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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #730
                    Sunday, March 19, 2006
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC ADOPTS PLAN TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND
  SECURITY BUREAU
  The FCC has voted unanimously to establish a "Public Safety
and Homeland Security Bureau."  The new Bureau is designed to
provide a more efficient, effective, and responsive organizational
structure to address public safety, homeland security, national
security, emergency management and preparedness, disaster
management, and related issues.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264395A1.doc
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  FCC RESOLVES OVER 300,000 COMPLAINTS OF TV INDECENCIES, ETC.
  This series of actions on indecent, profane, and/or obscene
television programming will have far reaching effects.  The FCC,
for example, upheld its earlier decision on the broadcast of
indecent material during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264344A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o Notice of Unlicensed Operation issued to California
College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, for broadcasting on 87.9 MHz:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-264279A1.html
  o Official Citation issued to 2by2security.com for
marketing unauthorized wireless cameras in the 900MHz to
1.23 GHz frequency range:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-264049A1.html
  o $13,000 tentative fine for various antenna structure
violations including lighting.  This case involves KALI(AM).
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-263781A1.html
  o $75,000 tentative fine against San Jose Navigation for
marketing four models of GPS "signal re-radiator kits" which
could interfere with GPS operations.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264341A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-30A1.doc
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ENGINEERING OPENING AT KPBS, SAN DIEGO
  KPBS TV/FM, San Diego's Public Broadcast Stations, has a
full time Engineer position available.  Position is responsible
for the design, planning, operation and maintenance of television/
radio systems and broadcasting facilities.
  Req: Min 3 yrs exper as an engineer, including all phases of
operation & maintenance of television and radio broadcast studio
facilities.  Technical and operational knowledge of PC and Mac OS X
computer systems highly desirable; strong verbal & customer service
skills.  ASEE degree or equivalent is highly desirable.  Degree in
related program or combination of technical training and exper
preferred.
  Salary range $4395 - $5000/mo. + excellent benefits package.
See full job description and apply at the URL below or call SDSU
Research Foundation, Human Resources, at (619) 594-5703 for Job
#060073.  Position closes 4-12-06.  EEO/AA/Title IX Employer.
  http://jobsfoundation.sdsu.edu/
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  CELLPHONES POSITIONING DATA FINGERS MURDER SUSPECT
  New York City police detectives arrested an ex-convict on
suspicion of homicide based at least in part on phone company
records showing the trail of his T-Mobile cellphone on the day
of the crime, putting him at the crime scene in the hours before
the victim's body was found.  Many cellular subscribers remain
unaware that wireless carriers' technology keeps track of all
subscribers' phone locations, even when the phones are not
being used to place calls.  In fact, phone positioning data
may provide stronger evidence than relying on witnesses.
  http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/399892p-338804c.html
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  HD RADIO PROJECTIONS
  According to Radio World, the "latest best guess of research
company Bridge Ratings" is that there will be 8 million HD Radio
listeners in year 2010, and 54 million for satellite radio that
year.  (The numerical impact of Internet radio and iPods was
not discussed.)
  But, does HD Radio work well enough to sell?  The second URL
below links to an astute user report that is worthy of careful
study by everyone involved in HD Radio deployment.  In essence,
before making any projections on the success or failure of a
new brand of coffee, it helps to drink a cup of that coffee.
Check out the second URL for some eye opening information.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8675
  http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=184531
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  NEED FOR EXTENSIVE RF FILTERING ON COMPLEX SITES
  Ed Tipler, P.E., of Tortoise Communications, reminds us
that the FCC's spurious emission standards for FM broadcast
transmitters are totally inadequate to protect land-mobile
receivers nearby.  Ordinarily, a special outboard "window"
filter must be added to an FM transmitter to pass the desired
frequency, and reject everything else.  The exception comes at
sites that are designated "Broadcast Primary," where no great
effort is made to protect sensitive receivers.
  If your transmitter is installed on a shared site and you
need to protect receivers nearby, it would not be surprising if
you needed an additional 80 dB (or more) of wideband filtering,
even for a 1 kW transmitter.  Simply saying, "My transmitter
meets FCC specs" is not good enough.  The 80 dB spec that comes
with many broadcast transmitters is entirely inadequate at
complex sites.  At least another 80 dB of suppression will be
needed in most cases.
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  SBE FILES SECOND PLEADING ON "TRUCKER TV"
  From time to time, the Society of Broadcast Engineers files
comments with the FCC on various technical issues.  A subject
recently called to our attention involves tests of a "Trucker
TV" system in the refarmed 2,025-2,110 MHz TV BAS band.
  SBE believes that when an Experimental grant can jeopardize
existing TV BAS systems and particularly when the proponent
appears to be uncooperative in field tests, the FCC ought to
know.  If you are curious about Trucker TV, the first URL gives
an overview, and the second URL takes you to the latest
installment in this proceeding.
  http://tinyurl.com/r6fdr  (Trucker TV Overview)
  http://tinyurl.com/p87tj  (Latest SBE Filing)
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  PRACTICAL INFORMATION ON DVD QUALITY AND FORMATS
  http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm
  http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdformats.htm
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  SKYPE GAMBLING ON WIRELESS VoIP AS THE NEXT BIG THING
  Santa Clara's Netgear Inc. is building a Wi-Fi phone that can
make VoIP calls via Skype from any wireless hotspot, such as those
commonly found in a growing number of business districts as well
as popular coffee houses.  Calls placed via Skype rather than
cellular are free in some instances, but the ability to make such
calls will be significantly limited unless citywide Wi-Fi
networks are deployed.
  http://tinyurl.com/jt5jg
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  A ST. PATRICK'S DAY GREETING, RADIO STYLE
  Inside Radio's Tom Taylor here, sharing a 1920s postcard
from my collection of radio-related cards.  In those days, you
needed to be a little bit of radio engineer at home, too!
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/St%20Patrick's%20card.jpg
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  BEAUTY BEYOND BELIEF
  Nature photographer Mike Johnson treats us to incredibly
beautiful views from the Nate Harrison Grade on Palomar Mountain,
right after the first significant snow of the winter.  Enjoy!
  http://earthwindow.com/marchsnow
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20060308AIU   KMYI  58821  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E  94.1 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT RECEIVED
  BNPH-20060309ACF    NEW  165313     A & J MEDIA LLC
                E   95.5 MHZ          INDIAN WELLS, CA
  CP New Station.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPH-20060309ACF    NEW  165313     A & J MEDIA LLC
                E   95.5 MHZ          INDIAN WELLS, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/13/2006
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  FM TRANSLATOR APP FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20060314ADU   K257DV  146520  ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
               E    99.3 MHZ     D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                     TWENTY-NINE PALMS, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRH-20050801DHD   KMGQ   10329   CUMULUS LICENSING LLC
              E  106.3 MHZ              GOLETA, CA
  Amendment filed 03/08/2006
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPCDT-20040730AWC   KCAL-DT  21422   LOS ANGELES TELEVISION
                 E    CHAN-43            STATION KCAL LLC
                                          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/13/2006
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20060313ADS   K55KD  52216  ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                E    CHAN-55               OXNARD, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20051230AAJ,
  callsign K55KD.
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