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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #893
                     Sunday,  March 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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  SELLMEYER & DAVIS WIN NAB ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
  Each year the NAB presents its Radio and Television
Engineering Achievement Awards at the NAB Show.  The awards,
first established in 1959, are given to individuals for their
significant contributions that have advanced the state of
the art of broadcast engineering.
  This year's winners, Jack Sellmeyer (radio) and Sterling
Davis (television), will be honored at the Technology Luncheon
on April 22 in the Barron Room of the Las Vegas Hilton.
  CGC offers its sincere congratulations to these distinguished
gentlemen.
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/74912
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  RELEASE OF MAJOR DOCUMENT ON THE DTV DELAY ACT
  This FCC document is the Second Report and Order and
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the DTV Delay Act, among
other things.  The Comment deadline is five days after the
text appears in the Federal Register.
  For a simple explanation of this behemoth document, see
the first URL.  Will analog cut-offs even be allowed before
April 16?
  http://tinyurl.com/April16
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-11A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-521A1.doc
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  WHITE SPACE DEVICE TESTING COMES TO CALIFORNIA
  A new experimental permit to operate in the 174-216 MHz,
470-608 MHz and 614-698 MHz bands has been granted to 
Adaptrum, Inc. for the "testing of white space devices...
within State of CA."  This means testing on TV Channels 7-51
with the exception of Channel 37 which is reserved for
Radio Astronomy.  Call sign WE2XXI.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288835A1.doc
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC to hold open Commission meeting on Thursday, March 5.
  This event will feature presentations and discussions on the
  DTV transition.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-288922A1.doc
  o  "...the Media Bureau announces that the rules adopted
  in the Commission’s Report and Order authorizing the use of
  distributed transmission system technologies in the digital
  television service are now in effect...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-528A1.doc
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  GOLDFIELD, NEVADA, ALLOCATED A COMMERCIAL FM CHANNEL
  Remember the political intervention to get the Goldfield,
Nevada FM pirate (Rod Moses) back on the air with an FCC-issued
STA (CGC #782 for March 3, 2007)?  Now, Goldfield has been
allocated commercial FM Channel 262, 100.3 MHz, Class C1.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-413A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/2oebxl
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0102/t.1183.html
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The distributor of the Whole House FM Transmitter is
  in trouble with the Commission for, among other things,
  marketing a device with too much RF power.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-437A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR MARCH 10
  SBE Chapter 47 (Los Angeles) is hosting a presentation
by Steve Lampen of Belden on the topic of cable bend radius.
This is an 11:30 AM luncheon meeting on Tuesday, March 10,
at the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank.  Details should
be posted at the following Web address by mid-week:
  http://www.sbe47.org/
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Daylight Saving Time begins in most of the U.S. at
  2 AM on Sunday, March 8, 2009:
  http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/daylight_time.php
  o  Some AMs get STAs to use existing FM translators:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/75250
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  EMERGING TECHNOLOGY -- FIRST DRM RECEIVER COMING TO THE USA
  Media Network reports that a new Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)
receiver designed in France may soon be coming to American shores.
The Di-Wave receiver from UniWave Development SAS is expected
to make its debut March 25th at the DRM General Assembly in
Germany.  This is an all band plus FM receiver that is Digital
Radio Mondiale capable on the Shortwave, Medium Wave and Long
Wave bands.  It is also expected to be the first consumer level
Digital Radio Mondiale receiver authorized by the FCC for sale
in the United States.
  (Amateur Radio Newsline)
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  CALL FOR PAPERS -- IEEE BROADCAST SYMPOSIUM
  Eric Wandel and I are the Co-Chairs of this year's IEEE
Broadcast Symposium, the 59th symposium.  This year's event
will take place in Alexandria, Virginia on October 14, 15
and 16, and we are now calling for papers.
  Thomas B. Silliman, P.E., President
  Electronics Research, Inc.
  Tom (at) eriinc.com
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/IEEE_Papers.htm
  http://www.ieee.org/bts
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  THE 11 YEAR SOLAR CYCLE
  Eleven years in the making, here's an interesting item
showing SOHO ultraviolet imaging each year of the past solar
cycle.  To me, the view is both educational and awe inspiring.
  Steve Blodgett
  http://tinyurl.com/OneSolarCycle
  [Editor's note:  The sun goes through a natural 11-year
  sunspot cycle, from few visible spots to many and back again
  to few.  This has a profound effect on high frequency (3-30 MHz)
  radio communications.  Many spots make for good DX (distant
  communications).  We are currently at a sunspot low.  SOHO
  is the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory satellite launched
  December 2, 1995.]
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  SAM LANE PASSES AWAY
  It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that
my business partner, Sam Lane, died last night [February 19,
2009], at his home in Santa Barbara, CA.  He has been battling
cancer for the past two years.  He is survived by his wife
Sonja.  There will be no funeral or memorial services, at
his request.
  RF Specialties of California will continue on, with Bill
Newbrough managing the business, along with RF Specialties of
Washington, Inc.
  Bill Newbrough, 888-737-7321, bill.newbrough (at) earthlink.net
  http://radioworld.com/article/75162
  [Editor's note:  In remembrance of Sam, San Francisco
  broadcast engineers have been making donations to the SBE
  Ennes Scholarship Trust -- an idea which will hopefully
  be carried forward by many other SBE chapters.]
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GENUINE OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  The longest burning light bulb in history resides in
  a fire station in Livermore, CA.  Now in its 108th year of
  illumination, the bulb has an incredible fan club and is
  monitored 24 hours/day by a Web Cam (aka the "Bulb Cam"):
  http://www.centennialbulb.org/  (Home page)
  http://www.centennialbulb.org/photos.htm (Bulb Cam direct)
  o  The Fordson Snow Machine, you'll love this video:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBjlSJf4274
  o  Here is a "non-inverting" mirror, making it possible
  to read reflected text normally.  In this case shown, the
  newly designed mirror is reflecting the word GRAVITATION
  printed on the side of the book in the foreground:
  http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn16585-amazing-mirrors
  o  Finally we have the US Navy Presidential Drill Team
  in a performance you might never forget:
  http://www.whc.net/rjones/USN/USN_team.html
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20090212AET     KNSN  30831    LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA
            P      1240 KHZ          COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA
                                         SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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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
  DISMISSED
  BPED-20070906AEA   KPCC   51701   PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
             E     89.3 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         PASADENA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Dismissed by letter 12/17/2007 (47 CFR Section 73.509 violation)
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 01/22/2008 by Padadena Area
  Community College District
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/22/2008
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 10/29/2008
  Application reinstated nunc pro tunc 10/29/2008
  Application dismissed by letter 2/23/2009
  (No letter sent)
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  99.5 MHZ - LOCAL GRANTS SET ASIDE
  The FCC has set aside the grant of modification applications
  for KKLA-FM, 99.5 MHz, Los Angeles, and KMRJ(FM), 99.5 MHz,
  Rancho Mirage, to review the record of the proceedings.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-12A1.doc
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT LICENSE CANCELLED
  BLH-19850424KS     KSCF   59816   CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
            P      103.7 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  Lic to cover (BPH-820920AQ as MOD) to install auxiliary system.
  Licensee requests cancellation of auxiliary license letter
  dated 2/4/09 filed by Edwin L. Nass. (no letter sent)
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFTB-20060420ADG  KCAQ-4 165764  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
              E     104.7 MHZ             HAINES CANYON, CA
  CP New Station.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/10/2006.
  Informal Objection filed 4/17/07 by ("Mt Wilson")
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