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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #692
                     Monday,  June 20, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  JAIME BONILLA - CHAPTERS II & III UNFOLD
  On May 16, 2005, Lazer Broadcasting and others launched
a major offensive against Quetzal's (Jaime Bonilla's) Section
325(c) cross-border program transmission authorities associated
with XHBCE-FM, 105.7 MHz, in Baja California North.  That station,
along with other Bonilla stations, have been broadcasting program
material back to U.S. audiences.
  Lazer concluded that everywhere it looked, Bonilla had major
technical violations: (a) XHBCE's Class B station was never built
at its authorized site (if it was built at all), (b) XHBCE's
Class C1 station on Cerro Bola was on the air without the required
325(c) cross-border program transmission authority, (c) the
XESS(AM) and XESDD(AM) required three-tower directional array was
in fact one tower instead, (d) XESS was operating at the wrong
site (e) the XEKTT(AM) site had two towers of grossly unequal
height in violation of international agreement and (f) the Bonilla
cross-border microwave link that should have been licensed by the
FCC had been on the air without a permit.
  The next two chapters in this legal saga have just unfolded.
First, Quetzal has responded to Lazer's allegations with a
detailed pleading of its own, pictures included.  Second, Lazer
has filed an opposition to the 325(c) applications filed by
John Lynch's Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA), and Lazer
has broadened the scope of the BCA and Quetzal proceedings by
modeling the directional pattern of the XHBCE-FM Cerro Bola
antenna.  Lazer argues that the "NEC" modeled pattern does not
even vaguely resemble the internationally notified pattern, and
does not protect the U.S.
  Copies of the two latest pleadings (each about 2.4 MB in
size) are available at the URLs below.  The Quetzal photos (like
the early Lazer photos) are of poor quality due to the pdf
encoding process selected by others.  That should change soon.
High quality Lazer photos are already posted on the web (CGC
#687), and we have requested color copies of Quetzal's pictures.
  There is no need to rush to judgement.  Other pleadings will
undoubtedly follow soon.  The Bonilla case remains as one of the
biggest engineering stories of our time.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Quetzal_Opposition.pdf
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Lazer_Petition_to_Deny.pdf
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  SAN DIEGO BPL TESTS - GETTING CLOSER
  Word from San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is that
they are still more than 30 days from lighting up the first BPL
public test bed.  We are told that the location of that test bed
has already been determined, and may be released later today.
  Sometime this month or next month, expect one or two BPL
generators to be lit up at SDG&E's training center off Friars Road
between the ballpark and Highway 163, but that operation will be
incidental compared to the public demonstrations that lie ahead.
  So far, ARRL, XETV, CGC and a number of public safety agencies
plan to make interference tests.  If you have a legitimate need
to make tests or measurements, contact Bob Gonsett @ CGC for the
name and number of the person within SDG&E who needs to know
who your team consists of, and who will serve as the official
spokesman for your group.  That information should probably be 
finalized and submitted to SDG&E in written form this week.  Bob
can be reached at (760) 723-2700.  No e-mail please.
  Remember, once the BPL tests are over, they are done.  There
is only one bite at this apple.
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  DIGITAL TV STATION IDENTIFICATION RULES APPROVED
  In the Second DTV Periodic Review Report and Order (2004),
the FCC amended the DTV station identification rules subject to
approval of the Office of Management and Budget.  That approval
has just been received.
  What all this means is that DTV stations are to basically
follow the same rules for station identification as analog
TV stations.  Thus, identification of digital stations must
include the station's call letters followed by the community or
communities specified in the station's license.
  Stations may insert the station's frequency, channel number,
name of the licensee, and/or the name of the network between the
call letters and the community of license.  Stations that choose
to multicast may include additional information in their
announcements identifying each program stream.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1672A1.doc
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  NPRM ON AM & FM RULE CHANGES ISSUED
  Last week we mentioned that the Commission had issued a
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) looking to "revise and
improve FM Table of Allotment and AM community of license
modification procedures."  The FCC's brief announcement was
a bit cryptic.
  Now, the 27 page NPRM text has been published and is
available at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-120A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  ACCESS TO SIERRA PEAK LIMITED ON JUNE 28 & 29
  "This is to notify you that the Trabuco Ranger District is
planning on burning the Sierra Peak portion of the North Main
Divide Fuel Break on June 28th and 29th.  Access may be limited
in those days due to fire activity and fire apparatus in the area.
We request that you schedule any maintenance to your facilities
at Sierra Peak for days other than the 28th and 29th.  In the
event that you must access your facilities on those days we will
attempt to accommodate you, however there may be delays in the
use of the road.  If you have any questions you may contact
myself or Jake Rodriguez."
