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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #698
                   Wednesday,  August 3, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BONILLA CHAPTER VII UNFOLDS, LOOKS LIKE ENRON
  Our prediction that the Bonilla case would probably be
"one of the biggest stories to break in the local broadcast
community in years" (CGC #687) is coming true.  In fact, this
story resembles Enron, and contains allegations of vanishing
equipment, geographic coordinates that are mysteriously moved
from one place to another, and false statements given to the
Commission - all to maintain valuable cross-border (Section
325(c)) program transmission rights.
  The Bonilla case involves, as you may recall, AM stations
XESS, XESDD and XEKTT, and FM station XHBCE-FM, all in Baja
North, Mexico.  Aerial photographs taken by Lazer Broadcasting
in May 2005 uncovered evidence of apparent massive violations
of international broadcasting agreements - from AM stations that
should have been built with multiple towers (but weren't) to
XHBCE-FM's Class B facility that was apparently operating from
the wrong location (and 1700 feet too high), to a Class C1
antenna that apparently couldn't protect the U.S.  We are also
reminded that the Class C1 antenna was built to handle 100 kW
ERP, far above the 8.2 kW value ultimately allowed by the SCT.
  While the operators of the stations have repeatedly and
vehemently denied any wrongdoing, Lazer Broadcasting along with
Emmis Communications filed a pleading on Friday that appears
to have shattered the heart of the Baja stations' defense.
  According to the Lazer/Emmis attorneys ("Lazer"), Friday's
document provides, "....conclusive evidence that BCA and Quetzal
have been engaged in a high-stakes game of fraud on the FCC" in
order to save their Section 325(c) permits.  Maps, color photos
and engineering drawings accompany Lazer's easy-to-read pleading
and show how the alleged misdeeds were accomplished.
  You may read the Lazer/Emmis filing at the first URL below.
Color photos are posted separately at the second URL:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Reply_BCA_Opposition.pdf
  (Complete black & white filing - 3.3 megabytes)
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Reply_BCA_Oppose_Photos.pdf
  (Color photos only - 6.3 megabytes)
  If you read nothing else, download the first document and
read "pdf" pages 28 thru 33, starting with the title, "The True
Location of XHBCE's Class B Plant is Revealed."  It would help to
print the Exhibit E-2 map beforehand ("pdf" page 39) as a guide.
  It's fascinating to see the step-by-step process that
Lazer claims was used to obscure the true location of a valuable
broadcast property.  How do you move coordinates from one place
to another anyway?  Once you've read that, you'll probably
read more.
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  FCC CONTINUES TO RECEIVE OPINIONS ON IBOC - FROM XEPRS TOO
  The last CGC Communicator mentioned that IBOC comments
had been "flooding in" to the FCC, but that statement reflects
the almost 900 comments that have been filed since 1999.  The
number of letters added recently has been much smaller, but
continues to grow.
  Of particular interest to broadcasters in southern California
are the "Comments of Broadcast Company of the Americas, LLC,"
(BCA) program supplier to 50,000 watt XEPRS, 1090 kHz, Rosarito
(near Tijuana).  XEPRS had a very listenable signal in the greater
Los Angeles area until KNX (1070 kHz) and KDIS (1110 kHz) began
broadcasting in IBOC.  Thereafter, interference to XEPRS was
widespread according to the document just filed.
  BCA writes: "The implications for AM service [when more
stations switch to IBOC] are staggering.  If the IBOC standard
is not modified to eliminate the interference that it currently
causes, the millions of listeners who depend upon AM..... will be
deprived of service."  BCA notes that some of the interference
is experienced inside XEPRS' 5 mV/m contour.
  View BCA's Comments at <http://tinyurl.com/8ruhg>.
  [Editor's note:  KNX has temporarily suspended IBOC
transmissions, and KDIS had reverted to C-Quam on Monday, the
day this story was prepared, so XEPRS' signal should have been
interference-free at that time, and may still be clear today.
AM IBOC, while beneficial in some respects, can jam out the
out-of-town competition.  Now, where is the public interest
in that?  Reply Comments are due August 17.
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  SAN DIEGO BASELINE BPL TESTS ARE HISTORY
  San Diego Gas & Electric Company ("SDG&E") is installing
its first test BPL system in Zip Code 92123.  It's a small
system, and 92123 happens to be the Zip Code of Ham Radio
Outlet, although we do not know if the BPL equipment will
illuminate HRO's store which would make an interesting test
bed.  (ARRL's local representative is Jim Stevenson, W6YI.)
  Official SDG&E BPL RFI observers were invited to make
baseline RF measurements and observe spectrum tests on Wednesday,
July 27, 2005, before the first BPL equipment was installed.
The system is scheduled to become operational on August 31, 2005
and could be left on for a year.
  Technical questions remain as to the efficacy of SDG&E's
upcoming tests because they involve a small geographic area and
only about 10 SDG&E employees will use the system to "monitor
electric-grid conditions and control equipment in the Kearny Mesa
area" according to SignOnSanDiego.  So, it is reasonable to ask
if there will be enough BPL activity to simulate a fully loaded
Internet-connected system with many hungry users.  If not, the
RFI results will be questionable at best.
  For further information on SDG&E's BPL tests, these links are
available:
  SDG&E Media Press Release
  http://tinyurl.com/9uvaz
  SDG&E Public Data "In Accordance With FCC Requirements"
  http://www.sdge.com/bpl/
  SBE Chapter 36 BPL Story by Gary Stigall
  http://sbe36.org/2005/08_bpl_pilot.html
  SignOnSanDiego Story (link will expire soon)
  http://tinyurl.com/dtaqe
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  KFTR LIGHTS UP IN DTV
  KFTR-DT, Channel 29, Ontario, is on the air testing and
plans to remain on 24 hours/day, start-up glitches excluded.
