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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #639
                    Wednesday,  July 7, 2004
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  THIS WEEK AT THE FCC
  Following are two of the most interesting items slated to be
considered at the FCC's Open Meeting this Thursday (July 8) in
Washington, D.C.:
  * The possible adoption of a Report and Order concerning
changes to several technical rules for unlicensed radiofrequency
devices contained in Rule Parts 0, 2, and 15, and
  * The possible adoption of a variety of Orders concerning
reconfiguring the 800 MHz band to eliminate Nextel interference
to public safety radio channels.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249217A1.doc
  Regardless of how the FCC decides to "reband" 800 MHz, analysts 
and observers are almost unanimous in predicting that litigation 
threatens to delay by years the implementation of any such plan.
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - LOCAL ITEM
  Charles R. Meeker has been issued a monetary forfeiture in
the amount of $6,400 for failure to ensure that required EAS
equipment was installed and operational at KDPX-LP, Cathedral
City, CA.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2005A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - DISTANT ITEM
  KLYR(AM), Clarksville, Arkansas, was initially fined $7,000
for failure to maintain an effective locked fence around the base
of its antenna tower.  However, the fine was reduced to $4,400
upon reconsideration because of KLYR's general history of Rule
compliance, and the fact that the licensee was possibly in the
process of addressing the fence problem at the time the FCC
inspector arrived.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1750A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  BROADCAST ELECTRONICS TO HOST HD RADIO SEMINAR IN SAN DIEGO
  After a good turnout at its last HD Radio seminar at the
spring NAB convention, Broadcast Electronics plans to hold another
seminar at the upcoming NAB Radio Show in San Diego.  This one 
will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel on October 6, from 1 to 3 PM.
The seminar is free to broadcasters.  Send mailto:HDR@bdcast.com
to register.
  (Synopsis of Radio World report)
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  "THE MIGHTY 1090" HEARD ON 810 KHZ
  XEPRS, 1090 kHz, near Tijuana, is being heard on 810 kHz as
far north as Oceanside, CA during the day.  The problem appears
to be a third-order intermodulation ("IM") mix occurring inside
a Nautel solid state transmitter that was just installed at
XEKAM, 950 kHz, Tijuana.  XEKAM's transmitter is located 1/4 mile
north of the 1090 transmitter plant.  Here is the mix in
mathematical terms:
  (2 x 950 kHz) - (1090 kHz)  =  810 kHz
  XEKAM is reportedly working with Nautel to resolve the
problem, but early reports indicate that Nautel is suggesting
the use of external RF traps.  
  IM problems like this one are taken very seriously by
broadcast engineers south of the border, just as they are taken
seriously here.  Fortunately, this particular spur is sufficiently
weak that KGO, 810 kHz, San Francisco, can overpower it at night
in the greater San Diego area.
  Expect more problems like this one as operators switch to
broadband AM & FM transmitter designs ready to accommodate HD
Radio.
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  LAND-MOBILE INTERFERENCE IN L.A. TO BE SOLVED IN FRESNO
  Shortly after KSEE-DT, Fresno, commenced operations on
Channel 16 as assigned by the FCC, the station was contacted by
several land-mobile licensees in the San Francisco and Los
Angeles markets claiming that their land-mobile operations on
Channel 16 were receiving co-channel interference from KSEE-DT.
To solve this unusual situation, KSEE now requests the
substitution of DTV Channel 38 for DTV Channel 16 at Fresno.
Comments are due August 23, 2004.  See and read the whole
enchilada at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1846A1.doc
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  JAIME BONILLA PLAGUED BY LACK OF CANDOR ALLEGATION
  CGC #634 reported that KABC-AM Radio, KGO-AM Radio and Owens
One Company collectively launched a legal offensive against Jaime
Bonilla Valdez ("Jaime Bonilla") before he changed frequencies.
That offensive looked toward the revocation of the U.S. broadcast
licenses and construction permit controlled by Mr. Bonilla.  "Lack
of candor" (lack of truth with the Commission) and just plain bad
behavior (numerous FCC citations) were the central allegations in
the revocation pleading.
