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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #653
                  Wednesday,  October 13, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FREEZE ENDS - REVISED FORMS 301, 314 & 315 AVAILABLE
  The Media Bureau has lifted the freeze on filing commercial
radio station applications and amendments on Forms 301, 314 and
315.  Filings must now be made on revised forms which are
available:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3204A1.doc
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  DTV CHANNEL ELECTION INFORMATION AND DEADLINES
  The FCC's Media Bureau announces that the Table of Station
Assignment and Service Information, referred to in the Second DTV
Periodic Review Report and Order released September 7, 2004, is
available.  Easy-to-read information on this proceeding is posted
at the first URL below, while the Table itself is at the
second URL.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3203A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3203A2.doc
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  FCC TO MEET THIS WEEK ON BROADBAND OVER POWER LINE RULES
  Amateur radio operators and others fearing the effects of
harmful interference will be listening closely this Thursday when
the FCC meets to consider rules applicable to the controversial
technology known as Broadband over Power Line ("BPL").  In the
past eight months, more than 1,600 comments have been filed in
FCC ET Docket 04-37.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-252981A1.pdf
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  $10,000 FINE AGAINST JACK GERRITSEN AFFIRMED
  The FCC has affirmed its earlier tentative fine of $10,000
against Los Angeles area radio jammer Jack Gerritsen.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3183A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  NAB RADIO SHOW AWARD WINNER
  One of the most impressive RF products at the 2004 NAB
Radio Show in San Diego was BE's 4MX50 50 kW AM transmitter:
89% efficiency from AC mains to RF output, no bulky modulator,
no PA power transformer.  In fact, the entire transmitter and
power supply easily fit inside a single cabinet.
  In the RF compartments, unusually small diameter teflon-coated
cables are used to carry high current RF signals through Litz wire
cables.  Each Litz wire cable has 1,000 strands of insulated small
diameter copper wire inside.  Since RF signals tend to concentrate
in the "skin" or outermost portion of wire, Litz wire cable has a
huge RF surface area and can handle extraordinary currents.  The
term Litz wire, by the way, is derived from the German word
litzendraht meaning woven wire.
  Here's yet another feature of the 4MX50: At the touch of a
button, the transmitter figures out the RF load impedance at a
variety of frequencies and presents the data in Smith Chart form
on a built-in flat-panel display.  Engineering has never been
easier!
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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>.
  A recent posting of more than routine interest is Mike
Worrall's letter expressing his personal view as to why HD Radio
is more of a promotional tool for XM and Sirius Satellite than
it is a genuine product for the consumer.
  To see just Mike's posting, visit
<http://forums.benx.us/viewtopic.php?t=41>.  To see the entire
letter collection at Benx, visit <http://benx.us> and click on
"Broadcast Engineers."  Thanks to the many of you who are
helping to make this web publication successful.
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                          FEATURE STORY
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  DO SOME CELL PHONES BURN HOLES IN BRAINS AS CLAIMED?
  "In a study that may shed some light on whether cell-phone
use is harmful to callers, Swedish scientists found that radiation
emitted by the world's most common mobile phones burns holes in
the brains of rats" - or so says the opening sentence of a
provocative January 31, 2003 story in Wired News.  The study found
a link between electromagnetic signal exposure and a leakage in
albumin - a protein in human tissue - through the blood-brain
barrier.  Such a "hole" in the brain could prove life-threatening
because it would mean that almost anything circulating in the
blood - including toxic pollutants - could enter the brain, said
Dr. Tom Goehl, editor-in-chief of Environmental Health
Perspectives, according to the Wired article.
  The lead scientist reporting the hole is Leif Salford of the
Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University in Sweden.  He and
his team tested the radiation emitted from Global System for
Mobile ("GSM") cell phones on 12- to 26-week-old rats.  The age
group of the animals tested, the Wired article says, is equivalent
to that of human teenagers who tend to lead the pack in cell-phone
use worldwide. The following URLs provide accounts of Salford's
work:
  http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/press/012903.html
  http://www.wired.com/news/wireless/0,1382,57488,00.html
  Now that some time has passed since publication of the
Salford study, what do U.S. scientists think about the results?
More to the point, should we junk every GSM phone in sight?
To find the answers to these questions, we asked the opinion
of Richard ("Ric") Tell, Chairman of the IEEE's C95.1 Risk
Assessment Working Group, who in turn polled his colleagues
and prepared a comprehensive report on their views.
  In short, the Salford paper is reported to be seriously
deficient in several important areas and the Salford results
are inconsistent with the weight of evidence of about 40 peer-
reviewed studies dealing with Salford's area of research.
Conclusion: There is no reason to discredit GSM (or any other)
cellular telephone modulation scheme at this time based on the
questionable Salford findings, but this is not to say that
further research should not be done.  See the URL below for
Richard Tell's formal report.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Salford_1.pdf
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  FOLLOW UP CORRESPONDENCE
  "I just wanted to make your readers aware of a recent
article by Jim Lin at the University of Illinois, Chicago,
titled "Microwave Radiation and Leakage of Albumin from Blood
to Brain" appearing in the September 2004 issue of IEEE Microwave
Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp.22-28.  Just today [October 6, 2004],
I read this issue of the magazine.
  "This article focuses especially on the very paper that you
had asked us about, the Salford study.  Jim's article presents
a somewhat different picture of the Salford paper than our
experts had presented and, in the interest of fairness and
balance, I thought that your readers would want to be aware of
this somewhat less critical view of Salford's work.  The article
also mentions a study being carried out at Brooks Air Force Base
that is an apparent attempt to confirm the Salford results."
