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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #1000
                     Monday,  March 1, 2010
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2010, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BROADBAND -- FCC GETS SET TO PRESENT ITS NATIONAL PLAN
  The FCC is tentatively set to present its National Broadband
Plan at its open meeting on March 16.  The Commission also plans
to vote on a Broadband Mission Statement containing goals for
U.S. broadband policy.
  The second URL below links to a fascinating document.  Here,
FCC Chairman Genachowski gives us an inside look at the Broadband
Plan that is likely to emerge.  He delineates which services (e.g.
broadcast TV) are expected to be hit for spectral contributions.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296484A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296490A1.doc
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  BROADCAST -- THE "GREEN" INDUSTRY OF THE INFORMATION AGE
  Broadcast TV is just beginning to spread its wings with
multi-channel offerings and Mobile TV, so this does not seem like
a good time for the Commission to reduce broadcast spectrum.
  Put simply, broadband is not a green industry.  Broadband
is a point-to-point transmission system.  Each time a broadband
subscriber taps into a broadcast program, a unique circuit to
that program is required.  With over-the-air broadcasting, on the
other hand, new viewers/listeners tune in without the need for
any more bits to be sent over a dedicated broadband circuit.
  As this newsletter parroted earlier, broadcasters are the
"other pillar" of the broadband roll out.  Broadcasters have
the one-source-to-many-people model of disseminating information,
and that spells spectral efficiency.  Broadcasters are the
green industry of the information age.
  "We [broadcasters] are far and away the most efficient
users of spectrum" because TV signals reach so many viewers,
said Dennis Wharton of the NAB in a recent e-mailed statement.
  http://tinyurl.com/NABresponse
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  STUDY SHOWS WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT ON BROADBAND
  The FCC has released its National Broadband Plan Consumer
Survey "which found that affordability and lack of digital skills
are the main reasons why 93 million Americans -- one-third of the
country -- are not connected to high-speed Internet at home."
  "19 percent of non-adopters, or 15 million adults, said they
do not have broadband because they say that the Internet is a
waste of time, there is no online content of interest to them or,
for dial-up users, they are content with their current service."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296443A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Concerning National EAS testing and the collection of
  data from such tests, the Comment and Reply Comment deadlines
  have been extended to March 15 and April 13, 2010 respectively:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-311A1.doc
  o  Dates have been set in the wireless mic etc. proceeding
  (concentrating on 700 MHz band clearing):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-277A1.doc
  o  Due to 700 MHz use by Verizon, TV translator K67AM, La Jolla,
  is now silent.  See the full story at the end of this newsletter.
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  FLORIDA AND NEW JERSEY ANTI-PIRATE LAWS ARE SAFE FOR NOW
  Amateur radio operators have long feared that the anti-pirate
laws adopted by Florida and New Jersey could be used against hams.
To ensure that this does not happen, some time ago the ARRL asked
the FCC for a Declaratory Ruling to strike down these statutes
since, in ARRL's opinion, they are preempted by federal law.
  The FCC has tossed out ARRL's Declaratory request saying that
the Commission was not aware of any hams that had been "prosecuted
or threatened with prosecution under either statute."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-342A1.pdf
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  MICROWAVE APPLICATION DISMISSED
  An application for substantial modifications to WQCV596
(a private cross-border microwave system) has been dismissed.
The application called for bi-directional operations in the 21
and 22 GHz bands for Pacific Spanish Network Inc. (Jaime Bonilla).
  What made this application interesting is that the frequency
coordinator requested a waiver by claiming that, "...no other
interference-free frequency [is] available on the Mexico side for
this operator."  Would the FCC grant the application without any
substantiation of this claim?
  We don't know that answer.  The FCC tossed out the
application by saying, "...your application is dismissed for
failure to make payment on a delinquent debt."  The same thing
happened to this applicant in March 2005 as documented in
CGC #678 (third URL below).
  http://tinyurl.com/WQCV596Dismissal
  http://tinyurl.com/WQCV596DismissalLtr
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2005/cgc678.htm
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  ITEMS OF PERIPHERAL INTEREST TO ENGINEERS
  o  Amendment of the Commission's ex parte rules and
  other procedural rules (Notice of Proposed Rule Making):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-31A1.doc
  o  Amendment of certain of the Commission's Part 1 Rules
  of practice and procedure and Part 0 Rules of Commission
  organization:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-32A1.doc
  o  In the matter of preserving an "open" Internet, the Reply
  Comment deadline has been extended to April 8, 2010.
