__________________________________________________________________
------------------------------------------------------------------
                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #719
                   Tuesday, December 20, 2005
                             ________
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
------------------------------------------------------------------
__________________________________________________________________
  FCC CHAIRMAN MARTIN'S STATEMENT ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT
  THAT CABLE COMPANIES MAY VOLUNTARILY OFFER FAMILY TIERS
  Chairman Martin is pleased that "some cable companies may
respond to consumer demand" by voluntarily offering family tiers
to help parents "address the increasing amount of coarse
programming on television."  He says he looks forward to hearing
the details.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262676A1.doc
******************************************************************
  FCC INITIATES PROCEEDING TO IMPLEMENT JUNK FAX PREVENTION ACT
  The Commission wants comments on how best to implement
the various provisions of the Congressionally-mandated Junk
Fax Prevention Act.  While the FCC has delayed the January 9
"Effective Date of Prior Written Permission Requirement," it
must take action on the whole Junk Fax enchilada by April 5,
2006, thanks to the demands of Congress.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262645A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-206A1.doc
******************************************************************
                    LOCAL NEWS & RANDOM NOTES
******************************************************************
  CONSUMERS PREFER "EXPANDED BAND" MULTICAST CHANNEL DISPLAY
  In a study for Cox Radio, consumers were asked to consider
two possible options for displaying multicast radio channels.
Currently, and possibly for the next few years, HD Radios will
display multicast channels with the parent station's frequency
followed by the sub-channel number (e.g. 88.1 HD2 & 88.1 HD3).
  However, 90% of the consumers surveyed preferred the
"expanded band" option of display where multicast channels appear
as if they were being broadcast above 107.9 MHz.  For example,
88.1 HD2 could be displayed as 108.1 MHz.  How these make-
believe frequencies will be assigned, and by whom, remains to be
seen, but the idea has strong consumer appeal.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8195
******************************************************************
  ROAD OPENINGS AT THE TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT
  We have good news for Trabuco District [Santiago Peak, etc.]
communication site users.  The following roads are now open for
use:
  o  Bedford Road
  o  Indian Truck Trail
  o  North Main Divide (including the route from Ortega
  Highway and the route through Beek's Place)
  Additionally, as of [this afternoon], Maple Springs Road
will be open as well.
  Jake Rodriguez, Lands and Special Uses, Cleveland National
  Forest (12/16/05)
******************************************************************
  PERMIT TO DELIVER PROGRAMS TO FOREIGN BROADCAST STATION
  Upon initial review, the FCC has found the Section 325(c)
application of XLNC1, Inc. to be Acceptable for Filing.
  In this case, the applicant wants to send programming from
a Chula Vista, CA studio to the XHLNC-FM ("Excellency One")
transmitter plant in Tijuana, Mexico, where the program material
will be broadcast over-the-air for reception back in the U.S.
The FCC notes that XHLNC-FM is licensed to operate as a non-
commercial station with a power level of 1000 watts.  We note
that XHLNC operates on 90.7 MHz, same as KPFK in Los Angeles.
  Objections to the 325(c) application (if any) are due in
mid-January 2006.  Details are at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262726A1.pdf
******************************************************************
  LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON RFI AFFECTING GARAGE DOOR OPENERS
  [Re the story in CGC #718 on RFI from certain new military
transmitters impacting garage door openers], the more things
change, the more they remain the same.  Back in the early 80s
when I was GM at KSON and Reagan was President, each time Air
Force 1 landed at then March AFB, garage door openers went crazy
all over Moreno Valley.  Perhaps AF 1 had an advanced copy of
today's system?
  Don Nelson
******************************************************************
  THE HYDRINO -
  A NEW STATE OF MATTER LEADING TO A NEW SOURCE OF ENERGY?
  Scientists have been very reluctant to accept the idea that
there may a LOWER state of energy for the hydrogen atom - a state
where the electron sits a little closer to the proton than in the
traditional "ground-state" - and this new state has been called
the hydrino.  If the hydrino exists, it could herald an important
source of energy (among other very impressive things).
