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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #624
                    Saturday,  April 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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  CHAIRMAN POWELL COMMENTS ON PRESIDENT'S CALL FOR BROADBAND
  FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell issued the following
statement following President George W. Bush's speech last
Monday that laid out a vision for America's broadband future:
  "The president has set out a bold vision for broadband
investment and deployment over the next four years.  I look
forward to working with my commission colleagues, Congress and
the administration to deliver on this vision for the American
people.  Universal and affordable access to broadband is vital
to the health and future growth of our economy."  [Sounds like
the red carpet is being rolled out for BPL.  -RG]
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-245431A1.doc
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  FCC SETS COMMENTS DATES IN THE "CAN-SPAM" PROCEEDING
  The FCC has set comment dates on proposed rules to eliminate
spam from mobile phones, better known as the "Can-Spam" Act (no
kidding).  The Commission has also released a Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on two possible revisions
to related rules.
  We wish the Commission every success in its efforts to
curtail spam; however, the date of this FCC News item is April 1.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-245674A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  UNCOORDINATED 950 MHZ STL CAUSES INTERFERENCE
  Howard Fine of the Southern California Frequency
Coordinating Committee (SCFCC) tells us about a recent local
case where Station A moved its studio and lit up its aural STL
transmitter without any prior coordination, causing massive
interference to Station B who was properly coordinated and
licensed on the frequency.
  As Howard put it, "FCC rules require a licensee to do
an engineering study and a prior coordination notice, and then
to file an application before they can change anything
(transmitters and antennas included), or install a new path."
  Got questions?  Contact Howard at mailto:howard@pactv.com.
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  IS OUR EMAIL GETTING LOST?  HOW DO WE KNOW?
  Editing letters to the CGC Communicator has been an
interesting and educational effort.  Generally, right after
Bob emails the newsletter each week, I begin receiving mail
comments about the stories that appeared in that issue.  By
Thursday of each week, I generally have enough material to
begin the process that is required for the following week's
issue.
  Oddly though, since the first of the year, I have been
witnessing an unusual downturn in CGC mail.  Yes, I still get
a lot of mail, with about 75% of it being spam that slithers
through the filters.  Lately though, I have become aware that
some who send email to me are getting it bounced for reasons
related to their domains.  I suspect that some domain names are
being filtered en masse, external to my computer, and are being
identified as spam sources.  This week, two such "lost" emails
were forwarded to me courtesy of third parties.
  Since we are now aware that mail can be bounced without a
reject message being returned to the sender, we have to wonder
how much email is actually getting to its destination.
  So, how about your email?  Is it getting lost like mine?
If so, how much is no longer making the trip?  Hard to tell,
isn't it?
  Steve Blodgett, mailto:steve@earthsignals.com [Maybe :)]
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  IBOC AUDIO "WAV" FILES FROM 710 WOR CAN BE HEARD VIA THE WEB
  If you haven't heard them yet, WOR has audio files on the
web that allow a comparison between their analog and IBOC audio.
To hear the difference, go to:
  http://www.wor710.com/Engineering/iboc/audio_samples.htm
 
  Marv Collins, mailto:KFIam640@aol.com
  [Remember that AM analog audio is fidelity-curtailed when
IBOC is adopted, so of course IBOC audio sounds fabulous by
comparison.  -RG]
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  KNRC(AM), COLORADO, TURNS OFF IBOC
  KNRC, 1150 kHz, Littleton (Denver), Colorado, has turned
off their IBOC (HD Radio) encoding equipment in response to
listener complaints of interference to the signal of KJJD,
1170 kHz, Windsor, Colorado.  Obviously, this is a second
adjacent channel situation.  Part of the decision to silence
IBOC was based on the thinking that interference to a small
mom & pop station (KJJZ) was totally unwarranted since consumers
have so few IBOC radios in their hands at this time.  The IBOC
encoding equipment is still in the racks at KNRC, however, so
the whole issue could be revisited at a later date.
  The larger issue is this:  Had broadcast engineers known
years ago that IBOC would cause interference to other stations,
and that AM analog fidelity would be sacrificed to make IBOC
work (not to mention the long time delay required on the analog
channel), AM IBOC as we know it today would have never seen the
light of day or (as some now advocate) the dark of night.
  (Interference info via Rodger Tighe, CE of KNRC.  Rodger
  can be reached at mailto:rodger@nrcbroadcasting.com)
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  ADI CORP. RUNS FOR COVER
  Alert Devices International Corp. and Alert Technologies
International Corp. (collectively "ADI") recently appeared to
be marketing a transmitter for emergency vehicles that jammed
all AM & FM broadcast stations.  The intention of the device was
to warn motorists that an emergency vehicle was approaching.
