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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #737
                    Wednesday,  May 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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  AUDIOVOX SUSPENDS SHIPMENTS OF XM XPRESS RECEIVERS
  Audiovox Corp. says it is suspending shipments of its
Xpress Model XMCK10 XM Satellite Radio receiver after the
FCC said the unit did not comply with either operating bandwidth
or related emission specifications.  (Reuters)
  http://tinyurl.com/qq2gx
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  REQUEST TO ALLOW FM TRANSLATORS TO ORIGINATE PROGRAMS
  Miller Communications, Inc., Kaskaskia Broadcasting, Inc.,
and Virden Broadcasting Corp. jointly filed a Petition for
Rulemaking on April 27, 2006 seeking amendments to the FCC's
Rules that currently prohibit local program origination by
FM translator stations.  The comment deadline is in early 
June 2006.  RM-11331.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265279A1.doc
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  STATUS OF THE MOUNT WILSON AC POWER UPGRADE
  This letter from Scott Lacy of Southern California Edison
(SCE) explains where the Mt. Wilson power upgrade stands, and
gives likely dates for future power interruptions as work
progresses.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/SCE_Wilson_May06.htm
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  MEDIAFLO/SBE MOBILE TV MEETING TONIGHT
  Come to see the birth of a revolution this evening.  On
Wednesday, May 17, Qualcomm's MediaFLO hosts SBE Chapter 36
for a presentation and demonstration of their new mobile TV
system.  Find out how and and where it's done.  Meet Fred
Baumgartner, project Chief Engineer and nationally known SBE
education advocate.  If your station generates local content,
this presentation may represent a future revenue stream.
  http://tinyurl.com/o6tjo
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  HARRIS HD RADIO SEMINAR COMING TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
  June 7 at the Burbank Courtyard, June 8 at the San Diego
Marriott, presented by Geoff Mendenhall, VP/R&D, Harris.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Harris_HD_CA_Seminar.pdf
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  LEGISLATION WOULD RESTRICT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN TOWER SITING
  A bill working its way through the California legislature
would "prohibit a city or county from taking certain actions
as a condition of approval of an application for a permit for
construction or reconstruction for a development project for
a wireless telecommunications facility...," this according to
the Legislative Counsel's Digest attached to that document.
You can bet that cities and counties are not thrilled.
  http://tinyurl.com/olxdx
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  CGC COMMUNICATOR GOES BI-WEEKLY
  The editor of the CGC Communicator is involved with a new
consulting project and is no longer able to handle the volume of
Letters to the Editor now being received.  Please be patient if
your letter has not been addressed (though we do not necessarily
answer each one).
  To help reduce the backlog of letters and make time
available for the new project, the CGC Communicator is switching
to a once every other week publication schedule until further
notice.  This means that Local FCC Applications & Actions will
take up the bulk of each newsletter, and we will be originating
fewer stories for the time being.
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NAMES WITHHELD
  The names of all authors (below) have been withheld because
we have not had time to clear the publication of names with the
originating authors.  - Ed.
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  HOW TO MAKE MINI-FM TRANSMITTERS WORK IN VEHICLES
  Regarding the need for a clear frequency in the FM band
for the various mini-transmitters, I find that [I] can lower my
antenna in one vehicle, placing the device's antenna toward the
back of the radio, there are several FM channels available here
in Phoenix.  Antenna up -- no way.  In the other vehicle, I
unscrew the car's antenna when I use the mini-transmitter.
  While the above option does not allow the user spontaneous
choices, it is a viable answer.  When checking reception without
an upright antenna, only the 100k stations (and other closer
ones) come in full quieting.  Most stations at the low end of the
band, however, do not operate with high power.
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  OVER POWERED AND OUT-OF-BAND MINI-FM TRANSMITTERS
  I work professionally on consumer electronics RF devices and
have been an active ham radio operator since 1961.  I recently
read with interest your report on illegal Part 15 devices and
have actually measured a number of them on certified test ranges.
  I assure you that many of them are illegal, either transmitting
out of band (most often 87.9 MHz) and/or with excessive field
strengths.
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  MORE ON THE USE OF 87.7 & 87.9 MHZ
  Two Letters to the Editor were received in support of
changing the FCC Rules to allow mini-FM transmitters to use
87.7 and 87.9 MHz and were answered privately.  Aside from
some potentially difficult international issues, a large number
of mini transmitters congregated on just two frequencies would
inevitably lead to car-to-car interference, create a tempting
target for high powered pirates who want to cause widespread
interference and exacerbate interference to CH-6 audio.
  On the other side of the coin was a letter from a gentleman
who was listening to the audio of WPVI-TV in his car (CH-6 ABC
affiliate, Philadelphia, PA) when the transmission was overtaken
by Howard Stern "singing a filthy song."  The complainant added,
"....fortunately my young daughter was not in the car with me."
The pattern of interference suggests that the victim was hit
by the signals from a mini transmitter in a vehicle nearby, and
the impacted party has filed a formal complaint with the FCC.
