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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #921
                    Monday, July 6, 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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  COMMENTS ON THE +10 DB POWER INCREASE FOR FM HD RADIO
  Today is the deadline for filing comments in the FCC's
"+10 dB power increase for FM IBOC" proceeding.  As of this
morning, 28 comments had been filed since the May 22, 2009
invitation for comments was announced.
  The comments filed overwhelmingly ask the FCC to proceed
with caution and not act before NPR's detailed field studies
are complete.  The Commission is being asked to use engineering
logic instead of a bull-in-the-China-shop attitude.
  We notice that a number of CGC Communicator subscribers
have taken the time to file their thoughts with the Commission.
Thank you!  Every comment is important and some great points
are being made.
  http://tinyurl.com/CautionOn10dB
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  EDITORIAL:  COMPARING HD RADIO TO FM STEREO
  When FM stereo was introduced, it was an immediate hit with
the public, yet stereo always had inferior coverage to monaural.
The Commission told broadcasters on numerous occasions that stereo
was an add-on, something extra that was never guaranteed to have
the same coverage footprint as mono.
  Over the years, receivers and receiving antennas improved
to the point where stereo is taken for granted today.  No power
increase was ever invoked for the benefit of stereo.  Put simply,
iBiquity has not shown why HD Radio should be treated any more
favorably today than stereo was throughout its rich history.
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  REMARKS OF CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI TO FCC STAFF
  June 30, 2009: "...Some of you may have heard me tell
the story about the time I was in high school and my dad took
me into the dusty stacks of the MIT library, and showed me
engineering plans he had drafted as a graduate student.  They
were for a device designed to someday help blind people read
words on paper by translating text into physical signals.
  "The formulas and drawings didn't make much sense to me,
but the core lesson has remained with me: communications
technology has the power to transform lives for the better...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-291834A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Re commencement of rural digital licensing for LPTVs &
  TV translators:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1487A1.doc
  o  The FCC is seeking comments on options for accommodating
  medical body area networks (MBANs) in certain frequency bands
  and particularly at "2360-2400 MHz; 2300-2305 MHz and
  2395-2400 MHz; the 2400-2483.5 MHz; or 5150-5250 MHz bands...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-291783A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-57A1.doc
  o  "By this Public Notice, the [FCC] extends the negotiation
  period for Wave 4 NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1)
  licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region until October 1,
  2009, and postpones the beginning of the mediation period
  for such licensees until October 2, 2009...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1463A1.doc
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  GREATER BOSTON RADIO (GBR) GRANTED USE OF 11 GHZ STL
  FCC: "We conclude that GBR has justified a waiver under
the second prong of the waiver standard.  GBR has shown that
no reasonable alternative exists to its use of frequencies
in the 11 GHz band."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1460A1.doc
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/83342
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  VHF DTV IS ACCEPTABLE FOR WLIO ON RF CH-8 IN OHIO
  Re CGC #920 and the story entitled, "Cloudy Outlook for
VHF-DTV" and the comment that, "VHF-DTV currently works okay
in some markets, but they appear to be the exception rather
than the rule."
  We [at WLIO] seem to be an exception.  However, all the
complaints about reception have come down to either Halo,
Pancake, or Rabbit Ear antennas.
  Halo antennas are elements that wrap around a satellite
dish.  Pancake antennas are the ones like on an RV, some are
directional, some are not.  But anyone with a traditional,
outside, rooftop Yagi antenna has NO problems.
  The big problem is that many people were sold inferior
products, such as amplified rabbit ears that pick up FM stations
and cause oscillations in VHF Channels 7-13.
  Fred Vobbe, VP/CO, WLIO Television, Lima, Ohio
  w8hdu (at) wlio.com -- July 1, 2009
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  ADDED COMMENTS ON VHF DTV AT WLIO
  [In response to an inquiry from the CGC Communicator,
Fred Vobbe provided additional technical comments for the
benefit of our readers.  -Ed.]
  Yes, we're staying on Channel 8.  Here in the "flatlands" of
Ohio, Channel 8 works very well.  I don't know if I would have
chosen 8 if WLIO was in a major metropolitan area.  The bottom
line is that we're now getting reports from people 40-60 miles
away.
  However, where we find problems is with people using small
antennas (rabbit ears) within the downtown metro area of Lima.
Once we get people off these cheap antennas and onto something
as simple as a small Yagi antenna, most of the problems disappear.
Multipath and phase variations of the received signal seem to
be digital's worse enemy.
  One thing is very obvious in this "transition."  Viewers that
depend on cheap set top antennas are really taking it on the chin.
But, those with good quality antennas on small towers, or attached
to chimneys, are enjoying fade free digital, and most of the time
more choices (subchannels).  In my case, I went from 14 stations
(analog) to 39 program choices.
  Fred Vobbe, VP/CO, WLIO Television, Lima, Ohio
  w8hdu (at) wlio.com -- July 1, 2009
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  MYSTERY SIGNAL ON CHANNEL 24 IN ORANGE COUNTY
  For the last few days, I have been seeing a mystery signal
on digital Channels 24.1 and 24.4.  I discovered this signal
by accident.... Color bars are seen on these channels with no
interruption or station identification (call letters)....
