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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #889
                   Tuesday, February 17, 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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  NEW FCC COMPUTER TOOL PREDICTS DTV RECEPTION
  The FCC has quietly released a new computer tool to
predict the strengths of DTV signals at arbitrary street
addresses.  The program appears to consider both the curvature
of the earth and terrain obstructions and may be extremely
valuable in helping your viewers.  Technical notes follow:
  o  Once an address is entered, several seconds may
  be required for the results to appear.
  o  The "red teardrop" depicting the location
  may be dragged to another location for new calculations.
  o  The program accepts geographic coordinate input in
  decimal degrees, but be sure to enter a minus sign before
  the longitude.  For example: 33.807049, -117.125244.
  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/
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  LAST MINUTE ANALOG TV SHUTDOWN NOTES
  o  In San Diego, XETV today reports being told NOT to
  shutdown CH-6 tonight as planned.  The station will continue
  with analog on CH-6 and digital on CH-23 (business as usual)
  until allowed to do otherwise by the SCT in Mexico City.
  o  In San Diego, KGTV, CH-10 analog, will reportedly shut
  down at 11:30 PM following the evening news, and the last
  video may be a live-shot from the transmitter on Mt. Soledad
  showing the transmitter being turned off.  This will be
  historic video if it comes to pass, and it would be helpful
  if the video were captured and posted on the Internet (hint).
  o  In San Diego, KFMB, CH-8, is scheduled to terminate
  analog operations at 11:59 PM according to an inside source.
  o  In San Diego, KSWB will reportedly keep their the CH-69
  analog signal on the air for one week as a night light station.
  (This information is from an FCC source; an engineering
  assistant at KSWB indicated no knowledge of night light plans.)
  o  In the Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo DMA, KEYT, KSBY,
  KPMR and KTAS are reportedly ready to sign off their analog
  transmitters at midnight.  However, KCOY's analog will remain
  on the air as a night light station providing news, emergency
  information and video loops to help the public with the DTV
  transition.
  o  If the public has questions on the DTV transition, the
  FCC advises they call 888-CALL-FCC.
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  FCC PREPARATIONS IN "HIGH GEAR" FOR THE ANALOG SHUTDOWN
  News brief:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288530A1.doc
  Comprehensive nationwide analog-off switch schedule:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288530A2.pdf
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  FCC RELEASES LISTS OF TV STATIONS' RESPONSES TO REQUIREMENTS
  FOR ANALOG TERMINATION ON FEBRUARY 17, 2009
  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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