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                   THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                         CGC #924
                 Tuesday,  August 4, 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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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC Chairman Genachowski announces senior staff in
  the Media, Enforcement and Wireline Competition Bureaus:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-292367A1.doc
  o  The FCC's effort to "bring the powerful benefits of
  broadband to all Americans" is being soldered together now.
  For one thing, the Commission will need RF spectrum to make
  this happen, and that in turn will put pressure on some
  incumbent spectrum users:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-292455A1.doc
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  THE KEVIN BONDY RADIO JAMMING CASE - UPDATE
  An informed source indicates that Kevin W. Bondy may
"walk" from the most serious criminal charges levied against him.
Mr. Bondy, as you may recall, was accused of jamming the radio
channels licensed to The Oaks Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks,
CA, and attempting to force the shopping center to change at
least one of its assigned channel pairs (CGC #906).
  It is possible that a Ventura county attorney filed the wrong
charges -- a wiretapping charge being at the heart of the matter.
The presiding judge dismissed that charge on July 23, and another
charge stemming from it.  The short story is that the only
prevailing criminal charge against Mr. Bondy is one of making
annoying phone calls -- small potatoes compared to other possible
findings including extortion and possession of stolen equipment.
  FCC action against Mr. Bondy continues on a separate track,
however.  So, the story isn't finished yet.  See:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290813A1.html
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  COMPUTERIZED PANORAMAS
  Find out the names and distances of mountain peaks around you.
Hit the "New panorama" button to enter your location.  Check out
the "visibility cloak" feature too.  A very interesting program:
  http://www.heywhatsthat.com/
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  GPS JAMMER GRABS FCC'S ATTENTION
  The Spy Store, Inc. has been cited for marketing a GPS
jamming device:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1697A1.doc
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                        RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  A state law that took effect December 1, and a drop in
  copper prices, have all but ended bulk metal theft in California
  according to this article:
  http://tinyurl.com/CopperOkay
  o  To drum up more communications business, some wireless
  providers want machines to talk to machines:
  http://tinyurl.com/MachineToMachine
  o  Hal Kneller, not long on the street, heads for Nautel:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/84682
  http://www.rwonline.com/blog/84678
  o  Vatican Radio is accepting ads for the first time in its
  80 year history -- although just from the power company for now:
  http://tinyurl.com/VaticanAds
  o  Texting while driving appears to be much more dangerous
  than previously thought:
  http://tinyurl.com/TexingAndDriving
  o  Radio world has tempered its article on Franken FMs
  (87.75 MHz stations), calling them "apparently legal" instead
  of "legal" (since they may be operating in a legal loophole):
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/84420
  o  Curbing potentially hazardous stray voltages:
  http://ecmweb.com/mag/electric_clearing_confusion_unwanted/
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  UPCOMING MEETING WITH THE FOREST SERVICE RE MT. WILSON ETC.
  [For background information on this meeting, see CGC #923,
  the first Letter to the Editor.   -Ed.]
  The meeting is set for Monday, August 24, 2009, from
1 pm to hopefully no later than 4pm.  We are willing to host
it at the Arcadia Office on Santa Anita.   Please RSVP so we
can ensure we have enough seats.  Also let me know about
any agenda items you would like to see.
  Michael J. McIntyre, District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
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  THANK YOU FOR SOLVING THE CHANNEL 24 MYSTERY
  Thanks for the update you posted in CGC #922 concerning
the mystery signal I discovered on digital Channel 24.
  I bet the anonymous TV broadcast engineer who solved the
problem knew someone at KBEH and hinted that something should
be done about the funny broadcasts.  Of course, after reading
the update, I tuned to Channel 24 to make sure the color bars
were gone.
  Many thanks to the engineer who figured out what was going
on and explained it to all of us.
  Dan Ramos, Huntington Beach, dr2500 (at) verizon.net
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  KIID(AM) PHOTOS FROM BEFORE THE TOWER FALLS
  Here are "before" KIID pictures from back-in-the-days
(1978 to 1983).  Jay Lemmons, N6YIP, is the contract engineer
for the station.
  Kent Randles, kent (at) randles.com
  http://tinyurl.com/KXOA-KIIDflooding
  http://www.sbe124.org/old_xmtr_rescue/1470_site_flooded.jpg
  http://www.sbe124.org/Tours/Sacramento/KXOA/1470_tower_base.jpg
  http://www.sbe124.org/Tours/Sacramento/KXOA/1470_xmtr_bldg_flooded.jpg
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  TRIBUTE TO TOM McDUFFIE
  I really liked what you (Bob Gonsett) said in the San
Diego Union article about Tom McDuffie.  I was stunned and
deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
  Tom will truly be missed by a lot of people.  I will never
forget his sense of humor, vast knowledge and warm smile.  This
is so sad -- he went way too soon.  He was an incredible human
being.  Thanks for the link to his obituary.
  Steve Cilurzo, cilurzo (at) att.net
  http://tinyurl.com/m3lruu
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Make the frogs swap sides, one jump at a time.  It's
  fun figuring this one out:
  http://funstufftosee.com/frogleaptest.html
  o  Saturn 5 rocket launch, scale model style:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj4lj6YSwzg
  o  Tennessee Ernie Ford with his son and other children.
  Watch his son, on his right:
  http://tinyurl.com/FordSon
  o  Silhouette art set to music:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW-3KwXpkkM
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNP-20070926AMO    NEW   160820   CHRISTYAHNA BROADCASTING, INC.
             E    1400 KHZ                 LEMON GROVE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/29/2009
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20090723AAQ   KGBA   8174   THE VOICE OF INTERNATONAL
           E     1490 KHZ        CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM, INC.
                                        HEBER, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPED-20090615AFR  KCRI   59087   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
              E    89.3 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          INDIO, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20090716ABQ  KHHT  35022  AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC
             E    92.3 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20090504AAP  K251AH  83340    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
               E   98.1 MHZ        COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                      GRAND TERRACE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K251AH.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20090716ABK  KIIS-FM  19218  CITICASTERS LICENSES, INC.
             E     102.7 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  BXPH-20090716ABP   KOST  34424  AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC
             E    103.5 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  BXPH-20090716ABM  KBIG-FM  6360 AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC
             E     104.3 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20090729AEM  KCAQ-FM2  165418 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E    104.7 MHZ           SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20090721AAJ KROQ-FM1 180881 CBS RADIO INC. OF LOS ANGELES
                E   106.7 MHZ             SANTA CLARITA, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISDVL-20080528AFZ  KHTV-LP  60026 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                  E    CHAN-5              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KHTV-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-20090709ACW  KFMB-TV  42122  MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.
                E    CHAN-8               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KFMB-TV.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/17/2009
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20090723AAO KECY-TV  51208  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                E   CHAN-9                 EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20090318ADG,
  callsign KECY-TV.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPEDT-20090206ACI  KCET  13058  COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF
               E     CHAN-28         SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                       LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/24/2009
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