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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #589
                    Tuesday, August 26, 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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  FCC'S WIRELESS CHIEF LEFT DANGLING DURING COLORADO VISIT
  Taking a break from a conference, FCC Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau Chief John Muleta and Powell advisor
Robert Pepper were enjoying a sightseeing ride to the summit of
11,212-foot Aspen Mountain in Aspen, Colorado last Tuesday.
Suddenly, the gondola service shut down on their return leg.
  The men were left trapped for more than two hours, dangling
and buffeted by a storm with lightning overhead.  Fortunately,
both had cell phones, and cellular service existed at their
location.  A call to 9-1-1 solved the problem.  The gondola
operators apparently did not realize that one of their cars
was still occupied when the lift was shut down.
  http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6570069.htm
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  SPEEDING THE ACTIVATION OF LOW POWER FM STATIONS
  As part of his "localism in broadcasting" strategy (that
will be covered thoroughly in the conventional media), FCC
Chairman Powell plans to speed the activation of low power FM
(LPFM) stations.  Powell stated that he would soon open a
settlement window for LPFM applications, and that the Commission
would waive its processing rules to permit mutually exclusive
applicants to use all available frequencies to resolve conflicts
and gain new station licenses.
  The Commission maintains that this settlement opportunity
could push the total number of outstanding LPFM authorizations to
over one thousand by year end.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238057A1.doc
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  SUGGESTION FROM M.A.P. - ELIMINATE SATCASTERS
  The Media Access Project (M.A.P.), which works with potential
LPFM applicants, wants the FCC to reevaluate FM translator
policies to eliminate non-commercial satellite-fed translators
("satcasters") that do not originate local programming.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3787
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  HOW TO PROTEST A PROPOSED EXPERIMENTAL OPERATION
  According to the FCC, applications for Experimental Radio
licenses are not subject to the public notice requirements of
Section 309(b) of the Communications Act (as amended) and,
therefore, the proper procedure for opposing such applications
is to file an informal objection.  However, there is no provision
in Part 5 of the Rules that expressly addresses this point.  Now,
the FCC is adding a new Section 5.95 which will provide for the
filing of informal objections in experimental matters.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-207A1.doc
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  PROPOSED HOMELAND WIDECAST SERVICE
  Keep an eye on this item:  RM-10765 asks the FCC to modify
Parts 2 and 73 of its Rules to establish, administer and regulate
the Homeland Public Press and Information Widecast Service.
This should make interesting reading, but the document was
unavailable for viewing as we went to press.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238104A1.doc
  Watch for RM-10765 by using this search engine:
  http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi
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  FCC EXTENDS THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE AMENDED FAX RULES
  It is currently illegal for unsolicited fax advertisements
to be sent unless there is an established business relationship
between the fax sender and the recipient (re Telephone Consumer
Protection Act of 1991).  However, because there has been
widespread abuse of this law, the FCC intends to require fax
advertisers to obtain written consents and signatures from the
parties they wish to fax.  Naturally, the fax advertisers are
not thrilled about the new requirement.
  In its latest announcement, the FCC has extended to
January 1, 2005 the effective date of its new rules requiring
written consents before fax advertisements are sent.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-237931A1.doc
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  ONE FOR THE BIRDS
  The FCC has adopted a Notice of Inquiry to gather comments
and information on the impact that communications towers may have
on migratory birds.  One of the FCC's responsibilities is to
manage the expansion of communications towers in a way that
preserves the country's environmental resources.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238058A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  1050 KHZ/BIG BEAR IS NOW 1050 KHZ/LOMA LINDA
  Some of you may recall KBBV, 1050 kHz, Big Bear.  It was once
owned by the legendary Vern Thompson, but fell silent years ago
after the loss of its transmitter site.  Vern was about to
surrender the license to the Commission when a sharp-eyed reader
spotted it on the FCC's silent list, made a trip to Big Bear and
bought the station.
  Almost eight years and over a million dollars later, the
facility was moved to Loma Linda and resumed operations, still as
a daytimer, but with a substantial power increase (from 250 to
1,400 watts).  The new call sign is KCAA and the station signed
on June 25, 2003.
  Congratulations to Fred Lundgren <ceo@houston.rr.com>and his
team for the fortitude to see this project through to completion.
We need more people like him in our industry.
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  UNSOLICITED ADVERTISING ON YOUR CELL PHONE
  I have a question about e-mail SPAM to cellphones.  Is
anyone aware of any legal restrictions regarding these knuckle-
heads sending Text Messaging SPAM to cellphones?
  Last week I started receiving cell SPAM.  Verizon charges
me $.02 per text message received, which could add up if this
trend continues, and that will be very annoying when I have
to start paying for it.
  Anyone have any thoughts on this?
  Tom Patterson, KCBS-TV/KCAL, mailto: TAPatterson@cbs.com
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  DO THOSE RADAR SPEED DISPLAYS PRESENT AN RF HEALTH HAZARD?
  A "your speed is" radar trailer has been placed at a school
bus stop where I live.  I notice that it causes a radar detector
meter to "peg" on K-band, and I wonder what the transmitter
output level is at the trailer.
  I believe the transmitter to be at a hole just above the
speed display, and at approximately a child's eye-level.  As
children will do, I suspect that it is only a matter of time
before one of them decides to peer into the hole while waiting
for their bus.
