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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #995
                    Monday, February 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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  COMMENT FROM AN FCC INSPECTOR + EDITORIAL
  Re the CGC #993 story applauding the FCC for taking field
strength measurements on an AM pirate station, an FCC inspector
advises our consulting office that the Commission always takes
field strength measurements on suspected pirates, both AM and FM.
  The problem, as we (CGC) see it, is that field strength
measurements are not always controlling in AM cases because FCC
Part 15 rules give unlicensed AM operators a few outs.
  As the CGC Communicator has editorialized before, it would
help if the broadcast industry petitioned the FCC to make field
strength measurements THE controlling factor for ALL unlicensed
AM stations -- just as they are in unlicensed FM cases.
  In particular, we would like to see the 100 milliwatt +
certification rule for unlicensed AMs replaced with a field
strength + certification equivalent.
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  On the passing of former FCC Commissioner James H. Quello:
  http://tinyurl.com/QuelloRemembered
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295898A1.doc
  o  Re: Part 15 auditory assistance devices which operate
  in the 72-76 MHz and 902-928 MHz bands:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-129A1.doc
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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  A SLICE OF BROADCAST ENGINEERING LIFE ON MT. WILSON
  Deborah McAdams, Senior Editor at TV Technology/Television
Broadcast, has spent a day with broadcast engineers on Mt.
Wilson and has come back with a fascinating story and photos.
Find out about the MacGyvers who run this magical place:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/93554
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  ORGANIZED CONVOYS RESTORE ACCESS TO WILSON -- FOR NOW
  The road up to Mt. Wilson is currently closed to the
public, but an official convoy has been established for mountain
workers with credentials.  One of the Wilson regulars writes:
  "I spoke to Jeff with L A County (he answered Mark Caddicks
line).  He stated that the [convoy] schedule is firm every work
week day (Monday- Friday) at 7:30am to go up, and 2:30pm on
the return.
  "Also, no call needs to be made to save a spot.  Just show
up at the assigned time and have proper credentials if asked.
The county guy never asked for mine but I have [them] just
in case."
  January 27, 2010
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  THE DENNIS DOTY REPORT
  I'm back on Wilson for a few days.  It is pretty quiet,
status is "normal," organized convoys are being used to escort
workers to and from Wilson and the weather is good -- highs
around 50 and lows just above freezing.
  I am looking at installing a weather system on Mt. Wilson
like the one I have at home (URLs below).  The only difference
is that I would be installing a camera that would appear in the
window that has a static picture on it now.  The camera will
display a one hour time lapse in the main window and have links
to the sunrise movie, sunset movie and a 24 hour movie daily.
  I am looking for some sponsors for the cost of setting it
up.  The system will update a main server that I have in my
downtown LA datacenter; that way, we do not have issues with
too many visitors crashing the system.
  Any thoughts or ideas from Communicator readers?  Let me
  know.
  Dennis Doty, dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  Main site:
  http://palmdale.weather.westcoasthosting.net
  Flash Summary page:
  http://palmdale.weather.westcoasthosting.net/wdl
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  SNOW IMPACTS SANTIAGO PEAK
  Mt. Wilson wasn't the only southern California broadcast
site to be impacted by a little snow recently.  Palomar Mountain
(KRTM-FM) and Santiago Peak (KWVE-FM) also got a dusting.
  Following is a photo set provided by Marcos O'Rourke of
KWVE Engineering showing his recent foray up Santiago.  Click
for enlargements.  The slide show feature hangs at the movie
on some browsers, so beware.
  Mr. O'Rourke writes, "I was able to get up to Santiago Peak
yesterday [January 25, 2010]....  It took us 6 hours to ascend
[the Maple Springs route] as the road had five downed trees.  We
ended up following a ranger the whole way (came upon him as he
was inspecting a partial wash out) and we helped cut the trees
out of the way."
  KWVE lost commercial power during the recent storm, so this
was a trip to refuel the power generator.  Thanks to Mr. O'Rourke
for allowing us to share these photos with you.
  http://tinyurl.com/SantiagoSnow
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TOWER SNAPS IN HALF AT KWRM(AM)
  KWRM(AM), Corona, lost one of its five 200' towers during
the storm on January 19, 2010.  The tower essentially snapped
in half.  Their STA request (now granted) is posted at the
following URL; "Exhibit 16" at page bottom is particularly
interesting:
  http://tinyurl.com/KWRMsta
  Would anyone care to post a Web photo and give the reason
for the tower's demise?  Hopefully repairs will be completed
soon.
