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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #897
                     Monday, March 30, 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 guidance regarding "live code" (as opposed to "test
  code") EAS testing.  Important and easy reading:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-694A1.doc
  o  Environmental impact certification expectations laid out
  in a Wyoming decision (synopsis story with link to decision):
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/77014
  o  FCC proposes medical uses around 450 MHz (some broadcast
  aux and amateur frequencies will be impacted, and vice versa):
  http://tinyurl.com/MedUses
  o  FCC releases solicitations for DTV transition assistance
  as part of a comprehensive consumer outreach and support effort:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-689A1.doc
  o  Americorps to help consumers prepare for DTV transition:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289629A1.doc
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  COMMERCIAL RADIO OPERATOR LICENSE RENEWALS
  Holders of certain commercial radio operator licenses are
no longer required to file renewal applications.  Unaffected
are holders of General Radiotelephone Operator Licenses,
Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permits, and Restricted
Radiotelephone Operator Permits-Limited Use, which are already
valid for the lifetime of the holder.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-658A1.doc
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  SAN DIEGO'S 106.1 MHZ PIRATE SILENCED
  The FCC has issued separate Notices of Unlicensed Operation
to Russell Greene (identified as the property owner) and Dwayne
Sutherland (presumably the property lessee) for operating an un-
licensed FM station on 106.1 MHz at 3020 Monroe Ave./San Diego.
  Assuming free-space propagation from the transmitter to
the FCC monitoring equipment, the parameters provided by the FCC
(3,005,629 microvolts per meter at 565 meters) indicate that this
pirate was running a whopping 58 kW ERP.
  If the field strength data are accurate, this would be the
highest powered pirate we recall seeing.  However, 58 kW would
be difficult to achieve in a residential setting (as implied by
looking at 3020 Monroe Ave. on Google Maps), so the reported
data are probably incorrect.
  The bottom line is that the pirate is off the air.  Citing
the landlord probably did the trick.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-289527A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-289526A1.html
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  When does an omni-directional FM antenna become
  a directional?  This article highlights a new controversy:
  http://radiomagonline.com/fcc/omni-antenna-become-da/
  o  Efficient antennas inside cell phones make FM radio
  reception practical:
  http://www.rwonline.com/blog/76856
  o  Cable TV asks FCC to modify its white spaces decision:
  http://tinyurl.com/CableWhiteSpace
  o  The Sirius satellite constellation is in a highly
  elliptical orbit; now, Sirius is beginning to use the geo-
  stationary orbit just like XM:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/77016
  o  According to two sources, Arbitron will begin adding Franken
  FMs (CH-6 LPTVs acting like FMs) to their PPM rating report:
  http://tinyurl.com/FrankenArbitron
  http://tinyurl.com/FrankenPPM
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  NON-COMMERCIAL FMs MUST PROTECT ALL CH-6 LPTV STATIONS
  Here is a story title from the latest V-Soft newsletter:
"FCC requires NCE channel-six TV protection to non-class CA
(protected) LPTV stations."
  And here is the story:  "In a surprise move (to us), the
FCC dismissed a NCE, full-service, [FM] station application
because it did not protect a secondary CH-6 LPTV station from
interference.  This is the first we have heard of the Commission
requiring a full-service station to protect a secondary station.
We have been aware that the FCC requires this protection to the
class CA protected LPTV stations, but protection by a full
service station to a secondary station is something new."
  http://www.v-soft.com/news/2009/newsletter03262009.htm#intmapping
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  USING FRS RADIOS IN WAYS NOT AUTHORIZED
  I was in the Ridgecrest Wal-Mart on Friday night.  They are
using FRS radios on CH-12 for store business communications.  The
Tru-Value Home Center, the Ridgecrest Healthcare facility and the
Costco in Lancaster, ditto.  I suspect there are many more,
probably some of the motels.
  It's impossible for a Business Radio Dealership to compete
by providing only legal radios and proper licensing.  FRS abuse
looks like a great untapped NAL financial reserve for the FCC.
  Edward Tipler, PE, CPBE, Consulting Engineer
  tiplerek (at) iwvisp.com
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  DTV CONVERTER BOXES WITH HD OUTPUTS
  In reply to Bob Malsbury's quest for DTV converter boxes
  with HD outputs, the following letters were received:
  o  There are a few tuners that have HD outputs, such as HDMI.
