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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #997
                   Monday, February 8, 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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  EXTENSION OF TIME
  An extension of time has been granted for commenting on
certain issues related to unlicensed operations in the TV
broadcast bands + additional spectrum for unlicensed devices
below 900 MHz and in the 3 GHz band.
  The time period for filing comments in this proceeding is
extended to February 9, 2010, and the time period for filing
reply comments is extended to February 24, 2010.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-215A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The FCC has issued an Erratum concerning the FM
  IBOC (HD Radio) power increase mentioned in CGC #994:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296115A1.doc
  o  FCC adopts Order to promote "Native American Radio" and
  streamline broadcast radio assignment and allotment procedures:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296163A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/IndianPref
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH
  o  International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (dba
  KFSG-FM), Los Angeles, tentatively fined $10,000 for tower
  light violations:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-296092A1.html
  o  Cerritos Ford, Cerritos, tentatively fined $4,000 for
  using a voice frequency (467.675 MHz) that the dealership
  was not authorized to use:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-296091A1.html
  o  WSKQ-FM, New York, tentatively fined $16,000 for
  broadcasting a telephone conversation without giving PRIOR
  notice to the party recorded.  The real concern, however, was
  that the person called was told that her husband had just died,
  which was not true, all to elicit a highly emotional response
  -- a genuinely disgusting and distasteful radio prank:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-234A1.doc
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  MT. WILSON NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Mountain road washouts are a big concern, closing some
  roads and making access to Mt. Wilson that much more difficult
  (photos & story):
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/SR2_closed.html
  o  Down at the base of Mt. Wilson, a royal mess as mud
  sweeps cars away and enters a number of homes -- hundreds
  asked to evacuate:
  http://tinyurl.com/MudInvasion
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  THE VIEW FROM THE TOP
  We up here on Mt. Wilson are on the tail end of this storm
according to the National Weather Service.  Unfortunately, the
storm caused more damage than expected down on the flatlands
[see URL above].
  On Mt. Wilson itself, our one-and-only paved access road,
Red Box Road, has had a number of slides and there are large
rocks blocking vehicular access.  Down lower on the mountain,
where Red Box tees into Angeles Crest Highway, Angeles Crest
north/east to Upper Big Tujunga ("Upper Big T") also had a number
of slides, so access is blocked there too.  Upper Big T itself
is not as bad but needs some clean up work according to LA County
Public Works (who provides most of my road information).
  All and all, Mt. Wilson came out okay for this storm with
just a few little issues, like not being able to get up and down
the hill.
  For this storm, I recorded about 3" of rain and at one point
the rain rate was in excess of 5" per hour (at least it did not
continue for an hour!).  No snow to speak of.  In fact, most of
the snow from the last storm is gone thanks to the rain.  Our
commercial (SCE) power was very stable this time around.
  I am told and just confirmed that the first escort to Wilson
will be Monday at 7:30 AM.  For those with the necessary paperwork
and a need to come up, meet at the Aliso Canyon Gate as before.
I assume the return will be around 2 PM as before.  Keep in mind
the trip up and/or the return trip can be canceled at any time due
to more slides and the ever-changing conditions up here, so make
sure you are prepared to stay if something happens.
  The next storm, not a big one by all accounts, is predicted
to arrive Monday night and may bring a little snow.
  Dennis Doty, DennisR.Doty (at) nbcuni.com
  Sunday, February 7, 2010, 3:37 PM
  P.S.  My new AT&T DSL circuit (2+ megs down and 356K up)
here on Mt. Wilson works great and is nice to have compared to
the old Hughes Net Satellite service I had been paying way too
much for.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETS TUESDAY NIGHT
  The next Los Angeles Society of Broadcast Engineers meeting
is Tuesday, February 9.  It's a dinner meeting on IP Technology
presented by Mike Uhl from Telos-Omnia-Axia.  Details here:
  http://www.sbe47.org/FebMeeting.htm
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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETS WEDNESDAY NEXT
  The San Diego SBE is scheduled to meet on February 17
at Western Radio.  Topic: "Your Future with Wireless Mics."
Lunch is provided by Shure Audio:
  http://tinyurl.com/MicsWireless
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  President Obama proposes "spectrum fee" to serve
  as a "management tool:"
  http://tinyurl.com/SpectrumFee
  o  Emergency alerts on video games next?
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/94028
  o  On the shutdown of the LORAN navigation network:
  http://tinyurl.com/LoranDemise
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  FIELD STRENGTH LIMITS IMPORTANT FOR ALL UNLICENSED DEVICES
  I believe field strength limits should be imposed on ALL
unlicensed devices, not just on license-free AM stations as
suggested in CGC #995.
  With the proliferation of various wireless devices, some
users employ ways to "help" their signals.   For example, in a
residential area, why can a 900 MHz wireless base telephone be
heard 3/4 mile away?  Why can a neighbor's XM unit be heard 800
feet away?  Or a 2.4 GHz wireless router received 1,200 feet
away?  And should unintentional interference from malfunctioning
devices be treated the same?
