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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #627
                     Friday, April 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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  SHOULD THE COMMISSION NOW ALLOW AM IBOC AT NIGHT?
  The FCC is asking whether AM stations that wish to implement
IBOC operations at night should be allowed to do so via the
"Commission's routine special temporary authority ("STA")
procedures."  According to the Commission, use of the STA
mechanism would allow the FCC to "use its existing authority to
address instances of unexpected levels of interference on a
case-by-case basis."
  What is of concern about this proposal is that the burden
of proving that interference exists would fall on the affected
station/s - and that could be a very heavy burden with all the
vagaries of skywave.  Comment deadline is June 14.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1007A1.doc
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  FCC'S TECHNOLOGICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ("TAC") TO MEET
  The FCC's Technological Advisory Council will hold its fifth
meeting under its renewed charter Friday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m.
at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  The Council was formed to provide the Commission with
technical insights concerning innovations in communications
and related industries.  The Council is comprised of a broad
array of well-known technologists and chaired by Dr. Robert Lucky.
At this meeting, the Council will discuss Broadband Wireless
and Spam.  RealAudio access to the meeting will be available on
the web, see:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-997A1.doc
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  INTERFERENCE PROTECTION EXTENDED TO 406 MHZ DISTRESS FREQUENCIES
  The FCC has modified its rules to protect a range of
frequencies at and near 406 MHz from interference from leaky
CATV systems - this to protect the digital search and rescue
frequencies used by the COSPAS/SARSAT satellites.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-75A1.doc
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  TWO PIRATES IN FLORIDA: $10K FINES AFFIRMED
  The Commission has affirmed $10,000 fines against each of
two alleged pirates in Florida, one who had operated on 91.3 MHz,
the other on 91.7 MHz.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1002A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1003A1.doc
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  THE NEXT COMMUNICATOR - AFTER NAB
  The CGC Communicator will take a break during the NAB
Convention, as usual.  See you some time after next week!
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  THE LATEST ON XEKTT, XESS & XESDD NEAR TIJUANA
  Word from a reliable source indicates that a U.S. State
Department Ambassador and an FCC Commissioner are headed to Mexico
City today to carry a strong message:  Mexico must remedy the
interference situation created by the new 560, 780 (and 920) kHz
stations near Tijuana, notwithstanding Mexico's claim that the
U.S. has failed to properly coordinate some U.S. stations, and
that Mexico's hands are tied by pending Mexican court proceedings.
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  APRIL RETIREMENT LUNCHEON SET FOR GARY DAVID GRAY, P.E.
  Living legend Gary David Gray - a past president of APCO
International - retired last month as chief engineer of the Orange
County Sheriff's Department's Communications Division after 40+
years of service.  The long-time chair of the California Public
Safety Radio Association's Frequency Advisory Committee will be
saluted at a luncheon in his honor on Thursday, April 29, in
Anaheim.  The $30 cost includes a gift and a buffet lunch with
a choice of salads and entrees.
  If you need detailed information and the pdf file below
won't open (it's troublesome for some), call (714) 704-7956 or
send mailto:leeta.kesler@ocgov.com.
  http://www.cpra.org/doc/Gary'sRetirementFlyer.pdf
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  KTLA-TV HAS A NUMBER OF JOB OPENINGS IN LOS ANGELES
  For more information on the jobs available at KTLA-TV, visit:
  http://ktla.trb.com/about/station/jobs/?track=subnav
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  THE "PIRATE OF THE WEEK" - 107.1 - INLAND EMPIRE
  On Friday, April 9th, a co-worker heard an alleged pirate on
107.1 MHz, complete with promotional signs along Interstate 10.
At 4:00 p.m. on Monday the 12th, the channel was quiet.
  It's difficult to track such stations when they're only on
the air in "commando" fashion.  Does anyone have additional
information on this station?  The signal was extremely effective
between freeway intersections 10/15 and 10/215.  Any help with
this situation is be appreciated.  Thanks!
  Kevin E. Scott, mailto:kescott@cbs.com
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  MAYBE THOSE IBOC COMPARISONS ARE FAIR AFTER ALL (CGC #625)
  I can certainly see Burt Weiner's point that comparing the
reduced-bandwidth analog portion of hybrid IBOC signals with the
recovered digital portion may be unfair, and his statement that
the "pre-IBOC" AM system's performance was greatly compromised by
poor receiver design is very true.  But like it or not, that is
the world we live in.  The fact that many AM stations sound great
on wideband receivers doesn't make a whit of difference to the
average listener with a 5 kHz filter in his car radio, and given
that, perhaps the IBOC digital/analog comparison is quite fair
after all.
  Cris Alexander, mailto:crisa@crawfordbroadcasting.com
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  BARRY'S ANNUAL NAB LUNCH BUNCH
  While there is no lack of things to see and do during the NAB
show, please keep in mind our 12th annual [Oldradio.com] Lunch
Gathering at the Riviera Hotel Buffet Restaurant.  This year, as
usual, it's on Tuesday (20th) at Noon.
  As usual, we have some nice surprises planned, as well as the
opportunity to meet and greet many of the folks with whom we have
shared email over the past year.  A map to the restaurant and
some more information is located at www.oldradio.com/latest.htm.
  I hope to see you there!
  Barry Mishkind, barry@broadcast.net
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  "YOUR CELL PHONE OR YOUR LIFE?"  HOW HARD IS THIS QUESTION?
  A New York psychologist theorizes that some people become so
attached to their cell phones and the information stored therein,
they are likely to endanger their own lives rather than surrender
the devices.  Cases in point include a woman who tried to retrieve
her phone after it fell on the tracks in front of a speeding
subway (she was killed), and a man shot twice last Sunday when he
refused to surrender his phone to the demands of an armed robber.
Asked if he would give up the phone if he could do it over, he was
noncommittal. "Nothing, basically, really bad happened," he said.
  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/183117p-158908c.html
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20040406ACF    KUSS  67664    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   95.7 MHZ               CARLSBAD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPFT-20030818ADT  NEW  141900   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
              E   105.7 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         JULIAN, CA
  CP New Stn.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 12/8/03
  Petition For Reconsideration Denied 4/7/2004
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030818ADT   NEW  141900     SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
               E   105.7 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                            JULIAN, CA
  CP New Stn.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 12/8/03
  Petition For Reconsideration Denied 4/7/2004
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030729AHM   K257DV  146520  ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
                 E   99.3 MHZ     D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                       TWENTY-NINE PALMS, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/13/2003
  Application granted 4/8/2004.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20040412AAU    K55AP   13469    COMMUNITY TV OF
                E    CHAN-28         SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                      SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20000728AGA,
  callsign K55AP.
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