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  RECONROBOTICS GRANTED 436-442 MHZ AND ADJACENT FREQ. BLOCKS
  This grant represents a serious intrusion into military
and Amateur Radio spectrum.  Read about it at the URL below.
Amateurs with repeater input frequencies on or near the NTSC
visual and aural carrier frequencies used by Reconrobotics may
be especially hard hit with interference.  The entire spectrum
allotted to Reconrobotics is 430-448 MHz.  Details here:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-291A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - REGIONAL ITEMS
  o  Proposed $6,400 fine to the University of San Diego for
  operating a private land-mobile radio system on an expired
  license:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-287A1.doc
  o  Notices of Violation issued to KAZG(AM), Scottsdale, AZ
  and KMIK(AM), Tempe, AZ for EAS sending and receiving problems:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-296419A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-296418A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  SITUATION "QUIET" ON WILSON -- WEATHER STATION HAS BUGS
  On Friday night, Dennis Doty wrote as follows from the
top of Mt. Wilson:
  "Quiet up here so far.  We are waiting for the rain mixed
with snow to hit."
  The good news is that Mt. Wilson finally seems to be getting
down to a routine when bad weather comes.  Road closures are now
being posted on the CalTrans Website listed below.  The same link
also appears on the Tech Letters Website, right below the picture
of Mt. Wilson.
  With respect to Dennis' Mt. Wilson weather station, a time-out
for repairs is needed.  He writes:
  "After a few days the outdoor unit shuts down and I am not
sure why.  I have to take the battery out, drain the cap by
shorting it out and then reinstall the battery and it starts
working again....  Hope to have some parts next week to fix
the outside portion of the system.  RF ingress is a possibility."
  Dennis has added a Web cam to his weather page.  Although the
image is small, check the options in the pull down menu atop the
page.  The box is labeled "Web cam images."  Be patient as the
cam system is fine tuned.
  CalTrans Website (road closures):
  http://gis.dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/main.cfm
  New Wilson weather station:
  http://weather.mtwilson.net/
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                   THIS WEEK IN "TECH LETTERS"
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  TECH LETTERS ENDS TESTING, BEGINS FULL-TIME OPERATION
  Steve Blodgett's new "Tech Letters" Website is up and
running after a one week test.  All test messages have been
deleted to make this a "low noise" and easy-to-read site.
  Tech Letters is THE place to respond to articles that you
see here in the CGC Communicator, and to bring up new topics
or post bulletins or announcements.  It's THE tool to use now
that the CGC Communicator is no longer accepting Letters to
the Editor -- at least for the remainder of 2010.
  We hope you enjoy the new service, bookmark the URL and
check in periodically.  Special edition CGC Communicators may
be published in the near future to remind you to check in.
Thanks again to Steve for creating this new service.
  To view all of the comments recently posted, click on the
heading that says, "Broadcast Engineering General Letters."
FYI, there are a couple of Arizona job openings listed.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING MARCH 9 - LOUDNESS CONTROL
  The Los Angeles SBE chapter will hold a luncheon meeting
Tuesday, March 9, at 11:30 AM.  The subject is "Audio Processing
Loudness Control" by Arnie Toshner.  LA SBE's Website has just
been rebuilt after a hacker attack, so we'll give you all of the
meeting details here just in case the hacker returns:
  Location:  Holiday Inn Media Center, 150 E. Angeleno Ave.,
Burbank, CA.
  Details:  "Our March presentation is brought to us by
Junger Audio, a world leader in audio processing for Radio,
Television and Film.  The pending legislation to control the
loudness of commercial content makes Junger's products timely.
Level Magic provides the control without abusing the audio,
leaving no artifacts, latency or distortion....  Please place
your reservation now by calling our SBE reservation line at
310-664-3339."
