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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #613
                   Tuesday,  February 3, 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 RELEASES TENTH ANNUAL REPORT ON VIDEO COMPETITION
  The sands continue to shift in the way Americans receive
video programming.  Local telephone companies, for the most part,
have failed to create "video dial tones" while direct broadcast
satellite services, which first became commercially available in
1993, have become the most significant national competitor to
cable TV.  For further information on video trends, see:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243261A1.doc
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  FCC RELEASES TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBER REPORT
  Among the more interesting findings:
  Approximately 95% of all households in the U.S. had
  telephone service as of July 2003, the survey date.
  Having money in pocket helps subscribership.  The
  telephone penetration rate was 80% for households with
  annual incomes below $5,000, while the rate for households
  with incomes over $75,000 was 99%.
  By state, the penetration rates ranged from a low of 90%
  in Arkansas and New Mexico to a high of 98% in New Hampshire.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243359A1.doc
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  COMMISSION PROPOSES TO FINE CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS
  $755,000 FOR APPARENT VIOLATIONS OF INDECENCY AND PUBLIC
  INSPECTION FILE RULES
  This forfeiture is the highest ever proposed against a
broadcast licensee, according to the FCC, and was determined in
part by "Clear Channel's history of transgressions relating to the
broadcast of indecent material over stations licensed to its
subsidiaries."  The proposed forfeiture includes $40,000 for CC's
apparent failure to maintain certain required documents in the
public inspection files of the stations in question.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243249A1.doc
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  FCC CHAIRMAN POWELL AND COMMISSIONER KATHLEEN Q. ABERNATHY
  POUNCE ON THE SUPERBOWL HALFTIME INCIDENT
  The FCC is opening an immediate investigation into Sunday
night's Superbowl incident where part of Janet Jackson's clothing
was ripped off by another performer, and nudity prevailed, albeit
briefly.  Chairman Powell described the stunt as "classless, 
crass and deplorable."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243435A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243441A1.doc
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  BUSTED: QUIZNOS SUBS, FLORIDA, FOR SENDING UNSOLICITED FAX ADS
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-240A1.doc
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  COMMUNICATOR HIATUS FOR TWO WEEKS
  Increasing use of automated spam filters have made the
delivery of the CGC Communicator challenging.  The Communicator
will NOT be published next week to allow us time to dig out
from under a pile of delivery reject slips.  Back issues of the
Communicator, for those missing them, are always available on-
line at our website.  Bext Corporation donates the web space
and graciously posts our newsletters each week.  Thank You Bext!
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/contents.htm
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  XEKTT UPDATE, AND RELATED INFORMATION
  A high level telephone call between the FCC and the SCT
(Mexico's FCC) reportedly took place on Tuesday of last week.
Put simply, the SCT is said to have promised swift action in
eliminating the interference that XEKTT (XEPE), 560 kHz, Tecate/
Tijuana, is currently causing to U.S. stations.  Meanwhile, more
broadcasters are joining the list of companies concerned with
the interference.
  Concern for Mexico's planned operations on 780 and 920 kHz
(XESS and XEDD respectively) in the vicinity of Tijuana continues
to mount.  A hard copy of the authorization for 780 kHz has
surfaced and confirms that operation with 20 kw day and 10 kW
night is in fact sanctioned by the SCT, with non-directional
facilities both times and a quarter-wave tall broadcast tower.
This confirms the power figures published in CGC #610 and
establishes that we are dealing with more blow torch situations.
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  RADIO BROADCAST ENGINEER NEEDED - NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY AREA
  This opening is for a contract engineer and includes upcoming
transmitter projects.  For more information, please visit the jobs
page at:
  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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  KBLA's TOWERS PROVIDE AN AVIAN PLAYGROUND
  Here are some photos of birds at KBLA enjoying the guy wires
and feasting in the field between the towers.  Over time I have
read about concerns over birds crashing into towers and being
killed.  I have never seen this happen.  In fact, it appears that
the towers provide a bird community of sorts.