  Richard A. Tell, mailto:rtell@radhaz.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE MT. WILSON CHRISTMAS PARTY (OR NOT)
  "When is the Mt. Wilson Christmas party?"  That seemed to
be the most asked question at the NAB Radio Show in San Diego.
  The "Christmas Party" is the annual business meeting of the
Southern California Frequency Coordinating Committee ("SCFCC"),
followed by a picnic-style hot lunch.  The event is usually held
in the summer due to the weather being too cold to meet on
Wilson in December.
  Howard Fine says that the USDA Forest Service has closed
the Angeles National Forest (including Mt. Wilson) for picnic-
style meetings due to extreme fire danger; therefore, the SCFCC
will postpone its annual Mt. Wilson bash "until further notice."
  Do you have a good idea for an alternate location?  If so,
let Howard know by sending mailto:howard@pactv.com.
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  FEMA, CARRIERS TESTING WIRELESS WARNINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
  Wireless carriers serving the Washington, D.C. area are
working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on a pilot
program that will enable emergency alert messages to be sent to
cellphones and pagers.  Carriers are concerned that sending
thousands or more simultaneous messages could cause network
overload, but a tiny carrier in Little Chute, Wisconsin thinks
it has the problem licked.
  http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/04/10/wo_hellweg100604.asp
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  AN OPEN LETTER FROM AL KENYON AS HE JOINS DENNY & ASSOCIATES
  "Greetings Friends!
  "It's been quite a while between paychecks for me.  I was
beginning to wonder a bit, then toward the end of summer I hit a
personal busy streak: My daughter's contribution was a baby boy
making me a Grandpa, my son graduated from Baylor University with
a BA degree in Telecommunications (electronic media) and I was
able to spend quite a bit of time at my Mother's side just before
she passed away.  You often hear it said that everything happens
for a reason.  If I had taken a position any sooner I would not
have been able to share these special moments with my family.
  "I have joined Denny & Associates, P.C., a consulting firm
specializing in Broadcast, Wireless and RF Engineering, as the
new head of the Broadcast Technical Services Division.  In
addition to working with some great people and some of the most
astounding RF design software available, I have something nearly
unheard of in the Metropolitan Washington DC area - a 12 mile,
24 minute commute!"
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  FRANCE SAYS "OUI!" TO THEATERS SEEKING TO JAM CELLPHONES
  Theaters in France could become decidedly quieter in the
near future now that the nation's Industry Minister has given
approval to the Telecommunications Regulation Authority's decision
to allow use of cell phone jamming technology in theaters,
cinemas and concert halls.  The ruling comes with the stipulation
that emergency calls not be jammed.
  According to Jean Labbe, president of the National Federation
of French Cinemas, movie houses have invested heavily to improve
comfort, and "the authorization of jammers is the cherry on the
cake."
  http://tinyurl.com/5euwh
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  HOT AIR BALLOON ENTANGLED ATOP 50,000 WATT KKOB TOWER
  On Sunday, a hot air balloon entangled with the top of the
50,000 watt KKOB(AM) tower in Albuquerque, NM, deflating the
balloon and forcing the passengers to shimmy down the interior
tower ladder.  The pilot was 69-year old Bill Chapel, and his
ride-along companions were age 10 and 14.  Chapel didn't need to
tell the boys what to do, "They climbed down the tower and I
followed them," he said.
  After descending about 600 feet, the threesome was met by
workers who secured them with safety gear and helped them into a
utility truck bucket for a ride the rest of the way down.
  The balloon's canopy was in the shape of the face of Smokey
the Bear, and fortunately the material did not catch fire.  See
the first URL below for a photo of this incredible incident.
  http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/10/10/balloon.fiesta.ap/index.html
  http://www.abqjournal.com/news/metro/apbal10-10-04.htm?lrail
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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-20040722AAO     KSWB-DT  58827    KSWB INC.
                E       CHAN-19         SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20031219ACA,
  callsign KSWB-TV.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPED-19970211IA     KPBS-FM  58823     THE BD. OF TRUSTEES,
               P      89.5 MHZ      CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
                                           SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP to change ERP, HAAT, Transmitter Location Granted 7/21/1997
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 8-25-97 BY (RTSA/BAY CITY)
  OPP TO PET FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 9-9-97 BY (SDSU)
  11/17/2000--Request for tolling of CP per R&O in Streamlining
  MM Dkt 98-43 GRANTED (Admin Review). Licensee required to notify
  us in writing when tolling event resolved AND to notify us by
  12/21/2000 if not resolved by that date.  Ltr action, Ref.
  1800B3-GDG.
  12/20/2000---SDSU notifies FCC that tolling event ongoing.
  Petition for reconsideration dismissed as moot, minor change
  modification BMPED-20010321ABF granted.  See DA 04-3801,
  September 29, 2004.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLCDT-20040930BWO    KSCI  35608    KSLS, INC.
                 E    CHAN-61        LONG BEACH, CA
  Modification of license: BLCDT-20011114ABO, callsign KSCI.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20040824AGM   K217EZ  92688    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
               E    91.3 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                        COACHELLA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20040930AOF    K05CU    130845     SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                E     CHAN-18               MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20040915AEO,
  callsign K05CU.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPL-20041004ACW    KKJD-LP  124818   BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN
                E    99.3 MHZ                   CENTER
                                          BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605BCK      NEW    124305    VENICE VOICE
                P    107.9 MHZ            MALIBU, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030829ADF    K237EN  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.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPL-20040920ADL   KCVE-LP  124373   CALVARY CHAPEL OF VENTURA
               E    92.3 MHZ                 VENTURA, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20040622ABK   KKUU   11658   MCC RADIO, LLC
               E   92.7 MHZ           INDIO, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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