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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #645
                    Tuesday, August 10, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC TAKES NEXT STEPS TO PROMOTE DIGITAL TV TRANSITION
  The FCC has issued a Report and Order that implements several
steps necessary for the "continued progress of the conversion of
the nation's television broadcast system from analog technology
to digital television ("DTV")."  The URL below yields an easy to
read document that highlights the coming events and should be
considered "must reading" for those involved in the DTV movement.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250542A1.doc
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  SPECIFIC TV & DTV CHANGES FROZEN FOR NOW
  Beginning immediately and until further notice, the FCC
will not accept for filing certain requests by analog and digital
TV broadcast stations for changes to existing DTV and analog TV
service areas and channels.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2446A1.doc
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  COMMISSION SEEKS COMMENTS ON RULE CHANGES FOR EAS
  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning
the Emergency Alert System ("EAS"), seeking comment on how EAS can
become a more effective tool for warning the American public of
an emergency.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250534A1.doc
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  FCC APPROVES DIGITAL OUTPUT PROTECTION TECHNOLOGIES AND
  RECORDING METHOD CERTIFICATIONS
  The FCC has adopted a Report and Order approving 13 digital
output protection technologies and recording methods under the
evaluative criteria established in the Digital Broadcast Content
Protection Report and Order ("Broadcast Flag Order").
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250532A1.doc
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  FCC ADOPTS RULES TO ENHANCE NETWORK OUTAGE REPORTING
  The FCC has adopted new rules requiring wireless, wireline,
cable, and satellite telecommunications providers to report
information electronically to the Commission about significant
disruptions or outages to their communications systems.  The
Commission also ruled that all sensitive information collected
as a result of these new rules will be protected from public
disclosure.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250543A1.doc
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  FCC TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT WIRELESS SUBSCRIBERS FROM SPAM
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-250522A3.doc
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  FCC RELEASES ORDER IN NEXTEL 800 MHZ INTERFERENCE PROCEEDING
  The FCC has released the long-awaited Report and Order in
the 800 MHz (Nextel) public safety interference proceeding.
What's not yet known is whether Nextel will buy into the plan.
  Needed:  A Petition for Rule Making to ban government
officials from using word processors which inevitably overload
the human digestive system.  If you are not intimately involved
with the Nextel proceeding and read the whole 256 page report,
seek help immediately.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-168A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  SDG&E COMMENTS ON BPL
  Last week, CGC published information indicating that San
Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) planners are seriously considering
endorsing and sponsoring Broadband over Power Line (BPL) data
transmissions on SDG&E's power distribution system.  The story
went on to state that SDG&E is now considering entertaining
proposals to partner with vendors for one or more field
demonstrations of BPL, this despite being advised that BPL will
cause considerable interference.
  Here now is SDG&E's brief response to our story:  "Like
many utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric is assessing BPL
technologies."  So, while we are temporarily left in the dark as
to SDG&E's plans, those plans will eventually surface.  Please
send mail to the Editor of the CGC Communicator if you hear of
specific plans.  We're all in this together, and BPL is a
subject that should be of concern to ALL broadcasters.
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  SMOKEY THE BEAR'S LATEST COLOR WHEEL COLOR:  BLACK
  For years, Smokey the Bear has employed five colors on his
fire danger color wheel - blue, green, yellow, orange and red.
Ratings ranged from "low" fire risk at the dark end of the 
spectrum to "extreme" on the bright side.
  Soon, Smokey will have a sixth color at which to point
his arrow: black.  USDA Forest Service officials said Thursday
they plan to introduce the black band on Smokey's rainbow-wheel
signs in four forests on August 16, and apply it to a new rating,
"critical," that is a step beyond extreme.  The color black is
designed to coincide with major closures in the Cleveland, San
Bernardino, Angeles and Los Padres Forests.  For details see:
  http://tinyurl.com/54s8r
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  MORE ON ESCONDIDO'S FRIDAY NIGHT PIRATE
  According to the Programs Coordinator for the Downtown
Business Association of Escondido, "For two years, we have used
a hard-wired sound system at Cruisin' Grand.  We apologize for
the misinformation" (presumably the promotions on their web page
that music and announcements are broadcast on 96.9 MHz every
Friday night through the end of September in conjunction with
the classic car and hot rod cruise in downtown Escondido).
