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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #544
                   Wednesday, October 16, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC APPROVES IBOC/IBAC DIGITAL RADIO TECHNOLOGY
  In a First Report & Order, the FCC has approved "in-band/
on-channel" (IBOC) technology to bring the alleged benefits of
digital radio to AM & FM listeners.  The techniques developed by
iBiquity Digital Corporation have been specifically approved for
immediate use on an interim basis pending the development of
final rules.  However, iBiquity's AM system may only be used
during daytime hours, at least for now.
  As CGC Communicator readers know, the iBiquity techniques
are more properly called in-band/adjacent-channel (IBAC)
since the digital power is transmitted primarily in the first
adjacent channel sidebands.  However, the term "IBOC" is fully
acceptable if it is redefined as "in-band/off-channel" since
off-channel is where the digital power lies.
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  FOR FURTHER READING ON IBOC/IBAC DIGITAL RADIO TECHNOLOGY
  IBOC and IBAC definitions aside, iBiquity Digital Corporation
is moving forward by marketing their system as "HD Radio" to
consumers.  Read the FCC press announcements at:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227261A1.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227261A2.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227261A3.doc
  The FCC's First Report & Order and iBiquity's FM & AM system
specifications are available at:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-286A1.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-286A2.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-286A3.doc
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  FCC DECLINES TO APPROVE ECHOSTAR-DIRECTV MERGER
  The FCC has declined to approve the transfer of licenses from
EchoStar Communications Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corp.
(DirecTV), a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation, to a new
entity.  The FCC said that the companies have not demonstrated
that approval of the transaction will serve the public interest,
convenience, and necessity.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2002/db1010/DOC-227263A1.doc
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  DATES SET FOR COMMENTING ON TELEMARKETING RULE CHANGES
  The FCC is seeking comments on whether it should change its
rules that restrict telemarketing calls and unsolicited faxes and,
if so, how.  Comment dates have now been set and are as follows:
  Comments due November 22, 2002;
  Replies due December 9, 2002.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227128A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT BUREAU REPORTS ON MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN
  OBSERVING ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227275A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  KLYY(FM) CLASS B1 PETITION DISMISSED -
  GREEN LIGHT GIVEN FOR ADDING CHANNEL 281A TO MURRIETA
  The FCC has issued a Report & Order dismissing KLYY's bid
to become a Class B1 station (instead of a Class A), and has
given the go-ahead for FM Channel 281A (104.1 MHz) to be added
to Murrieta, CA.  Once 281A is dropped into Murrieta (assuming
there are no appeals), the channel will be opened for bidding
at a to-be-announced date.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2514A1.doc
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  CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM SECC/LECC STATE-WIDE MEETINGS
  Here is the latest schedule on (our) upcoming meetings.  All
broadcasters should expect a mailing and fax direct from the
California Broadcasters Association.  The 'AMBER Seminar' and the
SECC State-Wide Meetings are one-in-the-same.  Every effort to
make one of these meetings is encouraged.
  ATTENDEES: All OA Emergency Managers, Law Enforcement, National
Weather Service, AM/FM Radio Broadcasters, TV Broadcasters, Cable
TV Providers, CHP
  AGENDA: New FCC Amendments to Part 11; Updates to Local EAS
Plans; AMBER Alert Program and other topics.
  SCHEDULE:
  Tuesday, 10/22, San Diego, 9:00 am
  Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego
  Tuesday, 10/22, Riverside, 2:00 pm
  ANG Armory, 2501 Fairmont Blvd., Riverside
  Tuesday, 10/29, Los Angeles, 9:00 am
  ANG Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys
  Tuesday, 10/29, Ventura, 2:00 pm
  ANG Armory, 1270 Arundell St., Ventura
  Ben J. Green, Assistant Chief, Telecommunications, EAS/EDIS
  Programs & Executive Secretary, California State Emergency
  Communications Committee
  [Reproduced from a LA-EAS List Server posting.  The schedule
  was edited to show only local (so. Cal.) events.   -Ed.]
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  SATELLITE AND TELEVISION STUDIO INSTALLATIONS
  I am in the process of setting myself up as a freelance
contractor doing satellite and television studio installations.
My background is as a Broadcast Engineer, SBE certified; I have
designed and installed TV studio systems and designed and built
DSNG trucks and sold MPEG compression equipment.
  Please let me know if you can think of any opportunities.
I would be most grateful.  Resume available upon request.
  Nigel Worrall, <WorrallN@aol.com>, cell phone (858) 335 1941
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  IBOC/IBAC INTERFERES WITH AM DX RADIO RECEPTION
  The DX lists have been very active with posts about IBOC
on AM.  One post is copied below as an example.
  I would be curious what people on the west coast think of
IBOC.  In an example I heard, the signal of 710 kHz KABC, Los
Angeles, suffered a coverage loss due to 700 Cincinnati's
transmissions of IBOC.  In fairness, I don't know if 710 cares
that someone in Nevada is listening to their station, but for
those of us that listen to stations outside of their "primary
service areas," IBOC could pose a big problem.
