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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #647
                    Tuesday, August 24, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       ,rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NEW FCC INTERNET DATABASE TRACKS COMMISSION SPECTRUM PROCEEDINGS
  The FCC's Spectrum Policy Task Force has launched a new Internet
tracking tool to access information on FCC spectrum related pro-
ceedings.  To access the tool, visit ,http://www.fcc.gov/sptf/>
and click on the "Proceedings & Initiatives" hyperlink.
  The listing is intended to provide the public, researchers
and other interested parties one place on the FCC's website where
these proceedings and initiatives are listed, with one- or two-
click access to public comments, Commission documents and related
material.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-251136A1.doc
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  NEW FCC PART 4 - RULES RE DISRUPTIONS TO COMMUNICATIONS
  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.
Following is the full text URL - it's a major download, beware:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-188A1.doc
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  AUTOMATED NOTIFICATION PROCESS IN ANTENNA STRUCTURE REGISTRATION
  Beginning Monday, August 23, 2004, the FCC's Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) will implement an automated
notification process in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR)
system.  Synopsis at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2593A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The FCC has assessed a $12,000 fine against KRCK-FM, Mecca,
CA for failure to ensure that required Emergency Alert System
("EAS") equipment was operational, failure to conduct required
tests of KRCK-FM's EAS equipment and failure to maintain a main
studio.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2553A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  KOST(FM) SAID TO CONDUCT IBOC ON/OFF TESTS
  Multiple reports have reached CGC indicating that KOST,
103.5 MHz, Los Angeles, has been conducting tests with KRUZ(FM),
103.3 MHz, Santa Barbara.  KRUZ is an analog-only FM station
whereas KOST recently added IBOC.  KOST then reportedly turned
their IBOC sidebands on and off in a cooperative test program
so interference to KRUZ could be assessed.
  The reports reaching our office suggest that KRUZ received
significant interference in Los Angeles County whenever the KOST
IBOC sidebands appeared.  If anyone has specific information on
the test results, or has KRUZ reception reports of their own to
offer, please post the information on the Benx web site (see
"Letters to the Editor" section below).
  AM and FM IBOC are only beginning to be deployed in southern
California and the interference temperature is rising.  All
interference cases need to be reported and openly discussed.
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  DANE ERICKSEN'S VIEW ON BPL
  Bob Gonsett of Communications General Corp. recently wrote to
Dane Ericksen (Chairman, SBE FCC Liaison Committee, a member of
the SBE Board of Directors, and a senior engineer at Hammett &
Edison, Inc.) and asked about his level of concern toward BPL -
Broadband over Power Lines - as it pertains to over-the-air
low-band VHF television and FM broadcast interference in
particular.  Bob cited as an example a case where AT&T had been
granted experimental authorization WD2XIZ to test BPL in the
1.705 - 80 MHz range.  Dane's response is web-posted and well
worth reading:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/bpl_2.htm
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NEW POSTINGS AT BENX
  Clark Novak has added his name to those giving thanks for
the creation of the Benx web site where all Letters to the Editor
of the CGC Communicator are now being posted.  As of this writing,
the Benx site has 63 articles and 102 registered users.
  On the home page at <http://benx.us/>, note the new story about
the series of arson fires at radio towers in Vancouver, Wash.
  The most popular user-section of the Benx site remains the
Pirate Radio exchange (980 views), although there have been no
recent postings.  From <http://benx.us/>, the pirate path is:
"Broadcast Engineers" > "FCC - Law" > "Unlicensed Operations" >
"San Diego, CA Pirates."
  This past week, Phil Wells, Chris Hays and John Buffaloe have
added their thoughts under the heading of "Prayer and the CGC
Communicator."  To see their offerings, visit <http://benx.us/>
and take this path: "Broadcast Engineers" > "Corkboard;"
"General Discussion" > "Prayer & the CGC Communicator," then
scroll down to the most recent postings.
