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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #640
                     Tuesday, July 13, 2004
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC ADOPTS A SOLUTION TO 800 MHZ PUBLIC SAFETY INTERFERENCE
  By unanimous vote, the FCC has approved the Nextel spectrum
swap.  The decision gives Nextel highly sought airwaves in the
1.9 GHz band in exchange for Nextel giving up some of its
800 MHz holdings so Nextel signals will no longer interfere
with public safety communications.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249414A1.doc
  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5396022
  http://tinyurl.com/ypty7
  http://tinyurl.com/2ag4v
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  FCC CHANGES RULES, PROMOTES UNLICENSED BROADBAND IN RURAL AREAS
  The FCC has changed its rules in order to promote the use of
unlicensed broadband service in rural areas.  "Smart antennas"
will permit a greater number of users to be served within the
same spectrum by reusing frequencies in several directions
simultaneously.  Other rule changes were also made.  Two 
separate Commission actions:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249434A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249405A1.doc
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  SPECTRUM LEASING EXPANDS
  Building on the spectrum leasing policies it first
implemented last fall, the FCC has expanded the availability of
spectrum leasing to more wireless services and devices, further
streamlined the processing of spectrum lease applications and
notifications, as well as traditional license transfers and
assignments, and has clarified certain aspects of the original
spectrum leasing rules.  There is no indication that spectrum
leasing applies to primary broadcast spectrum however.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249427A1.doc
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  PROPOSED RETENTION BY BROADCASTERS OF PROGRAM RECORDINGS
  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to
require broadcasters to retain recordings of their programming
for some limited period of time (e.g., 60 or 90 days) in order
to increase the "effectiveness of the Commission's process for
enforcing restrictions on obscene, indecent, and profane
broadcast programming."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-145A1.doc
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5461
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  FCC AMENDS RULE BY ISSUING ERRATUM
  The revised text for Rule Section 73.3598(a) reads as follows:
  "Each original construction permit for the construction of a
new TV, AM, FM or International Broadcast; low power TV; TV
translator; TV booster; FM translator; or FM booster station,
or to make changes in such existing stations, shall specify a
period of three years from the date of issuance of the original
construction permit within which construction shall be completed
and application for license filed.  Each original construction
permit for the construction of a new LPFM station shall specify
a period of eighteen months from the date of issuance of the
construction permit within which construction shall be completed
and application for license filed."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249375A1.doc
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  ANOTHER TV STATION TURNS OFF ANALOG, GOES DIGITAL-ONLY
  The Commission has granted WRNN-TV Limited's request to cease
analog broadcasting on NTSC Channel 62 at Kingston, NY, and to
operate WRNN-DT as a single channel, digital-only, television
station on DTV Channel 48.  WRNN's proposal appeared on public
notice on April 27, 2004.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2039A1.doc
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                           LOCAL NEWS
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  ALL THREE BONILLA AM STATIONS ARE ON THE AIR
  Mr. Bonilla's three AM stations near Tijuana, Mexico - the
subject of much recent discussion - are now on the air on their
newly assigned frequencies of 620, 1030 and 1700 kHz.  The 1030
carrier is fairly weak, however, and the 620 and 1030 stations
appear to be simulcasting audio from a CD changer.
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  "THE MIGHTY 1090" HEARD ON 810 KHZ - PROBLEM SOLVED TEMPORARILY
  According to one of our associates, XEKAM switched back to
their old tube-type transmitter this past Saturday and the 810 kHz
intermod with The Mighty 1090 is gone (see CGC #639).  Hopefully
XEKAM will not put their new Nautel transmitter back on the air
until its IM problem is solved.  Thanks to our friends in Mexico
for acting quickly and responsibly on this issue.
