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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #637
                     Monday,  June 21, 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=AE Corporation (CGC)
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  THREE TIJUANA-AREA AM STATIONS ARE CHANGING FREQUENCIES
  This week our email inbox was much abuzz with reports of
Mexican AM stations changing frequencies.  The reason for the
changes is that the FCC and the SCT (Mexico's FCC) have
reached an agreement on how interference from Mr. Bonilla's
three AM stations is to be resolved.  CGC's consulting office
has seen copies of the actual SCT authorizations, so here,
authoritatively, is what is going on with respect to the
Bonilla frequencies and power levels:
         XEKTT from 560 to 1700 kHz, 10 kW fulltime
         XESS  from 780 to  620 kHz,  5 kW fulltime
         XESDD from 920 to 1030 kHz,  5 kW fulltime
  XEKTT has already moved to 1700 kHz but is reportedly
having trouble loading such a short wavelength into their
very tall tower.  XESS' operation on 620 kHz has been
intermittent; more will be said about this station in an
upcoming Communicator.  Finally, XESDD has reportedly not been
on the air on 920 kHz due to a frequency conflict within
Mexico, and so far the station has not lit up on 1030.
  Enquiring minds are asking why Mr. Bonilla would switch
one of his Mexican stations to 1030 kHz when he already operates
a 1040 kHz station (KURS) in San Diego.  The mutual sideband
interference should be interesting.
  In other news, the U.S. and Mexico have reportedly agreed
to reduce or adjust XEMO(AM)'s parameters to bring that station's
operation into compliance with the U.S./Mexican AM agreement.
XEMO operates on 860 kHz.  No details of that settlement are
available at this time.
  [Thanks to the many who wrote with early reports on the
Bonilla frequency shifts. - SB]
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                            FCC NEWS
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  MDS & ITFS SPECTRUM RECHANNELIZED - MDS BECOMES BRS
  This FCC action dramatically impacts the Multipoint
Distribution Service (MDS) and the Instructional Television
Fixed Service (ITFS).
  As part of its ongoing effort to promote the deployment
of wireless broadband services, the FCC has adopted a Report
and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking transforming
the rules governing MDS and ITFS operations in the 2500-2690 MHz
band.
  The Order renames the MDS service the Broadband Radio Service
(BRS), while maintaining the ITFS label for ITFS licenses and
operations.  The newly rechannelized ITFS/BRS band will group
high and low power operations together in spectrum chunks,
thereby making low power two-way data communications possible
in parts of the band.  Finally, the band will soon become 5 MHz
larger as the low end is moved down to 2495 MHz.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-248267A1.doc
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  FCC ANNOUNCES CONTACT INFO FOR NEW DUPLICATING CONTRACTOR
  On May 28, the Commission announced that it had selected
Best Copy and Printing, Inc. to perform duplicating and research
services for the public.  Customers may contact BCPI by e-mail
at mailto:FCC@BCPIWEB.COM, or by phone at 202-488-5300, or by
FAX at 202-488-5563.  Fee information is available at the
URL below.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-248457A1.doc
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  FCC ADJUSTS MAXIMUM FORFEITURE PENALTIES TO REFLECT INFLATION
  The FCC has amended its Rules to increase the maximum
monetary forfeiture penalties available to it, to account for
inflation since the last adjustment.  The new maximum amounts
will be as follows:
  (1) for broadcasters and cable operators -- $32,500 per
violation or per day of a continuing violation with the amount
for a continuing violation not to exceed $325,000;
  (2) for common carriers -- $130,000 per violation or per
day of a continuing violation with the amount for a continuing
violation not to exceed $1.325 million; and
  (3) for others -- $11,000 per violation or per day of a
continuing violation with the amount for a continuing violation
not to exceed $97,500.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-248483A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-139A1.doc
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  FM FREEZE ANNOUNCED RE FCC AUCTION #37
  The Media Bureau has announced a freeze, effective immediately,
on the filing of petitions to amend the FM Table of Allotments and
counterproposals that propose a change in channel, class, or
reference coordinates for any of the 290 vacant non-reserved band
FM allotments scheduled for Auction No. 37.
  The Media Bureau has also announced that it will not accept
applications for construction permits for minor changes in
authorized commercial and noncommercial educational FM facilities
during the Auction No. 37 Form 175 application filing window
(scheduled to begin on November 3, 2004).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1642A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH, SELECTED ITEM
  The Commission has proposed an $87,500 forfeiture against
DIRECTV, Inc., for repositioning its DIRECTV 3 satellite without
FCC authorization.
  DIRECTV had filed a request with the FCC for special
temporary authority to relocate DIRECTV 3, but admits that its
employees began repositioning the satellite the next day, without
waiting for Commission approval.  In setting the amount of the
fine, the FCC noted that strict adherence to the rules governing
modification of satellite authorizations is critical to minimizing
the risk of collisions between satellites.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-248517A1.doc
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   CHAIRMAN POWELL VIDEO PROMOTES UWB
   FCC Chairman Powell has addressed a meeting of the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Boston regarding
the compatibility between ultra-wideband devices (UWB) and radio-
communications services.  In a prerecorded message, the Chairman
spoke to the international audience of spectrum management
experts from over 30 countries with the message that existing
operators are protected from harmful interference.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-248200A1.doc
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  FCC INTRODUCES NEW EXHIBIT ON HISTORY OF THE INTERNET
  The FCC has introduced the third in a series of exhibits
on the history of various communications technologies.  The new
exhibit focuses on the history of the Internet, including the
communication technologies used to access the Internet.
  http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-248298A1.doc
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                      LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  GOOD NEWS - JACK RABELL RETURNS HOME!
