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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #610
                   Tuesday,  January 13, 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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  FCC OPEN MEETING THURSDAY
  The FCC will hold an Open Meeting of more than routine
interest on Thursday, January 15.  The focus will be on
presentations by senior agency officials regarding their
implementations of the agency's strategic plan, and a
comprehensive review of FCC policies and procedures.  The
meeting will be streamed live over the Internet.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-242773A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  TWO MORE AM STATIONS BEING BUILT IN TIJUANA:  780 & 920 KHZ
  CGC Communicator readers are already familiar with XEPE
(formerly XEKTT), the new 560 kHz station near Tijuana that is
causing massive interference to U.S. broadcast signals (see
CGC #609).  XEPE is authorized to run 20 kW day and 10 kW night
and is non-directional, real flame thrower.
  Reliable sources in Mexico indicate that two more AM stations,
780 and 920 kHz, are under construction at Rosarito Beach and may
be on the air as early as mid-February 2004.  The stations are
said to be 20 kW day/10 kW night, same as XEPE, and will also be
non-directional.  The transmitter site is reported to be
approximately two miles north of the famous 1090 kHz array.
These new stations are also expected to cause massive inter-
ference to U.S. broadcast interests.
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  SIRENSENSOR
  Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge has asked the Fire
Department to work with the City's Department of Transportation
to start a pilot program using technology such as SirenSensor.
This is an acoustically activated device that can differentiate
emergency sirens from ambient noise and then warn civilian drivers
of the approach of an emergency vehicle.  It does this by shutting
off a nearby car's audio system or radio and activating both
audible and visual signals.  The councilman believes that this
technology can help police and fire fighters respond to 
emergencies with greater speed.
  (Story from Amateur Radio Newsline of January 9, 2004.  Article
describing SirenSensor's technology (URL below) is dated 1998.)
  http://tinyurl.com/2ts3a
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  JAMES KAY LOSES A ROUND IN BATTLE OVER RANCHO PV ANTENNA FARM
  Commercial mobile radio service provider James A. Kay has
been dealt a setback by a state appellate panel which upheld a
superior court finding that the antenna farm Kay maintains at
his Rancho Palos Verdes home is not exempt from city permit
requirements.  Kay is continuing his fight with the city, even
though he obtained permits for two of his 20 antennas with the
condition that he remove the others.
  http://www.dailybreeze.com/content/news/nmpntenna7.html
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  KFMB-AM/FM SEEKS BROADCAST RADIO ENGINEER
  KFMB is looking for a broadcast radio engineer for KFMB-FM
("Star 100.7") and KFMB-AM (760 kHz).  Qualified candidates
should have a minimum of 5 years experience in large market
radio operations.  For complete information see:
  http://earthsignals.com/jobs/
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES OF WEAF (CGC #609)
  I enjoyed the item about WEAF.  The info at the web site
indicates that WEAF was a 2-tower DA.  It was indeed a
directional signal with a 2-tower array back in those days though
it is non-D from a different site today.  When I was a kid back in
New Jersey, they had the flakiest signal of the "big-four."  WOR
also used a DA but their signal was dynamite almost as far west
as Pittsburgh.  Thanks for the memories.
  Bernie Alan, mailto: tvannouncer@adelphia.net
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  OUTLAWING JUNK FAXES IS OKAY, BUT WHAT ABOUT SPAM? (CGC #609)
  Junk faxes really only take up maybe 30 seconds a week of my
time compared to junk e-mail "spam" that takes up 90.5% of my
daily in-box.  If our lawmakers really want to focus their efforts
on "lost" productivity, the far worse problem resulting from junk
email would be a much better priority.
  Happy New Year!
  Edd Forke, mailto: eforke@shively.com
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  JOHN H. POOLE PASSES AWAY
  My father, John H. Poole, a broadcast legend, and founder of
KBIG AM and FM, passed away on Christmas Day.  You can see an
obituary biography at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Obit/
  Peter Poole, mailto: peter@mountpalomar.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  NOISE TEMPERATURE CHART
  Here's a nice chart listing noise figure vs. noise temperature.
Good to hang on the wall in the lab:
  http://www.modcoinc.com/charts/chart7.htm
  (Thanks to Art McBride, KC6UQH)
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  DAILY POSTCARDS FROM MARS
  Following is the URL for NASA's daily release of pictures
from Mars.  The first 360-degree panorama from landing craft
Spirit was just published yesterday, for example.  Click on
"Press Release Images Spirit," then on "12-Jan-2004."  What
wonderful viewing.  Enjoy!
  http://marsrovers.nasa.gov/gallery/images.html
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20031204AKI    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
  DISMISSED
  BP-20030414ABT    KSDT  36830   RUDEX BROADCASTING LIMITED
              E   1320 KHZ                HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20040106AAE   KMLT  21689    AMATURO GROUP OF L.A., LTD.
               E   92.7 MHZ              THOUSAND OAKS, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20030326AHT  KNLA-LP 72270 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-27              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KNLA-LP.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPFT-20030711AAT  NEW  145140  FAITH PLEASES GOD CHURCH CORP.
              E   106.1 MHZ             APPLE VALLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 12/29/03
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  BNPFT-20030711AAV  NEW  139770  FAITH PLEASES GOD CHURCH CORP.
              E   98.3 MHZ                ELSINORE, CA
  CP New Stn.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 12/29/03
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