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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #594
                  Tuesday,  September 30, 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 COMMISSIONER KATHLEEN Q. ABERNATHY SEES BROADBAND-OVER-
  POWERLINE TECHNOLOGY AS A COMPONENT OF "BROADBAND NIRVANA"
  On September 22, 2003, FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy
delivered a speech to the United PowerLine Council's Annual
Conference in which she heavily promoted broadband-over-powerline
("BPL") technology.  Rarely has an FCC Commissioner presented
such a one-sided address, not mentioning the likelihood that BPL
will cause massive interference to licensed radio services.
Ms. Abernathy's entire speech (as prepared for delivery) and a
summary of the response of one organization are posted at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-239079A1.doc
    and
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/09/25/100/?nc=1
  A BBC R&D White Paper entitled, "The Effects of Power-Line
Telecommunications on Broadcast Reception: Brief Trial in Crieff"
is available at <http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/whp/whp067.html>.
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  FIND OUT QUICKLY ABOUT PAST FCC ENFORCEMENT BUREAU ACTIONS
  You can find out quickly about past FCC Enforcement Bureau
actions against particular entities by using the following two
websites, and conducting word or phrase searches as appropriate:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/Welcome.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/Welcome.html
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  SCFCC "CHRISTMAS PARTY" THIS WEDNESDAY
  The annual SCFCC "Christmas Party" and yearly SCFCC members
meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 1st, at 10:00 a.m. at
the Mt. Wilson Auditorium.  See CGC #592 for details (first item
under Letters to the Editor).  Name badges will be available.
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2003/cgc592.htm
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  SCE PLANS IMPORTANT UPGRADES FOR MT. WILSON AND MT. HARVARD
  A multi-year, multi-million dollar upgrade of the
Southern California Edison ("SCE") power feed to Mt. Wilson
and Mt. Harvard is in the planning stage now.  These facility
improvements will allow SCE to continue to provide a high
level of reliability at these important sites.  SCE is currently
seeking Forest Service approvals, and seeks continuing and
increased cooperation between station engineers and SCE
engineers on planned power outages, among other things.
  One of my pre-project tasks is the development of a
contingency plan for the deployment of SCE resources to ensure
that adequate station power is available despite the potential
loss of SCE equipment before, during, and after the project.  To
this end, I am requesting individual station data related to
electrical service requirements, including the availability of
station backup generator power.  All information will be kept
confidential.
  To keep the project timeline from stretching too much, I am
asking for your station's assistance by contacting me by email or
phone at your earliest possible convenience.  I'll answer your
questions and email you a facility questionnaire.  Thanks much!
  Ben A. Pedersen, mailto: pedersb@sce.com
  (805) 654-7317
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  SPECIAL EAS PRESENTATION AT THE NEXT SBE CHAPTER 47 MEETING
  Anyone who watches the LA EAS listserver is well aware of the
challenges that LA's EAS system has faced over the years.
  In response, LA's SBE Chapter 47 will focus on EAS and some of
the recent difficulties with the system by opening its October
meeting to all concerned with EAS issues.  The event will be
held Tuesday, October 14th, at 6:30 PM, at the Holiday Inn Media
Center in Burbank.  John Paoli and representatives from LA County
and the CHP will be present, so bring your questions, concerns
and solutions for discussion.  
  This open event is expected to attract a large group, so
please RSVP at 310-840-2431 with the number of persons attending,
and whether you'll be at the dinner, the meeting, or both.
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING NEEDED, LAZER BROADCASTING
  Lazer Broadcasting Corp. (Spanish language format) is
looking for a Director of Engineering ("DE") to oversee the
technical operations of their 12 southern California AM & FM
properties.  The successful candidate will, among other things,
ensure that the stations are covered by local engineers 24/7,
and that all stations fully comply with the FCC's engineering
rules.  The DE will, by hands-on example, set the standard for
technical excellence throughout Lazer's growing chain.
  Only highly experienced and well rounded engineers need apply.
Good audio, RF, computer and interpersonal skills are essential.
Please e-mail your resume to these two reviewers:
mailto: steve@earthsignals.com and mailto: eren@radiolazer.com.
