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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #683
                     Sunday, April 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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  COMMERCE COMMITTEE CHAIR WILL INTRODUCE HDTV TRANSITION BILL
  Texas Congressman Joe Barton says he will soon introduce
legislation aimed at speeding the transition to digital TV and
freeing up analog spectrum for use by police and firefighters.
Speaking before the NAB Convention in Las Vegas, Barton, who
chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said his bill
would contain a "hard date" for clearing TV broadcasters from
the 700 MHz band, and it could be December 31, 2006.
  Of course, we have all heard tough talk from Washington
before.
  http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.mpl/business/3143734
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  NAB/LAS VEGAS: 104,427 REGISTERED ATTENDEES
  The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) indicates
that it had 104,427 registered attendees for its Las Vegas
convention as of Tuesday, April 20, 2005.  The final attendance
figure is yet to be released.  In 2004, final attendance was
97,544.  Typically, about a quarter of the attendees are
international.
  http://www.nabshow.com/press/nab2005_numbers.htm
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  NEW CONSUMER COMPLAINT FORM 475 APPROVED
  Filing a consumer complaint with the FCC is relatively
easy these days with e-mail; visit the first web address below
to see what's required.
  http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1089A1.doc
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                            LOCAL NOTES
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  "TASTE OF NAB" COMING TO LOS ANGELES
  Larry Bloomfield's "Taste of NAB" will be at the Holiday
Inn in Burbank on Friday, May 6th, preceding the San Diego
showing.  The Burbank event will be from 11AM - 2PM with
the same sponsors, door prizes and lunch as well.
  You can contact Dick Burden, mailto:RWBurden@PacBell.net
or (818)340-4590 - or Mike Tosch, mailto:mtosch@1540theticket.com
or (805)907-9898 - for more information.  The event is sponsored
in part by LA SBE Chapter 47 and an open invitation is extended
to all radio, television, post production and cable technical
personnel to enjoy the new technology.
  Map and URL: http://www.tech-notes.tv/2005/05-Los_Angeles.htm
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  DEBUNKING THE 87.7 MHZ PIRATE
  Last week, a CGC Communicator reader reported hearing a
pirate station operating on 87.7 MHz in the greater Los Angeles
area.  Research and monitoring suggest that the pirate does
not exist.
  If you are in the L.A. area and hear Spanish language audio
with your receiver tuned to 87.7, chances are you are hearing the
aural carrier of KSFV-LP, Channel 6 on Mt. Harvard.  Many radios
that can be tuned to 87.7 will pick up the KSFV signal even
though the aural carrier is centered on 87.74 MHz.  Over-the-air
monitoring shows that KSFV-LP has added a 19 kHz FM stereo pilot
tone and has turned up its aural modulation level to simulate the
operation of an FM broadcast station.
  (Thanks to the many CGC Communicator readers who responded
to last week's story and helped put the pieces of the puzzle
together.  One reader even reported seeing "a car ahead that had
his back hatch covered in 87.7 stickers.")
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  CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM APPLICATION FOR XHBCE-FM DENIED
  The cross-border (Section 325(c)) program transmission
application for XHBCE-FM covering the station's alleged conversion
from Class B to Class C status has been denied by the Commission.
XHBCE operates on 105.7 MHz on Cerro Bola mountain which is
located about 17 miles SSW of Tecate.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258195A1.pdf
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  BUS RADIO THEFTS AGAIN PLAGUE TWO HIGH DESERT SCHOOL DISTRICTS
  Thieves invaded school bus yards in Victorville and Barstow
last weekend, stealing 48 Kenwood two-way radios valued at
$15,000.  The model No. TK880H-1 radios are believed to have
been taken by a burglary ring that is operating statewide and
shipping the stolen goods outside of California.
  http://www.vvdailypress.com/2005/111391613416304.html
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  LOOKS LIKE THE BRIDGE OF STARSHIP ENTERPRISE
  The Los Angeles Police Department recently held a public
open house to show off its new 15,000-square-foot 9-1-1 center
adjacent to Parker Center.  The 80-position center and its
identical twin facility in the western San Fernando Valley
features ergonomic $60,000 workstations and were built to
withstand an 8.3 magnitude earthquake.  L.A. receives 3.3 million
emergency calls each year.  Don't ask what happens when an
8.4 quake hits.
  http://www.ladowntownnews.com/articles/2005/04/18/news/news04.txt
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                         RANDOM NOTES
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  A FASCINATING PRODUCT AT THE NAB:  FM-EXTRA
  One potentially outstanding FM radio product demonstrated
at this year's NAB Convention was the FMeXtra system marketed
by Bext and Armstrong.  The system allows unused subcarrier space
to be occupied by a large digital SCA which can then be sliced
and diced into multiple program streams.  Receivers are said to
be in the $100 range (contrast this to the most economical
HD Radio receiver (Radiosophy) which is forecast to cost $249).
No license is required to implement FMeXtra and the electrical
connections are simple.
  FMeXtra is said to present virtually no sub-to-main
interference because of the lack of discrete beat frequencies
in the broad (modified COFDM) digital subcarrier.  Also, each
FMeXtra receiver carries a unique addressable serial number, so
if a pay-to-listen subscriber fails to pony up, the audio stream
can be shut off.  Technical questions?  Contact system proponents
Norman Miller and Derek Kumar at Digital Radio Express: (408)
956-8707.
  http://www.bext.com/pdf/Bext%20FMeXtra%20NAB%2005.pdf
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  FOREST SERVICE LOOKS TO CLOSE, SELL SOME SITES
  It's a simple matter of economics.
  http://tinyurl.com/bb8q8
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPFT-20020328AAT  K210CL 90642  SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE..
               P   89.9 MHZ               LEMON GROVE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 8/6/02 BY SANTA MONICA
  COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
  Petition For Reconsideration granted 11/6/2002.
  Application Reinstated nunc pro tunc 11/6/2002. (No letter sent)
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 4/13/05 by ("SMCCD")
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPED-20041124AGK   KLRD   60144   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   90.1 MHZ                 YUCAIPA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/14/2005
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPED-20050222AAF   KPFK   51252   PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC
                E   90.7 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPFT-20030828ANS  K224DK  139831  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   92.7 MHZ                FONTANA, CA
  CP New Stn
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/31/04
  REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FILED 4/15/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/29/2004
  OPPOSITION FILED 4/29/04
  Petition denied and amended application granted 3/7/2005.
  Petition for Reconsideration and Request to Rescind Grant
  of FM Translator Permit filed 4/6/05 by (Amaturo)
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20050103AJG   KBHR   51566   PARALLEL BROADCASTING, INC.
              E     93.3 MHZ            BIG BEAR CITY, CA
  License to cover
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20041223ACC   KBUA   10097   LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
              E   94.3 MHZ            SAN FERNANDO, CA
  License to cover
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPL-20050414AAN   KJSM-LP  124223  JOSHUA SPRINGS CALVARY CHAPEL
              E    97.1 MHZ                YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20050413ABR   KSPP-LP   130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                E     CHAN-29           PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSPP-LP.
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