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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #659
                  Tuesday, November 23, 2004
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              Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                      <rgonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  TO SEE THE FUTURE OF CELLPHONES, LOOK EAST, FAR EAST
  Within the next several years, America's wireless users
will see their cellphones transformed into devices that no longer
resemble today's handsets, and the variety of uses could render
voice communications a low priority.  In Japan and elsewhere in
Asia, new generations of cellphones are promising 100 channels of
TV, FM stereo radio, and location-based services that go far
beyond the requirements of Phase II wireless 9-1-1.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041122/news_mz1b22busy.html
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  FIRST SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO APPROVED
  The FCC has approved, for the first time, the use of a
"software defined radio" device in the United States.  The grant
went to Vanu, Inc., a software development company, for a
cellular base station transmitter.
  Software defined radios can change frequency range,
modulation type or output power without making changes to hardware
components.  This permits the radios to be highly adaptable to
differing needs, protocols and environments.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-254463A1.doc
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  FCC'S INTERNATIONAL BUREAU MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
  October marked the 10th anniversary of the FCC's
International Bureau.  Since the Bureau's inception:
  * Satellite radio services were launched and now have
  2.58 million subscribers,
  * The number of satellite television subscribers has
  grown from 2.8 million to 23.1 million, and
  * The average cost to U.S. consumers of an international
  call has dropped from $0.91 to $0.20.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-254308A1.doc
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  BPL - RUSHED TO ADOPTION - INTERFERENCE CONCERNS CONTINUE
  The following two stories from the American Radio Relay League
("ARRL") underscore the fact that the BPL rules were rushed to
adoption by the FCC - without giving the radio frequency
interference aspects of BPL careful consideration:
  http://www2.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/11/15/2/?nc=1
    and
  http://www2.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/11/01/4/?nc=1
  Nevertheless, there is some hope in the IEEE BPL standards
setting committee which has yet to weigh in on the matter.
The next IEEE meeting is set for January 14; the location
is San Diego.
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  A fine of $8,000 has been assessed against Jorge L. Estrada
for failure to exhibit all red obstruction lighting from sunset
to sunrise on antenna structure number 1043939 in Cubuy, Puerto
Rico.  During a tower inspection, the FCC observed that the red
beacon was out during evening hours, and determined that the
FAA had no record of a reported light outage for that tower.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3608A1.doc
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                     LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  NATIONAL CITY JOINS SAN DIEGO COUNTY REGIONAL RADIO SYSTEM
  With the addition of National City's police and fire
departments, all public safety agencies in San Diego County,
with the exception of the City of San Diego, will be united
under the same interoperable radio system.  National City
expects to save $1.6 million by making the move and avoiding
the need to upgrade its existing 10-year-old radio network.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20041119-9999-6m19radios.html
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  STATION OWNER'S ALLEGED SUICIDE MAKES HEADLINES
  The Boston Herald reports a suicide attempt by WBIX(AM)
owner Bradford Bleidt, saying he first delivered a taped
confession to the Securities & Exchange Commission detailing
how he allegedly stole a fortune from clients of his financial
planning firm.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=6201
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  CHARLIE ABEL, W6QAK, 1915-2004, SILENT KEY
  SBE Chapter 36 Life Member and San Diego television
broadcasting pioneer Charles Abel died November 13 at age 88
at his home.  He had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
  Charlie had helped put KFMB-TV on the air in May of 1949
and became chief engineer of the KFMB stations shortly thereafter.
His many accomplishments included remote 6 GHz transmission of
Mexican Jai Alai tournaments in 1949, overseeing the installation
of a first-of-its-kind one-hop CBS network video microwave link
from Mt. Wilson to Mt. Soledad in 1955, moving KFMB(AM) to Santee
a few years later, and moving all of the KFMB studios to Kearny
Mesa in 1976.  He retired shortly thereafter.  Charlie was active
on ham radio through the years as W6QAK, often speaking in German
to friends around the world.
  The foregoing text was adapted from a Nov. 18 SBE Chapter 36
e-mail.  Following is a more detailed story on Charlie that Gary
Stigall wrote about his friend several years ago.  Don't miss the
architectural rendering of the "Secret Mt. Soledad rotating tower
apartment project," including provisions for Channel 8 and 10
broadcast antennas.
  http://www.sbe36.org/1999/0509_kfmbtv50.html
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  HAPPY THANKSGIVING
  Best wishes to you and your family for a Wonderful and Warm
Thanksgiving!
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          LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC   (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BALH-20041110AAB    KQVO  8175    HANSON BROADCASTING CO.
                E   97.7 MHZ            OF CALIFORNIA
                                        CALEXICO, CA
  Voluntary Assignment of License
  From: HANSON BROADCASTING CO. OF CALIFORNIA
  To: STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
  Form 314
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20041110ACG   K05CU  130845   SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                 E   CHAN-18           MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K05CU.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20041013ABL  KCSN-FM1 137504  CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
                 E   88.5 MHZ                NORTHRIDGE
                                        WEST LOS ANGELES, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20040809AAI    KROQ-FM  28622  INFINITY BROADCASTING CORP.
                 E   106.7 MHZ             OF LOS ANGELES
                                            PASADENA, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/05/2004
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTV-20040301AAQ   K09XW  12324    PSTV PARTNERS, LLC
                  E   CHAN-9         PALM DESERT, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55FI.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20041115AFC    KSPA  13899    ONTARIO BROADCASTING, LLC
              E   1510 KHZ               ONTARIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLEDT-20041117ADG    KOCE-DT  4328     BOARD OF TRUSTEES,
                 E     CHAN-48    COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                       HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPEDT-20031222ABT,
  callsign KOCE-TV.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20041116ADR     KSBL  35592     CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   101.7 MHZ              CARPINTERIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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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
  PETITION TO DISMISS RESPONSE FILED 11/15/04 BY (TAXI)
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