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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #722
                  Wednesday,  January 18, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  LIFESPAN OF CD-Rs & CD-RWs SAID TO BE AROUND 2 TO 5 YEARS
  For anyone who's spent an inordinate amount of time burning
music and photo CDs, or saving data, here is a disturbing story
from IDG News Service via MIT's Technology Review magazine.
Those CD-Rs and CD-RWs that were supposed to last a lifetime may
only accomplish that task if you are about to kick the bucket.
"Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short
life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality
of the CD," [Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM
Deutschland] says.  However, some of the blogs associated with
the article suggest that the actual life is highly variable.
Data loss or corruption is also known as "bit rot" in some
circles.
  http://www.technologyreview.com/Blogs/wtr_16140,290,p1.html
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  MYSTERIOUS INTERFERENCE IN THE SAN DIEGO AM BAND
  On Wednesday night, January 11, 2006, unidentified
wideband interference blanketed the AM broadcast band in San
Diego "with peaks all over the dial" according to one report.
The interference was heard from 150 kHz to over 5 MHz and
obliterated weak out-of-town AM broadcast signals.  KNX was
said to be 90% covered by static and noise.  These observations
were made along Highway 52.
  A second report (this from an experienced broadcast engineer)
noted RFI "from 540 kHz through 5 MHz [that] came on after 6 PM,
1/11, Wed evening.  In the morning the hash was gone and [the]
band was back to normal Thursday night....  The RFI could NOT be
nulled out and was as strong OUTSIDE as inside a house.  This is
using battery portables with circuit breakers on the house pulled.
Also noticed on several radios and driving in [a] car.  Pretty
widespread.  So strong a slight hash was heard under KOGO."
  We could be dealing with military interference, spurs from
a powerful broadcast transmitter or some peculiar kind of in-
power-line device or devices.  The FCC has been notified.
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Jose Mollinedo has been fined $10,000 for operating an
unlicensed radio transmitter on 90.9 MHz in Victorville, CA.
Mollinedo was warned verbally and in writing by Los Angeles
FCC agents in March, 2004 that he needed a license, and was asked
to discontinue operations at that time.  Despite these warnings,
Mollinedo resumed operation of his transmitter after a brief
pause.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-53A1.doc
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  WATCH THIS SITE IN HIGHLAND FOR FUTURE PIRATE OPERATIONS
  A report from one of CGC's clients indicates that the
church at 7842 Grape Street, Highland, CA began a pirate
operation on 91.3 MHz recently, but voluntarily suspended
operations when notified that they were causing interference.
If you frequent the area, please start a listening watch to
make sure that the church does not become active again on
91.3, or any other FM frequency.
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  SATELLITE RADIO INTERFERENCE TO BROADCAST SIGNALS
  Many XM & Sirius satellite radio receivers are more like
tuners because they lack audio amplifiers and speakers.  In
these cases, mini FM transmitters are often used to send the
satellite audio to an FM broadcast receiver nearby.  Of course,
it is a problem when the FM signal generated in some other
guy's car captures your FM receiver and jams out an authorized
broadcast station.
  Over the past few weeks, CGC has received a few listener
complaints where the FM signal generated in one car has apparently
captured the FM receiver in another car, disrupting licensed FM
broadcast signals.  If you are associated with an FM station,
have any of your listeners complained about this happening?  Do
you have any reason to believe that any of the mini FM
transmitters used with the satellite tuners are a bit too
powerful (they probably radiate too well if they can be heard
100 feet away on a vacant FM channel).  One client asks this
specific question: "If a brand new Sirius Sportster tuner is
taken right out of the box, what FM frequency is preset by the
manufacturer?" (Sportster frequencies are also user programmable.)
  Any and all comments are welcome at this time.  Please send
mailto:r.gonsett@ieee.org, and be sure to indicate if you do NOT
want your name published.
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     RANDOM NOTES (THIS TIME CONCERNING SAN DIEGO PRIMARILY)
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  UPDATED EAS PLAN FOR SAN DIEGO
  I would like to remind broadcast and cable companies in
San Diego County that whoever is responsible for EAS at their
facilities should be subscribed to the San Diego EAS list server.
I will soon be sending out a notice to broadcasters of an updated
EAS Local Plan.  I want to make sure the notice reaches as many
authorized parties as possible via the list server.
  Subscribe to the EAS list server at:
  http://tinyurl.com/9rg2t
  The old list server at broadcast.net is no longer active.
Membership in the new list server is restricted to facilities,
organizations and agencies that interface with the Emergency
Alert System.
