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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #588
                    Tuesday, August 19, 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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  MARVIN COLLINS' LOS ANGELES RADIO ARCHIVES ARE ON THE WEB
  For some time, Marv Collins and I have been working on a web
site archive for his collection of personal photos featuring
LA Radio.  The photos were taken by Marv, or gathered from various
sources during his long engineering career at stations KCBH, KPOL,
KFI and others.  There's something for everyone on the site,
including shots of memorable broadcast events, and recognizable
faces from southern California radio.
  Among my favorite photos are the images of the KFI December 
1941 transmitter logs.  They reveal sober references to war time
precautions that were put into effect just after the attack on
Pearl Harbor, and include a note about an Army guard who
accidentally shot a hole in the ceiling during guard duty.
  Enjoy!
  http://www.earthsignals.com/Collins/
  Steve Blodgett, Letters Editor, mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
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  CODEC IMPROVEMENT FOR HD-RADIO DEMONSTRATED - EDITORIAL
  New coding/decoding ("codec") algorithms for iBiquity's
digital radio broadcasting systems have been developed and
demonstrated.  The new algorithms are collectively called HDC,
and replace the disappointing PAC software.  However, with the
admitted rush to fine tune and deploy HDC, one must wonder if
there are yet-to-be-discovered flaws in the new approach, or
significant improvements that are probable given a bit more
development time.
  The CGC Communicator urges broadcasters to be skeptical,
to proceed with the utmost caution and to insist that the final
and complete iBiquity system be demonstrated, in different 
settings, in over-the-air field tests.  There is too much at 
stake to do otherwise.  iBiquity has lost tremendous credibility
in recent weeks, and its extraordinary claims for HDC warrant
extraordinary proof.
  For glowing reports on HDC, see:
  http://tinyurl.com/k0n2
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3755
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  FCC DECLINES TO RECONSIDER ITS HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RF RULES
  The FCC has declined to open an Inquiry into updating
its human exposure to RF signals rules.  In particular, the
petitioner in this case wanted the Commission to consider possible
health hazards not covered by the current rules, including non-
thermal effects and the effects of long-term low-level RF exposure.
  The FCC dismissed the petition, arguing that any such
evidence should be presented to other (more appropriate) expert
agencies.  Furthermore, the Commission noted that its current
human exposure rules have recently been upheld, in the face of
similar arguments, by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-191A1.doc
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  ANOTHER RF APPROACH TO ALERT MOTORISTS OF LOCAL EMERGENCIES
  The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology took only
three days to dismiss the latest attempt to gain experimental
access to broadcast frequencies for alerting motorists of nearby
emergency situations.  This time, TV Channel 7's spectrum was in
the cross hairs.  The proponent was "EVA," short for Emergency
Vehicle Alert.  While you won't find this case mentioned in the
FCC's Daily Digest, the full scoop is available at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/EVA.htm
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  MEDIA BUREAU REMOVES FREEZE ON FORMS 301, 314 & 315
  New FCC Forms 301, 314 and 315 have been developed, approved
and legally noticed, and are now ready for use (electronic filing
required).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2642A1.doc
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  GPS DATA IN THE GMRS BAND PROPOSED
  Garmin International has asked the FCC to allow GPS data to
be transmitted in the GMRS band.  GARMIN argues that allowing GMRS
users to transmit their locations will afford the public increased
safety and peace of mind.  Comments are being sought on this
proposal.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2666A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  THE RESURRECTION OF WESTERN RADIO, SAN DIEGO
  Western Radio Electronics is now open to the public at a
new location about 1/4 block from Gateway Electronics in San
Diego.  Drop by and say hello while unpacking and restocking
are taking place (expect a formal Grand Opening in about a month).
Here is some helpful information:
  Current hours: 8-5, M-F
  Address: 5775 Chesapeake Court, Suite B, San Diego 92123
  Telephone: (858) 268-4400
  And there is more good news:  The original gang is pretty
much intact!
  Thanks to Dick Warren for the hot tip on WRE's reopening, and
to Jim Dujowich <jim@shopwre.com> for providing the particulars.
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME TO CHECK YOUR TOWER COORDINATES
  The Forfeiture Order against WUFF (CGC #587) for incorrect tower
coordinates should be of great concern to broadcast stations.
