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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #642
                     Tuesday, July 20, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CHAIRMAN POWELL: FUTURE BRIGHT FOR BPL
  Menlo Park, CA - FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell issued the
following statement following a demonstration of broadband over
powerline ("BPL") technology at AT&T labs.  The demo was
sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric and AT&T:
  "Powerline technology holds the great promise to bring high-
speed Internet access to every power outlet in America.  What I
saw today has the potential to play a key role in meeting our
goals to expand the availability and affordability of broadband.
AT&T and Pacific Gas and Electric are to be applauded for
leading the way for this innovative technology.
  "The future is bright for powerline broadband.  We'll
continue at the FCC to explore ways to support this technology
while protecting other services from interference."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249650A1.doc
  Now if Chairman Powell would only tell us how the FCC plans
to go about "protecting other services," we'd have it made.  With
intermodulation and harmonic mechanisms present, the laws of
physics virtually guarantee that BPL RF energy will escape the
neat spectral box that lawyers and accountants would like to
believe exists.
  Read about Alliant Energy's pulling the plug on BPL at
<http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/04/0702/>.
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  FCC WEB-BASED FEE CALCULATOR FOR MEDIA PROPERTIES AVAILABLE
  The FCC announces that media services licensees (excluding
broadcast auxiliaries) now have an additional way to look up the
regulatory fees they owe for FY 2004.  In fact, anyone wanting
that information can go to this special website and get that
information:
  http://www.fccfees.com/
  Click on the link entitled, "Online viewing of fee postcards
or exempt status for any media property" to try out the system.
Full story at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249673A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  KJLA(TV) ASKS TO SHUT OFF ANALOG AND GO DIGITAL-ONLY
  The FCC's Media Bureau has received a request from KJLA(TV),
NTSC Channel 57, Ventura, California, and permittee of DTV
Channel 49, for Commission authority to:  (i) cease analog
broadcasting on NTSC Channel 57 and surrender its license for
the channel prior to the end of the DTV transition; and (ii)
thereafter operate KJLA-DT as a single channel, digital-only
television station on DTV Channel 49.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2128A1.doc
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  NEW SDG&E CONTACT FOR BROADCAST STATIONS
  Michael Nesbitt, San Diego Gas and Electric Company's
popular broadcast engineering liaison, is moving on within the
company.  Mike brought us electrical safety classes, updated us
on power outages, and worked on redundant power and noise issues.
  In his own words, "It's with sadness and regret that I have
to pass on the TV Station Accounts after 23 years....  I have
thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you over the years, and
can't thank you enough for all your help in making our
relationship such a success...."
  Mr. Hal Larsen of the Marketing Department, who's been
with the company for over 30 years, will now continue this
relationship and will become the Assigned Account Rep for TV and
Radio Stations.  Hal can be reached at the following numbers:
Office - 858-650-4133 - Pager - 619 978-5548 - Cell Phone -
619 743-1662.
  "Again, I would like to thank all of you for being such great
people and making my job easy and fun.  I will definitely miss
the professional and personal relationships that have grown over
these 23 years...."
  (Condensed from the San Diego SBE newsletter of July 14, 2004)
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  KAHN STILL TRYING TO TEST CAM-D
  Leonard Kahn opposes the AM HD Radio IBOC system and has
promoted his Cam-D system as an alternative.
  In his latest filing with the FCC for the IBOC proceeding,
Leonard reveals he tested his Cam-D system on Nebraska's 50 kW
KRVN at 880 kHz.  However, he told Radio World Online that,
"some employees found the sound unacceptable" and the tests
were discontinued.  For more on this story, see:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5511
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  STUDY RESULTS: CHRISTIAN RADIO LISTENERS ARE SMART, WEALTHY
  Christian radio listeners are better educated and make more
money than Americans at large, according to Soma Communications,
which reported the findings of a Simmons Market Research Bureau
study.  For details, see:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5489
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  CELLULAR TO SOON TOUCH TRAVELERS IN THE AIR AND AT SEA
  With the blessings of federal regulators, Qualcomm
executive Irwin Jacobs was in the air over Texas last week
aboard a chartered American Airlines jetliner showing reporters
how easily wireless phone calls could be made without interfering
with aircraft navigation systems.  Meanwhile, in Florida, cruise
ship operators were touting a new system that will enable
passengers to use their cell phones aboard ships, placing and
receiving calls via satellite for less than $2 per minute.
  http://tinyurl.com/5afjf
  [The Qualcomm story appears at a registration-required web
site, and we refuse to subject our readers to those kinds of
sites.   -Ed.]
