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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #925
                   Wednesday, August 12, 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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  MT. WILSON TRUCK BAN APPARENTLY SOLVED
  First the potential bad news:  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
has signed AB 1361 banning vehicles with three or more axles or a
gross weight of 9,000 pounds or more on a segment of the Angeles
Crest Highway (State Route 2) between Interstate 210 in the City
of La Canada Flintridge and County Route N4 (Big Pines Highway
near the Mountain High Ski Area) in Los Angeles County.  This bill
was introduced after an April 2009 accident involving an out-of-
control big-rig that resulted in fatalities.
  Now the good news:  It appears that commercial trucks
serving Mt. Wilson & Mt. Harvard are exempt from the above
restrictions thanks to the resultant new Section 35655.6 in the
California Vehicle Code that grants a specific exemption to "a
commercial vehicle making deliveries to or from, or servicing,
property that is...accessible only from the portion of State
Route 2" where the big-rig restrictions apply.  You may see this
language for yourself at the first URL below.  The language is
about mid-page in sub-paragraph (b)(6)(B).  The language has
already made its way into the Vehicle Code, see the third URL
below and scroll to the bottom of the page (Section 35655.6).
  What are your thoughts on the new law?  Letters of 100 words
or less are welcome.  No names will be published unless specific
permission is given with your letter.
  http://tinyurl.com/VehicleBanText
  http://tinyurl.com/LegislativeHistory
  http://tinyurl.com/ItsInTheVehicleCode
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  TRENDS WORTH WATCHING
  Will conventional TV (and perhaps over-the-air radio)
eventually go the way of print newspapers?  Two trends: Internet
streaming TV is surging in popularity and the Commission is
looking to expand the geographic reach of high speed Internet
which would give more consumers access to radio and TV via the
Net.
  With respect to extending the reach of high speed Internet,
the FCC will be holding a series of workshops to help devise a
national broadband plan.  It is noteworthy that the first workshop
held August 6 (see the second URL below) was totally devoid of
commercial input.  This raises the questions of who will pay for
the broadband rollout and what role (if any) free enterprise will
play in all of this.  John Wonderlich's talk on "government
engagement of citizens" sounds downright scary.  We may need an
anti-Big Brother button sooner than you think.
  http://tinyurl.com/mcgslq
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-292517A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  L.A. Times -- The "HD" in HD Radio stands for HumDrum:
  http://tinyurl.com/HDhumdrum
  o  The Community Broadcasters Association has shuttered
  its doors:
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2009/08/04/daily.10/
  o  Freeze requested on TV Channels 5 & 6 because they are
  potential FM expansion territory:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/85104
  o  The 59th Annual IEEE Broadcast Symposium will be held
  October 14-16, 2009.  Symposium Co-Chairs are Tom Silliman
  and Eric Wandel:
  http://tinyurl.com/BroadTechSoc
  o  Radio Shack to re-brand as "The Shack" in advertising,
  but to remain "Radio Shack" in fact:
  http://radioworld.com/article/84842
  o  States could seek permission to conduct cellular phone
  jamming in prisons under a measure approved a week ago by a
  U.S. Senate committee:
  http://tinyurl.com/CellJammers2
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  SPRINT NEXTEL UPDATE
  Having completed the digital upgrade and frequency relocation
of ENG microwave operations of TV stations in southern California,
Sprint Nextel reports that 131 markets covering 62 percent of the
U.S. population have now made the transition:
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2009/08/04/daily.7/
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  BLUE DROOP
  The blue light-emitting diode, one of the greatest opto-
electronic advances of the past 25 years, harbors a dark secret:
Crank up the current and its efficiency plummets.  The problem
is known as droop, and it's not only puzzling the brightest minds
in the field, it's also threatening the future of the electric
lighting industry.
  http://tinyurl.com/LEDdroop
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
  Our August gathering features a show and tell at Clear
Channel Communications.  They have a vehicle outfitted with
AM & FM transmitters, STL equipment, a console and portable
power -- enough to become a valuable tool for an earthquake or
small governmental coup.  Scott Mason of CBS in Los Angeles has
said he will try to bring his disaster vehicle.  And we hope to
have other mobile broadcast vehicles you can tour as well.
