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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #896
                     Monday, March 23, 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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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC sets rules for broadcasters for the remainder of the
  DTV transition.  Stations must notify viewers of signal loss
  and educate them on reception issues:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289189A1.doc
  o  FCC announces tentative agenda for its April 8, 2009
  Open Meeting.  ("Rural Radio Service" probably means telephone
  or broadband linking as opposed to a new broadcast service):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289423A1.doc
  o  Approved: Request by Florida Department of Transportation
  to operate CB stations by wireline remote control to provide
  emergency information to motorists along a turnpike:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-641A1.doc
  o  Denied: Request by CellAntenna Corp. to demonstrate
  cellular telephone jamming equipment at a Louisiana jail:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-622A1.doc
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  ONE MORE CALIFORNIA TV WANTS TO DROP ANALOG BEFORE JUNE 12
  According to the FCC, only one more California television
station has requested to drop its analog service before the
June 12 deadline.  That station is KQET, Watsonville, owned by
Northern California Public Broadcasting.  They have requested
an analog shutoff date of May 9, 2009, see the last URL below.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-589A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-589A2.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-589A3.pdf
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  o KXMX(AM), Anaheim, fined $9,000 for failing to properly
  maintain a public file for the station:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-609A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says the analog-off date
  of June 12 is final, no extensions:
  http://tinyurl.com/June12Final
  o  The Portland Press Herald (Maine) underscores the
  pitfalls of the DTV transition, things that we here in
  so. California can try to ameliorate as best possible:
  http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=245860&ac=PHnws
  o  It appears that the FCC's Enforcement Bureau is
  setting its sights on the next "armchair" enforcement actions,
  commercial announcements by non-commercial stations:
  http://radioworld.com/article/76538
  o  LPFM news briefs:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/76488
  o  NAB's Rehr thanks Verizon and AT&T for including FM
  receivers (apparently without HD) in some new cell phones:
  http://radioworld.com/article/76550
  o  Larry Bloomfield's latest Tech Notes newsletter is
  available online.  It's very long as usual but is filled
  with a plethora of technical gems:
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_143.pdf
  o  Loud commercial announcements are addressed in a bill by
  California state Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, who in June introduced H.R.
  6209 to "prescribe a standard to preclude commercials from being
  broadcast at louder volumes than the program they accompany."
  http://adage.com/article?article_id=135244
  o  Adding spintronics to memristors (memory resistors)
  promises to create many new and interesting electrical gizmos:
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/mar09/8229
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  LONG-FORM LETTERS
  o  Regarding the dismembering of two FCC field offices
  (CGC #895), an anonymous FCC employee gives us an inside
  look at the situation:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/FCC_Field_Offices.htm
  o  This letter supports AM HD Radio broadcasting provided
  the hands of skilled surgeons implement the HD transmissions:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/HD_Implementation.htm
  o  While the introduction of a complete DRM digital
  shortwave receiver in the U.S. is a step forward, a DRM
  decoder was always available as a software program:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/DRM_Receiver_coming.htm
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  POWER CONSUMPTIONS OF DTV RECEIVERS -- MEASUREMENTS NEEDED
  I noted a review of several consumer AC power meters that
work between the device being measured and the power source.
If someone has one, it would be interesting to check out LED
and Plasma DTV receivers.  I've read they draw 3X as much
power as a CRT, and plasmas draw considerable power when off.
  I'd like to see some numbers if someone will do the legwork.
For their part neither the manufacturers or the retailers
mention power consumption on any Web site I've looked at and
the information isn't on the cartons in the stores.
  Roy Trumbull, roy547 (at) msn.com
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  EARLY-ADOPTER OF HDTV NEEDS HELP
  As an early-adopter of HDTV, I own two HDTV-ready sets
without HD tuners.  I have already looked at many of the con-
verters mentioned in your previous newsletters but none appear
to have HD outputs.
  Does anyone know if converter boxes are available with HD
outputs?  Is there any truth to the rumor that ATSC converters
are legally prohibited from having HD outputs?
  My Birthday, June 12th, may be a sad day if I can no longer
use my HDTV-ready sets.
  Bob Malsbury,  rmalsbury (at) netzero.com
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  COOL PHOTO OF HOT STUFF
  I was going through my files and came across a photo I
took back in 1996.  Since many of your readers are broadcasting
engineers, I thought they might enjoy seeing it.  I have several
shots from that storm but this was, by far, the best.
  Oscar Medina
  http://sandiegopictures.org/lightning.html
  [Oscar is former Chief Engineer of KNSD(TV), San Diego, CA]
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GENUINE OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Some of Oscar Medina's photographs have worked their
  way onto credit cards and have become award winners.  Here
  is the full scoop:
  http://sandiegopictures.org/diamond-award.html
  o  Old Radio Shack catalogs from 1941 forward, great nostalgia:
  http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalog_directory.html
  o  Extreme sheep herding.  The subject of this video provides
  an excellent opportunity to combine real video footage with
  genuine video shenanigans:
  http://tinyurl.com/ExtremeSheepherding
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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-20090309ACR   KURS  54257  QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMMUNICATIONS..
           P     1040 KHZ                 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 GRANTED
  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 TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20090316ABK  K205DT  94146  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
            E      88.9 MHZ                INDIO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  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 BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20090217AFN  KCAQ-FM5  178198 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
              E      104.7 MHZ            LAS FLORES CANYON, CA
  Mod of CP
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/05/2009
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPFTB-20090225ABR  KCAQ-FM2  165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E      104.7 MHZ                SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCAQ-FM2.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/26/2009
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20090304ACL  KKGO-1 180677  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS...
              E     105.1 MHZ             SANTA CLARITA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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