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                   THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                         CGC #919
                  Monday,  June 29, 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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  JULIUS GENACHOWSKI CONFIRMED AS FCC CHAIRMAN
  We offer him our sincere congratulations!
  http://tinyurl.com/GenachowskiConfirmed
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  LIST OF POTENTIALLY STOLEN EQUIPMENT IN THE BONDY CASE
  The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has prepared its
list of potentially stolen radio equipment in the Kevin Bondy
case.  Mr. Bondy is accused of jamming some southern California
radio frequencies as discussed in recent CGC Communicator
newsletters.  A police search of his residence turned up an
extraordinary amount of potentially stolen radio gear.
  Your help is needed.  Is any of this equipment yours?  Would
you copy this story to others in the land-mobile and broadcast
industries, particularly to equipment dealers and publications?
If some or all of this equipment is stolen, the owners need to
contact the Ventura County Sheriff pronto.
  Items #120 - 123 involve FM broadcast equipment; the rest
is land-mobile gear (including repeaters) with a few miscellaneous
items mixed in (e.g. computers, CB & amateur radio gear).  The
first URL takes you to the list.  The second URL shows pictures
of the FM broadcast equipment and gives contact information for
the Ventura County Sheriff.
  Communications General Corp. has been in touch with Broadcast
Electronics concerning Item #120, the solid state 1,000 watt FM
broadcast transmitter.  Unfortunately, the serial number is a bit
outdated for their records, but perhaps you or an equipment dealer
would have a record of the sales transaction.
  Thanks for helping by looking over the equipment list and
forwarding this story to others.
  Equipment list:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Oaks_Mall_09-5771.pdf
  Photographs of the FM broadcast equipment:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Stolen%20Equipment.htm
  Background information on Mr. Bondy:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290813A1.html
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  COMMENTS WANTED ON REVISING OR ELIMINATING CERTAIN FCC RULES
  The FCC is seeking comments regarding the possible revision
or elimination of rules per the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1307A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  On deck for the Commission's July 2 meeting: Consideration
  of a draft Report & Order to allow AM stations to make use of
  FM translators:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-291680A1.pdf
  o  KKTV, Colorado Springs, Colorado, proposes to drop VHF
  Channel 10 in favor of UHF Channel 49, in part to reach more
  people, in part to "resolve significant reception problems
  inherent with high VHF digital channels which have been
  experienced by numerous viewers throughout KKTV's service
  area" according to the FCC write up.  NPRM issued:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1432A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Bear Creek Mountain (Ski) Resort, Pennsylvania, fined $5,000
for using a variety of 460 MHz land-mobile frequencies without
a license.  This case is important because it demonstrates how
out-of-control the 450-470 MHz band has become.
  According to one Communicator reader, the Commission itself
fostered the out-of-control situation by allowing 450 frequencies
to be programmed by simple keyboard entry, and by failing to jump
on unlicensed operators.  450 can now be regarded as "the business
man's CB band."  An FCC field agent could probably make a career
out of policing the 450 band in each major city.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1386A1.doc
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  RE THE CALL SIGN "KOPA"
  [This letter concerns the recent call sign change
  at KUUP(FM), Pala, CA.  The new call is KOPA.  -Ed.]
  Looking at your last newsletter, I remember fondly when
the KOPA call sign was assigned to Scottsdale, AZ to the town's
only AM and FM combo.  The stations are now KSLX(FM) and KAZG(AM).
  Eric B. Schecter, CBRE, Scottsdale, AZ
  eschecter (at) gmail.com
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  VHF BEATS UHF IN SOME PLACES AND APPLICATIONS
  I had worked a lot of RCC (Radio Common Carrier, VHF and
UHF) in my earlier career in Colorado and Oklahoma, and was
always sure that VHF had the better penetration.  And the old UHF
TV channels were a lot harder to pick up in rural applications.
Maybe it was a "power" issue with UHF-TV.  Pagers (remember them?)
seemed to have better penetration at VHF.  If you lived in the
mountains of Colorado, I would bet on the VHF frequencies for
communication.
  Dwight Morgan, Entravision, Phoenix
  dwightm1 (at) hotmail.com
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  LOOKING FOR A GOOD INDOOR UHF-TV ANTENNA
  I'm in helping the neighbors mode.  I'd like suggestions
on indoor UHF-TV antennas that provide some benefit.  Much of
what's commonly sold is pure snake oil.  One friend would benefit
from an antenna that's directional so as to select a good
reflection.  Her direct path is blocked.
