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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #906
                      Monday, May 25, 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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  LOS ANGELES FCC OFFICE -- OUTSTANDING ENFORCEMENT ACTION
  Every once in a while, the FCC hits a home run with out-
standing direction finding work leading to an important bust.
The Kevin Bondy case is one of those.  The particulars involve
a dedicated and industrious jammer causing willful and repeated
interference to the radio channels licensed to The Oaks Shopping
Center in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Wait until you see the details
unfold in this case.  The proposed fine is $24,000:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290813A1.html
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  COMMENTS NEEDED ON PROPOSED FM HD RADIO POWER INCREASE
  The FCC is requesting comments on specific issues regarding
the proposed +10 dB FM HD Radio (IBOC) power increase.  Watch
out.  For one thing, the Commission is considering granting
power increases before NPR's detailed interference studies are
completed -- the first comprehensive studies in this field.
  The Commission needs to hear from you.  The message is: Wait
until the facts are determined before doing anything.  Analog FM
could suffer serious and permanent damage by premature HD power
increases.  There is short time frame for filing Comments.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1127A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  55,000 people called the FCC's help line on DTV Soft-
  Test Day.  Half of the people wanted information about the
  $40 coupons, but many technical issues surfaced as well
  (see second URL):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290932A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290932A2.pdf
  o  The FCC has adopted a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments
  about using Arbitron's Portable People Meters (PPMs) to rate
  radio stations:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-43A1.pdf
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  INTERESTING LOCAL EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS
  o  "...to operate in frequency bands between 500 and 1900 MHz
  to design, integrate[,] test and demonstrate the capabilities
  of a see-through wall radar system."  Santa Barbara.
  o  "...to operate on spot frequencies between 2357.50 &
  2495.00 MHz for testing a video downlink."  Airborne, up to
  10,000 feet flight level, Twentynine Palms.
  o  "...to operate in 75-105 GHz to analyze a high power
  collimated MM-wave beam."  Fixed:  Simi Valley.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-290879A1.doc
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  MORE RECENT LOCAL FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
  o  Alleged 88.9 MHz pirate at 1566 Via Pedro, Vista
  (Lothar Baum property owner):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290797A1.html
  o  Alleged 89.1 MHz pirate at 5074 La Dorna St., San Diego
  (Kris Mullins named; Marian Jones Revocable Trust property
  owner):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290809A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290810A1.html
  o  Alleged 104.7 MHz pirate at 4829 W. 142nd Street,
  Hawthorne (Robert Kent named):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290823A1.html
  o  KAHZ(AM), Pomona, fined a proposed $3,000.  Change in
  tower ownership not reported.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290798A1.html
  o  KZER(AM), Santa Barbara, fined a proposed $6,000.
  Change in ownership of two towers not reported (KZER
  uses a two tower directional array, hence the fine
  was twice $3,000).
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290812A1.html
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Mobile-DTV moves forward (Jay Adrick, Harris):
  http://tinyurl.com/MobDTVforward
  o  In February, about 1/3 of U.S. homes had at least one DTV.
  The average household has 2.6 TV sets:
  http://tinyurl.com/plobx7
  o  Some GPS satellites could begin to fail as early as next
  year, and GPS users could experience service irregularities:
  http://tinyurl.com/GPSproblems
  o  The inadequacy of 3G networks leaves users disappointed:
  http://tinyurl.com/3Gfailure
  o  According to this article, the ten biggest tech failures
  of the last decade include Microsoft's Vista, the Segway
  scooter and Sirius XM:
  http://tinyurl.com/10Failures
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  ADDENDUM TO THE PASSING OF WILLIAM "BILL" ELLEDGE
  Please note that Bill was also the Chief Engineer
  of KPRO(AM) in Riverside, CA, for over 30 years.
  Valorie Stitely, GM
  KPRO AM 1570, Riverside, CA
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  STOLEN FM BROADCAST TRANSMITTER
  Has any southern California FM broadcast station experienced
the theft of their back-up FM broadcast transmitter in the last
six months or so?  If so, please drop a note to the editor of
this newsletter.
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  "TASTE OF THE NAB" ROAD SHOW TO STOP IN SAN DIEGO
  Larry Bloomfield brings his annual Taste of the NAB road
show to TV Magic in San Diego on Wednesday, June 3.  It all
starts at 11:30 AM with a paid lunch.  Then Larry says a few
words about the products making their way across the country.
There are numerous door prizes as well: gift certificates,
shirts, software and blank media.  You'll be entered to win
grand prizes at the end of the tour as well, including test
equipment, a copy of the NAB Engineering Handbook and a
$1,000 gift certificate.  (Story adapted from SBE write up)
  http://www.sbe36.org
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  WHAT TIME WILL ANALOG TV END ON JUNE 12?
  Are southern California TV stations coordinating the time
they will end analog transmissions on June 12?  I suspect that
most will go "up to the wire" and quit at 11:59 PM.  Are any
planning to quit early?
  Anonymous
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  STUFF IN THE DRAIN
  Re the story, "Here's an easy way to retrieve an object
lost down the drain."  The vacuum cleaner idea really works!
I got a ring, two squirrels and a possum!
  Anonymous
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Our Milky Way Galaxy (by the way, enhanced images
  result from using "hydrogen alpha eyes," a filter to
  selectively view hydrogen emissions):
  http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090127.html
  http://science.howstuffworks.com/milky-way.htm
  o  For those following string theory, this may be one
  of the most important articles in a long time, and it
  is exceedingly well written:
  http://tinyurl.com/StringUpdate
  o   Mayo Clinic atrium piano.  A charming older couple:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI-l0tK8Ok0
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20090507ABW  KROQ-1 180881  CBS RADIO INC. OF LOS ANGELES
             E      106.7 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 TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-20080619ABQ     KBEH  56384    HERO LICENSECO LLC
                  E    CHAN-24             OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KBEH.
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