  Note that the Downtown Business Association's response does
not rule out the possibility that some third-party is responsible
for the pirate broadcasts.  CGC has an e-mail pending with the
Downtown Business Association to explore this point.  Too bad
the FCC does not routinely grant temporary broadcast
authorizations for community events like this one.
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  "VERY DISPLEASED" AT THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
  One of the latest postings at the Benx site (where ALL Letters
to the Editor of the CGC Communicator should now be posted) comes
from Lyle Henry of Los Angeles who expresses his displeasure to
see "religion (prayer) touted in the CGC Communicator" and who
claims that "there has never been a valid scientific study which
showed that prayer works and I do not appreciate seeing such
nonsense presented in a newsletter which should be dealing in
facts and reality, not wishful thinking and pseudo-science."
  Mr. Henry's entire letter may be seen by visiting
  <http://benx.us/>.
  In the left column under "Forums," click on "Broadcast
  Engineers,"
  under "Corkbroad," click on "General Discussion,"
  under "General Discussion" click on "Prayer & the
  CGC Communicator."
  Thanks again to Gary Stigall for creating the Benx site
and making it available for all broadcast engineers to use.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  HOW THE U.S. NAVY KEEPS TRACK OF EARTH ORBITING SATELLITES
  The U.S. Navy has built an exotic radar system to track
earth orbiting satellites, and the system has been in place for
many years.  Now, thanks to a couple of sleuths, details of the
Navy's system have been posted on the web.
  If you think UHF broadcast antennas have high gain, wait
until you see the giant array built near Lake Kickapoo, Texas.
This two mile long antenna transmits continuously on 216.98 MHz
with an unmodulated carrier, and has a beamwidth of only 0.02
degrees in one plane.  So powerful is the transmitted signal
that when the moon passes through the beam, the return echo is
said to be detectable on earth with only a dipole antenna
attached to a receiver.
  The Navy's satellite tracking system consists of multiple
transmit and receive sites across the U.S., and one of the
receive sites just happens to be located in San Diego County 
a few miles north of Brown Field according to web-published 
coordinate data.
  http://www.gate.net/~tomk/navspasur/navspasur5.html
  http://www.jump.net/~crossley/NAVSPASUR/index.html
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  HAM RADIO COMES IN HANDY DURING EMERGENCIES
  An official of the Amateur Radio Relay League ("ARRL")
says ham radio still appeals to people in spite of the Internet
and cellphones, and its real value comes into play during times
of crisis when phone and electrical systems are compromised or
overloaded.
  Public service events for ham radio operations in southern
California abound.  These are practice sessions where amateurs can
hone their skills for the real thing.  And there are plenty of
opportunities to be of genuine service when earthquakes, fires
and other disasters strike.  If you would like information on
becoming a ham, visit <http://www.arrl.org/hamradio.html>.
  http://www.washtimes.com/metro/20040728-094846-6341r.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20040727AGB KPXN-DT 58978 PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE,INC.
                 E   CHAN-38             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPCDT-20021126AAU.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030829ADC   K288FM  156371  ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
                 E   105.5 MHZ     D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                      SAN BERNADINO COUNTY, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20040730AWC   KCAL-DT  21422  VIACOM TELEVISION STATIONS
                  E   CHAN-43          GROUP OF LOS ANGELES LLC
                                           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCAL-TV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20040209AAC  KHEM-LP 7776  LA VERTA W. AND VICTOR W. PAGE
                 E   CHAN-27                HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KHEM-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/22/2004
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20040802AXO  KHEM-LP 7776  LA VERTA W. AND VICTOR W. PAGE
                 E   CHAN-27                HEMET, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20040209AAC,
  callsign KHEM-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20040528ADY  KCOP-DT  33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-66               LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20030805AFA,
  callsign KCOP-TV.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCT-20040527ADC   KCOP-TV  33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-13                LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-20030805ACB,
  callsign KCOP-TV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20040803AAJ   K05CU  130845    SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                  E   CHAN-18            MORONGO VALLEY, CA
 
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20011113AAB.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030829AVZ  K287AL 156359  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E   105.3 MHZ              ISLA VISTA, CA
  CP New Stn.  
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