  The basic question is: Do the prototype devices invented
by the hydrino proponent - BlackLight Power, Inc. - work as ad-
vertised?  In physics, the experiment decides.  Read more at the
URL below, and be sure to check out the "Recent Press" links.
  http://www.blacklightpower.com/
******************************************************************
  ORDERING PIZZA IN 2010
  This short web-movie shows how our lives may become much
more complicated in the near future as Big Brother emerges in
the form of linked databases.  Orwell's 1984 is coming to pass -
a bit delayed perhaps - but coming nevertheless.  High speed
Internet is recommended for viewing.
  http://www.adcritic.com/interactive/view.php?id=5927
******************************************************************
  MISCELLANEOUS
  "The highest self-supporting tower in the United States used
as an aerial has just been completed...." (news item from 1934):
  http://long-lines.net/other/radio/NRN0834-06.html
  Infinity is rebranding its radio stations as "CBS Radio."(!)
  Prominent radio engineer Bert Goldman is leaving First
Broadcasting on a full time basis to form his own consultancy,
called Goldman Engineering Management, based in Dallas.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8200
  SBE Fellow, Ennes Trustee, the "mutha" of EAS and prolific
technical writer Fred Baumgartner (KG0KI) is now in San Diego
as the Director of Broadcast Engineering for Qualcomm's MediaFLO
Technologies.  He can be reached at 858-658-2145.  Welcome Fred!
******************************************************************
  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE STAFF AT CGC
  The CGC Communicator has been in continuous publication
for over 30 years, helping to knit the broadcast engineering
fraternity together in southern California.  May you enjoy this
special Holiday Season in good health, with the warmth of
family and friends.
******************************************************************
               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************
  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  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
******************************************************************
  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 12/14/2005    
******************************************************************
  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BR-20050801DCK  KMRB 52913  POLYETHNIC BROADCASTING LICENSEE,LLC
            E   1430 KHZ                SAN GABRIEL, CA
  Renewal of License
  Informal Objection filed 10/31/05 by Liu-Chun Lin
  Informal Objection filed 11/29/05
  Informal Objection filed 12/12/05 by A Group of Concerned
  Citizens
******************************************************************
               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************
  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRED-20050801AXS    KSGN    35600    KSGN, INC.
                E   89.7 MHZ         RIVERSIDE, CA
  Amendment filed 12/09/2005
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20051214AAX   K212FA  90605  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   90.3 MHZ             TEMPLE CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K212FA.
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20051208ACZ  K253AD  156524  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   98.5 MHZ                OCEANSIDE, CA
  Mod of CP
******************************************************************
  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPH-20041116ADR   KSBL  35592  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              E   101.7 MHZ           CARPINTERIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Petition for Reconsideration of the Grant of Citicasters
  Licenses, L.P. filed 5/20/05 by ("MFI")
  Motion for Extension of Time filed 6/8/05 by (Citicasters)
  Opposition to Petition for Reconsideration filed 6/17/05
  by ("Citicasters")
  Reply to Opposition to Petition for Reconsideration of the
  Grant of Citicasters Licenses, L.P.
  Minor Change Application for KSBL, Carpinteria, CA filed 6/29/05
  by ("MFI")
  Motion for Leave to File filed 7/15/05 by ("Citicasters")
  Response to Reply filed 7/15/05 by ("Citicasters")
  Petition for reconsideration dismissed as moot 12/13/2005
******************************************************************
  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20051212AAN  KHHS-LP 124381  HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
              E   107.5 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
******************************************************************
                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************
  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20051207AJI  K55KD 52216 ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK, INC.
                E   CHAN-55               OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55KD.
******************************************************************
  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20020806AAB   KSGA-LP  5342   KJLA, LLC
                E     CHAN-64     SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-19960516LY,
  callsign KSGA-LP.
******************************************************************
  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20040609ABC  KCOP-DT 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                  E   CHAN-66               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-20030805AFA.
__________________________________________________________________
------------------------------------------------------------------
  The CGC Communicator is published for broadcast engineering
  professionals in so. California by Communications General®
  Corporation (CGC), consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA.
  Typographical errors originating in FCC material are
  faithfully reproduced.
  Letters to the Editor (for publication) are no longer being
  accepted in e-mail form.  Please post you letters or stories
  on the web - or have someone do that for you - and send us
  the URL so we can share your good works with others.
  For subscriptions to the CGC Communicator, or to cancel
  subscriptions, or to change your e-dress already on file,
  please mailto:r.gonsett@ieee.org.
  CGC Communicator articles may be reproduced in any form
  by non-commercial publications provided the articles are
  unaltered and credit is given to the CGC Communicator.  Past
  issues may be viewed and searched at http://www.bext.com/_CGC/
  courtesy of Bext Corporation.
  The views expressed in our newsletters do not necessarily
  reflect those of Communications General® Corporation, Bext,
  or the newsletter editor.
------------------------------------------------------------------
_________________________    End   _______________________________