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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #895
                     Monday, March 16, 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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  FINAL PROCEDURES FOR ANALOG TV SERVICE TERMINATION
  The FCC has adopted final procedures for analog TV
  service termination and revisions to the DTV Consumer
  Education Initiative implementing the DTV Delay Act.
  Here is the short story from Broadcasting & Cable...
  http://tinyurl.com/arksqr
  ...and the whole enchilada from the FCC (46 pages):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-19A1.doc
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  DTV CONVERTER BOXES REVIEWED
  KABB(TV) and KMYS(TV) in Texas purchased every model of DTV
converter box that is commonly available for sale.  Then they
evaluated the boxes and gave them A/B/C/D school-type grades
and provided their impressions of each box on the following Web
page.  Once you click on a given model number box, note that
the instruction manual is available for downloading.
  It turns out that two of the boxes contain event timers
that can be used to change channels to feed a VCR or DTR (see
the Dish DTVPal and Zinwell's ZAT-970A).  The abilities of
the clocks to hold the correct time is not discussed.
  http://www.wchstv.com/dtvconverterboxes/
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Florida pirate radio station busted.  This station
  reportedly discussed where to buy drugs and find prostitutes,
  carried live advertisements for criminal gangs and offered
  gang-related advice such as how to fold a "flag," or bandanna.
  [Editorial comment:  This incident underscores the need
  for California to have a pirate radio felony law.  The bad
  guys can be shut down and put in the slammer right away, no
  questions asked.]
  http://tinyurl.com/FloridaDrugPirate
  http://www.rbr.com/radio/13316.html
  http://tinyurl.com/u2azk
  o  Here is another request to demonstrate cellular telephone
  RF jamming equipment at a prison, this from Cellantenna Corp:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-570A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  KNX HAS HISS, KFI SOUNDS CLEAN -- AN HD RADIO OBJECTION
  I just read the anonymous letter to you about HD Radio and
its shortcomings (CGC #894).  I am not much in favor of mixing
incompatable broadcast modulations, so I am tending to agree
with the writer.
  My experience with HD Radio is very little.  I do know this:
Whenever I listen to KNX's analog signal, there is a noticable
hissing noise.  I hear it at home on my hi-fi or on the road while
listening to my stock Saturn AM-FM radio.  The noise started a
couple of years ago and I thought I was dealing with a mistuned
radio whenever I would tune in.  I found out that I was hearing
the digital signal of KNX and it was mixing with the analog signal
of the station.  KNX was interfering with itself!!
  I tolerate the noise as much as I can, as I like the continuous
traffic and weather coverage on the station.  Otherwise, I will
tune to KFI which doesn't have an IBOC signal.  KFI is clean
sounding as opposed to KNX.  I wonder how many KNX listeners
are putting up with this noise?
  Dan Ramos// Huntington Beach, CA
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  CONFIRMING THAT KNX IS, AND KFI IS NOT, RUNNING HD (aka IBOC)
  Measurements made on March 14, 2009 at CGC's spectral lab
confirm that KNX is running IBOC, and KFI is not.  An experienced
broadcast engineer in Los Angeles added that, "KFI just installed
a new Nautel transmitter and is talking about turning IBOC back
on.  I understand that KFI just opened their audio bandwidth to
almost NRSC....  Rumor has it that they were tired of the
muffled sound."
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  FCC'S "ARMCHAIR CITATIONS" HIT HOME
  I received a NAL for $2,000 because I did not have the
Annual CPNI paperwork for my small paging operation up to the
liking of the FCC Consumer Division.   I am fighting it.  Their
rule section is vague: 47 CFR 64.2009(e).  I had heard that most
state & federal agencies, as well as local police departments,
are sending their regulators, enforcers & officers out to "bring
in the cash" through lots of fines and forfeitures.  I expect that
broadcasters will be next, as the cellphone and paging folks got
hit, roughly 2,000 of them, for NALS ranging from $2K to $20K,
just for the Customer Proprietary Network Information (private
customer information) violations.  Everybody better have their
public inspection files all up to snuff.....  Check those tower
lights and warning signs.
  Edward Tipler, P.E., CPBE, WI6RE. Consulting Engineer
  Tortoise Communications
  ["Armchair citations" were discussed in CGC #878.  The FCC
  is concentrating less on its field offices and more on newly
  employed attorneys sitting in armchairs in Washington to
  create citations, a sad state of affairs.  See the second
  story at:
  <http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2009/cgc878.htm>.   -Ed.]
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  DISMEMBERING TWO FCC FIELD OFFICES
  Re your comment in CGC #894 that, "It is almost as if the
FCC's Enforcement Bureau [field operations unit] has shut down..."
