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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #620
                    Tuesday,  March 16, 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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  NAB NUDGES FCC TO LET AM STATIONS GO IBOC AT NIGHT
  NAB wants the FCC to authorize AM Nighttime Digital.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4799
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  NPR TO FCC: LET FM STATIONS SPLIT THEIR DIGITAL SIGNALS
  National Public Radio has asked the FCC to allow FM 
stations to split their digital signals into two channels -
without requiring new station licensing.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4825
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  FCC SEEKS TO ELIMINATE SPAM FROM MOBILE PHONES
  The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and
Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making relating to protecting
consumers from SPAM and unauthorized telemarketing calls on
their mobile phones.  (If this works as well as the FCC's recent
anti-fax campaign, your mobile phone will become a SPAM magnet.
Our fax machine is receiving more unsolicited ads than ever.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-244843A1.doc
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  FCC PREPARES TO TACKLE NEXTEL 800 MHz INTERFERENCE ISSUE
  Members of the FCC have received a staff recommendation
said to broadly endorse the so-called "consensus plan" aimed at
resolving the issue of Nextel Communications' interference with
800 MHz public safety radio systems.  No word on when the FCC
might vote on the issue, but at least one commissioner has
indicated that action could occur as soon as next month.
  http://www.usatoday.com/tech/techinvestor/techcorporatenews/2004-03-10-nextel_x.htm
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  XEKTT AND XESS UPDATES
  The new 560 and 780 kHz stations near Tijuana have become
a major bone of contention between the U.S. and Mexico.  As a
result of the meetings held in Crawford, Texas, by President
Bush and Mexican President Fox and their staffs, the Mexican
communications ministry has sent an informal proposal to the
FCC, and the FCC is said to be studying it now.  No details
are available as of this writing.
  A careful observer who has been monitoring the Mexican
signals estimates the 560 kHz transmitter output power ("TPO")
to be 5 kW day and night, while the 780 kHz TPO is about 1 kW
day and night.  This is far less than the 20 kW/day and 10 kW/
night SCT-authorized values for each station, but still large
enough to raise bright red flags.  Incidentally, these power
levels have only been maintained for the past three weeks or so,
and began with the SCT/FCC/State Dept. meetings in Mexico City
prior to the Crawford, TX meeting.  The powers have not always
been so low.
  Rest assured that there are a battery of attorneys involved
in this case along with U.S. Congressional members, two
Ambassadors and high-level U.S. State Department officials.
Making life more complicated, the Mexican stations have filed
suit in Mexican court to preclude the SCT from revoking or
revising their licenses.  As one U.S. government official put
it, this case "will take time to resolve."  Those of you who
speak government-speak will immediately decipher that one.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  NO CHARGES TO BE FILED IN NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL RADIO FIASCO
  Citing the expiration of the statute of limitations after
eight years, and no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, the Nevada
State Attorney General's office will not file any criminal charges
in connection with the expenditure of $11 million dollars for a
radio system that operated on frequencies for which the state's
highway patrol held no federal licenses.  The communications
supervisor who ordered the radios said temporary permits were
obtained from the FCC to operate the system, but he received no
response from his superiors when he sought approval to obtain
extensions.
  http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/a/2004/03/09/state1448EST0085.DTL
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  XM's PLANE WEATHER DATA RECEIVER APPROVED BY FAA
  The FAA has certified an XM Satellite Radio device that
delivers satellite weather information to aircraft.  The box
is an XM Aviation Data Receiver.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4808
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  MORE AUTOMATED SPAM FILTERS PUT ON LINE
  About half of the e-mail "reject slips" that result from
sending the CGC Communicator to subscribers each week now come
from automated spam filters.  This week the U.S. Army sent us
this missive:  "Our content filter determined that the attached
mail [CGC #619] violates policy....  Keyword Matched:
"....tinyurl.com.""  Why the Army dislikes Tiny URLs is a
mystery; they could easily decode them.
  Another new spam filter doesn't say why the Communicator is
being rejected.  It simply says, "Policy = Anti-Spam....  Action
on this mail = Quarantine message....  Content filter has
detected a sensitive e-mail."
  The handwriting is clear - the days of unfettered e-mail
delivery are over, and even ordinary (non-newsletter) e-mails
are beginning to feel the pinch.  In May 2003 (CGC #574), we
published a story entitled, "E-Mail Predicted to Become "Unusable"
As Spam Traffic Increases," and now the story's conclusions are
coming true in spades but for a reason we did not anticipate:
overzealous spam filters.
  Most CGC Communicators appear to still get through because
of our determined staff who writes letters to all affected
subscribers that we know of, but this practice gets old fast 
and work arounds are sometimes difficult to implement.  We have
discovered at least two spam filters that simply junk disfavored
e-mails without telling a soul.  More later.
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  ADDITIONAL CELL TOWER FIRE PHOTO
  You might recall the photo of the burning cellular telephone
tower that was referenced in the CGC Communicator in August 2002.
As luck would have it, CGC reader Mark van der Hoek ran into the
photographer who gladly supplied another shot of the scene.
  Turns out that the photog was driving his cellular network
to find out why one particular site was dropping a lot of calls,
and the photos tell the story from there.  The burning tower
(actually the cables inside were aflame) occurred in St. Louis,
not New Jersey as first reported.
  Original photo:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/pictures/celltowerfire.jpg
  New photo:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Cingular2_1.jpg
  It helps to be cautious when welding on towers!
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  AND IF YOU ENJOY PHOTOS OF NEW TRANSMITTER SITES....
  Here are some web-posted pictures from a transmitter site
project for Texarkana Community College in Texarkana, Texas,
courtesy of Don Mussell:
  http://www.well.com/user/dmsml/ktxk/index.html
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  BELIEVE IT OR NOT - CART MACHINES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK!
  Just when you thought that the beloved and historical "cart
machine" had bitten the dust, we find that it has been resurrected
with new purpose.  You'll be sorry that you didn't keep your old
dusty machines.  Take a look at:
  http://www.shannonlamp.com/Ted.htm
  [Thanks to Paul Sakrison for the link]
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KKZZ(AM), Santa Paula, to KMXO
  KKOM(AM), Ventura, to KKZZ
  KCMJ(AM), Thousand Palms, to KNWU
  KBOP-LP, San Diego, to KBOP-CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-244883A1.pdf
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20040304ACM     KHDR  89344     THE DRIVE LLC
                E   96.9 MHZ           LENWOOD, CA
  Lic. to cover
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