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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #646
                   Tuesday,  August 17, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  COMMISSION SEEKS COMMENTS ON RULE CHANGES FOR EAS
  Last week we provided the URL for the FCC's synopsis of
its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the Emergency
Alert System ("EAS").  Here now is the URL for the full Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (33 pages).  Comments are invited.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-189A1.doc
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  FCC APPROVES DIGITAL OUTPUT PROTECTION TECHNOLOGIES AND
  RECORDING METHOD CERTIFICATIONS
  Last week we provided the URL for the FCC's synopsis in
the above captioned matter.  Here is the URL for the full FCC
Order (51 pages):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-193A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  $3,000 fine affirmed against Entravision, the owner of the
tower supporting the 103.1 MHz FM station in Newport Beach, for
failure to notify the Commission of a change in the antenna
structure's ownership.  (The failure was discovered after the FCC
noted chipped and faded tower paint, a problem that was
subsequently corrected.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2486A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  SDG&E CONFIRMS IT IS INVESTIGATING BPL
  Last week, San Diego Gas & Electric Company ("SDG&E")
issued a form letter providing a little more insight into its
BPL program, and the heart of the letter is reproduced below
and passed along without comment:
  "We appreciate your interest in our plans concerning BPL,
and we are, of course, concerned about any possible effect the
technology may have on our customers.  However, the fact is that
we are now just beginning to assess the technology.  That
assessment may or may not include a pilot, an issue which has
not been decided.
  "We are aware of concerns raised in the past, and we are
aware of claims that those issues have been dealt with.  Other
utilities are beginning tests, and we want to assess the possible
benefits of BPL to our customers.  We intend to analyze the issue
thoroughly before proceeding.  Thanks again for your interest."
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  It is important to realize that SDG&E is doing what any good
utility should be doing - reviewing the merits (or not) of a new
technology.  We hope the company will choose to work with all
concerned parties now (e.g. broadcast and amateur radio) in a
cooperative effort, since fundamental decisions made at the
outset can have a profound influence on the outcome.
  For one page of easy reading on BPL from the amateur radio
perspective, see:
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/08/12/3/?nc=1
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  KCSN IS TESTING IBOC BOOSTER IN WEST L.A.
  KCSN(FM) has begun testing an HD Radio booster (apparently
conventional analog FM + IBOC digital) to fill in its 1 mV/m
contour in West Los Angeles.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5649
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  WHY ARE MR. BONILLA'S STATIONS ON 620 & 1030 KHZ SO STRONG?
  According to the FCC's AM Query program, Mr. Bonilla's
stations on 620 and 1030 kHz should be heavily directionalized
away from the U.S., yet the signals are remarkably strong.
  The specific directional parameters and polar field patterns
for XESS, 620 kHz, and XESDD, 1030 kHz, are available at:
  http://tinyurl.com/3lqmw
    and
  http://tinyurl.com/5ea56
  (The blue lines on the polar patterns are simply "expanded
scale" lines; the red lines are the true field patterns.)
  What should be a three tower DA shared by two stations
seems more like a one-tower non-D in reality.
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  105.7 MHZ SPRINGS TO LIFE
  A new FM station on 105.7 MHz has been detected this past
weekend, 8/14-15, with its unmodulated carrier going on and off
the air.  Preliminary information suggests that the transmitter
is located in Mexico - perhaps Tijuana, perhaps Tecate, perhaps
some rural mountain.  Initial reports from the La Jolla/UTC area
and from La Mesa indicate that the signal is stronger than
Tecate's XHATE-FM, 95.3 MHz, which is a Class C1 facility.
  According to FCC's FM Query program, the only 105.7 MHz
operation allocated to Baja California North, Mexico, is a small
Class A facility in Rosarito (Facility ID number 95583).
But according to CGC #629 (April 26, 2004), "a hush-hush [Mexican]
FM blowtorch on 105.7 MHz" has been in the making, and this may
be precisely what we are hearing now.  The FCC has been advised
of the new signal and sooner or later the true parameters of
the station will emerge, and the owner will be identified.
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  POST YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BENX WEB SITE
  Five new postings on the topic of "Prayer & the CGC
Communicator" have been posted on the Benx site by Bill Pasternak,
Scott Mason, Paul (no last name), Dan Bissett and Doug Schleutker.
Great reading!  To see and view all:
  Visit <http://benx.us/>.
  In the left column under "Forums," click on "Broadcast
  Engineers,"
  under "Corkboard," click on "General Discussion,"
  under "General Discussion" click on "Prayer & the
  CGC Communicator."
  Of course, technical topics are being posted as well.  Case
in point: KFMB (AM&FM) is looking for an experienced Maintenance
Engineer; check the "Radio Broadcasting Jobs" heading for details.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  KESSLER & GEHMAN SURVIVE HURRICANE CHARLEY
  The consultant engineering firm of Kessler & Gehman,
specializing in non-commercial radio and television applications,
survived Hurricane Charley.  K&G "battened down the hatches" and
their staff left town early Friday because Charley was predicted
to cross through Gainesville with 90 mph winds.  A couple hours
later, Charley made an abrupt turn bringing reduced winds to
the area - wonderful news!
  Bob Gehman set a rain gauge in his back yard and reported
receiving only 0.6 inches, and virtually no wind at all!
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  VIC MEDINA
  Victor Medina, former Transmitter Supervisor for KCET(TV),
Los Angeles, has been diagnosed with asbestosis, has received
major surgery for same and is planning to move to Oregon in an
attempt to extend his life.  Ironically, he did not associate
his former work in a ship yard to his symptoms until an M.D.
asked pointed questions based on extensive medical tests.
  Vic is accepting e-mails at mailto:vmedina281v@excite.com,
but is sometimes too tired or under the weather to accept
telephone calls.  He is tethered to an oxygen tank and his
mobility is limited.  The good news is that he has many good
friends on Mt. Wilson and elsewhere - so now is the time to
drop him a line.  Your prayers and good thoughts would be
appreciated as well.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20040805AAL  KNSD-DT 35277  STATION VENTURE OPERATIONS,LP
                 E   CHAN-40                SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20000501AEP,
  callsign KNSD.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030829ADH   NEW  143730     ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   96.9 MHZ       D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                         DESERT CENTER, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/05/2004
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPL-20000605AER   NEW  124180   NEUVO DIA CENTRO CRISTIANO
              P   99.5 MHZ                VISTA, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  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.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  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.  Engineering Amendment filed 08/04/2004
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20040809AAI  KROQ-FM  28622  INFINITY BROADCASTING CORP.
               E   106.7 MHZ              OF LOS ANGELES
                                           PASADENA, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  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
  REQUEST FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL OF APPLICATION FOR REVIEW AND
  SUGGESTION OF MOOTNESS FILED 7/21/04 BY ("JNE")
  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.
  Letter decision of 8/3/2004 (1800B3-IB/GDG) denies JNE's
  4/29/2004 petition for reconsideration, denies Multicultural's
  motion  for acceptance of opposition and dismisses Multi-
  cultural's objection.
  Contingent Reply to Opposition to Petition for Recon filed
  8/3/04
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTB-20040806AAP   KRCA1  130271   KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                 E   CHAN-62       HESPERIA/PEARBLOSSOM, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTTB-20001018ACO,
  callsign KRCA1.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000606AAF    NEW  124219    STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
               E   107.1 MHZ             NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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