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  ENGINEERING OPPORTUNITY "HOLES" MOVE LIKE ELECTRON HOLES
  You noted the CBS LA engineering opening, but didn't mention
that Joe Dahlin, who left as a CBS LA engineer (after several
years at CBS building their new studios), moved back to San Diego
to take the KFMB-AM-FM CE position.  This is the KFMB job left
open when John Rigg moved to Clear Channel as San Diego Market
manager. (That CC position was opened when Kevin Douglass was let
go.)  Joe Dahlin is the son of Randy Dahlin, long time San Diego
independent remote engineer (Sea World radio remotes, etc.).
Good to see some younger folks joining the radio field.
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  QUESTION ABOUT KAVR
  Q. Last week's Communicator carried a story mentioning KAVR
radio.  Is this a pirate?  FCC info shows no record, AM or FM.
  A. The article cited in the CGC Communicator refers to the
tower structure as "the original tower from KAVR."  While the
call sign KAVR is not assigned to any AM or FM station today,
it was used by KZXY-FM, 102.3 MHz, Apple Valley in the late
80s, and may have been used by others as well.
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  QUESTION ABOUT CITY OF ANGELS
  Q. It is interesting that the FCC refers to "City of Angels,
California" in the FM Table of Assignments (per CGC #736).  As
far as I can determine, there is no such place according to
Google Maps, Yahoo Maps and the U.S. Postal Service.  However,
Angels Camp, a city near Arnold, CA, refers to itself as "City
of Angels," see <http://www.cityofangels.org>.
  A. According to city hall, the city is identified on maps
as "Angels Camp," but when you do formal business with the
city you do business with "City of Angels" (it was legally
incorporated that way circa 1912).
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  PERSONAL RADIO ASSOCIATION POSITION
  Your newsletter was forwarded to me by a regular reader.
We thought you might be interested in the stand taken by the
Personal Radio Association regarding the proposal of
nationalsos.com, REACT, and Midland:
  http://www.praweb.org
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TIJUANA LIGHTS UP THIRD DTV STATION
  XEWT-DT signed on Channel 32 on Saturday, May 6, from Mt.
San Antonio above Tijuana.  According to Chief Engineer Salvador
Hernandez, the 100 kW ERP station uses a new Harris DiamondCD
solid-state transmitter running at 1.8 kW.
  For now, the station upconverts the transmissions of its
Spanish language Channel 12 sister, but General Manager Ricardo
Azcarraga says that they plan to have HDTV transmissions of the
World Cup Soccer games from Germany in June this year on both the
new XEWT-DT and XHUAA-DT outlets.  KDOC-DT, Anaheim, transmitting
from Mt. Wilson, is the nearest station on Channel 32.
  Written by Gary Stigall and reported in SBE Chapter 36
  Newsletter of May 9, 2006
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  EARLY TELCO MICROWAVE EFFORTS
  Early microwave efforts by the telephone company are
documented in this pdf file posted on the web.  The text is a
bit blurred with jpeg artifacts, but the file is worth checking
out nevertheless.  Thanks to Tony Dinkel for the tip.
  http://tinyurl.com/gykxy
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  PILOT TRAVEL CENTERS AND CB LINEAR AMPLIFIERS
  The FCC and Pilot Travel Centers have, after many years,
entered into a Consent Decree regarding Pilot's selling powerful
Amateur Radio equipment that could easily be modified to operate
on CB frequencies.  As part of the Decree, Pilot will remove all
Galaxy Model Number DX33HML, DX66V and DX99V transceivers and
any other Amateur Radio Service transmitters that have not been
reviewed by the Technical Department Laboratory of the ARRL and
found to transmit only in Amateur Radio Service bands from all
retail areas of Pilot Travel Centers, and Pilot will "make a
voluntary contribution to the United States Treasury" in the
amount of $90,000."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-53A1.doc
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  HOW TO GET A HUMAN WHEN CALLING A LARGE COMPANY
  Tired of spending an inordinate amount of time having to
listen to a machine when you call a large company?  Try the
Gethuman database for shortcut dial-around techniques.  The
companies are listed by genre.  A purely alphabetical list
is also available.
  http://www.gethuman.com/us/
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20060509ABW  KUSC-FM1 164824  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA...
                E    91.5 MHZ             SANTA CLARITA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KUSC-FM1
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20060503AAZ    KYXY  51671    CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
                E   96.5 MHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRFT-20050801DPD    K261AB  70039   RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC
                 E   100.1 MHZ           NEWHALL, ETC., CA
  Amendment filed 05/04/2006
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRH-20050801DPC    KKBT  70038    RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC
              E   100.3 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Amendment filed 05/04/2006
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BDFCDTA-20051017ABS KSKP-CA  36718  CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORP.
                  E   CHAN-25               OXNARD, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/04/2006
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20060505ACJ  KESQ-DT  25577  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST..
                  E   CHAN-52              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-19991029AGV.
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