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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #584
                     Tuesday, July 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=AE Corporation (CGC)
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  IBIQUITY LAYS OFF GLYNN WALDEN AND TWO OTHER EXECUTIVES
  Ibiquity Digital Corp. - at front and center of the digital
radio roll out - has let go three of its top managers, including
E. Glynn Walden, its popular vice president of broadcast
engineering.  Milford Smith, Chairman of the DAB Subcommittee of
the National Radio Systems Committee, is quoted as saying, "Many
broadcasters think he is the most reliable and dependable contact"
at iBiquity.
  Several industry observers seemed stunned at iBiquity's
decision to let go some of its top talent.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3D3589
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3D3590
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  FCC PREEMPTION OF RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE MATTERS
  The following FCC Memorandum Opinion & Order (MO&O)=20
may be of great importance to your station, and to wireless
operators in general.  The FCC has reasserted its authority
to be the sole arbiter of radio frequency interference=20
("RFI") matters in certain instances.
  Anne Arundel County, Maryland, had enacted provisions
requiring that, prior to receiving a County zoning certificate,
owners and users of telecommunications facilities must show
that their facilities will not degrade or interfere with the
County's public safety communications systems.  The Ordinance
provision also permitted the County to revoke a zoning
certificate where degradation or interference was found.
  In considering this case, the Commission wrote, "We find
that the challenged provisions of the County's zoning Ordinance
infringe on the Commission's exclusive jurisdiction over RFI
and are preempted under the doctrine of field preemption."
The complete decision (URL below) goes into great detail about
the FCC's exclusive jurisdiction to regulate RFI.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2196A1
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  ENFORCEMENT BUREAU'S TECHNICAL AND PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION
  HAS BECOME THE SPECTRUM ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
  FCC's Enforcement Bureau has announced that the name of its
Technical and Public Safety Division has been changed.  The new
name is the Spectrum Enforcement Division ("SED").
  SED will continue to carry out its existing functions,
which include enforcement (and support for enforcement by the
Bureau's Field Offices) in such areas as unauthorized construction
and operation, interference, equipment requirements, 911 and E-911,
and radio tower lighting.  The Division's responsibilities also
include providing engineering technology support to the Bureau's
Field Offices and the operation of the Bureau's high frequency
direction-finding stations.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236596A1.doc
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  REMINDER OF OBLIGATION TO MAKE EMERGENCY INFORMATION
  ACCESSIBLE TO PERSONS WITH HEARING OR VISION DISABILITIES
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2361A1.doc
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  FM RADIO PIRATE RICHARD ROWLAND RECEIVES 10K FINE (AGAIN)
  Richard I. Rowland was reportedly caught broadcasting without
a license in the year 2000 (Florida, 97.1 MHz).  The FCC fined
him $10,000, but he refused to pay.  Now, U.S. District Judge
Gregory A. Presnell has granted a judgment against Rowland for
$10,000 plus costs.  Pirating just don't pay.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236551A1.doc
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  $8,000 FINE AFFIRMED FOR FAILURE TO INSTALL EAS EQUIPMENT
  An $8,000 fine against WENA, Yauco, Puerto Rico, has been
affirmed by the FCC for failure to install Emergency Alert
System equipment.  Puerto Rico is a possession of the U.S., and
is therefore governed by the FCC's Rules and Regulations.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2360A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  CLEAR CHANNEL IN SAN DIEGO TO HOST KCBQ ANTENNA
  Clear Channel in San Diego is said to be helping Salem's
KCBQ(AM) stay on the air by "allowing that station's antenna to
be relocated to Clear Channel's tower for KPOP(AM)."  But wait a
minute, KCBQ uses a complex six tower array and KPOP has but one
tower, so just how massive of a power reduction will KCBQ have
to endure if it is diplexed onto a single stick?  This question
is not even contemplated in the following announcement:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3D3569
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  STOLEN: ONE TFT RECITER
  Riverside, CA - July 15, 2003 - A TFT Model 8900 Reciter
(STL receiver and FM exciter, serial number 1080312) was stolen
between July 11 and July 12 from KWRP, Riverside (Hemet), CA.
The unit contains an STL receiver on 944.5 MHz, and an FM exciter
on 96.1 MHz with 50W output.  If the unit is located, please
contact the Riverside County (CA) Sheriff's Office at 909-955-2400
or John Squyres at KWRP at 909-929-5088.
  (Information from Radio Currents Online & confirmed by TFT)
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  TWO ENGINEERS AVAILABLE - CHECK THE JOBS PAGE
  There seems to be a limited market for broadcast engineers
these days.  There are no current listings for jobs available,
but there are two "Jobs Wanted" listings on the CGC jobs page.
