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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #625
                     Monday, April 12, 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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  325(C) PERMIT SURRENDERED FOR XEKTT, XESS & XESDD
  Pacific Spanish Network has surrendered its Section 325(c)
permit for cancellation.  That authorization had allowed PSN to
program XEKTT, XESS & XESDD from the U.S., subject to conditions.
Had the permit not been relinquished, the FCC almost certainly
would have revoked it due to the massive interference being
caused to U.S. broadcast signals by two of the three stations
(the third has yet to sign on, and is expected to create more
interference).
  Loss of 325(c) does not spell disaster for the stations,
just a major inconvenience since their studios must now be
located in Mexico instead of the U.S.  The heart of the surrender
document is only two pages long, is easy to read and contains
some surprising statements:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/PSN_Surrender_325_Permit.pdf
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  SOME ARGUE THAT STEALTH CELL TOWERS MAY CONCEAL HEALTH THREATS
  Riverside County supervisors recently postponed action on
a proposed cell tower citing ordinance after two residents of
Wildomar suggested that knowing where the antennas are located
is important for those with electromagnetic health concerns,
and crucial in case low-level RF radiation is someday determined
to be hazardous.  As a result of the hearing, the proposed citing
ordinance is being amended to require wireless carriers to provide
the county with updated annual lists of all cell site locations.
  http://tinyurl.com/38l4d
  [A more immediate concern is that painters, repairmen, tree
trimmers, firemen and other workers - some using bucket trucks
for access - may inadvertently come close to concealed antennas
for prolonged periods of time without realizing that RF signals
are being emitted.  Needed is a mandatory warning sign attached
to the radiating surface/s to protect workers under all
circumstances (e.g. a sign saying, "Radio frequency radiation
present, stay at least 10 feet away from this sign"), and that
sign should prominently display the ANSI C95.2-1982 RF radiation
hazard warning symbol.  -RG]
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  READERS COMMENT ON "IS OUR EMAIL GETTING LOST?" (CGC #624)
  Quite a number of CGC Communicator readers report serious
e-mail problems, so many in fact that we plan to run a special
edition Communicator soon to cover that very topic.
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  ANOTHER "PIRATE" ON 87.9 IN L.A.?
  I hit the wrong button on my car radio the other night on the
way home, and the radio "seeked" to 87.9 MHz, where it locked on
a stereo signal playing a never-ending, synthesized sounding
techno-drek dance mix.  Every now and then a male voice calling
himself Juan Atkins would appear, heavily compressed, causing the
music to duck beneath him.  He promotes a website called
streetsradio.com, and says that they're "live" every night from
5 to 7:30 PM.
  The signal is a little noisy at the KNX studios in Hollywood,
but it's full quieting from Universal City to Chatsworth.  Has
anyone else heard this one?
  Rick Sietsema, mailto:RSietsema@cbs.com
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  ON FILLING UP THE FM DIAL WITH PART 15 SIGNALS
  Has anyone noticed the proliferation of Part 15 FM transmitters
lately?  Nearly every MP3/IPOD player has an option for a FM
transmitter.  I wonder what will happened when they get out in
the mainstream and lots of them are in cars.  It seems to me that
no one's radio will work without some interference, burdened with
the proliferation of nearby Part 15 FM signals.
  Howard Fine
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  IBOC AUDIO COMPARISONS ARE MISLEADING (SEE "WOR" IN CGC #624)
  Indeed, one does have to wonder if we are not mixing apples and
oranges with AM IBOC comparisons.  The comparisons that I've heard
were made between the reduced audio bandwidth of the analog signal
and the digital signal.  Is this really a fair comparison when the
analog signal has been reduced from 10 kHz down to 3.5 to 5 kHz to
accommodate IBOC?  And, even more important, is it really fair to
condemn the "pre-IBOC" AM system whose performance was greatly
compromised by poor receiver design?
  Burt Weiner, mailto:biwa@earthlink.net
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  RESISTENTIALISM AND EQUIPMENT HOSTILITY (CGC #624)
  The concept has been known for years - doesn't the xerox machine
always break down just when you absolutely have to make 20 copies
for the staff meeting?  My dad joked that every copier had a
built-in "crisis detector" circuit that measured the stress level
of the next user as he approached the machine....
