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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #509
                    Wednesday, April 17, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  BIRD KILLS, AND OTHER INCENDIARY MATTERS
  According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ("FWS"),
communications towers are estimated to kill 4-5 million birds
per year, which FWS believes violates the spirit and the intent
of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, among other things.  There
is no refuge in the estimates that 67 million birds are killed
each year by pesticides, or a billion by house cats.
  Fortunately, an organization - The National Antenna Consortium
("NAC") - has been formed to help communications companies deal
with bird kills and other vexing issues associated with tower
construction.  Speakers at the NAB convention discussing NAC
included Andrew Skotdal of KRKO Radio (425-304-1381), Barry
Umansky, Esq. (202-263-4128) and Fred Hopengarten, Esq. (K1VR).
  http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/
  Click on the button labeled "Issues,"
  then click on "Service Guidance on the Siting, Construction,
  Operation and Decommissioning of Communications Towers."
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  XM & SIRIUS CONCERNED ABOUT OUT-OF-BAND EMISSIONS
  The nation's two satellite digital audio radio service
("SDARS") providers, XM and Sirius, are concerned that out-of-
band emissions from a variety of wireless devices will eventually
cause widespread interference to their program services.  Singled
out as potential culprits are license-free Part 15 and 18 devices
such as ISM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, home RF (collectively
"wireless devices"), RF lighting, ultra-wideband devices and even
Family Radio Service transmitters (whose fifth harmonics from
Channels 8-14 fall within XM's, but not Sirius's, licensed
frequency band).
  ET Docket 01-278, RM-9375 and RM-10051.
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  FCC TO CONSIDER RULES FOR A NEW SERVICE CAPABLE OF
  PROVIDING BROADBAND ACCESS TO THE INTERNET VIA SATELLITE
  At this Thursday's meeting, the FCC Commissioners will consider
issuing a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rule-
making to implement sharing among multiple licensees in a new
service capable of providing broadband access to the Internet
over satellite facilities (non-geostationary orbits, Ku-band).
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-221568A1.doc
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  FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The FCC has fined SBC Communications, Inc. $100,000 for
violating an Enforcement Bureau order directing the company
to provide sworn verification of the truth and accuracy of its
answers to a Bureau letter of inquiry.  The Commission reiterated
that "a licensee cannot ignore a Commission order [to provide
such verification] simply because it believes such order to be
unlawful."
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-221615A1.doc
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  FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM #2
  An investigation by the FCC has led to the arrest of one
Mr. Paul Dorleans for operating a pirate FM station on 87.9 MHz
in Brooklyn, NY.  Prior FCC enforcement actions had failed to
deter Mr. Dorleans' unlicensed behavior.  His radio equipment
had even been seized on one previous occasion.
  This year, investigation of unlicensed broadcast operations
by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau has resulted in the shutdown of
over 20 unlicensed stations.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-221621A1.doc
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  MARLENE H. DORTCH NAMED SECRETARY
  Marlene H. Dortch has been named Secretary of the FCC
effective Thursday, April 18, 2002.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-221642A1.doc
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  AUCTION OF LICENSES IN THE 747-762 and 777-792 MHZ BANDS
  (TV CHANNELS 59-62 AND 65-67) SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 19, 2002
  A pre-auction seminar is scheduled for April 30, 2002.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-866A1.doc
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  RE THE PHRASE "IBAC"
  That was an excellent summary of DAB developments in your
latest issue....  I've been trying to get folks to recognize
it's not IBOC for some time, mostly in vain.  [It is "IBAC,"
as mentioned in your articles, not "IBOC" as widely publicized.]
  Mike Starling, National Public Radio
  [Mike is Director of Engineering & Operations for NPR.  -Ed.]
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  DTV IMPROVEMENTS DEMONSTRATED
  When the ATSC COFDM tests were done in Brazil, they came up
with some profiles of really terrible multipath.  Neither ATSC
nor COFDM would work in some of those profiles.  At NAB, Richard
Cita, formerly with Zenith, demonstrated his "Linx" receiver.
