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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #908
                   Wednesday,  June 3, 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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  THANKS TO SBE CHAPTER 36
  The following stories are from the latest San Diego SBE
Chapter 36 newsletter and may be of interest to other southern
California readers.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  SPRINT/BROADCAST AUX SERVICE CONVERSION THIS WEEKEND
  For all of southern California, from Santa Barbara to Palm
Springs and south to the Mexican border, the moment of reckoning
is here.  This Saturday, June 6, 2009, the 2 GHz ENG band reduces
in size by 35 MHz and TV stations begin using digital modes to
reduce their bandwidth to 12 MHz per channel.
  This will give Sprint Communications valuable new spectrum for
operating future generation PCS devices.  They've been required
to reimburse local stations for the replacement of all incumbent
analog gear, including more linear front-end amplifiers, receivers,
control devices, mobile transmitters, and training.  The ultimate
cost is likely to be beyond the company's wildest estimates.
  Regional independent liaison organizer Chris Neuman said
Tuesday morning that he sees no remaining obstacles to the cutover
this weekend.  Other than some remote camera-transmitter locations,
all ENG transmissions are ready.  He said that Saturday he will
conduct with Sprint conference calls to check on status of the
switchover.
  For most stations, the conversion is a simple matter of loading
or switching to new band plans in the remote site slave units in
their market and making test shots.
  The conversion kickoff occurred here in May of 2005. Yuma-
El Centro was the first market to make the transition in September
of 2006.  Due to its enormous number of participants, the southern
coastal California region has taken much longer to finish.
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  SAN DIEGO DTV TRANSITION IN HOME STRETCH
  Local TV stations KNSD, KUSI, and KPBS on Mt. San Miguel
are poised to shutdown their normal analog services June 12 with
most of the rest of the nation.  None of the three must change
[their existing DTV] channels.  KNSD's Director of Engineering
David MacKinnon says current plans have them providing "nightlight"
information service on UHF Channel 39 until June 26 at full power.
  That will leave only low power broadcasters left on analog,
along with Mexican broadcast stations like English-language
XHDTV 49 Tecate and XETV 6 Tijuana.
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