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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #983
                    Monday, January 11, 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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  FCC REQUESTS EXTENSION OF TIME
  The FCC has asked Congress for a four week extension
of time to wrap up the national broadband plan:
  http://tinyurl.com/FCCextOFtime
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The FCC is opening a blog to improve "citizen interactions"
  with the agency.  Read about the new service (first URL), then
  get your feet wet (second URL):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295545A1.doc
  http://reboot.fcc.gov/home
  o  FCC seeks comments on request by Shipcom, LLC for
  waiver of the Part 80 rules to allow the use of high seas marine
  frequencies by first responders during catastrophes:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-6A1.doc
  o  Here are applications and grants for cross-border program
  permits for XETRA-FM, XHITZ-FM and XHRM-FM:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295509A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295510A1.pdf
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- CALIFORNIA
  o  Emerald Wave Media (KRTO(FM)), Guadalupe -- Issued a
  Notice of Violation for overmodulation:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295191A1.html
  o  Pinecomputer, Oxnard -- Issued a Citation for marketing
  unauthorized TV cameras & receivers @ 1.2 GHz:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295045A1.html
  o  Rio School District, Oxnard -- Issued a Notice of Violation
  for operating on an unauthorized land-mobile frequency:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295192A1.html
  o  Comcast, Mill Valley, CA -- Issued a Notice of Violation
  for excessive cable leakage:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295388A1.html
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          SPECIAL REPORT ON KSIQ(FM) COMING TO SAN DIEGO
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  A NEW LIMITED-COVERAGE FM STATION IS COMING TO SAN DIEGO
  A new FM station for south San Diego has been in the making
for years.  Keep your ears tuned to 96.1 MHz.  Here's the story.
  KSIQ-FM has reliably served Brawley and vicinity for many
years with deep-penetrating Class B coverage.  Now, the station
is leaving Brawley in favor of serving south San Diego and a
small number of people in and around Campo, CA.  It looks like
this unusual situation will be accomplished in a three-step 
process as follows:
  o  Step one is to remove 96.1 MHz from Brawley and to allot
  it to Campo while simultaneously downgrading the facility from
  Class B to Class B1 status.  The FCC granted this request
  in July 2006 and the URL is given in the following story.
  Moving to Campo is important to the station.  This would
  allow KSIQ to throw its theoretical 57 dBu primary coverage
  contour over the southern portion of the San Diego metro area
  even though intervening terrain would prevent the actual
  signal from reaching there -- hold onto that thought for a
  moment.  (The tower could not be moved any closer to San
  Diego without creating a short spacing to KUSS and KYXY.)
  o  Step two is for KSIQ to file an application to
  physically build its new Class B1 transmitter at Campo.
  That application was filed in October 2006 and modified in
  September 2009 (see next story).  The tower is now up and
  the station is apparently set to begin broadcasting from Campo
  if it has not done so already.  Of course, turning off the
  Brawley transmitter is the other part of the equation.
  o  Step three is to file a booster application for San
  Miguel Mountain in San Diego to back fill the area that the
  Campo facility would serve on paper, yet could not serve in
  reality because of intervening terrain.  This was accomplished
  in an October 2008 application for a "Santee" booster
  (125 watts ERP, directional) as modified in December 2009
  (700 watts ERP, directional).
  Now the pieces fit together.  The real audience for this
station will be in south San Diego County as fed by the booster.
The coverage to Campo and vicinity will probably be immaterial
to the net value of the station.  The applicant has installed an
8-bay antenna at Campo using horizontal polarization only.  These
steps were apparently taken to hold power costs to a minimum
since few people will ever hear the Campo facility.
