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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #682
                    Saturday, April 16, 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 GETS TOUGH ON CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM MATERIAL GRANTS
  The FCC has begun to heavily condition at least some of
its STA grants that allow program material to be sent from
the U.S. to Mexico (e.g. by wireline, microwave, Internet)
to be broadcast in Mexico.  The Commission is even including
on some of its grants the technical parameters of the Mexican
station involved.
  It is up to U.S. stations to study the FCC's Daily Digests
for announcements of grants given to Mexican stations suspected
of running too much power.  Cross-border STAs can now be
terminated immediately, without the right of hearing, if a
persuasive case is made.  One example of the new policy is at
the URL below and involves the 91.7 MHz station in Tijuana.
  That said, it is our experience that most Mexican
broadcasters are honorable and play by the rules.  They deserve
recognition for doing the right thing and acting in good faith.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258077A1.pdf
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  ABOUT CELL PHONES AND THE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
  The FCC has issued a News release entitled, "The Truth About
Cell Phones and the National Do Not Call Registry."  There has
been an epidemic of e-mails warning that cell phones are about
to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell
phone number database, and the Commission is taking this oppor-
tunity to set the record straight.  (Two pages, easy reading)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258164A1.doc
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                           LOCAL ISSUES
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  THE LATEST ON XHBCE-FM, 105.7 MHZ, ON CERRO BOLA MOUNTAIN
  A cross-border program permit is proposed for XHBCE
"when such station changes operation from a Class B to a
Class C licensee at a new location in Cerro Bola...."
  There is a problem here.  CGC understands that XHBCE has
proposed to upgrade to Class C1 status, not Class C status as
stated, so the Class C affair bears some investigation.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258171A1.pdf
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  KPMR(TV) TOWER COLLAPSE ON BROADCAST PEAK
  Part of the transmitting tower for KPMR(TV) on Broadcast
Peak near Santa Barbara, CA has collapsed, evidently the victim
of high winds.  KPMR's Channel 38 NTSC antenna was described as
a "total loss," while the Channel 21 DTV antenna was depicted as
"damaged" in the initial report received by CGC.  According to
the report, "no one was injured and no other property was touched
when the tower went over."
  Photos of the downed structure exist and perhaps will be
web posted in the near future.  Hope so.  Some of the images
are said to show close-ups of tower mounting flanges ripped apart
on two of the three tower legs.  KPMR is owned by Entravision.
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  NEW 87.7 MHZ PIRATE IN LOS ANGELES OR ORANGE COUNTY
  QUESTION:  I am hearing a signal on 87.7 MHz around home
in Long Beach.  Signal format is FM stereo with pilot. Program
format is Mexican religion/music with lots of references to
Dios and Cristo.  Hearable over a wide area including La Mirada
and Long Beach.  Gets weak going north on I-5 but is heard all
the way to the Cahuenga pass where - after turning north on Barham
- I hear CH-6 audio for a little while but the pirate wins out
mostly.  Has anyone else reported hearing this?  - L.A. Broadcast
Engineer.
  ANSWER:  No other letters have been received on the new
87.7 MHz pirate, but the FCC is aware of the situation.
  Close to Mt. Harvard, you should hear the audio from Venture
Technologies' CH-6 LPTV station KSFV-LP.  If you have a shot to
Tijuana, you will hear the audio from XETV, CH-6, the Fox
affiliate for San Diego.  (Both CH-6 stations have their audio
carriers centered on (or near) 87.75 MHz and are often copyable
on 87.7 MHz.)  However, TV audio should not light the stereo pilot
on an FM receiver, so you have probably stumbled onto the new
pirate, apparently one that is running high power and/or high 
elevation.
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  "THE TASTE OF NAB ROAD SHOW" COMES TO SAN DIEGO
  Larry Bloomfield brings his "Taste of NAB" annual product
road show to San Diego in May.  Come get a free lunch and look
over the wares from vendors like Henry Engineering, Pixel
Instruments, Clark Wire, AJA, and Fluke.  This event is renowned
for its quantity of door prizes.  Check it out Monday, May 9,
10 AM 'till 2 PM at the San Diego Electrical Training Center,
4675 Viewridge Avenue, just down the street from KUSI-TV in San
Diego.  For directions use the map link below or contact Bert
Richardson at (858) 569-6322 Ext. 111.  Thanks to Jim Dujowich
of Western Radio Electronics for arranging this event.
  http://tinyurl.com/4j2dp (Map)
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/2005-1.htm (Announcement)
  (This story courtesy of San Diego SBE Chapter 36)
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  BIG AIRSHIPS PROMISE A REVOLUTION IN THE WAY WE COMMUNICATE
  In San Bernardino this week, Florida-based GlobeTel
Communications unveiled a scaled down prototype of its
"stratellite" airship, designed to be a football field-sized
lighter-than-air platform for communications gear capable of
providing wireless access over an area 400 miles in diameter.