  Gordon P. Martin - Battalion 23
  Fuels Management & Fire Prevention
  Trabuco R.D. - Cleveland N.F.
  (951) 736-1811 x3276 - gpmartin@fs.fed.us
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  CAKE WALK
  Clear Channel and others who voluntarily choke their AM
bandwidths have unwittingly allowed their competition to sound
terrific by comparison.  Be sure to read Paul Shinn's well
written letter entitled "Cake Walk" on page 54 of the June 8,
2005 Radio World.
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  CALCULATE AM & FM SIGNAL STRENGTHS BY ZIP CODE
  V-Soft Communications has updated its free web-based program
that calculates theoretical AM & FM signal strengths at user-
specified Zip codes.  The revised program has added AM nighttime
signal strength data.
  Conversely, by specifying a station's call letters, the
program delivers a list of calculated signal strengths for all
of the Zip codes within the station's coverage area.
  http://www.v-soft.com/ZipSignal/default.htm
  (Tip courtesy of Radio Magazine)
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  LIST OF CALIFORNIA TIS STATIONS AVAILABLE
  Using FCC data, Howard Fine of the SCFCC has prepared a
list of Travelers' Information Stations (TIS) licensed in
California.  He has discovered that "a lot" of TIS stations are
"licensed and in use over on-air AM station" frequencies.  For
a copy of the AM TIS list, send mailto:howard@pactv.com.
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  KCOP-DT RECEIVED!
  A short article appeared in CGC #689 concerning Lew Warren,
past General Manager of KVCR-TV and KVCR-FM, who was wondering
why he could not receive KCOP-DT on CH-66, while he could receive
all of the other Mt. Wilson DTV stations.  Lew now writes as
follows:
  "I finally figured it out.  It seems that the modern digital
sets need to be told what channels they can "see."  I went into
the menu of my Mitsubishi WS65711 HDTV set and "told" it to see
channel 13.1.  It promptly "memorized" channel 66 as 13.1 and
now I have no trouble receiving it at my house!  You just have
to be smarter than whatever you are working on.
  "Actually, it was something someone said in one of the
wonderful emails I received as a result of your inclusion of my
story in the CGC Communicator.  I probably received over a dozen
helpful suggestions and one of them triggered the fact in my
mind that the set has to "know" what channels are available in
the area.
  "As usual, a phone call to you set the wheels in motion to
solve a problem I was having.  It has ALWAYS been a pleasure to
be able to call you a friend!  Keep the CGC Communicator coming -
I always enjoy reading it.  -  Yours, Lew Warren"
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  VERIZON OFFERS HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS FOR PCs
  This service is not cheap (about $80/month), but it appears
to work well in major markets and even works here in rural
Fallbrook.  The advantage is portability for people on the move.
  http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobileoptions/broadband/index.jsp
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  AMATEUR RADIO NOTE
  A 10-meter repeater is on the air from Mt. Harvard with a
voting receiver system.  Output: 29.66 MHz, Input: 29.56 MHz,
PL = 107.2 Hz.  The system is courtesy of Chris Buchanan, N6LXX,
of KRCA-TV fame.
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  VERN MILTON PASSES AWAY 92
  Vern A. Milton turned his passion into a profession, and
rose from teenage ham operator to a San Diego commercial radio
pioneer.  Shortly after installing some of the first radar units
on World War II warships, he designed and built radio station
KUSN, which in 1950 became KSDO.  His almost unbelievable career
continued from there, as outlined in the following article by
Union-Tribune Staff Writer Jack Williams.  Vern will be deeply
missed.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/obituaries/20050615-9999-1m15milton.html
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BP-20040722ADU  KMRB 52913 POLYETHNIC BROADCASTING LICENSEE, LLC
            E   1430 KHZ              SAN GABRIEL, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendments filed 10/25 & 12/29/2004 and 2/3/2005.
  Application Dismissed 2/22/05
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 3/9/05 by ("Polyethnic")
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/09/2005
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/26/2005
  Petition for Reconsideration granted; application reinstated
  and returned to pending status 6/14/05 (no letter sent)
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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 GRANTED
  BPFT-20050607AAI K210DL 93333 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
              E   89.9 MHZ              APPLE VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K210DL.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20050608AAD  K212BD 8427  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC
               E   90.3 MHZ               BARSTOW, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K212BD.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPH-20041116ADR   KSBL  35592   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              E   101.7 MHZ            CARPINTERIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Petition for Reconsideration of the Grant of Citicasters
  Licenses, L.P. filed 5/20/05 by ("MFT")
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20050520AEM  K29FX 128324 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-29             FOREST FALLS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831AVW.
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