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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #901
                     Sunday, April 26, 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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  BULLISH ON MOBILE TV
  "By 2012, we expect 130 million phones and 25 million media
players will be able to receive mobile television.  An NAB study
concluded that TV broadcasters could see incremental revenue of
more than $2 billion after 2012 with mobile DTV.  I believe the
revenue upside is probably greater than we can even imagine."
  Prepared remarks for the NAB Show opening keynote
  address by David K. Rehr, NAB President and CEO.
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The FCC has teamed up with Consumers Union to
  distribute a consumer guide that will help viewers prepare
  for the DTV transition.  In addition, the FCC has upgraded
  its DTV Web site to give consumers helpful tools and
  information specific to their communities:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290260A1.doc
  o  Hot off the press, a Notice of Proposed Rule Making on
  Rural Radio Service:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/79852  (Radio World synopsis)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-30A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-30A2.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-30A3.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-30A4.doc
  o  The FCC has extended for an additional 45 days the
  deadline by which Sprint Nextel is required to complete the
  transition of the broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) to
  frequencies above 2025 MHz:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-35A1.doc
  o  Here is an opportunity to comment on whether Travelers'
  Information Stations should be allowed to carry Amber Alerts
  and info regarding the availability of 511 service:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-901A1.doc
  o  FCC announces its tentative agenda for the May 13, 2009
  Open Meeting.  There is little of interest on the docket right
  now but that could change:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290332A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  AN END-RUN TO ACHIEVE 10X FM IBOC POWER?
  National Public Radio has done a detailed study to determine
if and by how much FM IBOC power can be increased before protected
analog service is disrupted, whereas iBiquity's study was cursory
and failed to take multipath into account when looking for
interfering effects.
  Watch this proceeding like a hawk.  IBiquity is pushing for
a 10X IBOC power increase for all FM stations whereas analog must
be protected.  Analog is a simple, effective and time-tested
transmission mode and the heart of an FM broadcaster's income.
  Name withheld
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  WONDERING ABOUT MEXICAN RADIO STATIONS
  Can someone explain to me how a Mexican radio station
operation works?  That is, does the Mexican government require
operators at the transmitter sites?  Is there a person assigned
that is a "Chief Operator."  Can a U.S. citizen cross the
border and work on the Mexican station's transmitter?
  Al   al2 (at) earthlink.net
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  More on Mobile TV:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobTVMore
  o  The long-view on HD Radio.  Should the industry keep
  trying or pull the plug?  An in-depth article from Radio
  World (the entire article is worth reading):
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/79904
  o  New AM & FM IBOC (HD Radio) mask compliance guidelines
  are due out in about a month:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/79370
  o  The FCC is being cautious on an IBOC-FM power increase:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/79960
  o  More information on FM broadcast receivers in cell
  phones.  Note that RDS capability is discussed prominently
  but there is no mention of HD:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/79114
  o  Pick hits from the NAB Show:
  http://tinyurl.com/PickHitsRadioMag
  o  Classic radio jingles and IDs from southern California:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zFG2THTVGc
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Close the door, get rid of all distractions and crank up
  the sound.  This is an outstanding slide show of the Old West:
  http://www.greatdanepro.com/Western%20Paintings/index.htm
  o  Ten incredible pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope:
  http://cph-theory.persiangig.com/2031-ehubblepics.htm
  o  Watch as the International Space Station comes together
  a module at a time in this neat animation:
  http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm
  o  Teleconferencing robots.  This is neat:
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/video?id=961
  o  Having a number of friends is important to get us
  through life's rough spots:
  http://tinyurl.com/ManyFriends
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  OLD FCC/FRC AUTHORIZATIONS
  Just 80 years ago, there were so few radio stations that
the Chairman of the Federal Radio Commission could sign each
license himself.  Such was the case with KPO, 680 kHz, San Fran-
cisco.  See the license and a few other old time gems at the
following Web address courtesy of Fred Vobbe and Steve Blodgett:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/_0420073607_001.pdf
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  HAM RADIO MAILING ADDRESSES
  "Licensees who are concerned about their residential address
appearing in the amateur service database may use, among other
alternatives, a post office box, a business address, the address
of another property the licensee owns, or the address of a
friend or relative as the mailing address."   -FCC letter.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-890A1.doc
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  MORSE CODE MAKES A COMEBACK
  Here's a real surprise for those who think that Morse Code
is dead or dying.  It is reported that the number of Morse Code
("CW") logs submitted for the 2008 CQ World Wide DX Contest
exceeded the number of voice ("SSB") logs for the first time
in more than 20 years.  A total of 5013 SSB logs and 5272 CW
logs were submitted.
  Adapted from Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1654 for 4/24/09
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  SUNDAY-AT-DUSK SKY SHOW
  Keep an eye on the sky tonight after sunset.  Mercury
has emerged from the glare of the sun for its best apparition of
the year.  On Sunday evening, April 26, the crescent Moon joins
Mercury for a three-way conjunction with the Pleiades star
cluster.  Get the full story and a sky map here:
  http://spaceweather.com/headlines/y2009/24apr_eveningsky.php
  http://tinyurl.com/MoonMercSkyMap
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-19971124TD  971124TD  89263   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
            E      88.5 MHZ              WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/20/2009
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-19990129TH  990129TH  92656   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
            E      88.9 MHZ               AGOURA HILLS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/20/2009
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A
  LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20090420AAM  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
             E     88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
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