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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #713
                   Tuesday, November 15, 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 INITIATES RULEMAKING ON DISTRIBUTED TRANSMISSION
  TECHNOLOGY (BOOSTERS) FOR DIGITAL TV STATIONS
  The FCC has adopted a Clarification Order and Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking regarding the use, by DTV stations, of
Distributed Transmission Systems (DTS) technology.
  DTS allows DTV stations to employ multiple synchronized
transmitters spread around a station's service area, rather than
a single transmitter, enabling broadcasters to fill gaps in
service coverage.  Each transmitter broadcasts the station's DTV
signal on the same channel, similar to analog TV booster
stations, but more efficiently.  The major benefit offered by
DTS is to afford over-the-air service in areas previously
blocked by terrain.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262082A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-192A1.doc
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  EVERY NEW TV SET TO BE EQUIPPED WITH A DTV TUNER BY 3/1/07
  Here is the FCC's Report & Order ("R&O") requiring that every
new TV set (and VCR) sold in the U.S. - as of March 1, 2007 - be
equipped with a DTV tuner.  The DTV reception requirement is also
known as the "DTV tuner requirement."
  Of course, some receivers must be equipped with DTV tuners
prior to the March 1, 2007 cut-off date under the Commission's
existing phase-in plan.  For example, all TV receivers with
screen sizes of 25 to 36 inches must include digital reception
capability by March 1, 2006.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-190A1.doc
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  ON THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT TO NOMINATE FCC COMMISSIONERS
  FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin applauds President Bush's
announcement on the intention to nominate Deborah ("Debi") Tate
and Michael J. Copps as Commissioners of the FCC.  Mr. Copps,
of course, is already an FCC Commissioner, so the nomination
would simply extend his service in that capacity.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262162A1.doc
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  NEW OBSCENE, PROFANE, AND/OR INDECENT MATERIAL COMPLAINT
  FORM, AND REVISED GENERAL COMPLAINT FORM
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2930A1.doc
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  EAS PROGRESS
  Last week, we mentioned that the FCC is expanding its
Emergency Alert System ("EAS") rules to cover satellite radio
and TV.  The Commission is also seeking further comments on the
EAS system.  Following is the formal Report & Order:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-191A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEW INMARSAT-4 SATELLITE PROVIDES BROADBAND DATA/VIDEO
  The newest Inmarsat-4 (I-4) spacecraft is the size of
a London double-decker bus and weighs nearly six tons.  Once
operational, it will deliver simultaneous voice and 3G-compatible
broadband data services to mobile users across North, Central
and South America.
  The first Inmarsat-4 was launched in March 2005 to
serve another part of the world.  The second and newest I-4 was
launched November 8, 2005.  Together, the two I-4 satellites
will deliver Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network ("BGAN")
service to 85% of the world's landmass, bringing new opportunities
for broadcast remotes.  I-4s are 60 times more powerful and have
20 times more capacity than their predecessors, the Inmarsat-3
satellites.  See the details here:
  http://www.inmarsat.com/home.aspx
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  NEW CHIEF AT KRCA-TV
  Congratulations to Bill Butler who is now Chief Engineer
of KRCA-TV.  Bill was formerly with KCBS-TV.
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  MORE ON THE USE OF 10-CODES BY EMERGENCY WORKERS
  Following up on our story in CGC #707 ("10-CODES ARE OKAY
AFTER ALL"), apparently police, fire and other public safety
workers are being allowed to use 10-codes in day-to-day
communications for now, but must be prepared to resort to "clear
text" (plain language) when multi-agency communications are
needed, such as in a large disaster.  The Press-Enterprise
has more (registration required):
  http://tinyurl.com/e2uet
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  BONILLA SIDE NOTE
  Broadcasting a telephone conversation without the permission
of the party being broadcast is bad enough, but enraging the party
over false allegations of marital infidelity is dangerous.  Read
about the latest transgressions at XHBCE-FM, 105.7 MHz, on page
E-12 of the San Diego Union-Tribune for November 10, 2005.
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  TIS WATCH
  Many of the Cal Trans Travelers Information Stations
("TIS") in the greater Los Angeles area have been rebroadcasting
the National Weather Service lately, and some of the transmitters
are said to be spurring and interfering with authorized AM signals
according to Howard Fine.  On what frequencies and at what
locations do you hear TIS stations?  Send mailto:howard@pactv.com.
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  DIELECTRIC PLANT DAMAGED BY TORNADO - ERI ESCAPED, BARELY
  A recent tornado struck an Indiana tower manufacturing plant
owned by Dielectric Communications.  According to Radio World,
no one was hurt at the plant that normally employs 70 people,
but photos showed several collapsed or damaged structures, walls
and ceilings, and wind-swept debris including a tipped-over
truck and an automobile apparently thrown onto a pile of tower
sections.  The tornado is apparently the same one that caused
numerous deaths in southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky.
  Meanwhile, ERI reports that its antenna range barely escaped
disaster.  While a house at the entrance to the site was leveled,
the tornado missed the test range by about 300-yards.
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  ON THE CALIFORNIA UNCLAIMED PROPERTY WEBSITE
  Last week we gave the web address to determine if the
State of California owes you or your friends any money.  Three
readers mentioned that they are owed tidy sums.  The big winner
is a lady who will lay claim to approximately $2,000, while at
the other end of the spectrum is a woman owed the grand total
of one dollar.
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  OBJECTIONS TO LICENSE RENEWALS
  On 10/31/05, Liu-Chun Lin filed objections to the license
  renewals of KAHZ (1600 kHz), KAZN (1300 kHz) and KMRB
  (1430 kHz).
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMJP-20050114ADD    KNWH   67028    MCC RADIO, LLC
               E    1250 KHZ      TWENTY NINE PALMS, CA
  AM Auction 84
  Major change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/18/2005
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20051027ACB  K211FA 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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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRH-20050801DDV     KJLH   64639   TAXI LICENSE CORPORATION
              E     102.3 MHZ              COMPTON, CA
  Amendment filed 11/07/2005
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000608ADB  NEW 124655 INTERNATIONAL CRUSADE OF THE PENNY
              E   104.7 MHZ            FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY NEWPORT BEACH
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY GOLD COAST
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY ROCK 'N ROLL
  ERRATUM FILED 3/1/04 BY GOLD COAST
  OPPOSITION FILED 3/12/04 BY NBCRS
  (3) OPPOSITIONS  FILED 5/3/04 BY ("ICOP")
  REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 5/27/2004
  Engineering Amendments filed 2/27/2004 & 9/28/2005.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 11/2/05
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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 APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BPTVL-20051019ABA   K63EN  11608   CIVIC LIGHT, INC.
                  E   CHAN-7           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K63EN.
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