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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #684
                      Sunday,  May 1, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  WILL NPR'S "TOMORROW RADIO" SAVE FM HD RADIO TODAY?
  The buzz on the NAB Convention floor is that HD Radio
receivers are far too expensive for a service that offers
listeners no new program choices.  Fortunately, National Public
Radio (NPR) invented "multicasting" with their Tomorrow Radio
project, so now FM stations can broadcast multiple program streams
with suitably equipped encoders.  As you can imagine, HD receiver
manufacturers are scrambling to multicast-enable their products.
  Of course, FM stations can add more bits yet (and therefore
more program streams) by incorporating the FMeXtra technology
described in last week's CGC Communicator newsletter.
  While HD Radio would seem perfect for mobile receivers
because of its multipath immunity, FMeXtra appears (on the
surface) to be a good choice for fixed receiver applications
such as radio reading services and foreign language subscription
services.  There is some indication that FMeXtra will work fairly
well in mobile settings too, but the jury is out pending field
trials.
  The following URL describes recent tests at WFAE-FM,
Charlotte, NC, using three program streams and Tomorrow Radio
(HD Radio) technology.  We will keep our eyes open for field
tests on FMeXtra.
  http://beradio.com/iboc_update/iboc_update_042705/#wfae
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  THE TRIBE LIST
  The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has created a
new electronic link that allows the public to view a listing of
all Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations who have
defined geographic preferences for receiving notifications of
proposed tower construction through the Tower Construction
Notification System (TCNS).
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7027
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=836
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TRAFFICKING IN FM TRANSLATORS?
  Clark Parrish's group has been granted 1,026 FM translator
permits nationwide, but some of them have been sold for cash
and that upsets some observers.
  http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2005-04-26-translators-usat_x.htm
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  SENATOR WANTS TO LIMIT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFERINGS
  A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a vaguely-worded
bill aimed at restricting the National Weather Service from
offering forecasts that "compete" with similar services provided
by companies such as AccuWeather and The Weather Channel.
Senator Rick Santorum says free services provided by the federal
agency represent a threat to the livelihoods of companies
providing forecasts as paid services or through ad-supported
web sites.
  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/news/epaper/2005/04/21/m1a_wx_0421.html
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  SEARCH ENDS FOR PRISTINE COPY OF 1965 ELECTRONICS MAGAZINE
  British electronics engineer David Clark will collect the
$10,000 finder's fee offered by Intel Corporation for a pristine
copy of the April 19, 1965 issue of Electronics magazine in which
co-founder Gordon Moore first espoused what came to be known as
"Moore's Law."  Put simply, Moore predicted the doubling of the
number of transistors in integrated circuits every couple of
years.
  Because of the magazine's value to the company, Intel
will arrange for its own employees to pick up the cherished
publication from Clark and hand-deliver it to company
headquarters in Santa Clara.
  http://www.intel.com/research/silicon/mooreslaw.htm
  http://tinyurl.com/9qvka
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  STATUS REPORT ON 1010-229 LONG DISTANCE DIAL AROUND
  CGC #681 reported on a new "dial around" long distance
service that appeared to have reached the penny-a-minute
barrier for overseas calling to Germany and several other
countries, and two cents-a-minute to cities within the U.S.
This is a status report on that service.
  On April 6 and 7, 2005, CGC placed six brief test calls
to Palm Springs, Washington, D.C. (twice), Mexico City and 
Norway (twice).  We wanted to see what charges would actually
appear on our telephone bill as opposed to the word-of-mouth
charges that we were led to believe would appear, and the voice
announcement at the beginning of each call that said either
"one cent per minute" for our foreign test calls, or "two
cents per minute" for our domestic calls.
  The fees billed were as advertised except for the fact
that a 20-cent per call connection fee appeared on our bill.
This, however, is consistent with the fee posted on the company's
web site (which we just discovered).  Connection fees are common
in the dial-around industry, and a 20-cent fee is pretty low in
our book, so we'll use 1010-229 again, and probably regularly.
  Find about more about 1010-229 at the URL below.  At page
bottom, click on "For a complete overview of our rates, click
here."  Beware, some foreign countries have pretty high per-
minute rates, but even higher rates may apply to other dial
around services.
  http://www.1010229.com/index2.php
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  MELON ART
  Helps you chill out....
  http://www.americade.info/melons1.htm
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20040722ADU KMRB 52913 POLYETHNIC BROADCASTING LICENSEE, LLC
           E   1430 KHZ               SAN GABRIEL, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/26/2005
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20050216ACS   KMRO-FM2  85929    THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                  E   90.3 MHZ         COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20050201BCH  KMLT-1  164724  AMATURO GROUP OF L.A., LTD.
                 E   92.7 MHZ              MALIBU VISTA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  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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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000605AKL    NEW  124517     VIDA ABUNDANTE
               E   94.3 MHZ         SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Settlement Agreement filed 10/30/03
  Petition to Deny filed 11/12/03
  OPPOSITION FILED AS REPLY COMMENT ON 1/26/04
  PETITION FOR LEAVE TO FILE A LATE-FILED MOTION FILED 6/17/04
  BY ("REC")
  MOTION TO STRIKE OPPOSITION FILED 6/17/04 BY ("REC")
  OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO STRIKE FILED 7//1/04 BY (VIDA)
  REQUEST TO WITHDRAW PETITION TO DENY FILED 7/19/04
  BY REC NETWORKS
  Statement of REC Networks filed 7/22/04
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20041116ADR    KSBL  35592    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   101.7 MHZ             CARPINTERIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  103.5 MHZ FM CHANNEL ALLOTMENT AT COACHELLA
  FM Channel 278A (103.5 MHz) is being allotted to Coachella
  as that community's third local aural transmission service.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1150A1.doc
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20050422AEB KMZT-FM 43939  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS, INC.
              E   105.1 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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