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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #975
                   Thursday, December 3, 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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  PROPOSALS FROM WHITE SPACES DATABASE MANAGERS INVITED
  The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology has
invited proposals from entities seeking to be designated as
"TV Band Device Database Managers."  These folks will create
databases showing which channels can be used at which locations
across the U.S. by unlicensed white space data transmission
devices.
  When white space devices are unleashed in quantity, over-
the-air TV DXing will generally become a thing of the past.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2479A1.doc
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  FCC ANXIOUS TO GRAB TV SPECTRUM FOR WIRELESS INTERNET
  This item is relatively new and separate from the white
spaces proceeding mentioned above.  The idea is to permanently
reallocate TV broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband use.
The FCC reportedly thinks enough of the idea to take it to the
next bureaucratic level by preparing a public notice in which it
will ask broadcasters and other interested parties for specific
comments on how a spectrum takeover might work.
  Obviously, broadcasters are strongly opposed to the idea
of getting rid of their over-the-air channels in whole or in
part (see second URL below) -- a seemingly absurd idea in light
of the recent conversion to DTV, the previous give-back of
Channels 52-69 and the upcoming addition of Mobile TV.
  http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2009/11/30/daily.8/
  http://tinyurl.com/CashForSpectrum
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The FCC plans to auction 9,603 paging licenses in the
  35-931 MHz range on May 25, 2010:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2416A1.doc
  o  OET clarifies the use of recently published ASC C63®
  Measurement Standards for Compliance Testing of Intentional
  and Unintentional Radiators under Part 15:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2478A1.doc
  o  The Amateur Radio vanity call sign program is fine tuned
  with these proposed rules:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-102A1.pdf
  o  FCC waiver allows two Culver City Fire Department captains,
  who are also ham radio operators, to use Amateur Radio on behalf
  of their employer to participate in an upcoming emergency drill:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2512A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- SELECTED ITEM
  Bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs) are sometimes used in the
cellular service to improve cell phone coverage to a residence
or building.  However, like a public address system with the
microphone too close to the loud speaker, BDAs can break into
self-oscillation and cause interference to other users.  Such
was apparently the case with a BDA installed in a Beverly Hills,
CA residence as the following Notice of Unlicensed Operation
shows.
  Cellular BDAs can ONLY be used with the permission of
cell companies, and most BDAs should be set up by qualified
technicians to avoid self-oscillation problems:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-294816A1.html
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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  NORMAL OPEN ACCESS TO MT. WILSON RESUMES -- FOR NOW
  KABC-TV has assembled a nice print story and video on
the quiet reopening Monday of the Angeles Crest Highway to
the general public.  Of course, significant rains with mud
and rock slides could result in another closure -- hopefully
not prolonged as the debris is cleared.
  Marvin Collins reports that he sees, "a LOT of loose dirt
in the mountains just waiting to be brought down by the rain."
  http://tinyurl.com/AngelesCrestReopens
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                       LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  THE TEMPORARY/PERMANENT ANTENNA INSTALLATION
  I was visiting my son in Oregon recently and took a few
pictures of an interesting antenna installation.  Too good
not to share.
  Rick Sietsema, RSietsema (at) cbs.com
  http://www.baseballdogs.com/ORcell.html
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BREIFS
  o  Here is the Website for the pirate formerly on 107.9 MHz
  in Lompoc.  Said pirate is moving to 1610 kHz:
  http://www.freeradiolompoc.com/
  o  Video games may someday pause to display EAS warning
  messages:
  http://tinyurl.com/VideoGameEAS
  o  Fundamental information about the Internet:
  http://www.livinginternet.com/ttoc_site.htm
  o  YouTube goes to 1080P video -- wow:
  http://tinyurl.com/YouTube1080P
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  SAN DIEGO SBE DINNER BANQUET SET FOR DECEMBER 10
  SBE Chapter 36 will host a Holiday Banquet on Thursday,
December 10, 2009, from 6:30 - 9:30 PM at the Four Points
Hotel adjacent to Montgomery Field.  This year Bob Gonsett
of Communications General Corporation will be honored for his
lifetime of service to southern California broadcasters.  No
technical presentations -- just a good time with your fellow
broadcast engineers.  Details at:
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  TELEVISION INVENTION MILESTONES HONORED
  Two early achievements that helped make television the
popular environment it is today are being honored by IEEE:
The development of electronic television and the first
transpacific TV signal telecast via satellite.
  http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/15598/25828
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  This is one adrenaline-packed trip down a mountain
  road -- a video you are not soon to forget:
  http://www.gamaniak.com/video/3625
  o  Robotic flutist and saxophonist get together for a
  classical duet.  Check out the lung action of the flutist.
  Perhaps next year the saxophone will be in tune:
  http://tinyurl.com/ClassicalDuet
  o  Yamaha's Avant Grand piano is said to mimic both the
  sound and feel of an acoustic:
  http://tinyurl.com/YamahaSynthetic
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  CHRISTMAS LIGHT TROUBLESHOOTING MADE EASY
  For those having the Holiday task of maintaining miniature
Christmas lights, there's a device that makes troubleshooting
a breeze.  The LIGHTkeeper-Pro is a device that resembles a pistol
grip.  It has a socket to enable the user to plug in a defective
string, and with one or more pulls of the trigger, will re-seal
any open shunt on a bad lamp, so the string will light again so
the user can simply replace the defective lamp.  There's also a
built in inductive sniffer, a fuse and lamp tester, and a lamp
puller.
  The LIGHTkeeper-Pro is sold for around $20 at most home stores.
Yes, you can buy several strings of new lights for that price, but
what fun is that?!  I recently purchased one of these and it
works great.  The website also has a couple of good videos.
  George Nicholas, gnicholas (at) nrgmedia.com
  http://www.lightkeeperpro.com/
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                 AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM 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 11/18/2009
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20091125AAQ  K216FM 92354  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS...
            E      91.1 MHZ                 PACOIMA, CA
  License to cover.
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMXPCDT-20091123AHQ   KSCI  35608   KSLS, INC.
                E      CHAN-18      LONG BEACH, CA
  Mod of CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20091119ACV   KBEH   56384   HERO LICENSECO LLC
              E      CHAN-24             OXNARD, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20080619ABQ,
  callsign KBEH.
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  DTV DISTRIBUTED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20091119ACZ   KBEH   56384   HERO LICENSECO LLC
              E      CHAN-24             OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KBEH.
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  DTV DISTRIBUTED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20091124ABY  KESQ-TV  25577  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST...
               E      CHAN-42               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20090506ACR.
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