__________________________________________________________________
------------------------------------------------------------------
                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #587
                   Wednesday, August 13, 2003
                             ________
               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
           Stephen H. Blodgett, W7RNA, Letters Editor
                  mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
    Copyright 2003, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
------------------------------------------------------------------
__________________________________________________________________
  "BPL" - A MAJOR THREAT TO THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM
  If there is one "big issue" that a number of entities should
be concerned about - from amateur radio operators to broadcasters
to government users of the electromagnetic spectrum - the issue
is "BPL" - Broadband data over Power Lines.
  For example, you can kiss goodby to the HF bands because
of the wideband noise that will be created if BPL is approved
for deployment in the U.S. at the injection levels proposed.
How much spectrum will be impacted remains to be seen, but the
noise will be virtually everywhere because the conduits for BPL
transmissions - power lines - are almost everywhere.
  The ARRL has an extensive presentation on BPL interference.
The threat is real.  Here is the URL.  Read the text and download
the video.  You may be amazed:
 
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/08/08/2/?nc=1
  (Thanks to Lawrence Behr and others for contributing to
  this story.  See also CGC #574 & 575.)
******************************************************************
  GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATE ERROR COSTS BROADCASTER $3,000
  The FCC has discovered that the actual location of the WUFF
AM&FM tower in Georgia differed from the authorized coordinates
by over 1/3 mile.  The tower owner was initially fined $4,000 for
the oversight, but the forfeiture was reduced to $3,000 on
reconsideration, based on the stations' otherwise excellent
record of rule compliance.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2616A1.doc
******************************************************************
  $10,000 FINE AGAINST THE REV. YVON LOUIS AFFIRMED
  This FCC case involves a series of unauthorized FM broadcasts
from Calvary Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York.  Over the course
of several months, the Rev. Yvon Louis reportedly transmitted on
93.7 MHz, then switched to 88.1 MHz after getting caught, then
used 90.1 MHz after getting caught again, then reverted to
88.1 MHz.  Amazing.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2589A1.doc
******************************************************************
  TELEPHONE TRENDS
  According to the FCC's latest Telephone Trends report which
drew data from TNS Telecoms, a marketing information research
firm, the average monthly telecommunications bill for households
with wireline service was $83 for 2002.  That breaks down to $36
for local exchange service, $12 for long distance, and $35 for
wireless service.
  While the cost of wireline exchange and long distance services
continues to decline, wireless use is accelerating and more than
offsets the other savings.
  There are currently four toll-free prefixes in use:
800, 888, 877, and 866.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-237412A1.doc
******************************************************************
                           JOB SHOPPE
******************************************************************
  CHIEF ENGINEER NEEDED FOR CHANNEL 56
  KDOC-TV in Irvine seeks a full-time RF, Video, and Data
engineer to manage the station's daily operations and planned
expansion projects.  Applicant must have 10 years of high-power
RF and television experience and a BSEE or equivalent.  The
desired engineer must be fully qualified to take control of the
current Mount Wilson transmitter plant and assist with the DTV
build out.
  Contact the KDOC-TV personnel department via email for
an application and job description.  Mailto: honeill@kdoctv.net.
  Roger W. Knipp, N6VU
******************************************************************
         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
******************************************************************
  NEW FCC RULES ARE ABOUT TO GO INTO EFFECT
  The new rules referenced in CGC #586 "AUX FILING NEWS" go into
effect October 16.
  Ray Benedict, mailto: rcbenedict@cbs.com
******************************************************************
                          MISCELLANEOUS
******************************************************************
  XM & SIRIUS SATELLITE UPDATE
  XM had close to 700,000 subscribers as of July while
Sirius recently passed the 100,000 mark (per Radio World).
However, the solar cells aboard the XM satellites have been
degrading at an accelerated pace due to a manufacturing defect,
and this will cause XM to spend significant capital to construct
and launch replacement satellites in the not too distant future.
  While the URL below discusses the launch of just one XM
replacement satellite, it is our understanding that both XM birds
(nicknamed "Rock" and "Roll") are affected by the sub-standard
solar cell problem, so the report may understate the gravity of
the situation.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3724
******************************************************************
  PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS BEND TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT CELLULAR ANTENNAS
  In response to health concerns from parents, sixteen
schools operated by the Diocese of Brooklyn will eliminate
cellular antennas mounted atop buildings and church facilities.
One parish stands to lose $18,000 a year in rent - money used
to offset the school's operating costs.
  http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/2544.htm
******************************************************************
  SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO PASSES EARLY INTEROPERABILITY TEST
  Military interests are charging ahead with the
development of Software Defined Radio (SDR).  In the latest
chapter, Communications Research Centre Canada and Harris Corp's
Government Communications System Division have announced a
successful demonstration of interoperability.  Here, SDR modems
from different manufacturers, using very different software 
systems, successfully communicated with each other.
  http://tinyurl.com/jsdb
******************************************************************
  "FREE WORLD DIALUP" PROMOTING NO-COST TELEPHONE CALLING
  A New York-based entrepreneur is borrowing from his 
20-year fascination with amateur radio to promote a "free
international phone service" which functions in many ways similar
to the phone patches used by ham operators.  Jeff Pulver, WA2BOT,
is developing a handset which uses Session Initiation Protocol
(SIP) to connect callers using numbers assigned by Pulver's Free
World Dialup and Internet Protocol addresses.
  http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/6478062.htm
  http://www.freeworlddialup.com/
******************************************************************
  A CAREER IN SCIENCE: THE SECRET TO A LONG LIFE
  University students who opt for a career in science have
the best prospects for a long life, while those in medicine,
dentistry and veterinary fields have a greater chance of
suffering an alcohol-related death, according to a 20-year study
reported by United Press International.  If low blood pressure
is your goal, consider taking a divinity course.
  http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20030801-112304-9456r.htm
******************************************************************
           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
******************************************************************
  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20030729AEK   KPWR  35498  EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION
              E   105.9 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
******************************************************************
  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20030515AAX     KTOR  82891     SIERRA RADIO, INC.
                E   99.7 MHZ            WESTWOOD, CA
  Lic. to cover
******************************************************************
  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-JG0601JA    KBNT-LP  8126  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
              P     CHAN-20             SAN DIEGO, CA
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 19
  TO CHANNEL 20; TL: MT. WOODSON, NE OF SAN DIEGO, CA
  33-00-33  116-58-17; TPO: .891 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: ANTENNA
  CONCEPTS, ACS12CR AND RCAMSL: 879 METERS.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
  DISMISSED - MEXICAN OBJECTION.
******************************************************************
  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20030801BTH KPXN-DT 58978 PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE,INC
                 E   CHAN-38             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20021126AAU
******************************************************************
  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20030801BRD     KSYV  51185     KNIGHT BROADCASTING, INC.
                E   96.7 MHZ                SOLVANG, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030801AWV   NEW  156528   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   99.1 MHZ                ESCONDIDO, CA
  
