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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #912
                    Monday,  June 15, 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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  LATEST LIST OF ANALOG NIGHT LIGHT TV STATIONS
  The digital television (DTV) transition for full power TV
stations in the United States is finally finished.  We made it!
  In southern California, there are a number of analog "night
light" stations to aid uninformed viewers.  These stations, their
channel numbers and their sign-off dates are as follows:
  KCBS(2), Los Angeles, July 12, 2009
  KNBC(4), Los Angeles, June 26, 2009
  KTLA(5), Los Angeles, June 26, 2009
  KWHY(22), Los Angeles, June 26, 2009
  KNSD(39), San Diego, June 26, 2009
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1303A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1303A2.pdf
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  NOMINATION HEARING SET
  The Senate Commerce Committee has slated a nomination hearing
for both Julius Genachowski and the only current Republican FCC
commissioner, Robert McDowell, for this Tuesday, June 16:
  http://radioworld.com/article/82112
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Commission sets cut-off date of June 30, 2009 for
  TV Class A, low power, and translator applications "that are
  filed prior to" the full-service station digital transition:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1299A1.doc
  o  Cross-border (US/Mexico) program delivery permit for
  XEMO(AM), Tijuana -- STA granted:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-291350A1.pdf
  o  Helping people through the DTV transition, news release:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-291357A1.doc
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  FCC REACTS TO COURT DECISION ON LPFM ISSUE
  Acting FCC Chairman Copps: "I applaud today's decision
upholding the Commission's authority to waive second-adjacent
channel spacing requirements to protect LPFM stations facing
encroachment by full-power stations...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-291266A1.doc
  http://prometheusradio.org/rahrahrah
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH, SELECTED ITEMS
  o  Ateret Israel (Jewish organization), Los Angeles,
  issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NOUO) for
  broadcasting on 92.1 MHz:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-291281A1.html
  o  The property used by Ateret Israel is reportedly owned
  by Netan Eli Hebrew Academy, Studio City, so they received
  a NOUO for the 92.1 MHz operation too:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-291282A1.html
  o  Note that on Ateret Israel's Web page, the second box
  down in the right column is entitled, "Radio Listen Now
  92.1 FM."  We tried it and found dead air.
  http://www.ateretisrael.org/
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE DTV CONVERSION EXPERIENCE AT OUR TWO L.A. TV STATIONS
  Most of the calls are from the elderly.  They have no clue
as to how to get their televisions to work.  I spent lots of time
today (6/13) talking to them and some I could not help.  It was
very frustrating.  Sometimes I felt like I should just go to
their homes and set up their boxes (if only time allowed).
  All in all, the transition has not been too bad for us.
  Name withheld
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  BRIEF LETTERS ON THE DTV TRANSITION
  o  There has been a spur on 50.5 MHz (ham radio 6-meter
  band) for some time that I suspect is coming from KCBS-TV on
  Mt. Wilson.  It's about 50 dB down from their TV signal and
  carries 60 Hz AC hum (listen with an AM detector).  If KCBS-TV
  is the source, the spur should disappear when they go dark as
  a night light station on July 12.  Mark your calendars!  -Anon.
  o  Need reviews on DTV converter boxes?  If you Google the
  phrase "DTV Converter Box Reviews" (including the quote marks),
  you will get many hits.  For example:
  http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-tv-converter/
  http://dtvconverterboxes.blogspot.com/
  o  The great DTV switch of '09 has come and gone.  Some
  stations simply dropped analog without a whimper, some made
  a "by the way" mention and killed analog.  Hats off to KTLA
  for not only celebrating the event but also celebrating the
  many contributions made by Stan Chambers to Los Angeles TV.
  (Adapted from a letter by Burt Weiner)
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  INTERIM HELP ON THE MT. WILSON TRUCK BAN
  I have updated my Web site to include the following info:
  I attended the Dept. of Transportation meeting in Palmdale
on 06/10/09.  While there were no clear answers on what the future
holds for the truck ban, I did get one piece of helpful info.
  An Officer Bower (CHP) from the Castaic station said that she
can assist with the escorting of oversized trucks for the Angeles
Crest/Mt. Wilson area.  You can contact her at 661-294-5530.
  Again, my Web page is:
  http://angelescrestservices.com/News%20and%20Updates.htm
  Larry Lopez
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  LONG-TERM CONCERNS FOR TRUCKS ON WILSON - HELP NEEDED!
  The proposed bill on the State Route 2 (SR-2) truck ban
affecting Mt. Wilson is at the URL below.  This bill will make it
even tougher for vehicles if it is passed.  Right now, the ban is
from Foothill to the Palmdale turnoff.  If this bill passes, it
will be ALL of SR-2 from Foothill to Big Pines.  All stations and
their vendors should be contacting the persons who proposed it.
Mention our problems with this bill, and the effects it will
compound upon all of us on Mt. Wilson.
