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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #685
                     Saturday,  May 7, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  AMERICAN TOWER AND SPECTRASITE TO MERGE
  May 4, 2005 --  American Tower Corporation and SpectraSite,
Inc. announced today an agreement for American Tower to merge
with SpectraSite, in a transaction that would bring together
two tower industry leaders with a combined portfolio of over
22,600 communications sites.  This will create an enormous
tower company with over $1.0 billion in annual revenues.
  http://tinyurl.com/94xq9
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  FCC REQUESTS COMMENTS ON DISTANT DTV RECEPTION
  The FCC has adopted a Notice of Inquiry regarding the
adequacy of the digital signal strength standard and testing
procedures used to determine whether households are eligible
to receive distant DTV network signals from satellite
communications providers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258480A1.doc
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  ULS: IMPROVED APPLICATION SEARCH & NEW LICENSE SEARCH
  The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is introducing
an "extensive redesign" of the Universal Licensing System's
Application Search feature.  In addition, a new License Search
capability is being rolled out.  The new features will be added
on Monday and are explained at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1278A1.doc
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  REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY WANTS 1-WATT @ 900 MHZ & 2.4 GHZ
  Remington Arms Company, Inc., Law Enforcement Technologies
Division, has requested a waiver in order to permit the
authorization, importation and operation of its video and audio
surveillance system known as the "Remington Eyeball R1."  The
R1 uses analog modulation in the 2.4 GHz band, and the remote
control for the R1 operates in the 902-928 MHz band.  One-watt
EIRP in both bands is proposed.  Interested parties may file
comments on Remington's waiver request on or before June 6, 2005.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1289A1.doc
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                          LOCAL NEWS
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  KKDD(AM), SAN BERNARDINO, VANDALIZED AND THEN SOME
  Rumors suggest that KKDD, 1290 kHz, San Bernardino, was
pretty much stripped of its antenna phasor components by thiefs
recently.  Once the phasor was rebuilt, thieves hit again and
cleaned out the cabinet once more.  Thanks to permission from
Clear Channel, Richard Mena, Chief Engineer of KKDD, has been
authorized to tell the whole story for CGC Communicator readers,
and his remarks paint a stern warning to all broadcasters with
unattended transmitter sites.  Here, then, is Richard's account:
  "There have been multiple break-in and fires at [our transmitter]
site, but here is what happened to the phasor.  The burglar alarm
malfunctioned for unknown reasons.  The crooks broke in and cleaned
out the day phasor as described before.  While waiting for ADT to
come and fix the alarm, the culprits broke into the building [again]
through a side door and vandalized the place.  They smashed the
antenna monitor, knocked over the rack with the antenna switching
relays, smashed the modulation meter, smashed the Optimod (still
worked), bashed all the meters out of the old non-working Collins
transmitter, smashed the security alarm, smashed lights, smashed
the A/C controls and ripped open the A/C unit on top of the roof.
We were lucky they didn't touch the Nautel transmitter or the MW-5
(backup), so we remained on the air during the smash'em bash'em
attack.
  "Later, after getting the parts to repair the phasor, Joel
Saxberg and I worked on it on a Monday, and Tuesday night the
culprits broke into the building again through a ventilation duct.
Lucky the alarm did its job that time and scared them off.  The
transmitter site is in one of the worst areas in San Bernardino.
I had a guard service tell me that they wouldn't put any of their
officers out there.  They suggested that we put an armed service
there instead, and that's what we are currently doing."
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  JACK GERRITSEN PUT BEHIND BARS, FOR NOW
  Jack Gerritsen, 68, of Bell, California, aka "Jammer Jack,"
is once again safely behind bars.  This is the man who was
convicted five years ago of interfering with police radio
transmissions and was widely suspected of disrupting broadcast
RPUs.  As soon as Jack was released from prison last time around,
he appeared to go right back to his jamming habits, and focused
on disrupting ham radio communications and other frequencies
as well.
  Jack was arrested last week on Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2005 or
"5/5/5"), this time on federal charges of "jamming" radio
frequencies being used by the United States military, the United
States Coast Guard, and other law enforcement and public safety
agencies.  Broadcasters, ham radio operators and others now have
another reason to remember Cinco de Mayo, assuming the federal
charges stick.
  If you feel like sending a Thank You note to someone,
here's who: mailto:cdeaton@fcc.gov.  If nothing else, just say
"Thank You re Gerritsen Case" in the subject line.  Let's let
Catherine Deaton know we appreciate the hard work of her office.
  http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/cac/pr2005/070.html
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/05/05/101/?nc=1
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  WHAT IS THIS GIZMO?
