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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #575
                     Tuesday,  May 20, 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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  IBOC STANDARD-SETTING "TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED"
  The prohibition against using HD Radio at night in the
AM band may be minor compared to the latest snag impacting
the IBOC digital radio roll out.
  Radio World reports that there is an audio quality concern
over the PAC codec algorithm used by iBiquity.  So serious is
the concern that, "Standards-setting activity for IBOC has been
temporarily suspended by the steering committee of the National
Radio Systems Committee’s DAB subgroup."
  Radio World further reports that - according to NRSC sources
- some major radio groups are slowing their adoption of IBOC
until the PAC codec issue is resolved.
  Read more at these locations:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3148
  http://beradio.com/ar/radio_currents_28/index.htm#nrsc
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  A "LONG, HARD FIGHT AHEAD" OPPOSING BPL (SEE CGC #574)
  NAB and others take note.  The American Radio Relay League
("ARRL") foresees a "long, hard fight ahead of us" in opposing
the FCC's Power Line Communications ("PLC") vision, also known
as Broadband over Power Line ("BPL").  Introducing wideband radio
waves into power lines that run along nearly every road and street,
and into virtually every neighborhood, is highly questionable from
a radio frequency interference ("RFI") standpoint.
  See the June 2003 QST, page 9, for an excellent editorial on
BPL by ARRL's Dave Sumner.  ARRL has promised to post updated RFI
information on their web site, presumably as time allows:
  http://www.arrl.org/
  Say, if the folks who are worried about supposed 60 Hz
magnetic field health effects find out about the BPL proposal,
Washington will be inundated with protest letters.  That should
create an interesting turn of events!   ;)
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  $4,000 to WBRG(AM) for failing to reduce the station's
power at sunset and limit pre-sunrise power....  $8,000 to
Mortenson Broadcasting Co. for failing to exhibit red obstruction
lighting on its South Charleston, WV antenna structure....
$3,000 to Pamal Broadcasting for failure to notify the Commission
of a change in ownership of its antenna structure.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1551A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1550A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1683A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL OPERATING WITHOUT RADIO LICENSES
  The Nevada Highway Patrol has been using its new
$14 million communications system for several years, despite
the fact that no one at the agency ever applied for or received
approval from the FCC, authorities said Friday.  A most
interesting story:
  http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2003/May-17-Sat-2003/news/21342467.html
  (Thanks to Dave Rickmers for the URL.)
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  SAN DIEGO'S WESTERN RADIO ELECTRONICS TO CLOSE ITS DOORS SOON
  After more than 70 years in San Diego, Western Radio Electronics
has decided to close its business.  Increasingly difficult
economic conditions over the past two years, coupled with changes
in the broadcast industry, have caused the owner to decide to
close rather than wait for a turnaround which does not appear on
the horizon.
  We wish to conclude our many years of service with dignity, and
extend our best wishes to the many friends and customers we have
come to know over the years.
  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
  Mike Richards, mailto:shopwre@hotmail.com
  Western Radio Electronics, 858-268-4400
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  THANKS TO CGC FOR SHARING THE HD RADIO "SCORECARD"
  Thanks for sharing our HD Radio Scorecard with your readers.
Radio World seeks to publish the most complete list possible of
stations on the air or planning to go on the air with HD Radio;
and we invite stations to e-mail us to let us know their status.
We also invite photographs of the installation and staff.
To write to us, mailto:radioworld@imaspub.com.
  Keep up the great work.
  Paul J. McLane, mailto:pmclane@imaspub.com
  Editor, Radio World
  [If you are with a southern California station, please let
CGC know your HD Radio plans too: mailto:steve@earthsignals.com.]
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  DAVID SARNOFF'S ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF CHANNEL 1 (CGC #574)
  Channel 1 was shifted to 44-50 MHz in June 1945, and began to
encroach on the frequencies assigned to the infant FM broadcast
band.  When RCA's David Sarnoff had FM reallocated after WWII,
the FCC issued a NPRM to use Channel 1 for other services.
  For more, visit: http://www.oldradio.com/current/bc_tv.htm
  (See #45 on that page.)
  Barry Mishkind, mailto:barry@broadcast.net
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  COMMENTS ON TV "CHANNEL 1" AND THE TV RECEIVER I.F. (CGC #574)
  Of course we all know that modern TV receivers use 45.75 MHz in
the former Channel 1 spectrum as their Intermediate Frequency.  I
don't know when this standard was adopted, but my guess is that
it was about the same time as Channel 1 disappeared from use as a
channel to be received.  It would be really tough to receive on
this channel with the I.F. working on the same frequency.
  Timothy Schultz
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  HELPFUL ADVICE ON PCB CAPACITORS (SEE CGC #574 & 222)
  Any transmitter manufactured prior to 1975 is deemed suspect
when looking for PCBs, even if its capacitors don't have known
PCB product names printed on their bodies,
  In California, to transport PCBs, one must obtain a hazardous
waste permit from the State Health Department, a process that can
be painfully slow.  Later, the parts are packed into steel barrels
before transport to a licensed disposal contractor.
  The paperwork file accumulated on replacement and disposal is
eternal.  It will be requested by multiple state and federal
agencies, and during due diligence, should the station be sold.
  Roy Trumbull, mailto:roy547@msn.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  AVERAGE HOME TELEPHONE BILLS - FCC STATISTICS
  According to a sampling of residential telephone
bills, in 2002 the average household spent $83/month on
telecommunications: $12 for long distance, $36 for local
exchange carriers and $35 for wireless carriers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-234385A1.doc
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  HAM RADIO NEWS - A LITTLE NEW SPECTRUM, MANY DISAPPOINTMENTS
  After a long wait for new spectrum, the FCC has tossed ham
radio operators a few bread crumbs.  Hams will be given access
to five specific channels near 5.3 MHz with severe restrictions
(50 W ERP PEP maximum, USB only, limited bandwidth).  Also, an
existing secondary ham allocation at 2400 to 2402 MHz will be
elevated to primary status, except for the Amateur-Satellite
Service.
  In the department of great disappointments, the FCC declined
to give hams a new band at 5 MHz, and has denied access to the
135.7-137.8 and 160-190 kHz bands, citing "potential interference
to other operations" as the reason.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-105A1.doc
  (A large file, beware.)
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                            WEB WATCH
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  A NEAT GRAPHIC
  Check out this photo comparison of the Seattle waterfront,
taken from the same vantage point, but 95 years apart.  Drag the
slider bar across the old photo to smoothly "paste in" the new
image:
  http://snipurl.com/seattle_slider2
  (URL from Steve Bass' newsletter via Mel Michaelian)
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  MONEY FOR YOU?
  Is the State of California holding money for you, your
friends or associates?  This easy-to-use state-run web site will
tell you in a flash:
  https://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20030507ACF   K25GV  36718    CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORP.
                 E   CHAN-25                  OXNARD, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-JG0601UP,
  callsign K25GV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20000728AEP KBOP-LP  11371  COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.
                P   CHAN-43                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K25DU.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPEDT-20030221AAS  KOCE-DT   4328     BD. OF TRUSTEES,
                  E   CHAN-48      COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.
                                       HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPEDT-19991101AKY
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  BEPEDT-20030228ADG  KLCS-DT  38430    LOS ANGELES UNIFIED
                  E   CHAN-41             SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPEDT-19991221AAV
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  BEPEDT-20030224ABA  KVCR-DT  58795   SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY
                  E   CHAN-26              COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPEDT-20000424ABO
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