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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #619
                     Tuesday, March 9, 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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  BEST PRACTICES - EMERGENCY READINESS GUIDE FOR LOCAL MEDIA
  The FCC's Media Security and Reliability Council has
published a "Readiness Guide for Local Media on How to Prepare
for Emergencies."  This colorful pamphlet is good for a quick
overview even though the pdf encoding leaves a bit to be desired:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-244522A1.pdf
  Download the following doc for comprehensive information:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-244391A1.doc
  Finally, the generic website for the Media Security and
Reliability Council is <http://www.fcc.gov/MSRC/>.
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  A 100 WATT TRAVELERS INFORMATION STATION AT LAX
  On December 4, 2002, an application was filed to increase
the power from 10 to 100 watts at Travelers Information Station
"Site 2" located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The
stated reason for the increase was to "facilitate the airport's
efforts to provide emergency communications to the traveling
public in the event of a terrorist attack."  The 100 watt request
has been granted due to the circumstances involved.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-3843A1.doc
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  FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The FCC has notified Samson Technologies of its apparent
liability for monetary forfeiture in the amount of $35,000
for importing and marketing five models of multi-track music
recording devices (e.g. Zoom MultiTrak Recording Studio model
MRS-1044) that do not comply with the FCC's Part 15 radiated
emission limits.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-39A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-244618A1.doc
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  LESSONS IN DEALING WITH IBOC'S AM "HASH" (SEE "KMXE" - CGC #616)
  When WOR on 710 kHz fired up its IBOC system, the resulting
hash impacted the listenable signal radius of a suburban NYC AM
station which we represent.  WOR did have some problems, but by
working with them and Ibiquity, they cleaned up the system
somewhat.  Still, hash remains on the adjacent channels.  The WOR
effort taught us several things: 1) transmitter tuning and antenna
system bandwidth are critical in getting the side band hash down
as much as possible, 2) a system that is running well within
Ibiquity specs may still impact the service areas of 2nd and 3rd
adjacent channel stations, depending upon their relative signal
strengths, 3) if you see a problem, report it to the station and
also to Ibiquity, whom we found to be particularly helpful, and
4) the FCC is interested in the real world situation and expects
that the IBOC and impacted stations work together.  Any lack of
resolution should be analyzed and succinctly documented for
submission to the Media Bureau.
  We have come to understand that there may be some loss of
analog service during the transition period; that can be a very
hard pill to swallow.
  Clarence Beverage, mailto:cbeverage@commtechrf.com
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  EXPERIENCE AND ADVICE - WWVB CLOCKS AND WATCHES (CGC #616, 618)
  I have an Atomix watch and a wall clock.  I check my watch
almost daily and it is right on with the WWV radio beats I hear
on my shortwave radio.  However, for many weeks now my wall clock
has been correct to the minute, but three seconds fast.  And my
watch, whose date was off until a couple of weeks ago by one day,
has now resolved itself somehow, showing the correct day.
Go figure!
  Dick Harris, mailto:dickh@salem.cc
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  I have seven atomic clocks and two atomic watches and have had
no problems such as described.  Every once in a while one will be
off by exactly an hour, but the problem is gone the next day.
  Dennis Gibson, mailto:wb6tnb@cox.net
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  I haven't had any trouble with the several clocks I have,
although my watch missed a few sync opportunities, probably due
to weather.  The signal needs to be reasonably solid and phase
stable for a good synchronization and the watch has to read the
signals without error for a full minute.
  The trick with these clocks is to find a good location.  If
it is a watch, you need a good spot to leave it at night.  It is
also possible that a new local noise source may be bothering the
timepiece.  One can sniff for a quiet spot with a VLF receiver
or even an AM radio tuned to the bottom of the dial - not as
good as VLF, but probably OK.
  The watch that is consistently a certain amount off over a
long period of time probably needs its hands calibrated.
  Chris Hays, mailto:chris@chrishays.com
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  I purchased a Radio Shack portable Radio Controlled clock.
