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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #721
                  Wednesday,  January 11, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  AVOID CANCELLATION OF YOUR MICROWAVE AND RPU AUTHORIZATIONS
  Last week, we mentioned that the FCC's Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) was preparing to automatically
terminate certain authorizations.  Now - because of the
seriousness of the matter - the SBE has issued a primer entitled,
"Avoiding Automatic Termination of Broadcast Auxiliary Licenses
on 2/1/06."  A copy of their web posting is available at the URL
below.  This is a matter that should be of immediate concern to
all CEs.  (URL courtesy of Chriss Scherer, president of SBE)
  http://www.sbe.org/pub_sc.php#SC1
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  What would the FCC do with an automated or remote controlled
pirate radio station, where the pirate cannot be found, and the
homeowner where the transmitter is located refuses to cooperate?
In the case of a San Diego pirate on 106.9 MHz, the FCC has
tentatively fined the homeowner, Joni Craig, $10,000.  This case
is probably precedent setting and is hot off the press:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-262941A1.html
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  DEBORAH TAYLOR TATE SWORN IN AS FCC COMMISSIONER,
  DITTO FOR MICHAEL J. COPPS (FOR A SECOND TERM)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263034A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263036A1.doc
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  OVER-THE-AIR VIEWING REMAINS SIGNIFICANT
  Tech Notes reports the results of an Associated Press poll
indicating that 22% of households do not subscribe to either
cable or satellite TV, implying that about that percentage of
viewers rely on over-the-air (OTA) reception.  When one considers
that many households that subscribe to cable or satellite also
use OTA in part - for example for the kitchen TV - the argument
could be made that OTA reception is very important, and must be
protected against interference.
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_133.pdf  (Pages 6&7)
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  FCC LOOKING INTO NATIONWIDE WIRELESS NETWORK USING TV SPECTRUM
  The FCC shares the concerns of many that the United States
would benefit from a nationwide interoperable radio network to
connect emergency workers in times of crisis.  The Commission will
look into using a portion of the 700 MHz band currently used for
analog television broadcasting, but also wants to find a role for
commercial wireless services.
  http://www.fcw.com/article91846-01-03-06-Web
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  SPRINT NEXTEL OUTAGE AFFECTS MANY SUBSCRIBERS
  A severed fiber optic cable between Palm Springs and Phoenix,
compounded by storm damage to a network link near Reno, resulted
in a loss of long distance service for thousands of Sprint Nextel
subscribers for several hours Monday.
  http://tinyurl.com/bku8e
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  DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE ALTERNATIVES FOR CELL PHONE USERS
  Directory Assistance calls don't come cheap for users of
cellphones, with most carriers now charging $1.25 and up per
call, plus air time.  Low-cost and no-cost alternatives are
available for those willing to put up with a little inconvenience,
and Google now offers information service via text messaging.
  http://www.nydailynews.com/business/story/381147p-323648c.html
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  LASER TAG BETWEEN EARTH AND OUTER SPACE HAS COMM POTENTIAL
  Laser communication with spacecraft has taken place for
years, but it has always been one-way traffic.  Now, two-way
communication has taken place.  NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has
exchanged laser pulses with the Goddard Observatory in Maryland
over a distance of about 15 million miles.  The new record is
significant because it could someday enable NASA to communicate
with spacecraft at data rates up to 1,000 times faster than
traditional radio waves.
  http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/060104_laser_comm.html
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  BLONDE GEOMETRY TEST
  Question on a geometry test: Given a triangle with right
angle sides of 3 and 4 units each, find x, the length of the
hypotenuse.  The answer from our favorite blonde is at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/X.gif
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             FM RADIO - REGIONAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  NEW FM CHANNELS FOR CALIFORNIA
  FM Channel 254A (98.7 MHz) is being allotted to Greenfield,
  while Channel 267A (101.3 MHz) will be dropped into Barstow
  subject to Mexican concurrence.
  The window period for filing applications for these allotments
  will not be opened at this time.  Instead, the issue of opening
  these allotments for auction will be addressed by the
  Commission in a subsequent order.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-13A1.doc
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20051229ABK  K51IW 128855  LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
                 E   CHAN-21               HEMET, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831BJZ.
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  BMPTTL-20051229ABN  K51HZ  129642  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                 E   CHAN-51              CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000830BDL.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLCT-20051229AAG   KAZA-TV 29234   PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                  E   CHAN-54                LICENSE LLC
                                             AVALON, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20051230AAJ  K55KD 52216  ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                 E   CHAN-55                OXNARD, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-20051207AJI.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20051222AFC  KRPE-LP  129651 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E    CHAN-55                BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20040326AKT.
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