  About the hack attack, Mike Tosch writes, "I don't have
a lot of info other than a hacker gained access to a server at
our hosting company and gained internal access to many Websites
including ours.  Once in, they simply changed the index.htm file
....  FYI, the email listserv system was not affected."
  http://www.sbe47.org/
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  KBRT(AM), 740 kHz, Avalon, has hardened itself against
  the crumbling infrastructure on Catalina Island.  Read about
  their accomplishments on page 9 of this pdf report:
  http://tinyurl.com/KBRT-Accomplishments
  o  KSTN, 1420 kHz, Stockton, signs off after 60 years
  of broadcasting.  The station is reportedly for sale:
  http://tinyurl.com/KSTNsignOff
  make a comeback even if Mobile
  TV had never been invented.  OTA is cheap ($0/month) and the
  multi-channel offerings are beginning to attract viewers (e.g.
  KSCI with eight video streams in a 6 MHz bandwidth):
  http://tinyurl.com/MultiChan
  o  Dr. Bill Gordon, designer of the giant (1,000 foot wide)
  radio-telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has passed away at
  the ago of 92:
  http://tinyurl.com/ye737hs
  http://www.ftabins.net/showthread.php?p=900554
  http://tinyurl.com/Dr-GordonPart2
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  35 YEARS AGO IN THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
  In February 1975, the CGC Communicator was known as
"Conversation Pieces" and appeared as a single page monthly
newsletter with hand lettering and cartoons.  The feature story
talked about the new EBS (Emergency Broadcast System) rules that
would be going into effect and noted that we would no longer need
to turn our transmitters on and off twice as part of the alerting
format -- "something our transmitters would surely appreciate"
because sometimes they wouldn't come back on.
  CGC also announced that its consulting office had programmed
Longley/Rice diffraction studies into its computer for improved
VHF & UHF coverage predictions.  We also noted that a backpacker
on San Miguel Mountain discovered that sleeping under a
transmitter warm air exhaust vent was a great idea on a
cold night -- provided it was a 24-hour station.
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  WILL THE REAL JOHN BURROUGHS PLEASE STAND UP?
  A sharp-eyed CGC Communicator reader took notice of this
story in CGC #999:
  FCC Enforcement Watch, Regional Item:  Notice of Unlicensed
  Operation on 87.5 MHz issued to John Burroughs of Malibu (on
  Castro Peak), CA:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-296392A1.html
  Our reader remembered that a John R. Burroughs was cited by
  the FCC in 2006 for a pirate operation on 107.9 MHz "from [his]
  residence near Castro Peak."  That incident caused widespread
  interference to KWVE(FM), see CGC #723:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-263212A1.html
  Finally, we see from an ARRL Website search engine that a
  John R. Burroughs of Malibu holds an Extra Class amateur radio
  license with call sign WT6T.
  So, the question now is whether these three gentlemen with the
  names John Burroughs and John R. Burroughs are the same person.
  If so, the latest alleged pirate action could put the Amateur
  call sign WT6T at risk of revocation.
  (Another Communicator reader believes that John Burroughs of
  Malibu is the grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs, an American
  author best known for the creation of the jungle hero Tarzan.)
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  FINDING VACANT SPACES IN THE TV BAND ISN'T LIKE FINDING GOLD
  [About the FCC Chairman's statement on page 6 of the URL
below, the statement that says, "Even in our very largest
cities, at most only about 150 megahertz out of 300 megahertz
are used (for broadcast TV)."]
  Are there no RF engineers left at the Commission?  This
'discovery' overlooks the fact that the vacant spaces are there
for very good reasons, mainly for protecting TV operations in
adjacent cities.  Those vacant spaces are necessary and required
by the FCC's own technical rules and the laws of physics.  Each
Commissioner should have his own experienced RF engineer on
staff.
