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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #590
                  Wednesday, September 3, 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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  "POTENTIALLY DEADLY RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE" CLAIMED
  Anne Arundel County, Maryland has filed an Application for
Review requesting that the full Commission reverse an Order by
the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau which prevents the County
from entering into the radio frequency interference control
business through its zoning laws.  The County maintains that
reversal of the Bureau's decision is required because the Order
conflicts with a controlling statute, apparently Section 332(c)
(7)(B) of the Communications Act (as amended).
  The County further states that, pending implementation of
the Commission's 800 MHz proceeding, the Bureau's decision leaves
public safety systems of local governments such as the County's
vulnerable and powerless to deal with potentially deadly radio
frequency interference from wireless systems of commercial mobile
radio service providers operating in the 800 MHz band.
  The FCC has invited comments on this matter by September 26.
See CGC #584 for background material, and the following URL for
the very latest information:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2734A1.doc
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  VARIOUS U.S./MEXICAN BROADCAST AGREEMENTS ARE WEB-POSTED
  The current U.S./Mexican Broadcasting Agreements for AM,
FM, satellite radio and TV have been posted on the web by FCC's
International Bureau.  The postings might be regarded as a beta
test, however.  When the FM and VHF-TV Agreements were examined
by our office and compared against paper copies of same, a few
little discrepancies were found (e.g. about half of the FM
Agreement was missing).  We called the shortcomings to the
Commission's attention, so hopefully the problems will be
resolved soon.  The Agreements are located at:
  http://www.fcc.gov/ib/sand/agree/mex_broad_agree.html
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  SETTLEMENT PERIOD ANNOUNCED FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS OF
  MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE LPFM APPLICATIONS - CALIFORNIA INCLUDED
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2744A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2744A2.pdf
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  PERIOD EXTENDED FOR COMMENTING ON MITRE CORP'S TECHNICAL
  REPORT ON THIRD-ADJACENT-CHANNEL IMPACTS OF LPFM STATIONS
  The FCC has extended the period to comment on Mitre's report
(as captioned above) to October 14, 2003.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2767A1.doc
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  NPRM ADDRESSES DIGITAL LOW POWER TV FACILITIES AND CLASS A STATUS
  The Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM) to establish rules for digital LPTV, TV translator and
TV booster stations, and to amend the rules for digital Class A
TV stations.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-198A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - ITEM OF MORE THAN ROUTINE INTEREST
  The FCC has affirmed a $9,000 fine against Air Paging, Inc.
for "failure to operate its Wireless Radio Station in accordance
with its station authorization, continuous radiation of an
unmodulated carrier, and failure to provide station identification
by the assigned call sign."
  Air Paging did not file a response to the initial Notice of
Liability, so the $9,000 figure was affirmed.  In addition, the
Commission does not know if Air Paging has corrected the various
violations, so AP has been given 30 days to outline "what measures
it has taken or will take to correct the violations and ensure
that they do not recur."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2741A1.doc
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  THE MYSTERY STATION/S ON 1680 KHZ
  Just wondering if any of your readers might have a clue
about 1680 AM here in the L.A. / O.C. area.  I live in Long
Beach and for the last two or three months there has been a
sometimes strong, sometimes weak signal coming from 1680.  The
only on-air IDs I've heard are "Talk 1680."  I have heard at
various times feeds coming from WWTN in Nashville, WTNT from D.C.,
WJNO from W. Palm Beach and just today KNRC 1150 from Denver.
  If this is a "pirate station," it seems an odd choice to be
airing programming from other stations.  Maybe someone has a clue
about this station.  As of now it is a mystery to me.
  I've looked at the AM Query and 100K.com and the closest
station listed is the Radio Disney station from Fresno.  This
station can be heard here at night.
  David A. Grudt, Direct Impact Media Services, Inc.
  mailto: agrudt@earthlink.net
  [There are NO authorized 1680 kHz stations anywhere in=20
California according to FCC's AM Query page.  However, the CE
of KAVT, Fresno, assures us that his Disney outlet is authorized
on 1680, not 1630 as shown in AM Query.  Be that as it may, please
focus just on the Daytime use of 1680 kHz in the L.A./O.C. area.
Reception reports are invited - mailto: steve@earthsignals.com.
  -RG]
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  SAN DIEGO PIRATE RADIO
  I'm researching for a print article on unlicensed broadcasting
in San Diego County. If you have any personal experience about the
subject, past or present, please contact me.  Thanks!
  Gary Stigall mailto: garystigall@san.rr.com
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  BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STOLEN REMOTE BROADCAST GEAR
  I've had some remote equipment stolen from my vehicle.  It
appears possible that persons unknown followed me from a remote
broadcast back to the studio, broke a window, and took ONLY the
remote equipment. =20
  If anyone tries to sell you a Zephyr Express in a soft travel
case, a Zephyr 9202, two Rane HC-6 Headphone amplifiers, or an
Intellex Mixer in an SKB Plastic road case, please notify me via
phone or email.
  A lesson to be learned is that we need to remove equipment
from our vehicles when returning to the studio.
  Joe Sands, W7UV, mailto: joesands@joesands.com Ph:702-868-7222
  Las Vegas, NV 89145
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  AN HISTORICAL TELEVISION WEB SITE (SEE ALSO CGC #582)
  Recently I visited a museum at Hilliard, Ohio, that features a
web site with pictures of early TV receivers from the 20s to the
50s, many of them working.  I was taken on a tour by Steve McVoy,
the head of the Early Television Museum, who showed me dozens of
restored receivers including a working model of the Nipkow
scanning disk.  Anyone interested in what early US, British,
French and Russian TV receivers looked like and how they worked
can tour the web site and, if possible, the museum itself.