  It is a verifiable fact that the Pacific Northwest has only
one field engineer (a Resident Agent in Portland) to cover the
area formerly covered by the Portland and Seattle District Offices
with eight engineers and Binh is very overworked and distracted by
the "cause de jour."  Seattle has one non-technical field agent
and the District Director who is a great lady but not an engineer.
  Some of us are hoping that Julius G. will get good advice and
correct that situation when he takes over.
  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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  MAKESHIFT DTV RECEIVING ANTENNA WORKS WELL
  Rick Sietsema of CBS Radio has rigged up a makeshift DTV
receiving antenna at his home in Chatsworth and reports that
it works surprisingly well.  Electrically, the antenna could
probably be best described as a small diameter loop anchored to
the wall.  Rick can be reached at <RSietsema (at) cbs.com> and
his long-form letter follows:
  http://www.baseballdogs.com/cbs//dtv.html
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  WEB CAM COVERS FLORIDA TOWER ERECTION
  This isn't Southern Cal, but I'm sure lots of folks would
enjoy it anyway.  WPLG-TV started erecting their new 1049'
candelabra tower in Miami, Florida yesterday, March 12, 2009.
Here is a very cool webcam site where you can watch the work
progress.
  Besides WPLG-TV, WSVN-TV will eventually be moving on as
well, and WLYF-FM will also have a new ERI panel and side mount
aux up there.  Not something you get to see every day, so I
wanted to pass it along.
  Gary Blau, CSRE AMD DRB CBNT
  Director of Engineering
  Lincoln Financial Media, Miami
  gary.blau (at) lincolnfinancialmedia.com
  http://tinyurl.com/d9vw8l  (Web cam)
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Congress again addresses whether to eliminate third
  adjacent channel short spacings for LPFM stations:
  http://tinyurl.com/ThirdAdjacents
  o  If HD Radio would be popular with any group, Public Radio
  listeners should figure prominently, but cell phones and iPods
  grab the spotlight instead.  From paragraph one of a new report:
  "HD Radio initiative's impact is miniscule (sic), and fraught
  with several practical barriers that may hamper future growth."
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/76088
  o  On the positive side, HD Radio can be used as an SCA to
  deliver road traffic data:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/76130
  o  Using TV Channel 6 for FM broadcasting instead of
  television broadcasting (a "Franken FM") is gaining momentum
  despite the lack of a clear-cut FCC Rule permitting same:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/76168
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  A RAPID-RECHARGE LITHIUM BATTERY
  Materials scientists at MIT report that they've invented a new
kind of lithium-ion battery that can fully charge or discharge in
seconds, instead of minutes.  If commercialized, the battery could
allow future hybrid cars to rapidly recharge their batteries, or
it may lead to new consumer products, the scientists say.
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/mar09/8149
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GENUINE OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  KGPL:  Early police dispatching for Los Angeles:
  http://harrymarnell.net/elysian.htm
  o  "All My Faves," a Web page of popular Web pages:
   http://www.allmyfaves.com/
  o  Extreme Russian off-roading, Part II:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VOULfira3o&NR=1
  o  Obituary television, no comment:
  http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2009/03/10/8697651-cp.html
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20090224ABB   KURS  54257  QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMMUNICATIONS..
           E     1040 KHZ                 SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNP-20051031AGQ    NEW   161373    ETHER MINING CORPORATION
             E     1220 KHZ           DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  AM Auction 84
  CP New Station.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/26/2007
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/04/2008
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/16/2008
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20080212AEV   KNSN  30831   LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA COMPANY
           P     1240 KHZ                OF CALIFORNIA
                                         SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20090310ACZ  K205DT  94146  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
               E   88.9 MHZ                   INDIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205DT
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20090309ABE    KPCC  51701   PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
               E     89.3 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          PASADENA, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20090309ACO   KMRO-FM1  81502    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
               E      90.3 MHZ        COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                            CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KMRO-FM1.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLED-20090303ACA    KMRO   65404    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
             E      90.3 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                         CAMARILLO, CA
  License to cover construction permit BPED-20060208AMD
  Granted 3/9/2009
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPFTB-20090217AFN  KCAQ-FM5 178198  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E     104.7 MHZ           LAS FLORES CANYON, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/05/2009
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20090304ACL  KKGO-1  180677  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS..
              E     105.1 MHZ              SANTA CLARITA, CA
  CP New Station.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTVL-20080908AAL   KVPS-LP  10533   VALCOM BROADCASTING LLC
                E     CHAN-8                 INDIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVPS-LP.
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  PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR DTV TRANSLATOR STATION
  CH-50, KBAB-LP, Santa Barbara
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289184A1.doc
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