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  WIRELESS USERS WILL FEEL IMPACT OF AREA CODE CHANGE
  The split of the Inland Empire's area code 909 will hit 
some wireless users in the pocketbook if they want to
keep their existing numbers instead of switching to the
new 951 code.  According to a Verizon Wireless spokesman,
those living on the Riverside County side of the split would
need to start a new contract and pay a $175 cancellation fee
in order to remain in area code 909.
  http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,208~12588~2270507,00.html
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  AMBER ALERTS EXTENDED TO PAGERS, CELL PHONES
  Amber Alert broadcasts aimed at locating missing children
have extended their reach beyond radio, TV and freeway signs in
eleven states with the launch of a new web portal accessible to
advanced pagers and cell phones.  The program expansion was
announced in Seattle during a meeting of the National Governors
Association, and is expected to eventually be embraced by 49 of
50 states.
  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-07-19-amber-alert_x.htm
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  SUPERLATIVE AIR SHOW PHOTOS
  Good glass, good cameras, great photography.  Those with high
speed Internet connections will love these seamless photos of
SpaceShipOne and (in a separate posting) the El Centro Air Show:
  http://spaceshipone.airshowjournal.com/2004/
  http://elcentro.airshowjournal.com/2004/
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  A RADIO AND ROCKET RECORD
  A month before SpaceShipOne successfully penetrated space
(defined as an altitude of 100 km), an amateur rocket broke the
same barrier, and was the first amateur rocket to do so.  Whereas
SpaceShipOne barely reached the 100 km mark, the 21-foot, 10-inch
diameter "GoFast" rocket attained an altitude of 123 km.  The
rocket was launched from Nevada's Black Rock Desert and carried
an amateur radio avionics package.  Nice photos and write ups at:
   http://www.civilianspace.com/
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN GRANTS
  New Low Power FM, Borrego Springs, to KKJD-LP
  K38CY (LPTV), Van Nuys, to KSKJ-CA
  K25GV (LPTV), Oxnard, to KSKP-CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-249581A1.pdf
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BMAP-20001020AAT    KIEV  57893    ROYCE INTERNATIONAL
                E   1500 KHZ        BROADCASTING COMPANY
                                         BURBANK, CA
  Major modification to construction permit no.: BMP-19990609AC
  AUCTION 32 FILING 12/20/2001--73.3598(a) waived to the extent
  that permit expires 84 days after condition (ITU) on permit is
  resolved.  Ltr action, ref. 1800B3-GDG. 1/11/2002--12/20/2001
  and 1/8/2002 actions (stipulating 1/31/2002 expiration)
  RESCINDED, Request returned to pending status.
  Request then denied and Royce given to 4/25/2002 to construct.
  Ltr Action, Ref. 1800B3-IB.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 2/11/02 BY ROYCE
  INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY
  Petition for Reconsideration denied, 7/8/2004, Ltr action
  Ref 1800B3-IB/GDG.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030827AMM     NEW  156406     1400 INC.
                 E   94.3 MHZ           HEMET, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/09/2004
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20040406ACF    KUSS  67664    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   95.7 MHZ               CARLSBAD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605AJA    NEW  124417     GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
               P   101.5 MHZ             RIVERSIDE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 12/8/03
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT PETITION DENIED PER 1800B3-SS ON 1-13-04
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20040324AGB  KMZT-FM 43939  MT.WILSON FM BROADCASTERS,INC.
               E   105.1 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes. 
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20040714AAZ   KGIC-LP  124903    MINISTERIO PALABRA VIVA
               E   105.5 MHZ                 CORONA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20020108ACP   K211DK  83327   ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
                P   90.1 MHZ             EDUCATION, INC.
                                          SANTA ANA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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