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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #618
                     Tuesday, March 2, 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=AE Corporation (CGC)
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  DECODING THE INTERNATIONAL BUREAU'S FILE NUMBERING FORMAT
  The FCC's International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) is a
database, application filing system, and processing system for
all International and Satellite services including Section 325(c)
foreign broadcast (Part 73) permits.  The following document
shows how to decode their standard file numbering format.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-568A1.doc
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  SAN DIEGO SBE INVITES EVERYONE TO AN ATSC TRANSMISSION SEMINAR
  SBE Chapter 36 will host an all-day seminar on ATSC digital
TV transmission by guru Gary Sgrignoli from Radyne Comstream, and
we're opening this event to everyone interested in the technology.
I have a copy of the seminar, and it is, in a word, mind-blowing.
  In addition, we'll be giving out door prizes, including a new
LG HDTV receiver.  The seminar fee is $35 for students and members=20
of any associated technical organization, and $50 for guests. =20
You can now sign-up online at:
  http://sbe36.org/2004/03_8vsb_seminar.html
  Gary Stigall, mailto:sbe36@broadcast.net
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  TOWARD RESOLVING THE 560, 780 & 920 KHZ SITUATIONS
  With respect to the [alleged problems caused by the Mexican]
560, 780 and 920 kHz stations, this has been a top priority for
both the U.S. FCC and the State Dept. as well as for the Mexican
Administration.  Friday, top U.S. officials met with their
Mexican counterparts in Mexico City.  This follows meetings in
Cerritos, CA with Mexican officials.
  [The alleged interference caused by these AM stations] is
a particularly important issue.  Despite the controversy and
problems that have arisen, Mexico's position has been very clear
and unwaivering -- that the existing bilateral agreements are
valid and they have not been violated.  Additionally, Mexico
seems to have some complaints of its own regarding U.S. stations.
  The U.S.'s position is obviously a bit different.  Not only
does our administration feel that there are clear violations, but
that there are specific sidebar agreements dating as far back as
1996 that address the issues at hand.
  Stay tuned.  It should prove interesting.
  Joseph Berring, mailto: berring@dakotacom.net
  [Joe is a consultant on U.S./Mexican broadcast issues.  - RG]
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  DOG WARMING PADS AND OTHER SOURCES OF RFI
  Speaking of RFI from electric blankets [recent CGC Communicator
postings], you might be interested in the following article:
  http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.02/quiet.html?tw=3Dwn_tophead_3
  John J. McVeigh, mailto:kd4vs@comcast.net, with credit
  also to Bill Fawcett, mailto: fawcetwd@jmu.edu
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  AM BAND INTERFERENCE FROM PAY-AT-THE-PUMP SYSTEMS
  Try this one sometime.  Drive into any Exxon/Mobil gas station
that has "Speedpass."  The speedpass sensors/computers wipe out
much of the AM radio band - especially KNX, 1070 - with a loud
pulsing sound that obliterates much of the audio while you're at
the pump.
  Ron Estes, mailto: ronestes@pacbell.net
  [You can check this one out for yourself. The digital wideband
interference can easily be traced to the operation of individual
pumps.  Tuning to a relatively quiet AM channel, and driving
through some areas of Los Angeles, there are places where the
sound of pulsing digital signals can be heard for blocks, and the
phenomenon is not limited to Exxon/Mobil stations.  - SB]
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  TROUBLE WITH WWVB'S SIGNAL (CGC #616)
  Last week's letter about potential problems with WWVB's signal
prompted an interesting response.  One CGC reader sent a report
about an Atomix watch that has been consistently three minutes
slow for about two weeks.  Pushing the button to synchronize it
causes the second hand to sit on "C" for about a minute, then move
on with no apparent time correction.  The same watch no longer
identifies the day of the month.  He wonders if anyone else has
this trouble.
  I found the report interesting because my watch went three
minutes fast, not slow, while exhibiting the other described
behavior, after its automatic change to daylight time about three
years ago.  To this day it continues to maintain its three minute
time error with stunning atomic accuracy.
  Steve Blodgett, mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
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  MIKE WINGATE RETIRES FROM THE USFS AND FOCUSES ON NEW VISTAS
  My last day with the USFS will be March 2.  I am retiring
after 32 years [with the Forest Service] and will pursue a new
career, opening a new company called Verde River Technologies,
specializing in consulting for public safety communications,
with an emphasis area for US/Mexico interference location and
resolution.  I would still like to remain on the CGC mailing
list.  The newsletter always contains lots of great information.
