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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #734
                     Monday, April 17, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CALIFORNIA SET TO ADOPT ORDER PERMITTING BPL
  Although only the smallest of the state's three primary
electric utility providers has expressed an immediate interest
in offering Broadband over Power Line ("BPL") service, the
California Public Utilities Commission appears ready to consider
a proposal intended to encourage its development.  San Diego Gas
& Electric Company is backing the proposal which would allow
separate entities to sell the high-speed Internet service.
  The article states in part that, "Although [BPL] could save
the utility money, the services' costs would be passed on to San
Diego Gas & Electric ratepayers, and the profit would end up
with Sempra and its shareholders."
  http://tinyurl.com/kmutn
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  FCC MODIFIES RULES FOR 2496-2690 MHZ BROADBAND RADIO
  SERVICE/EDUCATIONAL BROADBAND SERVICE SPECTRUM
  This, to facilitate wireless broadband access.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264897A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  "DITHERING" USED TO SPREAD POWER SUPPLY RFI
  Switching power supplies can generate some nasty RFI spurs
particularly in the AM broadcast band.  Now, some designers are
turning toward "dithering" the power supply switching frequency
courtesy of a built-in random number generator.  With this
approach, instead of having a lot of RFI on one frequency, the
RFI will be thinned out and spread across a wide spectrum like
cheese on a cracker.  See:
  http://powerelectronics.com/mag/603PET07.pdf
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  STORIES OF INTEREST FROM RADIO WORLD
  Ibiquity Completes Gen 2 Receiver Reference Design:
  Ibiquity Digital has upgraded its receiver reference design
  for home and tabletop HD Radios - a base that manufacturers
  can use for their products to speed time to market and lower
  costs, says the IBOC developer.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8823
  An Arbitron/Edison Media study covers consumer interest in
  HD Radios [if those devices could ever be sold in the $50-100
  price range].
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8834
  Retailers Step Up HD Radio Campaigns:
  Tweeter and ABC Warehouse/Detroit are starting to carry HD
  Radios while Crutchfield is increasing its product offerings.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8814
  RadioShack will start carrying HD Radios in select stores,
  possibly as soon as May.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8816
  KROQ, Not WLTW, Is Top Biller, BIA Now Says:
  BIA Financial Network has updated its recent list of the
  top 10 revenue-generating stations.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8832
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  THE HISTORY OF "VU"
  Dorrough Electronics has created a web video that explains
the history of audio metering and the technical details behind
the VU, PPM and Dorrough Loudness meters.  URL courtesy of
Radio magazine's Currents newsletter.
  http://www.dorrough.com/dorrough/techdoc/multimedia/mmedia.html
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  NAB PRE-CONVENTION NEWS
  NAB will offer two complementary Wi-fi hot spots for your
convenience at this year's broadcasters' convention in Las Vegas.
Check e-mail while grabbing lunch at the Cyber Cafe in the North
Hall or the Wi-Fi Restaurant in the South Upper Hall.  This info
courtesy of Radio magazine's Currents newsletter.
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  87.7 MHZ TRANSMITTERS SOLD AT FRY'S
  Hanging in Fry's Electronics this morning back in the Audio
headphone section was this product [in obvious violation of FCC
Part 15 rules because of the frequency used]:
  87.7 FM transmitter (per package marking)
  Mercury MP-FMT100LCD
  Packaging says contact mercurystyle.com but that website
says FOR USA AND CANADIAN CUSTOMERS PLEASE EMAIL DIRECTLY TO
<support@kobiancanada.com>.
  Name withheld upon request; letter received April 10, 2006
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  TRILLION DOLLAR PHONE BILL A REAL SHOCKER FOR MALAYSIAN MAN
  Yahaya Wahab of Kuala Lumpur had quite a surprise when he
opened a phone bill from Telekom Malaysia demanding payment of
$218 trillion and giving him just 10 days to pay up or face
legal action.  Wahab says he can't wait for the legal wrangling
to begin, and Telekom Malaysia says it's looking into the matter.
  http://tinyurl.com/nx8n6
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BP-20040827ACI  KCBQ 13509  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO.....
             E  1170 KHZ                 SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/08/2004
  Informal Objection filed 12/1/04 by ("BCA")
  Withdrawal of Informal Objection filed 2/28/05 by ("BCA")
  Engineering Amendments filed 12/15/2005 & 2/21/2006.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGNS GRANTED
  KISL(FM), 88.7 MHz, Avalon, to KXLW
  New LPFM, KSOJ-LP, 103.5 MHz, Banning,
  CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE PASS
  New LPFM, KCFM-LP, 105.5 MHz, San Bernardino,
  CHARISMA IN MISSIONS, INC.
  New LPFM, KNJR-LP, 107.9 MHz, Westlake Village,
  CALVARY COMMUNITY CHURCH OF CONEJO VALLEY INC.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264882A1.doc
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BPFT-20060317AAW  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
  Informal Objection filed 4/4/06 by ("PACCD")
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20060410AES    KLOS   35078    KLOS-FM RADIO, INC.
                E   95.5 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  BDISTVL-20051228AEJ   KSPP-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                    E   CHAN-8           PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSPP-LP.
  Engineering Amendments filed 12/29 & 12/30/2005.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20051229ABK  KDUG-LP 128855 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP..
                  E   CHAN-21                 HEMET, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831BJZ.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/30/2006
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