php
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                             OFF TOPIC
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  GENUINE OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  A bit of television nostalgia:
  http://www.v-r-a.org/ppp/BlkandWh/TVGuide.htm
  o  In case the acorn video in CGC #881 did not open,
  here's a different URL:
  http://home.pacbell.net/dredmo1/acorns/acorns.wmv
  o  These WGN TV anchors know how to decompress and
  show us all how to shed stress during the DTV transition:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ehlw_phys
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KSON(AM), San Diego, to KNSN
  (The Commission continues to delay publishing call
  sign changes. The KNSN change occurred over a month ago
  as mentioned in CGC #875.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288335A1.txt
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20090205ABT   KALI  56779  TRANSITION RADIO, LLC, TRUSTEE
            E    900 KHZ                WEST COVINA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20090206ABG  KMRO-FM2  85929   THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                E    90.3 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                        SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20090202AAE K218CP  90737  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
            E    91.5 MHZ              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover. Engineering Amendment filed 02/02/2009
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20071113AAK  K220GJ  87499  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
            E     91.9 MHZ              BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K217EL.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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 MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20090210AEA   KXRS  36829    LAZER LICENSES, LLC
            E     105.5 MHZ              HEMET, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KNET-LP, Los Angeles, to KNET-CA
  KSFV-LP, Los Angeles, to KSFV-CA
  These are LPTV stations changing their call signs to reflect
  Class A ("CA") operations.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288335A1.txt
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPEDT-20090206ACI   KCET-DT  13058   COMMUNITY TELEVISION
                 E     CHAN-28         OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPEDT-20080410ABR.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20090204AAC  KXLA-DT 55083   RANCHO PALOS VERDES
               E     CHAN-51          BROADCASTERS, INC.
                                    RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KXLA.
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