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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #902
                      Monday,  May 4, 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  Ms. Mignon Clyburn is widely anticipated to become an
  FCC Commissioner:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290494A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290498A1.doc
  o  The FCC is forming a technical working group to address
  the issues of DTV closed captioning and video descriptions:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290504A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-995A1.doc
  o  The Commission has produced a video in American Sign
  Language to explain the new ten-digit numbering requirements
  and emergency call handling procedures for Internet-based
  telecommunications relay services:
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2009/dd090428.html
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
  o  FCC shutters pirate station in Cheyenne; media report:
  http://tinyurl.com/cqx5by
  o  Cable TV signal leakage is back in the spotlight with
  several Notices of Violation being issued.  These Notices
  to Time Warner were among them:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290201A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290207A1.html
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Bypassing broadcast and cable TV: "Internet-enabled" TV
  sets may be the next big thing:
  http://tinyurl.com/InternetEnabled
  o  DTV transmission expert Gary Sgrignoli offers tips for
  getting the best pictures:
  http://www.tvnewsday.com/articles/2009/04/30/daily.7/
  o  Radio World announces its 2009 NAB Cool Stuff awards
  and TV technology magazine does likewise with its Star awards:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/80074
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/79910
  o  NAB TV highlights via Broadcasting & Cable:
  http://tinyurl.com/B-CnabHighlights
  o  While New York's "Pulse87" (87.7 MHz via the TV aural
  carrier of a CH-6 LPTV) gains listeners, a lease deal with
  KSFV-LP in the Los Angeles area fails to materialize:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/80378
  o  The question of whether birds are killed by tall towers
  is revisited:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/80344
  o  "Antenna Zoning, Professional Edition" is now available
  from SBE & Focal Press.  The author is Fred Hopengarten, K1VR,
  who is a distinguished expert in his field:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/80384
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  MICHAEL FORD PASSES AWAY
  Michael Ford, KI6HBQ, who was well respected in the Los
Angeles land-mobile radio business, passed away on April 21, 2009.
Michael was a kind, knowledgeable, gentle and generous person
known to many.
  (Private communication)
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  CHARLES (CHUCK) HOUGHTON PASSES AWAY
  The Microwave Group of San Diego is sorry to report the
passing of one of our most active colleagues and a co-founder,
Charles (Chuck) Houghton, WB6IGP.  Chuck, 68, had been suffering
from advanced effects of Parkinson's Disease and died at home,
in his sleep, on April 29th.  Chuck had retired a few years ago
after a career of over 40 years with the phone company, as a
communications toll technician in the broadcast services
department handling all types of media services.
  (These are the introductory remarks from a long-form letter)
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  WORKING IN MEXICO
  Last week, <al2 (at) earthlink.net> asked about foreigners
working on radio stations in Mexico.  He asked if the Mexican
government requires operators at transmitter sites, if there is
a person assigned as a "Chief Operator" and if a U.S. citizen can
cross the border and work on a Mexican station's transmitter.
  Now, a Mexican engineer replies:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Mexican_Stations.htm
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  A QUESTION ABOUT THE KPO LICENSE
  I had a look at the KPO license from 1928 (CGC #901) and
something just looked wrong about it.  The typeface used to
"fill in the blanks" on the document is Courier Italic, which was
designed in 1955 for the IBM Selectric, a machine that obviously
wasn't in use in 1928.  I've seen other FRC and FCC licenses from
that era, and I don't recall seeing any that were done in Courier.
  I'm wondering if this document was a "re-do" by the FCC in
the mid-1950s so that NBC could have a copy for their files.
Can anyone clarify the issue?
  David Ferrell Jackson, Bay Area Radio Museum
  david.jackson (at) bayarearadio.org
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/_0420073607_001.pdf
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  1925 RADIO AUTHORIZATION FOR WHK
  I enjoyed the old KPO license in your newsletter; attached
is an earlier one from WHK(AM), Cleveland, and signed by Herbert
Hoover who was then Secretary of Commerce.
  Scott Horner, Salem Communications, scott.horner(at)salem.cc
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/WHKlicense1.pdf
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Bike riding on the edge -- hang on tight:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  1510 KHZ -- KSPA(AM) PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION DENIED
  The FCC has denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed on
  January 26, 2009 by Ontario Broadcasting, LLC.  KSPA, 1510 KHz,
  Ontario, wanted to operate now with facilities proposed in its
  pending minor change application:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-990A1.doc
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN ASSIGNED
  New FM, 91.3 MHz, Pala: Call sign KUUP assigned.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290485A1.txt
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20090409AHH   KSWD   70038   BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY
           E      100.3 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
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