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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #693
                    Monday,  June 27, 2005
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  ENGINEERING IN COLOR - BONILLA CHAPTER IV
  The next chapter in the Lazer vs. Quetzal proceeding is on
deck: A color copy of Larry Morton's Engineering Statement filed
in defense of the Mexican radio operations of Jaime Bonilla.
  This is the same document that was made available in last
week's CGC Communicator, except those pictures were black and
white and poorly encoded, but they were the best images available
at the time.  The new images (URL below) are clear and in living
color.  These photos give us a snapshot of the XESS, XESDD,
XEKTT(AM) and XHBCE-FM operations according to Mr. Morton.  The
file size is 9.2 MB, but the doc is well worth downloading.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Quetzal_Engineering_Color.pdf
  The Bonilla case is heating up because Quetzal's Section
325(c) authority to feed programming to XHBCE-FM's Class B site
expires on July 1.  The Commission must now decide whether to
renew that authority.
  Last week, Lazer indicated to the Commission that -
thanks to the Morton report - we now know why the ravine, where
XHBCE's transmitter should have been built, is empty:  The XHBCE
transmitter was never built at its authorized site.
  Lazer then proceeds to use its previously submitted
topographic map, in conjunction with Morton's data, to show
that the transmitter was built 1.55 miles (2.5 km) away from its
authorized site.  The transmitter mysteriously wound up on top
of Cerro Grande mountain instead of down in the wash where it
belongs.  Lazer then shows that Cerro Grande is 1,706 feet higher
than the authorized site.  If true, this spells major problems
for Bonilla.  We plan to publish the Lazer document soon.
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  DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS - FIRST ROUND CHANNEL CHOICES PUBLISHED
  Perhaps as soon as the end of 2006 (but hopefully much
later) U.S. television stations will be forced to relinquish to
the Commission either their NTSC channel or their DTV channel.
TV stations have been asked to tentatively decide which of their
two current channels (NTSC and DTV) will survive for DTV-only
use when NTSC broadcasting comes to an end.
  The results of the first ("tentative") round of channel
elections are now posted on the web, and a clear trend has
emerged, at least in the Los Angeles and San Diego markets:
  o  if a TV station now broadcasts on Channels
  2 thru 6, it will give back that channel and
  continue its DTV operations in the UHF spectrum,
  and
  o  if a TV station now uses Channels 7 thru 13,
  it will use that channel for its DTV operations
  and relinquish its current UHF/DTV channel.
  From a receiving antenna standpoint, the trend makes sense.
An antenna designed for just high-VHF and UHF will be far more
compact than one that includes CHs 2-6.  The much shorter
wavelengths on CHs 7-13 are a real asset in this regard.
  The first URL below is a short press release from the FCC
describing the first round channel election process.  The second
URL takes you directly to the channel election results list.
All of these tentatively elected channels are subject to
Mexican approval.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1743A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1743A2.pdf
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  IS NRSC-5 (AM & FM IBOC) WORKING WELL?
  Even though the HD Radio roll out is still in its infancy,
the Commission wants to know your thoughts and observations, pro
and con.  Two weeks ago, we gave you the URL for the NRSC-5
document (CGC #691).  Now, it's your turn to consider filing
comments with the Commission.
  Interested parties may submit comments on or before
July 18, 2005, and reply comments on or before August 17, 2005.
We are a bit concerned that the record is being closed so soon,
before more stations have had an opportunity to experience the
effects of IBOC firsthand.  Seems like broadcasters either need
an extension of time for filing comments, or a future comment
window for another bite at the apple.  After all, the de facto
Beta Test is just getting started!
  Sticky issues that remain for the Commission to resolve
include daytime and nighttime AM IBOC interference resolution,
and the use of IBOC on superpowered FM stations.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1661A1.doc
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  BPL UPDATE
  SDG&E did not disclose the location of its first public
BPL test bed last week after all (CGC #693).  Apparently SDG&E
has yet to sign a contract with its first BPL equipment vendor
and has chosen to withhold specific location information until
all of its ducks are in a row.
