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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #900
                     Friday, April 17, 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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  WALK-IN DTV HELP CENTERS
  The FCC is providing guidance to broadcasters on their 
obligation to publicize walk-in DTV help centers.  Here is
the Commission's three page easy-to-read Public Notice:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-807A1.doc
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  FM FREEZE COMING IN JUNE
  The Media Bureau has announced that it will not accept FM
commercial and noncommercial minor change applications during
the Auction 79 Form 175 application filing window.  This window
will open on June 16, 2009 and close on June 25, 2009....
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-849A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC asks court to wait on White Spaces decision:
  http://tinyurl.com/WhiteSpacesCourt
  o  FCC launches development of national broadband plan and
  seeks public input to ensure that "every American has access
  to broadband capability."  News release:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289900A1.pdf
  o  Media Bureau provides guidance on requests for additional
  time to construct new broadcast stations when a sale to "eligible
  entities pursuant to section 73.3598(a)" occurs:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-784A1.doc
  o  DTV Erratum issued, column title mixup corrected:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290083A1.doc
  o  The FCC has adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice
  of Proposed Rulemaking addressing 4.9 GHz band rules.  The 
  new rules will better enable first responders to share time-
  sensitive data and streaming video footage in emergencies:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-289891A1.doc
  o  The 800 MHz NPSPAC Public Safety Regional Planning
  Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2009,
  at The Old Spaghetti Factory in San Marcos:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-786A1.doc
  o  FCC upholds $10,000 RFR exposure fine for CBS station in
  Florida:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/78126
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TRUCK DISASTER NEAR MT. WILSON SPELLS HEADACHES FOR BROADCASTERS
  Fallout from the fatal accident caused by a big rig that
lost its brakes while coming down the Angeles Crest Highway
(CGC #899) will impact construction and antenna de-installation
activities on Mts. Wilson and Harvard.  Now, Larry Lopez's company
has devoted a Web page to the ramifications of the accident
(thank you Larry):
  http://www.angelescrestservices.com/News%20and%20Updates.htm
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The NAB Show in Las Vegas opens this weekend with
  conferences; exhibits open Monday and run through Thursday:
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/78698
  o  Demonstrations of Mobile TV are expected to be one
  of the big attractions at this year's NAB Show:
  http://tinyurl.com/csxpvd
  o  Nielsen: As of April 12, 3.6 million TV households are
  "completely unready" for the June 12 DTV transition:
  http://tinyurl.com/NielsenDTV
  o  More on the upcoming test program on elevated IBOC FM
  power levels:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/78044
  o  TCI Acquires Tower Data of Kline Towers:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/78656
  o  Mega Media Group signs up more CH-6 LPTV stations
  to switch services and become FM broadcasters on or near
  87.7 MHz:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/78686
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  "RURAL RADIO SERVICE"
  CGC #896 flagged the term "Rural Radio Service" used in
the FCC's tentative agenda for its April 8, 2009 Open Meeting.
It now seems that this old Common Carrier telephone term is
being applied to radio broadcast stations.  The Commission
reportedly wants to amend its rules to prevent auctioned rural
radio spectrum from migrating to larger markets.
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/78040
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  JACK SELLMEYER ON HD RADIO
  Jack Sellmeyer, winner of this year's NAB Radio Engineering
Achievement Award, has made a number of interesting observations
on HD Radio.  His conclusion: "I seriously doubt that system is
viable and that it will survive."  Find out why at the following
URL.  Scroll down to page 9 and start reading at the caption
that reads, "Yes, But Will It Play in Peoria?"
  http://ftp.media.radcity.net/ZMST/NAB/305764.pdf
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  KFI(AM) PLAYS HD IN LOS ANGELES
  o  "I just noticed that KFI now has HD up and running."
  Orange County, April 8, 2009
  o  "KFI HD on today!  I can hear the hiss on-channel."
  East San Diego County, April 8, 2009
  o  "The HD doesn't sound great, but I'm not used to
  listening to AM HD."  --  Orange County, April 8, 2009
  o  "I heard (KFI in HD) last Friday for a short time and
  again yesterday.  When driving, the IBOC signal does not stay
  locked here in the Antelope Valley."  April 9, 2009
  o  "After seeing the digital signal on KFI, I turned on my
  Jensen model JIMS-525 and it worked great on KFI as well as
  KNX.  710 seems to turn off their IBOC at night.  980 keeps
  their IBOC on at night but I find my Jensen HD radio does not
  receive the weaker signal from 980 as well.  The night signal
  from 1110 was touchy also."  Los Angeles area, April 15, 2009
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  INCOMPLETE BAS LICENSES MEAN NO PROTECTION
  There are a lot of Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS)
licenses out there that do not specify a receive site.  Before
1984, this information was not required on an application.
