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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #633
                      Monday, May 17, 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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  FCC PROPOSES WIRELESS BROADBAND ON VACANT TV CHANNELS
  The Commission has proposed to allow unlicensed devices to
operate in the broadcast television spectrum at locations where
the spectrum is not in use by TV stations.  In order to ensure
that no interference is caused to TV stations and their viewers,
the FCC proposes to require unlicensed devices to incorporate
"smart radio" features to identify unused TV channels.
  As Communicator readers know, what appears to be an unused
channel at ground level at one location may in fact be a fully
viewable channel on a neighbor's elevated receiving antenna.
TV receivers are also vulnerable to brute-force overloading,
and I.F. imaging and adjacent channel interference, so these
issues must be addressed as well.
  The complete Notice of Proposed Rule Making will have to be
studied to see exactly how smart the "unused TV channel" detector
circuit will be.  Smart radio sounds like a great concept in
Washington-theory, but this could turn out to be the BPLing of
the TV broadcast bands if the Commission is not careful.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-247169A1.doc
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  811 PROPOSED AS A NATIONWIDE CALL-BEFORE-DIGGING NUMBER
  The FCC is asking for comments on a proposal to adopt "811"
as a nationwide call-before-digging number.  This will give
excavators one simple number to call to avoid cutting buried
cables, gas lines and other important infrastructure.
  Currently there are 70 nationwide "One Call" centers that
serve different geographic areas; they are generally accessed by
dialing toll-free or local telephone numbers.  Having one simple
number to call (811) should promote safety and lead to fewer
utility outages.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-247171A1.doc
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  WIRELESS BROADBAND ON VACANT TV CHANNELS - CHECK THIS ARTICLE
  This article from CED, the broadband magazine, describes
efforts to allow unlicensed wireless services to use vacant
spectrum between TV stations [same subject as the lead story
in this newsletter].  For more, go to:
  http://www.cedmagazine.com/cedailydirect/2004/0504/cedaily040513.htm#3
  Dan Bissett
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  MORE INFO ON MEXICO'S XHATE-FM (CGC #632)
  This is not a new station. (XHATE) has been on the air since
1988 in Tecate.  The call letters do not have anything to do with
"HATE", that is a coincidence.  Soon the call letters will be
changed to XHHIT-FM.
  This is a C1 station, with 4 KW ERP from Cerro Bola, the same
mountain that houses XHUPN-TV CH-49.  99.3 MHz was first used by
this station, but it was changed to 99.5 several years ago.  In
the SCT's database, the original listing does not exist anymore.
  Guillermo Franco, mailto:getectv@multimedios.com.mx
  Monterrey, Mexico
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  FCC RULE VIOLATIONS - A COMPREHENSIVE LIST
  I recently discovered a portion of the FCC website that
lists Notices of Apparent Liability, Notices of Violation, and
Citations back to January 2003.  There are even recent EAS
violations posted for KIQQ/Barstow, KHIZ-TV/Barstow and KTPI/
Tehachapi.  Search by call sign (using your browser's "find"
feature) for particular items of interest:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/
  Chris Compton, mailto:xmtr.doc@verizon.net
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FIRST REPORT OF A NEW FM PIRATE IN SAN DIEGO - 98.5 MHZ
  "While driving through downtown (San Diego) and Hillcrest
this evening" (Sunday, May 16, 2004), a listener has noted a 
new pirate station on 98.5 MHz.  The writer adds, "Playing dance
music a la 93.1 FM in Miami, no commercials or DJs for the 30-45
mins I listened to it."
  This is the only report on this new pirate received so far.
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  NOW AVAILABLE - A "RADIO SUMMER CAMP" TO TRAIN MORE PIRATES
  This summer, budding radio pirates can learn how to buy
or build FM transmitters and get on the air at four-day "workshop"
sessions, at least one of which will be bilingual.  Not only that,
event promoters will have transmitter and antenna kits available
to attendees.  For more, check out the Free Radio Berkeley web
site at <http://www.freeradio.org/>.
  [Thanks to a number of sources for info on this item.]
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  SEE THROUGH THE "ALL SKY" CAMERA ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN
  The popular Mt. Wilson tower-cam will have to move over and
make room for a new on-line camera at the Palomar Observatory on
Palomar Mountain near Escondido.  Not only can you see the entire
sky from Palomar in real time on the web, you will also be treated
to a time-lapse film of the most recent 90 minutes of data.
  If you visit the site during daylight hours, be sure to view
the pre-recorded movie in which both Mars and the Milky Way are
shown.  A high speed Internet connection helps:
  http://snoop.palomar.caltech.edu/
  Need some serene sounds to enhance your viewing pleasure?
Tune into <http://www.iserenity.com/environments.htm>.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS, TV CHANNELS 53, 56 & 59, SAN DIEGO
  According to Howard Fine, Qualcomm Inc. has been granted
  an Experimental STA (0311-EX-ST-2004 XD FX) for operations on
  TV Channels 53, 56 & 59 in San Diego, for the test and
  development of Wireless Communications Services technologies.
  Call sign: WB9XUM.  Dates covered by the grant: May 10, 2004
  to November 10, 2004.  The ERP values range from 60W (CH-53)
  to 6W (CH-56 and 59).
  The experimental stations are "subject to immediate shut down"
  if interference occurs, and all operations are subject to prior
  coordination with the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
  Send mailto:howard@pactv.com for a copy of the FCC's
  formal announcement.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20040504ABK    KDGL-FM1  93956   MCC RADIO, LLC
                  E   106.9 MHZ         PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000608AEO  NEW  124818  BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CENTER
              P   99.3 MHZ             BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030821ACS  K300AW  150104  RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY INC.
                E   107.9 MHZ                 BORON, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030821ADB   K270AR  150648  RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY INC.
                E   101.9 MHZ                BARSTOW, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030829BDU   NEW  156518   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   100.3 MHZ               OCEANSIDE, 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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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030821ABS   K230AO  151246  RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY, INC
                 E   93.9 MHZ                BARSTOW, CA
  CP New Stn.     
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  LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR, CLASS A TV: PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  For KHEM-LP, CH-27, Hemet.  Oppositions (if any) are due soon.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-247095A1.doc
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