  If you have an opening you want to fill, or if you're
available for employment, please send your listing and we'll
post it for you.  The CGC jobs page gets a lot of "hits," so
readers are routinely checking to see what is going on in the
job market.
  CGC Jobs Page: http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
  To Post Jobs: mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  LAX "TIS" STATION & FCC RULES EXPLAINED (CGC #582)
  I am the project engineer who prepared the application and
installed the present Travelers Information Station ("TIS") at
the Los Angeles International Airport ("LAX"), so I read the
Daily Breeze article cited in CGC #582 with interest.
  TIS Stations are governed by FCC Rule 90.242 and are
permitted to operate on the AM band from 530 to 1700 kHz on a
secondary basis with a maximum transmitter power output of 10
watts, and a field intensity not to exceed 2 mV/m at 1.5 km (0.93
miles) from the station.  LAX Radio places its 2 mV/m contour at
1.5 km with 2.75 watts of transmitter power.  The Installation
Report filed with the FCC in 1987 verifies this fact.
  There are further restrictions on TIS stations when co- and
first adjacent channel stations are involved.
  The current application of LAX Radio represents a power
increase of 36 times, from 2.75 to 100 watts, resulting in
a field intensity increase of six times.  This would place an
everyday 0.5 mV/m signal midway into the San Fernando Valley,
which is clearly outside of the application and intention of
the TIS rules.
  The FCC will have to weigh this issue with respect to
the Rules, the protection of listeners of co-channel and first
adjacent broadcast stations, and the needs of LAX Radio to
operate under emergency conditions.
  Dick Burden, mailto:rwburden@pacbell.net
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  MORE ON WATER TANKS AND RADIO WAVES (CGC #582, 583)
  We understand that appropriate solutions were proposed months
ago, before the problem became a problem.  According to a local
newspaper report, their current solution is to request the FCC to
order the AM off the air and to move its site!  Actually, the city
is probably an FCC licensee, and as such, is obliged to protect
and cooperate with other licensees, a situation that applies to
their water tank as well as their antenna structures.
  We have applied this approach on several occasions to
recalcitrant utilities who were thumbing their noses at AM
requests to detune new power lines.  After the communications
attorneys for both sides got through discussing the FCC perils to
the utility two-way and microwave licenses, cooperation inevitably
came quickly.  In fact, at one of our clients in Texas, the power
company was so motivated, it moved its lines two miles away!
  Lawrence Behr, mailto:lbwireless@lbagroup.com
  Greenville, NC
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  THE COLLAPSE OF THE KETV TOWER CAUSES GREATER CONCERN (CGC #583)
  I don't know if anyone is keeping track, but there have been a
number of towers that collapsed, seemingly triggered by tower work
for DTV.  In several cases it happened in the earliest stages of
the work which would lead me to believe there was something
already wrong with the tower structures that was undetected prior
to the start of the project.
  Roy Trumbull, mailto:rtrumbull@bay.csuhayward.edu
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  A QUESTION ABOUT "RFID" TAGS (CGC #583)
  Has anyone seen details for a RFID detector/indicator,
something you could use to determine if a product you've purchased
has an RFID tag?
  Jack Calaway, mailto:jcalaway@ix.netcom.com
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  THE ESTATE OF RICHARD HASKEY HAS EQUIPMENT ITEMS FOR SALE
  The family of Richard Haskey is getting ready to sell a number
of items from his estate.  If you would like to help the family
- remember them in your bids - and get some well kept equipment,
please call, email, or visit the web site.  If there is anything
specific you're looking for, feel free to ask. =20
  Phone: 480-380-1000
  mailto:westernwirelessworks@yahoo.com
  Website: www.westernwirelessworks.com
  Barry Mishkind, mailto:barry@broadcast.net
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  RETIREMENT NOTE FROM ROGER McCOLLOUGH
  As you know, my last task [before retirement] was at SBC's
Broadcast Services in San Diego.  Over the years I have enjoyed
knowing and working with so many of you.  Now I invite you to a
parting bash on Saturday, August 2nd, in Lemon Grove.  Come and
mingle with friends, family, and many others that I have worked
with over the last 47 years.  PLEASE RSVP by e-mail or by phone
and we'll provide specifics.
  Thank you!  It has been a blast and a pleasure!
  Roger McCollough, KF6HBU, mailto:rkmccol@pacbell.net
  858-453-3061 (No Answer? Voice Mail appears after 8 to 9 rings.)
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  AN ASSESSMENT OF THE MITRE LPFM REPORT
  Mitre Corp. has completed interference studies for LPFM,
specifically whether LPFMs would interfere with existing analog
FMs - or their ability to use IBOC - if the third-adjacent channel
protections are dropped.  According to Radio World, more than
700 pages of results boil down to this:  Mitre believes LPFMs
won't interfere with FMs or their ability to go digital "provided
relatively modest distance separations are maintained between any
LPFM station and receivers tuned to the potentially affected
full-power FM station."