  After 20 years in the microwave industry, I always remember
one of the main safety precautions we take.  We NEVER look into
a waveguide, whether it is powered or not.  The cumulative signal
in a waveguide has always been understood to have enough power
to damage eyes.  I know of a person who did look into a waveguide
and lost his eyesight for many months.
  Does anyone know of the power output level of these radar
devices, or of specific RF safety restrictions that may be in
place to protect persons who are in near proximity to them?
  Timothy H. Lynch, mailto: tlynch@w-t-s.com
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  TOO HARD ON IBIQUITY?
  I think you came down a bit hard (CGC #588) on the progress
Ibiquity has made with the new "HDC" codec that is designed to
address the limitations of the PAC code.  While I was not at the
recent listening tests, I have been privy to a large number of
reports from those who were there.  The introduction of spectral
band coding technology to the codec has given new life to IBOC's
sound, and the NRSC has agreed to resume standard setting.
While a bit of scepticism is always healthy, it's time to move
ahead.
  Doug Vernier, mailto: doug.vernier@uni.edu
  (The prima facie evidence is that HDC is a monumental step
forward.  Nevertheless, we continue to urge caution and care in 
the standards setting process because so much is a stake.  -RG)
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  ANOTHER VIEW ON THE NEW IBIQUITY CODEC
  Your readers may find this paper to be interesting reading,
as it partially explains SBR (and shows how it can be fooled).
SBR appears to be part of the new IBOC CODEC:
  http://www.digit-life.com/articles/mp3pro/
  Dave Rickmers, mailto: ricketzz@earthlink.net
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  REMEMBERING KBIC-TV, LOS ANGELES
  One of LA's first UHF-TV stations was Channel 22, KBIC-TV
[now KWHY].  The link below takes you to some history and photos
of the transmitter used at the time.  Technology certainly has
come a long way!
  http://www.sssm.com/kbic/
  Jack Calaway, mailto: jcalaway@ix.netcom.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  "PUSH TO TALK" PUSHED TO THE LIMIT IN NEXTEL-VERIZON BATTLE
  It appears that only a federal court ruling will ultimately
determine if "push-to-talk" is a generic phrase, as maintained
by Verizon Wireless, or the trademarked property of Nextel
Communications.  With Verizon and other companies invading
Nextel's territory with similar walkie-talkie telephone services,
the pioneer of "Direct Connect" is trying to defend the market
share it cultivated during the past decade.
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23394-2003Aug20.html
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  THE BATTLE BETWEEN MAN AND BEAR AT YOSEMITE GOES HIGH TECH
  Researchers at Yosemite National Park now have 17 park
bears equipped with tracking transmitters.  Recently, receiving
antennas were erected at five trouble spots to pick up signals
from bears entering critical areas such as parking lots where
cars can be seriously damaged by a single paw blow.  Alarms are
then transmitted to radios carried by rangers, providing them
with an early warning when the bruins appear.
  http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6566281.htm
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  HAM RADIO OPERATORS COME TO THE RESCUE DURING BLACKOUT
  The amateur radio community was once again very much in
evidence two weeks ago, coming to the aid of Red Cross, police,
fire, and other emergency workers needing reliable communications
during the blackout in the Northeast and Midwest.  Ham radio
works, even when the power is out.
  http://tinyurl.com/kkkd
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  THANKS TO AN ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTOR
  The editor of a public safety communications newsletter is
allowing the CGC Communicator to rewrite or simply reproduce some
of his works.  Our sincere appreciation is extended to this gifted
and gracious individual who wishes to remain anonymous.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN GRANTS
  KIST(AM), Santa Barbara, to KTLK
  FCC Report 468
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030801CGP   NEW  156524   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   98.5 MHZ               OCEANSIDE, 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.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030808ABK   NEW  142730    PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC
                E  96.9 MHZ                SAN PASQUAL, 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.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20030506ABO    KIXW    4 CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
              P   960 KHZ            APPLE VALLEY, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20030814AJL  K06MU  63149  BEAR VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.
                 E   CHAN-6              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20020909AAX,
  callsign K06MU.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20030814AJQ  KJLH-1  159113  TAXI LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   102.3 MHZ               HOLLYWOOD, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20030818AEJ  KUCR  66318  THE REGENTS OF THE UNIV. OF CA
               E   88.3 MHZ                RIVERSIDE, CA   
  Lic. to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030818AAA   NEW  147714    PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
               E   95.5 MHZ               PALM DESERT, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030818ADT   NEW  141900    SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
               E   105.7 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                           JULIAN, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030818ADU   NEW  141934    SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
               E   92.9 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                       BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030711AAT   NEW  145140   FAITH PLEASES GOD CHURCH CORP.
               E   106.1 MHZ               APPLE VALLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030711AAV   NEW  139770   FAITH PLEASES GOD CHURCH CORP.
               E   98.3 MHZ                  ELSINORE, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030714ACA   NEW  138131     BEST MEDIA, INC.
               E   107.9 MHZ           MIRA MESA, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030819AAP   NEW  147807   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   94.1 MHZ                YUCAIPA, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030820ACE   NEW  145463   COMMUNITY PUBLIC RADIO, INC.
               E   103.9 MHZ                ANAHEIM, CA
  CP New Stn.
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