  FredVobbe, w8hdu@wlio.com
  [The posting copied by Fred is from an AM DXer is Seaside,
OR who writes:  "After listening for two days of IBOC from
KIXI-880, I can tell you that this white noise is going to be a
problem for all DXers....  I hope [it] is all a bad dream and
maybe we will wake up and it will be just that, a dream....]
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  AM IBOC: PROCEED WITH CAUTION
  Internet postings show AM IBOC is causing some problems
with local analog reception of the station sending the IBOC
signal.  KIXI's analog signal in Seattle carried a "frying bacon
sound" and the fidelity of the station was reduced during IBOC
tests (but iBiquity rolls off the high frequency response as part
of their system requirements, so that part of the problem was
expected).  Also, spectrum analyzer tests showed that the
station's digital sidebands exceeded the FCC's emissions mask
by over 10 dB.
  Jump to New York.  WOR lites up their iBiquity subcarriers
on Friday, and shuts them off on Monday thanks to the frying
bacon gremlin.
  Why are these problems showing up so late in the game?  If
these Internet postings are true, this is a terrifying situation.
  Mike Sullivan
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  RE: DRAFT SAN DIEGO COUNTY ORDINANCE IMPACTING BROADCASTERS
  Imperial Co. Planning/Bldg Dept., which sets regs for lighting,
marking, and location - also attempted to regulate frequency and
has a condition regarding interference.  Enacted a communications
ordinance that requires 'public benefit' - a 'donation' of cash,
tower space or equipment (all cash so far) for a 'trust fund' to
promote a public safety communications system twice rejected by
voters and high speed Internet access.  Conditional use permits
now classed as single or multiple user; fees -errr- donations
based on use and number of users payable in advance for three
year terms.  Cell, broadcast, PCS - anyone.
  Clif Glasgow, CE
  Entravision - El Centro, CA
  KVYE-TV7, KAJB-TV54, KSEH-FM, KMXX-FM, KWST-AM
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  KSCI-TV FACILITY (PRESUMABLY THEIR AUXILIARY SUNSET RIDGE SITE)
  DAMAGED BY FIRE
  Have you had any articles relating to the damage to
transmitter sites from the Williams fire?  Our building burned
and melted inside.  Our Acrodyne 5kw backup transmitter, after
20 years of service, was cremated.
  Scott Chestnut, Assistant Chief, KSCI(TV)
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  ON SAN DIEGO'S 96.9 MHZ PIRATE
  I was up in Carlsbad on 9/28 and saw a spray-painted
(stenciled) sign on the concrete walkway wall at the Carlsbad
beach (just south of downtown) promoting Free Radio 96.9.  I
wondered what it was and tuned in, but heard nothing.  Now I
guess we'll hear what they're up to (re CGC #543).
  Lenny Gemar
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  RE FREE ANTI-VIRUS SCAN
  On the Trend anti-virus [see CGC #543], I would not think
of letting someone scan my computer!  There are plenty of
downloadable programs that can handle your virus worries without
giving someone access to your entire computer!
  Red Blanchard
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  DTV SUCCESS AT KERO-TV
  Here at KERO-TV, Bakersfield (CH-23 NTSC, CH-10 DTV), we
got our DTV on the air for testing.  It's on Breckenridge Mtn.,
7500 ft.AMSL, 4.6 kW ERP.  Studio is 25 miles west in Bakersfield.
  We found that existing outdoor UHF receiving antennas work
fine even though our DTV is VHF.  I have one viewer in Taft, 55
miles from TX site, receiving with no problems.  I reduced power
to 3% (that was as low as it would go) and still had pictures
locked at the studio.
  Tom Wimberly, Chief Engineer
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  JUNKIEST OF THE JUNK BONDS
  Financial reporter George Chamberlin, in the October 9
North Country Times (San Diego County), reports as follows:
  "Now Moody's [investment rating service] has come up with
a list of six junk issuers that are likely to run out of cash
within the next 12 months.  That brings to 37 the number of
companies that now qualify for a new rating of Speculative
Grade Liquidity, or SGL-4.  In other words, these are the
junkiest of the junk.  Added to the list are American Tower,
Cablevision Systems.... Revlon Consumer Products."
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  New FM, Santa Barbara (for KCBX, Inc.) to KSBX
  FCC Report No. 443
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227159A1.pdf
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20021007ABL  KPXN-DT  58978  PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE..
                 E    CHAN-38             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991005ABH
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20021007ABA  K63CG  43824 COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-16           TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601DH,
  callsign K63CG.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20021007ABI   KLYY-FM1  35114   BIG CITY RADIO-LA, L.L.C.
                 E   107.1 MHZ                BURBANK, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20021007ABN  KMIR-DT  16749  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
                 E   CHAN-46                PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19991029AFZ,
  callsign KMIR-TV.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20021008AAT  KCSN-1 137504  CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
                 E   88.5 MHZ               NORTHRIDGE
                                        WEST LOS ANGELES, CA
 CP New Stn.
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