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                   THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                         CGC #664
                Monday, December 20, 2004
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            Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                    <rgonsett@ieee.org>
  Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  KFI(AM) TOWER COLLAPSES - STRUCK BY AN AIRCRAFT, TWO DEAD
  Sunday, December 19, 2004 - "I just got a call and saw it 
on TV: KFI's 750' tower was hit by a private plane. The tower
came down in folded pieces missing buildings and falling
completely within the parking lot. KFI is back on the air on
their aux tower but only running 5 kW. The two people in the
plane, a man and women, were killed. It's amazing how the tower
missed the buildings and apparently all vehicles in the parking
lot."  - L.A. broadcast engineer Burt Weiner
  "The Cessna 182 struck the KFI tower about 9:49 a.m.... A
small fire followed but was extinguished.... KFI was off the
air for about an hour, before Tony Dinkel could bully his way
into the site and manually switch to the 200' aux tower....
There may be a crack in a wall of one of the concrete tilt-up
buildings on the KFI property, not sure of the cause.... I
recall that the KFI tower was hit by an airplane years ago,
but the tower won that time.... Getting permits to install
a new 750' tower may be challenging."
  -Various sources
  Photos of KFI's transmitter plant before the accident are
shown at the URL below. The 50 kW tuning house (third picture
down on the right) is said to be seriously damaged, if not
demolished. KFI is generally regarded as one of the nation's
premiere AM stations, so this story - including the unfortunate
loss of life - is big news. It is fortunate that the aux tower
- also a guyed structure on the same property - survived.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/Collins/0020/index.htm
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  ONE ATTORNEY'S LOOK AT BPL
  Chris Imlay, W3KD, General Counsel for the American Radio
Relay League ("ARRL") and an attorney for a number of broadcast
stations, was the featured speaker at the Quarter Century Wireless
Association's Chapter 91 Holiday Luncheon on December 11, 2004.
He first talked about Broadband over Power Lines ("BPL") which he
called "Public Enemy #1 - an idea that should never have gotten
started in the first place."
  While Chris' remarks are directed at amateur radio operators,
his points are equally valuable to the broadcast community.
Thanks to John Reiser (FCC retired and QCWA Chapter 91 president)
for calling this gem to our attention. The summary of Chris'
remarks is posted at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/bpl_3.htm
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  BROADBAND DEVICES - COMING SOON TO PLANES AND BOATS
  As widely reported in the popular press, Internet and other
broadband services should soon be available in the air and at
sea. These URLs provide the official details:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255345A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255347A1.doc
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  FCC TO EXAMINE THE BAN ON USING CELLPHONES IN AIRCRAFT
  The use of cellphones in airborne aircraft is generally a
bad idea: An elevated cellphone will "see" so many ground-based
cell sites that electronic confusion will inevitably result.
Or will it?
  The FCC has proposed to relax its current ban on the use
of cellular telephones in airborne aircraft. Specifically, the
Commission has proposed to permit airborne operation of "off the
shelf" wireless handsets and other devices provided the devices
operate at their lowest power settings under the control of a
"pico cell" located in the aircraft, and the operation does not
allow unwanted RF emissions to interfere with conventional
ground-based cellular systems.
  The Commission has asked for public comments on these and
other issues.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255246A1.doc
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  RULE AMENDMENT FOR ULTRA-WIDEBAND DEVICES
  The FCC has adopted a Second Report and Order and
Second Memorandum Opinion and Order to further facilitate the
introduction of new unlicensed wideband devices in the 6, 17
and 24 GHz bands. These devices will include radar systems
to improve automotive safety, and tracking systems for personnel
location, such as hospital patients and emergency rescue crews,
as well as for functions such as inventory control. Summary
and details at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255351A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-285A1.doc
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                   LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  Letters to the Editor are no longer being accepted by the
CGC Communicator, but are always welcome at the Benx website
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  By the way, Infinity L.A. is seeking an experienced radio
engineer: <http://forums.benx.us/viewtopic.php?t=54>.
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                       MISCELLANEOUS
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  BIRD COLLISIONS WITH TOWERS
  Those concerned with migratory bird collisions with
communications towers and the studies associated therewith,
will find the following FCC letter of interest. In it, FCC
consultant Avatar advises that the existing state of knowledge
tends to support the following conclusions:
  * The greatest bird mortality tends to occur on nights with
low visibility conditions, especially fog, low cloud ceiling,
or other overcast conditions.
  * Taller towers with lights tend to represent more of a hazard
to birds than shorter, unlit, towers.
  * Towers with guy wires are at higher risk than self-supporting
towers.
  Additional tentative conclusions are presented at the URL
below. A Comment date of January 13, 2005 has been established,
with a Reply Comment date of January 28, 2005.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3891A1.doc
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  PRESIDENT BUSH ORDERS PLAN TO DISABLE GPS IN NATIONAL CRISIS
  President Bush has ordered the Defense Department to prepare
a plan for temporarily disabling the Global Positioning System
in the event of a national crisis. The White House says such a
shutdown would only occur under remarkable circumstances, and
in a manner that would not seriously impact navigation systems
outside a specific geographic area.
  http://tinyurl.com/5ode6
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  SAUL LEVINE'S ANTI-INDECENCY REQUEST IS DENIED BY THE FCC
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3907A1.doc
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        LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BPFTB-20040617AFX KMRO-FM2 85929 THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                E 90.3 MHZ      COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                       SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/20/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 10/25/04 by The Association
  for Community Education, Inc.
  P4R granted 11/29/2004-no letter was sent.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20041210ACL KNLA-LP 72270 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
              E CHAN-27           LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20031219AUA,
  callsign KNLA-LP.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20041210ABD KKJZ 8197 CALIF. STATE UNIV LONG BEACH FOUND.
            E 88.1 MHZ                LONG BEACH, CA
  License to cover
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