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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #675
                   Tuesday, February 15, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SDG&E TO OFFER BPL IN PILOT PROGRAM
  The Los Angeles Times announced last Wednesday that San Diego
Gas & Electric Company "would launch a pilot program offering some
customers broadband Internet access over power lines ["BPL"],
making it the first electric utility in the state to test the
latest high-speed technology."  On Thursday, the San Diego Union-
Tribune (SignOnSanDiego) published a detailed account of its own:
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050210/news_1b10sdge.html
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  ARRL TELLS FCC TO "RECONSIDER, RESCIND AND RESTUDY" BPL ORDER
  The American Radio Relay League ("ARRL") has petitioned
the FCC to take its broadband over power line ("BPL") Report
and Order ("R&O") back to the drawing board.  In a Petition for
Reconsideration filed February 7, the League called on the
Commission to "reconsider, rescind and restudy" its adoption of
new Part 15 rules spelling out how BPL providers may deploy the
technology.
  The League called the FCC's action to permit BPL "a gross
policy mistake," and said the R&O "represents a classic case of
prejudgment" by an FCC that knew better but ignored evidence
already at its disposal.  This case may well wind up in court,
and worldwide concern over BPL appears to be growing.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/05/0211/
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  FCC RESOLVES TV DUAL AND MULTICAST CARRIAGE ISSUES
  The FCC has "resolved two significant issues related to
digital cable carriage."  By Order, the Commission (a) affirms
its tentative conclusion not to impose a "dual carriage"
requirement on cable operators (which would have required them
to simultaneously carry broadcasters' analog and digital signals),
and (b) affirms the Commission's earlier determination that
cable operators are not required to carry more than a single
digital programming stream from any particular broadcaster.
Of course, the NAB is not pleased....
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-256701A1.doc
  http://www.nab.org/newsroom/pressrel/statements/021005multicasting.htm
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  OPENING REMARKS OF CHAIRMAN POWELL @ FCC LOW POWER FM FORUM
  "....As you know, one of the most significant things the
Commission has done recently is in our report to Congress to
urge that Congress lift the third adjacency restrictions that
limit the availability of spectrum.  We were excited that in
2004 Senator John McCain was willing to sponsor this legislation,
and I have been told on the phone this morning that Senator
McCain will introduce the LPFM bill this morning, again seeking
the removal of the third adjacency restrictions which will
provide new opportunities...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-256625A1.doc
  http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/Issues/lpfm/020705letter.htm
  As expected, LPFMs are also seeking protections against full
power FMs who may move or otherwise improve their facilities in
such a way as to obliterate an LPFM.  Since Class A LPTVs have
protection rights, LPFMs now want the same special treatment for
themselves.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
  Congratulations to Milford ("Smitty") Smith of Greater Media
and Oded Bendov of Dielectric Communications for winning NAB's
Engineering Achievement Awards for radio and TV respectively.
Their awards will be presented at the NAB's spring show in Las
Vegas where the keynote speaker will be none other than Dr.
Robert W. Lucky, formerly of Bell Labs.  Don't miss this event.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=6692
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=6689
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  ON LOCKING FOREST SERVICE GATES IN THE SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS
  The new lock and key program for the Forest Service road
gates in the Santa Ana Mountains (Santiago Peak, etc.) is working
well, except for seven documented cases where users failed to
relock the gates properly according to Jake Rodriguez of the
Forest Service.  Those users put the padlock shackle through only
one eyelet instead of two, so no real locking occurred.
  The problem is that users must blindly reach up into a
pipe in order to relock a lock, and they can't see what they
are doing.  Since creating viewing holes would only give gun-
wielding members of the general public a clear view of the locks
as targets, that idea was discarded.  Users are now being asked
to double check their locking efforts by pulling on the gate
latch bar.
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  KKJZ(FM) - INTERMITTENT HIGH POWER TESTS UNDERWAY
  KKJZ, 88.1 MHz, Long Beach, has officially announced March
14, 2005 as the date it will switch to full time high power
(30 kW ERP) operation on its new directional antenna.  KKJZ has
been involved with protracted RFR tests with the City of Long
Beach, and is currently switching between reduced power and
full power modes.  KKJZ is adding HD Radio too, using the Harris
split-level combining technique.
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  FCC ENDS ITS CASE AGAINST PERFECT FIT INDUSTRIES
  The FCC and Perfect Fit Industries ("PFI") have entered into
a Consent Decree whereby PFI will "make a voluntary contribution
to the United States Treasury" of $7,000 and roll out a rather
stringent compliance program to ensure that PFI's products, from
here on out, are fully compliant with FCC Rules and Regulations.
