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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #652
                   Tuesday, October 5, 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 LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR & BOOSTER MATTERS
  The FCC has published its formal Report & Order ("R&O")
in the matter entitled, "Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of the
Commission's Rules to Establish Rules for Digital Low Power
Television, Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations
and to Amend Rules for Digital Class A Television Stations."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-220A1.doc
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  MEDIA BUREAU APPS & ACTIONS TO APPEAR AS TXT FILES AGAIN
  Without warning, the FCC recently switched its daily
Broadcast Applications and Actions Public Notice sheets to
pdf format only. The notices had previously been published in
both pdf and txt versions, and the txt version was always the
basis for the LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC section of this
newsletter.
  Communications General Corporation and a number of other
parties have asked the Commission to restore the txt files
because cut & paste and searching operations are much easier
to perform with those files. CGC is currently extracting LOCAL
ITEMS from the pdf files through a somewhat cumbersome process.
  Fortunately, the Commission received a number of
complaints and has agreed to revive the txt files, hopefully
by the end of the month. Watch for them in the Daily Digest.
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                     LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  SANTA CRUZ PIRATE SHUT DOWN BY FORCE
  "Guns drawn, agents of the U.S. Marshals Service served a
warrant on a tiny Santa Cruz pirate radio station early Wednesday
[September 29, 2004], rousting (sic) and frisking the pajama-clad
residents of the co-op house from which the station had been
broadcasting.... The target was Free Radio Santa Cruz, an FM
micro-station boasting 35 to 40 watts of power and offering
round-the-clock music, activism and other local programming....
  "The blue-jacketed marshals, along with agents of the Federal
Communications Commission, dismantled the station's equipment and
carried it to a waiting pickup with a camper shell as a crowd of
perhaps 60 people yelled "Shame! Shame!" and "Go home!""
  http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/9797653.htm?1c
  According to another report, "Tires on five of the agents'
vehicles were slashed, and those vehicles were towed away. The
story from yet another perspective is posted at:
  http://indymedia.org/en/2004/09/111912.shtml
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  DON'T FORGET NAB'S RADIO SHOW OCTOBER 6-8
  It starts tomorrow at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.
Hope to see you there!
  http://www.nab.org/conventions/radioshow/2004/
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                         FEATURE STORY
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  CLEAR CHANNEL BEGINS RESTRICTING AM-RADIO BANDWIDTH
  Radio World reports that Clear Channel Communications ("CC")
is limiting the audio bandwidth of its analog AM stations to
5 kHz (6 kHz for music-intensive formats) in an effort to reduce
first-adjacent channel interference, and because CC believes that
most receivers filter out audio above 5 kHz anyway.
  Clearly the move is controversial because it alienates
listeners with full fidelity receivers (the NRSC-2 standard allows
10 kHz audio bandwidth). Furthermore, the move appears to be
disingenuous because CC is actively implementing IBOC which will
create substantial first adjacent channel interference on millions
of existing analog receivers. If CC were seriously interested in
reducing that interference, it would not implement IBOC.
  It is one thing for CC to voluntarily limit the fidelity of
its own stations, but it is a conflict of interest when CC attempts
to impose that philosophy on others. CC's Senior VP of Engineering
is co-chairman of the AM Subcommittee of the NRSC, and in that role
at a meeting of the standards group at this week's NAB Radio Show,
he plans to propose that all AM licensees follow his 5 kHz bandwidth
idea (see the first URL below).
  Because IBOC will sound much better than 5 kHz analog AM,
consumers will be prompted to buy IBOC receivers faster, and
therein lies the conflict of interest. CC is an investor in
Ibiquity, the company that developed the IBOC standard, so more
IBOC sales translate into higher profit for CC. Ironically, CC
maintains that the limited bandwidth move has nothing to do with
IBOC, see the second URL below. Something doesn't compute.
  Communications General Corporation is in favor of better
sounding AM. Nevertheless, the following articles by Radio World
raise more questions than answers.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5920
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=5921
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE BPL FIGHT: PERTH INTERFERENCE NOT BPL RELATED
  A widespread interference problem in Perth, Australia, that
sounds like BPL has to be something else. This, after the city's
Power Authority tells Dennis Muldownie, VK6KAD, that it is not
using Broadband Over Powerline ("BPL") technology to monitor its
electrical network.
