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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #903
                      Monday, May 11, 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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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Julius Genachowski is the presumptive new chairman
  of the FCC.  His Senate nomination hearing is set for
  Tuesday, May 12:
  http://tinyurl.com/qs3vnh
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/80690
  o  David Rehr is leaving the NAB.  Straight news followed
  by an opinion article:
  http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=1309472
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/80632
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/80748
  o  FCC to hold Open Commission Meeting on Wednesday, May 13.
  So far, nothing of direct interest to broadcast engineers is
  on the agenda:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290616A1.doc
  o  FCC provides rules for DTV Fill-Ins.  In total, 14
  stations have submitted 20 applications for translators:
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVfill-ins
  o  FCC, NAB Planning DTV Transition Webinar:
  http://tinyurl.com/p7y2zb
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  ON BANNING LARGE TRUCKS FROM HIGHWAY 2
  Assembly Bill 1361 would ban any truck with more than
two axles or over five tons from Highway 2 [serving Mt. Wilson].
There is a permit process, but at the sole discretion of the
Transportation Department.  I have no idea how onerous that
process would be.
  Tony Neece,  tonyneece1 (at) att.net
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  FUNDING FOR THE MT. WILSON FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
  The Mount Wilson Fire Safe Council, Inc. proposal for a
substantial grant for the Mount Wilson Hazardous Fuels Reduction
and Defensible Space Project has been selected for funding!
  This enables us to move forward to make the Mount Wilson
region a more fire-safe environment for both staff and visitors,
as well as enhance the protection of the valuable capital and
historical assets in place there.
  Tony Neece,  mwfsc (at) att.net
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  THE 1922 LICENSE FOR KRKO(AM)
  Regarding KPO and WHK, here is the 1922 license issued
for KRKO, formerly KFBL, Everett, Washington:
  http://www.krko.com/stationinfo/historicalmemorabilia/1920s
  Andrew Skotdal,  andrew.skotdal (at) krko.com
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  REMEMBERING MICHAEL FORD
  Thanks so much for mentioning Michael Ford.  I met him
again on ham radio, the WIN System, after meeting him originally
as an EF Johnson 2-way radio dealer.  Michael gave a considerable
amount of his communications gear to the WIN System, for which
he asked not to have public recognition of....
  Edward Tipler, PE, CPBE, WI6RE, Consulting Engineer
  tiplerek (at) iwvisp.com
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR MAY 12
  The next Los Angeles SBE meeting is a luncheon set for
Tuesday, May 12, at 11:30 AM.  Subject: Those little boxes that
move audio and serial communications via the Internet.
Location: Holiday Inn Media Center, Burbank.
  http://www.sbe47.org/MayMeeting.htm
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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING MAY 20 -- NEWS GALORE BESIDES
  In the latest SBE/San Diego newsletter:  Clear Channel
lays off 5 S.D. engineers including veteran Ron Foo (some
survivors claim they can only handle the "crisis of the day");
the May 20 SBE luncheon meeting at TV Magic will feature a talk
on noise reduction; the Pala Band of Mission Indians will be
building a new 100-watt ERP directional FM station on 91.3 MHz
on the south side of Palomar Mountain, down low (very limited
coverage); the NAB Show is reviewed ("Dennis Pieri of Bext
attracted some attention with his exhibit of video over their
next generation FMeXtra digital subcarrier....")
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Online viewing may eventually displace over-the-air,
  CATV and satellite viewing:
  http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=136391
  o  Sirius XM loses about 400,000 subscribers in first quarter:
  http://tinyurl.com/ot98qx
  o  Will plasma go the way of Betamax?
  http://tinyurl.com/qgd7q8
  o  The May issue of Crawford Broadcasting's "The Local
  Oscillator" is online.  Read about AM antenna modeling
  (page 1), a feared swine flu incident on Catalina Island
  that could have affected KBRT's CE (page 13), and much more:
  http://tinyurl.com/q2kcx4
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  CORRECTION
  In #901, CGC published the wrong Web address for the story
entitled, "Old FCC/FRC Authorizations."  The correct address
that links to the old KPO license and some other offerings
uncovered by Fred Vobbe is:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/GE_RCA_Mems.htm
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  CONCERNING THE KPO(AM) LICENSE
  The originality of the KPO license (see CORRECTION story
above) was called into question in CGC #902.  Seems that the
typeface used to fill in the blanks was "Courier Italic, which
was designed in 1955 for the IBM Selectric, a machine that
obviously wasn't in use [when KPO began operations]."  Now,
Fred Vobbe, who discovered the KPO license, says:
  "The one thing to keep in mind in this exercise is that prior
to 1986, the management at RCA/NBC took GREAT pride in preserving
the history of the company, down to some of the minutia.  I could
rationalize that someone at RCA noticed there was no beginning
[documentation for] KPO, and decided to get a copy [from FCC]."
  An embossed stamp appears in the bottom left corner of the
KPO license when the document is side lit.  Fred reports that the
stamp is pretty much illegible now because the license was flat-
filed for years.  A portion of the stamp is shown here:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/0504091226.jpg
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Rattlesnakes.  The good news is that they can only
  strike about 1/2 of their total length, or so it is said.
  The bad news is the difficulty of determining their length,
  and locating them in the first place (photo courtesy SD SBE):
  http://tinyurl.com/o93kmz
  o  Outsourcing:  This is a video of an American
  worker outsourcing his own job (humor, via Oscar Medina):
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYaZ57Bn4pQ
  o  Check out the former "Radio Caroline," Europe's famed
  pirate station broadcasting from a ship at sea:
  http://www.eylard.nl/OffShoreRadio/Caroline/index.htm
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLED-20070918ACD   KSBR  58529  SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY
             E      88.5 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                        MISSION VIEJO, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20090504ACO   KCRI  59087   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
             E     89.3 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          INDIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20090504AAP    K251AH  83340    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
               E     98.1 MHZ        COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                        GRAND TERRACE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K251AH.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20090304ACL  KKGO-FM1  180677  MT. WILSON FM B/CERS....
               E     105.1 MHZ             SANTA CLARITA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPDVL-20080123AAA    KFLA-LD  28566   ROY WILLIAM MAYHUGH
               E       CHAN-8             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KFLA-LD.
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