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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #649
                  Wednesday, September 8, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC PUBLISHES R&O ON SECOND DIGITAL TV PERIODIC REVIEW
  The FCC has released a Report & Order ("R&O") on its "Second
Periodic Review of the Commission's Rules and Policies Affecting
the Conversion To Digital Television."  There should be something
of interest in this document for just about every DTV broadcaster.
The doc is hot off the press and 108 pages in length.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-192A1.doc
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  WINDOW OPENS FOR "COLE MANAGERS"
  The Commission is opening a window (October 4 - November 4)
for requests to become a Commercial Operator License Examination
("COLE") manager.  Details at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-2876A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  SpectraSite Communications has been issued a $30,000 monetary
forfeiture for failure to maintain required antenna structure
obstruction lighting.  This is an interesting case involving what
at first appeared to be a shell game with Antenna Structure
Registration ("ASR") numbers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-205A1.doc
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  CGC COMMUNICATOR POSTPONED NEXT WEEK
  The CGC Communicator will either be delayed or not published
next week due to a series of staff meetings.
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  NEW KEYS AND LOCKS FOR THE TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT GATES
  Attention those with radio facilities on the following peaks:
Santiago, Sierra, Pleasants, Modjeska and Elsinore:  The Forest
Service plans to change the gate locks and keys on September 20,
so you need new keys.  See the following Forest Service letter
for more information:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/New_Lock_Notice.pdf
  Why has the Forest Service selected very high security locks
when they will often be daisy-chained with low security locks?
That's a question you will probably ask yourself each time you
fiddle with one of the fine new locks, and it adds a bit of
humor to the entire situation.
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  THE LATEST APPARENT PIRATE BROADCASTER: GROSSMONT COLLEGE
  Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA, has apparently become
a pirate FM broadcaster - at least according to prima facie
evidence submitted to the CGC Communicator.
  Several years ago, Grossmont College filed an application
to become a low power FM ("LPFM") broadcaster (BNPL-20000531AAI,
Facility I.D. Number 123418).  The application was inherently
defective because it specified the use of 89.1 MHz, a frequency
that violated the FCC's short spacing rules more than once.  On
August 31, 2001, the application was dismissed by the Commission.
  On Monday, August 30, 2004, almost exactly three years later,
the CGC Communicator received the following note from an
experienced San Diego broadcast engineer:
  "89.1 MHz from Grossmont College, El Cajon, came on over
the weekend, on 24/7 with mono programming.  The ground plane FM
antenna is located in front of the College on top of the
Telecommunications classrooms.  Probably using 2-5 watts can be
received 3-5 miles from the campus on a car radio.  It mixes with
the licensed 89.1 La Jolla KPBS translator [K206AC] in parts of
San Diego.  With their current FM ground plane antenna there is
no way, even with 100 mw, that the station could be legal.  They
have a web site with the call letters KGFN-FM:
< http://www.grossmont.net/kgfn >."
  A second report of Grossmont's broadcasting activity reached
CGC from a San Diego Director of Engineering (broadcast) who
picked up the 89.1 MHz signal at Patrick Henry High School, three
airline miles from Grossmont College, and had reason to believe
that the signal emanated from the college.
  Research conducted by CGC showed no evidence of Grossmont
College having any FCC authorization to use 89.1 MHz.
Broadcasting stopped abruptly on August 31, 2004 at 4:15 p.m.,
according to a source at Grossmont, and the college's web site
was promptly modified to remove all mention of the over-the-air
operation and the implication that the operation was integrated
into the curriculum of the Department of Media Communications.
  Two sources within Grossmont's Department of Media Comm. were
uncooperative in answering our specific questions about the
equipment used, and whether FCC authority for same existed.  The
Governing Board of Grossmont College has been asked to investigate
the incident.  Since Congress has ruled that pirate broadcasters
are automatically ineligible to become LPFM licensees (see CGC
#563), this episode of apparent unauthorized broadcasting is a
potentially serious matter for the college.
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  A SAN DIEGO PIRATE GOES DARK: 105.7 MHZ IN LAKESIDE
  Radio Station KWVE, 107.9 MHz, San Clemente, CA, was
recently advised that their signal was being rebroadcast by an
apparently unauthorized translator station in Lakeside, CA with
an output frequency of 105.7 MHz.  Rather than wait for the FCC
to investigate and politely ask the pirate to cease and desist,
KWVE paid the party a visit and threatened in writing to seek a
legal injunction if the unauthorized rebroadcasts continued.
The translator fell silent on short order and has not been heard
since.
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE BENX WEBSITE WELCOMES YOUR LETTERS
  Letters to the Editor are no longer being accepted by the
CGC Communicator, but are always welcome at the Benx website
<http://benx.us>.
  This past week, for example, "ckhughes5" has asked if "anyone
else noticed a degredation [sic] in 88.5 KSBR's signal since
88.5 KCSN started testing their Westside booster?"  The author
claims that "KSBR's signal used to be ... rock solid from Camp
Pendleton to Santa Ana.  Now even in south Orange County there is
interference and once you get north in to Irvine, the two signals
start fighting.  It's mostly KSBR with occasional snips of KCSN.
Along the coast and in Costa Mesa heading north on the 55, the
signal is completely unlistenable until almost the interchange
with I-5."
  From the Benx home page, here's the path to the above
posting:  "Broadcast Engineers," "Regional/Pacific Southwest,"
"KSBR affected by KCSN's Booster."  And don't miss the other new
postings.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  APCO INTERNATIONAL URGES DATE CERTAIN FOR DTV TRANSITION
  House Resolution 1425 would set January 1, 2007 as the
deadline for television broadcasters to vacate TV channels 63,
64, 68 and 69, clearing the frequencies for use by public safety.
