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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #892
                   Sunday,  February 22, 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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  NATIONWIDE DTV-TRANSITION CALL CENTERS WERE NOT OVERLOADED
  o  DTV call centers fielded over 28,000 calls Tuesday:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288641A1.doc
  o  Wednesday's results from the FCC: Initial phase of the
  DTV transition is encouraging but "large challenges remain:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288731A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  FCC settles Sirius/XM FM modulator excessive power probe:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/74732
  o  $25,000 tentative fine for the unauthorized marketing
  of an FM modulator that also has excessive field strength,
  the "FM Cup Automobile Full Channel FM Transmitter and iPOD
  Charger."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-253A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSALS TO CONVERT TRAVELERS'
  INFORMATION STATIONS INTO COMMUNITY BROADCAST STATIONS
  The FCC has released a Public Notice dated 2/13/2009 seeking
comment on two Petitions for Rulemaking that would legitimatize
treating a Travelers' Information Station as a community broadcast
station.  Comments are due by 3/16/2009 and Reply Comments are
due by 3/30/2009.  See:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-249A1.doc
  Philip M. Kane  P.E. / Esq
  VP - General Counsel & Engineering Manager
  CSI Telecommunications Inc. - Consulting Engineers
  San Francisco, CA - Beaverton, OR
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  IN BRIEF
  o  Re anti-pirate legislation (CGC #888).  Would it work
  here in California?  An anonymous FCC source looks at the
  big picture:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/anti-pirate.htm
  o  A neighbor's TV antenna can affect your DTV reception.
  The problem arises from reradiation creating multipath.
  An interesting report from Burt Weiner:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Burt_DTV_Antenna.htm
  o  Some DTV tuners require knowledge of the actual RF
  channel in use, a consumer-unfriendly approach:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Moncure_DTV.htm
  o  Eric Schecter moves from San Diego to Phoenix, rejoins
  CBS Radio and is delighted at the warm reception:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Eric_Phoenix.htm
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  END OF A 60-YEAR ERA AS KFMB-TV ENDS ANALOG BROADCASTING
  Question:  Thanks for including the link to KFMB's piece.
San Diego is my hometown and I knew of few of the guys who worked
there in the '60s and '70s.  I did not recognize "one of KFMB's
first engineers," the gentleman who was given the honor of taking
the old [analog] TX off the air.  Could you publish his name?
  Thanks, Russell Murphy
  A.  The gentleman doing the honors was 87 year old Frank
Aamodt, a former engineer with KFMB; his son Chris now works
for the station.  Here is the official story and a photograph
of Frank and the crew who made the transition possible:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KFMB_Ends_Analog.pdf
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  ABOUT THE WITHDRAWN KUSC(FM) CROSS-BORDER APP TO FEED XHLNC
  We [KUSC] withdrew our application to the FCC for permission
to provide programming to XLNC because the Mexican station appears
nowhere in the FCC's database of Mexican stations.  It was
determined that it would be best to withdraw our application,
and reapply, after the FCC and Mexico's SCT get their databases
coordinated.
  Eric DeWeese, General Manager, Classical KUSC, Los Angeles
  edeweese (at) kusc.org
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  DONATED ANALOG TV EQUIPMENT NEEDED
  I work with two groups who would benefit greatly from
obsolete analog TV stuff.  One is the Broadcast Club at our
parochial high school and the other is cable access here in
Richmond, IN.  Any ideas about generous provision of surplus
gear?
  Dave Burns, Dbradionow (at) aol.com
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  DIGITAL-READY ALUMINUM FOIL
  Thank you so much for the CGC emails.  While I am a radio
person, I am watching the DTV switchover with concern.  I notice,
in talking to local TV Chiefs, that most consumers have problems
with indoor rabbit ears.  In days gone by, people would add tin
foil to those rabbit ears.  However, today that isn't good enough.
  I am setting up a company to sell a new product that will
eliminate all those problems.  I will be the exclusive distributor
of a brand new product called "Digital-Ready Aluminum Foil."
Operators are standing by.  ;)
  Tom Bosscher, Grand Rapids, Michigan, tom (at) bosscher.org
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  RETURN TO THE 100-WORD LIMIT
  CGC has enjoyed covering the southern California DTV
transition with long-form postings.  Starting with the next
newsletter, we are returning to our short-form format and
ask that ALL Letters to the Editor be kept to 100 words or less.
  As always, if you have more to say, post your thoughts on
the Web and send us the URL along with a synopsis not to exceed
100 words for direct publication in the Communicator.
  Our sincere thanks to KFMB, KGTV and KSWB for the
information they provided on Round I of San Diego's digital
television transition -- a monumental accomplishment.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  DTV NEWS BRIEFS
  o  IEEE Spectrum magazine looks at DTV receiving antennas
  and discusses new designs that are on the horizon:
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/feb09/7328/1
  o  The DTV transition is not going smoothly for at least
  one station in the western half of the U.S.  Non-stop complaint
  calls, about 10/hour.  The UHF DTV transmitting antenna appears
  to be overshooting two key reception areas.  Que lastima!
  o  While some consumers will be losers in the DTV transition,
  it is important to realize that many folks will gain crystal
  clear reception and new virtual channels (e.g. "39.2" and "39.3")
  provided they survive cliff-edge drop-outs (that's where outdoor
  antennas really help).
  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090219/ap_en_tv/ap_on_tv_digital_follies
  o  DTV converter boxes are vanishing from retail shelves
  in San Diego south of Interstate 8.  Suspected reason: They
  are being bought on behalf of friends and relatives in Tijuana.
  o  Mobile DTV hits a big snag: big multipath:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/74800
  o  Video clip: A classy and classical analog sign off by WMTV,
  Madison, WI:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po_hBMtTaDg
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  RADIO NOTE
  Liberty bails out Sirius XM, for the moment at least.
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/74738
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GUNS AND DTV
  A Missouri man is charged with unlawful use of a firearm
  after peppering his TV with bullets.  It's all about DTV
  (and alcohol).
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVBullets
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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 AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20080730AHG    KTWV    25437   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
             E      94.7 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLH-20090130AAH    KWIZ   37225   LBI RADIO LICENSE LLC
              E     96.7 MHZ             SANTA ANA, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20090217AFN  KCAQ-FM5  178198  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING...
               E     104.7 MHZ           LAS FLORES CANYON, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPH-20090210AEA    KXRS   36829    LAZER LICENSES, LLC
              E     105.5 MHZ              HEMET, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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