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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #672
                    Friday, January 21, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CHAIRMAN POWELL TO LEAVE FCC IN MARCH
  FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell has announced that he will
step down as a Commissioner "some time in March" according to his
just-minted departure statement available at the following URL:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-256206A1.doc
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  THE BROADCAST CRYSTAL BALL FOR 2005
  At the conclusion of the Consumer Electronics Show, Larry
Bloomfield looked deeply into 2005, carefully adjusting the
contrast and brightness on his holographic blue laser crystal
ball.  See his report at:
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_128.pdf
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  E-WASTE SOLVED
  Stacking old computers, printers, batteries, and monitors
in the back room isn't going to make them disappear.  Now, you
can quickly rid yourself of these beasts thanks to Computer
Recyclers of America, southern California's first and only
EPA-approved Monitor Recycling Facility.  A San Diego broadcast
engineer writes as follows:
  "How much did it cost us to get rid of all that stuff?
Not a dime.  CRA is paid on the back end, ultimately by you and
me, as we are now charged a disposal fee upon purchase in the
State of California.  Their specialty is monitor crushing, but
they were happy to take our batteries, aluminum rack frames,
and other computer parts.
  "CRA is based in Vista and they prefer if you wait 'till
you have a cubic yard of computer goods before you call them.
Watch the movie on their website."
  http://www.computerrecyclersofamerica.com/
  (Story courtesy of San Diego SBE)
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  TROUBLESHOOTING BY HORSEBACK
  When KCLU-FM, 88.3, Thousand Oaks, went off the air on Friday
(1/7/05), and the hilly and rough transmitter road was impassible
due to heavy rain, Mike and his daughter Melissa made the 2.5-mile
trek on their trusty horses Missy and Dakota.  Mike writes,
"Total Fun.  This is why we are in this Business!!!"  Watch for
his full story in an upcoming issue of Radio Guide.
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  SHERIFF PLANS APRIL TEST OF PORTABLE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE
  The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is preparing to test
a small, unmanned airplane with a wingspan of just 4 feet,
capable of flying as high as 1,000 feet and transmitting
surveillance video at a rate of 30 frames per second.  The
"Kite Plane," manufactured by Chang Industry of La Verne,
CA, weighs less than 5 pounds and can be transported inside
the trunk of a patrol car.  (The New York Times - site
requires user registration)
  http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/13/technology/circuits/13next.html
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  JOHN BUFFALOE SAYS FAREWELL TO SAN DIEGO
  Why is John Buffaloe moving to New Orleans, how many stations
will he oversee and who mentored him in the art of broadcast
engineering?  Read the answers to these and other questions in
this web-posted interview edited by Gary Stigall:
  http://sbe36.org/2005/01_buffaloe.html
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  PSEUDO 3-D FLAT SCREEN DISPLAY - EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
  Sharp has introduced a 15-inch flat-screen computer display
that delivers pseudo three-D images without the use of special 
glasses.  Instead, a special layer in the display allows users to 
switch between two-D and three-D modes.  This helps create three-D
illusions regardless of whether images were created in three-D.
  Analysts say this is the first three-D screen for consumers.
Previously, the technology was produced for the medical and
scientific industries.  The price for the Sharp product: $1,500.
(Sharp, via Amateur Radio Newsline)
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  BLAW-KNOX HISTORY
  Who in the broadcast business could ever forget those
spectacular diamond-shaped AM broadcast towers built by Blaw-Knox
Company?  The following web page assembled by Jim Hawkins takes
us back to the heyday of Blaw-Knox:
  http://hawkins.pair.com/blaw-knox.html#Some%20History
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  PERFECT FIT RFI UPDATE
  Reports of RFI coming in one second bursts (time approximate)
from Perfect Fit mattress warmer power supplies keep trickling
into our office.  In the latest episode, a ham operator in the
Escondido, CA area traced part of his HF RFI to his own mattress
warming pad made by Perfect Fit Industries, and a crib warming
pad used by a neighbor about 100 feet away.
  Turns out that both of the troublesome products were made by
Perfect Fit Industries using non-Part 15 compliant power supplies,
and at least one of the products was sold under the Chattam and
Wells name using the "Safe & Warm" logo.
  This is not just a ham radio problem; RFI from Perfect Fit
power supplies was first noticed when it interfered with the
reception of low-band VHF TV and FM broadcast signals, and was
later found to cause AM broadcast interference as well.  For
basic information on the Perfect Fit problem, see:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2004/cgc613.htm
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  BILL GATES FACES THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH
  He must reeeallly hate it when this happens.
  In his seventh appearance as the keynoter of the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft monarch Bill Gates
reportedly faced the blue screen of computer death.  Read
about it in TV Technology:
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2633
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  METEORITE DISCOVERED ON THE SURFACE OF MARS
  What better way to start the New Year than with a fundamental
discovery - in this case, the first-ever meteorite of any type
found on another planet (Mars, by Exploration Rover Opportunity).
The pitted, basketball-size object is mostly made of iron and
nickel; readings from spectrometers on the rover determined
that composition.
  http://tinyurl.com/4ur7l
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20041018ADE      KHJ  37224      LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
             P      930 KHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BP-20040112AAL  KCAA 43995  BROADCASTING MANAGEMENT SERVICES...
            E   1050 KHZ              LOMA LINDA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Engineering Amendments filed 6/8 & 11/8/2004.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030314AHZ  NEW 142041  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
               E   92.9 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030314AHR  NEW 142061  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
               E   96.1 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE
  FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXMLH-20050111ABU    KXOL-FM  28848   KXOL LICENSING, INC.
                  E   96.3 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to modify for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030314AHW  NEW 142055  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
               E   104.9 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000602AFH  NEW  124229   CHARISMA IN MISSIONS, INC.....
              P   105.5 MHZ            SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20040722AAO    KSWB-DT  58827    KSWB INC.
                E      CHAN-19        SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20031219ACA,
  callsign KSWB-TV.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20050105ABR  KHIZ-DT  63865  SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
                  E   CHAN-44               BARSTOW, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991028ACX
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