  In a major push for passage of the bill, the Association of
Public-Safety Communications Officials - International has mailed
letters to every member of the U.S. Senate and House of
Representatives calling on legislators and the administration to
"ensure [that] our first responders have what they need to
respond to terrorist threats."
  http://www.apcointl.org/APCOURGESCONGRESSIONALACTION.htm
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  IS TRADITIONAL RADIO GERIATRIC?
  Radio World has some ideas on this subject:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5743
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  ARRL SEEKS BPL SHUTDOWN IN COTTONWOOD, AZ
  The magnitude of the interference to ham radio equipment
in the above captioned BPL test is "bone crushing" to say the
least.  If even a small portion of this type of interference
makes it way into the commercial broadcast bands, widespread
interference will result.  See the URL below for the full story.
  http://www2.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/08/17/2/?nc=1
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  UNUSUAL SIGNAL BEING BEAMED TO EARTHLINGS ON 1420 MEGAHERTZ
  Scientists and astronomers associated with the SETI@home
project looking for extraterrestrial intelligence are intrigued
by a mysterious radio signal received on a frequency of about
1420 MHz.  The RF seems to be coming from a void between the
constellations Pisces and Aries where there is no obvious star
within 1000 light years.
  Named SHGb02+14a, the signal could be nothing more than an
astronomical phenomenon, but it's said to be different from the
radio signals generated by any other known object.
  http://www.newscientist.com/news/nographic.jsp?id=ns99996341
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  INTRUDER AT 7238 KHZ
  For the past three weeks, ham radio operators in the
southwestern U.S. have been reporting a mysterious signal in
the 40-meter band.  One party described it as a "mechanical
sound," another speculated that it was "data."
  Engineers at Communications General Corp. ("CGC") took a
quick look at the situation on Sept. 6 at 3:20 PM PDST and found
several close-spaced CW carriers - perhaps from one specially
modulated transmitter - perhaps from transmitters at different
locations.  The four strongest signals at CGC's lab in Fallbrook,
CA were as follows: 7238.063, 7238.150, 7238.237 and 7238.412 kHz,
with the .237 signal the strongest of the group.  The frequencies
reported should each be accurate to better than +/- 30 Hz.
  It will be interesting to learn the source or sources of
these transmissions.   (Story by W6VR)
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  TURNABOUT IS FAIR PLAY
  In a seeming turnabout-is-fair-play situation, the FCC
has contacted a Mattawan, Michigan, resident to follow up on
complaints that the individual's TV set was causing harmful
interference to the Amateur Radio operations of Robert Lawson,
KG8QD.  Sharon Bowers, deputy chief of the FCC's Consumer
Inquiries and Complaint Division, noted that Part 15 obliges
the TV set's owner to resolve the interference promptly.  Under
Part 15, a TV set or a computer monitor is considered an
"unintentional radiator."  (Extract from the ARRL Letter)
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/04/0903/
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  HUMMINGBIRD HATCHERY
  From the Oso Flaco Dunes nature preserve on the Central Coast
of California comes this time-lapse photo sequence devoted to the
birth of a humming bird, from egg to first flight.  One viewer
wrote, "This is the neatest thing I've seen in quite awhile....
Be sure to click on NEXT PAGE at the bottom of each page.... there
are four pages" in all.  Enjoy!
  http://community-2.webtv.net/hotmail.com/verle33/HummingBirdNest
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPL-20000531ABG    NEW  123569   NATIONAL JAZZ HALL OF
                E   97.1 MHZ          FAME FOUNDATION
                                      PALM SPRINGS, 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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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030829ARN  K259BE 156146  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E   99.7 MHZ             HUNGRY VALLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20040820AAK  KTTV-DT 22208 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-65             LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-19990527KH,
  callsign KTTV.
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  AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20040826ADZ  KRLA  61267  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
             E   870 KHZ                 GLENDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  BP-20040827ACI      KCBQ  13509     RADIO 1210, INC.
                E   1170 KHZ           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  [50 kW DA day; 2.9 kW DA night.  Possibly sharing towers
  with KECR, El Cajon - speculation based on coordinate data.
  - Ed.]
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000602AGI   NEW  124399   THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH, INC...
              P    105.5 MHZ           SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000605AGY  NEW  124322  CALVARY CHAPEL COMMUNITY CHURCH
              E   101.5 MHZ               ADELANTO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Petition to Deny filed 9/5/03
  Opposition to Petition to Deny filed 10/14/03
  WITHDRAWAL OF PETITION TO DENY FILED 10/23/03 BY REC
  Informal Objection filed 10/23/03 by REC
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/16/2004
  Objections denied 8/27/2004
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030825AGQ   NEW  141796   HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
                E   93.3 MHZ               DESERT CENTER, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 08/30/2004
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPED-20040825ABH   KBXO  85911    CREATIVE EDUCATIONAL MEDIA
                E   90.3 MHZ              CORPORATION, INC.
                                            COACHELLA, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BPH-20030612AKS     KDGL  14058     MCC RADIO, LLC
                E   106.9 MHZ        YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities: Change class from B to B1,
  decrease HAAT, increase ERP, change TL.
  Informal Objection filed 11/10/2003 (R & R Corporation)
  Application dismissed and informal objection dismissed as moot
  9/1/2004
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20040601BHS   K286BE  72006  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
               E   105.1 MHZ           DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K288DR.
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