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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #661
                   Tuesday, November 30, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  INTELSAT SATELLITE FAILS
  Intelsat, Ltd. said Sunday that its Intelsat Americas-7
satellite experienced a sudden and unexpected electrical
distribution anomaly that caused the permanent loss of the
spacecraft on November 28, 2004 at approximately 2:30 AM EST.
  IA-7 was launched in 1999 and covered the continental U.S.,
Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Central America, and parts of South
America.  Many of the customers have already been moved to
"alternate capacity."  IA-7 was self-insured by Intelsat.
  The upcoming launch of the IA-8 satellite, currently
scheduled for December 17, 2004, will help mitigate the
impact of the loss of IA-7.  (Story tip from Benx)
  http://tinyurl.com/3sqfe
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  CEA PREDICTS BIG SALES IN DTVs THIS SEASON
  Cumulative sales of digital-capable TV products has finally
exceeded 13 million, and the Consumer Electronics Association
predicts next year alone such sales will top 11 million units.
  DTV sales during September this year, for example, totaled
741,000, or 40% greater than last year during the same period.
We're climbing the steep part of the curve now.  How is your
station promoting DTV?  (From Benx)
  http://benx.us
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  9-1-1 COMPUTER THIEVES CAUGHT RED HANDED - TWO JAILED
  White Plains, New York:  Two suspected thieves were caught
red-handed on Thanksgiving eve as they emerged from a telephone
company central office building (Verizon) carrying boxes filled
with computer parts used to connect 9-1-1 calls to emergency
operators.  The two men were accused of not only stealing more
than $1 million worth of components, but of also planning to
deliver the merchandise to a conspirator who intended to ship
the parts to a company in California.
  Police were sent to the Verizon facility after 9-1-1 systems
in the region started losing service.
  http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/32229.htm
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - PROPOSED $125,000 FINE AGAINST PILOT T.C.
  The FCC has proposed a $125,000 fine against Pilot Travel
Centers (truck stop retailers).  In response to complaints that
Pilot was selling non-authorized CB transmitters at its travel
centers (e.g. Amateur Radio Service transmitters that could be
easily modified to operate on CB frequency bands), the Commission
initiated an investigation and issued nine Citations.  The
$125,000 proposed forfeiture was based upon the company's
continued sales of transmitters on thirteen occasions after
the issuance of those Citations.
  In its Notice of Apparent Liability, the Commission
reaffirmed that Amateur Radio Service transmitters that can be
easily modified to operate on CB frequency bands are CB radio
transmitters and therefore subject to FCC equipment authorization
requirements.  The problem with CBers using ham gear is two-fold:
Ham equipment is relatively high powered and can easily operate
on frequencies not authorized to CBers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-254531A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - PIRATE FINE REDUCED
  The Commission has reduced the fine for Angelo Avena from
$10,000 to $1,000 based on Mr. Avena's inability to pay the
larger amount.  Avena had repeatedly operated an unlicensed radio
transmitter on 87.9 MHz after being warned by the FCC not to do
so.  The incidents occurred in Linden, New Jersey.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3675A1.doc
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                      LOCAL AND REGIONAL NEWS
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  FM AUCTION #37 RESULTS AVAILABLE IN MAP FORM
  See the locations of the FM allocations in the Southwest
that were sold in FCC Auction #37 by visitng the URL below.
The map is courtesy of Chris Carmichael at
mailto:me@ChristopherCarmichael.net
  http://sdradio.net/graphics/sw_newfm.png
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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>.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  EXPLODING CELLPHONES - RARE, BUT A GENUINE CONCERN
  In the past two years, U.S. safety officials have received
83 reports of cellphones and/or cellphone batteries exploding
or catching fire, a relatively small number of incidents for
a nation with 170 million wireless users, but a major concern
nevertheless.  Burns to the face, neck, leg and hip are among
the dozens of injury reports the Consumer Product Safety
Commission has received.
  To decrease the chances of an explosion, avoid poorly made
and second-party batteries, don't expose phone components to
water or extreme temperatures, never short the battery terminals,
be sure you are using the right charger and don't overcharge the
battery.  Additional tips are at the first URL below.
  http://makeashorterlink.com/?Q5BB21AD9
  http://makeashorterlink.com/?U2DB13AD9
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20041118AAH   KCVE-LP  124373   CALVARY CHAPEL OF VENTURA
               E   92.3 MHZ                 VENTURA, CA
  License to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20041119ABJ  K55JW 129651 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GOUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-55                BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20040326AKT.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTTL-20040428ABD  K55JW 129651 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GOUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-55               BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20040326AKT.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000605ACQ    NEW  123947    CALVARY COMMUNITY CHURCH
               E   107.9 MHZ           OF CONEJO VALLEY INC.
                                       WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20041014AFB   KLQV  51164   UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE CORP...
              E   102.9 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/22/2004
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20041122AHP   KGB-FM  34454  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   101.5 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030317GQU   NEW  156227     1400 INC.
               E   99.1 MHZ         PALMDALE, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Dismissed 4/1/2004 per Applicant's request-no letter sent.
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  BNPFT-20030317GRC   NEW  156245     1400 INC.
               E   99.1 MHZ          MALIBU, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Dismissed 4/1/2004 per Applicant's request-no letter sent.
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  BNPFT-20030317GRF   NEW  156258     1400 INC.
                E   95.9 MHZ      SANTA CLARITA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Dismissed 4/1/2004 per Applicant's request-no letter sent.
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  BNPFT-20030317HIK   NEW  156416     1400 INC.
                E   102.3 MHZ       RIVERSIDE, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Dismissed 4/1/2004 per Applicant's request-no letter sent.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BP-20031216ADK    KMPC  61647    ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
              E   1540 KHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Engineering Amendments filed 11/8 & 11/9/2004.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20030829AKH    KALI  56779   MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
              E   900 KHZ                  LICENSEE, LLC
                                          WEST COVINA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/23/2004
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  BP-20041115AFC    KSPA  13899    ONTARIO BROADCASTING, LLC
              E   1510 KHZ               ONTARIO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/22/2004
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