  There is now some supposition that the noise that is wiping
out over-the-air TV Channels 2, 7, 9 and 10 may be coming from
some home network gear which uses the power mains to connect the
various pieces in a home Local Area Network. But the noise is so
widespread that it has to be more than one installation causing
the problem - this, by radiating back out over the local Perth
power grid. (WIA News via Amateur Radio Newsline)
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  BATTLE LOOMS LARGE IN BROADBAND OVER POWER LINES
  The FCC is said to be preparing to pass a new set of rules
to govern electric utilities wanting to offer BPL data (e.g. high
speed Internet), and a vote could come as early as this month.
FCC Chairman Michael Powell is vigorously backing the system.
Since BPL harmonics and intermodulation products may impact
the TV and FM broadcast bands, the proceeding bears careful
monitoring.
  http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techpolicy/2004-09-28-broadpower_x.htm
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  FALLBROOK DETECTIVES ARREST FIRE RADIO THEFT SUSPECT
  A 25-year-old Temecula man with knowledge of communications
equipment has been arrested in connection with a string of San
Diego County fire station burglaries in which 18 radios were
stolen over the past summer. Eight of the missing radios were
recovered after Fallbrook detectives uncovered what they described
as a scheme to sell the radios to unsuspecting buyers via Ebay.
  http://www.thevillagenewsnetwork.com/?template=00200&si=2455
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  SPUTNIK LAUNCHED 47 YEARS AGO
  History changed on October 4, 1957 when the Soviet Union
successfully launched Sputnik I, the world's first artificial
satellite. It was about the size of a basketball, weighed 183
pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its
elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military,
technological, and scientific developments.
  Sputnik started the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space
race. More history and a WAV File of Sputnik I telemetry is
available at:
  http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/sputnik/
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          LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGNS GRANTED
  KPOP(AM), San Diego, to KLSD
  KCZN(FM), Santa Paula, to KLJR-FM
  KDHI(FM), Joshua Tree, to KQCM
  KKJT(FM), Twentynine Palms, to KXCM
  New LPFM, Ventura, to KCVE-LP (Calvary Chapel OF Ventura)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-252534A1.doc
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPL-20000608AAS NEW 124429 YOUTH FOR CHRIST IMPERIAL
            E    95.3 MHZ              EL CENTRO, 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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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BMAP-20001020AAT   KIEV    57893  ROYCE INTERNATIONAL
             E    1500 KHZ        BROADCASTING COMPANY
                                        BURBANK, CA
  Major modification to construction permit no.: BMP-19990609AC
  AUCTION 32 FILING 12/20/2001-- 73.3598(a) waived to the extent
  that permit expires 84 days after condition (ITU) on permit is
  resolved. Ltr action, ref. 1800B3-GDG.
  1/11/2002--12/20/2001 and 1/8/2002 actions (stipulating
  1/31/2002 expiration) RESCINDED, Request returned to pending
  status. Request then denied and Royce given to 4/25/2002 to
  construct. Ltr Action, Ref. 1800B3-IB.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 2/11/02 BY ROYCE
  INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY
  Petition for Reconsideration denied, 7/8/2004, Ltr action Ref
  1800B3-IB/GDG.
  8/17/04--Motion for Extension of Time filed
  8/20/04--Motion for Extension of Time Denied. Ltr action, Ref.
  1800B3-IB/GDG.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 9/20/04 by ("Royce")
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  AM STATION APP FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20040910ABO  KSDO 51166 HI-FAVOR BROADCASTING, LLC
           P  1130 KHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPED-20010321ABF KPBS-FM  58823  THE BD. OF TRUSTEES,
             E   89.5 MHZ      CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
                                           SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for minor changes.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/18/2002.
  Requests 4.4 kW ERP, 550 meters HAAT, 32 41 53 NL, 116 56 03 WL
  CP granted in part with an ERP of 2.70 kW.
  See DA 04-3801, dated 9/29/2004.
  The details on this decision are posted at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3108A1.doc
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