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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #711
                    Sunday, October 30, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  HOW TO CONTACT THE FCC AFTER HOURS FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
  Those who need FCC emergency assistance or STAs can call
the FCC's Communications Center, which is open 24 hours a day:
  (202) 418-1122.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-261917A1.doc
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  SIMPLIFIED FCC PROCEDURES FOR USING NON-D KINSTAR AM ANTENNAS
  By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau announces simplified
procedures for AM station construction permit applications which
specify non-directional KinStar antennas.  Based on its review of
the KinStar field tests and submitted reports, the Bureau
announces that it will not routinely require the submission of a
proof of performance, current distribution measurements, or a
formula for the vertical plane radiation characteristic for
non-directional AM facilities which utilize these relatively
short antennas.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2741A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2741A2.pdf
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  DATES NARROW FOR CLEARING 700 MHz BAND
  The Senate Commerce Committee has approved legislation that
would - if adopted into law - force television broadcasters to
vacate the 700 MHz band by April 7, 2009.  Meanwhile, the House
Energy and Commerce Committee has set December 31, 2008 as the
cutoff date.
  http://mrtmag.com/news/senate_transition_700_102005/
  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173637,00.html
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  PASSWORD RESET AND CALL SIGN/FRN ASSOCIATION
  The FCC announces two new online capabilities that were
implemented at the end of September 2005:
  *  Online FRN Password Reset -- will allow customers
  to instantly reset their FCC Registration Number (FRN)
  password online via the Commission Registration System (CORES),
  and
  *  Call Sign/FRN Association -- will provide customers
  with self-service tools within the Universal Licensing System
  (ULS) to help manage the association of call signs, antenna
  registration numbers and FRNs.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2822A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  VANDALISM AT WEST PLEASANTS PEAK
  Sometime between late last Friday and Monday morning, someone
cut the chain off of our gate, taking the chain and all locks at
west Pleasants Peak.  In addition, someone removed a plug from our
1,000 gallon propane tank, and allowed more than 700 gallons of
propane to escape....  If you are aware of any other vandalism
in the area, I would appreciate knowing....  I would be willing
to work on a committee to develop better security.... we are in
the process of installing video cameras and recorders....  I am
willing to furnish equipment at cost + 10% for any application
that will improve security of any mountain facility or gate in
this Forest Service district.
  Fred Daniel, mailto:FredDaniel@ieee.org, (949) 640-8899
  Fred's complete letter is posted at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Pleasants_Pk_Vandals.htm
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  CONTROLLED BURNS PLANNED NEAR SIERRA PEAK
  The Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco Ranger District, is
preparing to burn portions of the North Main Divide Fuel Break
System along with piles created by brush clearance work at various
points along the North Main Divide Road.  One hundred acres in the
vicinity of Sierra Peak are scheduled to be burned between
October 25 and December 16, 2005.
  For further information, contact Gordon Martin, Fuels Officer
at (951) 736-1811.
  [Extract from 10/20/05 Cleveland National Forest News Release]
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  MORE ON MEDIAFLO'S OPERATIONS IN SAN DIEGO
  An individual familiar with MediaFLO's operations in San
Diego (CGC #710) reports that Black Mountain and San Miguel
Mountain are both on the air for the purpose of broadcasting to
cellphones (or the experimental phase thereof).  San Miguel has
reportedly been on the air since November a year ago, while Black
Mountain was added a few weeks later according to the letter.
Mount Harvard, Denver and some Boston sites are said to be
completed already.  We are also told that MediaFLO is being
looked at seriously in Europe.
  While MediaFLO is authorized to use a number of different TV
channels in San Diego under an experimental grant, the company's
continued use of Channel 53 is in jeopardy.  XHUPN-DT on Cerro
Bola is expected to light up on CH-53 soon, at which time MediaFLO
will presumably be required to extinguish its operations on that
channel.  XHUPN is said to be internationally coordinated on
CH-53.
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  SBC TO DROP NAME IN FAVOR OF AT&T
 
  "Baby Bell" SBC intends to drop its name and adopt that
of its former "mother," AT&T.  The reborn AT&T will become the
nation's largest provider of landline and wireless communications
with annual revenues of about $90 billion.  SBC is nearing
regulatory approval to acquire AT&T.
  http://tinyurl.com/exnqz
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  HIGH GOALS SET FOR IMPROVING GPS ACCURACY
  Founders of the recently established Stanford Center for
Position, Navigation and Time want to create a navigation system
capable of locating objects within one centimeter, or less than
half an inch.  The interdisciplinary center hopes to achieve that
goal within the next 20 years.  Of course, DGPS (Differential
Global Positioning System) technology already exists and provides
high accuracy, but requires the use of auxiliary equipment.
  http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/12984188.htm
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  AN ILLEGAL CELLULAR TELEPHONE REPEATER?
  The following article recently appeared in the news for a
southern California mountain community:
  "[The fire chief] needed his cell phone to work at the
cabin they bought and found this great solution.  You can get
them through the link he provided below....  Appreciate any
feedback from others who try this option."
  http://www.nielsen.bz/cellular/wilson/
  There is no indication that the Cellular Phone Repeater
shown on the referenced web site has been FCC notified, approved
or otherwise accepted by the FCC, and the device may hold the
potential to seriously disrupt a cellular network.  Comments
from the cellular industry?  Send mailto:r.gonsett@ieee.org.
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20041022AEF   KAZN   51426  MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
             E   1300 KHZ                LICENSEE, LLC
                                          PASADENA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/20/2005
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20051024AAF  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  License to cover BPFT-20051024AAF
  Interference complaint received from Loyola Marymount University
  (KXLU) on 10/11/2005
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20051021AEB  KUSC-FM1 164824  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA...
                 E   91.5 MHZ              SANTA CLARITA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20051021AEB  KUSC-FM1 164824  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA...
                 E   91.5 MHZ              SANTA CLARITA, CA
  License to cover.       
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLH-20050802AAL    KCLB-FM   12131   MCC RADIO, LLC
                E     93.7 MHZ           COACHELLA, CA
  License to modify
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20051019ABB KCAQ-FM1 159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E   104.7 MHZ               CALABASAS, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTVL-20051019ABA   K63EN  11608    CIVIC LIGHT, INC.
                 E    CHAN-7            SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K63EN.
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTA-20051020AAP KSKT-CA 58927  BLUE SKIES BROADCASTING CORP.
                  E   CHAN-43               SAN MARCOS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSKT-CA.
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