The Linx was tested at the CRC Labs in Ottawa by Dr. Yiyan Wu
using the Brazilian profiles.  It worked.  The results are
available at <http://www.crc.ca/dtv>.
  In the Axcera booth during NAB, the receiver was used with a
signal that had 5 deep notches in it.  Richard is interested in
licensing manufacturers to use his design.
  Meanwhile, over at the Hilton, Zenith had a suite where
they were demonstrating EVSB, which is an enhanced coding scheme.
They showed it using new receivers as well as legacy receivers.
There had been some concern that improvements would obsolete all
existing receivers.  This demo relieved that concern.
  Roy Trumbull
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  BROADCAST PHOTO TOUR TURNS TO LAS VEGAS
  Thanks for the tip on [Scott Fybush's tower/studio photos
posted at <http://www.fybush.com/featuredsite.html>].  What
memories!  I can't wait for his San Diego report.
  Russ Jackson
  [Scott's photographic tour turns its attention to Las Vegas
  until April 17, same URL.  Then it jumps to Bangor, Maine. -Ed.]
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  THANK YOU
  Haven't had occasion to write in a long time, but let me
say THANKS for the Communicator.... as an information tool for
California broadcast engineers, it is incredibly valuable,
verging on indispensable.
  Terry Green
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FM IBAC CLARIFICATION
  In the last CGC Communicator and the story entitled, "The
Interference Concern," we proposed a hypothetical situation
whereby a grandfathered grossly superpowered FM station on Mt.
Wilson could cause interference to the Temecula reception of a
first adjacent channel station.  We were referring to ANALOG
reception in Temecula, not digital IBAC reception.
  It may be many years before a substantial number of IBAC
receivers are available; in the mean time, analog reception must
be protected.  Interference to Temecula is but one example of
interference which could occur - and should be tested in the
field.
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  SUGGESTED OUTSIDE READING ON THE IBAC SITUATION
  http://www.imaspub.com/nabdaily/monday/am_iboc.shtml
  http://www.imaspub.com/nabdaily/tue-am/dig_radio.shtml
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  VINTAGE VIDEO EQUIPMENT DISPLAYED AT THE NAB
  One of the most compelling showings at this year's NAB
convention was Chuck Pharis' display of vintage video cameras
and related equipment.  Everything from the famous behemoth
RCA TK-41C color camera down to an Ampex 600 reel-to-reel audio
recorder were prominently displayed and explained by the people
who actually used the equipment years ago.  One visiting
engineer explained that when his station received a 3:1 zoom
lens, the staff thought they had died and gone to heaven!
Chuck resides in Sylmar, CA and is looking for more relics
<chuck@pharis-video.com>.  Pictures of his display at this
year's NAB are available at:
  http://www.pharis-video.com/p3372.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPED-20020219ABE  KSDS  58818  SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.
              P   88.3 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.  3 kW ERP.
  This construction permit is independent of application
  BPED-19961125ME.  Granted 3/5/2002
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 4/8/02 BY ("XETV")
  [The wording above is somewhat confusing.  KSDS has not been
  granted a new license; the purpose of this FCC posting is to
  simply say that the entire matter is under protest by XETV.
  -Ed.]
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20020405ABJ  K212DP  121801  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                P   90.3 MHZ                BIG BEAR, CA
  Mod of CP
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  THERE ARE TWO WESTWOODS IN CALIFORNIA
  FYI, Catamount's K28FY (reported in CGC #507) is licensed to
  the Lassen County community of Westwood (northeast of Chico),
  not the Los Angeles County version.
  Terry Green, KHSU
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20020409AAK  KWRP-FM1  135884    MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                  E   96.1 MHZ                SAN JACINTO, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPH-20011227AAK     KSEH  6666      ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   94.5 MHZ                BRAWLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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