  Visit on the Internet at:  http://www.earlytelevision.org/
  Ed Williams, mailto: ewilliams@pbs.org
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  MOTOROLA'S "WALKIE-TALKIE" (SEE "PUSH TO TALK" IN CGC #589)
  We all are aware, are we not, that "walkie-talkie" is a
registered trademark of Motorola, Inc.
  At one point, a draft of the Electronic Communications Privacy
Act made reference to "communication by walkie talkie."  A quick
call to the Motorola legal department by "party unknown"
wondering whether the phrase was still trademarked - it was -
resulted in the rewording of that section of the draft to make
reference to "hand-held communication devices."
   Philip M. Kane, mailto: commlaw@kanafi.org
   Communications Law Center
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  NEEDED - TRANSMITTER TUBES FOR A RESTORATION PROJECT
  A transmitter restoration project is underway and needs some
old glass-type 6697 and 8773 tubes.  The project is solely for
display purposes, so general condition and emission is not
important.  However, the filament and vacuum must be intact so
the heated filaments can be viewed by the public.  If any of you
have or know where to get these tube types, please email me.
  Project Website: http://www.rossrevenge.co.uk/
  Bill Agresta, mailto: bagresta@crawfordbroadcasting.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  TV RECEIVING ANTENNAS FOR CONSUMERS
  To help consumers choose appropriate outdoor TV receiving
antennas, the Consumer Electronics Association has cooked up a
neat web site.
  Let's say you live in North Hollywood (Zip 91602), there are
no obstructions taller than four stories within four blocks of
your location, and you have a single story home.  Just enter
that data and the web site produces a comprehensive list of all
TV stations expected to be received at that location, along with
a list of magnetic bearings. =20
  Most importantly, the type of antenna needed is estimated
and color coded.  For example, if you want to receive all stations
down to those included in the blue group, you need a "Medium
Directional Antenna with pre-amp."  Anyone is welcome to use the
web site.
  http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.asp
  [This updates the URL mentioned in CGC #374]
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  HAND-HELD CELL PHONES AND DRIVING DON'T MIX IN NEW YORK -
  130,883 CITATIONS ISSUED IN 19 MONTHS
  What do more than 130,000 New Yorkers have in common?  Each
received a court summons carrying fines of $100 each for operating
a motor vehicle while hand-holding and using a wireless phone
after the state's ban went into effect in December 2001.
(Wireless phones with external microphones and earphones comply
with the new law.)  The hand-held phone problem is similar to the
seat belt law when it first started - there was a great reluctance
to comply.  Today, 9 out of 10 New Yorkers buckle up.
  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/111831p-101016c.html
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  THIEF'S STOLEN ELECTRONIC DEVICE SQUEALS ON HIM
  A 40-year-old man in Wisconsin reportedly couldn't resist
stealing a brick-sized electronic device he spied outside a local
residence, though it led to his arrest on short order.  What the
crook swiped was a computerized, GPS-equipped tracking module used
to monitor an ankle transmitter worn by a woman sentenced to home
detention.  The brick knew its own whereabouts, and told police!
  http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2003-09-02-stolen-gps_x.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING*
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  BNPFT-20030826AQP   NEW  141781   HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
                E  93.3 MHZ                 BRAWLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030825AGQ   NEW  141796   HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
                E  93.3 MHZ               DESERT CENTER, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030821ABS   NEW  151246    RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY, INC
                E  93.9 MHZ                 BARSTOW, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030827ADF   NEW  143106    RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY  INC.
                E   94.1 MHZ              CALIPATRIA, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030827AMM   NEW  156406            1400 INC.
                E   94.3 MHZ                 HEMET, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030825AGY   NEW  142606        MARY V. GUTHRIE
                E   94.9 MHZ                CALEXICO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030825AKK   NEW  144445      RFENGINEERS.COM, INC
                E   98.3 MHZ                RIALTO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030825AOK   NEW  151332   EDGEWATER BROADCASTING INC.
                E  99.5 MHZ                  BORON, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030821AFR   NEW  151386    EDGEWATER BROADCASTING INC.
                E   99.7 MHZ               EL CENTRO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030825ANO   NEW  141791   HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
                E  100.7 MHZ                CALEXICO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030821ADB   NEW  150648    RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY INC.=20
                E  101.9 MHZ                BARSTOW, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030825AFD   NEW  141865   HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
                E  102.7 MHZ                 NILAND, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030822AAE   NEW  149145    RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY, INC.
                E  103.3 MHZ              CHULA VISTA, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030827AKM   NEW  141074    WORLD RADIO NETWORK, INC
               E   103.9 MHZ              COACHELLA, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030826AEI   NEW  150264   RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY INC.
                E  105.5 MHZ              WESTMORLAND, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030821ACS   NEW  150104    RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY INC.
                E  107.9 MHZ                 BORON, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  * CGC has expanded its usual geographic reporting zone
  slightly to include items of more than routine interest.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030801AWV   NEW  156528    EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   99.1 MHZ               ESCONDIDO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPL-20000605AGY  NEW  124322   CALVARY CHAPEL COMMUNITY CHURCH
             P   101.5 MHZ                  ADELANTO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  BNPL-20000606AAF    NEW  124219    STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
               E   104.7 MHZ            NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCT-20020205AAB    KFTR  60549    TELEFUTURA LOS ANGELES LLC
               E    CHAN-46                 ONTARIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KFTR.
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  TEMPORARY DTV GRANTS
  During the period from 04/30/03 to 08/22/03, the FCC's Video=20
  Services Division granted temporary digital authorizations to=20
  the following stations:  KADY-DT, KXLA-DT and KJLA-DT.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238477A1.doc
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