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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #703
                    Sunday,  August 28, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FOCUS ON AM IBOC - PART II
  Last week, Barry McLarnon's "AM IBOC: Daytime Problems,
and Disaster at Night" article was mentioned as MUST reading
for all broadcast engineers involved in the AM IBOC roll out.
This week, the edition of Radio Guide where the article
appears has been web-posted.  Just click on the URL below:
  http://www.oldradio.com/aug.pdf
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  EARLY IBOC SURPRISES CONTINUE
  Early adopters of IBOC continue to be plagued with equipment
reliability problems on both the AM and FM sides.  Most engineers
commenting to the CGC Communicator are asking that their reports
be attributed to "anonymous," or not published at all.  One
engineer writes (about both Harris and BE gear), "IBOC is very,
very FAR from reliable.  In fact, I have found the hardware to
be VERY fragile....  Bump it and it quits...."
  Of course, reliability issues will be cleared up over time
as the industry matures and - conveniently - as the window for
comments to the FCC closes.  However, as the nationwide Beta
Test of IBOC continues, the interference will undoubtedly continue
to grow, especially in the AM band.  One magazine editor writes,
"Maybe someone will actually do something in DC that will stop
this train wreck."
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 On the positive side for IBOC is this USA Today story directed
at the general public and touting the virtues of HD Radio:
  http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/gear/2005-08-23-digital-radio_x.htm
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  REPLY COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED FOR LOW POWER RADIO SERVICE
  The FCC has extended the Reply Comment deadline in the
Low Power Radio Service proceeding (Docket 99-25).  The new
Reply Comment deadline is September 21, 2005.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2348A1.doc
  According to Radio World, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D- N.Y., is
said to be planning to introduce a bill to expand the number of
LPFMs by instructing the FCC to drop third-adjacent channel
protections when allocating LPFMs:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7610
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  SECTION 325(C) PERMIT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  The following Section 325(c) permits applications have been
Accepted for Filing:
  Applicant: Finest City Broadcasting, LLC
  Stations Involved: XETRA-FM, 91.1 MHz; XHITZ-FM, 90.3 MHz
  and XHRM-FM, 92.5 MHz - all assigned to Tijuana, Mexico.
  Applicant: LATV Holdings, LLC
  Station Involved: XHRIO(TV), Channel 2, Matamoros, Mexico.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-260684A1.pdf
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  XETRA(AM) NO LONGER REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH FM AGREEMENT
  CGC #700 called attention to a humorous Section 325(c)
grant that required XETRA(AM) to operate in accordance with
the U.S./Mexican FM broadcasting agreement.  That error, made
by the FCC, has been corrected:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-260686A1.pdf
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  KLSD's 50,000 WATTS CLAIMED TO BE GREAT FOR SHIPS AT SEA
  Regarding the proposed 50,000 watt full time operation at
KLSD, 1360 kHz, San Diego, one CGC Communicator contributor
writes: "KLSD's proposed antenna pattern has most of the watts
[going] out to sea."  As evidence for this claim, one may
inspect the new day and night radiation patterns at:
  http://tinyurl.com/9hyzt (Daytime Pattern)
  http://tinyurl.com/cqpqh (Nighttime Pattern)
  The red line in the polar chart is the electric field
pattern.  The blue line is an "expanded scale" enlargement
(probably 10X) of the field pattern in the null zones.  Note
the deep nulls.  It would be interesting to examine the present
vs. proposed coverage patterns of KLSD to determine how land
lubbers will be affected by the new 50 kW facility.
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  DID KPBS-TV SIGN ON BEFORE KNSD?
  A spirited behind-the-scenes e-mail exchange has been
taking place between a newspaper reporter and KPBS.  The reporter
thought that perhaps KPBS-TV was San Diego's first UHF station,
not KNSD (see CGC #701).
  After the dust settled, it appears that KNSD (then known
as KAAR) was indeed the first UHF outlet for San Diego, with
KAAR signing on in 1965.  KPBS-TV (then possibly called KEBS)
did not begin broadcasting until June 25, 1967.
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  BPL UPDATE
  Questions remain about the imminent BPL trial at San Diego
Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) involving Ambient Corp. BPL
equipment.  With so little predicted use of the system (involving
only about 10 SDG&E employees per SignOnSanDiego), will parts of
the system simply "squelch off" for lack of data flow?  If so,
the test will not be meaningful from an RFI standpoint.
  To answer this and other questions, CGC called Ambient
Corporation and asked to talk to a systems engineer.  No such
contact would be allowed, Ambient said, unless CGC first signed
a non-disclosure agreement, which we refused to do.  As a
consolation, however, Ambient invited us to send a letter with
our questions, which we did.  They answered as follows:
  "Thank you for your inquiry regarding the upcoming SDG&E BPL
trial.  All public information regarding the BPL trials in San
Diego can be found on SDG&E's website (<http://www.sdge.com/bpl/>.
I invite you to continue to check their site for updated
information."  As of this writing, nothing new has been posted,
and we would be very surprised if anything new is posted.
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  According to a recent communication from SDG&E, "Ambient
is the first of several vendors from who we plan to purchase
equipment and training to trial as part of our BPL pilot project.
The contract with Ambient was a result of a competitive bid to
all manufacturers of BPL product.  We intend to bid for the next
trial by the end of this quarter...."