  Join us at noon, Wednesday, August 19, at 9660 Granite Ridge
Drive, near Fry's Electronics and Montgomery Field.  We're
buying lunch.
  SBE San Diego Chapter 36,  editor (at) sbe36.org
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  HD RADIO AS AN EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL JAMMING TOOL
  According to one report, XESS, 620 kHz near Tijuana, is
now "pretty much covered in HD hiss" in most of San Diego
depending on the receiver.
  XESS, which formerly had a good signal in San Diego by
failing to implement its authorized 3-tower directional array
(see CGC #840, second Letter to the Editor), is currently being
obliterated by the HD sidebands of KOGO (600 kHz) and KFI
(640 kHz).  KFI has apparently returned to the air in HD mode
and their signal seems to be "back up to full power" according
to this anonymous report.
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  DTC-100 AVAILABLE
  I have an RCA DTC-100 DTV box with Direct-TV receiver that I'd
like to give to another geek in the Bay Area.  Give as in Free.
  Roy Trumbull, roy547 (at) msn.com
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  A pleasant a cappella.  The sound starts soon enough.
  Be patient.  And be prepared to be delighted:
  http://www.videosift.com/video/Africa-Acapella-cover
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BP-20060310AHK  KRLA  61267  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
           E    870 KHZ                 GLENDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.  Engineering Amendment
  filed 06/12/2008.  Dismissed per applicant's 7/30/2009 request
  (without letter sent out) 8/6/2009
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  94.5 & 99.7 MHZ:  XHTY-FM CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMITS
  XHTY is listed on both 94.5 & 99.7 MHz per FCC's FM Query
  page, so one or both of these stations are involved in the
  following cross-border program transmission matters:
  o  Accepted for Filing, an application for Section 325(c)
  permit to deliver cross-border broadcast programming to XHTY-FM,
  Tijuana, Mexico...for Uniradio Corporation:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-292668A1.pdf
  o  Special Temporary Authority granted to allow Uniradio to
  deliver to XHTY-FM, Tijuana, Mexico...two highly rated Spanish
  language programs that originate in the United States.  The
  grant is subject to conditions:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-292669A1.pdf
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED
  FOR FILING
  BLFT-20090731AAR K216FM 92354  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS...
              E   91.1 MHZ                   PACOIMA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20090729AEM  KCAQ-FM2 165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING...
                E    104.7 MHZ             SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISTVL-20080509ADD  KTAV-LP  6791  ALMA VISION HISPANIC NET...
                 E     CHAN-6               ALTADENA, CA
  Minor change of callsign KTAV-LP.  Informal Objection Filed
  06/02/2008 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
  Petition to Deny Filed 07/07/2008 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES
  GROUP, LLC
  Petition to Deny Filed 07/07/2008 by HOMBRE NUEVO, INC.
  Motion for Extension of Time Filed 07/15/2008 by ALMA VISION
  HISPANIC NETWORK, INC.
  Opposition Filed 08/05/2008 by ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK,
  INC.
  Motion for Extension of Time Filed 08/07/2008 by VENTURE
  TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISDVL-20080208AES  KMRZ-LD 167312 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                  E    CHAN-12               BANNING, CA
 
  Minor change of callsign KMRZ-LD.
  Informal Objection Filed 06/26/2008 by ROY WILLIAM MAYHUGH
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20080619ACW    KSCI-DT    35608     KSLS, INC.
                 E      CHAN-18            LONG BEACH, CA
 
  Modification of construction permit file # BPCDT-20080311ADB.
  Informal Objection Filed 07/09/2008 by KSLS, Inc.
  Reply Filed 08/05/2008 by Channel 51 of San Diego, Inc.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/04/2008
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE 
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20020528AAZ    KLAU-LP   21511    GERALD BENAVIDES
                E      CHAN-45              REDLANDS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K66ED.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/27/2004
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/02/2004
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