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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #962
                   Sunday, September 20, 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  Digital LPTV/television translators: proposed construction
  permits --
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293438A1.doc
  o  LPTV/television translators, Class A television: proposed
  construction permits --
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293437A1.doc
  o  Venture Technologies' license application for KRPE-LP,
  Banning, is dismissed, the license for KRPE-LP is forfeited
  and the call sign KRPE-LP is deleted:
  http://tinyurl.com/KRPE-LP-Dismissal
  o  The FCC has launched an RSS feed amongst other offerings:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293392A1.doc
  o  Amendment of Rule Parts 1, 21,73, 74 and 101 re 2150-2162
  and 2500-2600 MHz bands:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-70A1.doc
  o  Test lab accreditation:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2049A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  Progressive Concepts is issued a Citation for marketing
  various uncertified power amplifiers in the 88-108 MHz band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1968A1.pdf
  o  Notice of Apparent Liability for $5,000 issued to KWVE(FM),
  San Clemente.  KWVE is the LP-1 EAS station for its area and
  inadvertently sent an RMT without an EOM burst last October
  causing other stations to rebroadcast part of KWVE's programming.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2053A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  United States and Mexico announce an agreement
  for cross-border public security communications network:
  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2009/sept/128577.htm
  o  In light of conceivable future sabotage at Mounts Wilson
  and Harvard (re CGC #958 and the KRKO case), the following
  security camera from Sony may be of some interest (thanks
  to Alan Nichols for the tip):
  http://tinyurl.com/SonySecurityCam
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NEW PUBLICATION: BROADCASTERS' DESKTOP RESOURCE
  Barry Mishkind of Tuscon, AZ advises us that he is no longer
the Editor of Radio Guide.  He writes, "However, in addition to
oldradio.com, I have now started a new website to expand upon the
sort of articles and information I used in Radio Guide for the
broadcast community [see URL below].  Please take a look.
Please let me know what you think."
  Broadcasters' Desktop Resource:  http://www.thebdr.net/
  Don't miss Burt Weiner's "Chasing an Interference Bug" at:
  http://www.thebdr.net/articles/warstories/neighbors/bug.pdf
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  VHF & UHF DTV IN LOS ANGELES -- NOT A GOOD MIX
  Greg Ogonowski, Diamond Bar, is line-of-sight to Mt. Wilson
and attempted DTV reception right after the June 12 transition
using an outdoor UHF-only antenna.  That worked fine for all the
UHF signals (of course) and VHF Channels 7 & 9, but didn't work
at all for CHs-11 & 13.  Adding a VHF-only antenna (and a V/U
outdoor combiner) solved his reception problem.
  Greg writes, "This should be a lesson to the business types
that using both VHF & UHF DTV signals in the L.A. market wasn't
the best decision.  Many HD viewers, like me, installed UHF-only
antennas only to discover that this didn't work after the switch
over.  Although transmitting in the VHF band is indeed "greener"
than UHF, the business of delivering a television signal is about
"serving in the public interest," and reaching an audience should
be made easy -- not confusing -- for them."
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  100 WORD LIMIT REIMPOSED
  CGC was delighted to waive its "100 word or less" limit
on Letters to the Editor during the Station Fire.  However, the
limit is being reimposed at this time except for Station Fire
reports.
  Thanks for helping.
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            STATION FIRE REPORTS (MT. WILSON & VICINITY)
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  SATURDAY EVENING REPORT  --  MT. WILSON HEATING UP
  Things were heating up on the north slope of Mt. Wilson
today.  Sky cranes have been dropping water or retardant and
ground crews have been monitoring the situation.
