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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                             CGC #705
                   Thursday,  September 8, 2005
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                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                       <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
     Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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   2001 PREDICTION OF HURRICANE DAMAGE TO NEW ORLEANS
   "A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet
of water, killing thousands....  The boxes are stacked eight
feet high and line the walls of the large, windowless room.
Inside them are new body bags, 10,000 in all...."  These words
were written in Scientific American for October 2001 - a
fascinating article now available free online.  Scientists
and engineers had the risks figured out well in advance.
Thanks to Radio World for the tip.
   http://tinyurl.com/eyrrl
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   RADIO, TELEPHONE OUTAGES POSE CHALLENGE TO NEW ORLEANS
   As of late last week, about 20 public safety agencies in New
Orleans were struggling to share a single radio channel, and lack
of electricity compounded the problem as handheld radios began
losing battery power.  A bridge that collapsed across Lake
Pontchartrain carried the fiber optic cables supplying the city
with much of its telephone and Internet access.
   http://tinyurl.com/9l9jx
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   FCC REPORT ON THE COMMUNICATIONS IMPACT OF HURRICANE KATRINA
   Following is the September 7 statement of Kenneth Moran,
Director of the FCC's Office of Homeland Security, as prepared
for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and
Commerce.  In the wake of the Katrina disaster according to Mr.
Moran, only two AM and two FM stations stayed on the air out
of the 41 radio stations assigned to the New Orleans area.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-260895A1.pdf
   For inside telephone numbers at the FCC relative to STA
requests, etc. for Hurricane Katrina recovery, see:
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-260902A1.doc
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   FCC REASSIGNS 1-800-RED-CROSS TO THE RED CROSS
   Following is a very curious FCC announcement - perhaps more
curious for what it does not say (the behind-the-scenes story)
than what it does say.
   A company called "1-800 Ideas.com, Inc." - which is based in
San Diego and incorporated in Nevada - holds the rights to the
toll-free 1-800-RED-CROSS number (1-800-733-2767).  In light of
the widespread disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina, the FCC has
decided to take the number away from 1-800 Ideas.com for a
period of one year, and reassign it to the Red Cross.
   The FCC used this opportunity to remind everyone that,
"....the Commission has created regulations and emphasized the
importance of guarding against warehousing, hoarding, and
brokering of toll-free numbers to ensure that numbers are made
available on an equitable basis."  There just might be an
important message here.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-163A1.doc
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   BONILLA CHAPTER IX - THE QUESTIONABLE XHBCE-FM ANTENNA PATTERN
   When we left the Bonilla case about three weeks ago
(CGC #700), Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA) had filed
a letter from Dr. Ali Mahnad with the FCC.  The letter claimed
that non-obvious slots and parasitic elements were incorporated
into XHBCE-FM's Class C1 antenna on Cerro Bola mountain.  These
devices, it was claimed, would allow XHBCE to achieve a deep and
sudden signal null to protect KXRS in Hemet, CA, and to otherwise
comply with the rather unusual looking radiation envelope
provided to the FCC by the SCT (Mexico's FCC).
   Unfortunately, Dr. Mahnad provided no evidence to show that
these devices (slots and parasitics) were ever incorporated into
XHBCE's antenna, or would do the job.  He provided no drawings,
no high resolution photographs, no detailed theory or test
results, no scale model antenna for testing by others, and failed
to support his claims under penalty of perjury.  In essence, the
reader was being asked to accept his remarks on faith alone.
   Now, Lazer Broadcasting and Emmis Communications have filed
a detailed response that effectively refutes Dr. Mahnad's best
arguments on a point-by-point basis.  The new document was
prepared by Dan Dowdle who many of you will recognize as the Test
Range Director for Electronics Research, Inc. (ERI).  A
supplemental letter from Thomas Silliman, P.E., president of ERI,
supports Mr. Dowdle's findings and offers to test XHBCE's antenna
design, should XHBCE come forward with useful details.
   The Mahnad letter is available at the first URL below.  The
Dowdle response and the Silliman supplement are posted at the
second URL.  In our opinion, XHBCE, BCA, Quetzal and antenna
manufacturer Systems With Reliability, Limited (SWR) are skating
on thin ice.  To have gone this far without providing proof
positive that their antenna works as claimed is risky business.
