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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #728
                     Friday,  March 3, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BONILLA CHAPTER XVIII  --  EDITORIAL
  In a stunning decision, the FCC has swept aside the
voluminous engineering material submitted in the XHBCE-FM
proceeding and has granted the request of Broadcast Company of
the Americas for Section 325(c) authority to electronically
deliver programming to Class C1 Station XHBCE-FM, Tecate, Baja
California, Mexico.  The Commission's Order and Authorization
("O&A") granting the 325 authority is available at the first
URL below.
  The O&A is incredible.  It goes to great lengths to avoid
deciding the most basic issues raised - including the allegation
that the XHBCE Class B facility was built on a mountaintop far
from its authorized location (a ravine).  The O&A also caves in
on the directional antenna pattern issue for XHBCE's Class C1
site by simply saying, "In matters such as this, we rely on the
responses of SCT [Mexico's FCC], since it has the authority to
regulate XHBCE-FM" (para. 12).  The FCC failed to take into
account that XHBCE's own range-measured pattern violates the
SCT-stipulated pattern, and that Lazer Broadcasting's engineering
report, which relied on data from ERI's NEC modeling of the
XHBCE antenna, showed the same thing.
  It is amazing that the Commission did not see fit to
take a single field strength measurement on XHBCE's Class C1
operation - or tell us about it if they did.  Perhaps aware that
this lack of oversight could encourage lawlessness in the U.S./
Mexican Border Zone, the Commission stated in footnote 36 that,
"We will, however, periodically monitor transmissions to ensure
that the transmissions are in accordance with the 1992 USA-Mexico
FM Broadcasting Agreement."  This hotly contested case was a
golden opportunity for the Commission to strut its stuff and
take a measurement, but it apparently did nothing.
  Finally, the Commission faults Lazer Broadcasting for not
providing sufficient evidence that XHBCE is causing actual
interference to the reception of Lazer's co-channel station
KXRS-FM in Hemet, CA.  The demand for an expanded showing -
whereas the real focus should be on the correct operating
parameters and antenna pattern - is an invitation for chaos in
the Border Zone.  Now, every unscrupulous operator will be tempted
to crank up the power, move to an unauthorized site or broadcast
on any desired frequency (this happened recently), until proof
positive of interference arrives.  The burden of proof should
not be on the victim station.
  In summary, the Commission's mishandling of this case has
sent the wrong message across the U.S./Mexican Border Zone.
Then again, the Commission is but a ghost of its former self.
The agency has been paying less and less attention to rule
compliance for broadcast stations, and has no genuine interest
in conducting the type of field measurements that it says in the
O&A are needed.  But worse, the Commission has in this case
thrown a colossal cannister of cold water on efforts by private
parties to take up the slack.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-473A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/eugvl
  (The Commission's Order and Authorization ("O&A") granting
the 325 authority is available at the first URL; the second URL
discusses another problem crippling today's FCC.)
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  BONILLA CHAPTER XIX
  The FCC has affirmed a $10,000 fine against Pacific Spanish
Network, Inc., for operating a microwave radio station in Chula
Vista, CA without a license.  The Commission writes that, "Despite
repeated contacts by the [FCC's] San Diego Office, Pacific Spanish
has not filed a response to the NAL" [Notice of Apparent
Liability].  Therefore, the $10,000 fine tentatively set in
the NAL was affirmed.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-474A1.doc
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  "DATE CERTAIN" FOR DTV TRANSITION MAY NOT BE SO CERTAIN
  A clerical error on Capitol Hill is believed responsible for
a $2 billion spending difference between the House and Senate
versions of the budget reconciliation bill recently signed by
President Bush, and it could derail the "date certain" of
February 17, 2009 for conversion to digital television.
  Neither legislative branch is inclined to revisit the highly
controversial legislation, so if the error can't be corrected
by another means, it could pose a threat to and/or a potential
delay in efforts to release analog TV spectrum for future use
by public safety.
  http://broadcastengineering.com/newsletters/bth/20060227/#dtvdtv
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  MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES NEW FEATURES IN CDBS 
  The FCC's Media Bureau has added several features to its
Consolidated DataBase System (CDBS).  The new features include:
  o A new CDBS webpage and expanded user assistance,
  o Electronic filing for various "non-form" submissions,
  o Improved security and FRN management, and
  o Procedures to announce changes to the database.
  The FCC indicates that these improvements will make for
"more reliable, secure and responsive CDBS performance."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-472A1.pdf
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  CONSENT DECREE TO BENEFIT THE HEARING IMPAIRED
  This FCC text shows the steps WRC-TV, Washington, D.C., must
take to ensure that future emergency information provided aurally
will also be carried in closed captioned form to benefit the
hearing impaired community.  There are seven specific steps.
To find them, download the URL below, scroll down the file about
3/4 way and review numbered paragraph 10, items (a) through (g):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-358A1.doc
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  FCC PROPOSES A WHOPPING $776,500 FINE TO A LOCAL FIRM
  This case involves fax spamming and the firm named is First
Choice Healthcare, Inc.  The company is apparently headquartered
in San Diego, see footnote 2 at the URL below:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-22A1.pdf
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  WSJ REPORTS ON INTERFERENCE FROM AM IBOC SIDEBANDS
  AM interference from digital radio is the subject of a
Wall Street Journal article.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8624
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  87.9 MHZ PIRATE IN THOUSAND OAKS
  A pirate on 87.9 MHz broadcasting NOAA Radio to the Thousand
Oaks area has been heard near US-101 and CA-23.  The signal is
weak, and has been brought to the attention of the FCC.