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  KSIQ STORY LINKS
  Following are the critical KSIQ(FM) applications and exhibits 
posted in chronological order:
  HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
  o  FCC issues Report & Order in MM Docket 05-219, released
  July 28, 2006, modifying the license of KSIQ(FM), Brawley, 
  to downgrade the station to Class B1 status and move the
  allotment to Campo.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1532A1.doc
  o  October 25, 2006 -- A CP application is filed (and
  later granted) to move KSIQ's primary transmitter to Campo
  and downgrade the facility to Class B1 status.
  http://tinyurl.com/KSIQappOne
  o  October 15, 2008 -- A CP application is filed (and
  later granted) to establish a San Miguel Mountain booster
  station with 125 watts ERP, directional, with vertical
  polarization only.
  http://tinyurl.com/KSIQboosterOne
  o  Here is the 57 dBu coverage map for the KSIQ Campo
  transmitter and its booster on San Miguel.  These facilities
  were never built (as far as we know) and simply represented
  first iteration engineering.
  http://tinyurl.com/KSIQboosterCoverageOne
  CURRENT DOCUMENTS
  o  September 30, 2009 -- A CP application is filed (and
  later granted) to specify the details of the main transmitter
  plant that would actually be built at Campo.
  http://tinyurl.com/KSIQappTwo
  o  December 17, 2009 -- A CP application is filed (and
  later granted) to modify the San Miguel Mountain booster.
  This application calls for 700 watts ERP directional and
  slant (45 degree) polarization using an obscure Italian
  antenna.  There are some concerns with this application.
  http://tinyurl.com/KSIQboosterTwo
  o  Here is the 57 dBu coverage map for the KSIQ Campo
  transmitter and its booster on San Miguel.  The Campo
  transmitter is in place at this time and presumably the San
  Miguel booster is being built if it is not on the air
  already.
  http://tinyurl.com/KSIQboosterCoverageTwo
  o  January 7, 2010 -- An application is filed to license
  the Campo transmitter site.  The app has not yet been granted.
  The studio is listed as 13881 Highway 94 in Jamul, CA:
  http://tinyurl.com/KSIQappThree
  o  Not yet filed or announced as filed:  An application to
  license the booster on San Miguel Mountain.
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  CONCERNS WITH THE 700W BOOSTER APPLICATION
  Per the 12/17/09 booster application, the transmitting
antenna will be built on San Miguel at coordinates 32-41-51N,
116-56-00W (degrees-minutes-seconds format, NAD27 datum),
the main lobe will be pointed at 242 degrees true (WSW),
the maximum ERP will be 700 watts and slant (45 degree)
polarization will be used.
  However, data supplied by the antenna manufacturer and
furnished by the applicant in Attachment 17 is anything but
clear.  Notably, the manufacturer seems to state that vertical
(not slant) polarization will be used and the maximum ERP will
be 1.5664 kW as stated at the bottom of the first polar plot.
The real problem is that the antenna manufacturer never defines
most of the parameters shown and gives us no idea of what the
finished installation should look like.  See:
  http://tinyurl.com/KSIQboosterAntTwoDetails
  Complicating matters is the Relative Field Polar Plot linked
to the application.  It shows the main beam of the antenna
pointing due north and states that, "Any specified rotation has
already been applied to the plotted pattern."  Trouble is, the
242 degree clockwise rotation specified by KSIQ's narrative has
NOT been built into the pattern, so the plot is misleading.
  The booster is designed to serve south San Diego, but turning
the antenna north (in the general direction of Escondido) will
drastically alter the coverage of this station.
  It is suggested that concerned broadcasters review the 700
watt booster application from scratch.  In the field, there are a
few things that can be done immediately.   Does a tower exist at
coordinates 32-41-51N, 116-56-00W (degrees-minutes-seconds format,
NAD27 datum)?  Has the booster antenna been installed?  What
does it look like and where is it pointing?
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, AT NOON
  Featured at this month's meeting is Ed Simeone from Linear
Acoustic who will present an historical overview of attempts to
control broadcast loudness.  This should be most interesting.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  HELP US FIND A MYSTERY AM SIGNAL
  Southern California observers suspect that an AM station
assigned to 1410 kHz is operating about 1,380 Hz low in frequency.
Local Spanish language station KCAL(AM), Redlands, is only about
3 Hz low in frequency, so they are not the culprit.
  Burt Weiner and Bob Gonsett have both listened to the mystery
carrier at their labs in Los Angeles and San Diego counties and
report hearing weak signals during daylight hours (no definitive
measurements have been made at night).
