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                   THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                         CGC #654
                 Monday, October 18, 2004
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            Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                    <rgonsett@ieee.org>
  Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BPL (NOW CALLED "ACCESS BPL") APPROVED BY FCC
  The FCC has adopted changes to Part 15 of its rules to
encourage the development and deployment of Access Broadband
over Power Line ("Access BPL") technology.
  The Commission stated that its intention in adopting the
Part 15 rule changes was to ensure that Access BPL operations
do not become a source of harmful interference to licensed radio
services.  On the other hand, should interference occur, the
Commission will provide "for a timely resolution of that harmful
interference without disruption of service to Access BPL
subscribers" - so it appears that Access BPL is given priority
over licensed radio services - an apparent contradiction.  We
need to see the official Report & Order before reaching any firm
conclusions, however.
  Because Access BPL could bring significant RF levels into
homes and offices over existing power lines in areas where BPL
is deployed, the potential to disrupt broadcast communications
exists, so ongoing vigilance is necessary.
  A summary of the Access BPL action is available at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253125A1.doc
  For statements from the Commissioners, see:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253125A2.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253125A3.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253125A4.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253125A5.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253128A1.doc
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  IEEE WORKING ON BPL HARDWARE STANDARD
  The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
("IEEE") has begun to develop a Standard (Project 1675) for
Broadband Over Power Line hardware.
  According to information at the organization's website,
the scope of the work will be to provide standards for the
commonly used hardware for BPL installations, and to provide
standard installation, maintenance and operation methods to
ensure the safety of both utility and non-utility personnel
working on BPL equipment.
  The project will not cover data transmission, protocols, or
other aspects of BPL related to the internal workings of this
technology.  More information is on-line at
<http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/bop/>.  The next meeting of the
BPL Standards Working Group will be held in San Diego,
tentatively on January 11, 2005.  (Via Newsline)
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  UNUSUAL VANDALISM AT TEXAS TRANSMITTER SITES
  Numerous broadcast transmitter sites have been broken into,
some more than once, in a rash of apparent vandalisms that some
speculate were really intelligence gathering activities for
future nefarious acts.  Read the details at the BENX web site
at the URL below.  Thanks to Dale Werner, VP/Director of Broadcast
Operations and Engineering, KPRC-TV2, for forwarding the report.
  http://forums.benx.us/viewtopic.php?p=114#114
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  FCC REMOVES MORE ROADBLOCKS TO FIBER IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS
  The FCC has taken further steps to encourage deployment of
fiber optic broadband networks capable of delivering advanced
data, video and voice services to the mass market by incumbent
local telephone companies.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253127A1.doc
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   MILITARY & OTHERS COMING INTO 2025-2110 & 2360-2395 MHZ BANDS
  As part of its spectrum reallocation scheme to create
more room yet for advanced wireless services including 3G
cellular telephones, the FCC is allowing the relocation of
critical military and other operations into the 2025-2110 and
2360-2395 MHz bands.
  Among other things, the Commission will allow 11 Department
of Defense Tracking, Telemetry, and Commanding (TT&C) uplink earth
stations, which are used to control military satellites, to
operate on a co-primary basis with incumbents in the Broadcast
Auxiliary Service, the Cable Television Relay Service, and the
Local Television Transmission Service in the 2025-2110 MHz
spectrum.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253130A1.doc
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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>.
  Recent postings include Dick Warren's search for a source
for "SCREENWIN" screening software for the Gentner TS-612 hybrid
system.  Gentner was bought by Comrex, who dropped the software
line.  See Dick's posting at <http://tinyurl.com/3trda>.
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                       MISCELLANEOUS
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  MEDIA BUREAU APPS & ACTIONS APPEAR AGAIN AS TXT FILES
  Thanks to the efforts of a number of individuals at the FCC,
the text ("txt") version of Broadcast Applications and Broadcast
Actions Public Notices is again available in the Daily Digest.
  Background: FCC staff figured everyone would appreciate their
redesigned pdf presentation of Apps & Actions, so they dropped
the txt version of same, but soon learned that their enthusiasm
was not widely shared.  See CGC #652 for details.
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  TUMOR RISK ASSOCIATED WITH DECADE-LONG CELLPHONE USE
  A study by the same Swedish institute that awards Nobel
Prizes in physiology/medicine has found that using an analog
cellphone for ten years or more almost doubled the risk of
developing a benign tumor on the user's auditory nerve, on the
side of the head where the phone is used.  The Karolinska
Institute's findings do not necessarily apply to digital phones,
however, since these devices are relatively new on the scene.
  Keep in mind that the Karolinska finding needs to be
carefully evaluated and perhaps replicated before it is accepted
as fact.  See the following story from USA Today for further
information:
  http://tinyurl.com/55xcs
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  MORE ON CELL PHONES AND HEALTH CONCERNS
  Following is a summary of some of the Brooks Air Force Base
studies that Richard Tell referenced in the last CGC Communicator
newsletter:
  http://tinyurl.com/5sy5b
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        LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  QUALCOMM REQUESTS A 30 KW CHANNEL 53 EXPERIMENTAL TRANSMITTER
  - LOW POWER OPERATIONS ALSO PROPOSED ON CH-53, 56 & 59
  Qualcomm Incorporated has requested an Experimental Radio
  station (other than broadcast) on San Miguel Mountain in
  San Diego County, on TV Channel 53, with 30 kW peak ERP
  (Call Sign WD2XLG).  Three lesser powered stations (60W ERP)
  are planned for various locations in the San Diego area
  (possibly mobile), each with operations on Channels 53, 56
  and 59.
  Thanks to Howard Fine for discovering this gem.
  http://tinyurl.com/4b3gg
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20041008ABL  KBOP-CA  11371 COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.
                E    CHAN-43               SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20000728AEP,
  callsign KBOP-CA.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20041008ACT  KNLA-LP 72270  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP,LLC
                E    CHAN-27              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20031219AUA,
  callsign KNLA-LP.
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  BLTVL-20041008ACU  KSFV-LP 49704  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP,LLC
                E    CHAN-6            SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20021018AAZ,
  callsign KSFV-LP.
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