  Jack Rabell is going home today.  He is walking, albeit slowly,
and attempting to climb stairs, so maybe all the good thoughts,
prayers, and well wishing did some good....  Sheila is much
happier today and expresses her thanks to everyone for their
support.  Jack is in for more rehabilitation to be sure, but it
would seem that he's on the road to a great recovery.
  [The above is from an email message received from the folks at
   KPRI on 06/14/2004. - SB]
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FIRST CELL PHONE VIRUS MAKES APPEARANCE IN EASTERN EUROPE
  The notorious band of Czech Republic and Slovakian virus
writers who call themselves "29a" have successfully developed a
virus that can be spread on advanced mobile phones running on
Symbian and Series 60 software.  The worm, dubbed "Cabir,"
propagates when sent from one handset to another using the
short-range Bluetooth connection, a feature on many advanced
Nokia phones.
  http://money.cnn.com/2004/06/16/technology/virus_phones.reut/
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  CELLPHONE TAKES BULLET AIMED AT SUBSCRIBER
  A South African merchant says he owes his life to the
Nokia cellphone he was holding to his ear when he was ambushed
by someone in a passing car.  Andre Steyn felt the bullet
penetrate his hand, only to be stopped by the phone before it
could penetrate his head.
  http://www.mobilemonday.net/mm/story.php?story_id=3D3653

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030828AWZ   NEW  138858     LIVING PROOF, INC.
                E   97.1 MHZ        GREEN VALLEY LAKES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/02/2004 =20
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  BNPFT-20030828BGK   NEW  138715   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   99.7 MHZ                VENTURA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/02/2004
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000608AEI    NEW  124809    PALM SPRINGS SPANISH
               P   97.1 MHZ          CHRISTIAN RADIO CORP.
                                       PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030828AXF   K284AU  138865  LIVING PROOF, INC.
                E   104.7 MHZ         CLARK MOUNTAIN, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/03/2004
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  BNPFT-20030828AXD   K264AP  138864  LIVING PROOF, INC.
                E   100.7 MHZ        HALLORAN SPRINGS, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/03/2004
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  BNPFT-20030828AXT   K253AJ  138849  LIVING PROOF, INC.
                E    98.5 MHZ         NORTH EDWARDS, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/03/2004
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNP-20040130BHK     NEW  161467     HECTOR MANZO
               E   1560 KHZ           BRAWLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
  (6) PETITIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/20/04
  (6) PETITIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION DENIED BY LETTER
  REF-1800B3-HM ON 5/28/2004.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20040603ACC   KDAR-1  161997  ATEP RADIO, INC.
                  E   98.3 MHZ        SANTA BARBARA, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY
  BNPFT-20030829AWE  NEW  138688  CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
              E   107.9 MHZ              SAN MARCOS, 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 6/3/04
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFTB-20030814AJQ  KJLH-1  159113  TAXI LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   102.3 MHZ              HOLLYWOOD, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/07/2004  =20
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPFTB-20030814AJQ  KJLH-1  159113  TAXI LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   102.3 MHZ              HOLLYWOOD, CA
  CP New Stn.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 6/7/04
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20040528ADY  KCOP-DT 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-66              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20030805AFA,
  callsign KCOP-TV.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20040527ADC   KCOP-TV 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-13              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-20030805ACB,
  callsign KCOP-TV.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLCT-20040527ACR  KTTV 22208   FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
               E   CHAN-11              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.=20
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  BXLCT-20040527AEJ  KCOP-TV 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-13              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20040112AAL KCAA 43995 BROADCASTING MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC
           E   1050 KHZ             LOMA LINDA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/08/2004 =20
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030829AVZ   NEW  156359   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E   105.3 MHZ              ISLA VISTA, 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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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  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 MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTA-20040614ABA   KVMM-CA  18741   CABALLERO TELEVISION
                  E    CHAN-41              TEXAS, L.L.C.
                                         SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-20010116AFP.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030829AXK   NEW  143757   HIGH DESERT BROADCASTING LLC
               E   99.7 MHZ                 ROSAMOND, 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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  CHANNEL 33 PROPOSED FOR KTBN'S DTV OPERATION
  KTBN, Santa Ana, CA has requested to use Channel 33 for
  its DTV operation instead of CH-23 which is currently assigned.
  Such a change would allow the station to serve a far wider
  audience during the DTV transition period.
  The Commission has reviewed the proposed change, and has invited
  interested parties to file comments on or before August 9, 2004.
  Concurrence from Mexico is needed.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1671A1.doc
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  A DELAY FOR KXLA-DT
  KXLA-DT, Channel 51, Rancho Palos Verdes (transmitter on
  Mt. Wilson), is mentioned in the referenced DTV Extension
  of Time Order in paragraph 15 as follows:
  "KXLA-DT, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, is a member of a
  consortium of stations seeking to build a new tower structure
  on Mt. Wilson, near Los Angeles, California.  The consortium
  experienced an unforeseen technical problem with the proposed
  antenna that had to be reconfigured to increase replication.
  This required modifying the stations' DTV construction permits.
  The consortium is working to resolve certain technical and
  legal issues surrounding the proposed modification."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-124A1.doc
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANT
  The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology, Experimental
  Licensing Branch, granted the following curious experimental
  application recently:
  WD2XIZ     AT&T CORP    0072-EX-PL-2004
  New experimental to operate in 1.705 - 80 MHz for broadband
  power line testing.  Fixed:  Menlo Park, CA; Florham Park
  (Morris), NJ; Middletown (Monmouth), NJ; Miami (Dade), FL
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-248119A1.doc
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