  So far, it looks like either Terk or Antennas Direct.
  Roy Trumbull, roy547 (at) msn.com
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  LOOKING FOR USED ANALOG TV GEAR
  Non-profit cable access and high school Broadcast Club
is seeking used analog TV gear, particularly device (DVE?) which
will permit PIP.  Letter of tax credit gladly available.
  Dave Burns, Dbradionow (at) aol.com
  765-935-3637
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  For an update on how well DTV is penetrating on VHF as
  compared to UHF in our region, see the "West coast bias"
  heading at:
  http://tinyurl.com/WestCoastDTV
  o  WPVI-DT, Philadelphia, gets 4X power boost on VHF CH-6:
  http://tinyurl.com/WPVIpowerBoost
  o  Media Daily News, June 24, 2009:  Nielsen Media Research
  says another 400,000 U.S. TV households have moved to digital
  signals -- leaving the country with around 2.1 million homes
  now unable to receive any TV signals....
  http://tinyurl.com/DarkDTVhomes
  o  Kevin Mitnick, from hacker to-fugitive, to security
  consultant:
  http://tinyurl.com/KMitnick
  o  New research may lead to the further separation of cell
  towers in rural areas:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/82836
  o  Questions over very-fast-charging lithium-ion batteries
  have developed.  Are the laboratory claims true and, if so,
  how will certain patent disputes be resolved:
  http://tinyurl.com/LithiumDispute
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                      AMATEUR RADIO NOTES
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  o  NASA:  "The sun is in the pits of a century-class solar
  minimum, and sunspots have been puzzlingly scarce for more than
  two years.  Now, for the first time, solar physicists might
  understand why:"
  http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/17jun_jetstream.htm
  o  FCC essentially says that all signal reports are good signal
  reports, apparently even "You are 5-9 old man," indicating the
  best possible reception quality, followed by the words, "say
  your call sign again."   :)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1378A1.doc
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               GENUINE "GRADE A" OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
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  ANOTHER VERY HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO
  Here is a very high resolution photo of the interior of
a well preserved Italian cathedral.  The ability to pan, tilt 
and zoom lets you examine things up close, very close.  Besides 
using the on-screen icons, try controlling the image with your 
mouse (via click & drag), mouse wheel and keyboard:
  http://tinyurl.com/Italian-Cathedral
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  SAWSTOP "LIVE FINGER" DEMONSTRATION
  Oscar Medina told us about a fascinating invention called
SawStop in CGC #809.  Now, George Nicholas points to a video
where the inventor of SawStop sticks his own finger into a
rotating table saw blade and comes out unscathed - all
captured with high speed photography.
  Engineers will undoubtedly note that the inventor first soaked
his finger in salt water, apparently to improve conductivity and
ensure that SawStop's detection circuit worked quickly.  That
little caveat may make SawStop more of a neat trick than a useful
invention.  Furthermore, what happens if the saw operator is not
electrically linked to the saw?  Would SawStop work in time, or
at all?  Would SawStop false trigger if damp wood is cut?
  The original video from CGC #809:
  http://www.sawstop.com/
  The "live finger" video courtesy of George Nicholas:
  http://tinyurl.com/SawStopII
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  456789
  At 04:05:06 o'clock on July 8, 2009, the "numbers"
will be 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.  We'll take the PM edition.
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20090309ACR  KURS  54257  QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMMUNICATIONS...
           P    1040 KHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20090619ACU  KDAY   10100   KDAY LICENSING, LLC
          E       93.5 MHZ          REDONDO BEACH, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20090618ADE  KDAY   10100   KDAY LICENSING, LLC
          E      93.5 MHZ          REDONDO BEACH, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE
  FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY GRANTED
  BXMLH-20090618ADC  KDAY   10100  KDAY LICENSING, LLC
             E     93.5 MHZ        REDONDO BEACH, CA
  License to modify.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KPXN(TV), San Bernardino, to KPXN-TV
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-291510A1.txt
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20090622AAN KTTV-DT 22208 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
              E     CHAN-11             LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20080319ACL,
  callsign KTTV.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20090622AAM KCOP-DT 33742 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
              E     CHAN-13             LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20080717AFP,
  callsign KCOP-TV.
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