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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #735
                      Monday,  May 1, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NAB 2006
  Herculean changes are underway for the radio and television
broadcast industries as graphically displayed at the just-
concluded NAB Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Multiple platforms
now compete for viewers' eyes and ears where MoTV (mobile TV)
receivers tuned to proprietary data streams are about to become
the latest assault to the traditional viewing model.  In the radio
arena, iPods, satellite radio and Internet audio continue to
siphon off valuable ears.  And the changes are coming at a
breathtaking pace.
  For example, a draft Report and Order to allow all U.S. AM
stations to use HD Radio at night is reportedly sitting on the
FCC Chairman's desk.  Insiders say the document will allow all
stations (with equipment in place) to light up simultaneously.
Hopefully an interference resolution mechanism is included in the
paperwork.  Broadcast engineers surveyed on the floor of the NAB
were not optimistic about the long-term prospects of AM HD at
night, but iBiquity investors will undoubtedly make a concerted
effort to make it work.
  NAB estimates that 105,046 people attended this year's Las
Vegas convention as opposed to 104,427 last year.  The NAB
convention is billed as the world's largest media show, and
almost 25% of this year's attendees were international.
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  CGC LAUNCHES COMPLAINT AGAINST SIRIUS SATELLITE
  On April 8, 2006, Communications General Corporation
filed a formal complaint with the FCC against Sirius Satellite
for incorporating 87.7 and 87.9 MHz into the intentional radiator
mini-transmitters built into many of Sirius' satellite receivers
(see CGC #732 for details).  CGC reasoned that if the FCC
ultimately fined Sirius for the use of prohibited frequencies,
that action would send a powerful message to other manufacturers
of mini-transmitters that they, too, should abandon the use of
the prohibited "below 88 MHz" frequencies.
  FCC investigations are confidential, so we have no way of
knowing whether the Commission has launched an inquiry with
Sirius.  However, two Communicator readers spotted this statement
in XM Satellite's latest filing with the Securities and Exchange
Commission:
  "On April 25, 2006, we [XM] received a letter from the Federal
Communications Commission stating that its Office of Engineering
and Technology Laboratory has tested the Delphi XM SKYFi2 radio
and has determined that its transmitter is not in compliance with
the applicable emission limits.  The letter seeks information from
us regarding the testing, emissions and other matters relating to
this radio.  We are conducting an internal review, and anticipate
responding to the letter shortly and cooperating fully...."
  XM's complete statement is available for viewing at the URL
below under "Item 8.01 Other Events."
  http://tinyurl.com/fdzzz
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  CALIFORNIA PUC OKAYS STATE-WIDE BPL TESTING
  The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved
a plan on Thursday that allows providers of high-speed Internet
services to test using electric utility lines (so called BPL) to
deliver online access throughout the golden state.  RFI issues,
while not discussed, must still be resolved by the FCC.  Full
story at:
  http://tinyurl.com/pvlpc
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  FCC FURTHER MODIFIES ALLOCATIONS BELOW 3 GHZ
  According to the FCC, "In this Ninth Report and Order....
in ET Docket No. 00-258, we establish procedures for the
relocation of Broadband Radio Service (BRS) operations from the
2150-2160/62 MHz band.  We also establish procedures for the
relocation of Fixed Microwave Service (FS) operations from the
2160-2175 MHz band and modify existing relocation procedures
for the 2110-2150 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz bands.  In addition...."