  Here is a strange and bizarre gizmo photographed on
Mount R (near Running Springs) on May 2, 2005.  Is it an
anti-perching device, an anti-lightning top hat or something
else entirely?  Will it survive ice and wind?  Very curious
indeed.  Photo:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/050320_%20017_2.jpg
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                     GREAT JOBS! (SBE SAYS SO)
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  Check out SBE Chapter 36's jobs page for new engineering
and installation career opportunities at KFMB-TV, TV Magic and
Wealth TV:
  http://sbe36.org/jobs.html
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  USE COORDINATES TO GET GOOGLE SATELLITE PHOTOS
  Google's new map and satellite photo web site (CGC #681)
accepts coordinate inputs as well as street addresses, although
the site operator is silent on the coordinate option.  Let's
check out the KDIS(AM) antenna array as an example:
  (1) Broadband connection recommended.  Be sure JavaScript
  is enabled.
  (2) Visit http://maps.google.com/
  (3) Just to the right of the colored Google logo, note the
  search box and enter the coordinates of the KDIS nighttime
  array (NAD-83 datum) in a decimal degrees format, this way:
  34.1139n, 117.9983w
  (4) Hit the Search button to the right of the search box.
  (5) Far to the right and just a bit below the Search button
  are the words "Map" and "Satellite" that let you flip back and
  forth between map and satellite images.  This is very neat.
  Click on "satellite" to get the satellite photo.
  (6) Note the vertical bar near the upper left hand corner
  of the photo with "+" and "-" on top and bottom.  Drag the
  slider bar all the way toward "+", to maximum magnification.
  (7) The four in-line towers displayed at photo center are
  the KDIS nighttime array.  The offset tower to the north is
  used in KDIS' two-tower day array in conjunction with the
  left-most tower of the four tower in-line array.
  (8) Double click on any point in the image, and the image
  will automatically recenter on that point.  Nice.
  (9) Point to any location in the image, hold the left
  mouse button down and drag the image to display another
  location.  Cool!
  (10) Need coordinates for other broadcast facilities?  Use
  the FCC's AM, FM and TV Query programs:
  <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/amq.html>
  <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/fmq.html>
  <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/tvq.html>.
  If you explore other transmitter sites, share any "hot
  coordinates" with us, and tell us what we are seeing.  We'll
  consider publishing your discoveries for the benefit of
  Communicator readers.  Bringing up images by coordinates is
  not only useful, it's just plain fun!
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  NEW AM FIELD STRENGTH METER FROM POTOMAC
  One of CGC's readers from Merced, CA reminds us of a
another neat product on display at this year's NAB Convention:
Potomac Instrument's new AM Field Strength Meter, the PI-4100.
It's digital and has a built in GPS receiver.  No more guessing
where those field points are actually located.  The PI-4100 is
designed to become the successor to the venerable FIM-41.
  http://www.pi-usa.com/4100.htm
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  RECORD SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS
  Feral flowers slideshow, broadband connection recommended.
  http://www.feralflowers.com/slideshow.htm
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KZBN(AM), Santa Barbara, to KRNP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258536A1.doc
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20040109AAF   KCEO  67666  NORTH COUNTY BROADCASTING CORP..
             E   1000 KHZ                 VISTA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/27/2005
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KRWI-LP, Alpine, to KRLY-LP
  KMGQ, Santa Barbara, to KRUZ
  KKSB, Goleta, to KMGQ
  KKSB, Santa Barbara, to KVYB
  Two KKSBs are shown on this list, just the way the FCC
  shows them.  This is not a typographical error.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-258536A1.doc
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLED-20031223ABE  KPSH  87604 FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC.
              E   90.9 MHZ               COACHELLA, CA
  License to cover
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605ABF NEW 123931 NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN MISSION, INC.
            E   104.1 MHZ                 HEMET, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20040714AAZ   KGIC-LP  124903   ANDRES SERRANO MINISTRIES
               E   105.5 MHZ                CORONA, CA
  Lic. to cover
  Engineering Amendments (2) filed 02/03/2005.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTVL-20030924AKC  K29FX 128324 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-8              FOREST FALLS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831AVW.  Engineering Amendment filed 02/26/2004
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  BMPTTL-20041119ABJ KRPE-LP 129651 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GOUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-55                BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20040326AKT.  Engineering Amendment filed 01/04/2005
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