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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #638
                     Tuesday, June 29, 2004
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General« Corporation (CGC)
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  U.S. AND MEXICO TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELATIONS: HARMONIOUS!
  A spirit of telecommunications cooperation has suddenly
and unexpectedly swept the U.S. and Mexico.  The biggest cross-
border interference problems are being resolved (Bonilla's AM
stations and XEMO - see CGC #637), and those of slightly lesser
stature but no less importance have been listed as action items
- this thanks to the just-concluded Sixth Meeting of the United
States-Mexico High Level Consultative Commission on Tele-
communications which took place at the U.S. State Department
June 23-24, 2004.
  This was the first such meeting in eight years, so it was a
monumental event.
  The Joint Declaration document that resulted has been
web-posted for your convenience, along with the Directory of
Bilateral Issues - the list of action items that are slated to
receive prominent attention.  Following are the web addresses
for these documents.  Congratulations to all who worked so hard
to bring this meeting to such a successful conclusion and a
hopeful new beginning!
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Joint_Declaration.doc
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Directory_of_Bilat_Issues.doc
  Bonus Item:  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/HLCC_Meeting.doc
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  FCC CLARIFIES ITS ROLE REGARDING INTERFERENCE, CUSTOMER
  ANTENNAS AND UNLICENSED EQUIPMENT
  As many of you know, consumers have the right to install and
operate - on property they control - antennas for over-the-air
broadcast reception, terrestrial and satellite.  The below-
referenced URL indicates that license-free Wi-Fi antennas of one
meter or less may also be installed.  Same one meter limit
applies to antennas used in conjunction with fixed wireless
services licensed by the FCC.
  Of added interest is the following information on radio-
frequency interference ("RFI"):  "the FCC holds exclusive
jurisdiction over the regulation and resolution of RFI issues;"
"regulation of RFI phenomena shall be imposed only by the
Commission;" and "both the FCC and the federal courts have
overturned attempts by third parties to regulate RFI matters in
light of the FCC's exclusive authority in this area."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1844A1.doc
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  FURTHER ACTION AGAINST CONVICTED RADIO JAMMER JACK GERRITSEN
  Convicted radio jammer Jack Gerritsen of Bell, CA, now out 
of prison, has been issued a $10,000 Notice of Apparent Liability
("NAL") by the FCC for making recent radio transmissions without
authorization, this time in the amateur radio two-meter band.
  Gerritsen was convicted of interfering with police radio
communications on June 6, 2000, was incarcerated, and was
suspected of having interfered with commercial radio station RPU
frequencies at the time (the RPU interference vanished when
Gerritsen was put behind bars).  This time around, Gerritsen -
the former KG6IRO - has been accused of repeatedly operating an
Amateur Radio Station without authorization from the FCC.
(Thanks, Amateur Radio Newsline)
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Gerritsen_NALFinalRELEASED.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/News_Releases/gerrt.html
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  A cable TV system in Cornersville, Tennessee has been fined
for excessive signal leakage in the aircraft communications band.
Small Town Communications Partners has been ordered to pay $6,400
for excessive leakage on 121.2625 MHz where maximum leakage of
20 microvolts per meter (ÁV/m) at a distance of at least three
meters from a CATV cable is allowed.  The measured leaks ranged
from 255 ÁV/m to 2080 ÁV/m.  Excessive cable TV leakage can
interfere with a wide variety of communications services, and
must be prevented.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1751A1.doc
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  -  FINAL POSTINGS
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  CONCERNING THE BONILLA 780-TO-620 FREQUENCY CHANGE
  The Mexican 780 kHz station has now found a NEW HOME down
the dial at 620 kHz.  Blank carrier most of the day and now is
repeating Spanish music.  Signal points to old 780 kHz site.  KTAR
now has extreme nighttime interference from this non-directional
station.  KTAR is strong enough in most of San Diego that you
receive a mix of both stations, making the channel unlistenable.
