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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #731
                     Sunday, March 26, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SOME MINI FM TRANSMITTERS INCLUDE POWER ADJUSTMENT POTS
  Some miniature FM transmitters, like the one shown at the
URL below, are perhaps Part 15 compliant when they leave the
factory, but a power adjustment potentiometer conveniently
located inside the unit allows end users to crank up the power.
If the resultant field strength then exceeds the level allowed
by FCC Part 15 rules - as implied by the web posting below -
the manufacturer could be violating the spirit and intent
of the Commission's rules.
  Do you know of other mini-FM transmitters with convenient
power adjustments inside, or companies that sell, for example,
external antennas to increase the range of mini FM transmitters
beyond the level allowed by FCC Part 15 rules?  If so, send
us the specific web addresses for forwarding to the Commission.
  It would also be helpful if a broadcast lab (or the FCC)
spot checked various XM and Sirius transmitters for Part 15
compliance (not that we believe they are non-compliant, but
they are implicated in many transient interference cases).
Tests are particularly needed on the many add-on transmitters
that are sold for use on iPods.  A letter received by the CGC
Communicator indicates that some of these devices radiate
well beyond Part 15 specs.
  Here, then, is the web site claiming to show how to crank
up the power on one popular mini FM transmitter:
  http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=3257&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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  BUYING AN FM TRANSMITTER IS TOO EASY
  A prospective pirate operator might ask, "Why bother to
crank up the power on a Part 15 compliant transmitter if I
can buy a high powered transmitter directly off the Internet?"
Turns out that high powered (non Part 15 compliant) transmitters
are available in many places, including from Hobbytron.com
at the first URL below.
  Hobbytron will apparently sell you a 50 watt FM transmitter
today if you sign a disclaimer indemnifying "Gibson Tech Ed, Inc.
or HobbyTron.com," and fax the document back to them (see the
second URL below).  The disclaimer makes fascinating reading.
  Fortunately, the FCC is not sound asleep on pirate
broadcasting; the next story in this newsletter shows a $14,000
fine that was recently affirmed against Gibson Tech Ed, Inc. for
marketing two models of unauthorized FM broadcast transmitters.
Hopefully the Commission will stem the tide on pirate
transmitters before the FM band becomes like the 11-meter
CB service, and the FCC loses control.
  http://www.hobbytron.com/FMTransmitter.html
  http://www.hobbytron.net/forms/VeronicaFMForm.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  $14,000 fine affirmed against Gibson Tech Ed, Inc. for
marketing two models of unauthorized FM broadcast transmitters.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-606A1.doc
  Notice of Violation issued to WCBS-FM, New York, for failing
to calibrate its remote monitoring system so that it provided
reliable indications of the transmitter's plate voltage.  The
station's remote monitoring system indicated a plate voltage
value that was 16.56% below the value indicated on the
transmitter's plate voltage meter.  Entries in the station log
over several months "showed similar incorrect readings."
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-264410A1.html
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  CURIOUS ITEMS COURTESY OF RADIO WORLD
  "Airline pilots departing from Miami International Airport
are getting an earful of something unexpected: Hip-hop tunes from
a pirate radio station that sometimes interfere with their
communications with the control tower."
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8707
  "The FCC will soon act on the final digital authorization
for terrestrial radio and the final rules will include provisions
for AM nighttime digital broadcasting and multicasting...."
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8702
  Here is AP's view on BPL, and the questionable future of
BPL in the U.S.  The story tip comes from Radio World, the story
itself from AOL:
  http://money.aol.com/news/articles?id=n20060317115309990008&cid=1230
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  TWO MORE TV STATIONS REQUEST TO DROP ANALOG AND GO DIGITAL-ONLY
  The latest requests to go digital-only come from Christian
Television Network, Inc. (Macon, Georgia) and Christian Television
of Palm Beach County, Inc. (Palm Beach, Florida).  These stations
propose to drop their NTSC broadcast signals in the 700 MHz band,
and thereafter broadcast only in the DTV mode below the 700 MHz
band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-646A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-647A1.doc
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  CE WANTED AT KROQ-FM & JACK-FM, LOS ANGELES
  CBS is looking for a Chief Engineer for KROQ-FM and
Jack-FM, both Los Angeles.  Since the monster.com ad at the URL
below contains a number of errors as we go to press, we got the
inside scoop from CBS:
  In the very top box with the words "Director of Engineering"
written over a tan colored bar, ignore the words "Director of
Engineering".  This job opening is for a Chief Engineer, not a
DE, and the successful candidate will cover both KROQ-FM and
Jack-FM, not just KROQ as stated in the box.
