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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #591
                   Tuesday, September 9, 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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  FREEZE ON THE FILING OF FORMS 301, 314 AND 315
  Because the U.S. Court of Appeals has issued an Order
staying the effectiveness of the new media ownership rules
adopted by the Commission on June 2, the FCC has established a
freeze, effective immediately, on the filing of all applications
using FCC Forms 301, 314 or 315 that involve commercial stations.
The freeze also applies to amendments (commercial stations) that
require the use of these forms.
  The Media Bureau is expected to issue a Public Notice in the
near future providing further information.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2840A1.doc
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  A COMPENDIUM OF FCC-ISSUED CITATIONS NOW ON THE WEB
  The FCC has started publishing Citations - Notices of
Violation (NOVs) and Notices of Apparent Liability (NALs) -
on the web.
  Keep in mind that some of the items may have been modified
or rescinded at a later date; we have no way of knowing.
Nevertheless, the posted material gives a good overview of
the day-to-day workings of the Enforcement Bureau and makes
fascinating reading.  Thanks to John Reiser, FCC retired,
for the alert on this new URL:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  THAT 1680 KHZ MYSTERY STATION IS ALIVE! (CGC #590)
  Hey guys, you're right!  Something is funny on 1680 AM.  The
signal comes in fine all over Long Beach's East side to CSULB.
I've heard it running an Internet feed from KPRC 950 AM in
Houston.  I could hear the codec swishing, buffering, and spot
break pauses.
  Ron Thompson, KKJZ, mailto: rthompson@kkjz.org

 

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  IS THE 1680 SIGNAL RELATED TO A SIGNAL ON 104.7?
  I've been listening to the 1680 station and was kind of
surprised when they did not do a legal ID.  The station is/was
running a satellite feed.  Also, I'm hearing another signal on
104.7 in the El Segundo area - very strong at Rosecrans and
Aviation - that has been broadcasting the same satellite feed as
on 1680.  It does seem that I get the best signal on 1680 in the
same general vicinity as that on 104.7.
  John Unrath, K6JHU, mailto: jhunrath@raytheon.com
  [I also heard the station on 1680 this past Sunday afternoon,
on the 105 FWY near the 710 interchange.  As I moved Westward
toward LAX, the signal faded into the noise, replaced by a
barely perceptible KAVT in Fresno.  -SB]
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  KAVT REALLY IS AUTHORIZED FOR 1680, NOT 1630 KHZ
  I've been hearing Radio Disney's nighttime signal from Fresno
for years on 1680 from my listening location in Los Angeles.
This week's CGC emails indicate that a typo existed in the FCC's
AM database for the Fresno station (KAVT), showing it on 1630
rather than its authorized operating frequency of 1680 kHz.
  If you were confused by the 1630 kHz posting, you weren't
alone.  Fortunately, some FCC staff members read last week's
CGC Communicator, and promptly investigated the matter and=20
corrected the erroneous KAVT posting.  We understand that Kim
Nguyen and Son Nguyen did the actual verification work to=20
straighten things out, and we are always happy to give credit
where credit is due.
  Again, the KAVT FCC posting has been fixed.  KAVT is (and
always has been) on 1680 kHz, and their signal is heard in the
greater Los Angeles area at night.  The 1680 pirate is mainly
(or exclusively) a daytime phenomenon.
  Steve Blodgett, mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
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  A QUERY ABOUT THE "BURNING MAN" FESTIVAL STATION ON 94.5 FM
  I'm wondering about whether or not a temporary event station at
Gerlach, NV for the Burning Man Festival was licensed.  They claim
that the FCC and BLM (they were transmitting from BLM land) had
granted them permission to broadcast.  However, the station was
not giving any legal IDs, referring to itself as "BMIR."
  Here's some background on the station from their web site:
  http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/news_broadcasts/radio.html
  Rusty Hodge, mailto: rusty@hodge.com
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  THE DEMISE OF THE KCBQ(AM) SIX TOWER ARRAY
  All six KCBQ towers (are) now on the ground early this Monday
afternoon.... end of an era.
  Bill Lipis, mailto: blipis@earthlink.net
  [KCBQ was San Diego's Big Rocker in the 60s; it owned the
market.  Now, with its transmitter site sold to make way for
commercial development, it was inevitable that the towers would
come down.