  Bill Lipis, mailto:blipis@earthlink.net  (6/23/04)
  [CGC understands that the new frequencies, power levels and
operating modes (sometimes directional) granted to Mr. Bonilla
comply with the terms of the U.S./Mexican AM Agreement.  Perhaps
the loss of service noted was unprotected service; perhaps
Mr. Bonilla has yet to comply with the exact terms of his new
authorization.  Time will tell.  -RG]
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  NEW BONILLA FREQUENCIES PLAGUED BY TIS STATIONS
  Two of the frequencies assigned to Mr. Bonilla, 620 and
1700 kHz, have been researched by Howard Fine to see if they
are already populated by Travelers Information Stations ("TIS").
Bingo!  There are active TIS stations on these frequencies in Los
Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena, San Diego, Orange, Anaheim, Norwalk,
Santa Ana, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Ysidro and Ventura.
  Sometimes there are multiple TIS stations in a given city;
Los Angeles, for example, has seven TIS stations on the two
frequencies of interest.
  According to a knowledgable reader, the TIS problem is even
more complicated than described above because Caltrans is an
expert at setting up unlicensed stations.  According to our
source, "There is one [unlicensed station] at the 405 Frwy. &
Sunset Blvd. in West LA on 620 kHz that has been there for
over five years with no modulation."
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  FCC GRANTS AN LPFM "TIME SHARE"
  Recnet.com reports that the FCC has granted its first
Time Share authorization to two new LPFM operators on 94.1 MHz
in Visalia, CA.  
  According to the FCC authorizations, "Friends of Radio
Grito/Proyecto Campesino" and "Pacific Friends Outreach Society"
will broadcast Mondays thru Saturdays, with the former on the air
from 5-9 a.m., and the latter from 5-9 p.m. 
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  GREAT NEWS ON JACK RABELL
  Jack is home from the rehab hospital with all of his mind and
body intact!  He needs to regain strength and will have physical
therapy three days a week.  He's enjoying home cooked food and
that's good because he has lost 40 pounds!
  Thank you so much for your caring and prayers. I truly believe
they made the difference.
  Shiela Rabell, mailto:ottersrest@cox.net
  [Jack expresses his "extreme thanks" to all of you who
have included him in your prayers.  So far, a great many people
have sent words of encouragement to Jack and Shiela by e-mail,
but now Jack is strong enough (and Shiela relaxed enough) to
accept telephone calls, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. preferred.  They can be
reached at (619) 445-3152.
  For a man who has been unconscious for 30 days, this is an
incredible and inspiring recovery - and one warranting more
prayers yet as the healing process continues.  - RG]
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  MORE GREAT NEWS: BILL RUCK IS BACK IN SAN FRANCISCO
  E-mails regarding Bill's progress and trip back to the U.S.
are posted on the web.  See the latest at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Bill_Ruck.htm
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  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" MOVING TO AN INDEPENDENT PUBLICATION
  The CGC Communicator's Letters to the Editor section is
moving to a separate and independent publication where it will
hopefully grow and flourish in the years ahead.  As announced
in CGC #622, Steve Blodgett, our current Letters Editor, is
retiring from the editing post, and we have invited the local
SBE chapters to take over the reins.
  One member of the San Diego SBE Chapter has informed us that
he has been beta testing a web page for Letters and Job Shoppe
postings, and we will provide you with the pertinent information
once it is finalized.  In keeping with the tradition of the
Communicator, the new publication will handle correspondence
from all over, not just San Diego County.  The publication
will be a web-based product that is constantly updated for
your convenience.
  Hopefully it won't be long before the new pub takes flight,
so stay tuned.  Please hold your thoughts until then by not 
sending us letters, announcements, attached files, photos,
story ideas etc. - anything other than e-mail address changes.
Once again, many thanks to Steve Blodgett for his positive
attitude and for handling our correspondence on time,
thoughtfully, and always with great style.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  LOCAL TRAFFIC AND WEATHER VIA XM & SIRIUS SUPPORTED
  The U.S. Department of Transportation has filed Comments
supporting local traffic and weather data broadcast by satellite
radio services XM & Sirius - this in opposition to NAB's stance
on the subject.
  http://tinyurl.com/3y7rh
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  HOMELAND SECURITY ALERTS TO BE CARRIED ON NOAA RADIO NETWORK
  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have reached an
agreement under which DHS will use NOAA'S All-Hazards Network to
broadcast alerts to national, regional or local radio listeners.
