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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #999
                   Monday,  February 22, 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 ENFORCEMENT WATCH - REGIONAL ITEMS
  o  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
  o  Notice of Unlicensed Operation on 90.5 MHz issued to
  Javier Carballo of Yuma, AZ (check out the measured field
  strength!):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-296393A1.html
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  FCC ITEMS OF PERIPHERAL INTEREST TO BROADCAST ENGINEERS
  o  Here is a peek at what the FCC's National Broadband Plan may
  look like.  There are few technical specifics.  However, we are
  assured that Broadband, when used in conjunction with a Smart
  Electric Grid, "can reduce greenhouse gasses from generation
  by up to 12% by 2030."  Not necessarily so, says this IEEE
  article (2nd URL):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296357A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/BroadbandCounterpoint
  o  The FCC is proposing some important internal procedural
  rule changes.  Summary follows:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296364A1.doc
  o  The FCC will hold a workshop March 4 concerning the "future
  of media and the information needs of communities."  The work-
  shop will focus on commercial media and particularly on the
  state of local commercial broadcast TV and radio news and
  information, and on FCC policy in the era of media convergence.
  See the 2nd URL, "What government does worst" heading, for a
  cautionary note.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296254A1.doc
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/94904
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  LOCAL EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS OF INTEREST
  o  New experimental on 1227.6 and 1575.42 MHz using GPS
  re-radiator to test GPS equipment for pre-flight testing
  of avionics on unmanned combat air vehicles.
  Northrop Grumman.
  Fixed:  Palmdale (Los Angeles), CA
  o  New experimental to operate in 4600-4900 MHz and 4949-
  4990 MHz to demonstrate a reliable and easily deployed,
  network-based battlefield information sharing platform
  to government end-users.  Northrop Grumman.
  Fixed: Carson, CA; Reston, VA; San Diego, CA
  o  New experimental to operate on 1575 MHz to test a GPS
  reradiator.  On-Ramp Wireless.
  Fixed:  San Diego (San Diego), CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296260A1.doc
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                   INTRODUCING "TECH LETTERS"
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  POST YOUR LETTERS/THOUGHTS/IDEAS/BULLETINS ON "TECH LETTERS"
  Now there is a place to post your letters, bulletins,
announcements, etc. when the CGC Communicator no longer accepts
Letters to the Editor one week from now.  It's a new Web-based
publication called "Tech Letters."
  Tech Letters is the invention of Steve Blodgett.  Many of
you already know Steve -- he's an experienced broadcast engineer
who has been closely associated with the CGC Communicator for many
years and routinely does Web postings for us.
  The neat thing about Tech Letters is that it's easy-to-use.
You type your text into a message box and, after it is reviewed
by a moderator (Steve for now), it is posted on the Website for
all to view.  Follow the simple instructions and you are in
business.  Provisions are made for anonymous contributions
from responsible parties.
  The system is up and running now at the URL below.  This
week, you are invited to play with the system and post real
messages or test messages.  All tests will be erased on Sunday
night, Feb. 28, when CGC #1000 is published.  Then Tech Letters
starts over for real postings.
  Have questions or problems?  You may write Steve directly
at sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com.  We hope you enjoy the new
service, bookmark the URL and check in periodically:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  MT. WILSON WEATHER STATUS
  I just got off the webinar with the National Weather Service.
There will be three storm events starting Friday night [Feb. 19]
through the end of next week.  The second one will be coming in
on Sunday with Monday possibly wet.  The third storm at this time
doesn't have specifics except it will/could be the strongest of
the three and hit possibly after Wednesday.  The upcoming storm
could deliver up to 2 inches of rain to the foothills with the
potential for thunderstorms.
  The Forest [Service] is going to a Storm Warning Phase
effective now with the Arroyo Seco Watershed going to Storm Alert
(the highest level).
  What does this mean?
  Mt. Wilson should get all their needs and supplies in as soon
as possible.  There is no prediction on the road conditions during
or after these events, especially if we have three [storms] coming
in over the course of a week.
  Mt. Lukens - No change as we can't access the site via ground.
The rain could worsen or delay our access after the rain.
  [Info on non-radio sites omitted.  -Ed]
  Michael J. McIntyre
  District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
  (818) 899-1900 ext. 223
  Thursday, February 18, 2010, 3:59 PM PST
  Separate bulletin:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/ShowDoc1.pdf
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  LIMITED ROAD ACCESS CONCERNS MT. WILSON ENGINEERS
  The last big storm kept engineers in place on Mt. Wilson
for 11 days straight with the road gates locked by transportation
officials.  Some engineers came and went by helicopter -- weather
permitting -- to handle emergencies or other pressing needs.
