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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #710
                    Sunday, October 23, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC'S MARTIN SHAKES UP COMMISSION, SHAPES IT TO HIS LIKING
  In the seven months since Kevin Martin took over the
chairmanship of the FCC, he has initiated a staff shake-up that
has reached far into the agency, replacing chiefs at five of
six bureaus, and moving many staffers to new assignments.  Some
observers say the changes reflect the deep division between
Martin and his predecessor, Michael Powell.
  http://mediachannel.org/blog/book/print/1463
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  DAVID REHR TO BECOME PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NAB
  David Rehr, president and chief lobbyist for the National
Beer Wholesaler's Association, is slated to become the new
president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters
on December 5, 2005.  Mr. Rehr is "credited by some as being
good at generating funds," according to the Radio World account
at the URL below, but there is no indication that Mr. Rehr has
electronics or broadcast experience.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=7921
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  BONILLA CHAPTER XIII - EMMIS REPLIES
  In Bonilla Chapter XII (CGC #708), Broadcast Company of the
Americas ("BCA") had asked the Commission to deny the sale of
nine Emmis television stations, claiming 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 the Bonilla
stations in Mexico.  Now, Emmis responds to BCA's petition, and
appears to tear BCA's arguments to shreds.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/DOC000.PDF
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  BONILLA CHAPTER XIV - PROPOSED $10,000 MICROWAVE FINE
  Pacific Spanish Network has tentatively been fined $10,000
for unauthorized 22 GHz microwave operations in the U.S., adding
to the list of problems facing the Bonilla stations.  The FCC's
Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture ("NAL") is at the
first URL below.  The microwave system in question is presumably
used to beam multiple audio programs across the U.S./Mexican
border to feed Mr. Bonilla's Mexican stations, which in turn
beam the programs back to the U.S.
  In an unrelated action, the FCC has issued an NAL to Uniradio
(a program supplier to XEMO(AM), Tijuana).  A series of NALs have
also been issued to a variety of other U.S. companies - many
involved in cross-border manufacturing.  Apparently these
companies have been beaming unauthorized microwave signals across
the U.S./Mexican border to coordinate plant activities.
  Bonilla Case:  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-261716A1.html
  Uniradio Case: http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-261720A1.html
  Entire NAL List:   http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/
  Congratulations to the San Diego FCC field office for taking
an active role in policing the electromagnetic spectrum in the
U.S./Mexican border zone.  It never hurts to send the field
office a note of appreciation; use mailto:wzears@fcc.gov.
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  MEDIAFLO'S CHANNEL 53 IS ON THE AIR IN SAN DIEGO
  Reports indicate that Qualcomm's MediaFLO has lit up its
Channel 53 transmitter in San Diego.  The signal is said to
originate from Black Mountain (an unconfirmed report), and of
course the goal of the MediaFLO project is to beam video and
other broadcast-like material to cellphones (CGC #658).
  MediaFLO will ordinarily use Channel 55 nationwide, but in
San Diego CH-55 is occupied by KFMB-DT, so CH-53 is used instead.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TIME IS NEAR WHEN CELLPHONES WILL REPLACE COMPUTERS
  Qualcomm chairman Irwin Jacobs says the memory and
processing power in today's cellphones are the equivalent of
a Pentium III computer running at 550 MHz, and he predicts
Moore's Law will soon boost that equation to make cellphones
the personal computers of tomorrow.  Jacobs thinks most major
metropolitan areas of the United States will offer video on
demand by the end of 2006.
  http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=26982
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  SINS OF TRANSMISSION - VATICAN RADIO
  Remember the Roman Catholic cardinal and priest in charge
of Vatican Radio who were convicted of polluting the atmosphere
with powerful electromagnetic waves (CGC #686)?  Leukemia was the
concern for folks living near the Vatican's transmitter site.
This past May, an Italian court imposed suspended 10-day prison
sentences on the two named officials for the "dangerous showering
of objects," meaning the antennas' electromagnetic waves.  (The
term "electromagnetic radiation" has not yet made it into Italy's
legal vocabulary.)
  Now, IEEE Spectrum probes this case in-depth, and a local
RFR luminary, Wayne Overbeck, is quoted.  Wayne is a specialist
in the legal aspects of communications at California State
University/Fullerton.
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/oct05/1866
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  COMMENT ON: "VANDALISM AND THEFT AT KVCR, SAN BERNARDINO"
  The story about equipment theft at KVCR, San Bernardino
(CGC #709), reminded Helen Jones about another incident on
Box Springs Mountain dating back to January 1970.  The KOLA(FM)
transmitter was stolen - about 1,000 pounds of equipment in all
- while station owner and disc jockey Fred Cote was on the air.
Four teenage boys soon confessed to the crime and the equipment
was returned, apparently in good condition.
  Helen indicates that there is a lot more to the story,
including possible Mafia connections, but that is a tale for
another day.
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  THE TITANIC RADIO ROOM - PICTURES AND STORIES
  Here is a nicely constructed web site on the Titanic's radio
operations.  Even if you only have time to review the pictures,
it's worth it.  High speed Internet connection recommended.
  http://www.hf.ro/
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLFT-20050808ADB  K212DK 92870  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
                E   90.3 MHZ              WESTWOOD, CA
  License to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20050317ABU   K213AB  60137  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   90.5 MHZ              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K213AB.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/28/2005
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 8/9/2005 by ("EMF")
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 10/05/05; no letter sent.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRH-20050801BUF    KZLA-FM  59987   EMMIS RADIO LICENSE, LLC
              E      93.9 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Amendment filed 10/14/2005
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPL-20051007ABV    KJVA-LP  124517    VIDA ABUNDANTE
               E      94.3 MHZ         SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRH-20050801BUV    KPWR  35498    EMMIS RADIO LICENSE, LLC
               E   105.9 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Amendment filed 10/14/2005
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTA-20051017ABS  KSKP-CA 36718  CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORP.
                   E   CHAN-25               OXNARD, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSKP-CA.
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