  For happenings in the 2496-2690 MHz range (the FCC has
modified rules for 2496-2690 MHz Broadband Radio Service/
Educational Broadband Service spectrum band to facilitate
wireless broadband access), see the second URL below.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-45A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-46A1.doc
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  325(C) APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR XEK(AM)
  The FCC has Accepted for Filing an application for XEK,
960 kHz, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to receive cross-border program
feeds.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265133A1.pdf
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Vitec Group Communications Limited has been notified of
a tentative $14,000 fine for marketing an unauthorized radio
frequency device in the United States.  The device in question
is a digital wireless intercom called CellCom, as displayed at
last year's NAB Convention in Las Vegas.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-861A1.doc
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  SHANA BAREHAND BECOMES TRIBAL LIAISON AT FCC
  The FCC has named Shana Barehand as Tribal Liaison, Office
of Intergovernmental Affairs (OIA) in the FCC's Consumer and
Governmental Affairs Bureau.  The OIA is to administer the
Commission's Indian Telecommunications Initiatives.  According
to the FCC News release, Shana Barehand was formerly Shana
Greenberg.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265123A1.doc
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  CLEAR CHANNEL CE COMMENTS ON AM IBOC POWER LEVEL
  The following letter, reportedly from Steve Davis, Chief
Engineer, Clear Channel Radio, is posted on the radiolists.net
website to resolve a controvery associated with AM IBOC sideband
power levels.  While it is one thing to quote the power of an
individual carrier within an IBOC sideband, it is another to
quote the aggregate power of all the IBOC carriers.
  For a 50 kW AM station, the aggregate IBOC power amounts
to 2.4 kW according to the Davis letter, not 500 watts as had
apparently been claimed in an earlier posting.
  http://tinyurl.com/q6kn7
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  VENTURA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WILL TRAIN STUDENTS IN HAM RADIO
  More than 60 students attending Moorpark High School in
Ventura County have signed up for a yearlong class called "Radio
Amateurs and Disaster Operations" where they'll study for amateur
radio licenses while acquiring the necessary skills to assist in
communications during disaster responses.  Championed by law
enforcement and fire department personnel, the prospects for the
offering seem outstanding, particularly since Moorpark High's
curriculum already includes the National Incident Management
System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS).
  http://tinyurl.com/etkkf (Ventura County Star)
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  ROUTINE COMPUTER MAINTENANCE
  If you spend any of your time maintaining computers, here's
a decent once-over of what needs to be done on a (semi) regular
basis.  (It strikes me that a lot of this applies equally to
broadcast equipment.)  We all know this stuff, but a reminder is
always good -- I don't know about the rest of you guys, but this
is the sort of work that almost always finds its way to the
bottom of my "to do" list because there's always a bigger fire
to fight.  Book excerpt posted by Tech Republic.
  Doug Herman, Promotional Broadcast Network, Inc., San Diego
  dherman@pbninc.com
  http://tinyurl.com/pxusv
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  COMPANY SEEKS PROCEEDING TO EXPLORE PUBLIC/PRIVATE NETWORK
  An upstart company headed by Nextel co-founders Morgan O'Brien
and Brian McAuley has petitioned the FCC for a rulemaking to set
aside spectrum in the 700 MHz band for use as a nationwide public
safety radio network built and maintained by private companies
in return for use of the spectrum to offer commercial broadband
service.  Cyren Call Communications Corporation proposes that the
spectrum be licensed to a single Public Safety Broadband Trust,
which would oversee the new shared network.  Petition and News
Release.
  http://www.cyrencall.com/downloads/CyrenCall_FCC_Filing_060427.pdf
  http://tinyurl.com/h7nzh
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  SPRINT NEXTEL WILL PAY TO SETTLE MISLEADING ADVERTISING LAWSUIT
  Sprint Nextel has reached a settlement with New York City's
Department of Consumer Affairs, paying $295,000 and agreeing to
comply with the city's laws prohibiting misleading or deceptive
advertisements.  The agreement is the last of three stemming from
lawsuits the city brought against cellular carriers in response
to claims that the large font wording in the carriers' print ads
didn't always match what was found in the fine print.
  http://tinyurl.com/k6vnz
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  COMPANY SUES FCC IN BID TO LEGALIZE SALE OF FREQUENCY JAMMERS
  Cellantenna Corporation of Florida has filed suit against
the FCC claiming rules that prohibit the sale of radio frequency
jamming devices to state and local governments impair first
responders' ability to fight terrorism.  The company says the
Department of Homeland Security has been directed to "take
whatever measures are necessary to empower local law enforcement
agencies and first responders in the fight against global
terrorism."
  http://rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=26129
  (A registration required site)
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  PEM FARNSWORTH, "MOTHER OF TV," PASSES AWAY AT 98
  Pem Farnsworth, also known as the "mother of TV," has passed
away in Utah at the age of 98.  Ms. Farnsworth married Philo T.