  A few more commercial parties have contacted CGC asking
how they can become involved in the interference tests, and we
have referred them to a specific party at SDG&E.  If you know
of other commercial or public safety operators who may want to
become involved in the tests (e.g. TV broadcasters on Channels
2-5, FEMA etc.), have them contact CGC's Bob Gonsett at (760)
723-2700.  No e-mails please.
  One Communicator reader wrote, "Most body wires [for police
surveillance] run very low power and are susceptible to broadband
interference."  Keep in mind, however, that the official BPL
band runs from only 1.7 to 80 MHz, and we understand that few
BPL systems transmit much power above about 50 MHz.  While
that may sound reassuring, there is still the concern of spurs,
harmonics and intermodulation products that can extend well
beyond 80 MHz, so nothing can be taken for granted.
  Several amateur radio operators have called CGC asking how
they can become a part of ARRL's interference tests.  According
to Tuck Miller, the person to contact is ARRL Section Manager Pat
Bunsold, WA6MHZ.  Pat can be reached at mailto:wa6mhz@arrl.org.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  FREE GRAPH PAPER
  Free graph paper is available at these two web sites.
  Pick out what you want, print it and you're in business.
  These are great sites to bookmark.  (Thanks W9FQN)
  http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/
  http://www.incompetech.com/beta/plainGraphPaper/
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  CAKE WALK ON THE WEB
  Paul Shinn's letter "Cake Walk" from the June 8 Radio World
is posted on the web.  It starts, "I would like to extend an open
"thank you" to Clear Channel and AM stations everywhere that opted
to reduce their bandwidth...."  But wait until you read the rest!
  http://www.rwonline.com/reference-room/special-report/5kcakewalk.shtml
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  SAN DIEGO'S 96.9 PIRATE - GETTING STRONGER
  "I'm shocked over the length of time the Commission has taken
on the 96.9 MHz pirate radio station.  This Sunday afternoon I
went out driving around and their signal appears stronger than
ever and they were taking call-ins and Yahoo messaging with no
reservations whatsoever...."    - J
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  ABOUT THAT 3% TELEPHONE TAX, AND THE WAR WITH SPAIN
  In 1889, the war with Spain prompted the imposition of a
3% tax on all telephones, which at the time was an emerging
technology with very few users.  Now, more than a century later,
the tax continues to defy repeal, but one California congressman
has introduced legislation aimed at putting an end to the $6
billion annual levy that was originally supposed to expire
after a year.
  http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=24019
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20050620ABH K210DL 93333 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS....
              E  89.9 MHZ             APPLE VALLEY, CA
  License to cover
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  BLFT-20050620ABM K212BD 8427 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS....
              E  90.3 MHZ               BARSTOW, CA
  License to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20050608AAD K212BD 8427 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS....
              E  90.3 MHZ            BARSTOW, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K212BD.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20050616ACI  KMRO-FM1 81502  THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                 E  90.3 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                          CAMARILLO, CA
  License to cover  
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20050620ADV K213AR 72001 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS....
             E  90.5 MHZ           LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K213AR.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLFT-20050621CRJ K217EL 87499 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS....
               E  91.3 MHZ          BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  License to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLFT-20050620ACH K218CP 90737 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS....
              E  91.5 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20050615ABQ K227BI 139642 EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E  93.3 MHZ            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20050615ABQ  K227BI 139642 EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E  93.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20050617ABC  KSBL 35592  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              E  101.7 MHZ           CARPINTERIA, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTT-20050516AUD K21GI 11539 COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO
              E  CHAN-21               AREA 70
                                    MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601DE,
  callsign K21GI.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLCT-20040923AEV  KVEA 19783   NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE CO.
               E   CHAN-52              CORONA, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20050512ACK KTAV-LP 6791 EICB-TV WEST, LLC.
                E  CHAN-55         LANCASTER, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KTAV-LP.
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