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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #708
                    Sunday,  October 9, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  TENTATIVE "ULTIMATE" DTV CHANNEL ASSIGNMENTS
  As a result of the first round of DTV channel elections,
the Commission has tentatively assigned the following local TV
stations (in alphabetical order) to the following "ultimate"
DTV channels:
  LOS ANGELES, VENTURA, SAN BERNARDINO CORRIDOR: KABC(7),
  KAZA(47), KBEH(24), KCAL(9), KCBS(43), KCET(28), KCOP(13),
  KDOC(32), KFTR(29), KJLA(49), KLCS(41), KMEX(34), KNBC(36),
  KOCE(48), KPXN(38), KSCI(18), KTBN(23), KTLA(31), KTTV(11),
  KVCR(26), KVEA(39), KWHY(42) and KXLA(51).
  SAN DIEGO: KFMB(8), KGTV(10), KNSD(40), KPBS(30),
  KSWB(19) and KUSI(18).
  SANTA BARBARA, PALM SPRINGS & EL CENTRO: KECY(9),
  KEYT(27), KMIR(46), KPMR(21) and KVYE(22).
  The first URL describes the channel election process; the
second takes you to the tentative channel assignment table:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2649A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2649A2.pdf
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  BONILLA CHAPTER XII - BCA FILES AGAINST EMMIS TV TRANSFERS
  The latest installment in the Bonilla saga is a Petition
to Deny filed by Broadcast Company of the Americas ("BCA") to
nix the sale of nine Emmis television stations.  BCA claims that
"Emmis is not of fit character to hold a Commission license....,"
a statement made in apparent retaliation for Emmis' having joined
with Lazer Broadcasting in alleging numerous technical defects
at XHBCE-FM in Mexico.
  The BCA petition is an amazing document in that it presents
a number of claims that in our opinion have already been debunked
in the Lazer/Emmis proceeding, or are likely to be denied by
Commission staff.  In many ways the petition seems like it was
written in a time warp, ignoring the considerable evidence
presented by Emmis and Lazer.
  The BCA Petition is posted on the web at the following URL:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/BCA_Petition_9_29_05.pdf
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  FCC WEB SITE EXPLAINS BROADCAST OBSCENITY, INDECENCY AND
  PROFANITY RULES, COMPLAINT PROCEDURES AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
  News Release: http://tinyurl.com/d5eug
  Obscenity Site: http://www.fcc.gov/eb/oip
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  RECENT CROSS-BORDER PROGRAMMING GRANTS (SECTION 325(C))
  325(c) granted for XHRIO, Channel 2, Matamoros, Mexico.
  325(c) granted for XETRA-FM (91.1 MHz), XHITZ-FM (90.3 MHz)
  and XHRM-FM (92.5 MHz).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-261456A1.pdf
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  FCC BEGINS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ON-CHANNEL DIGITAL
  CONVERSION OF LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR STATIONS, AND ANNOUNCES
  AVAILABILITY OF REVISED APPLICATION FORMS
  Effective immediately, LPTV and TV translator station licensees
and permittees may file a minor facilities change application for
an on-channel digital conversion of their currently authorized
analog facilities (a "flash-cut" application).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2546A1.doc
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  MORE FOLKS TO THANK FOR IBOC MULTICASTING
  CGC #707 recognized the important contributions of NPR
for the invention of IBOC multiple audio program streams
("multicasting").  While NPR led the charge with its Tomorrow
Radio project, the original partners in the development process
are equally important to mention.  They are, in alphabetical
order, Broadcast Electronics, Harris Corp., Ibiquity Digital
Corp. and Kenwood USA.
  The CGC Communicator remains very critical of IBOC for
the adjacent channel interference it creates, but multicasting
in and of itself is a significant accomplishment worthy of
recognition.  Many large obstacles were successfully overcome,
and the American inventive spirit is alive and well.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS OF INTEREST
  WA2XMN, Solid Electronics Laboratories: New experimental to
operate on 42.8 MHz to commemorate Major E. H. Armstrong's first
wideband FM broadcast.  Fixed:  Alpine (Bergen), NJ.