Why these entities would offer a weak technical response, when
Section 325(c) cross-border program authority is at stake, is
unknown.
   http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/BCA_8-5-05.pdf
   http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FCC_STA_9-7-05.pdf
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                            RANDOM NOTES
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   MORE ON KLSD's PROPOSED 50,000 WATT OPERATION
   KLSD, 1360 kHz, San Diego, is proposing to relocate its
transmitter and increase power as mentioned in last week's
Communicator.  The present operation is 5 kW day/1 kW night
into a single tall (184.5 electrical degree) tower.  The
proposed operation calls for 50 kW diplexed full time into
the KSDO 6-tower array, with different radiation patterns
day & night.
   The peculiar part of this move is that the proposed power
increase will result in little overall coverage improvement
for KLSD in populated areas, and some coverage loss.  See the
URL below for KLSD's before and after coverage contours as filed
with the FCC.  Ordinarily, a dramatic transmitter move like
this one would be expected to pay large, handsome dividends.
   The only argument heard in favor of the move is that
building penetration will improve because of increased power
density, but we have not seen any studies along those lines.
   http://tinyurl.com/caoeu
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   THE EARLY DAYS AT KLSD (KGB)
   I worked for KGB Radio in the early 60s.  The transmitter
was then on top of the Pickwick Hotel in downtown San Diego with
a horizontal clothes line antenna and 1000 watts of power.  We
really didn't cover San Diego very well from this location but got
mail from New Zealand where they could occasionally hear us at
night.  I wonder how the new 50,000 watt facility will compare.
   Ron Estes, KTLA-TV, Channel 5, Los Angeles
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   KUDOS TO CLEAR CHANNEL
   I heard a nice story of cooperation between Clear Channel
and Entercom on NPR over the weekend.  Cannot find the story on
their website, but similar comments [appear at the URL below].
In a spirit of cooperation, Clear Channel has been lending its
helicopter to Entercom to help Entercom evacuate [the affected
New Orleans area]."
   CGC Communicator reader
   http://tinyurl.com/aqekx
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   INITIAL BPL TEST RESULTS - SAN DIEGO
   Some ham radio interference from SDG&E's initial BPL
tests has been reported, particularly to the WARC bands.
However, instead of launching a formal complaint with the FCC
at this time - and in consideration of the small geographic
area being tested - some folks are recommending that the ARRL
wait until all of SDG&E's proposed BPL tests have gotten
underway before a report or complaint is filed with the FCC.
Interference to broadcast frequencies has yet to be tested,
as far as we know.
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   HISTORY ON THE KCOP-TV TRANSMITTER BUILDING NEEDED
   Maybe someone is interested in helping me with the historical
aspects of my current living quarters, the former KCOP-TV (KLAC-
TV/FM) Bldg. here at Mount Wilson.
   Harrison Blake, mailto:hsblake101@yahoo.com
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   POSSIBLE CORRECTION
   CGC #701 indicated that KNSD(TV), San Diego, was an "NBC
O&O" (owned and operated) station.  Not so, says one Communicator
subscriber, who wrote as follows:
   "Technically, KNSD is not an NBC O&O.  It is operated by
NBC, sure, but it is owned by an entity that is not fully owned
or controlled by NBC: "Station Venture Operations LLC."  Last
time I checked the SEC's Edgar database, Harte-Hanks or somebody
claimed to be principal owner, and GE did not list the station
as being owned by them.  Since such documents are under penalty
of perjury, I tend to pay attention to them."
   CGC has asked KNSD for a clarification.
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   XM PROPOSES UP TO 5,000 INDOOR SIGNAL BOOSTERS
   XM Satellite Radio has requested special temporary authority
to operate up to 5,000 indoor signal boosters with an EIRP 100
milliwatts each.  The boosters would be used to "provide adequate
reception of XM's satellite radio service inside of stores and
other establishments where satellite radio receivers are displayed
or used, but where signals may be attenuated due to blockage from
walls and ceilings," according to the company.  If this turns out
to be mainly an in-store promotional tool to sell XM receivers,
the public could be seriously misled about reception capabilities.
   http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7641
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   INCREDIBLE ENGINEERING INCIDENTS
   UCSD's Police Department is moving to new quarters, and
the university hired a consulting firm to design and install a
microwave system to go from PD's new location to the top of Mt.
Soledad.  The consulting firm reportedly looked at a topographic
map, found no obstructions, installed the equipment and discovered
that the path wouldn't work.  There was an unforeseen attenuator
in the way.  It's called the VA Hospital.  Perhaps the consultant
can open the doors and windows to let the signal through?