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  NOTES FROM ALL OVER
  o  Feds plan first nationwide EAS test:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/93312
  o  Satellite pirate ordered to pay $51 million:
  http://www.rbr.com/tv-cable/19881.html
  o  House bill calls for spectrum inventory and
  reallocation plan:
  http://tvtechnology.com/article/93820
  o  From The Leslie Report: "Jake Sigal, founder and CEO of
  Myine Electronics, told me at the recent CES convention that
  he designed his new "commercial-free" FM radio with his
  parents in mind...."
  http://radioworld.com/article/93834
  o  If you tell the FCC that your new facility exceeds the
  RFR standards, don't be surprised if Program Test Authority
  is denied:
  http://tinyurl.com/RFRcaper

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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  CONCERNING KCOP, VIRTUAL CH-13, LOS ANGELES, THAT IS
  APPARENTLY TRANSMITTING VIRTUAL CH-11.2
  A Washington, D.C. source writes:
  "It appears that 11.2 is being transmitted by KCOP.  This
virtual channelization is supported by PSIP.  However, there are
FCC rules on channel labeling that are inconsistent with the PSIP
design that are confusing (under formal reconsideration for some
time now) and could be read to indicate this labeling is required.
I would like to get the details to make a "Federal" case out of
it."
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  From John Willkie, johnwillkie (at) etherguidesystems.com:
  I can't speak directly to the KCOP/KTTV situation, but there
is at least one aspect of the PSIP standard that sometimes causes
confusion, particularly, I am told, by some folks in the Los
Angeles broadcast community.
  ATSC A/65 (the PSIP standard) includes a normative Annex B
"Additional Constraints on Virtual Channel Table For the U.S."
It includes rules for using the Major Channel number (KCOP 13,
KTTV 11) and includes mandatory (shall) and optional (may)
provisions.
  "5) If a broadcaster owns or controls broadcast licenses for
two or more different RF channels having overlapping service areas,
he may use a common major_channel_number for all services on all
channels.  He may choose the major_channel_number as determined
above for any one of the RF channels."
  Another confusing, but permitted aspect: Virtual Channel Table
entries can include entries for virtual channels in other RF
channels, and can even reference information in the other
station's PSIP.
  How this is all rendered is up to the television set.  With a
transport stream capture, I could even decipher the situation.
  ______
  And from Dan Ramos, dr2500 (at) verizon.net, Jan 29, 2010:
  Recently, I told you of my experience receiving a new sub-
channel of KTTV, 11.2.  I wish to inform you the ID block "KCOP
13.2 Los Angeles" has been removed.  11.2 now copies the HD
broadcast of 11.1,  but in standard digital.  The FOX11 logo
now appears in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
I noticed this yesterday while watching "Bones" and Fringe."
Hope this info helps.
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  Finally, these notes from other readers:
  o  The 11.2 subchannel is indeed coming from KCOP, to provide
  service for those viewers who can receive KCOP but not KTTV.
  o  The KTTV-KCOP situation is just the tip of the iceberg.
  Watch for copy cats soon.
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  [Because PSIP issues have little to do with RF matters
  normally covered by this newsletter, please keep any replies
  on this subject brief.   -Ed.]
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  EAS CONSIDERATIONS FOR KSIQ-FM
  Question:  How should KSIQ-FM handle EAS?  They have moved
to Campo, but there is hardly anyone there to listen to them.
The real audience will be in south San Diego via their booster.
  Answer:  It looks like Campo is right on the border of San
Diego's operational area and based on your email and the location
of KSIQ-FM listeners, I believe they should monitor KOGO as their
primary.  They have a choice of either KLSD or NOAA Weather Radio
as their second monitoring assignment.  NWS is probably a better
choice for their second monitoring assignment due to coverage
and most activations being weather related.
  I have attached a copy of the local plan.  The monitoring
assignments are in section 1.4 of the plan on page CA-SDO No. 1.
  There is a map of the operational area on page 3 of the plan.
