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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #700
                    Monday,  August 15, 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 VIII - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
  CGC readers have asked several questions about the Bonilla
case; the most common ones are paraphrased below in a question
and answer format:
  Q.  ERI seems to have made a case against the directional
antenna pattern claimed by XHBCE-FM on Cerro Bola.  Has Mr.
Bonilla said anything in his defense?
  A.  A response has come from Broadcast Company of the
Americas (BCA) in a letter to the FCC dated August 5, 2005.
In it, Dr. Ali Mahnad stated that he was instrumental in the
design of the antenna and that non-obvious slots and parasitics
were incorporated as pattern shaping tools.  However, Dr. Mahnad
provided no direct evidence to support his claim and did not
certify his response under penalty of perjury, so his Declaration
must either be taken on faith or disregarded.
  BCA's attorney continued his pattern of saying some things
that are technically incorrect, and not saying other things that
should be important to address.  BCA commented on the Cerro
Bola 8-bay antenna issue only.  BCA did not respond to Lazer's
request for detailed information on the XHBCE Cerro Grande
directional antenna, did not discuss the 4-bay antenna recently
discovered on Cerro Bola and has not addressed any of the
fraud allegations in Lazer's pleading (CGC #698).
  Q.  Have any papers been published on slant wire
directionalization for AM stations?
  A.  Yes.  Grant Bingeman's paper from Continental Electronics
is a wonderful resource.  It is available on the web and easy to
read.  There are two well known slant wire installations in
Mexico:  XEWB in Veracruz and XEQI in Monterrey.  In both of
these cases, the stations are internationally notified as being
non-directional, and the intent of the slant wires is to increase
the signal strengths in directions away from the U.S., so it is
unlikely that the U.S. would object to the use of slant wires in
those instances.
  Contrast the Veracruz and Monterrey cases to the three Bonilla
AM stations (XESS, XESDD and XEKTT) which are close to the U.S./
Mexican border, are notified as being multi-tower directionals
(to protect the U.S.), but in fact have only single towers and
internationally unauthorized slant wires.  The Bingeman paper
is available at <http://www.contelec.com/Files/amitra.pdf>.  It
does not address the issues of skywave protection or slant wire
sag, however.
  Q.  Any truth to the rumor that BCA has told the FCC that it
doesn't need a Section 325(c) permit to send programming across
the U.S./Mexican border?
  A.  Yes.  BCA told the Commission that if a 325 permit was
not issued for XHBCE's new Cerro Bola transmitter plant, and
"....if listeners in the San Diego area are to continue to receive
"El Cucuy" [a program produced in Los Angeles] at all," one option
is that "the licensee of XHBCE-FM will be forced to attempt to
obtain "El Cucuy" elsewhere including, potentially, from other
Mexican stations who would receive the program pursuant to
Section 325 authorizations already issued by the FCC" (page 2 of
BCA's July 29, 2005 letter to the FCC).
  Since this looks like an end-run around the FCC's 325
requirement, we'll let the FCC sort this one out.  Please hold
any further questions; ultimately the FCC will decide the issues.
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  CROSS BORDER PERMIT GRANTED
  A Section 325(c) permit to electronically send audio
programming across the U.S./Mexican border to XETRA, 690 kHz,
Rosarito (near Tijuana), Mexico, has been granted to GLR
Networks, LLC.
  If you download the URL below, note the humorous error
inside the INFORMATIVE box, in the second paragraph where
XETRA(AM) is required to "abide by the terms of the 1992 USA-
Mexico FM Broadcast Agreement."  An AM station will be challenged
to comply with an FM agreement.  (Thanks to Eric Schecter for
noticing the snafu.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-260518A1.pdf
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  CONTRACT SIGNED TO ADVANCE BPL DEPLOYMENT IN SAN DIEGO
  AND ORANGE COUNTIES - FURTHER INFORMATION
 
  San Diego Gas & Electric Company has contracted with
Massachusetts-based Ambient Corporation to further the
development of "broadband over powerline" (BPL) data services
to be offered over the electrical distribution grid.  The
electric utility serves 3.3 million customers in San Diego
and southern Orange County.
  http://tinyurl.com/cnqps
  http://www.ambientcorp.com/
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  MORE TIME FOR LPFM COMMENTS
  In the matter of "Creation of a Low Power Radio Service"
(MM Docket 99-25), the Comment and Reply Comment deadlines have
been extended to August 22 and September 6, 2005, respectively.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2253A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  HD RADIO NOTES
  HOW SHOULD YOUR MULTICAST CALL SIGN LOOK ON AN HD RADIO DISPLAY?
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7562
  KPBS-FM's HD TRANSMITTER IS ON THE AIR
  The signal looks robust on a spectrum analyzer as seen 8/8/05
  from CGC's monitoring station in Fallbrook.
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  106.3 MHZ "RADIOACTIVITY" PIRATE IN SAN DIEGO GOES DARK
  San Diego's "other" pirate radio station, known as
"Radioactivity," reportedly voluntarily went dark soon after
the 96.9 MHz pirate was raided by the FCC (see CGC #698).
Apparently the FCC posted a notice on Radioactivity's premises -
presumably a "get off the air or we'll pay you a visit"
missive, and the pirate took the hint.