  The FCC, after analyzing public comments (see CGC #583), may
issue its own report by the end of the year.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3D3559
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  TOWARD THE OBSOLESCENCE OF BROADCAST CHANNELS
  Guardians of the broadcast RF spectrum take note.  It's
becoming increasingly evident that the digital broadband world
intends to assume the duties of delivering broadcast signals to
the public.  Will this render existing broadcast channels
obsolete?
  Recognizing the shortage of channels, some believe that
this is exactly the case and that the RF real estate currently
inhabited by radio and TV stations will become the expanded domain
of interactive digital giants.  The following item from the
Guardian further illustrates the point:
  http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,994679,00.html
  (Thanks to Lyle Henry for the link)
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                           HAM RADIO BRIEFS
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  CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS AMATEUR RADIO PROTECTION BILL
  Sacramento, July 15, 2003 - Governor Gray Davis today signed
into law Assembly Bill 1228, providing California's amateur radio
operators with codified protection under specified federal
regulations related to ham radio antennas.  Citing their role in
the state's public safety network, Davis said ham operators
give thousands of hours of volunteer service to the state and
local governments.  Press release and rule text:
  http://tinyurl.com/h0hg
  http://tinyurl.com/h0y4
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  HAM RADIO TO THE RESCUE
  Another rescue coordinated by ham radio, this time of hikers
in a remote part of San Diego County where cellular telephone
coverage was woefully inadequate or non-existent.
  Ham radio is becoming increasingly important in remote regions
because of its ability to "punch through" and deliver life-saving
communications.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20030719-1811-rescue.html
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTT-20030710ABS  K66BM 68071  TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC
               E   CHAN-31                PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K66BM.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20021220AEP      KHPY  87156     DELBERT L. VAN VOORHIS
                P   1670 KHZ             MORENO VALLEY, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPCT-20030527AEH  KAZA-TV  29234  PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                 E   CHAN-54                 LICENSE LLC
                                             AVALON, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20030711AAU     KRCV  19088     HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   98.3 MHZ               WEST COVINA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030714AAX  971031TC 89084 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
                E   103.1 MHZ                MUSCOY, CA
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  CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030710AAA  970303TD  86285  PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
                 E   93.7 MHZ         RANCHO BERNARDO, ETC, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000608ABL    NEW  124644     ESTUDIANDO LAS ESCRITURAS
                E   98.7 MHZ               VICTORVILLE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Application dismissed pursuant to the Public Notice entitled
  "Low Power FM New Station Applications Dismissed for Failure to
  Comply with Third-adjacent Channel Protection Requirements;
  Applicants Failed to File Corrective Amendments." (DA 03-794,
  rel. 3/17/03)
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 3/31/03
  Petition for Reconsideration denied per 1800B3-GDG on 7-14-03
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  BNPL-20000608ACJ    NEW  124675     THEOVISION MINISTRIES
               E   107.9 MHZ             VICTORVILLE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Application dismissed pursuant to the Public Notice entitled
  "Low Power FM New Station Applications Dismissed for Failure to
  Comply with Third-adjacent Channel Protection Requirements;
  Applicants Failed to File Corrective Amendments." (DA 03-794,
  rel. 3/17/03)
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 3/31/03 BY THEOVISION
  MINISTRIES
  Petition for Reconsideration denied per 1800B3-GDG on 7-14-03.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605AFQ  NEW 124232  THE NEW ORDER OF GLASTONBURY, INC.
             P   102.5 MHZ                 BANNING, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.; INFORMAL OBJECTION FILED 2/2/01
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  BNPL-20000606AAW    NEW  124471    APOSTOLIC ASSEMBLY OF THEIR
               P   100.9 MHZ            FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS
                                             LENNOX, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  BNPL-20000606AAY   NEW  124477   UNITED CHURCH OF GOD MINISTRIES
              P   100.9 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPCT-20010131ABT   KPXN 58978  PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE, INC.
                E   CHAN-30             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/15/2003
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTTL-JG0601CV     K26FA  14910    RICK D'AMICO
               P     CHAN-21            VISTA, CA
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BMPTTL-19940321IA) TO
  CHANGE TO CHANNEL 21; TL: ON PROPOSED 30-METER TOWER, 0.3 KM NE
  OF SUMMIT OF MT. WHITNEY 33-06-39 117-09-10; TPO: 1.0 KW; ANT:
  ANDREW ALP16L2-HSOC; ORIENTATION: NON-DIRECTIONAL; ERP: 1.0 KW;
  RCAMSL: 519 METERS. (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
  DISMISSED - REQUEST OF APPLICANT.
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