All input will be treated confidentially.  Lazer Broadcasting
is an equal opportunity employer.
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  HAS ABC-TV ALSO SWITCHED TO WI-FI? (CGC #583)
  Last weekend at the Fontana, CA racetrack, I could not find the
ABC-TV audio link.  Normally it is in the 450-460 MHz range.  I
wonder if they have begun to use an Internet audio link as noted
in CGC #593.  Does anyone know?
  Bill Leflang, mailto: WGLEF@aol.com
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  TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE GREAT BLACKOUT OF 2003
  I got the link below from an electrical email newsletter.
I was wondering if anyone could explain the reactive power
gibberish in the introduction.  They refer to reactive power in
terms I've never seen before.  It sounds as if they are saying
they are using separate reactive power generators to push the
power from one end of the lines to the other.  The URL opens a
report that shows a list of the events that lead to this year's
big blackout.  They haven't figured out cause-and-effect yet.
  http://tinyurl.com/okm3
  Jim Sensenbach, mailto: jsensenbach@HispanicBroadcasting.com
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  ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON "BMIR" (CGC #591, 593)
  I visited the Burning Man ("BM") staff right after the 2002
event.  What was conveyed to me was that even though there is
"frequency coordination" between stations at BM, in 2002 a station
ended up interfering with one in Gerlach, NV.  The FCC was alerted
to this fact and asked the Bureau of Land Management to address
the problem.  The BLM was not willing, but news of the concern did
get to the BM folks.  There was concern that the FCC would show up
at the 2003 event, so many of last year's stations were dark.  BM
is looking into legal ways to provide the BMIR service.
  Tim Pozar, mailto: pozar@lns.com
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  A STORY OF FCC DATABASE WOES (SEE DATABASE ITEM, CGC #593)
  When the SBE was first granted the six-month stay in the
effective date of the PCN coordination rule - they had originally
asked for one year - I submitted a letter to Wireless with
corrected information for all Crawford Broadcasting Company's BAS
stations.  To date, not one of those records has been fixed.
While I won't go so far as to say that notifying the FCC of
inaccuracies in the BAS database is a waste of time, so far that
has been the case in my experience.  Without an accurate database,
effective PCN coordination will be impossible.
  Cris Alexander, mailto: crisa@crawfordbroadcasting.com
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  A CLOSE CALL FOR JOHN REISER
  John Reiser, WQ4L, FCC-retired and this year's winner of
NAB's Engineering Achievement Award for Radio, had a close call
with Hurricane Isabel as the accompanying images show.  He writes,
"We survived the storm, with minimal damage to the WQ4L antennas,
but lost a big tree in the back yard along with the deck at the
back of our house.  We were very fortunate."
  The wind managed to bend a steel mast supporting his 2-meter
antenna and left the antenna itself within a few inches of a
window.  He lost power and telephone service for a couple of
days, but had sufficient backup power for some lighting.  John
lives in Mt. Vernon, VA.  These small jpeg images show the damage.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/tree_down.jpg
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/tree_on_steps.jpg
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  COULD IT BE THAT THINGS ARE JUST DIFFERENT IN TEXAS?
  The three radio stations operated out of Twentynine Palms,
KDHI, KKJT, and KQYN, have declared bankruptcy.  The company that
operates the stations, "Three D Radio of Nevada," filed for
bankruptcy protection on August 25th, according to court records.
The owner of the bankrupt stations is reported to be at Rawl's
College of Business in Lubbock, TX, where he's teaching Business
Management!
  Gary Daigneault, mailto: z107@cci-29palms.com
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  SAN DIEGO'S 96.9 MHZ PIRATE ADDS STEREO, RECEIVES
  INTERFERENCE FROM A SPANISH LANGUAGE STATION
  Three letters have been received concerning San Diego's
long-running pirate station on 96.9 MHz.  Two readers indicate
that the transmitting antenna is located close to Balboa Park,
but give slightly different location descriptions (the exact
location is not important to our newsletter).
  While the pirate has reportedly added stereo, long-range
reception of the station is limited by co-channel interference
from what one reader believes is XHMUG, 96.9 MHz, Mexicali.