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  NEW WEB-BASED BROADCAST ENGINEERING TOOL
  RadioSoft says it is now offering what it touts as "the
industry's first browser-based mapping solution."  The company
says the system particularly benefits clients who need mapping
but for whom a radio propagation and geospatial information
system like its ComStudy is overkill.  Fees for "RadioCompass
Online Maps" start at $35.  (Radio World)
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7618
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  L-A-X AIRPORT RADIO: THE MAN BEHIND THE SOUND
  At 530 on the AM dial, AirRadio veteran broadcaster Ned Skaff
commands the airwaves from a windowless studio at LAX, where for
the past 10 years he's been the morning drive time and fly time
host of airport traffic and parking news.  August is forecast to
be the busiest month at LAX since the 9/11 terrorist attacks as
6 million travelers are expected to pass through the facility.
  http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/1787827.html
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  MORE ON BOB KANNER'S PASSING
  In response to a question from CGC, Bob Kanner's wife,
Sheli Witz, asks those interested in remembering Bob's life
to contribute to a lung cancer research organization (there are
several).  If anyone would like to get in touch with Sheli
directly, she can be reached at (909) 861-6115 or
mailto:switz@att.net.
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  10-CODES TO BECOME EXTINCT -- "10-4 ON THAT"
  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has mandated the
implementation of "NIMS" - the National Emergency Management
System - by October 1.  This means, in part, that police and
other emergency agencies will be required to phase out the use
of "ten codes" in favor of speaking and writing in plain text -
this to assure that messages will be understood when large-scale
disasters require different agencies to work together.  All
recipients of federal preparedness funds must adopt and use NIMS
as a condition for the receipt of FY06 preparedness assistance
funding, and they must use plain language on a day-to-day basis,
not just for large-scale emergencies.
  http://www.wect.com/Global/story.asp?S=3755471&nav=2gQcdeGY
  http://hjnews.townnews.com/articles/2005/08/14/news/news03.txt
  http://www.nimsonline.com/
  http://www.fema.gov/pdf/nims/concerning_nimsweb.pdf
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  CELLPHONES IN AFRICA ARE THE RAGE
  In just five years, the number of wireless users in Africa
jumped from about 7 million to more than 76 million, as remote
villagers grasped for technology that few outsiders thought they
needed or wanted.  Villagers in the two jungle provinces of Congo
are so eager for service that they have built 50-foot-high tree
houses to "catch" signals from distant cell sites.
  In spite of the obstacles faced in recharging handsets from
scarce automotive batteries, the phones are being put to uses not
even imagined by those erecting the networks.
  http://tinyurl.com/at5vv
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  A POSSIBLE WAY TO END DANGEROUS POLICE PURSUITS
  A Virginia start-up called StarChase will soon unveil a
system aimed at taking some of the danger out of police pursuits
by using compressed air to fire an epoxy-coated projectile at a
fleeing vehicle, thus attaching a GPS chip set, wireless modem
and power supply to enable continuous remote tracking.  Field
tests will begin soon, and StarChase intends to officially unveil
the system at next month's IAPC Conference in Miami.
  http://mrtmag.com/news/starchase_vehicle_tagging_082405/
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BR-20050726AKT    KFOX  87242   CHAGAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
              E   1650 KHZ               TORRANCE, CA
  Amendment filed 08/23/2005
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BPED-19990310MB 990310MB 92934 BROADCASTING FOR THE CHALLENGED..
              P   88.1 MHZ              YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  CP FOR NEW NCE STATION
  *PETITION TO DENY FILED 4/7/99
  Settlement filed 7/19/01 for MX group 981002 to dismiss
  BPED-19990310MB & BPED-19990310MQ; and to grant BPED-19981013MB.
  SUPPLEMENT TO SETTLEMENT FILED 8/29/01.
  Dismissed 8/19/2005 per settlement agreement. No letter sent.
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  BPED-19990310MQ  990310MQ 92946  SACRAMENTO BRAIN TRUST INC...
               P   88.1 MHZ              YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  CP FOR NEW NCE STN.
  Settlement filed 7/19/01 for MX group 981002 to dismiss
  BPED-19990310MB & BPED-19990310MQ; and to grant BPED-19981013MB.
  SUPPLEMENT TO SETTLEMENT FILED 8/29/01
  Dismissed 8/19/2005 per settlement agreement. No letter sent.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20050511ABK  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   88.9 MHZ                LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20050811ACN   K227BI 139642  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                 E   93.3 MHZ              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000608ABZ   NEW  124673   IGLESIA DE CRISTO NEWHALL
               E   102.3 MHZ              NEWHALL, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 1/22/01
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/31/2004
  SUPPLEMENT TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 4/14/04
  PETITION TO DISMISS INFORMAL OBJECTION FILED 10/6/04 BY
  ANTION CESAR GUEL
  PETITION TO DISMISS RESPONSE FILED 11/15/04 BY (TAXI)
  Reply of TAXI Productions, Inc filed 11/18/04
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000605AJV   NEW  124491  ROBERTS LIARDON MINISTRIES,INC./
              P   103.9 MHZ          SPIRIT LIFE BIBLE COLLEGE
                                             IRVINE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000605AIK    NEW   124381   HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
               E   107.5 MHZ                 SAN DIEGO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/26/2004
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  BNPL-20000605AIV   NEW  124400   SAN DIEGO COUNTY SER JOBS
              E   107.5 MHZ           FOR PROGRESS, INC.
                                        SAN DIEGO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04
  OPPOSITION TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/11/04
  REPLY FILED 3/31/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/25/2004.
  WITHDRAWAL OF PETITION TO DENY FILED 5/26/04 BY HORIZON.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTVL-20000830AFB  K07YH   127164  KM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-7              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA on
  channel 7, Effective Radiated Power .94999, coordinates
  NL 33 deg 55 min 20 sec WL 116 deg 37 min 0 sec., as amended.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20050822ASI  KIJR-LP 14152  BIRACH BROADCASTING CORP...
                 E   CHAN-47           LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTT-20040520ACG,
  callsign KIJR-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTT-20050801BMB  K47IB 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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