  See KBLA's collection of feathered creatures at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KBLA_Birds.htm
 
  Marvin Collins, mailto:KFIam640@aol.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE LATEST SOURCE OF RFI - AN ELECTRIC MATTRESS PAD
  It is nice to jump into a warm bed at night, perhaps one
preheated by an electric mattress pad.  However, if the heater
broadcasts radio frequency interference ("RFI") and tears up TV
Channels 2-6 and FM broadcast reception, there is a problem.
In this case, the problem centers around an inadequately shielded
switching-type AC-to-DC power supply that's used to power the pad.
  RFI bursts are pumped out of the power supply in question even
during the day when the pad itself is shut off.  It turns out that
the power supply is constantly energized, and the AC power lines
are inadvertently used as a giant antenna.  The interference
sounds like "tic-tic-tic....," brief wideband RFI pulses with
about a one second delay between pulses.  Interference extends
at least 250 feet under the right conditions.
  The pad and power supply, manufactured by Perfect Fit
Industries, is not FCC Part 15 compliant:  There was no Part 15
sticker on the system inspected by Communications General
Corporation ("CGC"), and both Perfect Fit and the power supply
design engineer - when questioned by CGC - were unfamiliar with
the FCC's Part 15 requirements that prohibit the marketing of
RFI generating devices.
  For a picture of the pad system as sold by a retailer, see:
<http://www.assistedlivingstore.com/lv_electric_blanket.asp>.
We understand that the same product is also sold by K Mart.
Perfect Fit has indicated that they have pages of RFI complaints
and are acting promptly to develop a Part 15 compliant power 
supply as we go to press.  CGC stumbled upon one such complaint at
<http://www.eham.net/forums/RFI/161>.  This entire case has been
turned over to the FCC, and the NAB has been notified.
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  SPECTRASITE BROADCAST DIVISION ON THE BLOCK
  SpectraSite, Inc. is spinning off its broadcast services
division to focus on its wireless division and has put up for
sale its broadcast assets and liabilities.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4498
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  EXPERIMENTAL ACTIONS OF MORE THAN ROUTINE INTEREST
  WD2XFY, HIGHWAY INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC., 0222-EX-PL-2003.
New experimental to operate on 530, 1610, 1620, 1640 and 1660 kHz
for testing and demonstration of highway advisory radios.
Mobile: Continental United States, Alaska & Hawaii.
  WD2XFI, SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES, 0177-EX-PL-2003.
New experimental to operate a beacon on 144 MHz for locating
rocket boosters.  Mobile: Pacific Ocean
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243347A1.doc
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  A FAST WAY TO PICK THE BEST COMMUTE ROUTE IN SAN DIEGO
  Engineers at Cal-(IT)2, a unit of the California Institute
for Telecommunications and Information Technology at UCSD, are
test driving a traffic reporting system in which users can call
a toll-free number from cell phones to obtain an up-to-the-minute
status report on main and alternate routes for their daily commute,
complete with estimated travel times for each route.  See the full
story at <http://tinyurl.com/33qt7>.  The URL for the route
calculator is:
  http://traffic.calit2.net/index.jsp
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  PROGRESS ON THE LAS VEGAS MONORAIL
  The brand new Las Vegas Monorail is expected to be open
for business in time for April's NAB Convention.  According to
Todd Walker, "We are testing the system and coordinating a grand
opening date for sometime in mid to late March.  Barring the
unforeseen problem, we will be open by April."