  WD2XTA, Network Insight: New experimental to operate in
3650-3700 MHz to test WiMax involving subscriber-to-base station,
bandwidth/throughput and Voice over IP (VoIP).  Mobile:  Beverly
Hills (Los Angeles), CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-261498A1.doc
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  DIRECTV TO OFFER XM SATELLITE RADIO
  Satellite TV company DirecTV will carry 72 channels of
XM Satellite Radio as part of its service starting in November
for no extra charge.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7828
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  TOWER COLLISIONS CITED IN DEATHS OF BIRDS IN WISCONSIN
  Hundreds of migrating songbirds were killed during two
nights one week apart after allegedly colliding with wires
supporting an 1,100-foot television tower in Madison, Wisconsin,
prompting wildlife experts to call for a probe of the phenomenon.
Most recently, during the night of September 13-14, more than
400 birds were killed after allegedly colliding with the tower's
guy wires, and those investigating the incident wonder if
illumination could prevent collisions.
  http://tinyurl.com/akzyt
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  ON NOT BEING ABLE TO RUN THE SOFTWARE OF YOUR CHOICE
  An FCC Policy Statement, release-dated Friday,
September 23, 2005, regarding the use of the public Internet,
reads in part as follows: "....consumers are entitled to run
applications and use services of their choice, subject to the
needs of law enforcement."  (PDF page 3, bullet point 3, at the
first URL below.)  Does this mean, for example, that you will no
longer be able to run PGP (a program offering heavy-duty
encryption) unless the software has an approved "back door" entry
point permitting law enforcement monitoring?  See the second URL
below for a discussion of same.
  http://news.com.com/2061-10804_3-5884130.html?tag=nefd.aon
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-151A1.pdf
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  TO CONTINUE ADDING LEAP SECONDS, OR NOT
  The U.S. proposal to scrap leap seconds - small adjustments
made to clock time - could create problems for astronomers and
satellite operators.  This BBC report has the details:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4271810.stm
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  EXPERIENCED TV ENGINEERING CONSULTANT NEEDED IN TEMECULA
  KZSW-LP, Channel 27, a local news station with studios in
Temecula, is in need of an experienced TV engineering consultant.
Current problems include software and microwave issues, and
occasional frozen video frames.
  If you can lend a hand, please call John Roberts, General
Manager of KZSW, at (909) 816-9450 (cellular), or contact him by
e-mail at mailto:jroberts@kzswtv.com.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPH-20050617ABC    KSBL   35592   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
                E   101.7 MHZ             CARPINTERIA, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPL-20000608ADB  NEW 124655 INTERNATIONAL CRUSADE OF THE PENNY
              E   104.7 MHZ           FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/28/2005
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  A NUMBER OF KSPP-LP APPLICATIONS DISMISSED
  See Channels 8, 15 and 29 below for a variety of dismissed
  applications for KSPP-LP in Palm Springs, CA.  The dismissal
  of so many applications is bizarre.  A CDBS search reveals a
  total of 10 KSPP-LP applications that were filed in the past
  two years.   - Ed.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTVL-20050711AAB   KSPP-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                  E   CHAN-8            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSPP-LP.
  Engineering Amendments filed 7/22, 7/27, 8/1, 8/15, 8/25 and
  8/31/2005.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  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-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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTTL-20050531BTH   KSPP-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                   E   CHAN-29          PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-20050413ABR.
  Engineering Amendments filed 6/3, 9/19 & 9/22/2005.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTT-20050928AHO   K40ID  68071   TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                 E   CHAN-40              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPTT-20031124ANH
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20030919ABJ   KZDF-LP  57054    LAURIE MINTZ
                  E   CHAN-41           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KZDF-LP.
  Engineering Amendments filed 3/29/2004 & 7/27/2005.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPCT-20050811ABL  KAZA-TV 29234  PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA...
                 E   CHAN-54                AVALON, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  BXPCT-20050701ADF   KDOC-TV  24518  GOLDEN BROADCASTING, L.P.
                  E   CHAN-56               ANAHEIM, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20050929AAJ   KZDF-LP  57054    LAURIE MINTZ
                  E   CHAN-66           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KZDF-LP.
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