(FCC's CDBS database shows a 96.9 MHz Mexicali Class B
allocation, but no operating station on that frequency).
  Another reader reports that the FCC is working on removing
the pirate from the air, but points out that a time-consuming
legal process is involved.  The first URL below is the pirate's
web page (viewer discretion advised); the second identifies
the co-channel interfering station as XHMUG/Mexicali.
  http://www.pirate969.org/mb/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=190
  http://www.fredcantu.com/listbaja.htm
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  TELSTAR 401 FAILS
       
  The Telstar 4 satellite experienced a short circuit of
its primary power bus on Friday, September 19th, causing the
spacecraft to fail.  Three days later, the venerable bird was
declared a total loss and customers were moved to Telstars 5, 6
and 11.
  Telstar 4 had covered the continental United States, Alaska,
Hawaii, Puerto Rico, southern Canada and the Virgin Islands.
The satellite was to have been replaced with Telstar 8 sometime
next year.  [Thanks to Tom Patterson for the heads up and info.]
  http://www.abcabsat.com/extras/telstar4_failure/restoration.html
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  THE HOMELAND WIDECAST SERVICE (CGC #589)
  The Homeland Public Press and Information Widecast Service
now has a website available for ongoing information on the
proposed service.  For more information, see:
  http://www.nasdaw.org/    [Thanks to Christopher Rumbaugh]
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  MORE "HAND-CRANKED POWER" (CGC #593)
  From Reuters comes this report on a wind-up charger that
will generate 20 minutes of cell phone power in exchange for
five minutes of cranking.  [Thanks to J.J. McVeigh]
  http://asia.news.yahoo.com/030923/3/14spl.html
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  NOTICE REGARDING NON-COMPLIANT BATTERY CHARGERS
  The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology ("OET")
Laboratory has determined that certain vehicle battery chargers
manufactured and distributed in the United States by Vector
Products, Inc. d/b/a Vector Manufacturing, Ltd. ("Vector") are
not in compliance with the Part 15 technical standards.  The six
non-compliant models are VEC086, VEC087, VEC088, VEC090, VEC092
and VEC093.  All of these devices are labeled as being in
compliance with the Part 15 Rules, but in fact are not compliant
according to FCC lab tests.  These units "present a serious 
potential for harmful interference to licensed radio services."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2923A1.doc
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  HISTORY RECALLED AS GALVIN STEPS DOWN AS CEO OF MOTOROLA
  Chris Galvin, son of Robert Galvin and grandson of Paul
Galvin, announced last week (much to the delight of Wall Street)
that he'll step down as Motorola's chief executive officer.  The
Chicago Sun-Times recounts the company's history from it's humble
1928 beginnings as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation to its
leading role today as a provider of cell phones and public safety
radio equipment.
  http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-mot25.html
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  GORDON JUMP, 71, REMEMBERED
  Gordon Jump, the actor who played radio station manager Art
Carlson on the show "WKRP in Cincinnati," died September 22 at
age 71 according to Radio World.  He also was familiar to TV
viewers as the Maytag repairman, although he was not the first to
play that role.  The actor did in fact work at radio and TV
stations in the Midwest early in his career, and reportedly
loved theater work as well.  He suffered from pulmonary fibrosis.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3937
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  New, Yucca Valley (Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel) to KJSM-LP
  FCC Report #469
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030801AWV   NEW  156528  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   99.1 MHZ               ESCONDIDO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/18/2003
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPFT-20030801AWV   NEW  156528   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   99.1 MHZ                ESCONDIDO, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 9/22/03
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20030919ABW   KMRO  65404  THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
               E   90.3 MHZ             EDUCATION, INC.
                                         CAMARILLO, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20030922AEV   KMRO-FM1 81502    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                  E   90.3 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                          CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20030919ABJ   KZDF-LP  57054    LAURIE MINTZ
                  E   CHAN-41           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KZDF-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPCDT-19991028ACX   KHIZ-DT  63865  SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
                  E   CHAN-44              BARSTOW, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/23/2003
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTVL-20030924AKC  K29FX  128324  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                  E   CHAN-8              FOREST FALLS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831AVW.
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