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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #605
                   Tuesday, November 25, 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 ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR ITS VOICE OVER IP FORUM TO BE HELD
  DECEMBER 1, 2003
  The FCC's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Forum will
be webcast live and also archived for later viewing.  Panelists
will be asked to address what, if any, "regulatory obligations"
currently imposed upon telephone companies should be placed upon
you (or your VoIP provider) when you use your Internet connection
as a telephone, and whether, from either legal or technical
perspectives, such obligations are feasible.
  Access to the webcast is available at
<http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/>.  Info on the agenda is posted at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-3777A1.doc
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  QUARTERLY REPORT ON INFORMAL CONSUMER INQUIRIES AND
  COMPLAINTS RELEASED
  The FCC has released a report on the inquiries and complaints
processed by its Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB)
during the third quarter of 2003.  According to the report
synopsis:
  "Complaint activity increased within all major areas except
Cable during the third quarter.  The largest increase occurred
within Radio & Broadcasting.  A total of 19,920 Indecency and
Obscenity complaints were received during the quarter.  Complaint
activity was higher in all five top Wireless categories, with
the largest percentage increases coming from the Service Quality
and Equipment categories...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-241435A1.doc
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  NEXT CGC COMMUNICATOR IN TWO WEEKS
  The CGC Communicator will not be published next week
unless there is monumental breaking news.  Enjoy the holidays!
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  DECEMBER BANQUET FOR SAN DIEGO BROADCAST ENGINEERS
  Come one, come all broadcast engineers, to the SBE
Chapter 36 2003 Holiday Banquet.  We've had a great time at
past holiday dinners, and now the tradition continues.  SBE
members and guests welcome!
  Join us for this no-host affair December 10 at 12 noon
at the Spice House Restaurant, 9035 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard,
between SR-163 and I-15.
  RSVP to mailto :SBE36@Broadcast.net or call Jim at
Western Radio Electronics, (858) 268-4400, before end-of-
business Monday, December 8, so that the restaurant can
set-up for the right number of guests.
  http://www.sbe36.org
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  SAN DIEGO'S SBE CHAPTER GOES PAPERLESS
  The San Diego chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers
is currently sending out [see above] what will likely be its last
printed notice regarding an upcoming event.  Items of interest
are always posted at <http://sbe36.org>, but if you'd like to be
notified via e-mail, be sure to sign-up for that service.  Go to
the website mentioned above and click on "Subscribe."  No spam,
and the list is kept private.
  Gary Stigall, webmaster,  mailto: sbe36@broadcast.net
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  NEW 550 KHZ SIGNAL APPEARS IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA
  "XEKTT-AM broadcasting from Tecate is on the air.  The
station, at 550 on the dial, has caused interference to XESURF-AM
540 in nearby Rosarita [the interference itself is reportedly
found in San Diego].  The Tecate station is being programmed
from the Pacific Spanish Network.  Reports of the new station
stepping on 540 started about two weeks ago, and the FCC database
confirms the new station.  The power of the new station is not
known, but it is sufficient to cause interference [to] The Surf
in most locations....  (Rosarita and Tecate are about 50 miles
apart in Baja California, Mexico.)"
  (Extract from SDRadio's Monday newsletter)
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  A NEAR DISASTER IN JULIAN
  Much has been made of the loss of one fire fighter's life
in the San Diego wildfires - and the incident certainly deserves
top media attention.  Not so well known is the near loss of 43
fire fighters in the Whispering Winds (Julian) incident where
a failure of radio communications was involved.  (Could
communications have been reestablished by using a "reverse split"
format familiar to ham radio operators?  That depends on the type
of radio system and the modulation involved.)
  The underlying article is posted on SignOnSanDiego and probably
won't be available for free viewing long.  This is quite a story.
  http://tinyurl.com/wehm
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  AL KENYON LEAVES CLEAR CHANNEL
  Following successful completion of a series of major
projects, and with less work of that type on the horizon, Clear
Channel has eliminated Al Kenyon's executive project management
position effective immediately.  Al writes, "Leads gratefully
accepted."
  Phone: 513-858-1711 & 513-703-1251;  mailto: Askenyon@fuse.net
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  THE SIRIUS MODULATOR FREQUENCY IS EASILY CHANGED (CGC #603, 604)
  The default 88.5 frequency of the Sirius/Hertz Audiovox FM
Modulator can be changed with just a few keystrokes, as follows:
  [SFT] [0] [9] [*] [*] [SFT]. Replace the asterisks with a number
between 21 and 27, each representing a different FM channel;
21=88.1; 22=88.3; 23=88.5; 24=88.7; 25=88.9; 26=89.1; and 27=89.3.
  Dave Rickmers, mailto: ricketzz@earthlink.net
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  HELLO! IS ANYBODY HOME? (SEE "EAS", CGC #604)
  KLLY(FM) rebroadcasting KFRG(FM)'s programming for ten minutes
after the EAS EOM problem just points out that in today's radio,
no one at the station is REALLY listening to their own product.
