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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #724
                  Tuesday,  January 31, 2006
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SBE ADVOCATES REPLACING EAS
  The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) maintains that
the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is broken beyond "simple
modifications or band-air approaches" and should be replaced.
In part, SBE would eliminate broadcasters as an EAS
origination source.  (Thanks, Richard Rudman)
  http://tinyurl.com/8tkcm
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  WTB IS READY TO UNLEASH "AUTO-TERM"
  By this Public Notice, the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau announces again it will add a new feature to the Universal
Licensing System (ULS) on February 1, 2006.  The feature is
called "Auto-Term," and it automatically terminates certain
instruments of authorization.
  See the lead story in CGC #721 for the SBE's perspective on
the matter.  The latest warning message from the Commission (that
"auto term" is about to be unleased) appears at the URL below.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-45A1.doc
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  IMPORTANT LPTV, CLASS A LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR NEWS
  The FCC has entitled this Public Notice: "Announcement of
filing window for LPTV and TV translator digital companion channel
applications from May 1, 2006 through May 12, 2006....  Freeze on
filing of low power television, TV Translator and Class A analog
and digital minor change, analog and digital displacement and
digital on-channel conversion applications from April 3, 2006
through May 12, 2006."  Need details (or an English translation)?
Here is the Commission's three page explanation:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-123A1.doc
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  MSTV TELLS FCC QUALCOMM UNDERESTIMATES 700 MHZ INTERFERENCE
 A recent Qualcomm presentation to the Commission "drastically
underestimates" the interference that 700MHz entrants - such as
Qualcomm's own MediaFLO service - would cause to free, over-the-
air television, according to a Jan. 12 letter to the FCC from
Association for Maximum Service Television president David
Donovan.
  http://tinyurl.com/ctvkv
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  RAMSEY ELECTRONICS TENTATIVELY FINED $25,000
  The FCC has notified Ramsey Electronics, Inc. of its Apparent
Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $25,000 for marketing
two models of FM broadcast transmitters, and two models of
external radio frequency power amplifiers, without FCC authority
to do so.  This is potentially a landmark case in the pirate
broadcasting arena.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-136A1.doc
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  NEXTEL IS UNCOOPERATIVE IN FCC INSPECTION
  For refusing to turn certain base station transmitters off
during the day for about two seconds while the FCC attempted to
pinpoint the source of a spurious emission, Nextel has tentatively
been fined $7,000.  This is an unusual case because technicians
and company legal departments are usually more than happy to
cooperate with the FCC.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-263335A1.html
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  CELLULAR TOWERS MAY NOT MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS
  As Cellular and PCS operators - including Nextel - continue
to build out their infrastructure by installing base stations in
residential neighborhoods, are some of the neighbors unwittingly
being turned into "second class citizens?"  Calculations indicate
that residents near these towers, particularly folks using UHF-TV
preamped receiving antennas pointed at or near the towers - will
experience interference in the form of brute-force RF overloading.
  Do you know of any documented cases where overloading or
other types of interference have occurred from cell towers?
If so, please send mailto:r.gonsett@ieee.org.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  MORE ON XM AND SIRIUS INTERFERENCE TO BROADCAST FM & TV-6 AUDIO
  (Continuing the thread from CGC #723)
  "This time I personally experienced the issue [of XM
interference to the FM broadcast band].  While listening to 88.1
FM and driving North on the 605 at about the intersection of the
60, I noticed that my receiver momentarily captured a signal
during an XM Channel 145- ID.  Granted that this is a fringe area
for KKJZ, so a lot of static and multipath is present anyway, but
[the XM interference is] one more reason for a listener [to tune
away from KKJZ on 88.1].  The XM signal locked in almost full
quieting for about 30 seconds, went away for 30 seconds, then
came back for about 10 seconds."
  Ron Thompson, DE, KKJZ-FM, Long Beach & KUOR-FM, Redlands
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  IPODs SAID TO BE "REAL DX MACHINES"
   "Apple sells an accessory FM transmitter that is wireless
for the IPOD.  The signal from this little transmitter can be
received for several hundred feet, suggesting it is not Part 15
compliant according to your 100 foot test.  For fun, I sometimes
tune my car radio to 87.9 MHz and in driving for 10 miles or so,
will hear as many as a half dozen of these IPOD signals.
  "All in all, I found that the IPOD signals travel much
farther than XM and Sirius signals, and it would not hurt if
the FCC investigated the IPOD transmitters for Part 15
compliance.  The IPODs are real DX machines."
   Paul Smith, W4KNX, Sarasota, FL
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  HOWARD STERN REBROADCASTS ON PIRATE RADIO
  The FCC is said to be looking into allegations that Howard
Stern's new show on Sirius Satellite Radio is being illegally
retransmitted by pirate broadcasters on the FM band.  This,
according to the New York Daily News which reports unlicensed
broadcasts on 95.1 FM in New York and 101.5 FM in New Jersey.
