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                  THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                        CGC #990
                Monday, January 18, 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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  RECOLORING THE TV SPECTRUM GRAB
  Per NAB SmartBrief (1/13/10) -- "The FCC is trying to
establish a "voluntary marketplace" for reclaiming digital
spectrum from broadcast stations to meet an expected shortage
in wireless bandwidth, according to an FCC staffer leading the
effort.  He said a plan to require stations to surrender their
spectrum was no longer on the table -- but did not rule out
taking such a step in the future."
  http://tinyurl.com/SpectrumGrabRecolored
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  ELIMINATION OF PART 23 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES
  In this Order, the FCC eliminates Part 23 of its Rules,
governing International Fixed Public Radiocommunication Services.
This change, according to the Commission, eliminates an "outmoded
service" and makes the frequencies available for other services
that provide, "among other things, disaster recovery
communications services."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-7A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Stacking the deck on Net Neutrality.  Incredible:
  http://tinyurl.com/StackedDeck
  o  The FCC has issued a Second Further Notice of Proposed
  Rulemaking concerning a review of the Emergency Alert System
  (this is a long and detailed document):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-11A1.doc
  o  FCC to hold Open Commission Meeting on January 20.  Items
  include video distribution competition, and amendments to Parts
  15, 74 and 90 of the Rules regarding Low Power Auxiliary
  Stations including wireless microphones:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295693A1.doc
  o  Here are amended applications for cross-border program
  permits for XETRA-FM, XHITZ-FM and XHRM-FM:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295568A1.pdf
  o  FCC announces procedure for non-commercial radio and TV
  stations to obtain FCC authority to engage in fund raising to
  aid the Haitian earthquake relief effort:
  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/haiti_relief_efforts.pdf
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- LOCAL ITEMS
  o  KSAK(FM), 90.1 MHz, 4 watt ERP Class D, Walnut, has been
issued a Notice of Violation for an EAS violation.  "At the time
of the inspection, the agent found that KSAK was only monitoring
one assigned source, KFI(AM).  Neither KFWB(AM) nor KNX(AM) was
being monitored as a second source."
http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295634A1.html
  o  KROP(AM) and KSIQ-FM, Brawley, have been issued a
Notice of Violation for sporadically missing Required Weekly
EAS Test transmissions for June through September 2009.  The
FCC adds that there were no entries in the station log indicating
why the RWTs were missed:
http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295637A1.html
  o  KSDS(FM), 88.3 MHz, San Diego and KKSM(AM), 1320 kHz,
Oceanside, have each been issued a Notice of Violation for public
inspection file and EAS transgressions:
http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295640A1.html
http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295639A1.html
  o  Time Warner Cable, Ontario, was issued a Notice of Violation
for EAS and childrens' programming issues:
http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295635A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE CONDITIONS ON MT. WILSON AS THE BIG STORM APPROACHES
  Here is what I know as of now.   Key county roads have
been closed by the newly installed gates at Aliso Canyon and
Angeles Forest, Upper Big T and Angeles Forest, Upper Big T and
Angeles Crest, Angeles Forest and Angeles Crest, and finally
Angeles Forest at Big T.
  Cal Trans said they plan on closing the gate east of Redbox
on Hwy S2 sometime Sunday afternoon and will close S2 at the
La Canada gate by late night or early AM depending when the storm
hits.  Caltrans noted that when they do close the gates, they are
100% closed, no exceptions.
  I'm not alone up here on Wilson.  A few other engineers are
in different buildings and presumably ready for the long haul.
Extra generator fuel is also in place.
  Saturday night I made a gas run after discovering that we did
not have any fuel for the snow cat at our TV transmitter, so now
we are ready for whatever hits us.
  I will be monitoring the 462.600 / 467.600 PL 167.9 repeater
here on Wilson should anyone need help.
  That is it so far.  The clouds are moving in and we are
braced for what is predicted to be one of biggest storms to hit
southern California in years.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson
  DennisR.Doty (at) nbcuni.com
  January 17, 2010, 12:03 PM PST
  Update @ 8:58 PM:  Route S2 is officially closed at La
  Canada 'till further notice.
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  VIEWING THE DOWNED POWER LINES (THE BACKUP FEED TO WILSON)
  Earlier today, Herta and I made a drive from La Canada to
Red Box.  Along the way we could see the SCE power lines coming
from La Canada to Mt. Wilson were in places down on the ground
where the power poles had burned.  It does not appear that SCE
has commenced any repair work so far.