PFI will also continue to replace, free of charge, any non-
compliant products, see following story:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-337A1.doc
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  PERFECT FIT PICTURES ADDED
  Pictures of the "before" (apparently not FCC Part 15
compliant) and "after" (presumably Part 15 compliant) mattress
warmer power supplies have been added to Bruce Rogers' report
mentioned in last week's CGC Communicator newsletter.  Here
is the URL:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/ElecBlnktRFI.htm
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  EVACUATE! - BUT FEW PAY HEED
  The recent erroneous EAS-ordered evacuation of the State
of Connecticut resulted in no calls to state police, according
to this AP story:
  http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6895811/
  Does this indicate a total failure of the EAS system?  Not
at all.  Think of the last time you were in a public building
and a fire alarm went off.  Most people around you probably went
about their business.  The following short report by Dick
Rudman explains what it takes to really drive people into an
evacuation mode:
  http://tinyurl.com/5hvvo
  (Once this page is downloaded, click the soft "Download"
  button to get his report)
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  SPECIAL EPOXY RELEASES ITS GRIP WHEN CURRENT IS APPLIED
  This unusual epoxy is capable of forming high strength
adhesive bonds that can be released with the application of
a small electrical current, like from a 9V battery, leaving the
metal substrate unmarred, and with virtually no chemical waste.
Read on for this solution in search of a problem:
  http://tinyurl.com/3pj8m
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  THE PHONE THAT'S TOO HOT TO HANDLE
  Folks working in Ogden, Utah's Police Dispatch Center had an
emergency of their own recently when the battery in an operator's
cellphone caught fire inside her jacket pocket, burned its way
out, then burned holes in the chair and carpet.  The cellphone
was relatively new and equipped with the manufacturer's battery.
This incident is unlike other reports where cheap third-party
batteries were blamed for fires and explosions.
  The Utah worker was shaken but not injured.
  http://radio.ksl.com/index.php?sid=149155&nid=19
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  RAED TIHS
  Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't
mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt
tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteers are at the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a ttoal mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a
porbelm.  Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey
lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20041022AEF   KAZN  51426   MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
             E   1300 KHZ                 LICENSEE, LLC
                                          PASADENA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/03/2005
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  BP-20040722ADU   KMRB  52913   POLYETHNIC BROADCASTING
             E   1430 KHZ            LICENSEE, LLC
                                    SAN GABRIEL, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/03/2005
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20050207AAJ   KKJZ  8197   CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
                E   88.1 MHZ          LONG BEACH FOUNDATION
                                          LONG BEACH, CA
  License to modify
  [This corrects the antenna gain figure and adjusts the TPO. -Ed]
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20050204AAO     KDAI  10099     KZBA LICENSING,  INC.
               E    93.5 MHz               ONTARIO, CA
  License to cover
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BLL-20040714AAZ    KGIC-LP  124903   MINISTERIO PALABRA VIVA
                E   105.5 MHZ               CORONA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/03/2005
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLFT-20020618AAF   K295AI  86384   ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
                 E   106.9 MHZ             EDUCATION, INC.
                                             MUSCOY, CA
  Lic. to modify
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  KJLA/VENTURA - REQUEST TO DISCONTINUE NTSC OPERATIONS DENIED
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-343A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION DISMISSED
  BEPCDT-20040324AET    KEYT-DT  60637   SMITH MEDIA LICENSE
                 E      CHAN-27             HOLDINGS, LLC
                                          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20010126ABE
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY APPLICATION GRANT RESCINDED
  BPTTL-20031219AUA KNLA-LP 72270 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                E   CHAN-27              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KNLA-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/23/2004
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER DISMISSED
  BLTTA-20041210ACL KNLA-LP 72270 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                E   CHAN-27              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20031219AUA,
  callsign KNLA-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  DISMISSED
  BLTTL-20041008ACT KNLA-LP 72270 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E  CHAN-27              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20031219AUA,
  callsign KNLA-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLEDT-20041117ADG   KOCE-DT  4328   KOCE-TV FOUNDATION
                  E   CHAN-48        HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPEDT-20031222ABT,
  callsign KOCE-TV.
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  BLCDT-20041117AAB   KJLA-DT  14000   KJLA, LLC
                  E   CHAN-49         VENTURA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20040112ABL,
  callsign KJLA.
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