  I just met with the Phos-Chek guy.  He is moving equipment
back up the hill and I am told that they are moving the mix plant
up to Wilson so they can be ready for action.  The Santa Ana winds
forecast for the near future are part of the concern.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson
  Saturday, September 19, 2009, 6:27 PM PDST
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  SATURDAY MORNING REPORT  --  RED BOX ROAD TO CLOSE AT TIMES
  From the Mt. Wilson Observatory staff:
  Saturday, 19 Sep 09, 11:00 am PDT - ...The area along the
north slope of Mount Wilson is one of the few remaining sources
of smoke within the Station Fire perimeter.  There are no fire
fronts anywhere in the Angeles National Forest, and helicopters
equipped with infrared cameras regularly fly to seek out hotspots
and identify their coordinates with GPS units for continued
surveillance.  The Mount Wilson smoke activity has been monitored
on a 24-hour basis by lookouts stationed along the Angeles Crest
Highway to the north of the mountain with a good south-facing
view of that very difficult terrain....
  ...The forecast change in weather conditions calls for a
moderate wind event starting Sunday night and into Monday with
winds from the northeast of 15 to 20 mph, gusting to 35 mph,
accompanied by increasing temperature and decreasing relative
humidity (expected to be 102 degrees and 15% in the valley)....
Incident Commander Mike Wakoski ordered [an] air operation...
likely to start as I am writing this and will involve four heavy
helitankers capable of dropping 800 gallons each.  The aerial
activity will be supplemented on the ground by a tactical water
tender equipped to disperse fire retardent on fuels up-slope from
the bombarded smoke centers... Red Box Road will be closed both
ways during these operations....
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
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  MT. WILSON WEATHER UPDATE
  According to the NOAA/NWS weather forecast issued at
1:24 PM today, Sunday, northeast winds at Mt. Wilson are
predicted to begin Monday (not Sunday) night.
  -Ed.
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BML-20090903ADR   KWKW   38454   LOTUS COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
            P     1330 KHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to modify.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20090909AAF    KCAL    55416    LAZER LICENSES, LLC
           E      1410 KHZ               REDLANDS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  CROSS-BORDER PERMIT FOR XHTY-FM, PRESUMABLY ON 99.7 MHZ
  The FCC has granted a cross-border program permit to
  XHTY-FM, Tijuana, Mexico.  It is said to be a 30 kW facility.
  There are two XHTYs in the FCC's database.  The 30 kW
  facility is on 99.7 MHz, so presumably that is the facility
  being discussed here.  The other XHTY is on 94.5 MHz and is
  only a 2 kW facility according to the database.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293507A1.pdf
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDVL-20090910ABM  NEW   183256  SPIRIT OF PRAYER MINISTRIES...
             E      CHAN-2               SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for
  SANTA BARBARA, CA on channel 2
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDVL-20090828AAU   NEW   182908   HOSANNA APOSTOLIC MINISTRIES
               E      CHAN-2            BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                                            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for
  SANTA BARBARA, CA on channel 2
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDVL-20090910ABF  NEW   183254  SPIRIT OF PRAYER MINISTRIES...
             E      CHAN-5               SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for
  SANTA BARBARA, CA on channel 5
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ATS   NEW    182063   DTV AMERICA 1, LLC
              E      CHAN-16            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for
  SANTA BARBARA, CA on channel 16
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ATL   NEW  182064   DTV AMERICA 1, LLC
              E      CHAN-20          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for
  SANTA BARBARA, CA on channel 20
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090831ABD   NEW  183082   MEDIA CHANNEL
              E      CHAN-22        TWIN PEAKS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for TWIN PEAKS, CA
  on channel 22
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ATH   NEW  182067   DTV AMERICA 1, LLC
              E      CHAN-35          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for
  SANTA BARBARA, CA on channel 35
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPEDT-20080620AIZ KLCS-DT 38430 LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DIS..
              E      CHAN-41               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPEDT-20080326AJE.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090828AAT   NEW   183040   HOSANNA APOSTOLIC MINISTRIES
              E      CHAN-47            BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                                            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for
  PALM SPRINGS, CA on channel 47
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPDTL-20090910ABP   KBAB-LP  14003   BILTMORE BROADCASTING
                E      CHAN-50           SANTA BARBARA, INC.
                                          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BDISDTT-20090113ACM.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLDTL-20090902AAO   KLAU-LD  21511   GERALD BENAVIDES
               E      CHAN-66            REDLANDS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no:
  BDFCDTL-20080801AYR, callsign KLAU-LP.
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