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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #609
                    Tuesday,  January 6, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
           Stephen H. Blodgett, W7RNA, Letters Editor
                  mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CLOSED CAPTIONING NOTICE
  The following is an FCC Notice to video programming
distributors and the public of the January 1, 2004 requirements
for closed captioning of new non-exempt English and Spanish
language video programming, and a reminder of other captioning
requirements.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2A1.doc
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  FCC FINES FAX.COM OVER $5 MILLION FOR SENDING "JUNK FAXES"
  Short and long FCC reports follow.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-242654A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-2A1.doc
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  DATEL TENTATIVELY FINED $10,000 FOR NON-COMPLIANT EQUIPMENT
  The Commission has issued a $10,000 Notice of Apparent
Liability for Forfeiture ("NAL") to Datel Design and Development,
Inc. ("Datel").  The problem:  Datel imported and sold about
12,000 Datel Talknet USB Headsets (Model Number DUS0049) that
did not comply with the Commission's radiated emission limits
set forth in Part 15 of the Rules.  The lack of compliance was
verified by the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology
Laboratory.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-4118A1.doc
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  CONSOLIDATED COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST XEKTT, 560 KHZ, TECATE
  Thought you might be interested in the following.  On
December 24, 2003, Owens One Company, licensee of KUZZ, 550 kHz,
Bakersfield; ABC, licensee of KSFO, 560 kHz, San Francisco; and
Clear Channel, licensee of KLAC, 570 kHz, Los Angeles, KBLU,
560 kHz, Yuma and KFYI, 550 kHz, Phoenix; filed a joint
interference complaint with the Commission, a copy of which is
available to CGC Communicator readers for the asking.
  The complaint is very detailed as it outlines a total of over
29 million persons now receiving interference from XEKTT to the
stations listed above.  I understand that the FCC's International
Bureau has contacted Mexico City, and as of this writing has
heard no reply.  We understand a formal complaint will be filed
with the Mexican government next week.
  Elliott Klein, Consulting Engineer, Owens One Company, L.L.C.,
  December 30, 2003, mailto: elliott@kleinbroadcast.com
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  CHANNEL 9, K09XM, IS ON THE AIR IN SAN DIEGO
  I'm getting reports that LPTV station K61GH has "moved"
to Channel 9.  It's an LPTV based in National City.  New call:
K09XM.  Can't "see" the CH-9 signal in Oceanside, but others
claim it's interfering with the reception of KCAL-TV, CH-9,
out of Los Angeles.
  Chris Carmichael, mailto: me@christophercarmichael.net
  [K09XM is a highly directional low power station that is
not permitted to cause interference to full service stations such
as KCAL, KFMB and KGTV, and must accept interference from all
full service stations.  K09XM transmits from the UCSD tower
on Mt. Soledad.  The displaced facility, K61GH, transmitted from
Mt. Woodson under an STA, the latest extension of which expires
on 1/16/04.  Ownership of K61GH is now the subject of a
Transfer of Control Application.
  John Russell has asked to be notified if K09XM causes any
interference to the normal over-the-air reception of KCAL-TV,
Channel 9.  He can be reached at (323) 460-3415 or
mailto: jarussell@cbs.com.  A copy of the K09XM CP can be found
at the URL shown below. -Ed.]
  http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/619150.pdf
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  TWO COMMENTS ON PLASMA TV MONITOR RFI (CGC #607,8)
  I have run into plasma TV monitor RFI a couple of times.  I do
two-way radio and RFI investigations for a large electric utility
and have found these monitor emissions not only in the AM
broadcast band, but all the way up to around 15 MHz, at distances
of up to nearly 500 feet from the house.
  On one occasion, while tracking a problem for a ham with RFI and
while traveling down a short side street, my Sprague interference
receiver and the truck's AM radio started making harsh raspy video
type buzzes while listening at 530 kHz.  I looked into a house at
the end of the street and saw a large rectangular HDTV hanging on
the wall.  Due to the brightness of the display, I figured it had
to be plasma. I noted that the buzz characteristics changed as the
scene changed.  Since it was quite a distance from the complaining
ham, I moved on and continued tracking his original problem.