  There are no 1410 kHz stations listed in the FCC's database
for Arizona, Nevada or Baja California North.  Therefore, if the
mystery signal is originating in California, it is probably
coming from one of these 1410 kHz stations:
  KERI, Bakersfield
  KSMA, Lompoc
  KRML, Carmel
  KMYC, Marysville
  You can hear a strong beat tone (about 1,380 Hz) against
KCAL (or KERI) in a mobile receiver along Route 14 from about
Santa Clarita to Acton.  There is some evidence to suggest
that the frequency of the offset transmitter is drifting.
  Good luck in the hunt, and let us know your findings.
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  NEWS BRIEF
  o  Wireless microphones may gain interference protection
  from white space devices:
  http://tinyurl.com/WirelessMicz
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MT. WILSON HAS HAD SOME OTHER PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES
  I want to remind Communicator readers that Mt. Wilson has
had some pretty bad power outages in 2006.  I think both power
feeds were active at the time.  I was working for KJLA(TV) and
we didn't have a generator then.
  Later that year we installed a temporary generator when
Edison was down for a few hours with a 48 hour estimate on
repairs.  Fortunately, the power was restored after 20 some
hours that time around.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson
  Editor's note:  Mt. Wilson enjoyed fair weather last week
  and no unusual events were reported to our office.
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  TV SPECTRUM IS LIKE STREET CARS
  Re: The potential loss of TV spectrum to broadband interests.
  This situation reminds me of the demise of the Red-Car
public transportation that Los Angeles at one time had.  It
was supposedly one of the best public transportation systems
in the world.  It gave way to money interests and we've been
trying to recover ever since.
  Burt Weiner, biwa (at) att.net
  P.S. Concerning your plea in CGC #982, "Don't kill or
cripple free over-the-air TV," the important point is that
our nation needs over-the-air TV.  Not everybody is going to
subscribe to pay-for-service.
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  MORE ON THE TV SPECTRUM GRAB
  One thing that keeps crossing my mind as I listen to both
sides of this spectrum grab debate, is that Free OTA Television
enjoys the same disciplines as newspaper, and it occurs to me
that limiting TV is akin to silencing the presses.  In our
community/DMA, the total news product enjoys a 82 share from
local TV news.  Imagine if we were asked to shut down, or cut
back transmissions.
  Although there is a daily paper, newspaper does a poor job
of informing people during earthquakes, events like 9-11 and
Katrina.  I think, like you, the spectrum grab should come from
microwave frequencies that don't impact Free OTA TV, and
probably would work better for point-to-point data transmissions.
  Fred Vobbe/W8HDU, w8hdu (at) hf-antenna.com
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BPFT-19981001TA   K220HC  91759   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
            E      91.9 MHZ               SUN VALLEY, CA
  CP NEW STN., PRIMARY STATION: KTLW(FM)
  PET FOR RECON FILED 6/23/2000
  PET FOR RECON FILED 6/23/2000 IS DENIED PER STAFF LETTER
  1800B3-BHW DATED 11/8/2000.
  APPLICATION FOR REVIEW FILED ON 12/15/2000
  A4R granted under MO&O, FCC 02-244, adopted Sept 3, 2002
  and released Sept 9, 2002.
  App is reinstated to pending status
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 10/9/02 BY (the "DISTRICT")
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 10/9/02 BY ("NPR")
  COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF PETITION FOR RECON FILED 10/21/02 BY
  ("NCAB")
  MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FILED 10/23/02 BY ("LWM")
  CONSOLIDATED OPPOSITION TO PETITIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION
  FILED 11/8/02 BY ("LWM").
  REPLY FILED 11/20/02 BY (the "DISTRICT")
  REPLY FILED 11/20/02 BY (''NPR'')
  Engineering Amendments filed 1/30, 6/27, 11/6 (2) & 11/7/2006.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/08/2006
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/17/2008
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/20/2009
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/06/2009
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/20/2009
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20091218ADF  KCAQ-FM2 165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E      104.7 MHZ              SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Mod of CP
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