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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #681
                     Friday,  April 8, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC: SOME FM ALLOTMENT DOCUMENTS SENT TO WRONG ADDRESS
  In recent months, numerous petitions, counterproposals and
comments in FCC rulemaking proceedings to amend the FM Table
of Allotments have been sent to the wrong address.  Typically,
these filings have been sent to the FCC's Media Bureau or the
Audio Division, thereby delaying their receipt in the Office
of the Secretary and their entry into in the Commission's
Electronic Comment Filing System.
  Incorrectly addressed filings will be treated as having
been filed on the receipt date when they finally reach the
Secretary's office.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-995A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  JAIME BONILLA'S 105.7 MHZ STATION GRANTED CROSS-BORDER PERMIT
  Jaime Bonilla (dba Quetzal Bilingual Communications, Inc.)
has been granted 90-day Special Temporary Authority (STA) to ship
audio program material across the U.S./Mexican border to his
105.7 MHz station XHBCE (presumably still broadcasting from
Cerro Bola about 17 miles SSW of Tecate).  The authority became
effective on April 1, 2005 and is heavily conditioned.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-257947A1.pdf
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  IBOC DISCONTINUED ON KMXE?
  KMXE, 830 kHz, Orange, appears to have dropped IBOC, or
have they?
  According to Kent Kramer, Director of Engineering for the
station, KMXE has not dropped IBOC at all.  There is a problem
with the emergency IBOC bypass circuit installed in the
station's transmitter.  It's stuck in the bypass mode, removing
IBOC from the air.  Kent indicates that IBOC should return to
the air soon.
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  DRE INSTEAD OF IBOC?
  Digital Radio Express (DRE) promises to create multiple 
program streams on FM stations using subcarriers on existing
analog transmitter equipment (no IBOC required), and their
approach is sure to "get plenty of attention at NAB" according
to Radio World.  "FMeXtra" receivers will be produced by Rikei
Corp. of Japan.
  Company VP Derek Kumar will give a paper on the subject on
Sunday, April 17, as part of the "HD Radio Technology" session
in the Broadcast Engineering Conference.  DRE will be
demonstrating FMeXtra at the Armstrong Transmitter booth (N1415)
and the Bext booth (N2111).  It will be interesting to see if
Radio World's enthusiasm pans out.
  http://www.rwonline.com/rwsp/one.php?id=52
  http://www.dreinc.com
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  GOOGLE OFFERS FREE MAPS AND LINKED SATELLITE IMAGES
  Google is offering free maps to the general public, and a
mouse click gives you a virtually-exact satellite image of the
same area.  Just visit the URL below with JavaScript enabled.
  Once at the URL, double click on the location of interest to
center the big map on that spot.  Then zoom in on the location
using the +/- bar.  Finally, get a satellite photo of the area
by clicking on the word "Satellite" in the upper right corner
of the screen.  This is a very simple and powerful site and
there are many features we have not even begun to discuss.
  http://maps.google.com/
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  ARRL ON BPL
  In its latest weekly newsletter, the American Radio Relay
League (ARRL) published three articles on BPL.  Overall, BPL
continues to cause significant interference to Amateur Radio
installations, so one is left to wonder what effect the BPL
signals may be having on other spectrum users including
broadcast, especially low-band VHF-TV.
  The ARRL reports that an Irving, Texas, BPL pilot project
that was the target of an ARRL complaint has shut down and
removed its equipment.
  In other news, ARRL mentions that three BPL parties have
requested that the FCC drop the rule requiring BPL operators
to give 30-day advance notice of and details on their system
rollouts; however, the ARRL is on top of that issue too and
has protested the rule change.  It is ironic that an amateur
radio organization seems to be spearheading a matter that years
ago would have attracted the keen attention of the NAB.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/05/0401/
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  SEE AND HEAR BPL
  See (on an IFR 1200S spectral display) and hear the sounds
of BPL.  The following file is several megabytes in size, but
the resulting eight minute video is well worthwhile.
  http://216.167.96.120/BPL_Emmaus.mpg
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  COLUMNIST:  NEW DISPOSABLE BATTERIES PERFORM WELL IN TESTS
  In about two months, Panasonic will begin selling its
disposable AA and AAA Oxyride batteries in the United States,
hoping they'll receive the same critical acclaim they have in
Japan, where Oxyride captured 10% of the market in just a year.
New York Times technology columnist David Pogue armed himself
with a stopwatch and a variety of battery-draining devices,
then put the new batteries through their paces.  (The New York
Times website requires registration)
  http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/07/technology/circuits/07pogue.html?