  Broadcast engineers rarely discuss religion, so this is rare
and unique opportunity to read about deeply held personal beliefs.
Our thanks to each and every participant.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  DO FIELDS FROM AM STATIONS CAUSE OR EXACERBATE CANCER?
  "Two years ago an Italian study found death rates from
leukemia increased dramatically for residents living within two
miles of Vatican Radio's powerful array of transmitters in Rome."
Now, the Koreans have "looked at the death rates in 10 regions
with AM radio-transmitting towers broadcasting at more than 100
kilowatts and compared them with control areas without
transmitters," and they have found substantially higher cancer
mortality in those who lived within two kilometers of the
towers...." - this from Wired Magazine, see the URL below.
  The problem with the Vatican study is that it was relatively
small in the size (CGC #529) and lacked exposure data, whereas
the Korean study has not even been published, so we are dealing
with sketchy pre-release information.  Wired magazine quotes
epidemiologist Mary McBride of the British Columbia Cancer
Agency as saying, "There have been many studies like these, and
they aren't very convincing."  Time will tell.
  http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,64579,00.html
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  CLEAR CHANNEL RISES TO MEET NEEDS OF FLORIDA HURRICANE VICTIMS
  FM radio station Seaview-104.9 in Punta Gorda, Florida
and four of its sister stations - all owned by Clear Channel
Communications - are meeting the needs of residents desperately
seeking supplies and services, ranging from gasoline and bottled
water to ice and portable toilets.  Seaview-104.9's studios were
damaged and the station was knocked off the air by Hurricane
Charley, but service was restored within hours, and listeners
like amateur radio operator Ron Hall, KP2N, have rallied around
the station in support of its vital activities.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5701
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  SOLDERING IN SPACE
  August 16, 2004: Richard Grugel, a materials scientist
at the Marshall Space Flight Center, watched video from the
International Space Station in disbelief as Astronaut Mike
Fincke touched the tip of a soldering iron to a wire wrapped
with rosin-core solder.
  The solder, heated, became a molten blob with a droplet of
rosin clinging tight to the outside.  Solder melts: that's not too
surprising.  It's the behavior of the rosin that amazed.  As the
temperature increased, the droplet began to spin, round and round,
faster and faster, like a miniature carnival ride.  A web video
is available:
  http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/16aug_solder.htm?friend
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000602AGB   NEW  124355   THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH, INC...
               P   95.3 MHZ              EL CENTRO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 10/31/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/1/04
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20030930AOG KCAQ-FM1 159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                    104.7 MHZ                CALABASAS, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000601ADM    NEW  124047     FRIENDSHIPS UNLIMITED
               E   99.1 MHZ              PORT HUENEME, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DISMISS FILED 3/13/03 BY ("LWM")
  Engineering Amendment filed 3/19/2004.
  Petition to Dismiss Denied 8/12/2004
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030829ADF   NEW  145443    ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   95.3 MHZ      D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                         YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/17/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 5/25/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 8/13/2004 -
  No letter was sent.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605AGE    NEW  124257   CALVARY CHAPEL OF FALLBROOK
                E   90.5 MHZ               FALLBROOK, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  (2) PETITIONS TO DENY FILED 1/22/01
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/14/03 BY ("XETV")
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPEDT-20031222ABT   KOCE-DT  4328    BOARD OF TRUSTEES,
                   E   CHAN-48   COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                       HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPEDT-19991101AKY.
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  BMPCDT-20031231AAM   KXLA-DT  55083   RANCHO PALOS VERDES
                   E   CHAN-51           BROADCASTERS, INC.
                                       RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-19991101AIZ.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20040112ABL   KJLA-DT  14000    KJLA, LLC
                   E   CHAN-49          VENTURA, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-19991101AFT.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20040430AGM    KWIE  25809    MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
               E   96.1 MHZ             SAN JACINTO, CA 
  Lic. to cover
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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