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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #644
                    Tuesday,  August 3, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  MORE ON IBOC ("IN BAND OFF CHANNEL") BROADCASTING
  IBOC was certainly never intended to be a radio jamming
service, but in part that is exactly what the final AM & FM
system configurations do.  IBOC raises the wideband noise levels
on first adjacent channels and that's the source of the
interference problem as described in the Radio Guide article
cited last week.
  Further, the noisy sidebands don't contain audio that is
decipherable on an ordinary analog receiver, so the source of
the interference won't be immediately obvious to the most casual
observer.  In the FM band, listeners may not even hear IBOC noise
- the noise will simply desensitize the receivers and decrease
the ranges of the analog stations the listeners are trying to
pick up.
  We expect to see a massive deployment of IBOC soon, in
part by the large group broadcasters who have invested heavily
in developing the technology, and we expect to see a flurry of
positive press for IBOC to fuel consumer demand.  All that is
understandable.  The disturbing part is that a number of broadcast
engineers have been ordered not to discuss IBOC at all, or not
to rock the boat by conveying any negative information on IBOC.
  Of course, the radio industry has already adopted IBOC and
is heading down a blind alley without the benefit of large scale
field tests.  We can only hope that the disruptions to long
standing analog services will be minimal.
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  SENDING PROGRAMS TO TIJUANA AM STATION DRAWS $20,000 FINE
  Pacific Spanish Network, Inc. ("PSN") has been fined $20,000
by the FCC for providing program material via the Internet to
one of the AM stations near Tijuana, Mexico that is controlled by
Jaime Bonilla.  The program transmission was said to be in
"willful and repeated substantial violation of the terms and
conditions" of PSN's cross-border programming authority.
Mr. Bonilla also happens to be president of PSN.
  The paperwork issued by the FCC is silent on the petition
that asks the Commission to revoke Mr. Bonilla's U.S. broadcast
licenses and construction permit, but the mere issuance of the
20k fine only strengthens the merits of that petition.
  Back on the issue of the $20,000 fine, PSN has been given
30 days to pay the full amount, or file a written statement saying
why the amount should be canceled or reduced.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2259A1.doc
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  FCC MO&O ISSUED IN KXLA(TV) VS. MEDIACOM CASE
  The FCC has issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) in
the case involving KXLA's signal strength at the principal headend
of Mediacom's Sun City, CA cable TV headend.  The details are
here:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2340A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  SDG&E SAID TO BE CONSIDERING DEPLOYING BPL
  According to an informed source, BPL - Broadband data over
Power Lines - is being considered by San Diego Gas & Electric
(SDG&E).  Here are the specifics furnished to CGC:
  1. SDG&E communication systems planners recently met and are
seriously considering endorsing and sponsoring BPL on SDG&E's
power distribution system, and
  2. SDG&E is now considering entertaining proposals to partner
with vendors for one or more field demonstrations of BPL.
  These plans should be of concern to all users of HF and 
low band VHF spectrum including TV Channels 2-5 and possibly
Channel 6.  Since spurious and harmonic energy could reach higher
frequencies yet, a close eye needs to be kept on this proceeding.
  Has SDG&E been advised that BPL deployment will cause
considerable radio interference?  Yes, according to our source.
In light of this, do the planners wish to proceed?  Yes again,
according to our source.
  CGC has a call pending with SDG&E's corporate communications
department to determine the company's official position on BPL.
However, the matter is of such importance to the local
broadcasting community that we are compelled to publish the
information on hand.  Stay tuned for updates.
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  MAJOR CHANGE AT CLEAR CHANNEL/SAN DIEGO
  Mike Glickenhaus is no longer associated with Clear Channel's
San Diego radio cluster.  The Market Manager position now belongs
to Ms. Kelly Kibler from CC's Las Vegas operations.
Congratulations and welcome to San Diego Ms. Kibler!
  http://tinyurl.com/6aexz
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  SAN DIEGO ADOPTS CONTROVERSIAL WIRELESS SITING ORDINANCE
  By a vote of 7-1, the San Diego City Council has approved
a new policy governing the design and placement of wireless
antennas, making it more difficult for cellular carriers and
others to erect sites in or near residential areas.  Under the
new regulations, the process will differ according to location,
with some approvals made at the staff level, while others would
require an okay from a planning group, hearing officer or the
Planning Commission.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20040728/news_1m28wireless.html
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  96.9 MHZ PIRATE IN ESCONDIDO EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
  According to the Downtown Business Improvement District of
Escondido, "Music and announcements [are] broadcast on 96.9 FM"
every Friday night through the end of September in conjunction
with the classic car and hot rod cruise in downtown Escondido.