  Now that Mr. Bonilla is in the process of changing frequencies,
will the legal offensive vanish?  We suspect not.  As one reader
observed, "What's to prevent him from putting new signals on 550,
560 or who knows where else, maybe next it will be 95.5."  Watch
the trade press to see if an offensive against Jaime Bonilla
gains legs.
  [Despite the State Department's favorable press release last
week, one source close to the Bonilla case indicates that the
technical parameters associated with Mr. Bonilla's three new
frequencies are not completely satisfactory to both countries,
so there may yet be some give and take.]
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  PLEASE HOLD YOUR THOUGHTS FOR NOW
  Once again, please hold your thoughts by not sending us
letters to the editor until a new web-based publication emerges
specifically for that purpose.  It shouldn't be long now.  A
hard drive crash caused the delay, but repairs are well underway.
  Thanks!
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  IMPROVING AIRSPACE SAFETY
  GARMIN AT, Inc. has been conditionally granted its request
to use 978 MHz as an aircraft radio datalink frequency.  The
idea is to enhance flight safety by enabling aircraft in the
same airspace to precisely track each other's movement, reducing
the risk of mid-air collisions.  Datastreams containing location,
velocity, altitude and heading are valuable commodities in the 
arena of air safety.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-1871A1.doc
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  SUNSPOTS REACHING 1,000 YEAR HIGH
  Greenland ice cores indicate that the Sun is more active
now than it has been at anytime in the past 1,000 years, and
this has produced a warming trend on Earth according to the
following article from the BBC:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3869753.stm
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  FIRST FLIGHT OF SPACE-SHIP-ONE INTO SPACE
  Few of us had the opportunity to personally witness the
takeoff and landing of SpaceShipOne, the first private-venture
aircraft to attempt to leave the earth's atmosphere and enter
space, defined as an altitude of 100 kilometers (62.15 miles).
No problem.  The outstanding photos and narrative on the
following web site will teleport you to the thick of things:
  http://www.richard-seaman.com/Aircraft/AirShows/SpaceShipOne2004/index.html
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20040108AMU     KTIE  58808    CARON BROADCASTING, INC.
               P   590 KHZ             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20031024ABR      KTNQ  35673     KTNQ-AM LICENSE CORP.
                P   1020 KHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20020806AAC   K295AI  86384   ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
               E   106.9 MHZ             EDUCATION, INC.
                                           MUSCOY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20040109AAF   KCEO  67666   NORTH COUNTY BROADCASTING CORP.
             E   1000 KHZ                 VISTA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/24/2004
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPEDT-20040624ABZ   KVCR-DT  58795  SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY
                   E   CHAN-26             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPEDT-20000424ABO.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLH-20040301ABM   KMYT  2910   CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING
               E   94.5 MHZ             LICENSES, INC.
                                         TEMECULA, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030806ADX  K250AL 148335  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   97.9 MHZ               BANNING, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20040625AAH  KVMM-CA 18741 CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS, LLC
                 E   CHAN-41             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTA-20040614ABA,
  callsign KVMM-CA.
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  BLTTA-20040625AAS  KSKJ-CA  36717  CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORP.
                 E   CHAN-38               VAN NUYS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTA-20040519ACF,
  callsign KSKJ-CA.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLCT-20040623ABM    KTLA-TV  35670    KTLA  INC.
                 E     CHAN-5         LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20030415AAL     KBUA  10097     LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
              E     94.3 MHZ             SAN FERNANDO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/25/2004
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  BPH-20030415AAM    KEBN  50513    LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
               E   94.3 MHZ             GARDEN GROVE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/25/2004
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BML-20040618ABD    KMAP  2268    IHR EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING
               P   1050 KHZ              FRAZIER PARK, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20040622ABJ    KCLB-FM  12131   MCC RADIO LLC
                  E   93.7 MHZ         COACHELLA, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  BXLH-20040622ABK    KKUU  11658     MCC RADIO, LLC
                E   92.7 MHZ             INDIO, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20040504ABK   KDGL-FM1  93956   MCC RADIO, LLC
                 E   106.9 MHZ         PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20040630ABG   K46GC  52216   SEATTLE STREAMING RADIO, LLC
                 E   CHAN-55               SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K46GC.
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