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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #973
                 Monday,  November 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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  MOVING TOWARD AN FM HD RADIO POWER INCREASE
  Momentum is building for an FM HD Radio power increase.
Analog FM will never be the same:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/90700
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/90702
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  LPFM NEWS
  Congress is moving toward dropping third adjacent channel
protections for most LPFMs:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/90712
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  FCC ADOPTS THE SHOT CLOCK TO SPEED CELL TOWER APPLICATIONS
  State and local governments now have 90 days to consider
collocations, and 150 days to consider all other wireless tower
siting applications.  If a jurisdiction fails to act on an
application within these time frames, a claim for relief may be
filed in court within 30 days of the failure to act.  The court
will then decide what action to take.
  The ruling denies CTIA's request to find that it is a
violation of the Communications Act for a State or local
regulation to require a variance or waiver for every wireless
facility siting.  On the other hand, the ruling does make it
illegal for a State or local government to deny a wireless
service facility siting application because service is
available from another provider.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294711A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-99A1.doc
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  FCC IDENTIFIES CRITICAL GAPS IN THE PATH TO BROADBAND
  The RF gaps include these items:
  o  Lack of spectrum.
  o  Identifying available spectrum, reallocating it,
  and assigning it is often a long, multi-year process.
  On the positive side for broadband are these points:
  o  Smartphone sales are expected to overtake standard
  mobile phones by 2011.
  o  Smart phone subscriptions have increased by 690 percent
  since 1998, while over-the-air TV viewership has decreased
  by 56 percent.
  o  The convergence of video, TV and Internet Protocol-based
  technology is creating a new medium that could drive adoption
  and utilization of broadband.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294706A1.doc
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  ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION
  Online voter registration and similar matters having
little to do with traditional FCC tasks are embedded in this
Public Notice entitled, "...Moving Toward a Digital Democracy."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2431A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- LOCAL ITEMS
  o  Clarion Inn, El Centro, has been issued a Citation
  for excessive signal leakage from their cable TV system:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-294715A1.html
  o  Pirate radio station on 107.9 MHz in Lompoc issued a
  Notice of Unlicensed Operation:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-294727A1.html
  o Charter Communications (Cable TV provider), Irwindale, issued
  a Notice of Violation for incomplete public inspection file:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-294718A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  HEADS UP:  MAJOR ROAD CLOSURE THANKSGIVING WEEK
  Subject: Angeles Crest Highway - LaCanada to Red Box -
  Closed From 11/24 to and Including 11/29
  We [at the Forest Service] have just been informed by
CalTrans that the above will be closed for maintenance from
Tuesday 24th November through to and including Sunday 29th
November.  During this period the road will be resurfaced
and striped.
  Further detail is available from CalTrans.
  Graham Breakwell, grahambreakwell (at) fs.fed.us
  November 19, 2009
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  EDITOR'S COMMENT
  The above announcement has created a flurry of e-mails
as engineers consider their limited (and inconvenient) access
options.  Complicating matters is this comment from Michael J.
McIntyre, District Ranger, on November 21, 2009:
  "They may have the Wrightwood access open but there is no
  going past red box either way."
  This e-mail could mean that all access to Wilson will be
cut off for a period of time.
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  THE DETAILS BEHIND THE ROAD CLOSURE
  Regarding the road closure scheduled for next week:  The
project supervisor explained to me on Friday, November 20th,
that one of the reasons for the closure was that large machinery
will be grinding the center portion of the road and blocking both
sides of the road.  They will then install reflectors in the
grooves cut 2-3 inches into the ground.  Because the reflectors
will be recessed, they won't easily be damaged by snow plows.
  Larry Lopez, acsmtwilson5710 (at) aol.com
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  COMMENT ON POSSIBLY SUSPENDING PERMITS TO ACCESS MT. WILSON
  Re: Forest Service letter in CGC #972 where District Ranger
  Mike McIntyre discusses possibly suspending road access permits
  if people continue to get stuck or drive in unsafe conditions.
  Sounds like the broadcast companies, not the engineers,
need to meet with the Forest Service pronto.  The broadcasters
have a huge investment... on Mt. Wilson and there [needs to be
a reliable] method to get there to keep it running.  That is only
fair given the public service broadcasters are charged with.
  I am kinda glad that I don't have facilities up there!
  Mike Tosch, mtosch (at) verizon.net
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  PERHAPS REQUIRE 4X4 ACCESS TO WILSON IN BAD WEATHER
  Perhaps all the stations should require engineers and
other workers only use 4x4 to travel during periods of bad
weather.  I heard one person was in a car and got stuck and
someone with a 4x4 pulled him out.  If a few unprepared people
are going to get us locked out, that could not only affect
station operation but some engineers could face layoffs.
  Anonymous, Mt. Wilson transmitter engineer
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  UPGRADING AUX FACILITIES TO COVER THE NEXT CATASTROPHE
  Following is a comprehensive article by Randy J. Stine of
Radio World entitled, "L.A. Broadcasters Plan for Next Time:"
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/90740
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  THE HISTORY OF MT. WILSON
  Marvin Collins' history of Mt. Wilson (aka Benjamin's
Mountain) is posted on Web and makes a great read:
  http://www.oldradio.com/archives/stations/LA/mtwilson1.htm
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                  REGULAR LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  THE FIRST AM RADIO STATION
  I was attending USC back in the mid 1960s majoring in
Telecommunications.  One of our professors with a mean sense
of humor told us to write a term paper about the "first" radio
station.  He did not mention that there was a difference between
the "first station" and the first "licensed" station.
