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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                             CGC #707
                   Thursday, September 29, 2005
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                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                       <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
     Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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   MIKE STARLING RECEIVES "EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING" AWARD
   NPR engineer Michael Starling has received the 2005 Radio
World Excellence in Engineering Award.  Mike has close ties to
San Diego (KPBS) and is a truly outstanding individual.  See:
   http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7788
   While on the subject of awards, Radio World has delivered
its a "Cool Stuff" award to NPR for its invention of IBOC
multiple audio program streams.  The details are posted at:
   http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7762
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   INTERNET WIRETAPS
   The FCC has concluded that CALEA (Communications Assistance
for Law Enforcement Act) applies to "facilities-based broadband
Internet access providers and providers of interconnected voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service."
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-153A1.doc
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   EXPERIMENTAL GRANT
   The FCC has granted experimental authorization WD2XPK to
Clarity Broadcasting Systems for testing a video system at Frasier
Park (Los Angeles) on 2,000 MHz.  Similar authorizations have also
been granted to Clarity in two others states.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-260961A1.doc
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   BONILLA CHAPTER XI - AN ARCHERY ANALOGY
   As you may recall, CGC #706 indicated that Lazer Broadcasting
had used measured field strength data on XHBCE-FM's antenna
(XHBCE's own data yet) to allegedly show that the XHBCE
directional antenna violated the SCT-notified pattern on 9 of 17
radials extending toward Lazer's KXRS(FM) in Hemet, CA.
   Broadcast Company of the Americas ("BCA") has now responded
to Lazer's charges.  At the heart of the response is BCA's claim
(made in its second to the last paragraph) that XHBCE is only
required to protect KXRS along the 351.03 degree radial (the
radial between the XHBCE and KXRS transmitter plants).  The
8.88 degree radial mentioned by BCA applies to Ludlow, CA
and not KXRS - although BCA gave no indication of recognizing
that.
   The question is, must XHBCE protect KXRS along a single
radial, or over an arc of radials as Lazer maintains?  According
to BCA, use of the phrase "direction of limitation" in Annex 1/
Section 1.4.1 of the U.S./Mexican FM agreement means that only a
single radial must be protected.  The complete sentence in
question reads as follows: "In the direction of limitation, a
restricted assignment using a directional antenna must not exceed
the notified antenna pattern values."
   A really simple analogy will help clear matters up.  If your
neighbor took up archery and some arrows landed in your yard, you
wouldn't ask the person to stop shooting along only one RADIAL.
You'd ask the person to stop shooting in the DIRECTION of your
property.  Here, the word "direction" means an arc of protection.
The word "direction" is used the same way in the U.S./Mexican FM
agreement.  An arc of protection is extended to otherwise
impacted listeners.
   When a radiation reduction is required to protect a station
in the other country, the transmitter-to-transmitter radial is
usually the only one mentioned in written correspondence between
governments.  Doing so is a great shorthand convenience, but BCA
uses this as an excuse to claim that protection is required along
that radial only.  Again, protection must be afforded over an arc.
That's why the governments require directional antenna patterns
to be submitted (first part of the agreement, Section 8.3).
   You are invited to read the entire BCA pleading, as usual.
The real action is in the last two paragraphs.  If you feel like
doing a little research, check the 345 degree field value which
is tabulated for us by XHBCE's antenna manufacturer, and you can
easily see that it exceeds the SCT-mandated pattern value - re
CGC #706.
   The information offered in this story is an editorial and
should not be considered as a finding of fact.  We are all
awaiting the FCC decision in this fascinating case.
   http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Filing_for_BCA.pdf
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                            RANDOM NOTES
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   10-CODES ARE OKAY AFTER ALL
   Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has changed
his mind and won't require the abolition of 10-codes in everyday
law enforcement communications as a condition of compliance with
the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and eligibility
for future federal grants.  Chertoff's announcement at the Annual
Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
in Miami Beach earned him a warm round of applause.
   http://tinyurl.com/7mofz
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   ABOUT KOXM-LP
   Question: Does K61GH, National City (San Diego), have FCC
permission to operate on both CH-9 and CH-61?  Their on-air
call sign KOXM-LP does not appear in either CDBS or TV Query.
   Answer: Per an FCC researcher, the station has STAs to operate
on both channels temporarily, but the call sign KOXM-LP is
invalid.  Their studio is said to be across the street from the
San Diego FCC Field Office which, if true, will make enforcement
an easy matter (if the matter is deemed that important).
   K61GH has requested an extension of their STA BESTA-20050908ADX,
and that request was Accepted on 9/26/05.  Reading the past
history of K61GH's transmitter moves is most illuminating.