  According to the "Education Level" item in the top box, the
applicant must have, "Some High School Coursework (sic)."  We are
told that this is incorrect and will be amended, but no further
information is available at this time.
  Finally, if you are interested in the job, don't send
mailto:scmason@cbsradio.com as advised by the ad.  That's
a non-working address.  Use mailto:scmason@cbs.com or
mailto:scott.mason@cbsradio.com.
  Hopefully the ad will be corrected by the time you see
it posted at:
  http://jobsearch.monster.com/getjob.asp?JobID=40592341
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HD RADIO UPDATE
  An HD Radio listener in the San Diego area reports that
570-KLAC and 740-KBRT are both running IBOC now.
  In San Diego, the report indicates that only one station,
KPBS-FM, is encoding a second audio stream (HD-2), and their
"Groove Salad" format is also available on the Internet via
kpbs.org.
  For a treasure trove of HD Radio (IBOC) information
directly from the FCC, use the URL below:
  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/digital/
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  A CURIOUS PRODUCT - THE ROKU SOUNDBRIDGE
  Competition for the ears of America is increasing, and the
Roku SoundBridge fills an important gap.  The SoundBridge plays
PC or Mac digital music files anywhere in the house.... and
tunes into a variety of Internet Radio stations even with your
computer turned off.  See:
  http://www.rokulabs.com/products/soundbridge/index.php
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  "NORMAL BROADCASTING WILL CEASE IMMEDIATELY"
  February 20, 1971:  An erroneous EBS message was circulated
ordering normal broadcasting to cease immediately.  This web
posting documents the incident and contains photos of the
underlying teletype messages, including fallout from the
incident.  It's a fascinating glimpse back at the old EBS
system and an event that many will remember all too clearly.
  Do you remember the sealed Red Envelope?  Did you ever
wonder what was inside?  This site is for you.  (Our thanks
to Eric Schecter)
  http://ebstest.stlmedia.net/
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APP FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20060310AHK   KRLA   61267   NEW INSPIRATION B/CING COMPANY
             E   870 KHZ                  GLENDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR CP TO REPLACE EXPIRED PERMIT REPLY
  BP-19970703DA    KIEV   57893    ROYCE INTERNATIONAL....
             P  1500 KHZ                 BURBANK, CA
  RE: REPLACEMENT OF CP (BP-20111).  For details see:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264437A2.txt
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM XLATOR APP FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20060130APT   K205EP   93751   LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUN....
               E    88.9 MHZ                LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
  Informal Objection filed 2/17/06 by ("PACCD").
  Application dismissed 3/21/2006 per applicant's request
  of 3/17/2006.  Informal objection dismissed as moot.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APP FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20060317AAW   K205EP   93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUN....
               E    88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APP FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20060317AFT   K212FA  90605  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E    90.3 MHZ              TEMPLE CITY, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM STATION APP FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED....
  BNPH-20060309ACF   NEW   165313   A & J MEDIA LLC
               E   95.5 MHZ         INDIAN WELLS, CA
  CP New Station.  Engineering Amendment filed 03/13/2006.
  FM Auction No. 62 Application.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRH-20050801DHS    KRUZ   3159    CUMULUS LICENSING LLC
              E    97.5 MHZ           SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Amendment filed 03/15/2006
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL GRANTED
  BRH-20050726APL   KPLM   54360   R M BROADCASTING L.L.C.
              E   106.1 MHZ           PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Renewal of License
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APP FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20060320AEO   K20HZ   125447   HOWARD MINTZ
                 E    CHAN-20         PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000807AGO.
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