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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #607
                   Tuesday, December 16, 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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  INDUSTRY LEADERS ADOPT RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENSURE
  THE SECURITY OF MEDIA FACILITIES DURING EMERGENCIES
  Leaders from the broadcast, cable and satellite industries
have adopted forty-nine "best practices" recommendations to ensure
the continued operation and security of media facilities in times
of a national emergency.  The recommendations were recently
adopted by the FCC's Media Security and Reliability Council.
(Synopsis, Full Report)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-241973A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-241972A1.doc
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  BOEING CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF GEOSYNCHRONOUS SATELLITES
  Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous satellite, is but
40 years old.  
  "Kingsport, this is Lakehurst.  Kingsport, this is Lakehurst.
How do you hear me?"  These were the first words spoken over
Syncom 2.  The query was from a technician at Lakehurst, New
Jersey, to the U.S. Navy ship Kingsport at Lagos, Nigeria, proving
that the satellite, launched hours earlier, was alive and well.
On that day, July 26, 1963, the door to instant global
communications was flung open.
  http://tinyurl.com/zeh4
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  FCC CHAIRMAN FEELS THAT TECHNOLOGY IS MOVING TOO QUICKLY
  The telecommunications industry needs to start with a clean
slate when it comes to regulations, Michael Powell, chairman of
the FCC, said last week at UC San Diego.  Innovation is happening
so quickly now that current rules can't keep pace.  "Cauldrons of
innovation are also cauldrons of regulatory hell," Powell is
quoted as saying in this SignOnSanDiego (Union Tribune) article.
Catch the write up before UT removes it from free viewing:
  http://tinyurl.com/z3mz
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  RELOCATION OF FCC'S GETTYSBURG OFF-SITE MAIL ROOM
  The mail room's new address is 1280 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg,
  PA 17325.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-242047A1.doc
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  COMMENTS SOUGHT ON USE OF SEPARATE ANTENNAS TO INITIATE
  DIGITAL FM TRANSMISSIONS
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-3898A1.doc
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  HAPPY HOLIDAYS
  The CGC Communicator will not be published next week due
to the Holidays.  Season's Greetings to all, and best wishes
for a healthy and prosperous New Year!
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  THE TECATE 550 KHZ STATION HAS MOVED TO 560
  Tecate 550 kHz was off the air for a day or so, and on
December 11, 2003 moved to 560 kHz.  (I guess they are working
their way up the dial!)  Now 570 kHz is unlistenable.
  The San Diego Observer
  [The 560 kHz station is XEKTT and runs 20 kW day and 10 kW
night, non-D both times, according to an informed source.  The
tower is said to be 448' tall, and the transmitter is a Harris
DX-25U.  -RG]
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  LAS VEGAS MONORAIL TO OPEN SOON
  The Las Vegas Monorail is scheduled to open during the first
quarter of 2004, just in time for April's NAB Convention.  The
route will run along the east side of Las Vegas Blvd. beginning
at the MGM Grand, and will head north making stops at Bally's/
Paris, the Flamingo Hilton, Harrah's, Imperial Palace, the Las
Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Hilton and the Sahara
Hotel. The Las Vegas Convention Center stop will be two level
(a ground level and a train level).
  Gliding above traffic at speeds up to 50 miles per hour,
you'll be able to cover the four mile route in approximately
14 minutes for as little as $3.00.
  http://www.nab.org/conventions/nab2004/press/december.asp
  http://www.lvnvmonorail.com/
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                       EQUIPMENT FOR SALE   
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  POTOMAC FIM-71 OFFERED
  For sale:  Potomac Instruments FIM-71 field strength meter.
Covers 45-225 MHz.  Great condition, used twice for a proof study.
Asking $3,500; can mail jpeg images.
  Matt Lunati, Combined Comm., Marconi@Unitycom.com
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  PLASMA HDTV SCREEN CAUSES AM BROADCAST RFI
  One of my customers has a new plasma HDTV screen (Panasonic),
and I happened to notice that it throws off considerable RFI in
the AM broadcast band.  Would be interested to find out if this
problem is widespread.  Please mailto: steve@earthsignals.com so
other Communicator readers can see your response.
  Bob Layton, mailto: bobbevlayton@aol.com
  [Existing CRT displays also create a lot of RFI in the AM
broadcast band.  It might be helpful to measure and compare
the interference levels between CRT and Plasma displays.  - SB]
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  THE FCC'S HISTORICAL WEB SITE IS A GOOD DRAFT (CGC #606)
  I worry that the FCC's web site may be re-writing history.
>From relegating broadcast FM to a high frequency band, almost
killing it, working in league with RCA to keep it suppressed,
to delaying cellular deployment for at least ten to 15 years,
the FCC didn't always have a good record of fostering innovation.
And, I note that some dates and details on the site differ from
other sources.  For example, AT&T made the first cellular radio
four years before the date cited on the web site.  See:
  http://www.privateline.com/PCS/history7.htm
  Let's consider the FCC site to be a good start, a first draft.
  Tom Farley, mailto: privline@pacbell.net
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  AND THE LATEST TOWER TO COLLAPSE IS....
  The 528-foot tower supporting WMGX and WYNZ in the Portland,
Maine area collapsed on Thursday.  The reason for the failure
was a guy wire that apparently "snapped," as reported on Scott
Fybush's web site.
