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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #680
                    Thursday, March 31, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  WATCHING 105.7 MHZ, TECATE, MEXICO
  Uncertainty and anticipation surround Jaime Bonilla's
105.7 MHz Class C1 station now allocated to Tecate, Baja
California North, Mexico.  Will the station unleash its new
program format on April 1 as planned?  Will it increase power
from Class B to Class C1 with a directional antenna designed
to protect Hemet and Ludlow?  (C1 status with these radiation
restrictions has been approved by the FCC.)
  How will program material be shipped from the U.S. to
the Mexican transmitter site on Cerro Bola since Section 325(c)
cross-border authority is apparently still lacking?  Why has Mr.
Bonilla elected to keep his apparently unauthorized cross-border
digital STL system on the air for his other stations (620, 1030
and 1700 kHz) following an FCC inspection, and will that system
be used to carry 105.7 audio too?
  Stay tuned to your radios.  No telling what lies ahead.
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  UPDATE ON SAN DIEGO'S 96.9 MHZ PIRATE
  This long-running pirate is still on the air after a short
period of silence and a transmitter relocation to the Golden
Hills section of San Diego (in the vicinity of 23rd and B or C
Streets according to one report).  The pirate continues to defy
the FCC's cease and desist requests, and that could spell serious
trouble for said pirate.  The FCC still regards this case as
an "active investigation."
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  HOLOGRAPHIC DATA STORAGE DEMONSTRATION PLANNED
  The first public demonstration of 3-D holographic data
storage will be made by InPhase Technologies at the April NAB
convention, booth C8530 (Maxwell Corporation).  Trade named
Tapestry, the device will hold 300 GB to 1.6 TB of data on a
single disk, as opposed to about 100 GB for maxed out Blue Ray
technology.  (Tech-Notes, March 25, 2005)  Imagine holding 100
movies in the palm of your hand.
  http://www.inphase-technologies.com/
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  WIRELESS VIRUSES COULD HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPACT
  Two cellphones on display in the window of a California
store became infected with a version of the Cabir virus, leading
experts to suspect that the bug was transmitted from a passer-by's
wireless device.  The public release of the code for making Cabir
means "it’s likely such worms will be used by copycat writers and
may spur an epidemic of viruses" according to IBM.  It's the
digital age's nightmare beginning to unfold.
  http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/03272005/biz_nati/72262.htm
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  FCC GETTING AN EARFUL ABOUT ALLOWING CELLPHONES ON PLANES
  About 1,200 parties have taken the opportunity to voice 
their opinions on the hot topic of whether to allow cellphone 
use aboard airplanes.  Most sound like this March 21 filing
of James D. Burke, a retired engineer from Sierra Madre:
  "Passengers' use of cell phones aboard airliners would
  be an abomination," Burke wrote.  "Our other public spaces
  are already too badly polluted by this intolerable noise."
  These kinds of complaints are likely to fall of deaf ears,
however.  Neither the FCC nor the FAA proceedings on airborne
cellphones deal with regulating human behavior.
  http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/12635906p-13489738c.html
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  DNA FROM TYRANNOSAURUSS REX?
  In what will undoubtedly be one of the most astounding
scientific claims of the year, soft tissue has reportedly been
discovered in the bone of a 70 million year old Tyrannosaurus
rex Dinosaur.  Now if some of the DNA is extracted and the cloning
machine is fired up and out comes Tyrannosaurus rex....
  Not so fast.  Perhaps the soft tissue is of earth worms or
other creatures that have infested the bone.  That of course would
be a bit embarrassing for the scientists with Tyrannosaurus DNA
on their brains.
  http://tinyurl.com/42pny
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KMNY(AM), Pomona, to KAHZ
  KQYN(AM), Twenty Nine Palms, to KNWH
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-257587A1.doc
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BP-20031216ADK     KMPC  61647     ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
               E   1540 KHZ                LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Engineering Amendments filed 11/8 & 11/9/2004.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20050325AAB    KECG  19081     EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL
                E   88.1 MHZ               EL CERRITO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.  
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20040603ACC    KDAR-1  161997    ATEP RADIO, INC.
                   E   98.3 MHZ           SANTA BARBARA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/21/2005
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 1/21/05 by  ("ATEP")
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 3/21/2005
  No letter was sent.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KHEM-LP, Hemet, to KZSW-LP
  K55JW(LPTV), Banning, to KRPE-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-257587A1.doc
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTVA-20050315AGG  K06MB 51654  PARK PLACE BROADCASTING COMPANY
                 E   CHAN-6                 INDIO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20020109AAW,
  callsign K06MB.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20050314AAB    KSPP-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                 E
CHAN-29          PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20040430AGW,
  callsign KSPP-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20040820AAK  KTTV-DT 22208  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-65              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-19990527KH,
  callsign KTTV.
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