The transmitter was rigged to automatically activate whenever
lights and siren were used.
  Of course, any such device would cause massive interference
to radio receivers not involved in the emergency situation.  For
example, cars traveling on the opposite side of a freeway would
be affected, as would residential receivers nearby.
  CGC privately alerted SBE, NAB and others to the apparent
premature marketing efforts of ADI, and to the underlying
Petition for Rulemaking that ADI had filed to legitimize its
jamming device.  On short order, complaints were filed with the
FCC.  See the complete story in CGC #616 for February 24, 2004.
  On March 31, 2004, ADI conceded by filing a "Motion to
Suspend or, in the Alternative, to Dismiss Without Prejudice"
its Petition for Rulemaking, and made clear that its web site
had been modified to clarify that it was not selling the jammers
in the U.S. at this time.  As always, there is more to the story.
The heart of ADI's Motion is only three pages long, makes easy
reading and is posted at the URL below.
  Thanks to the SBE, the NAB and Leventhal, Senter & Lerman
for jumping on the jamming issue quickly, and presenting the
other side of the story.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/adicorpmotion.pdf
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  FCC INVESTIGATES "PERFECT FIT"
  The FCC has launched an investigation into the mattress
warmer switching power supplies manufactured by Perfect Fit
Industries.  These supplies were never Part 15 RFI tested
and have been shown to create large amounts of interference
(see CGC #613, and the letter from Erik Disen in CGC #615).
  Speaking of RFI-generating power supplies, here is a similar
case recently decided by the FCC concerning certain switching
power supply battery chargers imported and marketed by Vector
Products:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-906A1.doc
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  RESISTENTIALISM
  Resistentialism (ri-zis-TEN-shul-iz-um) is the theory that
inanimate objects demonstrate hostile behavior against us.  In
a nut shell, equipment knows when we are stressed and short on
time, then it decides to break down.  Put another way, the more
expensive the carpet, the more often the toast will fall
marmalade-side down.
  Coined by humorist Paul Jennings as a blend of the Latin
res (thing) + French resister (to resist) + existentialism (a
kind of philosophy), "resistentialism" rings true with uncanny
authenticity.
  http://www.uefap.co.uk/writing/exercise/report/clatri.htm
  (Thanks, A.Word.A.Day as forwarded by Sherman George)
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  HAKUNA MATATA
  Hakuna matata, a phrase popularized by the Lion King film,
means "no worries" and is a reverberating theme in African
society.  HM is not a bad philosophy for engineers to adopt,
especially after we profit from fixing the day's load of
resistentialized machines and Gellerized spoons.  (Thanks,
Ted Wilcox)
  http://tinyurl.com/39d35
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN GRANT
  KXPS, Thousand Palms, to KNWT
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-245475A1.pdf
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20040324AET   KEYT-DT  60637   SMITH BROADCASTING
                   E   CHAN-27         OF SANTA BARBARA, LP
                                        SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20010126ABE
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20040317AFA    KNX  9616   INFINITY BROADCASTING EAST INC.
             P   1070 KHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER APPLICATION COMMENT
  BLTVA-20021125ABK KSFV-LP 49704 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                E   CHAN-26           SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
  Application to convert displacement application to Class A
  status upon the grant of displacement application.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20040324AFG   KIIS-FM  19218  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
                E   102.7 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  REPLY
  BPH-20040205AAK   KXRS  36829   LAZER BROADCASTING CORPORATION
             E   105.7 MHZ                  HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Reply to Informal objection filed 3/18/2004
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTT-20040325ACE    K55AP   13469    COMMUNITY TV
                E     CHAN-28      OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                      SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPTT-20000728AGA
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20040323ATA  KDOC-DT  24518  GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING
                  E   CHAN-32                 CO., INC.
                                             ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPCDT-20000427ABH.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20040326AKT  K55JW 129651 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GOUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-55               BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831BVN.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20031204AKI   KBLA  34385   MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
             P   1580 KHZ                LICENSEE, LLC
                                        SANTA MONICA, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTL-20000828BFE  K29GA  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                 E   CHAN-29         PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA on
  channel 29, Effective Radiated Power .05999, coordinates
  NL 33 deg 49 min 0 sec WL 116 deg 43 min 10 sec, as amended.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030828BGK   NEW  138715    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
                E   99.7 MHZ                VENTURA, 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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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20040323ATA   KDOC-DT  24518    GOLDEN ORANGE
                   E   CHAN-32       BROADCASTING CO., INC.
                                          ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPCDT-20000427ABH
  
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20040326AKT  K55JW  129651  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GOUP..
                 E   CHAN-55                BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831BVN.
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