  Anonymous
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296490A1.doc
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        THE CGC COMMUNICATOR BECOMES A MONTHLY PUBLICATION
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  THE CGC COMMUNICATOR GOES MONTHLY
  Due to our office workload, the CGC Communicator will be
published once a month for the remainder of 2010.  Monthly
publications were the norm back in our paper publishing days,
so this is nothing new for us.  Rest assured that the
Communicator is not vanishing by any means.
  Please direct your e-mails to Steve Blodgett's new companion
publication "Tech Letters" and note that he has made provisions
for anonymous contributions when necessary.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GENUINE OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  The X-47B unmanned aircraft is helping to usher in a new
  approach to military aviation:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/X-47B.PPS
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbbMMAThTiY
  o  The wraparound view of eight LCD screens powered by eight
  computers provides a truly "immersive" experience of Google
  Earth and Street View.  You can go anywhere in the world
  with this compelling device - even to the Moon and Mars:
  http://www.wxpnews.com/CUFZ9C/100223-Liquid-Galaxy
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  QUADCOPTER, HEXACOPTER, OCTOCOPTER
  Five years ago, few people had even heard of Quadcopters
(also called Quadricopters or Quadrotors).  Now they seem to be
everywhere thanks to lightweight/cheap accelerometers, brushless
electric motors and GPS navigation.  Be sure to watch the Hexa-
Kopter video on this page.  The entire video is worth seeing:
  http://tinyurl.com/yewl9cs
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  TOYOTA LAWN MOWERS
  o  What if Toyota made lawn mowers....
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B2e6D484v8
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         TWO QUESTIONS ABOUT  "LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC"
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  HOW IMPORTANT ARE "LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC" TO YOU?
  The CGC Communicator plans to continue publishing "Local
Items from the FCC" (AM, FM and TV) on a monthly basis unless
there is little interest expressed by our readers.  You can
help us by answering a couple of questions:
  o  Are "Local Items from the FCC" important to you?
  (Those outside our so. California reporting area need not
  respond.  We suspect many have found Local Items a very useful
  tool, but we've never taken a survey before.)
  o  Would your station or group be interested in receiving
  "Local Items" updates on a weekly or a once-every-other-week
  basis for a fee?  We are considering creating a private mailing
  list for those wanting this information more often than once
  monthly.
  Please e-mail your comments to cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com
  Thanks!
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20091019AGD  KDIS  25076  ABC RADIO LOS ANGELES ASSETS, LLC
         P      1110 KHZ                PASADENA, CA
  Direct Measurement
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/14/2010
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-19971124TD   971124TD  89263   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
             E      88.5 MHZ              WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/18/2010
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20100222ABP  KCAQ-FM1  159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
              E      104.7 MHZ                CALABASAS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCAQ-FM1.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BLFTB-20100122ABN KROQ-FM1 180881  CBS RADIO INC. OF LOS ANGELES
            E      106.7 MHZ               SANTA CLARITA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/19/2010
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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-20100219ABN   NEW  184757   WOODWEST INVESTMENT, LLC
               E      CHAN-4            CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  on channel 4
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLDTL-20100218AAD   KSMV-LP  14002   KJLA, LLC
               E      CHAN-23       LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDISDTL-20081022ABW,
  callsign KSMV-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLDTL-20100218AAD   KSMV-LD  14002   KJLA, LLC
               E      CHAN-23       LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDISDTL-20081022ABW,
  callsign KSMV-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTL-20100217AAL KDUO-LP 128874 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
               E      CHAN-43              PALM DESERT, CA
  Minor change of callsign KDUO-LP.
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  KPBS-TV TRANSLATOR IN LA JOLLA GOES SILENT
  K67AM, CH-67 (788-794 MHz), La Jolla, went silent on
  February 15, 2010.  Per the applicant:
  "The silent status has been necessitated by the start of
  700 MHz band uses by Verizon Wireless. Specifically, the station
  was required to cease operation on its licensed frequency in
  connection with Verizon's commencement of testing for its new
  700 MHz network in the area.  SDSU is continuing to assess its
  options for restoring service to the La Jolla area via this
  translator station...."
  The written narrative (the interesting part):
  http://tinyurl.com/K67AMexhibitOne
  The underlying FCC application for silence:
  http://tinyurl.com/K67AMapplication
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