  We continued on the upper Little Tujunga Canyon and took
that road down to the Angeles Forest Highway.  We could see
more burned power poles with the wires on the ground or
supported by the trees.  SCE has a LOT of work to do to
restore power in the burn areas.
  MarvinCollins, Chief Engineer KFI, Retired
  January 11, 2010
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  PLANS TO RESTORE BACKUP POWER TO MT. WILSON
  Southern California Edison (SCE) is requesting authorization
to begin cleanup of the fire destroyed Broadcast Circuit.  It will
be done in two phases - Phase 1 will be removing all the material
out there and Phase 2 will be the installation of the line.
  Right now we are looking at Phase 1.  Part of the request will
include using the two parking areas at the Mt. Wilson Pavilion for
staging etc. and helicopter access.  They will be flying material
out of the parking areas.
  So, consider this a headsup and also let me know if there are
any issues that may arise that could affect your operations on
Mt. Wilson/Mt. Disappointment.
  Michael J. McIntyre
  District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
  (818) 899-1900 ext. 223
  Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  REPAIRS ARE UNDERWAY AT KKZZ -- SEE CGC #985
  Chuck Hastings is continuing to work with Verizon ("telco")
to permanently resolve the 9 kHz spurs transmitted by KKZZ(AM).
The problem has been traced to a faulty (RF sensitive) telco
program line equalizer in the transmitter building, as aggravated
by an unbalanced telco line, and further aggravated by a
'compromised' (moisture sensitive) multi-pair telco cable.
  The 9 kHz problem was temporarily eliminated last Wednesday
by turning off the telco equalization switch which of course
negatively impacted KKZZ's frequency response.  By Thursday,
telco provided KKZZ with another line and claimed that the problem
was solved, but it was not completely solved.  The equalizer is
still RF sensitive.  So Chuck is holding telco's hands to the
fire and insisting that the equalizer be replaced with an RF-
immune unit.
  Following is a copy of a KKZZ RF spectrogram from 2007 showing
the 8.7 kHz spurs that were present and fixed at that time (the
station was known as KUNX then).  Telco did "something" to resolve
the problem -- we do not know just what was done.  It appears that
KUNX passed the Rule 73.44 mask test in 2007 but was wasting
considerable power by transmitting the useless spurs -- and that
is undoubtedly the reason the station wanted the problem fixed
muy pronto.
  This time around, KKZZ wants the problem solved once and for
all.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/KKZZ_sgraph.jpg
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  It looks like turning off an AM HD Radio sideband is
  a "top drawer" solution for eliminating adjacent channel
  interference as reported in CGC #981 and elaborated at the
  URL below (see page 1, the story entitled, "A Solution"):
  http://tinyurl.com/TurnOffOneHD
  o  Legendary radio station operator John Lynch (XX Sports
  Radio XEPRS-AM, the Walrus XHPRS-FM, and San Diego 1700 XEPE-AM)
  is adding three more Mexican radio stations to his stable --
  Magic 92.5 XHRM-FM, Z-90 XHTZ-FM, and 91X XETRA-FM:
  http://www.rbr.com/radio/radio_deals/19817.html
  o  A modest story about Smart Meter (power meter) hackers:
  http://tinyurl.com/SmartMeterHacker
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                  REGULAR LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  KSIQ(FM) MOVES TO CAMPO
  KSIQ(FM) pulled the plug in Brawley on Friday, January 8.
I have heard they are already on the air [in Campo].  They say
they will be on the air in San Diego next month.
  Annony-mouse, January 11, 2010
  [Editor's note:  On the surface, KSIQ's move to Campo,
  and via booster to San Miguel Mountain, look like an elegant
  engineering achievement and we congratulate Clarence Beverage
  on his ingenuity.  Nevertheless, San Diego broadcasters should
  keep a very close eye on the San Miguel installation that will
  undoubtedly be made by others.]
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  THANK YOU
  Thanks for the nice write up [in CGC #985 concerning my
clue as to the station causing the 1410 kHz heterodyne].  As
background information, I'm not an engineer of any kind, just
a DXer who was curious about why this was happening.