  Dan Ramos, Huntington Beach, July 1, 2009
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  Reply from CGC:  You may be seeing KBEH, Oxnard.... They
have a Construction Permit for Mt. Harvard with a 1 MW facility
on RF Channel 24....
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  I think my mystery is solved. It (must be) KBEH.  As a side
note, when I first saw the color bars on Channel 24, I thought I
was receiving KVCR out of Riverside.  I checked further and found
they moved their digital channel to UHF 26, so it has to be KBEH
testing.
  Dan Ramos, Huntington Beach, dr2500 (at) verizon.net
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  IN NEED OF A LOW-BAND VHF TV TRANSMITTER
  One Ministries, Inc. in Santa Rosa, CA, is looking for
a low-band VHF analog transmitter that can be donated.  The
power amplifier can be de-rated to 25% power for digital use.
We're expecting a grant to move our LPTV to analog CH-2 and
digital CH-3.
  One Ministries, Inc. also runs a non-commercial FM station
in Santa Rosa at the campus of Santa Rosa Christian School
(KORB).  Contact Keith - 707-577-2225.
  Keith Leitch, keith (at) leitch.tv
  http://www.broken.fm/
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING JULY 15
  Telos returns to San Diego for SBE's July 15 meeting.  Mike
Uhl will talk about voice over IP technology using the public
Internet for high-quality two-way communication.  Featuring the
latest codecs from Fraunhofer and automatically adjustable codec
designs from Telos, the "Zephyr IP" is said to provide a reliable
connection.  This allows broadcasters and other program providers
to achieve ISDN quality without the installation issues and costs
associated with ISDN service.
  Join SBE at TV Magic for a 12 noon lunch, followed by a brief
business agenda and the main presentation, to end by 1:30 PM so
that you can return to work.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  87.7 GOES DARK FOR MANY
  If you operated a full power analog TV station on CH-6,
your former mobile listeners on 87.7 MHz are probably feeling
a bit disenfranchised right about now:
  http://tinyurl.com/NoMoreCH-6Audio
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  ED EDISON DECEASED AT 89
  Remembering Edward Edison of Hammett & Edison, an icon in
the broadcast engineering field:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/83298
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                          OFF TOPIC
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  TECHNOLOGY: FIRE EXTINGUISHED BY REMOTE CONTROL
  Elderly woman in Zurich, Switzerland calls emergency services
to report that her TV is burning.  Police and firefighters rush
to her home but don't see any smoke.  A closer look at the TV
reveals it is tuned to a station that shows a fire in a fireplace
during the early morning hours.  They turned off the "fire" with
the TV's remote control.  There were no damages or injuries.
  http://tinyurl.com/TVfire
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  This granny would make a great engineer (video):
  http://tinyurl.com/GrannyEngineer
  o  An excellent Field Day (ham radio) video:
  http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=y3gRWG-EUGU
  o  More on the reactivation of the High Point
  Lookout Tower on Palomar Mountain:
  http://tinyurl.com/qgsees
  o  And a little Boogie Woogie to rev your engine:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHmmid1pLi8
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20090619ACU  KDAY  10100   KDAY LICENSING, LLC
           E     93.5 MHZ          REDONDO BEACH, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20090630AGG  KHTV-LP 60026  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E     CHAN-5              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KHTV-LP.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTVA-20090630AFD  KSFV-CA 49704  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
               E     CHAN-6               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSFV-CA.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDVL-20090630AHK  KILA-LP 129642 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E     CHAN-8             CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Minor change of callsign KILA-LP.
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  BDISDVL-20090630AHL  KRPE-LP 129651 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E     CHAN-10               BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign KRPE-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20090630AHD  KNLA-LP 72270  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E     CHAN-12             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KNLA-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090629AAL KHFS-LP  28705  INSPIRATION TELEVISION, INC.
                 E    CHAN-16            EL CENTRO-HOLTVILLE, CA
  Minor change of callsign KHFS-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090629ACM  KFLA-LD  28566  ROY WILLIAM MAYHUGH
                 E     CHAN-22           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KFLA-LD.
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BDISDTA-20081222ACK  KNET-CA 3167  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                   E   CHAN-22             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/30/2009
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090630AEX  KWJD-LP 22645  FRIENDLY BROADCASTING CO..
                E      CHAN-22              VAN NUYS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KWJD-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090630ABO   K63EN  11608    CIVIC LIGHT, INC.
                  E    CHAN-25            SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change of callsign K63EN.
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  BDISDTL-20090630AGK K09YL-D 168107 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
                E     CHAN-25                NETWORK, INC.
                                          NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change of callsign K09YL-D.
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTA-20090629AAQ   KRET-CA  10536   CHARLES R. MEEKER
                  E     CHAN-31          CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Minor change of callsign KRET-CA.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPDTL-20090630AEN  KNLA-LD 167309  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                E     CHAN-50              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BDCCDTL-20061030ARW.
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