I suspected the clock was faulty when it didn't indicate signal
reception after several days.  We also have two large clocks in
each of our two control rooms.  The bottom line is that of five
clocks, only two are in sync with each other.  Two others are 10
and 30 seconds slow, and the newest, after two weeks, hasn't set
at all.  By the way, all but the newest clock are indicating four
signal bars, which I understand means that they have updated
their time within the last week.  I figured maybe it was all the
stormy weather we've been having...but perhaps not!
  Lee McGowan, mailto:lmcgowan@kyxy.com
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  THE CLUSTER OF CURIOUS CALIFORNIA CALLS
  With the Call Sign update in CGC #615, there are three 'MX'
stations licensed to Orange County:
  KXMX 1190 Anaheim
  KMXN 94.3 Garden Grove
  KMXE  830 Orange
  Does anyone know what's up with that?
  Paul Sakrison, mailto:phsakrison@cbs.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  OHIO UTILITY READY TO DEPLOY BROADBAND OVER POWER LINES
  Just as the FCC launches a proceeding aimed at developing a
regulatory framework for broadband service over power lines (BPL),
comes word that Midwest utility company Cinergy has completed a
pilot program and will now begin offering the service to its
customers.  The utility hopes to sign up 55,000 subscribers this
year and eventually extend the offering to Kentucky and Indiana.
  http://tinyurl.com/29nxw
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  AN ALLEGED PIRATE APPEARS AT QUALCOMM STADIUM ON 96.9 FM
  An alleged "pirate" was heard over the weekend ending
February 29, apparently broadcasting from Qualcomm Stadium's
parking lot in San Diego.  By Monday morning, March 1, the
station was gone.  During its broadcasts, station DJs were
announcing their exact location and even invited listeners to
come to their booth.  Programming consisted of music, as well
as commercial announcements from several advertisers.
  One report estimated the station's power to be 20 watts
or more, based on signal coverage.  A strong mono signal was
heard in San Carlos.  There is speculation about who was
operating the station, and whether or not they will reappear.
  [Thanks to Chris Carmichael for info]
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  JACK GERRITSEN, EX-KG6IRO IN JAIL - FINALLY
  A California ham operator, Jack Gerritsen, will be spending
time in jail, but not for his alleged interference to ham
repeaters in the Los Angeles area.  On Monday, February 23rd,
Federal Court Judge Carolyn Turchin sentenced Gerritsen to 30
days in jail and ordered him to pay a $2500 fine for trespassing.
It seems that he failed to obey a sign in the Courthouse and
entered a door to the roof of the building.
  [Thanks, Amateur Radio Newsline]
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  SENATOR GREGG TO FCC - MITRE STUDY FLAWED
  Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., has sent a letter to FCC Chairman
Powell and the rest of the commissioners blasting the recent
Mitre report.  That report advocates dropping third adjacent
channel protections so more LPFMs can be deployed.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4772
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  NWS TO IMPLEMENT NEW EAS EVENT CODES ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO
  The National Weather Service will fully implement the new
EAS event codes on NOAA Weather Radio nationwide on June 30.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4783
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  NAB LIKES DEDICATED SHORT RANGE COMMUNICATIONS (DRSC)
  The NAB is calling more attention to DSRC, the new radio
service being developed under the federal government's Intelligent
Transportation System program.  DRSC would make a better method of
distributing emergency vehicle warnings to motorists than the
AM & FM jamming transmitters reported from time to time in the
CGC Communicator.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4739
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  RFS DETAILS SHARED ANTENNA SYSTEM ON MOUNT WILSON
  A new broadband TV antenna system on Mt. Wilson is getting
set to go on the air this month.  Designed and manufactured by
wireless technology group Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), seven
combined analog and digital signals are to be accommodated at the
outset.  Up to 12 signals can be handled in the Channel 32 to 56
spectrum.