  Once again we are reminded that tower maintenance is not an
option, including tests for guy tension.  The story, and a photo
of the tower prior to collapse, can be seen at:
  http://www.fybush.com/nerw.html
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FIRE PASTE
  Just apply a little "fire paste" to structures in fire zones,
and worry is washed away, or so the following article implies.
The inventor says he doesn't understand how his product works,
only that it can protect just about anything from the effects of
a blowtorch - even his head in a live demonstration.  Fire paste
is said to be biodegradable and made with common, inexpensive
ingredients.
  http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/details.asp?c=63
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  CURIOUS EXPERIMENTAL GRANT
  WD2XFV, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, PERMIT 0223-EX-PL-2003.
New experimental to operate in 698-704 and 704-710 MHz for test
and development of 4G technology.  Fixed:  Seattle (King), WA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-242125A1.doc
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  COURT-TO-FBI: NO MONITORING OF IN-CAR CONVERSATIONS
  The FBI and other police agencies may not eavesdrop on
conversations inside automobiles equipped with OnStar or similar
dashboard communications systems, a federal appeals court has
ruled.  However, the decision is binding only in California,
Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, and other states that fall
within the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction.
  After learning that some OnStar type systems could be remotely
activated to eavesdrop on conversations after a car was reported
stolen, the FBI realized these gizmos would be useful for bugging
vehicles.  Ironically, "The problem (the court had) with the
surveillance was not based on privacy grounds at all," said David
Sobel, General Counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information
Center.  The following story from C/Net News has the details.
  http://news.com.com/2100-1029_3-5109435.html
  [OnStar is but a cell phone that can be operated by remote
control, by GM; it carries voice as well as data.  OnStar is not
a magic satellite-based communications system as its name implies.
Since OnStar knows where your vehicle is located (thanks to
automatic cellular position reporting required by the FCC's E-911
initiative), some individuals have pulled the fuse feeding their
OnStar box, permanently deactivating the device.   -RG]
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  SATURN CLOSE UP PHOTO FROM CASSINI
  The following high resolution image of Saturn was taken
November 9, 2003 from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft on its way
to Saturn, but still 69,000,000 miles away.  The Cassini orbiter
will circle Saturn and its moons for four years, while the
Huygens probe will dive into the murky atmosphere of Titan (one
of Saturn's moons) and hopefully send back valuable information
from its surface.  Thanks to Paula Knoll for the image.
  http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/PR/2003L05/SatC40_V3.jpg
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  THE VIRTUAL SNOWGLOBE
 
  Just in time for the Holidays is the Virtual Snowglobe.  Turn
up your computer sound, bring in the kids and click and drag the
snowglobe to shake it.  Have fun!
  http://ww12.e-tractions.com/snowglobe/globe.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20031106ACU     KXOL-FM  28848  KXOL LICENSING, INC.
                 E   96.3 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/03/2003
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCT-20031128AAV KXLA 55083  RANCHO PALOS VERDES BROADCASTERS..
               E  CHAN-44            RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPCT-20010131ABS
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPET-20030527AEI    KOCE-TV  4328     BOARD OF TRUSTEES,
                E     CHAN-50    COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                      HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KOCE-TV.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030825AFA   NEW  141810   HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
               E   95.5 MHZ                 GLAMIS, CA
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  BNPFT-20030822AIR   NEW  144309   RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY INC.
               E   92.9 MHZ                 LOMPOC, CA
  ____________
  BNPFT-20030825AKK   NEW  144445      RFENGINEERS.COM, INC
               E   98.3 MHZ                 RIALTO, CA
  ____________
  Petitions to deny any of these applications must be on file 
  no later than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting 
  the applications.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLEDT-20030507AAS   KLCS-DT  38430   LOS ANGELES UNIFIED
                  E   CHAN-41            SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                         LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPEDT-19991221AAV,
  callsign KLCS.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000608ABQ    NEW   124659   IGLESIA DE CRISTO MINISTERIO
               E   99.1 MHZ                  NEWHALL, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DISMISS FILED 3/13/03 BY ("LWM")
  Application dismissed by letter dated 12/8/2003.
  Petition to Dismiss dismissed as moot on 12/8/2003.
  No letter sent.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20031124AQH  KUNA-LP 19779  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO.
                 E   CHAN-15                 INDIO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMAPTTL-20000818AED,
  callsign KUNA-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20031110AAG  KHEM-LP 7776  LA VERTA W. AND VICTOR W. PAGE 
                 E   CHAN-27                HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KHEM-LP.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000607AAA    NEW  124034    REDHAWK COMMUNITY RADIO
               E   96.9 MHZ                TEMECULA, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPFT-20030818ADT     NEW   141900   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
               E     105.7 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                             JULIAN, CA
  CP New Stn.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 12/8/03
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY
  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.
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 12/8/03
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000605AJX    NEW  124493   OUR LADY OF FATIMA CHURCH
               E   104.7 MHZ             SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Dismissed per applicant's request 11/4/2003 - no letter sent
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 12/8/03
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMITS
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030711AAT   NEW  145140  FAITH PLEASES GOD CHURCH CORP.
               E   106.1 MHZ              APPLE VALLEY, 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-20030825AFD   NEW  141865  HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
               E   102.7 MHZ               NILAND, CA
  CP New Stn.
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