  Mike Wingate, WA6LSE, mailto: wa6lse@sedona.net
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  TRIBUTES TO DAVID BERGEN
  To see what has been said so far about David Bergen who
recently passed away (CGC #617), please visit the URL below.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Obit/Bergen.htm
  If you would like to post a note on the passing of David
Bergen, please send us an email.  Mailto: steve@earthsignals.com.
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  ON THE PASSING OF MARIANNA COBB
  In case you missed the announcement, Marianna Cobb, of Moffett,
Larson & Johnson, passed away in mid-January, with services held
on January 20th in Arlington, VA.
  Marianna worked with a number of well-known consulting firms
over the years, and as one of the very few female engineers in a
male dominated industry, Marianna mentored many young engineers.
I am proud to have had the opportunity to have partnered with her
and to have learned from her as well.
  J.M. Bixby, (Bix), W4BIX, mailto: bix@bixtech.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  NEW COUNTER-TERRORISM NETWORK UP AND RUNNING
  Imagine a system in which a peace officer walking the beat
anywhere in America could have almost instant access to officials
at the Department of Homeland Security via a secure, Internet-
based connection.  That's the premise of the Homeland Security
Information Network, already in regular use but not scheduled for
official completion and implementation until sometime this summer.
(To view the full Washington Post story below, registration with
their web site is required.)
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3382-2004Feb24.html
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  RFR - CAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT "ACQUIRE" YOUR TOWER SITE AT WILL?
  Here's a story with interesting implications for anyone
maintaining a broadcast tower site.  It seems that during a public
works construction project, after workers complained of RF burns
from the nearby AM transmission site of WCBG-AM, local government
officials unanimously voted to use "eminent domain" to acquire
the tower site property.
  See the details at:  http://tinyurl.com/2fush
  [Thanks to Carl Morris for the link]
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  PAY PHONES FALL FROM FAVOR, NOW CHERISHED BY COLLECTORS
  Once a common sight on the streets of America, the number
of coin-operated telephones has decreased by about 30% in the
past five years, due primarily to the proliferation of cell
phones (favored by more than six out of 10 Americans).
  But as BellSouth learned when it began selling about 500
of the 30-pound refurbished units, pay phones are in great
demand among those who view them as nostalgic pieces of
Americana, worthy of a place in the home.  The cost, a
mere $135, shipping included.
  http://tinyurl.com/3dhan
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  PROPOSED CP FOR LPTV, ETC.
  The following application for a low power TV station, or
  TV translator, or Class A status, has been accepted for filing
  by the Commission.  Petitions to deny, if any, are due within
  30 days of the release date of the underlying Public Notice.
  BPTT-20040204ABC   K62AO   CH-40   MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO CSA 70 TV 5 (COUNTY SERVICE AREA)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-244212A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20040212ACB   KDTF-LP  13022  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  E   CHAN-36              SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20020215ACB,
  callsign KDTF-LP.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE FOR AN AUXILIARY
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BXML-20031016ACR   KXTA  19219   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               P   1150 KHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Lic. to modify to use former main facility as an auxiliary.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20040224ABE  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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  BEPCDT-20040224ABI  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20040224AAY   K61GH  56830  INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
                 E   CHAN-61               NETWORK, INC.
                                        NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K61GH.
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTB-20010601AHA  KADY1  134300  BILTMORE BROADCASTING, LLC
                 E   CHAN-63              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for LOS ANGELES, CA
  on channel 63, Effective Radiated Power 87.0, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 12 min 48 sec WL 118 deg 3 min 41 sec, as amended.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20040212ACB  KDTF-LP  13022  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                 E   CHAN-36              SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20020215ACB,
  callsign KDTF-LP.
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  BLTTV-20040219ACC  K12PO  41601  CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                E   CHAN-12               TEMECULA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTV-20020910AAA,
  callsign K47FL.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPL-20000605ALI   NEW  124566  VOICE OF FAITH MINISTRIES, INC.
              P   101.5 MHZ               RIVERSIDE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Amended April 9, 2002.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 12/8/03
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT PETITION DENIED PER 1800B3-SS ON 1-13-04.
  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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