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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #717
                   Saturday, December 3, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BONILLA CHAPTER XV - BCA PETITION TO DENY IS ITSELF DENIED
  On September 29, 2005, Broadcast Company of the Americas
("BCA") inked a Petition to Deny the sale of nine Emmis tele-
vision stations.  BCA said that "Emmis is not of fit character
to hold a Commission license....," a statement we speculate was
made in retaliation for Emmis' having joined with Lazer
Broadcasting in alleging numerous technical defects at XHBCE-FM
in Mexico.  If true, these allegations could prevent XHBCE from
securing Section 325(c) authority to send program material
across the U.S./Mexican border by wireline, microwave, etc.
  On November 29, 2005 (lightning speed for Washington), the
FCC rejected BCA's Petition and allowed the television transfers
of ownership to move forward.  In dismissing the BCA Petition,
the FCC found that BCA failed to make its case.  The Commission
said as follows:
  "Most notably, the allegations made by Emmis in the Section
325 proceeding appear to have had a reasonable basis.  BCA has
even admitted that Emmis's allegation that the XHBCE-FM
transmitter was not constructed at the appropriate location
is true.  In fact, all of the statements made by Emmis that BCA
claims are either false or misleading appear, based on the
record in this proceeding, to at least be the subject of
legitimate dispute.  The accuracy of each party's allegations
in the Section 325 proceeding, and the weight to be given to
those allegations, will be resolved by the International Bureau
and are not an appropriate subject for this assignment proceeding.
However, BCA has not demonstrated in this proceeding that Emmis
has abused the Commission's processes or that it lacks the
requisite character to be a Commission licensee.  Therefore, we
will deny BCA's petition.  Furthermore, we find that grant of the
[transfer] applications would be in the public interest and
we find the applicants are fully qualified to be licensees."
  The four page Commission decision is available at the first
URL below; the second URL provides a list of the TV stations
involved in the transfer of ownership:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-3094A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-3094A2.doc
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS OF INTEREST
  * Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers: New experimental
to operate on 530, 890 and 1680 kHz under Space and Naval Warfare
(SPAWAR) Systems Center contract to "modernize and transform
psychological operation equipment."  Fixed:  El Centro NAF
(Imperial), CA.
  * Covad Communications Group, Inc.:  New experimental to
operate in 3650-3700 MHz for "equipment testing."  Fixed in
various locations including Los Angeles and Yorba Linda, CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262520A1.doc
  Back on the subject of "psychological operation equipment,"
a Google search on this phrase takes us to military equipment
such as 10 and 50 kW radio and TV broadcast transmitters, print
systems, loud speakers and mobile audiovisual vans.  See:
  http://www.specialoperations.com/Army/PSYOP/Unit_Profile.htm
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  HAROLD KASSENS, CONSULTING ENGINEER, PASSES AWAY AT 87
  Harold Kassens, a well known consulting radio engineer,
died on Sunday, November 27, from complications following
knee replacement surgery.
  Mr. Kassens was graduated from Indiana University in 1939
with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, then pursued
graduate work at Purdue, Harvard and M.I.T.  He worked for
the FCC from 1941 until 1974, holding various positions
including Chief of the Rules and Standards Division, and
retired as Assistant Chief of the Broadcast Bureau.
  Mr. Kassens was a partner with A.D. Ring and Associates
from 1975 until 1982, was a Fellow in the Society of Broadcast
Engineers, a member of the National Association of Broadcasters,
the AFCCE and the IEEE.  He was also an active member of
Arlington Forest United Methodist Church for 50 years.
  For more on this distinguished gentleman's background,
see:
  http://tinyurl.com/988ws
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8137
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - TWO SELECTED ITEMS
  Jack Gerritsen of Bell, CA, has been issued two Forfeiture
Orders by the FCC for (a) maliciously interfering with radio
communications of authorized users in the Amateur Radio Service,
and (b) maliciously interfering with the radio communications of
a Coast Guard Auxiliary Officer.  The fines are $21,000 each.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-3123A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-3124A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  FEDERAL TRIAL SET FOR JACK GERRITSEN
  Jack Gerritsen's problems go far beyond the two $21,000
fines mentioned above.  Mr. Gerritsen, as many of you may recall,
has been a suspect in broadcast RPU jamming cases, but there are
certain other jamming activities that could put him behind bars 
once again, and for a long period of time this time around.
