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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #635
                      Monday, May 31, 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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  NPRM ISSUED ON UNLICENSED OPERATIONS IN THE TV BANDS
  Following is the URL for the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rule
Making ("NPRM") to allow unlicensed data transmitters in the
television broadcast spectrum, wherever unused TV channels
are found.
  The Commission intends to consider several alternative
methods for identifying unused channels, including approaches
that would: 1) allow existing television and/or radio stations to
transmit (via subcarriers, for example) information on TV channel
availability directly to an unlicensed device; 2) employ geo-
location technologies such as the Global Positioning Satellite
(GPS) system; or 3) employ spectrum sensing techniques that would
determine if the signals of authorized TV stations are present in
an area.
  The ideas expressed in this NPRM are "all over the map" - so
much so that the document constitutes more of a Notice of Inquiry
than an NPRM.  Nevertheless, by styling the doc as an NPRM, the
Commission has signaled its intent to charge ahead.
  This NPRM is of monumental importance to all spectrum users.
Your bands could be shared next.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-113A1.doc
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  MEDIA BUREAU SEEKS COMMENTS ON OVER-THE-AIR TV VIEWERS
  Analog television broadcasting in the United States could end
as early as December 31, 2006 in the Commission's view.  Up to
15% of television households in a given market could then lose
television service altogether if they rely exclusively on over-
the-air broadcasting and have analog-only sets when the transition
ends.  In the remaining households, any analog sets that are not
connected to Cable TV or satellite or similar services or devices
(that will convert digital-to-analog for consumers) could lose
service as well.
  In the following Public Notice, the FCC wants to know some
things about consumers who rely on over-the-air TV broadcasting,
and seeks options for minimizing the impact on these and other
consumers when TV goes all digital.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1497A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The licensee of FM station KWNZ, Carson City, Nevada, has
been fined $10,000 by the FCC for creating ground-level radiation
in excess of the permissible public exposure level at KWNZ's
McClellan Peak transmitter site.
  The various excuses offered by the licensee were not impressive.
For example, KWNZ contended that there was "no evidence whatsoever
of public use of the particularized ten square foot area" where
the station exceeded the RFR MPE limits.  According to the FCC,
it is not necessary to establish actual public use of a particular
[unfenced and unmarked] area where excessive power density occurs.
Public use of an area nearby is sufficient.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1533A1.doc
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  FCC AND HOMELAND SECURITY - MEDIA FORUM ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2
  The FCC and the Department of Homeland Security will co-
sponsor a public forum on Wednesday, June 2, to examine how
the relationship between local media and government can be
strengthened to support local market operational readiness to
cope with terrorist attacks, natural disasters and similar
occurrences.
  Real Audio and streaming video access to the public meeting
will be available at <http://www.fcc.gov/>.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-247692A1.doc
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  FREQUENCY COORDINATION FOR THE 2004 NAT. POLITICAL CONVENTIONS
  At the request of the Frequency Coordinating Committee for
the 2004 Political Conventions ("POLCOMM2004"), the FCC has
designated POLCOMM2004's Chairman, Louis Libin, as the single
point of contact for coordinating operations under Section 74.24
of the Rules (Boston, Massachusetts, from July 26 through
July 29, 2004, and in New York City, New York, from August 30
through September 2, 2004).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1494A1.doc
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  FCC ANNOUNCES NEW DUPLICATING CONTRACTOR
  Best Copy and Printing, Inc. has become what we might call
the FCC's official duplicating contractor (if you need copies of
FCC docs not available on web, you would call them).  Best Copy
will perform research services for a fee as well.  Details at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1583A1.doc
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  CORRECTION
  Jaime Bonilla's first name was misspelled in last week's 
newsletter (CGC #634).  The correct spelling is Jaime.
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN - SEND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
  On May 1, well known San Diego broadcast engineer Jack
Rabell went into a hospital for a routine hernia operation and,
while under the knife, aspirated fluids causing considerable
lung damage.  On May 9, we learned that Jack was not improving
and had "developed another pneumonia," and was still on life
support.  A procedure the doctors wanted to perform was impeded
by the fact that Jack needed to be on his stomach and could not
be turned over.  Ever hopeful, his wife Shiela asked for good
thoughts and prayers from family and friends.
  On May 28, a month after the catastrophe, Shiela reported
that Jack was beginning to make a recovery.  He had been on the
brink of death a number of times, but was slowly regaining
control over muscle movements, and was able to speak with limited
fidelity thanks to a special valve in his tracheotomy tube.  His
first words were, "Set the level on the Shure mixer!" -
hallucinatory technical-talk, but ever so encouraging.