  Even with the good weather last week, most people thought
the road to Mt. Wilson was closed when in fact it had opened
Tuesday at 5 PM according to Dennis Doty.  The opening was for
residents, not contractors, and Wilson's "resident engineers"
certainly qualify as residents in our opinion.
  Apparently a few engineers did not get word of the road
opening last Tuesday and wrote as follows on the Mt. Wilson
reflector:
  o  Question:  Is there another way to Wilson other than Red
Box Road.  "Isn't the "Toll Road" the old back road from Sierra
Madre and in reality a dirt road with closed gates along the way?"
Inferred answer: "Don't even think of using the Toll Road this
time of year."  - Wed, 17 Feb 2010
  o  "Is there some sort of dispute between Cal Trans and LA
DPW [Los Angeles Department of Public Works] that results in us
being prevented from accessing our sites other than via heli-
copter, hiking in, or perhaps mule train?"   - Wed, 17 Feb 2010
  o  "The mule train is certainly a most interesting proposal.
Maybe up the old Mt. Wilson Toll road?  Seriously though... we
need to be patient....  I see the dirt haulers [working on the
paved roads] every day, so there is work going on.  Dirt haulers
can move in and out much faster if they don't have to block lanes
to allow civilian traffic.  And there may be areas that are just
not safe yet....  We must NOT do what some people did earlier,
which is go around the system....  When we saw the Station Fire,
we all knew this was coming [rock and mud slides].  Now that it
is here, we need to take a few deep breaths now and then."
- Wed, 17 Feb 2010
  [Editor's note:  The road to Wilson was shut Friday, Feb. 19,
at noon in anticipation of the next storm.  Engineers who did
not make the noon deadline were reportedly denied access.  By
surprise, the gates were unlocked Saturday afternoon "but could
be relocked anytime with the next incoming storm."  Trouble is,
we aren't quite sure who is controlling the gates.]
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  THE NEW MT. WILSON WEATHER STATION
  Dennis Doty has activated his automatic weather station
at a transmitter site on Mt. Wilson.  It's a Davis Vantage Vue
system.  See the results at the URL below.  Everything is working
except the camera and that should be online in a couple of weeks.
  Dennis says the system is officially in test mode now and
other upgrades are expected shortly.
  Thank you Dennis!
  http://weather.mtwilson.net/
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LA MESA SPRING VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE
  CGC #998 carried a story entitled, "450 MHz Interference
Nails Metro Traffic in San Diego."  Apparently the La Mesa Spring
Valley Unified School District pressed some hand-held radios into
service on the wrong frequency -- without an FCC authorization or
prior frequency coordination -- and that action jammed Metro
Traffic's helicopter traffic reporting channel.  Here is Part
Two to that story.
  The La Mesa Spring Valley Unified School District has
just filed with the FCC for authorization to use 25 separate
450-460 MHz frequencies (ULS application #0004130287).
  To see the first 20 frequencies, click on the URL below.
Click on "Next>>" near page bottom to see the remaining
frequencies.  Click on the other tabs (e.g. "Main") to find
out more about this application.
  http://tinyurl.com/LMSVfreqList
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  RANDOM NOTES
  o  Canadian Association of Broadcasters to shut down June 1:
  http://tinyurl.com/CABshutdown
  o  Mobile DTV will be "game changer" for local broadcast TV:
  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/15/business/media/15mobile.html?hpw
  o  Sezmi, a low-cost rival to satellite and cable TV, should
  have launched its service in Los Angeles last week:
  http://tinyurl.com/Sezmi
  o  National EAS Summit starts February 28:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/94944
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  PANDORA
  Pandora has Bob Struble of iBiquity concerned enough to
write about it.  He advocates that radio get busy by "creating
compelling programming, addressing the local audience and
promoting their product like crazy."  Sounds like great advice
to us.  We've heard it many times before from other sources.
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/94952
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  NEW NAB SHOW FEATURE: "DESTINATION BROADBAND"
  The 2010 NAB Show will debut Destination Broadband, a
new exhibit area focusing on advances and applications for
broadband technology, April 12-15 in Las Vegas.  Destination
Broadband, featuring more than 50 leading-edge companies and
a presentation theater, will examine the entire online video
broadband experience from back end infrastructure to new
technologies for the home.
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  WORLDBEAT:  NEW DRM DISCO STATION ON SHORTWAVE
  If you think that shortwave is a dead medium for entertainment,
then you may be surprised to learn about a Miami-based disco music
station that can now be heard across North America and Europe. The
Disco Palace is using Digital Radio Mondiale or D-R-M technology
to broadcast high-quality music programs on shortwave.
  Programming for The Disco Palace consists of disco music
from the 1970s and 1980s or music closely related to disco.
North American broadcasts originate on 17.755 MHz from French
Guiana.  European transmissions are on 6.015 MHz from France.
