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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #898
                    Monday,  April 6, 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  The FCC will hold an Open Commission Meeting this
  Wednesday, April 8.  Items 3 & 4 should be of particular
  interest to broadcasters:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289770A1.doc
  o  Media Bureau provides guidance to NCE FMs re TV CH-6
  protection, and takes a hard-line approach:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-744A1.doc
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/77618
  o  "By this Public Notice, the [FCC] extends the negotiation
  period for Wave 4 NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1)
  licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region until July 1, 2009
  ...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-736A1.doc
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  UPCOMING SBE LOS ANGELES MEETING
  SBE Chapter 47 (Los Angeles) is holding its monthly meeting
  Tuesday, April 14, at the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank.
  This is a dinner meeting starting at 6:30 PM.  The speaker is
  Patrick Fisher, Director of Satellite Services, Mackay
  Communications.  Details soon at:
  http://www.sbe47.org/
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  NPR Labs launches study on possible HD power increase:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/77616
  http://www.twice.com/article/CA6648888.html
  http://tinyurl.com/HDPOwerStudy1
  o  The latest San Diego SBE newsletter is available at:
  http://www.sbe36.org
  o  California proposes ban on selling "energy-hogging"
  DTVs starting in 2011:
  http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/03/california-tv.html
  o  ABC Radio is now "Citadel Media:"
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/77634
  o  We seem to be stuck in the low part of the 11-year
  sunspot cycle, really stuck, but some think that will
  lead to a steep rebound:
  http://tinyurl.com/SolarLow
  o  The April issue of Crawford Broadcasting's "The Local
  Oscillator is up and available for viewing at:
  http://tinyurl.com/CrawfordL-O
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  PHOTOS OF THE 106.1 MHZ PIRATE STATIONS IN SAN DIEGO
  The 106.1 MHz San Diego pirate mentioned in last week's CGC
Communicator apparently used two transmitter sites.  The first
location was 3075 El Cajon Blvd. (first two photos, note the two-
bay antenna), then the station was relocated to 3020 Monroe Ave.
(remaining photos, note the four bay antenna).
  The pirate is now off the air.  We understand that the antenna
on El Cajon Blvd. has been removed and the coax to the antenna on
Monroe Avenue has been cut.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/San_Diego_Pirate.htm
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  REGARDING CGC #897 AND DIRECTIONAL/NON-D FM & TV ANTENNAS
  When I designed the ERI Lambda tower, I had two goals in mind.
First, I wanted to design a structure that would have coherent
re-radiation, and second, I wanted a tower that would have a very
large radius of curvature when loaded with wind. The design of
the Lambda involved making the tower lattice repeat every half
wave at the user's frequency so that a half wave array would
always have a uniform reflective tower.  The design didn't change
the antenna's directivity in the horizontal plane, but it did
improve the array efficiency.
  Thomas B. Silliman, PE
  President and CEO, Electronics Research, Inc.
  Member AFCCE - IEEE Fellow - tom (at) eriinc.com
 
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  APRIL 20 EAS SESSION AT THE NAB
  Please be advised that SBE will again host a two hour EAS
Session at this year's National Association of Broadcasters
Convention in Las Vegas.
  Date:  Monday, April 20th
  Time:  2 - 4 PM
  Location:  Las Vegas Hilton, Meeting Rooms 7 and 8.
  Features:
  o  Recap of the EAS Summit
  o  The 180 Day Clock - What's the latest
  o  What else needs to be done to make next-gen EAS work
  o  Special Guest Speakers to be announced
  The meeting is open to everyone, you DO NOT have to be
registered with the convention to attend.  Join us!!
  Jack Davis, SBE EAS Committee, K6YC
  Jack.Davis (at) Fox40.com
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  An astonishing model railroad in Germany, perhaps the
  best in the world (5-minute video):
  http://dvice.com/archives/2009/03/astonishing_mos.php
  o  Canada decommissions another AM, this one on 1090 kHz.
  Video by Dave Garbe of CFCA-FM/CKKW-FM Ontario, Canada
  courtesy of Fred Vobbe.  Note how each tower top tends to
  land close to the base, like in the KFI case:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/AM_1090_Demolition.wmv
  o  The most powerful air raid siren ever built (it
  is claimed): 30 kW, powered by a Chrysler Industrial
  V-8 HEMI gasoline engine:
  http://www.victorysiren.com/x/index.htm
  o  How the bad guys can tap into your cell phone:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCyKcoDaofg
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  GERMAN HAMS BOUNCE SIGNALS OFF VENUS
  On March 25, 2009, a group of German hams bounced radio
signals off the surface of Venus, marking the first time Amateur
Radio operators have sent and received signals directed to another
planet.  The team's transmitter generated about 6 kW CW @ 2.4 GHz,
the signal traveled about 100 million kilometers and had a round
trip delay of about five minutes.
  The Earth-Venus-Earth ("EVE") experiment was repeated on
March 26 for several hours with "good echoes" from Venus.  Morse
code was used to transmit the well-known 'HI' signature (four dots
followed by two dots).  All things considered, this is a landmark
accomplishment for ham radio operators.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/09/0403/
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BPFT-19971124TD  971124TD  89263   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
            E      88.5 MHZ             WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  CP NEW STATION, PRIMARY STATION KTLW(FM)
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/27/2005
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/03/2009
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BPFT-19990621TE  990621TE  93736  CA STATE UNIV. OF NORTHRIDGE
             P     88.9 MHZ               AGOURA HILLS, CA
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KCSN
  SUPPLEMENT FILED 7/18/2001.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20090316ABK  K205DT  94146  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
            E      88.9 MHZ                INDIO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BPFT-19990129TH  990129TH  92656  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
            E      89.5 MHZ              AGOURA HILLS, CA
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW;
  INFORMAL OBJECTION FILED BY (PACCD) 8/19/99
  SUPPLEMENT FILED 7/19/2001.
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/21/2005
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/19/2008
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDVL-20090330AJG   K20IU  125257   IGLESIA JESUCHRISTO ES
                  E     CHAN-2             MI REFUGIO, INC.
                                          BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change of callsign K20IU.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20090330AFV   KABC-DT  282   ABC HOLDING COMPANY, INC.
                 E     CHAN-7              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPCDT-20080626AAL.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDVL-20090326AAM   KYAV-LP  2961  U-DUB PRODUCTIONS, LLC
                  E     CHAN-12            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KYAV-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR
  DISPLACEMENT DISMISSED
  BDISDTL-20081022ABW    KSMV-LP  14002   KJLA, LLC
                  E      CHAN-23       LOS ANGELES, CA 
  Minor change of callsign KSMV-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DISPLACEMENT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090330AJH KSCD-LP 128978 WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
                E     CHAN-27             BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSCD-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  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 CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTA-20090326AAL  KPSP-LP  10535   DESERT TELEVISION LLC
                  E    CHAN-38         CATHEDRAL CITY-PALM, CA
  Minor change of callsign KPSP-LP.
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