Since I purchased GPS equipment several years ago, and after
selective availability was turned off, I have noted a number of
stations that are some distance from the stated location, most off
by about the same distance stated in this case of WUFF, but one or
two by as much as a half mile.
  There have been a number of errors on USGS base maps; I know of
several in Oregon and California. This means it is possible that
WUFF was the victim of an erroneous base map that has since been
corrected, or that the base map is still incorrect, but a GPS is
now showing the true coordinates.
  It seems absurd to me that such a Forfeiture Order can be issued
after 30 years of operation from the same tower location.
  Linc Reed-Nickerson, mailto: linc@bycx.com
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  CALLING ALL CALL SIGNS
  I would appreciate any and all help in my Herculean task of
compiling two books -- one for radio and one for TV -- on station
call letters.  The works are to include any changes in call
letters over time, brief but comprehensive station histories, and
interesting facts about the owners, station personalities and
programming - particularly those related to the call signs
themselves.
  I just retired as Executive Vice President of Media for The
Advertising Council, and have been fascinated with what station
call letters stood for and how creative station owners have been
in devising them.  For example:  WGN - "World's Greatest
Newspaper;"  KTRH(AM) - "Kome To the Rice Hotel" (where the
transmitter was located).
  You can reach me at mailto:tump1@optonline.net.
  Many thanks, Ira Tumpowsky
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  MORE FREE PHONE CALLING - WHY NOT DIAL THE IP ADDRESS?
  I found the story on http://www.freeworlddialup.com/ (CGC #587)
interesting.  I wonder, though, why any such central service is
required.  It SEEMS that we should be able to have IP phones where
you just dial the IP address of the person you're calling.  The
phone at the other end would listen on a specified port for any
incoming calls.  For those with dynamic IP addresses, a service
like DNS2GO could find the IP based on a domain name.  I'd kinda
be interested in just plugging an IP phone into my router and
waiting for calls.
  Another interesting service is fax over Internet at
<http://www.tpc.int/>.  Volunteer servers throughout the world
running Hylafax accept faxes over the Internet and drop them onto
the POTS through a local call.  I am currently using this to email
people who do not have email, but do have fax.
  Harold Hallikainen, mailto: haroldhallikainen@juno.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  CELL PHONE INTERFERENCE TO PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO
  The explosive growth of the mobile phone industry has crowded
the nation's airwaves to such an extent that wireless company
signals are increasingly interfering with emergency radio
frequencies used by police and fire fighters, the Washington
Post reports.  Of course, CGC Communicator readers are well
aware of the Nextel problems that have been going on for aeons
at 800 MHz, but now the public media is starting to take note.
(Thanks to Bill Lipis for the URL)
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A7270-2003Aug17?language=printer
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  A REMINDER - OUR RED NEIGHBOR IS COMING CLOSER
  On the night of August 26-27, 2003, Mars will be at its
closest approach to Earth since prehistoric times, a view
sure to delight astronomers and curious folks alike.  Viewing
ahead of time is highly recommended since the planet is
already virtually as bright as it's going to get.  For
observing tips, refer to the Sky & Telescope pros:
  http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/planets/article_985_1.asp
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20030414ABT    KSDT  36830    RUDEX BROADCASTING LIMITED
              E   1320 KHZ                 HEMET, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/11/2003
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030808AAE   NEW  147366   PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC
               E   102.5 MHZ             PAUMA VALLEY, CA
 
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030808AAM   NEW  142732   PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC
               E   95.3 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030808ABK   NEW  142730   PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC
               E   96.9 MHZ               SAN PASQUAL, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030811AGN   NEW  141347   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   95.1 MHZ              LANCASTER, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20030812AAG  KPSC 69394  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
              E   88.5 MHZ              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030729AHM   NEW  146520     ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   99.3 MHZ       D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                        TWENTY-NINE PALMS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/13/2003
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPCT-20030805AAV   KTTV  22208   FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-11               LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  BXPCT-20030805ADI   KCOP-TV 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                  E   CHAN-13               LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20030805AFA  KCOP-DT 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-66               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCOP-TV.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCT-20030805ACB   KCOP-TV 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-13               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCOP-TV.
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