Transmission services are being provided by Digital Radio
Mondiale pioneer TDF of France.  (DRM Info)
  Amateur Radio Newsline, February 19, 2010
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  EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  NEW 100 GHZ TRANSISTOR ANNOUNCED
  Researchers at IBM have demonstrated a graphene-based
RF transistor with a high frequency cut-off of 100 Gigahertz.
This new top frequency record was achieved using wafer-scale
processing technology comparable to that used in the fabrication
of advanced silicon devices.
  For those who have never heard the term, graphene is described
as a single atom-thick layer of carbon atoms bonded in a hexagonal
honeycomb-like arrangement.  This two-dimensional form of carbon
has unique electrical, optical, mechanical and thermal properties
and its technological applications are being explored intensely.
  The development of this new 100 GHz transistor is considered
a milestone for the use of Carbon Electronics for RF Applications.
The development of this new transistor was recently made public
in a paper published in the magazine Science.
  Amateur Radio Newsline, February 19, 2010
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  ON THE GRANTED POWER HIKE FOR FM HD RADIO
  An anonymous Letter to the Editor in CGC #998 critical of
the FM HD power hike has drawn a response from Paul McLane, Editor
in Chief/U.S. of Radio World.  Paul's response is posted here:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/McLane_HD.htm
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  ANOTHER VIEW OF THE FM HD POWER HIKE
  I'm always amazed by the fact that station owners try to
solve a content problem with a technology solution....  The
reason I don't listen to ANY of my local [radio] stations is not
because they're not digital.  It's because they fail to serve
my needs.  Digital radio is noise pollution with no solution.
  Frederick Vobbe, W8HDU, w8hdu (at) wlio.com
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  ON THE WILSON TOLL ROAD & THE 455 MHZ SAN DIEGO JAMMER
  I have comments on two items this week.  I am with the
Sheriff's rescue team in Altadena and tried to drive the Toll
Road [heading up to Mt. Wilson] last week to check it out since
it is a main artery in our area.  There was a slide right near
the bottom that blocked my path.
  On the interference problems with people popping up on
Broadcast Auxiliary channels, we had that problem too.  We started
hearing a local car dealer on one of our channels.  After speaking
with them and explaining the problem, they stopped using the
channel.  I suggested that they contact their radio provider,
find correct frequencies and get licenses to prevent the FCC from
fining them.  They were very receptive to stopping but there seems
to be a few two-way radio shops out there just putting people on
random frequencies.
  Chuck Rozner, KTTV/KCOP
  Chuck.Rozner (at) FOXTV.COM
  February 15, 2010
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  THANK YOU
  Thanks for all your time spent working on the Communicator.
It is very informative and I like the "off-topic" links.  The
FCC files remind me that we broadcasters need to be ever-vigilant
of the responsibilities involved with the Rules and Regulations
of running a clean, legal facility.  Radio and television
engineers are often so focused within a bubble, so it is
refreshing to get your newsletter about important FCC documents
and comments concerning SBE groups.
  And you really deserve a Pulitzer for your articles about the
fire and rain on Mt. Wilson.
  Dwight Morgan, C.E.
  Entravision Radio, Phoenix
  dwightm1 (at) hotmail.com
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  REMINDER:  FINAL WEEK FOR LETTER TO THE EDITOR
  This coming week will be the final week for Letters to the
Editor of the CGC Communicator -- at least for 2010.  Thanks
to each and every one of you for writing and sending us so many
terrific story ideas and insights.
  We hope you will continue to contribute by posting your
thoughts on "Tech Letters."  This new service holds the potential
to disseminate information far faster than ever before IF you
remember to view it periodically.  We are fortunate to have Steve
Blodgett as the moderator.
  Once again, here is the Web address for Tech Letters.
Hope to see you there.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  When driving on mountain roads, beware of unseen gates --
even if the gates are open but hidden from view just around
the next big bush.  Yikes!
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Gate_Warning.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMITS GRANTED
  The FCC has granted cross-border program permits to the
following stations, subject to conditions: XETRA-FM, 91.1 MHz;
XHITZ-FM, 90.3 MHz and XHRM-FM, 92.5 MHz:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296336A1.pdf
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20100205ABS   KSSB   52469   LAZER LICENSES, LLC
           E      96.3 MHZ            CALIPATRIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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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.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/01/2010
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20100205ACH   KQIE   67354    LC MEDIA LP
           E      104.7 MHZ          REDLANDS, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  MODIFICATION OF LICENSE ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20100205ABN   KPWR   35498   EMMIS RADIO LICENSE, LLC
           E      105.9 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to modify.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT GRANTED
  BDFCDTL-20100127ABU  KIMG-LD 12732  KVMD LICENSEE CO., L.L.C.
                 E     CHAN-23              VENTURA, CA
  Minor change of callsign KIMG-LP.
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