  According to the article, not only are these transmissions
illegal, they also include profanities which are banned under
the law governing the content of terrestrial stations.
  (Amateur Radio Newsline for January 27, 2006)
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  DRM SEMINAR SET FOR LAS VEGAS
  Digital Radio Mondiale front-liners will present how-to
seminars for those thinking about DRM implementation; the
presentation is called "DRM: The Basics in 90 Minutes."  DRM
members Continental and Harris will both host the seminars at
their respective booths.  There is no charge, but registration
is required.  DRM also is on the agenda at the NAB Broadcast
Engineering Conference in two presentations.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8446
  One insider's view is that while the DRM proponents would
like their system to be used in the U.S. instead of HD Radio
on the AM band, the basic intent of the seminars is to expose
NAB attendees to DRM because DRM is going to go up against Eureka
and IBOC (HD Radio) in other countries.  The real battleground
starting to shape up is reportedly South America, and many NAB
attendees represent other countries.
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  ON THE LOSS OF PROPANE
  "I have had trouble at my site on El Paso Peak, south of
Ridgecrest, of someone reaching into the cover of my standby
propane tank and opening the relief valve used during filling --
costing me 300 to 400 gallons of propane twice.  I have locked
both sides of the cover now, and taped the relief valve with a
thick covering of 33+."
  Ed Tipler, P.E., Tortoise Communications
  P.S.  "I did get a comment from one fellow who said that the
propane delivery guys often don't stick around very long after
they finish filling, and the relief valve can sometimes have
frost in it.  When they tighten the valve, there can be ice
at the bottom, which thaws, then the valve is loose, [but] I
don't know about the accuracy of this statement."
  Ed Tipler, P.E., Tortoise Communications, tiplerek@iwvisp.com
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  IS THE "TALKING BILLBOARD" PART 15 COMPLIANT?
  CGC #720 carried a story questioning the legality of a
1610 kHz "talking billboard" in San Diego since the signal
could reportedly be heard 14 miles away.  Now, Richard Fry
comments on the story and offers some theoretical calculations
suggesting that Part 15 compliant signals in the AM broadcast
band should not travel very far, and certainly not 14 miles
under the assumptions used in his calculations.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Billboard_Part_15.htm
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  BALLOON-COMM TEST LAUNCH SET FOR NORTH DAKOTA
  Former North Dakota governor Ed Schafer is backing two
companies hoping to deploy high-tech balloons this summer to
blanket the sparsely-populated state with cellular telephone
coverage.  A test flight is scheduled within the next few weeks
in which a toaster-size communications pod suspended by a $55
balloon will soar up to 20 miles above the plains.
  http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/30/D8FF53180.html
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  EXTENSIVE WIND DAMAGE AT McKITTRICK SUMMIT
  The following jpeg photograph taken January 3, 2006
illustrates the need for constructing the most rugged and
robust equipment buildings on mountaintops.  Even conventional
metal frame construction (as was used here) cannot withstand
nature's most violent winds.  This photo shows why concrete block
or poured-concrete construction are often preferred at
communications sites, not to mention their ability to fend off
vandals and thieves provided the roofs are equally robust.
  Photo from McKittrick Summit near Bakersfield, CA and
reproduced with permission.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/McKittrick.jpg
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  PLEASE POLISH SUBMISSIONS
  Your Letters to the Editor of the CGC Communicator are
always welcome, but lately our mailbox has been overflowing.
You can help us by keeping your letters short, polishing the
text, and web posting any long comments (or photos) so we may
point to them from the Communicator.  We appreciate your help!
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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-20060124AAS K216EM 88940 LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS...
              E  91.1 MHZ             ARCADIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K216EM.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20050824ADC KMLT-FM1 164724  AMATURO GROUP OF L.A., LTD.
                E  92.7 MHZ              MALIBU VISTA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20060125AEO    KLOS  35078    KLOS-FM RADIO, INC.
                E   95.5 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED 
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPL-20060120ABQ KGIC-LP 124903 ANDRES SERRANO MINISTRIES
             E  105.5 MHZ             CORONA, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20051205ACB KLNV 51515 UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE CORP....
             E  106.5 MHZ            SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/18/2006
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20050920AEG   KLVE 35086    KLVE-FM LICENSE CORP.
               E  107.5 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20051024ABK   KWVE  8410    CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA
              E   107.9 MHZ            SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20060119ADC K65AR 43825 COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
              E  CHAN-29          TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20020830AEN,
  callsign K65AR.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20060119ACC K62AO 11528 COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
              E  CHAN-40            MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20040204ABC,
  callsign K62AO.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPEDT-20060123AFG  KCET-DT 13058 COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF
                  E  CHAN-59          SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPEDT-20000428ADF
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