  Put simply, Jack Gerritsen is now scheduled to go on trial
for his latest alleged jamming escapades.  According to reliable
sources, jury selection is set to begin on December 6, 2005 at
9:00 AM at the Roybal Federal Court Building, downtown Los
Angeles, Room 850.  If you plan on attending, we are told that
the MTA Red Line is within walking distance, and a $3 all-day
pass costs less than one hour of public parking lot time.
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  IS THAT AN FM PIRATE, OR JUST XM LEAKAGE?
  Following is a slightly edited letter from an experienced
radio Chief Engineer in Los Angeles.  The frequency in the FM
band has been changed to "X MHz" for reasons that we cannot
disclose at this time.  Here, then, is the letter of interest:
  "I wanted to tell you about an experience I had the other
night while commuting home.... somewhat funny.  I noticed what
first appeared to be yet another pirate operating on X MHz.
This apparent pirate was playing 1960s oldies music and was
quite strong.
  "Long story short...this "pirate" was actually an XM satellite
receiver FM modulator, and I happened to be pacing that particular
vehicle.  It amazed me how far I could hear the FM modulator....
at least 250 feet if not further.  This is the second time that
this has happened to me while driving around.  It would appear
that more than one person has programmed their XM FM modulator
for X MHz.
  "I have to wonder if some of the pirate reports from
listeners are just XM leakage reports instead.  I strongly
question whether these XM modulators are Part 15 compliant
because they are able to radiate signals over 250 feet...."
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  NEXTEL INTERFERENCE QUESTIONS
  Nextel base stations have been notorious for interfering
with public safety communications in the 800 MHz band, but what
about other interference effects?  For example, do Nextel base
stations interfere with over-the-air UHF TV reception (NTSC or
DTV) and over what approximate distance from the tower structures?
Have there been reports of VHF (or other) interference from
leaky equipment inside Nextel base station buildings, or spurious
emissions coming from the antennas themselves?  Any and all
reports are welcome.  Send mailto:r.gonsett@ieee.org.
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  TOWER DOWN IN NEBRASKA
  In a replay of the KFI tower disaster, a light plane hit a
broadcast tower in rural south-central Nebraska Sunday morning
(11/27), collapsing the tower and killing the three occupants of
the plane.  There were no injuries to persons on the ground.
  Flying in marginal weather, the aircraft struck the Nebraska
ETV tower located at Atlanta.  The structure supported KLNE-TV's
Channel 3 batwing, an FM antenna and a Channel 26 Alpine DTV
antenna, plus various two-way antennas.  The public television
and radio stations are reported to be off-air indefinitely.
(Info forwarded by Doug Herman.)
  http://www.brandonpetersen.com/
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  "GOODBYE, REPO MAN!"  ELECTRONICS LETS YOU DRIVE IF YOU PAY
  Car dealers specializing in sales to high-risk customers are
turning to dash-mounted electrical devices to ensure that monthly
payments are made, and locking the ignitions of automobiles whose
buyers have fallen in arrears.  The PayTeck Smart Box, for
example, delivers a five-digit operator code in exchange for
each payment, and one dealer says the system has cut the
repossession rate from 45% to just 15%.
  http://www.washtimes.com/business/20051129-115708-7926r.htm
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  "THE MOSQUITO" - A DETERRENT TO CROWDS OF ROWDY TEENS
  Reports of a British inventor's sound-emitting device
intended to discourage unwanted teenagers from gathering in
convenience store parking lots and elsewhere has resulted in
an abundance of interest and favorable press.  This follow-up
report provides additional details about "The Mosquito," and
the negative effect it has on young people who can't stand the
irritable 75 decibel sound which is inaudible to most adults.
  With the Mosquito on duty, it is no longer necessary to
blast classical music into a parking lot to horrify hang-out
youths.  And, with a Mosquito indoors, it's very difficult for
kids to shoplift while they have their fingers in their ears.
This article is hilarious and inspiring.
  http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/1128teenbuzz-ON.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT DISMISSED
  BXPH-20040721AMI  KBIG-FM 6360  AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC
               E   104.3 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
  Dismissed per applicant's request 11/28/2005 (no letter sent).
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20051128AES  KROQ-FM  28622  INFINITY BROADCASTING CORP.
               E   106.7 MHZ              PASADENA, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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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 GRANTED
  BPTTL-20050913ADJ   KIMG-LP  12732   EBC LOS ANGELES, INC.
                E     CHAN-17              VENTURA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KIMG-LP.
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