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  PENNY-A-MINUTE BARRIER REACHED IN INTERNATIONAL LONG DISTANCE?
  Word of mouth has been spreading about a new and very
inexpensive high quality long distance "dial around" telephone
number.  According to reports, the cost is just a penny-a-minute
to several foreign countries.  There are no sign up requirements,
the charges are added to your local phone bill, and an acquaintance
who regularly calls Germany has checked her bill and claims there
are no hidden fees or surcharges.  Here's how to place a call:
  For international calls, dial:
  1010 + 229 + 011 +
  (2 or 3-digit country code) + (area code) + (local phone number).
  For example, a call to Mexico City might look like this:
  (ignore the plus signs when dialing):
  1010 + 229 + 011 + 525 + 669 + 1234
  Before the call is completed, expect to hear an automated
voice that says "one cent per minute" (assuming you are dialing
a "low cost" area such as Germany or Mexico City).  Then the call
rings through.  The cost for the call is added to your regular
monthly phone bill; no new bill is generated - just add up the
pennies to calculate your charge.
  CGC placed test calls to Mexico City and Norway, had good
fidelity and no dropouts.  Presumably VoIP technology is used.
  For calls within the U.S., do the following
  (and ignore the plus signs when dialing):
  1010 + 229 + 1 + (area code) + (local phone number).
  In our test call from California to Washington, D.C., the
announced rate was two cents per minute - so the service is
obviously less cost effective for domestic calls - but at two
cents a minute, who's to complain?  Unfortunately, the new
service cannot be accessed from all phones in the U.S.
  Despite the look and feel of a revolutionary new dial-
around service, we're still skeptical.  How do we know that
some surcharge won't be tacked onto our bill in the months
to come?  And who is the company offering this service anyway?
Lists on the Internet link 1010-229 to "U S ComNet," but the
associated telephone number is answered by a securities firm
that claims no knowledge of ComNet.
  Send us an e-mail if you have any information on 1010-229.
A penny-a-minute would be a revolutionary international rate;
let's hope it's true.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030827AMM   NEW   156406   1400 INC.
                E   94.3 MHZ         HEMET, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/03/2004
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing. (#25672,  2/13/2004)
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/1/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/16/2004
  OPPOSITION FILED 3/16/04
  REPLY FILED 4/14/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/09/2004
  MOTION IN SUPPORT OF AMENDED APPLICATION FILED 7/9/04 BY ("1400")
  OPPOSITION TO "MOTION IN SUPPORT OF AMENDED APPLICATION"
  FILED 7/29/04
  MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FILED 8/10/04
  Motion for further Extension of Time filed 8/18/04
  REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO MOTION IN SUPPPORT OF AMENDED APPLICATION
  FILED 8/27/04
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20041223ACE    KEBN  50513     LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
               E   94.3 MHZ             GARDEN GROVE, CA
  License to cover
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPL-20050331AAL   KOCC-LP   124258   CALVARY CHAPEL OF OXNARD
                E   101.5 MHZ                 OXNARD, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20050119AGF   K270AI  88469   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   101.9 MHZ              CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  License to cover Permit no.: BPFT-20020329ADL
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BNPTVL-20000829AXS    NEW  131240    JEFF CHANG
                   E   CHAN-6        JOSHUA TREE, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for JOSHUA TREE, CA on
  channel 6, Effective Radiated Power .5, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 9 min 15 sec WL 116 deg 12 min 8 sec, as amended.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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 APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BNPTT-20000831CHM   NEW  130914   VICTOR VALLEY PUBLIC
                P   CHAN-17           TRANSLATOR, ETC.
                                        HESPERIA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for VICTORVILLE, CA on
  channel 17, Effective Radiated Power 2.48, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 36 min 39 sec WL 117 deg 17 min 12 sec, as amended.
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  BNPTTL-20000831CHO   NEW  130915    VICTOR VALLEY PUBLIC
                 P   CHAN-19            TRANSLATOR, ETC.
                                          HESPERIA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for VICTORVILLE, CA on
  channel 19, Effective Radiated Power 2.48, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 36 min 39 sec WL 117 deg 17 min 12 sec, as amended.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20040224ABE  KPXN-DT  58978  PAXSON LOS ANGELES
                  E   CHAN-38            LICENSE, INC.
                                     SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20021126AAU
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20040224ABI  KFTR-DT  60549  TELEFUTURA LOS ANGELES LLC
                  E   CHAN-47               ONTARIO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991029AFX
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTTL-20040302ABD  K33HU 128327 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-67                 BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831AVX.
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