  Jack has been moved to the critical care portion of a
rehabilitation hospital, and your continuing thoughts and prayers
are needed for the long haul.  Shiela thanks the many of you who
have already expressed your unwaivering support for her husband's
recovery.  She is now collecting e-mail messages to be read to
Jack, and you may write to her directly at
mailto:ottersrest@cox.net.  This is your chance to make a
difference!
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  AN UPDATE ON BILL RUCK (SEE CGC #624)
  We have web-posted e-mails with updates on Bill Ruck's 
condition.  See them at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Bill_Ruck.htm
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 (100 Words or Less - Weekly Deadline is Wednesday, 6 PM Pacific)
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  THE HISTORIC KGFJ 1230 KHZ TRANSMITTER SITE HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN
  On May 24, 2004, an historic AM broadcast transmitting site
was turned off after 80 years of service.  In 1924, KGFJ started
broadcasting from the Odd Fellows Lodge Building on Oak Street
near downtown Los Angeles.  In more recent years, the station
call sign was changed to KYPA.  Shortly after 4 PM on May 24th,
I turned on the new 1230 kHz transmitter.  Its signal is
diplexed into tower #6 at the KBLA 1580 kHz site.
  The old KGFJ "flat top" antenna had been in continuous use by
KGFJ/KYPA since 1924.  That antenna may well have been the last
full-time use of a flat top antenna anywhere in the country.
Does anyone know of another still in operation anywhere?
  Marvin Collins, W6OQI, mailto:KFIam640@aol.com
  [To see some photos Marvin took of the old KGFJ site and the
new diplexed setup at KBLA, visit Marvin's web page at
http://earthsignals.com/Collins/ and scroll to "KGFJ 1230." -SB]
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  ONE MORE COMPLAINT AGAINST PERFECT FIT INDUSTRIES
  Some time ago, the CGC Communicator published stories
about a non-Part 15 compliant AC-to-DC switching power supply
marketed by Perfect Fit Industries.  That power supply was the
source of wide area RFI when used in conjunction with the
company's electric blanket (aka "mattress warming pad" - see
CGC #613 and #615).
  Last week, the CGC Communicator published a letter from
Rob Sherwood who had traced broadband RFI to his electric
blanket.  So, was Mr. Sherwood's blanket made by Perfect Fit?
In response to our inquiry, he replied, "Yes it was made by
Perfect Fit Industries.  We also have one new in the box at
our cabin.  Oh boy !"
  Mr. Sherwood's report has been turned over to the FCC to
augment their ongoing investigation of Perfect Fit.  CGC has
suggested that the FCC not only make every effort to have Perfect
Fit halt the marketing of these non-compliant devices, but that
the company should be required to launch an intensive product
recall campaign.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTT-20040520ACG  K68CW 14152 COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO, AREA 29
                E   CHAN-47             LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-20000714AAS
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20040521AHT  K45IC 129618 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-45                BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831BVF.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20040430AGW   KSPP-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                  E   CHAN-29          PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSPP-LP.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20040524ACB   KMRO-FM2  85929   THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                  E   90.3 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                         SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20040524AAM  K68CW  14152  BIRACH BROADCASTING CORPORATION
               E   CHAN-47              LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20000714AAS,
  callsign K68CW.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER LICENSE CANCELLED
  BLH-19861215KB    DKZAL  16738    WORLDWIDE MULTI-MEDIA
              P   105.5 MHZ            BROADCASTING CO.
                                      DESERT CENTER, CA
  LIC. TO COVER (BPH-831122AI AS MODIFIED) FOR A NEW  STATION.
  LICENSE CANCELLED BY LETTER OF MARCH 23, 1999.
  PURSUANT TO 47 C.F.R. SEC. 1.113(A), THE MMB, ON ITS OWN MOTION,
  SETS ASIDE ITS ACTION OF MARCH 23, 1999; REPORT # 24457, DATED
  MARCH 26, 1999.
  5/24/04--License expired 2/14/2004 at 12:01 am for failing to
  operate 12 consecutive months.  Call sign deleted, ltr this
  date Ref. 1800B3-GDG.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPL-20000605AIV    NEW  124400    SAN DIEGO COUNTY SER JOBS
               E   107.5 MHZ             FOR PROGRESS, INC.
                                           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/25/2004
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