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - VICTORVILLE PIRATE
  A $20,000 Forfeiture Order has been issued to Stanley Mark
Mayo (Victorville) for operation of pirate radio stations on
660 kHz and 91.3 MHz.  Since Mr. Mayo did not file a response
to the $20,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture
("NAL") issued to him on March 31, 2004, this action affirms
the fine.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2041A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - KHIZ(TV)
  The FCC has issued a $2,000 Forfeiture Order to Sunbelt
Television, Inc., licensee of KHIZ(TV), Victorville, CA, for
repeated failure to conduct required monthly EAS tests and to
determine the cause of failures to receive required EAS tests.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2043A1.doc
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  JACK GERRITSEN AND THE LONG BEACH BOMB SQUAD
  Last month, the FCC issued a $10,000 Notice of Apparent
Liability to Jack Gerritsen for making radio transmissions
without authorization in the two-meter amateur radio band.  This
month, one of Gerritsen's radios was reportedly blown up by the
Long Beach Police Bomb Squad after a "suspicious package" was
found at the Long Beach VA Hospital.  That package contained
Gerritsen's Yaesu VX-5 and spare battery that he left on the 11th
floor of the hospital.  VA Police also confiscated a second radio
and his recorder used to play his now-infamous messages on L.A.
area ham radio repeaters.
  Gerritsen has reportedly purchased a replacement radio and
has been heard on local repeaters since the incident saying "I
shall return... with my recordings!"  Sources say the VA is
interested in pursuing charges against Gerritsen.
  The above adapted from a story by Chris Carmichael -
  mailto:chris43@pacbell.net.  For more info, see:
  http://tinyurl.com/28eqd
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  PLEASE CONTINUE TO HOLD YOUR THOUGHTS
  Once again, please hold your thoughts by not sending us
letters to the editor until a new web-based publication emerges
for that purpose.  By all accounts, the new pub should be ready
soon, and we plan to publish a special CGC Communicator to carry
the details when the moment arrives.
  Thanks for your patience!
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                           MISCELLANEOUS
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  COMDEX 2004 CANCELED
  After almost a quarter of a century, Las Vegas' famed Comdex
computer show has closed its doors, at least for this year.  But
its new owners say the show will be back in November 2005.
  During the tech boom, Comdex lured more than 200,000 people
to Las Vegas and filled more than a million square feet of 
exhibit space with computer related exhibits.  But in recent
years, several major players including Dell, IBM and Intel have
stopped leasing exhibit space, and attendance dwindled to 40,000.
More on-line at:
  http://www.comdex.com/
  (Thanks, Amateur Radio Newsline)
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  CALIFORNIA PHYSICS PROF. THINKS HE'LL PUT AN END TO PURSUITS
  Former U.C. Berkeley physics professor David Giri has launched
a business called ProTech which he says is perfecting technology
that will enable police to end pursuits by aiming a blast of radio
waves powerful enough to disable the computerized electronics
found in most cars manufactured within the past decade.  Giri's
work is reportedly funded by the U.S. Marine Corps and Los Angeles
Police Department.
  http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1259104,00.html
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  ON THE HISTORY OF PALOMAR MOUNTAIN
  Two major historical accounts of Palomar Mountain are
now available on the web for downloading, free of charge, thanks
to the efforts of Peter Brueggeman.  The accounts are Catherine M.
Wood's "Palomar from Teepee to Telescope" (1937) and Marion F.
Beckler's "Palomar Mountain: Past and Present" (1958).  Fascinating
reading.  Enjoy these wonderful manuscripts and pictures!
  http://www.peterbrueggeman.com/palomarhistory/
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM CHANGES FOR AMBOY, BAKER, AND DESERT CENTER, CA
  The FM Table of Allotments for various communities in CA
  (see above) and AZ has been amended:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2059A1.doc
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605AEX NEW 124191 THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH, INC.-SANTA ANA
                 101.5 MHZ               SANTA ANA, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPCT-20040128AHX KDOC-TV 24518 GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING CO...
                E   CHAN-56               ANAHEIM, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/07/2004
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20030516ACM   KXLA-DT  55083   RANCHO PALOS VERDES
                   E   CHAN-51           BROADCASTERS, INC.
                                      RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991101AIZ
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-19991029AGV  KESQ-DT 25577  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                 P   CHAN-52              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KESQ-TV.
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  BPCDT-19991101AHI   KECY-DT  51208  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                  E   CHAN-48              EL CENTRO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KECY-TV.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/22/2004
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