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  LEONARD KAHN FILES SUIT
  Leonard Kahn and Kahn Communications, Inc. have filed suit 
against iBiquity Digital Corporation, Lucent Technologies Corp.
and Clear Channel Communications, Inc.  The second URL takes
you directly to the "Wrath of Kahn" website:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8625
  http://www.wrathofkahn.org/default.php
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  AUDIO SAMPLES OF DIGITAL TRANSMISSION CODES
  The following website contains short wav files of various
digital transmission codes used in the land-mobile and other
radio services.  For samples of POGSAC, AMTOR, PSK-31, Golay,
WeFAX, CDPD, GSM Digital Cellular and many more, visit:
  http://kb9ukd.com/digital/
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  IN-CAR CELLPHONE USE DETRACTS FROM RADIO LISTENING
  It isn't just satellite radios, MP3s and iPods taking over
drivers' ears in the car:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8580
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  WHAT'S AHEAD FOR CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY?
  In the not too distant future, expect cellphones with Wi-Fi
capability, a system that can send live video to millions of
phones simultaneously, phones that emit a familiar scent instead
of a ring tone, and a system that allows users to track the exact
locations of family members.  USA TODAY technology columnist
Kevin Maney looks at what's hot on the horizon for the cellular
industry.
  http://tinyurl.com/fv99g
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  HOME BURNS WHEN VoIP 9-1-1 CALL FAILS TO REACH HELP
  A five-alarm blaze destroyed a Minnesota home late last week
when the homeowner tried to summon firefighters by making a 9-1-1
call using an Internet telephone service.  According to the owner,
his service provider placed the call on hold for several minutes
before connecting him with emergency crews.
  http://www.kstp.com/article/stories/S14441.html?cat=1
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  PROPERTY VALUES VIA THE AUTOMATED APPRAISER
  Here is a computer program that will estimate real property
values, and the service is free.  The answers are only ballpark
and occasionally quite inaccurate, but it is interesting to see
a computer used as an automated appraiser:
  http://zillow.com/
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  WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FEBRUARY 17?
  How did the U.S. decide that February 17, 2009 would be the
day that NTSC television ends?  The tongue-in-cheek response is
that February 17 is the day Saint Clare of Assisi was declared
the patron saint of television; Feb. 17 is also the birthday of
Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (founder of IBM), Michael Jordan, Huey
Newton, Red Barber, Margaret Truman, and perhaps most
importantly, Paris Hilton.
  Geronimo died on February 17, and Feb 17 is World Cabbage Day.
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17_February
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20040827ACI      KCBQ  13509     RADIO 1210, INC.
             E      1170 KHZ           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/21/2006
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMJP-20051031ACO  KSDT 36830  RUDEX BROADCASTING LIMITED CORP...
              E   1320 KHZ                 HEMET, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/24/2006
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR CP TO REPLACE EXPIRED PERMIT
  APPLICATION FOR REVIEW
  BP-19970703DA  KIEV 57893 ROYCE INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING CO...
           P   1500 KHZ                 BURBANK, CA
  REPLACEMENT OF CP (BP-20111)
  REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF SECTION 73.3598 FILED 12/7/01
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 2/22/02 BY ROYCE
  INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY
  Application for Review filed 2/22/06 by ("Royce")
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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 INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BPFT-20060130APT   K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
                E   88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
  Informal Objection filed 2/17/06 by ("PACCD")
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFTB-20060109ABK  KOCP-2  165763  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E   95.9 MHZ              SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/23/2006
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20060221AED  KKLA-FM 48453  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO..
               E   99.5 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPL-20060221ADJ   KOCI-LP  124219   STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
                E   101.5 MHZ             NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  102.7 MHZ PROPOSED FOR MECCA, CA
  The FCC has proposed to drop 102.7 MHz (Class A) into Mecca,
  CA, as its second local FM service.  Mexican concurrence has
  been obtained.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-431A1.doc
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFTB-20060109ABE  KCAQ-2  165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E   104.7 MHZ              SANTA SUSANA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/23/2006        
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  PROPOSED LOW POWER/TRANSLATOR ETC. CP GRANT
  CH-8, KSPP-LP, Riverside-Palm Springs, BDISTVL-20051228AEJ
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263939A1.doc
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  PROPOSED LOW POWER/TRANSLATOR ETC. CP GRANT
  CH-20, New, Big Bear Lake, Iglesia Jesuchristo Es Mi Ref....
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263966A1.doc
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  PROPOSED LOW POWER/TRANSLATOR ETC. CP GRANT
  CH-21, K51IW, Hemet, BMPTTL-20051229ABK
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263939A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTT-20060216AGZ   K40ID  68071  TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                  E    CHAN-40             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change of callsign K40ID.
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  PROPOSED LOW POWER/TRANSLATOR ETC. CP GRANT
  CH-69, New, Banning, Venture Technologies Group, LLC
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-263966A1.doc
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