  KCBQ is on the air from another site, operating under
special temporary authorization BSTA-20030805ARM, see CGC #584
for further information.  If you have any web-posted pictures
of the fabulous "Q," please send the URL our way!  -RG]
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  SPECTRASITE TOWER COLLAPSE IN ALABAMA
  Of the three riggers who died in last week's WAAY(TV) tower
collapse in Huntsville, AL, one was from Tucson: 35 year old
Charles Pace.  Our sympathies are extended to the families of
all the riggers who perished.
  http://www.waaytv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3D1429643
  http://www.fox54.com/towerrelease.htm
  http://www.whnt19.com/Global/story.asp?S=3D1429311&nav=3D1VPtHorT
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  WILL CDs GO THE WAY OF VINYL?
  CD sales continue to drop as music downloads from the
Internet gain popularity.  CD sales dropped 9% from 2001 to
2002 according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Radio World).
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3D3847
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  FINDING THE HIDDEN TRANSMITTER
  "Stuck microphones" occasionally jam radio repeaters and
amateur radio repeaters are no exception.  When an unmodulated
carrier blocked the input to a southern California ham repeater
on Labor Day, amateurs swung into action to find the culprit.
The following chart shows the results of various direction
finding bearings as amateurs closed in on the unwanted signal.
  Typically, direction finding activities rely on low-gain
beam antennas (e.g. 3-elements) to smooth out multipath effects.
When the signal is very strong, it can be knocked down with pads,
or the receiver can be tuned off-frequency to accomplish the
same thing.
  http://tinyurl.com/mogo
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  FRENCH GOVERNMENT'S BAN ON THE WORD "E-MAIL"
  The word "e-mail" is to be banned from all French government
ministries, documents, publications and Web sites, and the word
"courriel" is to be used instead - this by decree from the French
General Commission on Terminology and Neology of the Ministry of
Culture (seriously).
  Courriel is reportedly a contraction of the words "courrier
electronique."  Looks like the French language police are once
again attempting to stem the incursion of English words into the
French language.  (AR Newsline, others)
  http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/6671883.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030825AGY   NEW  142606   MARY V. GUTHRIE
                E   94.9 MHZ          CALEXICO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/28/2003
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MOD OF
  LICENSE FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY DISMISSED
  BXMLH-20021025ABH   KSCA  24548     HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   101.9 MHZ              GLENDALE, CA
  Lic. to modify for auxiliary purposes
  LETTER REQUESTING DISMISSAL OF APPLICATION FILED 8/15/03.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING*
  BNPFT-20030828ANS   NEW  139831   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   92.7 MHZ                FONTANA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030828BEU   NEW  139642   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   93.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829ADF   NEW  145443     ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
                E  95.3 MHZ       D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                         YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829ANJ   NEW  147287     LIVING PROOF, INC.
                E  95.9 MHZ             WRIGHTWOOD, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829ADH   NEW  143730     ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
                E  96.9 MHZ       D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                         DESERT CENTER, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030828AWZ   NEW  138858      LIVING PROOF, INC.
                E   97.1 MHZ         GREEN VALLEY LAKES, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030828AXT   NEW  138849     LIVING PROOF, INC.
                E   98.5 MHZ          NORTH EDWARDS, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829ABW   NEW  151336   EDGEWATER BROADCASTING INC.
                E   99.7 MHZ              CALIPATRIA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030828BGK   NEW  138715   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
                E   99.7 MHZ               VENTURA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829ABQ   NEW  141260     RADIO BILINGUE, INC.
                E  100.3 MHZ            VICTORVILLE, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829BDU   NEW  156518   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E  100.3 MHZ               OCEANSIDE, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829ADC   NEW  156371   ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
                E  105.5 MHZ    D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                    SAN BERNADINO COUNTY, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829ADD   NEW  156263     ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
                E  105.7 MHZ      D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                        KRAMER JUNCTION, CA
  CP New Stn.
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030829AWE   NEW  138688  CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
                E  107.9 MHZ               SAN MARCOS, 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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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTTB-20020816AAD    KSCI2   133867    KSLS, INC.
                  E   CHAN-18           HESPERIA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTTB-20010809AAD,
  callsign KSCI2.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20030822AFM   K33BT  67932   TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                E   CHAN-39               VICTORVILLE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20030210AAH,
  callsign K33BT.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20030902AAR   DK63EN   11608   CIVIC LIGHT, INC.
                  E   CHAN-63            SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign DK63EN.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20030822AJT    KBLA    34385   RADIO UNICA OF LOS ANGELES
              P   1580 KHZ                 LICENSE CORP.
                                         SANTA MONICA, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20030829AKH  KALI  56779  MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING..
            E   900 KHZ                 WEST COVINA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTVL-20000830AXA    K10OU  129227   MARCIA T. TURNER tr/
                   E   CHAN-10         as TURNER ENTERPRISES
                                          PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 10, Effective Radiated Power 3.0, coordinates
  NL 33 deg 55 min 20 sec WL 116 deg 37 min 1 sec.
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