  There are several claims to be the "first radio station"
including one in San Jose and Popov's station in Russia.  There
is no dispute that KDKA was the first licensed station.  Google
"First licensed radio station."  I wish we had Google when I
was writing that *@k%! term paper.
  Don McCoy, DonGMcCoy (at) aol.com
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  BROADCASTERS NEED TO GO AFTER CELLULAR SPECTRUM - EDITORIAL
  Cellular and other industries are attempting to grab as
much broadcast spectrum as possible, but that will only solve
their medium-term needs.  Tomorrow it will be same story all
over again.  They're insatiable.
  The far better solution would be to mover cellular to high
microwave frequencies and reclaim the cellular/3G/4G bands for
other applications, including broadcasting.
  http://tinyurl.com/Spectrum-Hungry
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  California bans watt-guzzler TVs:
  http://tinyurl.com/WattGuzzler
  o  Radio World article on the KWVE EAS snafu:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/90454
  o  George Badger passes away at age 84:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/90698
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                          OFF TOPIC
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  RUTH SEYMOUR RETIRES
  Ruth Seymour, General Manager of KCRW(FM), is retiring
after a highly distinguished 32 year career:
  http://tinyurl.com/RuthSeymour
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  With road access to Mt. Wilson uncertain, consider
  constructing a little hiking trail.  Spain shows us how.
  Skip ahead a minute or two in this video if time is limited:
  http://tinyurl.com/ScaryTrail
  o  This tuning dial could bring back a flood of good memories:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/zenithdial.JPG
  o  Distracted driving reaches new highs with this setup:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/distracted.jpg
  o  IBM unveils the biggest brain simulator yet:
  http://tinyurl.com/Brain-Simulator
  o  This is what really happens inside a modern birdhouse:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA1Go-f1kZc
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BML-20091030AIG   KCBQ   13509   NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING
           P      1170 KHZ                 COMPANY, INC.
                                           SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to modify.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPED-20071019AVN   NEW   171299   HOLY CROSS RADIO
             E     88.1 MHZ              MECCA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny must be on file no later than 30 days from
  the date of this public notice accepting the application for
  filing.
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPED-20071012ASO  NEW  172580  BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CENTER
             E    88.1 MHZ               BOMBAY BEACH, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
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  BNPED-20071015ADD  NEW  74873  ANDRES SERRANOS MINISTRIES, INC.
             E     88.1 MHZ                 MECCA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
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  BNPED-20071018AUB   NEW   174793   DESERT ALLIANCE FOR
             E     88.1 MHZ         COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
                                          MECCA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
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  BNPED-20071018AVJ   NEW     173916     STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
             E      88.1 MHZ         SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
                                         BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
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  BNPED-20071018AVL   NEW   173910       STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
             E      88.1 MHZ         SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
                                            CALIPATRIA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
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  BNPED-20071022AAH   NEW     176041     GOSPEL SPOTS, INC
             E      88.1 MHZ              CACTUS CITY, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
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  BNPED-20071022ABQ   NEW   176151   3.CENTRO CRISTIANO COSECHA..
             E      88.1 MHZ                 THERMAL, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
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  BNPED-20071022AIR   NEW   176030   CENTRO DE INTERCESION Y
             E      88.1 MHZ      ADORACION INTERNACIONAL, INC.
                                       BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed 11/12/2009 per Settlement Agreement - no letter sent
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20091110AFB   KGBM   24706   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
            E      89.7 MHZ                RANDSBURG, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20091105ABP  KWVE-FM4   174101   CALVARY CHAPEL OF
             E      107.9 MHZ             COSTA MESA, INC.
                                         SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPDVL-20091110AEL   KTBV-LD  125499   EICB-TV WEST, LLC
             E        CHAN-12           SANTA CLARITA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KTBV-LD.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20080620AJR  KFTR-DT 60549  TELEFUTURA LOS ANGELES LLC
               E      CHAN-29              ONTARIO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPCDT-20021028ABV. Engineering Amendment filed 11/04/2009
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20091112AIM   KRCA   22161   KRCA LICENSE LLC
             E      CHAN-35            RIVERSIDE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20080620AIN,
  callsign KRCA.
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLDTA-20091113AAF  KVMM-CA  18741  CABALLERO ACQUISITION INC.
             E       CHAN-41             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDFCDTA-20080804ACQ,
  callsign KVMM-CA.
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTA-20091117ADG   KBOP-CA   11371   D.T.V. LLC
               E        CHAN-42         SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KBOP-CA.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLDTL-20091109AAB  KBAB-LD   14003   BILTMORE BROADCASTING
             E       CHAN-50            SANTA BARBARA, INC.
                                         SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPDTL-20090910ABP,
  callsign KBAB-LP.
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