  Bill Smith, mailto: WILLIAM.SMITH@us.ngrid.com
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   My in-laws purchased a plasma monitor.  I like to listen to
radio at night when I go to bed, at a location that is 47 feet
from the display.  On both a Sony ICF-2010 and GE SuperRadio III,
that TV takes out many stations that I previously could hear.
Even 0.5 to 1 mv/m signals had traces of noise under them.
Weaker stations at less than 0.1 mv/m that were previously
audible, became completely inaudible.
  Fred Vobbe, mailto: w8hdu@wlio.com
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  DON'T CLIMB ALONE!  (SEE "SUSPENSION TRAUMA" IN CGC #608)
 
  If a tower worker is suspended in his harness, he must be
rescued in a hurry.  We train our people how to get an injured
or unconscious climber off a tower.  During the tower drills,
while the "victim" is waiting to be rescued, he can discover in
a hurry how uncomfortable the harness becomes.  The "victim"
has to keep moving to avoid circulation problems.  In the case
of an actual suspended fall, the climber's co-workers can at
least prevent suspension trauma by assisting him over to the
structure and relieving the pressure.  Suspension trauma is a
real problem we have to face and the best step toward
prevention is to avoid climbing alone.
  Timothy H. Lynch, mailto: tlynch@w-t-s.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FINDING OUT ABOUT A STATION'S PROPOSED CHANGE
  One of our readers asked for details on the proposed KMPC(AM)
upgrade mentioned in the LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC section last
week.  We do not have the staff to answer individual inquiries,
but you can do your own research by using the FCC's CDBS database.
Here's how, using KMPC as an example:
  (1)  Visit the CDBS searcher page
  <http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_sear.htm>.
  (2)  In the top box where it says "call sign," insert "kmpc"
  without the quotes.  Lower case letters work fine.
  (3)  Scroll down and hit the "Submit Search" button at the
  bottom of the first blue field.  A new page should open.
  (4)  The top row of information (BP 20031216ADK as of this
  writing) reflects KMPC's latest application.  On the far right
  in that row, click on "application" (not "info").  You should
  now start downloading their CP application.
  (5)  Always look near the bottom of a CP application for
  "clickables" that will take you to attachments.  In this case,
  you can download Attachment 10 for detailed engineering
  information and maps - the bonanza that really tells what's
  going on.
  Save these instructions for use on other projects.  As
you can see, the CDBS search engine is a very powerful tool.
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  LET'S GO RETRO - A LOOK BACK AT HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
  If you've been fortunate enough to experience the pleasures
and challenges associated with conducting AM antenna proofs of
performance, you'll appreciate this link to Fred Vobbe's web
site.  One original document from 1940 reveals a complete AM
non-D proof from NBC's WEAF [WNBC, WFAN], Long Island, NY.
  http://www.vobbe.net/articles/WEAF24oct1940Proof.pdf
  [Large pdf document]
  You can see other interesting station documents on the
web site at <http://www.vobbe.net>.  Click on "articles" in
the left column.  Many thanks to Fred for sharing these bits
of broadcasting's technical history!
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20031223ABE    KPSH  87604    SHEPHERD COMMUNICATIONS INC
                E   90.9 MHZ               COACHELLA, CA   
  Lic. to cover
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCT-20031128AAV   KXLA  55083    RANCHO PALOS VERDES
                 E   CHAN-44          BROADCASTERS, INC.
                                   RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPCT-20010131ABS
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20031219ACA    KSWB-DT  58827     KSWB INC.
                  E     CHAN-19          SAN DIEGO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-19990901AAF.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20031231AAZ   K15EI  19779  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                 E   CHAN-15                INDIO, CA
  Application to convert: BLTTL-20031124AQH
  to Class A station status
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