  Though a couple of years old now, one such box is the Samsung
  DTB-H260F.  To be government coupon eligible, converter boxes
  cannot have HD outputs, only SD.   This is because the gvrnmnt
  subsidy is intended for existing/older analog TVs only (which
  presumably are not HD).   -Name withheld upon request
  o  Try the Samsung HD tuners at Bust Buy.  They have HDMI and
  analog video outputs.   -Name withheld, Los Angeles engineer.
  o  I have a Coby TV convertor which has component output as
  well as the usual composite.  As I recall, it might have cost
  about $50....  -Red Blanchard, redblanchard (at) sbcglobal.net
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  RURAL RADIO SERVICE
  In the last Communicator, CGC indicated that the term
"Rural Radio Service" probably meant telephone or broadband
linking as opposed to a new broadcast service."  Phil Kane
explains the matter in detail:
  "Traditionally, "Rural Radio Service" was a Common Carrier
telephone service using mobile telephone frequencies at fixed
locations unable to be served by wireline.  The present
equivalent was renamed the Rural Radiotelephone Service, and
is regulated under Part 22 Subpart E."
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  ARMCHAIR (OR NOT) ENFORCEMENT OF NON-COMMERCIAL COMMERCIALS
  In the last Communicator, CGC stated, "It appears that
the FCC's Enforcement Bureau is setting its sights on the next
"armchair" enforcement actions, commercial announcements by
non-commercial stations."  Now, Phil Kane presents a different
perspective based on his years of experience at the FCC:
  "Although I am a subscriber/member of several Non Commercial
Educational Station groups, this attention is overdue, and such
situations were reported by field agents for many years before
something was done about it.  Somewhere along the line, though,
there has to be some field action to gather the information,
so it's not a pure "armchair" enforcement action."
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  HDTV RECEIVER POWER CONSUMPTION
  I don't have one of those AC power measuring devices
mentioned in the last CGC Communicator, but the specs for my
Panasonic TH-50PX25 (50 inch plasma bought 2/05) states maximum
545 watts, stand-by 18 watts.
  The 42 inch model from the same series was 445/18, and the
37 inch was 395/18.
  Richard Wagoner, rwagoner (at) cox.net
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  EDITOR'S COMMENT
  It seems as if Pandora's Box has been opened.  Last week, we
Web-posted and published a few long-form letters and this week
we are flooded with long-form submissions, most commenting on
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo's probably futile attempt to regulate loud
commercials.  We elected not to publish those letters based on
their lengths.  Wish we had time to work with the authors and
edit long-form material when necessary.  Please keep all
submissions to 100 words or less.
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GENUINE OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Angled numbers, just for fun.  This is a pps file so
  click or hit a key to advance pages.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/The_numbers.pps
  o  Cold ("desktop") fusion, the quasi-science that
  never dies.  A short status report:
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/mar09/8407
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  TOTALLY OFF SCALE: THE CARRINGTON EVENT
  In September 1859, the entire Earth was engulfed in a
gigantic cloud of seething gas, and a blood-red aurora erupted
across the planet from the poles to the tropics.  Around the
world, telegraph systems crashed, machines burst into flames
and electric shocks rendered operators unconscious.  Victorian
magnetometers were driven off scale.
  http://www.stuartclark.com/sunkings.html
  http://www.geomag.bgs.ac.uk/carrington.html
  http://tinyurl.com/CarringtonEvent
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN GRANTED
  New AM, Desert Hot Springs, to KJML
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289427A1.txt
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BML-20081030ADI    KOGO  51514    CITICASTERS LICENSES, INC.
             P      600 KHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20090212AET   KNSN 30831   LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA COMPANY
          P      1240 KHZ               OF CALIFORNIA
                                        SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.  Engineering Amendment filed 02/25/2009
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KSON-FM, San Diego, to KSON
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289427A1.txt
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDVL-20090323ADP   KVTU-LP   130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                  E     CHAN-3             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KVTU-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20090318ADG KECY-DT 51208  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
              E      CHAN-9                 EL CENTRO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20080222ABI.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20090318ADG KECY-DT 51208  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
              E      CHAN-9                 EL CENTRO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20080222ABI.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTL-20090319ACW   KLPS-LP  12690  PALM SPRINGS DTV, LLC
                  E     CHAN-19               INDIO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KLPS-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20090323ABK  KTBN-TV 67884  TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK..
               E     CHAN-33                SANTA ANA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KTBN-TV.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20090320AAI  KAJB-DT  40517  CALIPATRIA BROADCASTING CO...
              E      CHAN-36               CALIPATRIA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19991101AEM,
  callsign KAJB.
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