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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #733
                     Monday, April 10, 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 AMENDS RULES TO IMPLEMENT JUNK FAX PREVENTION ACT OF 2005
  The Commission has amended its rules implementing the Junk
Fax Prevention Act of 2005.  The FCC has, among other things,
determined not to exempt small businesses or nonprofit trade
associations from the rules.  The rules become effective 90
days after publication in the Federal Register.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264811A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-42A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  EXTENDING THE RANGE OF MINI FM TRANSMITTERS - COMMENT
  It is remarkable how quickly people have jumped on the
bandwagon of extending the range of Part 15 FM transmitters,
an effort that is patently illegal.  The following URLs were
provided by Oscar Medina and suggest that the FCC is not going
to have an easy time putting this grinch back in the bottle:
  http://www.trevorshp.com/itriplcd.htm
  http://www.binaryelysium.com/itrip_amp/
  http://tinyurl.com/aw3t9
  http://feed.proteinos.com/item/2020
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  EXTENDING THE RANGE OF PART 15 AM TRANSMITTERS - COMMENT
  Regarding last week's story on extending the range of
Part 15 AM transmitters, Harold Hallikainen offers two FCC
rule sections that speak to the assumed illegality of field
modifying these transmitters.  Still, careful research needs
to be done via the referenced rule sections before reaching
definitive conclusions.
  http://www.hallikainen.com/FccRules/2006/15/203/
  http://www.hallikainen.com/FccRules/2006/15/204/
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  HD RADIO ARTICLE
  Electronic Design magazine offers this article on HD Radio,
see URL below.  Of particular interest are the reader comments
appearing at page bottom.
  http://www.elecdesign.com/Article/ArticleID/12194/12194.html
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  HD RADIO COMMENT
  Cris Alexander of Crawford Broadcasting Company takes
exception to our comment that, "HD Radio is the biggest series
of missteps we have seen in a long time" (CGC #732) and Cris'
forward-looking thoughts are posted at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/HD_Radio_Support.htm
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  TECH NOTE #134 IS RELEASED - READ ALL ABOUT "MT. X"
  Another of Larry Bloomfield's comprehensive and colorful
"Tech-Notes" newsletters has been published.  Designed primarily
for the TV and HDTV sectors, the latest 64 page gem features a
must-read article entitled, "The World's First Televised Atomic
Bomb Blast Covered by KTLA, Los Angeles" and penned by John Silva.
  Read about the long-haul microwave shot that had to be
engineered and proven in 13 days, and how "Mt. X" figured into
the equation - and that was only part of the project.  While the
three major networks had refused to do the job on such short
order, KTLA came to the rescue and fed the networks!
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_134.pdf
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  IT AIN'T EASY TO MOVE A TRANSMITTER PLANT THESE DAYS
  Moving a broadcast transmitter plant has rarely been easy
from a zoning and land-use standpoint.  Today, the effort is
downright complex as this public filing for KFIG(AM) shows.
Not even moving to grazing land in Fresno County will help.
  http://tinyurl.com/pqvqx
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  ASSORTED ITEMS OF INTEREST
  A recent meeting of Mexican broadcasters in Tijuana resulted
  in an endorsement for using HD Radio (IBOC) in the Border Zone,
  and L Band elsewhere.  The meeting was set up by CIRT's
  president (Mexican NAB).
  Harris and NPR Labs to demo HD-R services for the hearing and
  visually impaired at the NAB Convention:
  http://www.rwonline.com/rwsp/one.php?id=49
  The Amateur Radio DXpedition to Peter One Island is history,
  but the memories linger with the Fallbrook students of Phil
  Leonelli, WF6L:
  http://www.thevillagenews.com/story.asp?story_ID=13904
  http://iss.fuesd.k12.ca.us/Amateur/KG6WSS.htm
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  APRIL FOOLS COMMENT UNVEILED
  Last week we featured pictures of the underground
transmitter building being constructed for KMLT(FM), Thousand
Oaks, and added the comment that the "antenna mast is simply a
heavy-walled PVC pipe," to which CGC Communicator Joe Mauk
responded, "It's hard to believe that mast is plastic...."
