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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #712
                 Saturday, November 5, 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 MODIFIES DIGITAL TUNER REQUIREMENTS FOR DTV
  The FCC has amended its rules to move the date on which
all TV receivers must include the capability to receive digital
television signals forward four months to March 1, 2007, and to
apply the tuner requirement to all television receivers,
regardless of their size.
  This action is intended to further the Commission's efforts
to ensure that consumers are able to receive off-the-air digital
broadcast television services as soon as possible.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262013A1.doc
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  SUPREME COURT ON CELLPHONES AND RFR
  The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider dismissing
class-action lawsuits that accuse cellphone manufacturers of
subjecting users to unsafe levels of radiation.  The cellular
industry sought dismissal of the suits on the grounds that
federal standards take precedence over rulings by state courts.
  http://tinyurl.com/cybtk
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  EAS PROGRESS
  The FCC is expanding its Emergency Alert System ("EAS")
rules to cover digital-everything in the broadcast world,
including satellite radio and TV.
  With the exception of Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS)
service, all affected entities must comply with the new
requirements by December 31, 2006.  DBS services must comply
by May 31, 2007.
  The Commission is also seeking comments on how it can best
help develop a next-generation alert and warning system that
takes full advantage of digital media's potential.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262016A1.doc
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8008
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  INCOMING NAB PRESIDENT PLEDGES "HANDS-ON" APPROACH
  David Rehr, 46, recently selected as the incoming president
and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, has told
the NAB Board of Directors that he intends to aggressively
promote over-the-air broadcasting's interests on both Capitol
Hill and at the FCC, and that he "plans to travel extensively
around the country to meet individually with local station
operators and state broadcast association executives during
his tenure."  This short and to-the-point speech is well worth
reading:
  http://www.nab.org/newsroom/pressrel/Releases/102705_Rehr_to_Board.htm
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  ON THE CREATION OF A LOW POWER AM ("LPAM") RADIO SERVICE
  We already have a Low Power FM service.  Could Low Power
AM be next?  Like Low Power TV, "low power" may be a misnomer.
See the Petition for Rulemaking at the PRM address below.
Comments received so far are at the second URL.
  PRM: http://tinyurl.com/9j4uj
  Comments: http://tinyurl.com/7skbf
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  KPMR-DT, Santa Barbara: $3,000 fine affirmed for failing to
implement the ATSC A/65B Program System and Information Protocol
(PSIP) standard by February 1, 2005.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2861A1.doc
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  BROADCAST INDECENCY/OBSCENITY COMPLAINTS JUMP
  The number of radio and television broadcasting complaints
at the FCC increased significantly from 6,429 in the 2nd quarter
of 2005, to 26,368 in the 3rd quarter.  The biggest increase
occurred in the "Indecency/Obscenity" category, from 6,161 to
26,185.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262020A1.doc
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  NFL GRANTED WAIVER OF THE CALL SIGN IDENTIFICATION RULE
  This item regards a radio system that is "used exclusively
within football stadiums for communications between coaches on
the sideline and their quarterback during professional football
games."  Seems that "transmission of the [station] identification
can be distracting to quarterbacks and disrupt the game," so
a waiver of the I.D. rules was requested, and granted.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2870A1.doc
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                         RANDOM NOTES
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  ON SELF-OSCILLATING CELLPHONE RF REPEATERS
  Last week's CGC Communicator newsletter asked about cellular
telephone repeater amplifiers (and bi-directional amplifiers) that
consumers can install to restore cellular coverage in dead zones.
Of six letters received, the overwhelming sentiment was that the
Wilson amplifier featured in our article (a) is approved by the
FCC and (b) can indeed be useful for eliminating cellular dead
spots.  However, Wilson is just one of many companies marketing
these amplifiers.
  Warning: If the indoor and outdoor antennas are too tightly
coupled, the amplifiers may self-oscillate and cause devastating
interference to cellular and other spectrum users.  A gentleman
associated with the Orange County Sheriff's Department wrote as
follows:
    "The Orange County Sheriff's Department had to DF [locate by
direction finding] a cellular repeater (we call them bidirectional
amplifiers or BDAs) to a private residence in Newport Beach this
year.  It was severely disrupting our public safety communications
system which operates near the cell systems in 800 MHz.  The
residential BDA was oscillating due to insufficient antenna
isolation.  The home owner was barely cooperative.
  "There are hundreds if not thousands of these devices installed
by the cellular companies, and sometimes by public safety, in
Orange County's commercial building and shopping malls.  In fact,
several cities have ordinances that require the installation of an
enhancement device if a developer builds a new commercial building
that won't naturally have good public safety coverage.
  "I estimate that at any given time, our mountaintop
receivers could hear over a dozen of these systems oscillating.
Fortunately, the frequency of oscillation is determined by antenna
feedback time and temperature and therefore is not very stable.
We are forced into DFing about three commercial units per year."
  On the positive side, an FCC engineer added: "Some bi-
directional amplifiers are equipped with anti-oscillation circuits
and automatically adjust gain until the oscillation stops."