  Fred Vobbe, W8HDU
  VP/CE WLIO, WOHL, WLQP, WLMO, WFND
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  PHOTOS OF THE KWRM TOWER THAT SNAPPED IN HALF
  Photographs of the tower that snapped in half at KWRM(AM),
Corona, CA have been made available thanks to Dick Vosper.
  Did rust or other corrosion at a guy anchor point cause an
anchor to fail?  Not so, says Dick, although that mode of failure
has toppled a number of other towers.  (Guy anchors need to be
checked every so often by digging down a bit wherever anchor rods
disappear into soil.  Contact a tower expert if significant
corrosion is found.)
  What we know so far is that high winds were involved in
the KWRM tower catastrophe.  One person speculates that a gust
in excess of 100 MPH (during the tornado watch) was involved
since the KWRM towers have withstood very high winds in the past.
We hope to bring you the exact failure mechanism at KWRM once
the station's own investigation is complete.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/KWRN_tower_down.html
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  RADIO AND TV DX CLUBS
  ...here is some info on TV & Radio DX clubs:
  o  AM Radio DX Club, National Radio Club:
     http://www.nrcdxas.org/
  o  TV-FM DX Club, Worldwide TV-FM DX Association:
     http://www.wtfda.org/
  If any readers of your newsletter would like further
  info, they should contact the clubs directly.
  Al
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  The flying lawn mower:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Flyinglawnmower.wmv
  o  Desktop manufacturing: Be sure to check out the video
  associated with this story:
  http://tinyurl.com/DesktopMfrg
  o  Respect the Engineer (sign posted at a Clear Channel
  facility in San Diego):
  http://tinyurl.com/EngineersSign
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPED-20100125ABE   KSGN  35600   GOOD NEWS RADIO
            E       89.7 MHZ         RIVERSIDE, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20100129AAY   KAMP-FM  25075   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
             E      97.1 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BXPH-20100129AAY   KAMP-FM  25075   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
             E      97.1 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/01/2010
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20100129AAY   KAMP-FM  25075   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
             E       97.1 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BPH-20090710ASO   KSBL  35592   RINCON BROADCASTING LS LLC
          E      101.5 MHZ             CARPINTERIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Published in the Federal Register 8/14/2009
  Dismissed via Public Notice with no letter sent pursuant to
  47 CFR Section 73.3517(e) 2/1/2010
  (Contingent application BPH-20090710ASB dismissed 2/1/2010)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BPH-20090710ASH   KFYV  7744   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
          E      105.5 MHZ               OJAI, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Published in the Federal Register 8/14/2009
  Dismissed via Public Notice with no letter sent pursuant to
  47 CFR Section 73.3517(e) 2/1/2010
  (Contingent application BPH-20090710ASB dismissed 2/1/2010)
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  107.5 MHZ -- KHHS-LP REQUESTS STA TO GO SILENT
  KHHS-LP, San Diego, operates on 107.5 MHz; so does super-
powered KLVE in Los Angeles, and KLVE delivers a whopping signal
into the San Diego area.  Now KHHS writes as follows to the FCC:
  "KHHS-LP suffers from severe co-channel interference from
KLVE-FM in Los Angeles such that a new frequency and transmitter
site must be specified.  That process will take several months
at a minimum.  A six-month silence STA is needed and requested
for this reason."  This quoted text is from Exhibit 1 at the
bottom of this page:
  http://tinyurl.com/KHHS-LP-Goes-Dark
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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-20100127ADG   NEW  184226   KENNETH FULLAM
              E      CHAN-4        NORTH SAN DIEGO, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for NORTH SAN DIEGO, CA
  on channel 4
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISTVL-20081219AEJ   K07ZF  59115   BROADCAST GROUP LTD.
                 E      CHAN-7             CALEXICO, CA
  Minor change of callsign K36FO.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/23/2008
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/27/2009
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISTVL-20091009AEI   K12QV  125257   IGLESIA JESUCHRISTO
                E      CHAN-12          ES MI REFUGIO, INC.
                                         BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change of callsign K20IU.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20070604ABN  KVYE-DT  36170   ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
              E      CHAN-22               EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19991029ACL,
  callsign KVYE.
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/09/2007
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTL-20100127ABU   KIMG-LP  12732   KVMD LICENSEE CO., L.L.C.
                 E      CHAN-23                VENTURA, CA
  Minor change of callsign KIMG-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISDTL-20081022ABW   KSMV-LD  14002    KJLA, LLC
                 E      CHAN-23        LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSMV-LP.
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 04/02/2009 by KJLA, LLC
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/02/2009
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/05/2009
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/24/2009
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/10/2009
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/13/2009
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/12/2009
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/27/2009
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISDTL-20090609ACJ K50LL-D 56830  INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
               E      CHAN-50               NETWORK, INC.
                                         NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change of callsign K61GH.
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