  Dennis Gibson, wb6tnb (at) cox.net
  January 12, 2010
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  THE OLD RF CURMUDGEON
  Your readers might like to visit the LBA news and commentary
blog "Hear no RF Evil" at the URL below for commentaries by the
"Old RF Curmudgeon" about TV and other spectrum issues.  The
anonymous and pithy Curmudgeon is a well known retired California
broadcast engineer of my long acquaintance!
  Lawrence Behr, January 11, 2010
  http://rfblog.lbagroup.com/
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  POTENTIAL SPECTRUM LOSS IS NOT LIKE THE RED-CAR DEMISE
  In CGC #983, Burt Weiner compared the potential loss of
TV broadcast spectrum to the demise of the Red-Car public
transportation system Los Angeles.  Now, reader K.M. Richards
<KMR (at) kmrichards.com> explains why this analogy breaks down:
  http://www.kmrichards.com/redcars.html
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  RE ELIMINATION OF PART 23
  An industry that literally dates back to Marconi no longer
exists.
  In FCC Report and Order IB Docket No. 05-216 adopted
January 6, 2010 and released January 14, 2010, the FCC has
eliminated the entire Part 23 of the Commmission's Rules governing
International Fixed Public Radiocommunication Services.
  The reason in the R&O is: "There were three IFPRS licenses
in the year 2000.  In the Part 23 Notice, the Commission observed
that one of those IFPRS licensees had ceased its operations
[Interisland Telephone Corporation].  Since the Part 23 Notice was
issued in 2005, the remaining two licensees have ceased their
IFPRS operations [AT&T of the Virgin Islands and Broadcast Media
Satellite, Inc.].  No other parties have applied for an IFPRS
license since 2000."
  Definitely a "use it or loose it" decision.
  So please observe a moment of silence for an industry that
has been eliminated from The Rules.
  Bill Ruck, ruck (at) lns.com
  Maritime Radio Historical Society
  Thu, 14 Jan 2010
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  BROADCAST STATION QSL CARDS
  Remember when stations would send a QSL card in exchange
for a reception report?  The National Radio Club has started to
post some cards from the collection of Ernie Cooper who lived
in Brooklyn, NY.  And he actually heard California stations
from the 30s to the 50s.
  Frederick Vobbe, W8HDU, w8hdu (at) hf-antenna.com
 
  http://www.nrcdxas.org  --  click on Pics/Media then QSLs
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Welcome to The Museum of Radio & Technology in
  Huntington, West Virginia.  This is quite a place:
  http://tinyurl.com/DandyMuseum
  http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~postr/MRT/index.htm
  o  Here are beautiful panoramic views taken in southern Utah
  using 360 degree photographic technology.  Click and use your
  mouse to move the picture around.  Three scenes are offered
  for your viewing pleasure:
  http://www.utah3d.net/SulpherCreek_swf.html
  http://www.utah3d.net/DoubleArch1_swf.html
  http://www.utah3d.net/PaysonC_swf.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPED-20071019AVN   NEW   171299   HOLY CROSS RADIO
             E     88.1 MHZ              MECCA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Dismissed by letter 1/6/2010 (47 CFR Section 73.515 violation)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20091216AFD   K238BB  85365   THE ASSOCIATION FOR
             E      95.5 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                       PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed acilities, callsign K238BB.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20100107ACV  KSIQ  63471  CCR-BRAWLEY IV, LLC
             E   96.1 MHZ           BRAWLEY, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20091217AFI  KSIQ-FM1  178665  CCR-BRAWLEY IV, LLC
                E     96.1 MHZ               SANTEE, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20100112ABV   KSON  30832   LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA
            E      97.3 MHZ         COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA
                                        SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  BXPH-20100112ABW   KIFM  34589   LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA
            E      98.1 MHZ         COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA
                                        SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20100105ABF  KCAQ-FM2  165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E    104.7 MHZ               SANTA SUSANA, 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
  LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLDTV-20100111AFH   K59CD  19656   KSBY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
              E      CHAN-10             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDISDTV-20061215AAN,
  callsign K59CD.
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BMXPCDT-20091123AHQ   KSCI  35608   KSLS, INC.
                 E    CHAN-18       LONG BEACH, CA
  Mod of CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
 BXPCDT-20091020ABO  KNBC  47906  NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE CO.
               E   CHAN-36             LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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