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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #558
                   Tuesday,  January 21, 2003
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
           Stephen H. Blodgett, W7RNA, Letters Editor
                    <steve@earthsignals.com>
    Copyright 2003, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CONSUMER-FRIENDLY VERSION OF FCC'S ELECTRONIC COMMENT
  FILING SYSTEM LAUNCHED
  The FCC has launched "ECFS Express," a simplified version
of its very popular Electronic Comment Filing System ("ECFS").
  ECFS Express is designed specifically with the consumer in
mind.  It is easy to use, focuses on topics rather than docket
numbers, and requires minimal input by consumers wanting to
participate in the Commission's public rulemaking process.
People wishing to comment simply click on a topic, fill in
their personal information, write their comments and hit "send."
  To access ECFS Express, users just click on the "File
Comments" logo found on the front page of the FCC's Web site
<http://www.fcc.gov/>.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230234A1.doc
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  NEW BROADCAST AUXILIARY INTERFACE BETWEEN THE FCC'S UNIVERSAL
  LICENSING SYSTEM (ULS) AND FCC'S CONSOLIDATED DATABASE (CDBS)
  This new interface links licensing information for Broadcast
Auxiliary stations in ULS to their "parent" station/s in CDBS
via a Facility Identification Number.  Important details are at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-161A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  KROQ DEMONSTRATES HD-RADIO
  FM IBOC, now on the air at KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, was
demonstrated during a Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Chapter
47 event on Tuesday (Jan 14).  A midday crowd consisting of
broadcast and HD-Radio technical people were treated to a well
produced and educational presentation by Infinity’s Ron Russ,
KROQ’s chief, Lynn Duke, and Greg Ogonowski from Orban.  A
selection of photos and other information may be seen at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/IBOC/KROQ/kroq_iboc_demo.htm
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  35 GROUPS, 40 MARKETS WILL HAVE HD RADIO IN COMING WEEKS
  More than 35 radio groups in 40 U.S. markets plan to convert
their plants to in-band terrestrial digital radio this year, most
of them by the end of February.  Los Angeles is one of the named
markets.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2442
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  LIST OF BROADCAST GROUPS SWITCHING TO HD-RADIO
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2443
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  NPR, KENWOOD, HARRIS TO TEST SECOND DIGITAL CHANNEL CONCEPT
  National Public Radio wants to test whether it’s feasible
for non-commercial stations using Ibiquity Digital’s HD Radio
technology to send out two programming streams on each station.
  Kenwood USA plans to test the so-called "second audio"
concept later this year at KKJZ(FM), 88.1 MHz, Long Beach, CA.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2459
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  MOTION TO DISMISS HD RADIO FILED
  The following Motion to Dismiss AM & FM HD Radio was filed
by John Pavlica, Jr. and expresses concern about adjacent channel
interference caused by the HD Radio IBOC (in-band off-channel)
process.  To read the document, copy and assemble the following
URL into one continuous line if it appears as two or more lines
on your browser:
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/retrieve.cgi?native_or_pdf=pdf&id_document=6513402234
  URL courtesy of Dave Rickmers.
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  FCC CANCELS EXPERIMENTAL LICENSE WC2XZV (CGC #551 & 552)
  The FCC, after Enforcement Bureau monitoring and confirmation,
has canceled the experimental authorization of WC2XZV.  In a
short letter dated January 17th, the Commission stated that the
station's emissions were not in compliance with the terms of
its experimental radio license.
  A Friday story from recnet.com says that there were published
reports of an alleged pirate station operating in the Antelope
Valley prior to the experimental license grant.  The station was
operating on 104.7 MHz using the moniker 'Frequency Radio,' and
has a website at <http://www.1047.fm>.
  A copy of the FCC's letter is posted at:
  http://www.recnet.com/fcc/wc2xzv_cancel.pdf
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  "FREQUENCY RADIO" HEARD ALL WEEKEND, BUT OFF ON MONDAY
  Although the FCC's cancellation of the "experimental"
license WC2XZV was dated last Friday, I heard the station on the
air during the weekend, both on Saturday and Sunday, here in
Lancaster where their signal has been quite strong.
  I note that as of 4pm today (Monday) they're off the air and
there's no signal on the cable.  However, since they've done this
several times in the past -- shut down for a few days and return
to the air only at night and on weekends -- I'll continue to
keep my eye on 104.7.
