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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #571
                    Tuesday,  April 22, 2003
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
           Stephen H. Blodgett, W7RNA, Letters Editor
                  mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
    Copyright 2003, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BROADCAST AUXILIARY CHANGES
  The lead story in last week's CGC Communicator reported the
six month stay (postponement) granted by the FCC for adopting
new frequency coordination procedures for most fixed point-to-
point Aural and TV Broadcast Auxiliary Service stations.
  Now, Dane Ericksen, Chairman of the SBE's FCC Liaison
Committee, sheds some further light on the stay and discusses
how to notify the FCC of any errors found in your current
authorizations:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FCCPCNSTAY.htm
  Please don't underestimate the importance of checking your
Broadcast Auxiliary authorizations NOW, along with the FCC's
Universal Licensing System (ULS) rendition of those records.
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  VERY RARE JOB OPENING AT COX CABLE/SAN DIEGO
  IN ITS ELECTRONICS LAB
  A Senior Electronics Technician is needed at Cox Cable/San
Diego, someone to be based in the company's Electronics Lab.
For complete information, see:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
  Cox is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  EVEN MORE "AMERICAN GRAFFITI" FILM HISTORY RE WOLFMAN JACK
  Interior scenes were filmed at KRE, but exterior shots of
the car driving up to the transmitter site, etc. were filmed in
Petaluma, at the KTOB transmitter site.
  The cruising scenes were originally scheduled to be filmed
in San Rafael.  But, after the first night's filming, San Rafael
revoked their permit and the remainder of the cruising was
filmed in Petaluma.
  Lou Schneider mailto:lschneider@koit.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  DEBUT OF SHORTWAVE DIGITAL MODULATION SCHEME
  A new method of modulation - digital modulation - will
soon make its debut in the international broadcast bands below
30 MHz.  Digital Radio Mondiale ("DRM"), as the technique is
known, will launch June 16, 2003 when a dozen international
stations air live broadcasts during the World Radiocommunication
Conference in Geneva.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2978
  For much more information on DRM, see CGC #548 and #560.
DRM is said to allow the reuse of existing frequencies and
bandwidths.
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  NAB WANTS FCC TO BAN XM'S LOCAL WEATHER DATA
  Noting XM Satellite Radio's disclosure that it intends to
offer subscribers localized weather reports as a premium service,
NAB is complaining to the FCC:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2962
  According to Primedia, XM will present its real-time,
graphical weather information overlaid on map display devices
in the cockpits of aircraft, at the helms of marine vessels
and on board emergency response vehicles.
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  ENFORCEMENT:  PAY TV PIRATES INDICTED
  A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted 17 people who
authorities say hacked into satellite television transmissions,
causing millions of dollars in losses to DirecTV and Dish Network.
  The U.S. Attorney's office says that six of the defendants
were charged with violating the anti-encryption provisions of the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  The other charges involved
conspiracy or manufacturing a device for the purpose of stealing
satellite signals.  All three counts carry a maximum sentence of
five years in prison.
  Amateur Radio Newsline, April 18, 2003
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  POWER LINE INTERNET TECHNOLOGY INCHES CLOSER (CGC #517, 562)
  An article in the Washington Post indicates that broadband
Internet service over power lines has been demonstrated to an
approving FCC Chairman Michael Powell, who sees the technology
as promising.  With all the effort being applied by a number of
companies developing the technology, it does seem that slowly,
but surely, broadband Internet over power lines will become a
reality in our country - this, even though the extent of RFI
caused to licensed radio services is not fully known at this
time.
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1529-2003Apr9.html
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  MORE AUDIO FILES OF SHORTWAVE SOUNDS (CGC #570)
  Shortwave broadcast "interval signals" are the repeating audio
tracks that are broadcast just prior to a shortwave broadcast
station's actual programming.  Such signals are useful for
listeners with roughly calibrated analog dials.  By carefully
tuning and listening, one can easily identify the station of
choice by listening for these repeating audio tracks.
  A wonderful audio archive of old and current shortwave station
IDs and interval signals may be found at:
  http://www.intervalsignals.net/
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  ABOUT 6-METER AMATEUR RADIO REPEATER SPLITS
  Please note, your reference to the 6-meter repeater
frequencies (CGC #570) does not show the offset for the area
involved.  Splits do vary.
  In Oregon and Washington the 6-meter repeater offset is
1.7 MHz, while in California it's 500 kHz.
  The band plan for Southern California:
  http://www.scrrba.org/BandPlans/51-54.pdf
  Northern California:
  http://www.narcc.org/Rptr_Lists/6M-chart-final-1.pdf
  Neil McKie, WA6KLA, mailto:n.mckie@bendcable.com
  (Chris Buchanan confirms his system split is 500 kHz. - Ed.)
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  WAYS TO AVOID E-MAIL SPAM
  Every day, millions of people receive dozens of unsolicited
e-mails known popularly as "spam."  This has led many Internet
users to wonder: How did these people get my e-mail address?
  In the summer of 2002, the Center for Democracy & Technology
set up hundreds of different e-mail addresses, used them for a
single purpose, and then waited six months to see what kind of
mail those addresses received.
  The results showed that the most spam was generated when a
edress was placed visibly on a public Web site.  Spammers use
software harvesting programs such as robots or spiders to
record e-mail addresses listed on Web sites, including both
personal Web pages and institutional (corporate or non-profit)
Web pages.  For more information and tips on avoiding spam, see:
  http://www.cdt.org/speech/spam/030319spamreport.shtml
  (Thanks to Phil Wells for uncovering this gem)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF LOW POWER FM BROADCAST APPLICATION
  The following LPFM application has been accepted for filing.
  Petitions to deny (if any) must be on file with the Commission
  not later than the close of business on May 19, 2003:
  BNPL-20000602AID      105.5 MHz      CORONA, CA
  MINISTERIO PALABRA VIVA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-233298A1.doc
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20030127AAH    KCLB-FM  12131  MCC RADIO, LLC-KCLB-FM
                E     93.7 MHZ             COACHELLA, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPH-20010925AAN     KXRS    36829    LAZER BROADCASTING CORP.
               E   105.7 MHZ                  HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Objection of RM B/G LLC to request for waiver filed 10/29/2001
  Opposition to Informal Objection filed 12/13/2001 by (LAZER)
  Informal Objection granted 3/11/2003
  Section 73.213(c) waiver denied 3/11/2003
  Application dismissed 3/11/2003
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 4/14/03 BY ("LAZER")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20030416AAG   K213AR  72001  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
                E   90.5 MHZ            LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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