This has now become the "norm" in radio.  To further illustrate
the point, I recently walked into the studio of a cluster of three
stations at 8:00 am - I'm an outside contractor - and found that I
was the only "live body" there!
  Dow Jones, mailto: dowjones@prodigy.net
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  DIGITAL RADIO TRANSMISSIONS ON SHORTWAVE
  Radio Netherlands has a transmission schedule for the Digital
Radio Mondiale ("DRM") transmission system, posted at:
  http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/html/drm_schedule.html
  Although I don't have a DRM receiver, my curiosity has been
stirred by hearing the BBC's fairly robust 49 meter DRM signal on
my Sony portable.  If anyone has a DRM receiver and can offer
some comments on DRM reception, I'd like to hear from you.  TNX!
  Steve Blodgett, mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  MORE ON NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL'S USE OF UNAUTHORIZED FREQUENCIES
  The Nevada Highway Patrol's 255-page investigative report
and 2,500 pages of supporting documentation have been turned over
to the State Attorney General's office, where the possibility of
criminal charges will be determined in connection with the
Patrol's use of a radio system on frequencies for which it holds
no licenses.  The FCC has threatened to fine Nevada and block
future license requests if NHP does not abandon the unauthorized
frequencies soon.
  http://tinyurl.com/vpcp    (Also see CGC #575)
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  TOWER VANDAL FACES 27 MONTHS IN PRISON
  A Washington man who admitted tampering with more than
20 high-voltage power towers in four western states (CGC #603)
has entered a plea bargain agreement with federal prosecutors.
Under the plan, 62-year-old Michael Poulin will serve no more
than 27 months in federal prison.  Poulin has a rather unusual
history, including serving time for attempted murder in the 70s.
  http://tinyurl.com/vsjv
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  DISPATCHER HONORED FOR INNOVATIVE WANTED PERSONS SEARCH
  A Kansas police dispatcher complying with an officer's
request for more information about a subject he had detained
took the unusual step of initiating a query via the Yahoo.com
Internet search engine.  It was that search that led to the
arrest of a California man on charges of attempted murder and
kidnap, earning Dispatcher Kelly Lafary an award for valor,
her second such honor.
  http://www.thekansascitychannel.com/news/2638360/detail.html
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  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
  Enjoy a high quality computer animation by Jacquie Lawson
to help celebrate the Thanksgiving Holidays.  High speed Internet
connection recommended; 2-3 minutes download time otherwise, but
it's worth the wait.
  http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=0183913358
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLET-20030522AGL  KLCS  38430  LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST.
              E   CHAN-58               LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPET-20011022ABE,
  callsign KLCS.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20031105AAO  KVYE-DT  36170  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  E   CHAN-22              EL CENTRO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991029ACL
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20031113AHO   KYOR-FM1  93956   MCC RADIO, LLC
                 E   106.9 MHZ         PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030822AAE   NEW  149145   RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY, INC.
               E   103.3 MHZ              CHULA VISTA, 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
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPFT-20030819AAP   NEW  147807   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   94.1 MHZ                YUCAIPA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 11/10/03
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20031106ACU     KXOL-FM  28848    KXOL LICENSING, INC.
                 E   96.3 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTT-20030710ABS  K66BM 68071  TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK,INC.
               E   CHAN-31              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K66BM.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030820ACE   NEW  145463     COMMUNITY PUBLIC RADIO, INC.
               E   103.9 MHZ                  ANAHEIM, 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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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20030303ACE  KFTR-DT  60549  TELEFUTURA LOS ANGELES LLC
                  E   CHAN-47               ONTARIO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991029AFX
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  BEPCDT-20030306AAZ   KEYT-DT  60637    SMITH BROADCASTING
                   E   CHAN-27          OF SANTA BARBARA, LP
                                          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20010126ABE
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  BEPCDT-20030618ABZ    KDOC-DT  24518    GOLDEN ORANGE
                   E    CHAN-32       BROADCASTING CO., INC.
                                           ANAHEIM, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20000427ABH
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  BEPCDT-20030801BTH  KPXN-DT 58978  PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE..
                  E   CHAN-38            SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20021126AAU
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-19980601QB   KTSB-LP  41127  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                 P   CHAN-29             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 43 TO CHANNEL 29;
  TL: SANTA YNEZ PEAK, 25 KILOMETERS WNW OF SANTA BARBARA, CA;
  34-31-36  119-58-39; TPO: 3.516 KILOWATTS; ERP: 150.0 KILOWATTS;
  ANTENNA: SWR, SWLP8SL; RCAMSL: 1318 METERS AND ORIENTATION:
  120 DEGREES TRUE. (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
  DISMISSED PER SECTION 73.3567(a)(1) OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES.
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  BPTT-JG0601DC   K62AO  11528  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
             E   CHAN-23               MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE FROM CHANNEL 62 TO CHANNEL 23.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
  DISMISSED PER SECTION 73.3568(a)(1) OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES.
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