  April fools!  While the test mast (to let neighbors gauge
the visual impact of the proposed pipe-tower) was made out of
PVC, the real mast is made out of steel.  In fact, two different
steel pipe diameters are used according to Chris Hicks, so
technically the station has a "step-tapered" pole.
  http://www.cellularpcs.com/thumbnails.php?album=13
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  TOWER DEMOLITION - INTERNET VIDEO WITH SOUND
  This video clip shows the explosive demolition of the Radio
Liberty towers in Spain, audio included.  URL courtesy of Bob
Weller.  Accompanying story (second URL) by Radio World.
  http://tinyurl.com/pzwz7
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8799
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  MAGNIFICENT RAINBOW AND SUNSET PHOTOS
  This URL courtesy of Red Blanchard.  Have a great week!
  http://www.missouriskies.org/rainbow/february_rainbow_2006.html
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20050824ADA      KDIS   25076   KABC-AM RADIO, INC.
             P      1110 KHZ            PASADENA, CA
  Direct Measurement
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  THE LOST HILLS MYSTERIES UNVEILED
  Lost Hills, CA (the one west of Delano) is a bit beyond
  our normal reporting area, but there have been some wonderful
  mysteries up there.  Two weeks ago, Lost Hills had allotment
  records for Class A, B1 and C facilities on 105.7 MHz, and one
  entity, Ace Radio Corp., had filed applications on all three.
  But only one class of station would work, so what was going on?
  A broadcast attorney explains: Lost Hills was originally
  granted an allotment for a new Class A station on 105.7 MHz.
  Ace Radio Corp., after winning the auction to use that
  frequency, applied to use it as a Class A, as expected.  Soon
  after, however, Ace applied to "one-step" upgrade the frequency
  to Class C3 status, the Commission erroneously awarded Lost
  Hills a C3 allotment record (Lost Hills is nowhere near a C3
  zone) and Ace filed a C3 application.  Then Ace realized its
  mistake and asked the Commission to add a B1 allocation record
  (which the Commission did), and Ace filed a B1 application.
  For a period of time, there were A, B1 and C3 allocation records
  in the CDBS database, and A, B1 and C3 applications: six records
  in all!
  Although the FCC has purged the C3 records, the remaining
  records are difficult for an FM Query reader to decipher
  because the one-step upgrade request is not mentioned.
  http://tinyurl.com/gyvbp
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20060317AFT  K212FA  90605  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   90.3 MHZ              TEMPLE CITY, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20060331APS KRPE-LP 129651 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                  E   CHAN-6               BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign KRPE-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATIONS APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTV-20060331BIK   K09XW  12324    PSTV PARTNERS, LLC
                  E   CHAN-9         PALM DESERT, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K09XW.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTT-20060330AAJ K15DB  67978   TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                E    CHAN-15              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K15DB.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTL-20060330AKG K33HU 128327  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP,LLC
                 E   CHAN-33                 BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign K33HU.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20060331AEU  K67BH 11534  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-36             MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601DA,
  callsign K67BH.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTTL-20060403ABE K40HY 129226  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
                 E   CHAN-35             BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change of callsign K40HY.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTT-20060330ALC K67AM  6120  BOARD OF.... FOR SAN DIEGO UNV.
                 E   CHAN-38                LA JOLLA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K67AM.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTL-20060330ANP K45IC 129618  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP,LLC
                 E   CHAN-45                 BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign K45IC.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20060403ARZ K29FX 128324 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-46             FOREST FALLS, CA
  Minor change of callsign K29FX.
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  BDISDTL-20060403ASB K69JA 127901 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-50                 BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign K69JA.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATIONS APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20060331AEE  K55KD 52216  ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK, INC.
                E   CHAN-55               SIMI VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55KD.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20060313ADS  K55KD 52216  ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK, INC.
                    E   CHAN-55         SIMI VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20051230AAJ,
  callsign K55KD.
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