   This incident is topped by a community in the greater
Los Angeles area that hired a consultant to find a Travelers
Information Service ("TIS") frequency for the community.  The
consultant did a cursory allocations study, filed the necessary
paperwork and was later astounded to find interference from Mexico
on his chosen frequency.  Turns out that the consultant had picked
what amounted to a Mexican clear channel frequency.  Reportedly
the consultant has since decided that listening to the AM band
in advance of filing FCC paperwork would be a good idea.
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   NEW FUEL GAUGE
   The automotive industry and national economists have
collaborated on a new fuel gauge for cars and trucks starting
in 2006.  Retrofits for older vehicles are expected to be
available from local suppliers.  Self explanatory photo:
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Fuel_Gauge.jpg
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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   AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
   ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BZ-20050824ADA      KDIS  25076     KABC-AM RADIO, INC.
                P    1110 KHZ              PASADENA, CA
   Direct Measurement
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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-20050826ABY  K212EP 83977  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                E   90.3 MHZ                LANDERS, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K212EP.
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   FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
   BNPFTB-20050706AAS  KUSC-FM1   164824    UNIVERSITY OF
                   E   91.5 MHZ          SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                          SANTA CLARITA, CA
   CP New Station.
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   FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BLFTB-20050824ADC  KMLT-FM1 164724  AMATURO GROUP OF L.A., LTD.
                  E   92.7 MHZ               MALIBU VISTA, CA
   License to cover.
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   FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
   CONSTRUCTION PERMIT INFORMAL OBJECTION
   BMPFT-20050718ABY  K224DK  139831  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                 E   92.7 MHZ                FONTANA, CA
   Mod of CP
   Petition for Reconsideration filed 8/10/05 by ("EMF")
   Informal Objection filed 8/25/05 by ("Amaturo")
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   LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
   BNPL-20000608ADR   NEW  124781    TEMPLO EAST NEUVA VIDA, INC.
               E   101.5 MHZ                 CORONA, CA
   Engineering Amendment filed 08/25/2005
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   LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
   BNPL-20000605AKD   NEW  124502    CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE CANYONS
               E   101.5 MHZ               FOOTHILL RANCH, CA
   Engineering Amendment filed 09/01/2005
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   FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
   FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BPFT-20050826ABZ  K216CX 8425  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS,INC.
                E   101.7 MHZ             YUCCA VALLEY, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K216CX.
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   FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
   FACILITY GRANTED
   BPFT-20050826ABZ  K269FK  8425  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                E   101.7 MHZ           YUCCA VALLEY, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K216CX.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
   MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
   BMPTVL-20020927ABO  KVPS-LP  10533  VALCOM BROADCASTING LLC
                   E   CHAN-8                INDIO, CA
   Modification of construction permit file number
   BPTVL-20020813ABB.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
   TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BPTTL-20050902AAL   KIMG-LP  12732  EBC LOS ANGELES, INC.
                   E   CHAN-20              VENTURA, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KIMG-LP.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
   A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BPTTL-20050831AEA  KZSW-LP 7776  LA VERTA W. AND VICTOR W. PAGE
                  E   CHAN-27                 HEMET, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KZSW-LP.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE
   TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
   BPTTL-19990302JB   KDIG-LP  14902   STEPHEN M. CILURZO tr/
                  P   CHAN-36         as BRIMARC BROADCASTING
                                          ENCINITAS, CA
   CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 67 TO CHANNEL 36;
   TL: K26FA TOWER SITE, SAN MARCOS, CA 33-06-39  117-09-10;
   TPO: 2.0 KILOWATTS; ERP: 25.1 KILOWATTS; OFFSET: MINUS;
   ANTENNA: ANTENNA CONCEPTS, ACB16P3; RCAMSL: 518.29 METERS AND
   ORIENTATION: 15 DEGREES TRUE. (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
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   BPTTL-20010112AAZ   KSDX-LP  22162  KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                   P   CHAN-34           SAN DIEGO, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSDX-LP.
   Petition for Reconsideration Granted 9/11/02;
   Application Reinstated.
   Application dismissed 9/2/2005.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
   A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
   BPTT-20031124ANH   K40ID  68071   TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                 E   CHAN-40               PALM SPRINGS, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K66BM.
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