Reception reports are invited by Ralph Ortiz:
  mailto:ralphortiz48@yahoo.com
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  SAN DIEGO'S 96.9 MHZ PIRATE IS RAIDED BY FCC AND OTHERS
  San Diego's 96.9 MHz pirate radio station was taken off
the air on July 21, 2005 following a raid by the FCC and other
officials.  San Diego's SBE Chapter 36 picks up the story from
there:
  "No one was arrested, but an estimated $3,000 worth of
equipment was confiscated at the station, located in the South
Park neighborhood of San Diego near Balboa Park.  The FCC says
that they make such raids based on complaints.  Pirate station
rep "Bob Ugly" says "it was understood that this raid was
coming.""
  The pirate station was reportedly located near the
intersection of Elm & Bancroft.  SignOnSanDiego posted a
detailed story on July 22, and the story is available from
their archives for a fee.  SBE Chapter 36 posted this interview
with Mr. Ugly in the fall of 2003:
  http://sbe36.org/2005/08_waves_pirate.html
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  Mario Hieb has been awarded U.S. Patent #6,920,186 for a
  "digital phasor," an invention said to replace "AM directional
  phasors (1930s technology) with a modern control system"
  http://tinyurl.com/7qxp8 (Patent)
  http://tinyurl.com/aauyf (Radio World Story)
  IBOC FM booster study released (KCSN, Northridge)
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7410
  Two Experimental grants have been issued for super high
  frequency antenna testing at Irvine, CA (59-63 GHz range)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-260277A1.doc
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  THE HAM RADIO MORSE CODE REQUIREMENT MAY DISAPPEAR
  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and
Order, and will accept public comments on its proposal to do
away with the Morse code requirement for any class of Amateur
license.  Currently, code tests are only required for upper
class licenses.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-143A1.doc
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  A WONDERFUL SECRET: JOHN HIGNITE'S 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
  A surprise 80th birthday party for John Hignite, perhaps
the best known tower climber and erector in southern California,
is being planned for November 19 by his wife Jackie.  (John's
actual birthday is November 17.)
  If you have photographs or stories or notes or thoughts that
might be included in a scrapbook, Jackie wants to know.  If you'd
like to attend his November 19 birthday bash, she needs to know
that too.
  Jackie Hignite may be reached at P.O. Box 583, Bellflower, CA
90707, or mailto:auntiejackie@worldnet.att.net, or by calling
562-925-7252 (but be discrete if you call and John is home).  So,
put on your thinking cap about what you might contribute, even
if it's just a note of thanks, and keep any mention of the party
and scrapbook hush-hush for now.  They are big secrets.
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20050330BHX     KTIE  58808     CARON BROADCASTING, INC.
             P      590 KHZ             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMJP-20050114ADD    KNWH  67028     MCC RADIO, LLC
                E   1250 KHZ       TWENTY NINE PALMS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/18/2005
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20050727AAH    KECG  19081     EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL
                E   88.1 MHZ              EL CERRITO, CA
  License to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPFT-20020328AAT   K210CL  90642   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
                P   89.9 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                        LEMON GROVE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 8/6/02 BY SANTA MONICA
  COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
  Petition For Reconsideration granted 11/6/2002.
  Application Reinstated nunc pro tunc 11/6/2002. (No letter sent.)
  Application dismissed 3/17/2005.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 4/13/05 by ("SMCCD")
  Petition denied 7/21/2005.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-20050317ABU   K213AB  60137   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   90.5 MHZ               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/28/2005
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20050706AAS   KUSC-1  164824    UNIVERSITY OF
                  E   91.5 MHZ        SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                       SANTA CLARITA, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20050719AAJ   KQCM 16771  COPPER MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CO..
               E   92.1 MHZ              JOSHUA TREE, CA
  License to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPFT-20050718ABY  K224DK 139831  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   92.7 MHZ               FONTANA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20050719AAK   KXCM  67029  COPPER MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CO..
               E   96.3 MHZ             TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA
  License to modify
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20050714ACO   KSCA  24548   UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE CORP...
               E   101.9 MHZ               GLENDALE, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-20050317ACK   K270AI  88469   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   101.9 MHZ             CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/28/2005
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20050422AEB  KMZT-FM 43939  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS,INC.
               E   105.1 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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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-20000828AUY   NEW  127817    CHARLES C. TOWNSEND, III
                 P   CHAN-24                BRAWLEY, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BRAWLEY, CA on
  channel 24, Effective Radiated Power 5.0, coordinates
  NL 32 deg 58 min 45 sec WL 115 deg 33 min 20 sec.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20050713ACE   KTLA-DT  35670   KTLA  INC.
                E     CHAN-31       LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20050603AAC,
  callsign KTLA-TV.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20050727AHL  KESQ-TV 25577  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                E   CHAN-42              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-20041014ADD,
  callsign KESQ-TV.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTA-20050725ADK  KBOP-CA 11371  COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.
                 E   CHAN-43               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KBOP-CA.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  DISMISSED
  BLTTL-20050713ADN  K46GC  52216  SEATTLE STREAMING RADIO, LLC
                E   CHAN-55            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20040630ABG,
  callsign K46GC.  Dismissed per applicant's request.
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