  Chris Compton, xmtr.doc@verizon.net
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  XEXX(AM), TIJUANA, FED OVER THE INTERNET USING TCP/IP
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2461
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  NEW!  JOB POSTINGS ADDED TO THE WEB
  "Jobs available" and "positions wanted" items posted here
in the CGC Communicator will also be available on the following
web site, where they will remain posted for about 30 days:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
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  TV/RADIO - EXPERIENCED ENGINEER AVAILABLE
  Position wanted by TV/Radio broadcast engineer, experienced
in NTSC transmitters, microwave, STLs, VTRs (Quad, 1" type C,
D-2, Betacam SP, U-matic), A/V signal routing systems (GVG, etc.,
install & maintain, & operate), post production systems (editors,
A/V prod. switchers, DVEs), audio consoles, recorders and editors.
Extensive experience in audio/video systems testing, and AM radio
station studios and transmitters.  Can relocate.
  Thomas Wang, thwangxj@yahoo.com
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  MAJOR MARKET RADIO ENGINEER AVAILABLE
  Experienced Los Angeles radio engineer seeks new position.
Would prefer to remain on the West Coast but am willing to
relocate for the right opportunity.
  Skilled in FM/AM transmission, studio and transmitter build
outs, digital audio delivery systems, telecommunications & IT
administration.
  laradioengineer@yahoo.com
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  RE TRANSMITTING VIDEO OVER SIRIUS SATELLITE'S RADIO BIRDS
  Just for clarification (CGC #557), Sirius told me that their
video concept would only be able to be engaged when a vehicle is
in "park" for front seat viewing; however, for back seat use,
video could be turned on when a vehicle is moving.
  Leslie Stimson, News Editor/Washington Bureau Chief, Radio World
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  RE HANK LANDSBERG'S LETTER IN CGC #557:
  WHO NEEDS NOSTRADAMUS?  WE'VE GOT CRONKITE!
  I remember that Cronkite show!  (Or perhaps it was a series
of specials.)  Thanks for the memory, Hank.
  Paul McLane, Editor, Radio World
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  GRANTED: TRANSFER OF CONTROL APPLICATION BY SIRIUS SATELLITE
  According to the FCC, "By this Order, we grant authority to
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. ("Sirius") to transfer control
of its Satellite Digital Radio Service ("SDARS") space station
license from the current stockholders of Sirius to Sirius'
creditors...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-89A1.doc
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  "HACKERS" JOIN FORCES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SPAM
  Recent letters to the CGC Communicator have focused on your
concerns about SPAM and upon email scams, particularly those
Nigerian money emails.  It seems that most of us are dealing
with unsolicited email on a daily basis.
  In a story from WIRED NEWS, Barry Shein, president of a small
Internet service provider, says that SPAM threatens the very
existence of ISPs.  His comments were slated to lead the way as
"Hackers" met at M.I.T. for a confab on the real problems that
SPAM poses on the net.
  Some successful filtering techniques have been developed,
but others see filters as an insufficient approach to the spam
problem and look for legislative solutions.
  http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,57190,00.html
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  CORRECTIONS
  The transistor was invented 55 years ago, not 56 as reported
in CGC #555.
  The public Internet under TCP/IP protocol is 20 years old,
not 30 as reported in CGC #557; however, Lew Collins' sharp-eyed
wife, Carol, KA1DHO, points out that she was working with
Internet technology in 1972-1973 at M.I.T.'s Lincoln Laboratory,
which is approximately 30 years ago.  The predecessor to the
public Internet was of course our government's private ARPANET.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OPPOSITION
  BNPTTL-20000831BCJ    NEW  128553    VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES
                  E   CHAN-27              GROUP, LLC
                                          BANNING,  CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BANNING, CA on
  channel 27, Effective Radiated Power 9.7, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 3 min 46 sec WL 116 deg 53 min 34 sec.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTL-20000831BVH    K47HZ  129633   VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES
                  P    CHAN-47              GROUP, LLC
                                           BANNING,  CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BANNING, CA on
  channel 47, Effective Radiated Power .02, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 3 min 46 sec WL 116 deg 53 min 34 sec.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20020530ACP    KBLM-LP  38561     LOUIS MARTINEZ
                   E   CHAN-25         RIVERSIDE/PERRIS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KBLM-LP.
  Dismissed per Section 73.3568(a)(1) of the Commission's Rules.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20030114ABH   K61GH  56830    TV-61 SAN DIEGO, INC.
                 E   CHAN-61            NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K61GH.
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPTTB-20010614AKC  NEW  135903   COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                P   CHAN-57                LOS ANGELES, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for LOS ANGELES, CA on
  channel 57, Effective Radiated Power 94.900, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 13 min 36 sec WL 118 deg 3 min 58 sec.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMP-20021220AAR     KHPY  87156     DELBERT L. VAN VOORHIS
                E   1670 KHZ             MORENO VALLEY, CA
  Mod of CP
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