Today incomplete information means your system is unprotected.
  If a new licensee lights up and the incumbent is wiped out,
too bad.  In many areas, the incumbent will not find a new
channel.  Look at your licenses carefully (950 MHz and 2/7/13 GHz)
and see if they have a "location number 2" as well as the full
technical information such as bearing and polarity.
  Howard Fine, SCFCC, howard (at) pactv.com
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  BUSINESS USE OF FAMILY RADIO SERVICE (FRS) APPARENTLY OKAY
  In response to the note from Edward Tipler on the use of
FRS in business applications, I also "thought" business use
was against the rules.  However, a friend of mine pointed out
that right there on the FCC FRS webpage (see URL below), in
the first paragraph, the uses include "business."  Could the
FCC have changed its rules?
  Bob Hill, WA6AYJ, avcbob (at) hotmail.com
  Telecom Supervisor - LADWP
  http://tinyurl.com/AboutFamilyRadio
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  XESDD(AM), NEAR TIJUANA, STILL SEEMS GROSSLY OVERPOWERED
  Question (paraphrased):  What can you tell me about XESDD,
1030 kHz?  They still seem to be grossly overpowered toward the
U.S.  They put a VERY STRONG signal 25 miles west of Yosemite
and I've heard them further east near Lake Tahoe with a good
nightime signal!  (Name withheld)
  Answer:  In 2004 and 2005, the CGC Communicator did a series
of articles on XESDD and a few other Mexican stations that did
not appear to be living up to their internationally coordinated
engineering terms.  XESDD should have three towers, but a recent
report (CGC #840, June 2008) indicates that they are still
using only one tower.
  XESDD is authorized for 5 kW unlimited hours with a three
tower directional pattern, same pattern day and night, and their
published relative field pattern indicates that they should
produce very little signal toward the U.S.  XESDD apparently
used a slant wire at one time in an attempt to somewhat
directionalize the station.
  Considerable information on XESDD is available by
visiting CGC's word search Web page and doing a search on
"XESDD" (without the quotation marks):
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/search.html
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  SPEAKERS FOR THE APRIL 20 EAS SESSION AT THE NAB
  Here are the speakers for Monday's SBE-EAS Session in
  Las Vegas:
  Speaker #1 - Dick Zaragoza - Legal Counsel for NASBA and
  the State of Nevada.
  Speaker # 2 - Wade Witmer - Deputy Division Director of the
  FEMA IPAWS Program Office.
  Clay Freinwald, k7cr (at) blarg.net
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  NON-NUCLEAR ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE (EMP)
  This week at an arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., defense
researchers are testing a new high-power microwave (HPM) bomb
-- one that creates an electromagnetic pulse capable of disabling
electronics, vehicles, guided missiles and communications while
leaving people and structures unharmed.  The device is apparently
non-nuclear giving it immediate tactical appeal:
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/apr09/8647
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Removing the glass envelope around an electron tube
  will of course destroy the vacuum and render the tube useless,
  but this poor chap apparently didn't know that.  He just wanted
  to see the filament glow without any intervening glass:
  http://hardocp.com/images/news/1237476767fPYMHIsYVF_1_1_l.gif
  o  Now THIS is an amateur radio station (URL intermittent):
  http://www.ne7x.com/New_Shack_2008.htm
  o  Unusually pleasing aurora borealis photos:
  http://tinyurl.com/PleasingAurora
  o  This 4-minute video will leave most folks with a nice wide
   smile -- another gem discovered by Red Blanchard:
  http://www.silverbearcafe.com:80/private/04.09/antwerp.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLED-20090309ABE   KPCC  51701   PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
              E     89.3 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         PASADENA, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20090409AHH    KSWD   70038   BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY
            E      100.3 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20090410ANQ  KGTV-DT  40876  MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO..
               E     CHAN-10                SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20080310AAX,
  callsign KGTV.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL COMPANION CHANNEL DISMISSED
  BDCCDTL-20070420ABK   NEW   168686  U-DUB PRODUCTIONS LLC
                E     CHAN-35            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 2961.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/02/2007
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