  The monorail system consists of two tracks with one monorail
train per track, presumably moving in opposite directions.  A
single trip ticket will cost $3, with discounts for multi-trip
packages.  For a route map and much more information, see:
  http://lvmonorail.com/#
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  DEJA VU: MISROUTED 9-1-1 CALLS AGAIN LAND AT PRIVATE RESIDENCE
  For the second time in a month - this time in Cheyenne, Wyoming
- a phone company switching error caused 9-1-1 calls to be routed
to an incorrect number.  The person receiving the calls was a
somewhat bewildered former highway patrol dispatcher, Robert Fida,
who fielded more than a dozen calls last Tuesday during the
40-minute mishap.  The routing error was traced to a Qwest
Communications facility.
  http://tinyurl.com/2erdc
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  FREQUENCY COORDINATION ON MARS
  Here is an item of interest from Doug Lung, editor of the
RF Report, published by TV Technology.  The pictures from Mars
rovers Spirit and Opportunity have focused interest in the
planet and the ways the rovers communicate with Earth, so
Doug explains the RF situation in considerable detail:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4517
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  BEHOLD THE 500 KV ARC
  This is fantastic.  Here is a short video with sound that
you will want to play again and again.
  There was reportedly a problem shutting down a 500,000 volt
electric utility circuit by conventional means, so the circuit
was opened at the Palo Verde switchyard while under FULL load,
with spectacular results.  (This may be the Palo Verde Nuclear
Generating Station yard about 50 miles west of Phoenix.)  We
are told that this shutdown was anything but routine.
  Speakers on, volume up!
  http://bartimus.net/Shockwaves/500Kv.mpg
  [File size is 1.5 Mb, but well worth the wait.]
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CLOSED GROUPS OF PENDING LOW POWER FM (LPFM) MUTUALLY
  EXCLUSIVE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  Petitions to deny the following applications, if any, are
  due in less than a month.  The first URL below links to the
  FCC's formal announcement in this proceeding, the second URL
  lists the LPFM applications in question, and the third provides
  an FM channel-to-frequency converter so you can decode the
  hieroglyphics in the list generated by the second URL.
  There are 55 California LPFM applications on this list.
  The following frequencies and general areas are affected in
  southern California:
   97.1 MHz, Palm Springs
   99.5 MHz, Vista
  101.5 MHz, Irvine/Santa Ana/Corona/Riverside
  103.9 MHz, Irvine/Corona
  104.7 MHz, Newport Beach
  105.5 MHz, San Bernardino
  107.5 MHz, San Diego
  107.9 MHz, Malibu
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-123A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-123A2.pdf
  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/findvalues.html#FMFREQUENCY
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPL-20000605AJX   NEW  124493   OUR LADY OF FATIMA CHURCH
               E   104.7 MHZ            SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  Dismissed per applicant's request 11/4/2003 - no letter sent
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 12/8/03
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION GRANTED AND APPLICATION REINSTATED
  1/8/2004 - no letter sent
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BPFT-19970821TI  970821TI  88251  SHAMROCK BROADCASTING, INC.
               P   93.7 MHZ                 NEWHALL, CA
  CP NEW STATION, PRIMARY STATION KZLA-FM
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL]
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTL-20000831AHS  K16GE  127403   DAVID PRIMM
                 E   CHAN-16          BARSTOW, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BARSTOW, CA on channel
  16, Effective Radiated Power 1.0, coordinates NL 34 deg 53 min
  7 sec WL 116 deg 53 min 45 sec. 
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  BNPTTL-20000831AVX  K33HU  128327   VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES
                 E   CHAN-33               GROUP, LLC 
                                          BANNING, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BANNING, CA on channel
  33, Effective Radiated Power 5.5, coordinates NL 34 deg 3 min
  46 sec WL 116 deg 53 min 34 sec.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTA-20040127ALG    K35DG  66321    THE REGENTS OF THE
                  E   CHAN-35          UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA
                                          LA JOLLA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K35DG.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20040122ABR   KWVE-FM1  128509   CALVARY CHAPEL OF
                 E   107.9 MHZ            COSTA MESA, INC.
                                          SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20031029ACQ   K288DR  72006  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
               E   105.5 MHZ            DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030827ADF   NEW  143106    RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY INC.
               E   94.1 MHZ               CALIPATRIA, 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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