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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                             CGC #676
                  Thursday,  February 24, 2005
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                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                        <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BPL TEST SITES TO BE DEPLOYED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY
  Staff members from San Diego Gas & Electric Company
("SDG&E") made a presentation to the San Diego DX Club on
February 23, 2005 and announced that SDG&E plans to deploy
multiple BPL test sites in San Diego County at as-yet
unspecified locations.  Several equipment vendors are expected
to be involved, each with its own test area and frequency plan.
The first system may be in place as early as June 2005, with
others coming on line shortly thereafter.
  SDG&E staff said they were unimpressed by early BPL
equipment, but were encouraged by their December visit to
Cinergy's BPL system in Cincinnati that was said to pass some
50,000 homes without creating radio interference concerns.
Furthermore, they believed that Cinergy had a viable financial
model for making BPL work. Lee Krevat, IT Manager in charge of
strategy and planning for SDG&E, was the lead presenter.
  In response, ARRL Laboratory Manager, Ed Hare, comments that
while the Current Technologies equipment he says is used by
Cinergy has reduced the interference potential to amateur radio
operators because of frequency notching, the BPL system operates 
at full signal strength in other allocated spectrum, so the
largest interference concerns have been shifted to other places
on the dial.
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  CROSS-BORDER PERMITS ISSUED TO THREE BONILLA STATIONS
  Jaime Bonilla has succeeded in securing Section 325(c)
permits to send program material across the U.S./Mexican border
to his three AM stations XESS, XESDD and XEKTT.  This will allow
him to construct and operate U.S. studios, for example.  The
permits are posted at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255323A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255320A1.pdf
  FCC observers were surprised by these grants because ABC
and others have asked for the revocation of all of Bonilla's
U.S. licenses and CPs based on allegations of misconduct.
However, the cross-border permits were filed in the name of
Quetzal Bilingual Communications [the licensee of his San Diego
station, KURS(AM)] and therefore may have slipped in under the
Commission's radar.
  Cross-border authority for Mr. Bonilla's 105.7 MHz station
XHBCE-FM is being sought at this time. See:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255319A1.pdf
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  CARRIAGE OF DTV SIGNALS
  The FCC has granted in part and denied in part various
Petitions for Reconsideration in the DTV signal carriage
proceeding, and has resolved dual carriage and multicast
carriage issues. Here is the just-released full text:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-27A1.doc
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  THREE SAN DIEGO TV STATIONS FINED: CLOSED CAPTIONING VIOLATIONS
  KFMB-TV, KUSI-TV and KGTV have been fined $20,000, $25,000
and $20,000 respectively for "failing in a timely manner to
make accessible to persons with hearing disabilities emergency
information that it provided aurally in its programming.... during
a wildfires emergency in the San Diego, California area on October
26 and October 27, 2003."
  According to FCC Chairman Powell, "Today's Enforcement Bureau
actions are the first in the Commission's history regarding its
emergency closed captioning rules.  People with hearing
disabilities have a right to the same timely emergency information
as stations provide to their hearing audiences...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-455A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-456A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-457A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-256935A1.doc
  For easy-to-read details from the Union-Tribune:
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20050224-9999-1n24fcc.html
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  L.A.'s LATEST PIRATE
  Greg Hardison's Broadcast Band Update reports that the
latest FM pirate heard in Los Angeles involves a monaural Sunday
morning Spanish church-cast, heard between Hollywood and the
Downtown area on 101.5 MHz.  Presumably the broadcast originates
from the church being aired.  The FCC is investigating.
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  DRM TESTS AUTHORIZED IN MEXICO
  While HD Radio is generally not permitted in the AM broadcast
band at night, DRM technology continues to make big inroads
worldwide.  In Mexico, for example, the SCT's Director General
of radio and television systems recently authorized the
"immediate commencement" of two DRM tests according to the
following story in Radio Magazine:
  http://beradio.com/iboc_update/iboc_update_022305/#mexico
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  ERIC SCHECTER NAMED D.E. FOR JEFFERSON-PILOT, SAN DIEGO
  Eric Schecter has been named Director of Engineering for
Jefferson-Pilot's radio stations in San Diego.  A 1979 graduate
of the University of Arizona, he served as Phoenix Engineering
Manager for AM/FM, Inc. before joining Infinity as Engineering
Manager of the following Phoenix stations: KMLE-FM, KOOL-FM
and KZON-FM.  Welcome Eric!