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030801CGP   NEW  156524   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E    98.5 MHZ               OCEANSIDE, CA
  
  CP New Stn.
******************************************************************
  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION....  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20010613ADK   NEW  134614   FAMILIA NUEVO NACIMIENTO
               E  90.3 MHZ             LAKE ELSINORE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
******************************************************************
  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20010611AEI NEW 134089 IGLESIA DE CRISTO ELIM VENTURA COUNTY
             E   107.9 MHZ             CAMARILLO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030806ADX   NEW  148335   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   97.9 MHZ                 BANNING, CA
  CP New Stn.
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030714AAX   971031TC  89084    CALVARY CHAPEL
                  E   103.1 MHZ        OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
                                           MUSCOY, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
******************************************************************
  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20030807AGF    KSBX  33708     KCBX, INC.
                E   89.5 MHZ      SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Lic. to cover
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030729AHM   NEW  146520     ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   99.3 MHZ        D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                       TWENTY-NINE PALMS, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030807AIC   NEW  139834   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   99.5 MHZ               VICTORVILLE, CA
  CP New Stn.
__________________________________________________________________
------------------------------------------------------------------
  The CGC Communicator is published for broadcast engineering
  professionals in so. California by Communications General®
  Corporation (CGC), consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA.
  Short news items are always welcome from our readers,
  and letters may be edited for brevity and clarity.  Letters
  to the Editor (Job Shoppe included) should be sent to
  mailto: :steve@earthsignals.com.  For subscription and change
  of e-dress information, mailto: rgonsett@ieee.org.
  CGC Communicator articles may be reproduced in any form
  provided they are unaltered and credit is given to the CGC
  Communicator and the originating authors, when named.  Past
  issues may be viewed and searched at http://www.bext.com/_CGC/
  courtesy of Bext Corporation.  
  The views expressed in our newsletters do not necessarily
  reflect those of Communications General® Corporation, Bext,
  or the newsletter editors.
------------------------------------------------------------------
_________________________    End   _______________________________