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  USING VERIZON WIRELESS INTERNET CARDS FOR REMOTES
  Regarding the Verizon Wireless Internet cards mentioned in
CGC #692, Radiovisa (KMXE/830AM) has acquired two of the cards
for use in laptops.  They are being used to connect to the
Internet while broadcasting live from remote locations.  The
station has had the cards for four weeks and, while they are not
the same as having a DSL circuit for remotes, the Verizon cards
are said to be "far, far better than dial up."  They are now a
permanent part of the station's remote kit.  At $80 a month each
for unlimited access, Kent Kramer says it's cheaper than
installing a DSL or POTS line for Internet access at each remote
broadcast.
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  SAN DIEGO COUNTY ENACTS 45-DAY MORATORIUM ON NEW CELL TOWERS
 
  A U.S. Federal Court ruling invalidating San Diego County's
controversial cellular tower siting ordinance has prompted the
Board of Supervisors to approve a 45-day moratorium on new towers
while a decision is made on whether to appeal the ruling, adopt
a new ordinance, or reinstate the previous rules.  The moratorium
comes at a time when about 130 applications for new tower permits
are awaiting County action.
  http://tinyurl.com/9thfs  (Link expires soon)
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  EARTH DOT GOOGLE ATTRACTS ATTENTION
  A new website called Earth Dot Google (or "Google Earth")
has been attracting quite a bit of attention in Amateur radio
circles - hams saying it's a "must see" and a "guaranteed time
waster" - so you know it's good.
  Essentially Earth Dot Google is a 3-D model of the real
world using maps and aerial photographs, and you can even "fly"
over terrain and tilt and rotate the map table.  It's easy to
operate and a lot of fun.  Requires a free software download.
  http://earth.google.com
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  ANOTHER WEB SITE OF INTEREST
  Microwave Radio and Coaxial Cable Networks of the
  Bell System (historic information).
  http://www.long-lines.net
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  WORLDSPACE STOCK NOW AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC
  If you believe in the potential of satellite radio to reach
the world, now you can invest in a global company.  WorldSpace
issued an initial public stock offering (IPO) and is trading on
the NASDAQ under the symbol WRSP.  The IPO was priced at $21
per share.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7525
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  THANKS TO MR. HAL GRIGSBY
  Three CGC Communicator readers remind us that the
just-concluded U.S./Mexico High Level Consultative Commission
meeting in Mexico City owes much of its success to the hard work
and devotion of Mr. Hal Grigsby at the U.S. Department of State.
As many of you will recall, Mr. Grigsby was the engineer in
charge of the San Diego FCC field office for many years.
  Put simply, Mr. G. knows what works (and does not work) when
it comes to preventing cross-border radio frequency interference
problems through policy decisions.  Both the U.S. and Mexico are
fortunate to have him working on new agreements to foster new
radio services on both sides of the border, and to avert long-
term problems.  (If any of you have personal notes on Mr.
Grigsby's counterpart/s in Mexico, please send them our way.)
  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2005/50826.htm
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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-20050803ABE   KPBS-FM  58823     THE BD. OF TRUSTEES,
                 E   89.5 MHZ       CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
                                           SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRFT-20050722AHJ    K210BE  20841   FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
                 E   89.9 MHZ            LA QUINTA, CA
  Amendment filed 08/05/2005
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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 STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRED-20050729BCB  KDSC  69116  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
              E   91.1 MHZ              THOUSAND OAKS, CA
  Amendment filed 08/08/2005
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRFT-20050722AHI    K217BJ  20995   FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
                 E   91.3 MHZ           BANNING, ETC., CA
  Amendment filed 08/05/2005
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRFT-20050722AHR    K268AH  82427   FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
                    E   101.5 MHZ       PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Amendment filed 08/05/2005
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000605ALI   NEW  124566  VOICE OF FAITH MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   101.5 MHZ              RIVERSIDE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Amended April 9, 2002.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 12/8/03
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT PETITION DENIED PER 1800B3-SS ON 1-13-04.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/21/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 8/1/05 by Voice of
  Faith Ministries Inc.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000605AIY    NEW  124411     CALVARY CHAPEL OF RANCHO
                E   101.5 MHZ             SANTA MARGARITA
                                      RANCHO SANTA MARGARI, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/13/2004.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/15/04
  Petition for Reconsideration granted, application reinstated per
  letter ref. 1800B23-DT, DA 05-2244, on August 4, 2005.
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  BNPL-20000605AJC    NEW  124422    CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE PASS
                E   103.5 MHZ               BANNING, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendments filed 10/31/2002, 1/15 & 4/29/2003.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/14/04.
  Petition for Reconsideration granted, application reinstated
  per letter ref. 1800B23-DT, DA 05-2245, on August 4, 2005.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20050225AAY   KBIG-FM 6360  AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC
               E   104.3 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.  65 kW ERP, 928 meters
  HAAT, 34 13 36 NL, 118 03 59 WL
  Granted 8/3/2005
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRFT-20050801BLX   K295AH  84739   IHR EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING
               E   106.9 MHZ                 GOLETA, CA
  Amendment filed 08/09/2005
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BNPTTL-20000804ABD  NEW 125257 IGLESIA JESUCHRISTO ES MI REFUGIO.
                 P  CHAN-20             BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BIG BEAR LAKE, CA on
  channel 20, Effective Radiated Power 50.0, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 14 min 34 sec WL 116 deg 54 min 45 sec, as amended.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20050729AFT  KTBN-DT 67884  TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK..
                 E   CHAN-23               SANTA ANA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19991101AHZ,
  callsign KTBN-TV.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20050801BMB  K54AI 43815  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-47          TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMJPTT-20000831CHJ,
  callsign K54AI.
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPEDT-20050805AAB  KOCE-DT  4328   KOCE-TV FOUNDATION
                  E   CHAN-48        HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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