  http://tinyurl.com/2zf5a
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4736
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  LAS VEGAS MONORAIL OPENING DATE UNCERTAIN
  The Las Vegas monorail might or might not open in time for
the spring NAB convention.  There have been a number of setbacks
including high winds that tore off sheet metal roofing panels,
cast them onto the monorail line and shorted the electrical
system.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4781
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  DIELECTRIC ACQUIRES KLINE TOWERS
  Dielectric, based in Maine, has acquired the assets of
Kline Towers, a division of Kline Iron & Steel Co.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4752
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  ONE SPAM FILTER NOW DISCRIMINATES AGAINST "TINY URLs"
  The CGC Communicator newsletter is continuing to be
classified - slowly but surely - as spam material by overly
aggressive Internet filters.  In an interesting turn of events,
a Communicator was recently rejected by an ISP's spam filter
because we published a Tiny URL, a compact web address that's
a shorthand notation for a long URL.  For example,
<http://tinyurl.com/29nxw> is a Tiny URL that is used in this
newsletter.  The full web address is 77 characters long!
  The spam filter simply said that we were "disguising" the
true web address by using a Tiny URL, and it didn't like that.
This and similar problems underscore the difficulties that lie
ahead for e-mail delivery of newsletters in general.  If spam
doesn't kill e-mail, overzealous filters will.
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  TRANSMITTING DATA FROM MARS - AND CONSERVING ENERGY
  The Mars rovers have two good ways to send data to earth,
direct via their own high-powered microwave systems, or indirect
using low-powered UHF links to relay the data to orbiting
satellites which in turn use their high-powered transmitters to
beam the data to Earth.
  To save energy on the solar powered rovers, the UHF relay
method is preferred.  As of February 18, the two rovers had sent
10 billion bits of data from Mars to Earth.  Only 18% of that data
was transmitted directly to Earth; the rest was relayed through
the Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor satellites.
  http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,62409,00.html
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTVA-20040223AOA  K06MB 51654  PARK PLACE BROADCASTING COMPANY
                  E   CHAN-6                INDIO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTVL-20020109AAW.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20040227ABZ  KMRO-FM2  85929    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                  E   90.3 MHZ        COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTV-20040301AAQ   K55FI  12324    PSTV PARTNERS, LLC
                 E   CHAN-9          PALM DESERT, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55FI.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605ADL    NEW  123687     THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE
               E   99.1 MHZ              SANTA PAULA, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DISMISS FILED 3/13/03 BY ("LWM")
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20040301ABM    KMYT  2910   CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING
                E   94.5 MHZ             LICENSES, INC.
                                          TEMECULA, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY
  BNPFT-20030827AMM   NEW   156406    1400 INC.
                E   94.3 MHZ          HEMET, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/03/2004
  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 3/1/04
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT,
  PETITIONS TO DENY
  BNPL-20000602ADY   NEW  123994   SECOND SAMON CONGREGATIONAL
              P   104.7 MHZ           CHURCH OF LONG BEACH
                                        NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY ROCK 'N ROLL
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY GOLD COAST
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  BNPL-20000602AGB   NEW  124355   THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH,
              P   95.3 MHZ           INC. - EL CENTRO
                                      EL CENTRO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 10/31/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/1/04
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  BNPL-20000605AIV    NEW  124400     SAN DIEGO COUNTY SER
               P   107.5 MHZ         JOBS FOR PROGRESS, INC.
                                          SAN DIEGO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04
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  BNPL-20000605AJG   NEW  124428    NEWPORT BEACH COMMUNITY
              P   104.7 MHZ         RADIO STATION 284, INC.
                                       NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY GOLD COAST
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  BNPL-20000605ALE    NEW  124565   SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS
               E   104.7 MHZ       CHURCH OF LAGUNA NIGUEL
                                      LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Settlement  Agreement filed 11/3/2003
  Petition to Deny filed 3/1/04
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  BNPL-20000608AAS   NEW  124429   YOUTH FOR CHRIST IMPERIAL
              E   95.3 MHZ               EL CENTRO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 10/31/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/1/04
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  BNPL-20000608ADB    NEW  124655    INTERNATIONAL CRUSADE
               E   104.7 MHZ             OF THE PENNY
                                     FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY NEWPORT BEACH
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY GOLD COAST
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY ROCK 'N ROLL
  ERRATUM FILED 3/1/04 BY GOLD COAST
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  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
  Petition for Reconsideration Denied 3/3/2004
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