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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #691
                     Monday,  June 13, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NRSC-5 STANDARD IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
  The NRSC-5 Standard is the long-awaited document containing
the technical details of the AM & FM IBOC (HD Radio) broadcast
systems.  The document is web-posted as a pdf file and is
available for downloading now.
  Although the cover of the document claims "IN-BAND/ON-CHANNEL"
digital radio broadcasting is being discussed, the title is
misleading.  The iBiquity IBOC system is really an "IN-BAND/OFF-
CHANNEL" affair; that is, use of IBOC can cause interference well
beyond the assigned frequency of the host analog station.
  Take, for example, the reports of interference indicating
that the new IBOC system on KNX, 1070 kHz, Los Angeles, is tearing
up the analog reception of 50,000 watt XEPRS, 1090 kHz, in parts
of the greater Los Angeles area.  XEPRS had a fine signal in the
affected areas before KNX switched to IBOC.  This interference
had not been anticipated based on past conversations between our
office and the IBOC system inventor, iBiquity, so the situation
is disappointing to say the least.
  Here, then, is the NRSC-5 document.  The spectrum occupancy
charts should be of great interest to many:
  http://www.nrscstandards.org/Standards/NRSC-5/NRSC-5.pdf
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  CORRECTION
  Last week's CGC Communicator newsletter article entitled,
"FM Analog Performance Suffers with the Introduction of IBOC"
contained two typographical errors.  In the second paragraph,
the words "increase" and "increased" should be replaced with
the words "worsen" and "worsened."  The signal-to-noise ratio
of a host FM analog signal is worsened when IBOC is added, in
the instances cited in the article.
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  FCC MODIFIES DIGITAL TUNER REQUIREMENTS TO SPEED DTV TRANSITION
  The FCC has denied a request by the Consumer Electronics
Association and the Consumer Electronics Retailers Association to
delay the date by which 50% of mid-size TV receivers manufactured
and imported must include built-in DTV tuners.  While there is
more to the story, the bottom line is that the Commission is doing
all it can to ensure that the U.S. consumer will be somewhat
DTV-ready by the end of 2006, when analog TV broadcasting is
currently scheduled to end in the U.S.  Of course, the actual
date to end analog broadcasting is a hot political question.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-259245A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-121A1.doc
  SFGate.com article:  http://tinyurl.com/bmsta
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  COMMENT DEADLINE SET TO ELECT BPL DATABASE MANAGER
  The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) seeks
comments on a letter submitted by United Telecom Council (UTC)
in which UTC proposes to serve as the Access Broadband over Power
Line (Access BPL) Database Manager, pursuant to Section 15.615(a)
-(e) of the Commission's Rules.
  Access BPL systems use existing electrical power lines as
a transmission medium to convey data by coupling radio frequency
(RF) energy onto medium voltage power delivery lines.  Because
Access BPL equipment injects RF into unshielded, unpaired trans-
mission lines, the technology raises great concerns of potential
interference with incumbent users of the spectrum, and engenders
the need for a company, like UTC, to publicly per-announce and
keep track of all Access BPL operations.
  Interested parties may file comments on the election of UTC
as the Access BPL Database Manager on or before June 27, 2005.
Reply comments are due by July 5, 2005.  Details may be found at
the URL below:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1637A1.doc
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  FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED AM & FM RULE CHANGES;
  FM ALLOTMENT FREEZE ENACTED; ONE-TIME SETTLEMENT WINDOW OPENED
  The Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(NPRM) looking to "revise and improve FM Table of Allotment 
and AM community of license modification procedures."  It also
imposed a freeze on the filing of new petitions for rulemaking
to amend the FM Table of Allotments, as well as announced a one-
time settlement window for those parties involved in the nearly
300 open commercial FM allotment dockets.
  The individual rule changes are a bit technical, and the
Commission summarizes them this way:
  o  Permitting Community of License Minor Change
  Applications,
  o  Requiring Simultaneous Filing of Form 301 with Petitions
  to Add New FM Allotments,
  o  Limiting the Number of Modifications to the Table in One
  Proceeding, and
  o  Seeking Comment on Circumstances Under Which Sole Local
  Service Could Become a First Local Service Elsewhere.
  If this seems a bit cryptic, you are not alone.  The
Commission's News release is at the URL below.  Many more
details will be available once the full text of the NPRM is
released.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-259244A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Grand Trades Company, accused by the FCC of marketing
"cell phone jammers, wireless device jammers and long range
cordless telephones" has been issued an official Citation by
the Commission.  Grand Trades claims it is based in Taiwan and
Egypt and is not aware of the selling restrictions in each
country where it does business, including the U.S.  The problem
for Grand Trades is that the merchandise it is selling cannot
legally be sold in the U.S., and it should be aware of the
selling restrictions in each country where it does business.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1622A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  ROADCASTING
  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing
an ad hoc networking system for cars that would allow any driver
to broadcast music to any other vehicle within a 30-mile radius,
in some cases using car-to-car digital relays.  This will
undoubtedly give the music copyright folks more nightmares.
  http://tinyurl.com/acdu3
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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 ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20050607AAI  K210DL  93333  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
               E   89.9 MHZ              APPLE VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K210DL.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20050601BWT  KXOL-FM  28848  KXOL LICENSING, INC.
               E    96.3 MHZ          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Mod of CP to chg.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPH-20050601BWT  KXOL-FM  28848  KXOL LICENSING, INC.
               E    96.3 MHZ          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/07/2005
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPL-20050606AHK  KOCI-LP  124219  STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
              E   106.9 MHZ            NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
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  BPL-20050606AHH  KOCI-LP  124219  STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
              E   107.1 MHZ            NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED
  FOR FILING
  BLL-20050606AHL  KRLY-LP  124224  EAST COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.
              E   107.9 MHZ                 ALPINE, CA
  License to cover
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20050603AAC   KTLA-DT   35670     KTLA  INC.
                 E     CHAN-31          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20000425AAV.
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