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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #695
                    Wednesday,  July 6, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  PUBLIC INVITED TO REVIEW DRAFT FCC "STRATEGIC PLAN"
  In large part, it is as if the Federal Communications
Commission is becoming the Federal Broadband Commission....
not necessarily a bad thing and a trend that we've certainly
seen coming, but a trend worth fully contemplating....
  http://tinyurl.com/766yo
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  NO FCC DECISION YET IN THE BONILLA CASE
  Last week's second Communicator (CGC #694) stated the
following about Quetzal's (Jaime Bonilla's) Section 325(c)
STA authority to send audio program material across the U.S./
Mexican border to XHBCE-FM:  "The authority is set to expire on
or about July 1, so the Commission must reach a determination
[on whether to renew that authority] soon."
  A communications attorney has advised our office that this
statement is incorrect.  He maintains that STAs automatically
continue in force absent FCC action, a point we have asked the
Commission to verify (no response yet).
  One way or the other, the evidence already on record
indicates that XHBCE-FM is broadcasting from an improper
transmitter site (as explained in CGC #694), and that in itself
poses a major problem for Mr. Bonilla.  In the AM arena, an
engineering expert comments that while slant wires can be
used to create impressive directional radiation patterns in the
horizontal plane, their performance often fails at the vertical
angles needed to protect distant stations at night.  Sounds like
Mr. Bonilla has a steep engineering hill to climb.
  In other news, XHBCE program provider "BCA" (John Lynch)
has just filed comments with the FCC in favor of XHBCE-FM, but
the first document received by our office was woefully incomplete.
We are in the process of reviewing BCA's second (late filed)
comments to see if they are reasonably complete.  If so, they
should be web posted in time for our next newsletter.
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  LOJACK REQUESTS RULE RELAXATIONS
  LoJack Corporation has filed a request for waiver of certain
provisions of the Commission's Rules.  As discussed in greater
detail below, LoJack requests (1) authorization by rule, rather
than by license, of the mobile transceivers used as part of
LoJack's stolen vehicle recovery system; (2) use of emissions
other than the currently authorized F1D and F2D emissions; (3) a
waiver of the duty cycle limits; and (4) a waiver to allow
LoJack's system to be used for tracking and recovery of cargo
and hazardous materials.  (LoJack uses 173.075 MHz for its Stolen
Vehicle Recovery System.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1782A1.doc
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  CELLULAR (AND PCS) JAMMERS PROHIBITED IN THE UNITED STATES
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1776A1.doc
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  BROADBAND RADIO SERVICE RULE CHANGES (2 GHZ)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1818A1.doc
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  FCC DELAYS EFFECTIVE DATE RE UNSOLICITED FAX ADS
  The Commission has delayed until January 9, 2006 the
effective date of the Commission's July 2003 determination that
anyone sending an unsolicited advertising fax obtain a prior
signed, written statement as evidence of the recipient's
permission to receive the fax.  Until January 9, 2006, such
faxes may be sent without prior written consent to people with
whom the advertiser has an existing business relationship.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-259689A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-132A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Lotus Communications has been fined $10,000 because it
"repeatedly failed to comply with the antenna structure lighting,
monitoring and notification requirements" at the KWKW(AM) array
in Los Angeles.  "Such failure by Lotus created a public safety
hazard that Lotus was unaware of until notified by a Commission
agent" according to the FCC.
  Lotus asked that the fine be canceled, arguing that Lotus
had a history of "unblemished compliance" with the Commission's
Rules.  Not so, said the Commission, after finding other Notices
of Violations against Lotus in the records.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1817A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  FOLLOW UP ON LASER BEAM TV
  Last week we gave the URL showing one end of a full duplex
laser link demonstrated at Amateur Radio Field Day in Fallbrook,
CA.  Now, here are the details.
  The equipment used in Fallbrook is an extension of work
reported in the CGC Communicator a few years ago.  There, simple
red pointer lasers (over-the-counter devices that run on a couple
of AA or AAA batteries) were used to establish a full duplex voice
link at night over a path length of 10-15 miles.  The system
probably would have communicated over far greater distances, but
DX was not the object of that experiment.
