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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #927
                    Sunday,  August 23, 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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  KEVIN BONDY FINED $24,000, PUT ON PROBATION
  Kevin William Bondy, 25, was put on two years probation,
fined $24,000, and had to forfeit his radio gear as part of a
plea agreement according to the Ventura County Star.  Mr. Bondy
had interfered with the radio operations at The Oaks Shopping
Center in Thousand Oaks, CA and "told the [mall's security]
officers they would have to give their radio frequencies to him."
  For background, see CGC #906, 917, 919 & 924.
  http://tinyurl.com/BondySettlement
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-290813A1.html
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Comments sought on defining "broadband:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1842A1.doc
  o  What speed is "broadband" anyway?  WSJ article, subscription
  may be required:
  http://tinyurl.com/SpeedBroadband
  o  FCC launches "Blogband" to chronicle the upcoming national
  broadband plan.  Also launches Microblog on Twitter:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-292810A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH
  o  Wal-Mart issued a Citation for selling a wireless security
  camera that reportedly violates Part 15 radiation limits and
  interferes with Sprint-Nextel's 800 & 900 MHz iDEN network:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1824A1.doc
  o  Costco, ditto:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1823A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  SAN DIEGO PIRATE NOW ON 96.9 MHZ
  According to an informed source, a new pirate operation
has sprung to life in San Diego on 96.9 MHz.  The pirate is
reportedly interfering with the fringe-area reception of K245AI
which is KRTM's translator on Mt. Woodson.
  The new pirate may be associated with (or the same as)
the old 106.1 MHz pirate that went dark in March 2009.  The new
signal is said to be strong at 3020 Monroe Ave, San Diego (the
transmitter site of the old pirate - see CGC #897).  The old coax
was reportedly cut when 106.1 went dark (CGC #898), but now a new
run of coax is reportedly in place.  The pirate is not on the air
all the time and may switch frequencies again.
  The FCC is aware of the situation; what will happen next is
unknown.  For a picture of the old (106.1) pirate installation,
see the bottom three photos at the first URL below.  The second
URL takes you to the new pirate's Web page:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/San_Diego_Pirate.htm
  http://www.livestream.com/extraradio
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC continues mop-up on DTV-related reception issues:
  http://tinyurl.com/DTVmopUP
  o  KFMB-TV, San Diego, raises power to counter dropouts,
  wants more power yet:
  http://tinyurl.com/KFMBupsPower
  o  Tech Talk: Biological computer circuits:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8204906.stm
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  HI-BAND VHF DTV WORKS VERY WELL IN THE RIGHT PLACES
  Re:  "Overview of the VHF-to-UHF migration in the DTV
  arena:  http://tvtechnology.com/article/85436 " (CGC #926).
  What is obvious is that high-band VHF is not good in large
metropolitan areas.  The issue is multipath.  When making field
measurements, pay particular attention to BER and SNR levels.
You can have a strong incoming signal, but if BER and SNR are
unfavorable or wandering, you're going to get dropouts, and
doubling or tripling the transmitter power won't fix that.
  Here in "farm country," VHF high-band works very well, except
where viewers use rabbit ears, halo, or pancake antenna.  I pull
Toledo VHF from 72 miles away, while viewers 12 miles away in
the COL struggle.
  Fred Vobbe, WLIO-TV, Lima, Ohio, w8hdu@wlio.com
  [Editor's note:  Here in "farm country" Fallbrook, CA,
  VHF beats UHF.  All San Diego UHF DTV stations are subject
  to summertime dropouts while the two high-band VHF stations
  (KFMB & KGTV) are solid on an outdoor V/U receiving antenna
  at our hilltop location.]
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  REGARDING THE FCC'S SECOND BUST OF FM TRANSLATOR K205DZ
  Question:  K205DZ has a construction permit (CP) showing
a transmitting direction to the south, so why were they cited
by the FCC for pointing their antenna south?
  Editor's reply:  First, we don't know that the Commission
cited K205DZ for a south-facing antenna.  That information was
provided to our office by non-FCC sources as we disclosed
earlier.  The FCC merely said -- in each Notice of Violation--
that "the antenna's orientation was not consistent with the
station's authorization."
  Second, don't confuse K205DZ's CP (89.1 MHz, site west
of I-15 and the Cajon Pass) with their licensed operation (88.9
MHz, site east of the Cajon Pass).  We know that the alleged
violations occurred on the 88.9 MHz licensed facility because
the Commission provided the coordinates in their write ups
and the coordinates match with FCC licensed data.
  While the CP facility is permitted to radiate with a
narrow beam pointed south (but is unbuilt as far as we know),
the licensed site is required to radiate in a generally westerly
direction, meaning that it should be serving a small audience,
not the greater Riverside/San Bernardino basin.
  http://tinyurl.com/K205DZlink
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  OFF-TOPIC COMMENT ON THE SR-71 RECONNAISSANCE JET
  Re: "The SR-71 Blackbird jetcraft "grows" over 8 inches
  and the nose glows cherry red at high altitude cruise...."
  (CGC #926).
  For reference, Concorde grew about the same.  The maximum
operating temperature (TMO) on the pitot probe on the nose of
the Concorde -- the hottest point of the airframe -- was 127ºC.
Depending on atmospherics, cruising altitude was between 50,000
and 60,000 ft. at 2.0 Mach which equates to a ground speed
north of 1300 MPH.  Short story: the SR-71 isn't the only
aircraft that "grows" during flight.
  Robert S. Sudock, KTTV/KCOP (retired)
  robert (at) sudock.com
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  The Hubble Space Telescope, the video:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAVjF_7ensg
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPL-20090818ABE  KXRN-LP 124565  SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS CHURCH
             E     93.5 MHZ              OF LAGUNA NIGUEL
                                         LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20090811ACL   KOCP  70563   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
            E     95.9 MHZ               CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTA-20090812ACT  KSKJ-CA 36717  CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORP...
                 E     CHAN-45              VAN NUYS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSKJ-CA.
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