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/SchecterNamed.pdf
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  CHANGE OF E-MAIL ADDRESS
  The regular (preferred) e-mail address for Robert Gonsett,
editor of the CGC Communicator, has changed.  The old address
was <rgonsett@ieee.org>. The new address is:
  <r.gonsett@ieee.org>.
  Note that the only change is to add a period after the
first letter in the address.  Please update your records.
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                      RANDOM NOTES
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  SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE VIDEO-CONFERENCING BECOMES A REALITY
  Firefighters from 51 stations in northern San Diego County
served by ten fire agencies and districts will soon be connected
via a $1 million video-conferencing system.  The technology,
provided by SBC Communications and 70% funded by a federal grant,
will be used for training, briefings and emergency communications
between stations.
  http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/02/22/news/coastal/22105195400.txt
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  MILITARY INTERFERENCE JAMS SOME GARAGE DOOR OPENERS
  Consumers near certain military installations have recently
experienced interference to their garage door opener receivers -
interference that may reduce the operating range or completely
jam the receiver.  The following FCC Public Notice has been issued
to explain the cause of the interference problem and the steps
being taken to alleviate the problem.  The vast majority of
consumers will not experience any interference whatsoever.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-424A1.doc
  The CGC Communicator reported this problem in December 2004
(CGC #662), so it is good to see the Commission now alerting
the general public.
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  CALIFORNIA SCHOOL SCRAPS PLAN TO RFID-TAG ITS STUDENTS
  A pilot project at Brittan Elementary School in Sutter, CA
came to a quick halt recently when the company providing the
high-tech electronic school identification badges withdrew from
the program amid a chorus of protest from parents.  Opposition
centered on the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
tags to facilitate taking classroom attendance in much the
same manner that industry keeps track of inventory and
livestock.  (L.A. Times website/sometimes requires registration)
  http://tinyurl.com/59d5t
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  A REMARKABLE NEW DISCOVERY
  A classic image from the field of high speed photography
shows a drop of milk falling onto a hard surface and exploding
upward into an ornate crown pattern.  Now, scientists using
high speed video images (47,000 frames/second) have discovered
something remarkable and totally unexpected.  If the ambient air
pressure is reduced to about 17% of normal, the crown disappears
and the liquid (ethanol in this test) simply runs out sideways,
without a back splash.  See the photos for yourself on page 3
at the URL below:
  http://www.arxiv.org/ftp/physics/papers/0501/0501149.pdf
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  TEXT-TO-VOICE CONVERTER
  Type in your text, and have it read aloud by any of 13
automated speakers who are breathlessly awaiting your input.
Courtesy of AT&T Labs:
  http://www.research.att.com/projects/tts/demo.html
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KTLK, Santa Barbara, to KIST
  KXTA, Los Angeles, to KTLK
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-256848A1.doc
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20050216ACW   KECR  20977  FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
             E    910 KHZ           EL CAJON, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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             FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20050216ACS KMRO-FM2  85929   THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                E   90.3 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                       SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPED-20050222AAF  KPFK   51252  PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC
                E   90.7 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20040406AAA  KDAY  10100  KZAB LICENSING, INC.
              E  93.5 MHZ        REDONDO BEACH, CA
  Lic. to cover
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/26/2004
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20050204AAO  KDAI  10099  KZBA LICENSING, INC.
              E  93.5 MHZ           ONTARIO, CA
  License to cover
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20040916ACT  KMZT-FM  43939  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS
               E   105.1 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/21/2004
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTTA-20030604ACR KNET-LP 3167 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                E   CHAN-25            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-JG0601JK,
  callsign KNET-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20050201BKL KHEM-LP 7776  LA VERTA W. AND VICTOR W. PAGE
                E   CHAN-27                HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KHEM-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20040805AAL KNSD-DT 35277 STATION VENTURE OPERATIONS, LP
                    CHAN-40              SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20000501AEP,
  callsign KNSD. Engineering Amendment filed 11/16/2004.
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