  And more good news came in this letter:
  "I work for the Fox O&O in Minneapolis and we had a huge
problem with Nextel dead zones in our studios and technical areas
of our station.   We installed a similar iDEN 1/2 watt active
repeater in our building.  A four element yagi on our roof aimed
at the Nextel site and two omni 'hockey puck' style 800 MHz patch
antennas in the ceilings of the dead areas.  We've now got rock
solid Nextel coverage throughout our building...."
  Thanks to all who responded.
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  BONILLA UPDATE
  Regarding the Section 325(c) cross-border program
transmission permit/s used by XHBCE, 105.7 MHz, Matamoros
Jaramillo, the move by Lazer and Emmis to have those permit/s
revoked may take months to resolve.  A Washington attorney
who has been watching the case says it would be "surprising"
if the FCC's International Bureau acted before March 2006.
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANT OF INTEREST
  Qualcomm is now permitted to operate at 1714-1755 and 2160-
2180 MHz for test and development of "Miscellaneous Wireless
Communications Services technologies."  Mobile: San Diego, CA.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262033A1.doc
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  FCC APPROVES SBC/AT&T AND VERIZON/MCI MERGERS
  With respect to the SBC/AT&T merger, this reportedly confirms
one attorney's prediction of 10 years ago that The Bell System is
slowly being soldered back together.  This time, though, it won't
be Ma Bell, but a distant relative.  Most consumers now have
wireless alternatives.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-261936A1.doc
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  GOLD PLATED BIRD MODEL 43 WATTMETER GOES TO SETI
  CGC #701 reported that Bird Electronic Corporation was
celebrating the manufacture of its 300,000th Model 43 Thruline
Wattmeter.  To commemorate the event, this specific unit -
produced with a gold-plated finish - was being auctioned with the
proceeds from this sale donated to a charity of the Winning
Bidder's choice."
  According to Radio Currents Online, an anonymous bidder
picked up the gold plated meter at the last moment, and donated
the proceeds - and the gold meter - to the SETI League (the
Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence).  More now from
Radio Currents Online:
  "SETI League officials were surprised and pleased by the
generous donation of cash as well as the Model 43.  "We will use
[the meter] to monitor the operation of our Lunar Reflective
Calibration Beacon, which bounces microwave signals off the
surface of the Moon, to be received by radio astronomy facilities
around the world," said SETI League Executive Director Dr. H.
Paul Shuch.  Largely using radio telescopes and optical
telescopes, SETI scientists seek to determine whether humankind
is alone in the universe.
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  KIDS TAKE TO HAM RADIO
  The San Diego Union-Tribune recently carried a story on
teacher Phil Leonelli who has successfully integrated Amateur
Radio studies into his public school curriculum.  The full
story is at the URL below.  Congratulations, Phil!
  http://tinyurl.com/8vtar
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  DOES THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA OWE YOU MONEY?
  Here is the official State of California web site to find
out if the state owes you money.  Inquiries are exceedingly
simple and straightforward.  Put in the names of your friends
and relatives too.
  http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/UCP/
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  RIGGING ON A BUDGET
  Established tower rigging companies will undoubtedly
take note of this jpeg image featuring alternative rigging
technology.  Note the near-infinite electrical resistance that
protects the tower climber at all times, unless it rains, and
provided the climber lives to recount the experience.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/lightbulb.jpg
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             AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BR-20050726AAV   KFMB 42120   MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.
             E   760 KHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  Renewal of License
  Informal Objection filed 9/26/05
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY RECEIVED
  BMJP-20051031ACO  KSDT 36830  RUDEX BROADCASTING LIMITED CORP...
              E   1320 KHZ                HEMET, CA
  Major change in licensed facilities.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT RECEIVED
  BNP-20051027ABP     NEW  160737     MARK C. ALLEN
               E    1450 KHZ          CATALINA, CA
  CP New Station.
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             FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KPLN(FM), San Diego, to KSCF.  "Southern California Free
  Radio" according to the station.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262025A1.doc
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20051027ACB K213AR 72001 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
               E  90.1 MHZ          LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K213AR.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER DISMISSED
  BLL-20041130AOW  KOCC-LP  124258  CALVARY CHAPEL OF OXNARD
              E   101.5 MHZ                OXNARD, CA
  License to cover
  Dismissed as moot 10/27/2005 - no letter sent
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20050317ACK   K270AI  88469  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   101.9 MHZ              CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K216DW.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/28/2005
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 8/9/05 by ("EMF")
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 10/27/05.  No letter sent.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20051019ABB  KCAQ-FM1 159550 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E   104.7 MHZ             CALABASAS, CA
  Mod of CP
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000602ADY   NEW  123994   SECOND SAMOAN CONGREGATIONAL
               E  104.7 MHZ            CHURCH OF LONG BEACH
                                         NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Station.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY ROCK 'N ROLL
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY GOLD COAST
  (2) OPPOSITIONS TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 4/5/04 BY ("SSCC")
  (2) SUPPLEMENTS FILED 4/8/04 BY ("SSCC")
  REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FILED 4/15/04
  REPLY FILED 4/22/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/26/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 10/28/05 by (Second Samoan)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20051024ABK  KWVE  8410  CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA
              E  107.9 MHZ           SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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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 DISMISSED
  BPTVL-20051019ABA  K63EN  11608  CIVIC LIGHT, INC.
                E    CHAN-7          SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K63EN.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTV-20050920ABE  K09XW  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 LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  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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