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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #725
                 Tuesday,  February 7, 2006
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                    <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
  Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BUSH PROPOSES TAX ON WI-FI AND "UN-AUCTIONED" SPECTRUM
  President Bush, facing a huge budget deficit, has proposed
to squeeze more money from the nation's airwaves by supporting
legislative changes that would allow the FCC to set "user fees"
on "un-auctioned" radio spectrum.  The plan is believed to be
aimed at unlicensed frequencies used for Wi-Fi and other
applications.
  http://www.rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=25545
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  FCC CUTS NEXTEL NO SLACK IN THE 800 MHZ RECONFIG START DATE
  The FCC is not allowing Nextel any delay in the start date
to reconfigure the 800 MHz band to minimize or eliminate Nextel-
to-Public Safety radio interference.  However, individual
requests by 800 MHz licensees for adjustment of their band
reconfiguration schedules where good cause is shown "will be
considered."  (It remains to be seen whether Nextel has enough
money to make their ambitious reconfiguration happen.  -Ed.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-200A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-201A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-199A1.doc
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  FCC UPDATES ITS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT PROCESSING FEES
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-101A1.doc
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  WESTERN UNION TELEGRAMS COME TO AN ABRUPT END
  Western Union has quietly stopped sending traditional
telegrams.  The company's web site simply says:
  "Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue
all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.  We regret any
inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your
loyal patronage.  If you have any questions or concerns, please
contact a customer service representative."
  According to one report, this ends 145 years of the telegram
business for Western Union.  Many old broadcast stations have
files stuffed with telegrams from the FCC; telegrams were at
one time the Commission's official way of sending time-
sensitive correspondence.
  http://www.westernunion.com/info/osTelegram.asp?country=US
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                         RANDOM NOTES
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  8VSB MEASUREMENT METHODOLOGIES SEMINAR SET FOR MARCH 11
  The Society of Television Engineers ("STE"), along with KABC,
will be hosting an 8VSB Seminar on DTV measurement methodologies
on March 11 at KABC-TV.  This is the follow-up to the 8VSB
fundamentals seminar which was presented last year by Gary
Sgrignoli.
  For those who know Gary, he is an excellent speaker and an
expert in 8VSB, having been involved in 8VSB design since its
inception.  For more information, please download the large
"ATSC Digital Television" pdf file at the following URL, or
send mailto:chomer@univision.net.
  http://www.ste-ca.org/
  (Info courtesy of Chris Homer at Univision)
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  FIRE NEAR SIERRA PEAK - ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
  Due to a wildland fire west of Sierra Peak, Skyline Road,
Bedford Road and North Main Divide Road (north of Santiago Peak)
are CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC until further notice.  The only access
to Santiago and Modjeska Peaks will be from Indian Truck Trail
or the North Main Divide Road at Long Canyon (near Ortega Hwy).
  It would be smart to check with the Trabuco Ranger District
office before setting out on any of the roads in the Santa Ana
Mountains.  Call (951) 736-1811 and ask for either the current
road closures, or the number for the new fire hot line just
now being established.
  (Information from Jacob F. Rodriguez at the Trabuco Ranger
District, and current as of Monday morning.)
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  RE: "EXTENSIVE WIND DAMAGE AT McKITTRICK SUMMIT" (CGC #724)
  The photo of the building damage at McKittrick Summit is
only one portion of the fury of that storm on Jan 2.  I am the
CE for Class B KGZO, 90.3 MHz on that site, and thought in my
40 plus years in radio I had seen it all... but during my trip
to the site I was in total disbelief of the damage seen on the
way:
  Power poles laying on the ground for miles like pick up
sticks, electronic equipment thrown around like confetti during
a parade!  Large 10 ton HVAC units blown to the ground and resting
twenty feet from the building, torn from their wiring conduit and
duct work like broken toys!  And yet when the building's integrity
was restored and the generator repaired (PG&E power was off for
over 10 days), we came back on the air with no problem.... until
a week later when a smaller wind storm blew a chunk of the roof
into our KU band 1.2 Meter dish and broke the LNB, putting us
off the air.