  Today's setup uses the same dirt-cheap low-power over-the-
counter red pointer lasers, but better optical filtering permits
day and night operation, and the system bandwidth has been
increased to handle TV signals.  For the Field Day demonstration,
a path length of about 200 feet was used, and live video from a
small TV camera at one end of path was "lasered" to a TV set at the
other end of the link.  (Bigger bandwidth means shorter hop lengths
for fixed laser power, noise being the limiting factor.)
  Tests show that the current setup is so wideband that you
can connect CATV coax to one laser, and tune through all of the
TV channels at the laser receiver with excellent picture quality.
For technical information, download the second two URLs below.
If you still have questions, contact system inventor Kerry Banke,
N6IZW, at mailto:kbanke@qualcomm.com.  (The 2 GHz coffee can
microwave system pictured at the first URL was built for fun, and
has nothing to do with the laser equipment.)
  Setup Photo: http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/hr/FD05_Laser.jpg
  2.6 MB File: http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/hr/Wb_Laser.doc
  6.6 MB File: http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/hr/Wb_Laser.ppt
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  RANDOM NOTES FROM RADIO WORLD
  Berkeley Pirate Shuts Down (For Now); Faces Eviction
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7332
  Troposcatter System Achieves 20 Mbps Data Rate
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7323
  Engineering Consultant 'Bix' Bixby Dies
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7327
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  THANKS!
  For what it's worth, the Communicator is one of the most
useful things I read about our industry.  I've got over 30 years
and have seen info sheets come and go, but yours is always good
and always appreciated.  Thanks for taking the time to send it
out.
  Paul Black, CPBE, N6BBZ
  Bonneville San Francisco Radio Group - KOIT, KDFC, KZBR
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  XETRA-AM (690 KHZ) SECTION 325(c) APPLICATION FILED
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-259631A1.pdf
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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-20050620ADV K213AR 72001 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
              E   90.5 MHZ             LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K213AR.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPED-20050624AAT  KUSC 69318  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
               E   91.7 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20041104AMN   KMLT  21689   AMATURO GROUP OF L.A., LTD.
              E   92.7 MHZ            THOUSAND OAKS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  KSIQ (96.1 MHZ) PROPOSED MOVE TO CAMPO
  KSIQ-FM is proposing to downgrade itself from Class B to
  Class B1 status and move itself from Brawley to Campo.  The
  station will stay on 96.1 MHz.  The Commission has issued
  an NPRM.  It will be interesting to follow KSIQ's progress
  in case it has aspirations of inching its way to San Diego.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-1779A1.doc
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20050601BWT    KXOL-FM  28848   KXOL LICENSING, INC.
                 E   96.3 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/07/2005
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-19971124TD  971124TD  89263  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   99.1 MHZ             WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/27/2005
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH- 20050624AAD   KLVE  35086  KLVE-FM LICENSE CORP. CA
              E     107.5 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BNPTTL-20000803AAZ   NEW  125191     SAMUEL LUGO
                 E   CHAN-24          EL CENTRO, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for EL CENTRO, CA
  on channel 24, Effective Radiated Power 10.0, coordinates
  NL 32 deg 47 min 29 sec WL 115 deg 30 min 10 sec, as amended.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BNPTTL-20000831AZN   NEW  128454   LOMA LINDA BROADCASTING
                 P   CHAN-29              NETWORK, INC.
                                           BANNING, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BANNING, CA
  on channel 29, Effective Radiated Power 1.0, coordinates
  NL 33 deg 50 min 18 sec WL 116 deg 48 min 57 sec.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  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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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20050623AAG KPXN-DT 58978 PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE, INC.
                E   CHAN-38            SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20021126AAU,
  callsign KPXN.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTL-20000831BLX  K40IM  128978  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
                 E   CHAN-40              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  on channel 40, Effective Radiated Power 5.0, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 16 min 58 sec WL 116 deg 53 min 55 sec, as amended.
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