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   LONG BEACH COUNCIL APPROVES PURCHASE OF TELEPHONE EAS
   Long Beach will soon join the growing number of cities
installing computerized telephone emergency alerting systems
capable of quickly notifying thousands of residents in the event
of citywide or localized emergencies.  The $85,000 Reverse 9-1-1
system is being funded by a federal grant.  The city's
Technology Services Director, Curtis Tani, expects installation
and implementation to be completed by January.
   http://www2.presstelegram.com/news/ci_3047372
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   TRANSLATING THE HIEROGLYPHICS
   Broadcast application "number" prefixes have expanded
greatly in the past few years.  From the "TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE
FCC" section below, we see application numbers like BXPCDT-
20050812ABE and BPTTL-20050919AHQ.  What do BXPCDT and BPTTL mean?
   To decipher their meaning, use the FCC URL below.  Let's
look first at BXPCDT.  "B" means broadcast.  That's a no-brainer.
 From the "app_type" list, XP means Auxiliary Permit, and on the
"fac_type" list CDT means Commercial Digital TV.  So, we have
an Application for a Commercial Digital TV Auxiliary Permit.
   BPTTL, the other example, happens to be explained in
the "prefix" list at the URL below.  BPTTL is said to mean
"Construction Permit for a UHF LPTV Station."
   http://www.fcc.gov/ftp/Bureaus/MB/Databases/cdbs/_code_table.html
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   HURRICANE KATRINA & HAM RADIO - WHEN THE OLD TRUMPS THE NEW
   With terrestrial communications largely destroyed and both
wireless and wireline telephone systems out of service, emergency
responders along the Gulf Coast often turned to ham radio
operators and their "antiquated" technology to transmit health
and welfare traffic into and out of the disaster zone.  Writing
in Electronic Design, David Maliniak, AD2A, reminds readers that
"there are times when old isn't necessarily bad; in fact,
sometimes old works when new doesn't."
   http://www.elecdesign.com/Articles/Index.cfm?AD=1&ArticleID=11136
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   TAIL OF THE MINOTAUR
   The early evening launch of a Minotaur rocket from
Vandenberg Air Force Base made quite a sky show on Thursday,
September 22, 2005.  Several photos of the event are posted on
the San Diego Union's website.  This was one of the best launch
trails ever.  Link below expires soon.
   http://tinyurl.com/bs3tf
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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   FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
   PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING, THEN GRANTED IN A SEPARATE POSTING
   BXPH-20050914AAV   KHTS-FM  20697   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
                  E   93.3 MHZ               EL CAJON, CA
   CP for auxiliary purposes.
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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.
   Petition for Reconsideration Dismissed 9/21/2005
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   FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
   COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BXLH-20050920AEG    KLVE  35086     KLVE-FM LICENSE CORP.
                 E   107.5 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
   License to cover auxiliary permit.
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   PROPOSED CP, CHANNEL 8
   The FCC has included the following KSPP-LP, CH-8, Riverside/
   Palm Springs application on a list of proposed construction
   permits.
   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-260916A1.doc
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
   TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BLTTV-20050920ABE   K55FI   12324   PSTV PARTNERS, LLC
                 E     CHAN-9         PALM DESERT, ETC., CA
   License to cover construction permit no: BPTTV-20040301AAQ,
   callsign K55FI.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
   TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BPTTL-20050919AHQ   KSPP-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                 E     CHAN-15          PALM SPRINGS, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSPP-LP.
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   DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
   BLCDT-20050623AAG   KPXN-DT  58978  PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE..
                   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 MINOR CHANGE
   TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BPTTL-20050926AAU   KSPP-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                   E   CHAN-39          PALM SPRINGS, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSPP-LP.
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   TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
   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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   DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
   BXPCDT-20050812ABE  KAZA-DT  29234  PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIF....
                  E    CHAN-47                AVALON, CA
   CP for auxiliary purposes.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
   A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
   BPTTL-20041217AVM  KIJR-LP 14152  BIRACH BROADCASTING CORP...
                  E   CHAN-47            LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
   Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KIJR-LP.
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   TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
   ACCEPTED FOR FILING
   BLTTL-20050916ACW   KIJR-LP 14152  BIRACH BROADCASTING CORP...
                   E   CHAN-47            LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
   License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20041217AVM,
   callsign KIJR-LP.
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   DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
   BXPEDT-20050805AAB  KOCE-DT  4328   KOCE-TV FOUNDATION
                   E   CHAN-48        HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
   CP for auxiliary purposes.
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