  Getting the site back in order was quite an effort and
Kudos should be given to Mojave Pipeline, Steve Finch at Fisher
Wireless, and PG&E for their tireless efforts.
  Chris Compton, Director of Engineering
  Radio Nuevavida Network, Camarillo, CA
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  MOBILE FM BROADCAST STATIONS NEXT?
  The XM interference issue (CGC #724) refers to what may
be a default frequency setting (88.1) in some low-power removable
cigarette-lighter FM-band transmitters being used to send audio
to a car radio, whether derived from a satellite receiver or an
iPod-style device in a moving vehicle.  Most of these transmitters
are capable of tuning over the complete FM band.  Soon we may be
seeing bumper stickers inviting others to "tune into our mobile
broadcast station" [insert user-selected frequency here!].
  Scott Stinson, KPBS, San Diego
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  PRICE REDUCED ON BOSTON ACOUSTICS HD RADIO
  The high cost of HD Radio receivers has been a thorn in
the sides of those promoting HD-2 multicast offerings on FM.
Now, Boston Acoustics has reduced the manufacturer's suggested
retail price on its Recepter Radio HD from $499 to $299,
effective February 1.  Of course, this is still an astronomical
price for a table radio, and a much larger price reduction
will have to be made if HD Radio is to get off the ground.
  http://www.radioandrecords.com/Newsroom/2006_02_01/bostonacoustics.asp
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  WARLOCK & IBOC RUMORS (ANONYMOUS REPORTS)
  The massive interference to the AM broadcast band
mentioned in CGC #722 may be related to the development of a
military jamming system called "warlock."  It is basically a
portable, high power, wideband noise source, see:
  http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/Business/031605_pentagon.html
  On another subject, the FCC is rumored to be working on
authorizing AM IBOC at night in chunks - letting certain
stations broadcast at night at first, then certain others, etc.
One engineer known to our office claims that his station expects
to receive FCC nighttime IBOC authority by a certain date this
year, that the FCC roll out plan is known to iBiquity and
certain radio insiders, but is regarded as top secret.
  A final note says, "I have been noticing that several
stations running AM IBOC have had problems turning it off
at night."  One of the stations mentioned was here in southern
California.
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  BONILLA CHAPTER XVII
  XHBCE-FM (105.7 MHz) is now simulcasting the audio of
XEPRS (1090 kHz), so both of the stations are full-time English
language sports stations.  This makes the signal of XHBCE
(English) easy to distinguish from co-channel KXRS (Spanish).
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  L.A. SHERIFF SOON TO BEGIN TESTING AERIAL SURVEILLANCE DRONE
 
  The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been working
with Chang Industry for about three years developing an unmanned
aerial vehicle capable to relaying video from an altitude of about
250 feet.  The 4-pound drone has a wingspan of about six feet and
can remain aloft for an hour before the battery must be replaced
or recharged.
  http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/2257622.html?showAll=y&c=y
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  PARIS PANORAMA
  Once this neat file downloads, use the bottom scroll bar
for a panoramic view of Paris at night.  Suggestion: start with
the volume cranked down.  URL courtesy of Helen Jones.
  http://framboise781.free.fr/Paris.htm
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             AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20040910ABO    KSDO  51166   HI-FAVOR BROADCASTING, LLC
              P   1130 KHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Direct Measurement
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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-20060130APT  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-20060124AAS  K216EM 88940  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   91.1 MHZ                ARCADIA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/30/2006
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20060125AEO  KLOS   35078   KLOS-FM RADIO, INC.
               E  95.5 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20011121AAP    KWXY-FM  24253    GLEN BARNETT, INC.
                 E   98.5 MHZ           CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLH-20041122AHP  KGB-FM   34454   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   101.5 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to modify
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/25/2006
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  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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