  To keep the station in compliance with EAS rules at the FCC,
[KSIQ] should probably run this past June Gonzales at the FCC
but I believe she will concur.
  Oscar Medina, Chair
  San Diego LECC EAS
  (858) 274-0665
  [Only those with a need to know will be issued a copy of
  San Diego's EAS plan.  Requests can be made at the San Diego
  EAS website <http://emergencyalertsystem.org>.   -Ed.]
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  BRIEF NOTES FROM READERS
  o  While KRTM was off the air for a few days, their Mt.
  Woodson translator [96.9 MHz] was heard rebroadcasting KTLW
  out of Lancaster.
  o  The City of San Diego is poised to effectively restrict
  Amateur Radio towers -- and just Amateur towers -- to a height
  of 30 feet:
  http://rfblog.lbagroup.com/
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Liquid antennas are a novel invention and may have
  practical applications as strain gauges, among other things:
  http://tinyurl.com/LiquidAntennas
  o  This is a nicely produced time lapse of the raising of
  the ill-fated US Air A320 out of the Hudson River (5 minutes):
  http://vimeo.com/7688147
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  A BEAUTIFUL PHOTO
  For your viewing pleasure, here is a screen shot from the
Mt. Wilson Webcam immediately after the first good storm hit the
mountain this winter.  In the foreground is the dome of the 100"
telescope.  The cam is apparently pointed NNE.  The Mt. Wilson
broadcast towers would be to the left and well outside the
field of view.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/towercamSnow.jpg
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BML-20091030AIG  KCBQ  13509  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
          P      1170 KHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to modify.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KWIE(FM), Ontario, to KDEY-FM
  KIST-FM, Santa Barbara, to KQIE
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295973A1.txt
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  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)
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 01/19/2010 by Holy Cross
  Radio
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPED-20100125ABE   KSGN   35600   GOOD NEWS RADIO
             E      89.7 MHZ          RIVERSIDE, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20100125ABA   KSGN   35600   GOOD NEWS RADIO
            E      89.7 MHZ          RIVERSIDE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  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 STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY APPLICATION FOR REVIEW
  BPH-20071128ACX   KDES-FM   67354   R & R RADIO CORPORATION
            E      104.7 MHZ               REDLANDS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Informal Objection filed by SBR is denied by letter 11/7/2008
  Editor's note: Considerable intervening verbage has been
  deleted to save space.  Then concluding sentence is this:
  Application for Review Dismissed 1/20/2010 per Gold Coast
  Broadcasting LLC's request - no letter sent.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20100122ABN KROQ-FM1 180881 CBS RADIO INC. OF LOS ANGELES
            E      106.7 MHZ              SANTA CLARITA, CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDVL-20100125ABF   NEW  184174   KENNETH FULLAM
               E      CHAN-4      WEST LOS ANGELES, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for WEST LOS ANGELES, CA
  on channel 4
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  BNPDVL-20100125ACI   NEW  184178   KENNETH FULLAM
               E      CHAN-4        NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  on channel 4
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLDTV-20100111AFH   K10PV-D  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 TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL COMPANION CHANNEL DISMISSED
  BDCCDTL-20061030ASO KNET-LD 167307 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
               E      CHAN-22             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Digital Companion Channel Construction Permit request for
  facility id no.: 3167.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/20/2007
  Petition to Dismiss Filed 12/14/2007 by NBC Telemundo License Co.
  Opposition Filed 12/10/2008 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
  Supplement Filed 12/18/2008 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT DISMISSED
  BDFCDTL-20081021ABD  DKHIR-LP  130855   KHIR TV, INC.
               E       CHAN-22           TWIN PEAKS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KHIR-LP.
  Informal Objection Filed 11/14/2008 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES....
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20081231AAB   DKHIR-LP  130855   KHIR TV, INC.
               E      CHAN-22           TWIN PEAKS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KHIR-LP.
  Petition to Deny Filed 01/29/2009 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP.
  Opposition Filed 01/29/2009 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DISPLACEMENT DISMISSED
  BDISDTL-20090114ABN KILA-LP 129642 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
               E      CHAN-24             CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Minor change of callsign KILA-LP.
  Informal Objection Filed 02/04/2009 by ROY WILLIAM MAYHUGH
  Opposition Filed 03/25/2009 by VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
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