See the official announcement at:
  http://www.downtownescondido.com/events/cruisin.cfm
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  BILL BURROUGHS OF KCET(TV) SET TO RETIRE SEPTEMBER 3
  Bill Burroughs, Director of Engineering Operations and
Plant Services at KCET(TV), Los Angeles, plans to retire on
September 3, 2004.  (Jeremy Howard, KCET's Mount Wilson
Supervisor, will be taking over all of Bill's transmission and
RF responsibilities, and KCET will not be looking to fill
Bill's position from outside sources as far as we know.)
  If you would like to wish Bill the best of success in
retirement, drop him a note at mailto:bburroughs@kcet.org.  Bill
has been a source of inspiration to many engineers, and we wish
him well in the decades ahead.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  LETTERS ARE WELCOME AT BENX
  The CGC Communicator is no longer accepting Letters to
the Editor for publication, but Letters ARE being accepted and
encouraged at:
  http://benx.us/
  This past week, for example, Rick McMillion, Tony Dinkel,
Steve Blodgett, Dan Bissett and Mike Pappas have been discussing
the technical details of license-free aural STLs.  See their
postings by visiting <http://benx.us/> and:
  under "Forums," click on "Broadcast Engineers,"
  under "Radio," click on "Radio RF," and
  under "Radio RF," click on "STL equipment."
  Navigating the Benx site is pretty easy as the above
illustration shows.  So, get involved and post your thoughts.
Benx is a new but potentially vibrant site, and the service is
free thanks to the efforts of Gary Stigall.
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  SEARCH THE CGC COMMUNICATOR ARCHIVES WITH A NEW SEARCH ENGINE
  CGC Communicator archives are loaded with useful information,
and now we have a shiny new "Picosearch" search engine to make
searching back issues better than ever.  Here is how to find exact
words and phrases in past CGC Communicator newsletters:
  Step 1 - Visit our web site at <http://www.bext.com/_CGC/>
and click on "Word Search CGC Site."
  Step 2 - If you are searching for a single word, enter the
word in the box provided and hit your enter key or the search
button on the screen.  Numbers can now be mixed in as part of
a "word."  For example, K33HU is considered a single word.
  Step 2.5 - If you are searching for an exact phrase, perhaps
the name Phil Wells, surround the phrase with quote marks.  That
is, put "Phil Wells" (quote marks included) in the search box
and hit your enter key or the search button on the screen.
  Oliver Haret of Bext and Phil Wells worked hard to help us
find and activate the new search engine.  Thanks gang!  By the
way, the trick with quote marks (Step 2.5) works for Google
searches too.
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  THE POWER OF PRAYER
  1. Jack Rabell has finished physical therapy and continues to
make an "amazing" recovery according to his wife Shiela.  As you
may recall, both he and Shiela have expressed their thanks for
the many prayers directed their way (CGC #638).  And prayers to
God really do work, as documented in the following landmark
study (1982-1983) by Randolph Byrd, M.D.:
  http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/smj.do
  2. There was at least one additional major prayer study run,
and it was in the 1990s or later.  If that paper is posted on
the web and available for public viewing, please send the URL to
mailto:rgonsett@ieee.org.  Meanwhile, continue your caring and
prayer work for Jack and Shiela.  They welcome phone calls too,
and are available at (619) 445-3152.
  3. Bill Ward, former president of Golden West Broadcasters
and General Manager at 710/KMPC, has died of an apparent heart
attack in his Sherman Oaks home.  He was 65.  Prayers for his
family would be greatly appreciated.
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  FABULOUS PHOTO FROM MARS
  Here is a new photo from Mars showing rover Opportunity's
long shadow as it ventures into Endurance Crater where man has
never gone before.  The view is awesome.
  The jpeg photo file with the neat shot is only about 500k
in size, so even low-speed Internet machines can handle this one.
Thanks NASA.  Thanks Opportunity.  Great show!
  http://tinyurl.com/4cofp
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20040721AMI   KBIG-FM  6360   AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.
                E   104.3 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20040722ADU   KMRB  52913  POLYETHNIC BROADCASTING LICENSEE..