  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego LECC EAS, (858) 274-0665
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  KEVIN DOUGLASS AND CLEAR CHANNEL PART COMPANY
  Kevin Douglass is no longer with Clear Channel Communications.
He was Engineering Manager for CCC in San Diego.  John Rigg has
joined Clear Channel/San Diego from KFMB.
  Kevin may be reached at mailto:kddinsd@sbcglobal.net.
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  REVOCATION PLEADING AGAINST BONILLA'S U.S. PERMITS STILL ALIVE
  While we are awaiting the FCC's decision in the Lazer vs.
Bonilla (XHBCE-FM) case, Elliott Klein notes that the earlier
revocation pleading against Mr. Bonilla's U.S. station licenses
and CP is still pending at the FCC (CGC #634, lead story).  In
other words, two major complaints will be considered in the
Bonilla proceeding, not just one, so the results could affect
Bonilla operations on both sides of the border.
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2004/cgc634.htm
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  THE LATEST SAN DIEGO SBE NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE
  The latest SBE Chapter 36 newsletter is filled with
interesting short stories and job opportunities.  The web
page is user friendly, so check it out at:
  http://sbe36.org
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  INSIDE THE APPLE iPod NANO
  Technology Review magazine has taken a look inside the iPod
Nano, Apple's flashy new toy.  The magazine voided the warranty
so you don't have to.
  http://www.technologyreview.com/InfoTech/wtr_16058,294,p1.html
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  PIRATE PROFILE
  Last week, we mentioned the 106.9 MHz pirate in San Diego
and that the FCC, in the absence of positively identifying
the real pirate (assuming that someone else was involved),
has proposed to fine the transmitter site homeowner $10,000.
Filing against the site owner is not precedent setting according
to Phil Kane, past Engineer in Charge of the FCC's San Francisco
District Field Office.  Homeowner fines have been levied in
several cases before this one, in both pirate broadcasting and
the CB service.
  The homeowner in question in this case is Joni K. Craig.
The following website contains a photograph of one Joni K. Craig
and outlines her activities as Executive Director of the San
Diego Foundation for Change, among other things.  (While it is
tempting to assume that the two Joni K. Craigs are the same
person, we have not positively established that as fact.)  Note
the final sentence at the website below if you have time.
  http://www.foundation4change.org/joni.htm
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  UNDERSTANDING FCC RULES
  If you even suspect you are beginning to understand the
FCC Rules, this faux Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will give
you pause....
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FCC_NPRM(!)_12-05.pdf
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  BIRD'S EYE SELF-PORTRAIT OF MARS ROVER OPPORTUNITY
  The following photograph combines frames taken by the
panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity
from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5, 2005.  The rover was sitting at the
edge of Erebus Crater at the time.  Look carefully, and you will
see the flat solar panels of the rover itself as well as the
beautiful surrounding dunes and rock outcroppings.  The view
covers a radius of about 25 meters (82 feet).
  This photo is a false-color composite of images taken through
the camera's 750, 530 and 430-nanometer filters.  This kind of
false-color scheme emphasizes differences in composition among
the different kinds of materials that the rover is exploring.
Both Mars rovers - Spirit and Opportunity - are alive and well
and continue to move about the planet.
  http://tinyurl.com/ckkla
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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 ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20060109AAC   K205DZ  91086   CENTRO CRISTIANO DE FE, INC.
                E   89.3 MHZ                 DEVORE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205DZ.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20060106ABX   KWTH  87122    LIVING PROOF, INC.
               E   91.3 MHZ            BARSTOW, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER DISMISSED
  BLH-20020520AAX     KWIE  25809     KWIE, LLC
                E   96.1 MHZ       SAN JACINTO, CA
  Lic. to cover
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/09/2003
  Dismissed as moot 1/6/2006 - no letter sent
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20060106AAA    KQVO  8175     STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
                 E   97.7 MHZ     SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
                                          CALEXICO, CA
  License to modify.
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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
  BPTTL-20050926AAU   KSPP-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                  E   CHAN-39          PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSPP-LP.
  Engineering Amendments filed 9/29, 10/12 & 10/20/2005.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20050520AEN  K45IC 129618  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP,LLC
                 E   CHAN-45                BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831BVF.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20051229ABN K51HZ 129642  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                E   CHAN-51              CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000830BDL.
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  BMPTTL-20051230AAJ K55KD 52216  ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK, INC.
                E   CHAN-55                 OXNARD, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-20051207AJI.
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTB-20040315AAH   KBEH1  134300   BELA TV, LLC
                  E   CHAN-63        LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTB-20010601AHA.
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