  The All-Hazards Network is an outgrowth of NOAA Weather Radio,
and already carries alerts ranging from extreme weather to Amber
Alerts.
  http://gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/26315-1.html
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  SBC TO DEPLOY FIBER OPTIC SYSTEM THAT MAY COST $6 BILLION
  Now confident that a recent court ruling means the company
will no longer have to sell network elements to competitors at
steeply discounted rates, SBC Communications announced that it
has launched a 5-year project aimed at deploying high-speed
fiber across much of its network, including new customers' homes.
  The commitment to spend up to $6 billion on fiber that
will also carry digital television was announced by SBC Chief
Executive Edward Whitacre in a speech at the Supercomm 2004
conference in Chicago.
  http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103-5243514.html
  http://tinyurl.com/2rvj8
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  NEW DESIGN COULD REDUCE LENGTHS OF ANTENNAS
  A former Raytheon EE and long-time ham radio buff, Robert
Vincent, K1DFT, has developed the technology and prototypes of
a "distributed-load monopole antenna" that he says will make it
possible to double the range of portable radios used by public
safety personnel, among other applications.
  Of course, short antennas have come and gone over the years,
most suffering from unacceptable I-squared R losses.  We won't
know if the "Vincent Vertical" makes the grade until confirmation
tests are run.  However, Vincent's work with the University of
Rhode Island lends credibility to his concept, in which power is
said to be distributed more evenly across the length of the
short antenna.
  http://www.uri.edu/news/releases/?id=2659
  [URL courtesy of Mike Morris & Ron Patten]
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  RESEARCH POINTS TO INCOMPATIBILITY BETWEEN CELLPHONES AND SPERM
  Hungarian university researchers who studied 221 men for 13
months found that those who make heavy use of cellphones,
particularly those who wear their phones on belts or keep them
in pants pockets, may have sperm counts 30% less than men who
don't use wireless phones.  In addition to findings that suggest
cellphone radiation could adversely impact male fertility, the
study also found that sperm exposed to such radiation
subsequently show abnormal movements.
  http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/26464.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20040109ACV      KPRZ  54461     RADIO 1210, INC.
              E     1210 KHZ           SAN MARCOS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/16/2004
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BP-20040109ACV      KPRZ  54461     RADIO 1210, INC.
              E     1210 KHZ           SAN MARCOS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 6/16/04
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20040609ABC  KCOP-DT 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                  E   CHAN-66              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20030805AFA.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLET-20040617AAC   KOCE-TV  4328    BOARD OF TRUSTEES,
                E    CHAN-50   COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                    HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPET-20030527AEI,
  callsign KOCE-TV.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20040617AFX   KMRO-FM2  85929    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                  E    90.3 MHZ        COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                           SANTA BARBARA, CA
   Mod of CP
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20030930AOG   KCAQ-1 159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                  E   104.7 MHZ              CALABASAS, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  MOTION TO STRIKE
  BNPL-20000605AKL    NEW  124517     VIDA ABUNDANTE
                E   94.3 MHZ        SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Settlement Agreement filed 10/30/03
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
  Petition to Deny filed 11/12/03
  OPPOSITION FILED AS REPLY COMMENT ON 1/26/04
  PETITION FOR LEAVE TO FILE A LATE-FILED MOTION FILED
  6/17/04 BY ("REC")
  MOTION TO STRIKE OPPOSITION FILED 6/17/04 BY ("REC")
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE
  FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXMLET-20040621ACQ    KOCE-TV  4328     BOARD OF TRUSTEES,
                  E     CHAN-50   COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTA-20040614ABA KVMM-CA 18741 CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS, LLC
                 E   CHAN-41              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-20010116AFP.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030819AAP  K231BD  147807  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   94.1 MHZ                YUCAIPA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/07/2003
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 11/10/03
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 1/20/2004 and application
  accepted.  No letter sent.
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