             E   1430 KHZ                SAN GABRIEL, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  MOTION TO WITHDRAW
  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")
  OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO STRIKE FILED 7//1/04 BY (VIDA)
  REQUEST TO WITHDRAW PETITION TO DENY FILED 7/19/04 BY REC
  NETWORKS  Statement of REC Networks filed 7/22/04
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCT-20040128AHX   KDOC-TV  24518  GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING
                  E   CHAN-56                  CO., INC.
                                              ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPCT-20030226AAY
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/07/2004
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT APPLICATION FOR REVIEW
  BMP-19990624AC      KSDG  84907    JNE INVESTMENTS, INC.
              P     890 KHZ                JULIAN, CA
  MOD OF CP TO CHNG POWER AND MAKE CHNGS IN ANTENNA SYSTEM
  7/30/2001--Request for tolling treatment/waiver denied. Ltr
  action, Ref. 1800B3-GDG.
  Ltrs filed 7/30 & 8/8 by permittee and its attorney seeking
  relief from tolling rules from the Chairman & Commissioners
  EMERGENCY  PET FOR RECON FILED 8/21/2001
  1/10/02--Petition for Reconsideration DENIED. Letter action,
  Ref. 1800B3-GDG
  APPLICATION FOR REVIEW FILED 2/8/02
  Waiver Event resolved, expiration date recalculated to 5/6/2004.
  Ltr Action 12/23/03, Ref. 1800B3-GDG.
  1/12/2004--Notification of Event Preventing Construction &
  Request for Determination of Tolling filed. Notification when
  treated as timely-filed Pet. for Recon granted solely with
  respect to finality date, waiver status reinstated, request
  denied in all other respects.  Permit now expires 8/5/2004.
  Ltr action, 3/30/2004, Ref. 1800B3-IB/GDG.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/29/04
  SUPPLEMENT TO PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 6/3/04
  REQUEST FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL OF APPLICATION FOR REVIEW AND
  SUGGESTION OF MOOTNESS FILED 7/21/04 BY ("JNE")
  MOTION FOR ACCEPTANCE OF OPPOSITION FILED 7/21/04 BY
  ("MULTICULTURAL")
  OPPOSITION TO PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 7/21/04 BY
  ("MULTICULTURAL")
  Pursuant to JNE Investments Inc. July 21, 2004 request, the
  February 8, 2002 Application for Review is withdrawn. No
  decision letter issued.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  APPLICATION FOR REVIEW
  BP-19961227AA      KSDG  84907    JNE INVESTMENTS, INC.
             P     890 KHZ               JULIAN, CA
  CP NEW STN; APP RETURNED PER 1800B2-JBS LTR 5/6/97; APP
  RESUBMITTED AS PET. FOR RECON 6/3/97; PET FOR RECON GRANTED,
  APP REINSTATED PER 1800B2-JBS LTR DATED 6/25/97;
  JOINT REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT FILED 7/21/98;
  1/28/99 AMENDMENT TO SETTLEMENT FILED; JOINT REQUEST FOR
  APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT IS GRANTED; APP IS GRANTED 6-23-99
  7/30/2001--Request for tolling treatment or waiver of tolling
  rules denied.  Ltr action, Ref. 1800B3-GDG.
  EMERGENCY PET FOR RECON FILED 8/21/2001
  APPLICATION FOR REVIEW FILED 2/8/02
  REQUEST FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL OF APPLICATION FOR REVIEW AND
  SUGGESTION OF MOOTNESS FILED 7/21/04 BY (" JNE")
  MOTION FOR ACCEPTANCE OF OPPOSITION FILED 7/21/04 BY
  ("MULTICULTURAL")
  OPPOSITION TO PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 7/21/04 BY
  ("MULTICULTURAL")
  Pursuant to JNE Investments Inc. July 21, 2004 request, the
  February 8, 2002 Application for Review is withdrawn.
  No decision letter issued.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BMP-20020517AAU     KSDG  84907     JNE INVESTMENTS, INC.
                E   890 KHZ                JULIAN, CA
  Mod of CP
  Informal Objection filed 7/21/2004 (Multicultural)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20040720ADT    KOCP  70563    GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E   95.9 MHZ                CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.   
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  BPH-20040720ADU     KCAQ  25092    GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E   104.7 MHZ                 OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-20040528AVJ   KAZA-DT  29234  PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                  E   CHAN-47                LICENSE LLC
                                              AVALON, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KAZA-TV.
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