  Michael Guinan, WIS, MGuinan (at) microwavespecialists.com
  Site Mgr, Mt Wilson Group (KDOC/KJLA/KXLA/KOCE)
  http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/Bills/AB_1361/
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  USING THE PSIP CODE TO CATCH DX
  I found on my DTV tuner this morning the call letters
proudly displaying in PSIP for KNOP, CH-2, North Platte, Neb.
  KNOP often came in on E-skip in the analog days...  This
morning (June 12) they turned off analog CH-2 and switched
on digital CH-2.  E-skip was in, tuner locked, bingo.  The neat
thing is I only had the DTV tuner on and the antenna facing east.
I wasn't near the TV!  My DTV converter box is an Insigia from
Best Buy made by Zenith.
  I use to hate PSIP having to take care of equipment that
generated it, but it might turn out to be GREAT for DXers !!!
Questions?   Letters welcome.
  Al,  al2 (at) earthlink.net
  Groveland (near Yosemite), CA
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  AN INTERESTING PSIP CHANGE AT KUSI-DT
  At the time of the DTV conversion, KUSI-DT in San Diego
changed their PSIP code so receivers would display Channel 18.1
instead of 51.1.  That little change totally confused some sets
& converters to the point where KUSI was no longer decoded, but
that problem was resolved with rescanning.
  Why did KUSI decide to display its true DTV RF channel (18)
instead of its old analog channel (51)?  Most likely it's because
RF Channel 51 has just become occupied by a new LPTV station.
KDTF-LP is reportedly broadcasting in DTV from San Miguel Mtn.
with Univision on 51.1 and Telefutura on 51.2.  KDTF is operating
under an STA effective 6/11/09:  ERP = 12.4 kW directional,
beaming southwest.
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  "COOL STUFF" -- THE VIDEO
  Take a video tour of Radio World's "Cool Stuff" award
winners (this is neat):
  http://www.rwonline.com/rw-cool-stuff-awards
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  TV NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Cable TV operators could benefit handsomely from viewers
  disenfranchised by the DTV switch.  Then again, the wilted
  economy encourages free over-the-air viewing.  Contrasting
  articles:
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/278563-Transition_Offense.php
  http://www.slate.com/id/2220284/
  o  Qualcomm will seek to improve sales of FLO TV by marketing
  its mobile video service directly to consumers now that U.S.
  broadcasters have converted to digital, freeing up their
  CH-55 spectrum:
  http://telephonyonline.com/video/news/Qualcomm_Flo_TV_060509/
  o  Qualcomm's FLO TV is expanding thanks to the June 12
  nationwide release of CH-55:
  http://tinyurl.com/FLOchannel55
  o  Here is one look at the prospects for Mobile TV:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobileTVupdate
  o  Wall Street Journal article on DTV rollout problems
  (WSJ subscription may be required):
  http://tinyurl.com/DTV-WSJ
  o  Here are a number of DTV conversion stories from Broadcasting
  & Cable magazine (get them quick before they disappear):
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/
  o  Sprint Nextel's ENG transition is said to be complete
  in our area.  This is monumental news:
  http://tinyurl.com/ENGtransitionProgress
  o  China has waited to develop its DTV standard, and waiting
  has apparently paid off:
  http://spectrum.ieee.org/may09/8967
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  AM NEWS BRIEFS
  o  100 years of broadcasting at KCBS(AM), San Francisco:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/82354
  o  UCSD, San Diego, is operating a 1610 kHz Travelers
  Information Station (WQKI718) under an STA expiring July 6,
  2009.  It's on the air now from a site at I-5 and Genesee:
  http://tinyurl.com/UCSD-STA-1610
  o  The new AM DA proof rules and you:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/82242
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  FM NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Some elevated power HD Radio tests are complete but no
  details have been released yet:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/82316
  o  What are your thoughts about higher power for FM HD Radio?
  Comments due July 6:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/82358
  o  Some in Congress are hot to expand the LPFM service --
  interference to full power stations is obviously a concern:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/82360
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  IN THE LAB
  o  Electromechanical memory of up to 1 terabyte/square inch:
  http://tinyurl.com/ElectromagMemory
  o  Small nuclear reactor a "game changer" for power generation:
  http://tinyurl.com/MiniNuclearPower
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  HAM RADIO NOTES
  o  Navy-USMC Mars program likely to go QRT.
  o  Paul Kangas, W4LAA, the co-anchor of "Nightly Business
  Report" on PBS, has announced that he will step down at the
  end of the year, ending a 30-year tenure on the nation's
  most-watched business newscast.
  These stories and more in the latest Amateur Radio Newsline:
  ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News-A/news.txt
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                         QUASI OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A QUASI OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  Wonderful photos from the 1950 era.  Included are genuine
analog TVs, Radion Rabbit Ears, a Sony Video Rover "portable" TV
camera and recorder, and of course a Swanson TV Dinner -- they're
all here and much more (URL courtesy of Red Blanchard):
  http://www.billsretroworld.com/RETROLIFE.HTM
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