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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #677
                     Friday,  March 4, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  POWER UPGRADE COMING SOON TO MT. WILSON
  On Tuesday, March 1st, the Forest Service issued a
Decision Memo allowing work to proceed on the first phase of
Southern California Edison's (SCE's) Mt. Wilson upgrade project:
Restoring full capacity backup (second feed) service to the
mountain.  SCE expects to complete this phase of the project by
year end 2005, and may finish as soon as October.  This will
virtually eliminate the possibility of outages longer than 30
seconds affecting the entire broadcast complex, such as the two
recent lengthy (hours) outages or the much longer (2 weeks)
possible outages which SCE has warned of repeatedly over the
past 6 years.
  (Information provided by Ben A. Pedersen, P.E.,
  Southern California Edison)
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  OVER-THE-AIR TV VIEWING REPORT PUBLISHED BY FCC
  As Congress considers a date-certain to end the transition
to digital television, the FCC has issued a report on the
current status of over-the-air (OTA) broadcast television viewing
in the U.S., and a range of potential options for assisting
those OTA viewers when analog service is terminated.
  The report provides analysis on several aspects of the
transition including:
  o  The possibility of a "fade to black" option in ending
analog broadcasting, which would phase out analog in a
particular market over time, instead of cutting it off all
at once,
  o  Cost of digital-to-analog converter boxes for OTA viewers
and the probability of a significant drop in price for this
equipment as the transition progresses, and
  o  Reasons why OTA viewers do not subscribe to a multi-channel
video provider (MVPD) like cable TV or satellite.  One survey
found that 30% of OTA viewers cited "lack of funds" as the
reason for not subscribing to MVPD, while 60% cited "lack of
interest in TV."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-257075A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-257073A1.doc
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  $770,000 TELEMARKETING FINE PROPOSED
  The FCC has proposed a fine of $770,000 against a mortgage
company in Phoenix, Arizona for apparently making telemarketing
calls to residential consumers in violation of the Commission's
National Do-Not-Call rules.
  According to the FCC, the company "apparently continued to
make telemarketing calls after receiving an FCC citation warning
it of potential penalties if it continued violating the Do-Not-
Call rules.  Further, the company apparently misinformed consumers
[by saying] that it was exempt from these Commission rules."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-257062A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-47A1.doc
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  THE JAIME BONILLA CROSS-BORDER MICROWAVE APPLICATION
  A CGC Communicator reader found this interesting microwave
application and associated exhibits:
  http://tinyurl.com/4m8mr
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  MORE ON DRM TESTING IN MEXICO
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=6767
  MORE ON TOWERS AND BIRD DEATHS
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=6764
  PODCASTING COURTESY OF KCRW(FM), LOS ANGELES
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=6785
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  TWO FM PIRATES RECEIVED IN CULVER CITY
  From Culver City, CA come two reports of pirate radio
stations received each weekend lately and "especially Sundays."
One is on 91.9 MHz (Spanish language "Radio Fiesta"); the other
is on 88.3 MHz ("strong, in stereo, with 30s swing or hiphop").
The FCC has been advised.
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  CORRECTION
  The lead story in CGC #676 entitled, "BPL Test Sites to
be Deployed in San Diego County" is hereby amended by deleting
the fourth paragraph of that story.  We said in error that,
"Cinergy only induces BPL signals onto the secondary (110/220V)
sides of transformers, essentially keeping the signals off the
overhead medium voltage lines."  Thanks to the ARRL, we have
since learned that Cinergy uses low-band VHF signals on its
overhead medium voltage lines, and HF signals on the secondary
(110/220V) sides of its transformers.
  The web-posted version of CGC #676 has been amended by
removing the paragraph in question.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  RAY GRIMES BECOMES THE NEW GARY GRAY
  Ray Grimes, N8RG, has been appointed Engineering Manager
for the Communications Division of the Orange County Sheriff's
Department, essentially becoming the new Gary Gray.
  Gary, as you may recall, recently retired after 40+ years
of service, but is reportedly keeping busy consulting for several
agencies and remains active with APCO/CPRA.  It turns out that
Ray recently retired after 32 years of service with Motorola.
Ray's new office number is (714) 704-7911.
  Congratulations Ray!
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  PAUL McLANE NAMED EDITOR IN CHIEF, RADIO WORLD/U.S.
  Paul McLane has been promoted to Editor in Chief of Radio
World's U.S. publications by IMAS Publishing (USA) Inc.  The
announcement was made by Publisher Carmel King.
  Congratulations Paul!
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  NUCLEAR RADIATION ALARM RINGS IN ESCONDIDO
  Police in Escondido, CA initiated an unusual suspicious
vehicle stop in the central part of town Tuesday when a nuclear
radiation detector associated with a fire engine detected a high
level of radiation being emitted by a motorist who had earlier
asked a firefighter where he could buy diesel fuel.  Ultimately,
authorities verified the man's story: he had just received a
radiation treatment, and his physician confirmed that the strength
of the radiation dosage would have been strong enough to set off
the detector:
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050302/news_1mi2detect.html
  For San Diego County firefighters, nuclear alarms are not
uncommon, especially with some of the newer and more sensitive
detectors:
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050303/news_1mi3radiate.html
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BMP-20020517AAU    KSDG  84907    JNE INVESTMENTS, INC.
                E   890 KHZ              JULIAN, CA
  Mod of CP
  Engineering Amendments filed 9/26/2002 & 4/20/2004.
  Informal Objection filed 7/21/2004 (Multicultural)
  Opposition to Informal Objection filed 8/3/04
  Reply Opposition to Informal Objection filed 8/18/2004
  (Multicultural)
  Application dismissed 1/27/2005 per DA 05-178.
  Petition for Reconsideration and Request for Reinstatement
  Nunc Pro Tunc filed 2/22/05 by ("JNE")
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20050228ACB    KYPA  18273    MULTICULTURAL RADIO
              E   1230 KHZ     BROADCASTING LICENSEE, LLC
                                     LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BP-20040722ADU  KMRB 52913 POLYETHNIC BROADCASTING LICENSEE,LLC
            E   1430 KHZ               SAN GABRIEL, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendments filed 10/25 & 12/29/2004 and 2/3/2005.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPL-20041004ACW  KKJD-LP 124818 BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CNTR
               E   99.3 MHZ             BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20050225AAY  KBIG-FM  6360  AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC
              E   104.3 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030829AWE   NEW  138688  CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
                E  107.9 MHZ               SAN MARCOS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/25/2005
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTVL-20041227AAT  K03HS  130855   KPSE, INC.
                  E   CHAN-3       MORONGO VALLY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTVL-20000828BIB.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTVA-20040223AOA  K06MB 51654  PARK PLACE BROADCASTING COMPANY
                 E   CHAN-6                 INDIO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTVL-20020109AAW.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20050223AAA   KECY-TV  51208  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
               E     CHAN-9               EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-20041028AFE,
  callsign KECY-TV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTTL-20040513ABB  K61GH  56830   INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
                 E   CHAN-24                 NETWORK, INC.
                                          NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-19990323JA.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20040415ABS  K56GC  28705   INSPIRATION TELEVISION, INC.
                E   CHAN-30           EL CENTRO-HOLTVILLE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K56GC.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20050217AAG   KFTR-TV  60549  TELEFUTURA LOS ANGELES LLC
               E     CHAN-46                ONTARIO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-20020205AAB,
  callsign KFTR-TV.
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