  Mike Morris, mailto:wa6ilq@arrl.net
  [Is that associated with the warranty detector circuit? - SB]
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FCC ACTION ON IBOC ANTICIPATED
  According to Radio World, the FCC intends to act on a Further
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for IBOC at its open meeting this
Thursday.  The Commission is expected to ask for comments about
procedures authorizing nighttime AM IBOC operation as well as
public radio's split channel FM IBOC concept.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5037
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  COGNITIVE RADIO MOVES TO CENTER STAGE
  "If you look at the entire RF [spectrum] up to 100 GHz, and
take a snapshot at any given time, you'll see that only 5 to 10%
of it is being used," FCC's Ed Thomas is quoted as saying in this
fascinating article from eeTimes magazine.  How to tap that vast
unused resource is the heart and soul of the cognitive radio
("CR") initiative that some are calling the holy grail of
wireless design.  See and read more at:
  http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=18700443
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  NAB REACTS TO COGNITIVE RADIO
  Broadcasters are dead set against cognitive radio being
allowed to share their spectrum even if, on the surface, the
normally protected contours of the incumbent broadcast facilities
are protected.  Even cellular radio operators are concerned.
If the public gained access to large chunks of RF spectrum where
VoIP [Voice-over-Internet Protocol] could be employed,
conventional cellular systems could be bypassed in a heart beat.
More from eeTimes:
  http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=18700444
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  DSRC MOVES FORWARD
  Very high RF bandwidths to cars and trucks are right around
the corner as four major companies join forces to develop and
deploy a prototype Dedicated Short Range Communications ("DSRC")
system in 18 months.  Operating in the newly-approved 5.9 GHz
DSRC band, the system will not only improve highway safety by
providing intersection collision, curve speed and rollover
warnings, but the high bandwidth will make many other forms of
communications possible.
  http://www.transcore.com/news/news032404.pdf
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  UHF-TV CHANNEL 16 GOES TO PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES IN NYC
  The FCC has permanently reallocated TV Channel 16
(482-488 MHz) in the New York City Metropolitan Area to the
land-mobile service for public safety communications.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-80A1.doc
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  KUOL(AM) FINED $7K - MAIN STUDIO NOT IN CITY OF LICENSE
  In December 2003, KUOL(AM), San Marcos, Texas, was
tentatively fined $7,000 for failing to maintain a main studio
in its community of license.  Because the licensee did not respond
to the charges, the Commission has affirmed the fine and ordered
the licensee to submit a report outlining what measures it has or
will take to correct the violation and ensure that it will not
happen again.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-923A1.doc
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPL-20000608ABZ   NEW  124673   IGLESIA DE CRISTO NEWHALL
              E   102.3 MHZ               NEWHALL, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/31/2004
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030822AAE   NEW  149145   RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY, INC.
               E   103.3 MHZ              CHULA VISTA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/31/2004
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BP-20030829AKH   KALI  56779   MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
             E   900 KHZ                 LICENSEE, LLC
                                        WEST COVINA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000608AAX  NEW  124224   EAST COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.
             E   107.9 MHZ                 ALPINE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLCT-20040401ALS  KAZA-TV  29234  PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                 E   CHAN-54                LICENSE LLC
                                             AVALON, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTT-20040325ACE    K28GY  13469    COMMUNITY TV OF
                  E   CHAN-28        SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                      SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPTT-20000728AGA
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION
  OF AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMXPH-20040402ACR   KIIS-FM  19218  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
                 E   102.7 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Mod of CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY
  BNPFT-20030828ANS  NEW  139831  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E   92.7 MHZ               FONTANA, 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.
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/31/04
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030808AAM   NEW  142732   PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC
               E   95.3 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000602AID    NEW  124903     MINISTERIO PALABRA VIVA
               E   105.5 MHZ                CORONA, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Application dismissed pursuant to the Public Notice entitled
  "Low Power FM New Station Applications Dismissed for Failure
  to Comply with Third-adjacent Channel Protection Requirements;
  Applicants Failed to File Corrective Amendments."
  (DA 03-794, rel. 3/17/03)
  Application dismissal rescinded and application reinstated to
  pending status 3/31/2003
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/18/2003
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030818AAA   K238AK  147714  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
                 E   95.5 MHZ              PALM DESERT, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20040213AGO      KROP  63470     CCR-BRAWLEY IV, LLC
             P      1300 KHZ              BRAWLEY, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030801AWV  NEW  156528   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E  99.7 MHZ               ESCONDIDO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/05/2004
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  INFORMAL OBJECTION
  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
  Reply to Informal objection filed 3/24/2004
  Informal Objection filed 3/25/2004 by (LBI)
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20031201BAV   KMYI  58821   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   94.1 MHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20040217AAG  K288DR  72006  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
              E   105.5 MHZ           DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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