Farnsworth in 1926.  On Sept. 7, 1927, Mr. Farnsworth transmitted
the first image on television, in San Francisco, using the concept
he conjured up while plowing his father’s Idaho potato field at
age 14.
  Pem Farnsworth also was the first person whose image appeared
on TV.  And she was someone who really lived from the heart and
spoke frequently on having children know that anything they can
dream, they can do.
  http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/fortwayne/news/local/14450778.htm
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  THE SELF-RIGHTING TOWER
  After the cables inside a cell tower caught on fire, this
video/still photograph sequence shows the monopole bending over
under an intense heat load (Temple Hills, MD).  Then, stunningly,
the tower rights itself when the fire department sprays water on
the right spot - and the witnesses are dumbfounded.  Give the
guy on the hose a gold star even though the tower was undoubtedly
a total loss.  Load this URL, then click on the e-video:
  http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0406/319299.html
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  FIND THE CHEAPEST GASOLINE
  To locate the cheapest gasoline near you, click on the
link below, enter your zip code and sit back and relax:
  http://autos.msn.com/everyday/gasstations.aspx?zip=&src=Netx
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  HAVING A BAD DAY?  IT'S ALL RELATIVE
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjrEQaG5jPM
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL PETITION TO DENY
  BTC-20060228ABV    KABC   33254   KABC-AM RADIO, INC.
              E    790 KHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Voluntary Transfer of Control, as amended
  From: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
  To: SHAREHOLDERS OF WALT DISNEY CO. & CITADEL BROADCASTING CORP.
  Form 315
  Petition to Deny filed 4/3/2006 by Red Wolf Broadcasting Corp.
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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-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")
  Informal Objection filed 4/19/06 by ("PACCD")
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20060413ABX    KLFH  60140    SHEPHERD COMMUNICATIONS
                E   89.5 MHZ                OJAI, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  BPED-20060413ABW    KSBX  33708     KCBX, INC.
                E   89.9 MHZ      SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPED-20060208AMD   KMRO  65404   THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
               E   90.3 MHZ              EDUCATION, INC.
                                          CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20060417AHB   KJVA-LP  124517    VIDA ABUNDANTE
               E   94.3 MHZ          SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL PETITION TO DENY
  BTCH-20060228ALB    KLOS   35078    KLOS-FM RADIO, INC.
               E    95.5 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Voluntary Transfer of Control, as amended
  From: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
  To: SHAREHOLDERS OF WALT DISNEY CO. & CITADEL BROADCASTING CORP.
  Form 315
  Petition to Deny filed 4/3/2006 by Red Wolf Broadcasting Corp.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20040420ABP  K272DT  84008  CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
               E   102.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K272DT.
  Engineering Amendments filed 4/29/2004 & 1/13/2006.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20060109ABE  KCAQ-FM2 165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E   104.7 MHZ               SANTA SUSANA, CA
  CP New Station. Engineering Amendment filed 02/23/2006.
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  BNPFTB-20060109ABH  KCAQ-FM3 165419  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E   104.7 MHZ              FRYMAN CANYON, CA
  CP New Station.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  PROPOSED LPTV SHIFT TO CH-7
  K63EN, Civic Light, Inc., San Diego, proposes to shift its
  operations to CH-7, and its application has been Accepted for
  Filing by the FCC.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264990A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20060412ADQ   KSPP-LP  130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                  E   CHAN-8           PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDISTVL-20051228AEJ,
  callsign KSPP-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20060320AEO   K20HZ  125447   HOWARD MINTZ
                  E   CHAN-20        PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000807AGO.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTL-20000804ABD   K20IU  125257   IGLESIA JESUCHRISTO ES
                 P    CHAN-20             MI REFUGIO, INC.
                                          BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BIG BEAR LAKE, CA on
  channel 20, Effective Radiated Power 50.0, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 14 min 34 sec WL 116 deg 54 min 45 sec, as amended.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTTL-20050520AEL K33HU 128327  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E  CHAN-33                 BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831AVX.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20060322ACN   KXLA-DT  55083   RANCHO PALOS VERDES
                 E    CHAN-51           BROADCASTERS, INC.
                                      RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20031231AAM,
  callsign KXLA.
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