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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #657
                    Monday, November 8, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  PROPOSED AM & FM RADIO JAMMING SYSTEM DROPPED FOR THE MOMENT
  Alert Devices International Corp. ("ADI") has asked the FCC
to dismiss its Petition for Rule Making to create an Emergency
Vehicle Signaling Service.  This service would allow emergency
vehicles to jam out authorized broadcast stations and replace
those stations with emergency warning messages designed to
attract the attention of affected motorists.  Obviously, many
unaffected listeners - including workers in high-rise office
buildings - will be impacted as well, so the system appears
to be inherently flawed.
  The good news is that the FCC has granted ADI's dismissal
request.  The bad news is that ADI - according to its latest
filing -  proposes to submit an "expanded version" of its
Petition in the near future.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3521A1.doc
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANT OF MORE THAN ROUTINE INTEREST
  The FCC has granted Raytheon Missile Systems experimental
authority (WD2XKF) to operate at 94.1 - 95 GHz for demonstration
of a non-lethal counter-personnel device to law enforcement,
military and security organizations.  Mobile:  Continental
United States, plus Alaska and Hawaii.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253918A1.doc
  To find out how this device works, CGC turned to its RFR
expert, Ric Tell, who provided the following explanation:
  "Without additional information, we assume the Raytheon work
is an extension of the kind of work that the Air Force has been
developing for non-lethal crowd control, etc.  Basically, they use
a high power millimeter wave system with a very directive antenna,
all mounted on a Humvee type vehicle to target the "bad guys" and
heat them up.  I am told that the [microwave beam] - at least the
Air Force version - creates an intense stinging sensation on the
skin.  Perhaps that alone will deter the bad guys from further
activity.
  "The basic theory is that the incoming RF will only be absorbed
by the skin because of the very high frequencies involved, but the
concern is that permanent eye damage may result.  The response of
the Air Force has been that the normal "blink" response of the
eyes will protect the eyes from excessive heating.  Some have
questioned this reply; nonetheless, the system is being tested."
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM #1
  Following is an extract of text from the $10,000 fine notice
against Mr. David Michael Oaks for operating a pirate FM station
at his residence in Beaverton, Oregon:
  "In responding, Mr. Oaks does not deny the subject violation.
Mr. Oaks states that he was attempting to correct the violation by
lowering the power each time he received a notice that he was
operating an unlicensed station....  Mr. Oaks asserts that the
agent told him that the effective range for a transmitter
operating pursuant to Part 15 of the Rules is about 100 feet, and
that if Mr. Oaks chose to do so, he could purchase a Part 15
wireless microphone to compare the range of his signal with that
of his station.  Mr. Oaks did not choose to do so...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3504A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM #2
  ACR Electronics, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has
been fined $75,000 for marketing to the general public a
personal location beacon that had not been approved by the
Commission.  Ironically, some of the material submitted to the
FCC by ACR helped make the case against ACR.  Can't beat that.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253871A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-259A1.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>.
  One interesting posting is that citizens near a tower in
Charlotte, VT have just lost a battle with WIZN(FM) over fears
of negative health effects caused by radio frequency radiation.
See the details on the home page of Benx <http://benx.us>.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  MISSING MEXICAN AM RECORDS
  Some Mexican AM records appear to be missing from the CDBS
database when a "state" search is performed.  This is because the
records are incorrectly labeled with a Canadian state.  Affected
stations are XESS, XETRA, XEMO, XEGM, XEKAM and XESDD which are
all located in the Mexican state of Baja California North - FCC
abbreviation "BN".
  Unfortunately, some of the records for each of these stations
are incorrectly labeled "BC" (short for Baja California), but BC
is the FCC's official abbreviation for British Columbia, Canada,
resulting in a confusing situation that the Commission is working
to repair.  (We have not checked the FM and TV records where the
same problem may occur.)
  Until this matter is resolved, use both "BN" and "BC" codes
when searching for Baja North records by state.  Keep in mind
that some Baja South stations may have also been given the in-
correct ("BC") state code too, so plan your searches accordingly.
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  FOREST SERVICE REVISES ITS CHAPTER 90
  The USDA Forest Service has updated its Handbook chapter 90
covering communications site management.  The following URL
contains the complete Chapter 90 along with a synopsis of the
changes.  The file is reportedly 5.3 megabytes in size.
 http://www.fs.fed.us/im/directives/fsh/2709.11/2709.11_90.rtf
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  VERIZON & NEXTEL MAKE PEACE - 800 MHz REBANDING CAN PROCEED
  The threat of a lawsuit with the potential of forestalling the
FCC's reconfiguration of the 800 MHz band was erased Tuesday when
Verizon Wireless and Nextel jointly announced they would drop
separate pending legal actions.  Verizon Wireless will not
challenge the FCC's award of spectrum in the 1.9 GHz band to
Nextel and, in return, Nextel will make no effort to establish a
legal trademark for the phrase "Push To Talk" or any variation
thereof used to describe the company's popular cellular radio
feature.
  http://www.wirelessweek.com/index.asp?layout=documentPrint&doc_id=136562
  http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=63347&p=irol-newsArticle&t=Regular&id=639140
  http://news.vzw.com/news/2004/11/pr2004-11-02.html
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  NOTES FROM NEWSLINE
  The following items of more than routine interest are
from the November 5, 2004 edition of Amateur Radio Newsline:
  Federal investigators are looking into the circumstances
surrounding an October 27 explosion at a power line transmission
tower near Dallas, Texas.  Reports indicate that one leg of the
support structure appeared to have been severed in two places.
Agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,
along with local police, are investigating.
  American Transmission Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is
willing to pay a $10,000 reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of those responsible for toppling two of its
power transmission towers.  The towers fell after the base bolts
were removed from the eighty five foot structures, causing them
to tumble, and putting 17,000 customers in the dark.
  Peter Onnigian, W6QEU, of Sacramento, California has received
an FCC warning notice for operating outside his Advanced class
privileges in the 20-meter ham band.  It is not known if this is
same Pete Onnigian who was past president of Jampro.
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  TOWER AND BUILDING COLLIDE
  Towers often collapse onto open fields, but rarely do we see
a tower that collapses on top of a transmitter building.  Would
the building survive?  Many variables are involved.  See the
results of one such incident in these photos from a BBC site in
Peterborough.  Reportedly no one was injured.  Click to enlarge
the thumbnails.
  http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/peterborough.asp
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KGBB(FM), Temecula, to KTMQ
  KZBA(FM), Ontario, to KDAI
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-253946A1.doc
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20041018ADE     KHJ  37224    LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
               P   930 KHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DISMISS
  BNPL-20000608ABZ   NEW  124673    IGLESIA DE CRISTO NEWHALL
               E   102.3 MHZ               NEWHALL, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 1/22/01
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/31/2004
  SUPPLEMENT TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 4/14/04
  PETITION TO DISMISS INFORMAL OBJECTION FILED 10/6/04 BY
  ANTION CESAR GUEL
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  AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20011031AAJ  KRLA 61267  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING COMPANY
             E   870 KHZ                 GLENDALE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/29/2004
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  BP-20040826ADZ  KRLA 61267  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING COMPANY
             E   870 KHZ                 GLENDALE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/29/2004
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20041029AHV KNSD-DT 35277  STATION VENTURE OPERATIONS,LP
                 E   CHAN-40               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20000501AEP.
  [This is a legitimate application according to KNSD.  -Ed.]
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030818ADU    K225BA  141934    SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
                  E   92.9 MHZ              COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  CP New Stn.
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