Think of the broadcast possibilities.  The company believes
about 300 of the dirigibles could provide seamless coverage
of the U.S. while floating at an altitude of 65,000 feet -
with one stratellite for each major city.
  Of course, not all communication channels are immediately
eligible to use the platforms.  Cellular telephone service,
for example, relies on low-lying ground-based towers so
frequencies can be reused.  Installing cell sites on highly
elevated platforms will be tricky business requiring highly
directional antennas.
  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/13/broadband_airship/
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  MULTICASTING WITH A DIGITAL FM SUBCARRIER AND/OR IBOC
  Bext Incorporated has web posted the final brochure for
its FMeXtra digital subcarrier exciter suitable for multi-
channel broadcasting as mentioned in last week's CGC Communicator
newsletter.  Their clear and concise write up is available at
the first URL below.  We plan to visit the Bext booth at the
NAB to check out FMeXtra equipment.
  Is the real future of FM IBOC (HD Radio) in multicasting?
Beginning May 1, Kenwood will ship to its dealers $500 HD Radio
tuners with the ability to decode several digital channels.
If you already own a Kenwood HR100 IBOC tuner without multi-
channel capability, send it back to the factory for a $25
upgrade and you're in business.
  http://www.bext.com/pdf/Bext%20FMeXtra%20NAB%2005.pdf
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=6997
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  NEW STUDY: NO CONNECTION BETWEEN CELLPHONES AND BRAIN CANCER
  The results of a Denmark study published in the journal
Neurology show no relationship between cellphone use and brain
tumors.  The research performed by the Danish Cancer Society
looked at the cellphone habits of more than 1,200 wireless users,
about half of whom have brain tumors, and found nothing to
suggest that cellphone use contributed to the condition.
  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1565371,00.html
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  INTEL POSTS $10,000 REWARD FOR 40-YEAR-OLD ELECTRONICS MAGAZINE
  If you subscribed to Electronics magazine in 1965, you might
recall an article written by Intel Corporation co-founder Gordon
Moore in which he advanced a theory that came to be known as
"Moore's Law."  Turns out that neither Moore nor anyone at Intel
archived an original copy of the magazine in pristine condition,
and the company has now turned to eBay with an offer of $10,000
for the best 40-year old treasure.
  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/04/12/BUG63C6H4V1.DTL
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  MORE ON THE ONE CENT PER MINUTE INTERNATIONAL CALLING RATE
  Two sharp eyed readers were quick to point out that the
long distance dial-around telephone service ("1010-229")
mentioned in last week's CGC Communicator newsletter is
identified in the North American Numbering Plan as....
  Dar Communications Corporation
  Suite 300, 500 North Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107
  Contact: Jan Willem Bogert, 702-221-1911
  Assignment Date: 7/30/2003.
  CGC called Dar Communications twice on Friday, April 8,
during normal business hours, reached an answering service both
times, left "please call" messages but received no return call.
That adds considerably to the mystery but gives the adventuresome
a new office to visit in Las Vegas.
  Nevertheless, one CGC reader says his wife's parents live
in Bosnia where Dar Communications offers a 22 cent/minute rate
which is a 14 cent/minute saving over the venerable 1010-220
dial-around service's rate.  The reader says he has been using
1010 numbers for years, and has volunteered to try Dar's service
and report back.  Stay tuned.
  http://www.nanpa.com/nas/public/formCICBMasterReport.do?method=displayCICDMasterReport
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  OFF TOPIC - COOL AIR SHOW SITE
  Wonderful air show photos and an easy-to-read write up.
  http://tinyurl.com/7yfm6
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT ACCEPTED
  FOR FILING
  BZ-20050330BHX   KTIE    58808   CARON BROADCASTING, INC.
             P    590 KHZ             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
   Direct Measurement
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE
  KRWI-LP, 107.9 MHz, Alpine, is now KRLY-LP.
  (This call sign change was discovered by a CGC Communicator
  reader and confirmed by CGC staff.  No formal FCC announcement
  of the change has surfaced yet.  -Ed.)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20050405ABQ    K209CO   86849   FAITH COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
               E     89.7 MHZ                PALMDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K209CO
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFTB-20050128ARZ  KMRO-FM1   81502    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                E    90.3 MHZ         COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                            CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KMRO-FM1
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20050408ACK   KIOZ    13504   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   105.3 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPET-20040803AAZ   KRCB  57945  RURAL CALIFORNIA B/CING CORP.
               E    CHAN-22                COTATI, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KRCB.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/22/2005
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BMPTTL-20040513ABB   K61GH  56830  INTERNATIONAL COMM. NET....
                 E    CHAN-24            NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Mod of construction permit file number BMPTTL-19990323JA
  [This item was apparently posted by the FCC by mistake.
  CGC believes that the CH-24 application has not been
  reinstated.  -Ed]
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPCDT-20050406ACJ   KNBC-DT   47906  NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE CO.
                E     CHAN-36               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KNBC.
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