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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #739
                    Thursday, June 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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  SENATE CONFIRMS APPOINTMENT OF ROBERT McDOWELL AS COMMISSIONER
  The FCC once again has five Commissioners with Friday's
Senate confirmation of telecommunications attorney Robert McDowell
to fill the seat vacated by Kathleen Abernathy.  McDowell, 42,
previously represented a trade association made up of telecom
companies competing with large carriers like AT&T and Verizon.
  http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/27/technology/27fcc.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265591A1.doc
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  TENTATIVE DIGITAL CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS RESULTING
  FROM THE FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS OF DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A1.pdf
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
 
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  325(C) PERMIT GRANTED TO XEK
  The FCC has granted Section 325(c) cross-border program
authority to XEK, 960 kHz, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, subject to
standard conditions.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265433A1.pdf
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  QUALCOMM'S MEDIAFLO MAY GAIN EARLY ACCESS TO CH-55 IN DALLAS
  KLDT(TV), NTSC Channel 55, Lake Dallas, Texas, has proposed
to (i) cease analog broadcasting on Channel 55 and surrender its
license for the channel prior to the end of the DTV transition,
and (ii) thereafter operate KLDT-DT as a single channel, digital-
only television station on DTV Channel 54.  QUALCOMM Incorporated,
which holds licenses for Channel 55 spectrum, supports this
request, stating that approval would allow QUALCOMM's wholly-
owned subsidiary, MediaFLO USA, Inc., to operate in the Dallas
market without having to protect KLDT(TV) on Channel 55.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1023A1.doc
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  CITY OF INDUSTRY TOWER OPERATOR FINED $13,000
  The FCC has affirmed a $13,000 fine against the operator
of towers in City of Industry, CA for failure to comply with the
antenna lighting, monitoring, notification and registration
requirements specified.  The company involved, El Dorado 900,
LLC, did not respond to repeated contacts from the Los Angeles
FCC field office, so the 13k fine tentatively assessed back in
February was affirmed.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1091A1.doc
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  CORRECTED QUARTERLY REPORT ON INFORMAL CONSUMER INQUIRIES
  AND COMPLAINTS RELEASED
  This FCC-corrected version replaces the quarterly report
  released May 19, 2006.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265565A1.doc
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  RADIO CHIEF ENGINEER POSITION AVAILABLE
  This opening is for a Chief Engineer @ KNBR/KFOG/KFFG/KTCT/KSAN,
San Francisco.  Applicants must be highly skilled and experienced
in all phases of radio station studio and transmitter maintenance
and installation.  For a complete job description and contact
information, see:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/jobs/San_Fran_May06.html
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  TV PRODUCTION ENGINEERING OPENING AT KSCI
  KSCI-TV, Channel 18, Los Angeles seeks a full time PRODUCTION
ENGINEER.  Qualified candidates will have a minimum of three
years experience in computer and studio maintenance.  Other
requirements apply:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/jobs/KSCI_Jun06.html
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  PART TIME RF & STUDIO ENGINEER NEEDED AT KPXN(TV), LOS ANGELES
  Ion Media Networks (formerly Paxson Communications) has a
part-time opening for an experienced RF and studio broadcast
engineer to assist and occasionally stand in for the Chief
Engineer at their LA station - KPXN.  A tentative job
description is posted at:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/jobs/KPXN_Jun06.html
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  XM PULLS FM MODULATORS
  At least two models of XM radio receivers containing FM
modulators have been pulled from XM kiosks and their online store.
An exception is the Pioneer Inno which has the ability to download
firmware to solve the problem with the receivers.  The problem in
question stems from an FCC investigation into the FM emissions
from the receivers, which may or may not be in compliance with the
Commission's regulations.  The FCC has yet to hand down a decision.
Two weeks ago, Audiovox stopped shipping its Xpress Model XMCK10
XM satellite radio receivers when notified that the models did not
comply with FCC bandwidth or emission regulations.
  (Draft story courtesy of TV Technology magazine)
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  SIRIUS AND XM COULD HALT RADIO PRODUCTION
  "Both Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio could
temporarily shut down radio production to address recent inquiries
from the FCC, according to Banc of America Securities...."  Any
shutdown would hopefully be brief.
  http://www.forbes.com/markets/2006/05/30/sirius-xm-0530markets06.html
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  MORE ON MINI FM TRANSMITTERS
  A CGC Communicator continues to receive letters regarding
mini FM transmitters that transmit out of band (below 88 MHz)
and/or use too much power - beyond the limits imposed by Part 15.
While we appreciate these letters, we do not have the staff
resources to verify individual claims, and we suggest that you
pass your findings along to the FCC at mailto:fccinfo@fcc.gov.
Ask that your comments be copied to the Enforcement Bureau, the
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and FCC Labs.
  An example of a transmitter that is apparently designed to
transmit on just 87.9 MHz is the "RoadTrip! FM Transmitter
87.9MHz" shown at the URL below.
  In terms of raw output power of these mini transmitters, a
Communicator reader adds, "One of the games these manufacturers
play is when they find out that the Part 15 intentional radiator
field strength limit produces marginal results in real world use,
they increase their products' output power after certification
to where their marketing and sales people are happier.   There's
a bit of a war being fought by manufacturers to see who can get
the best reviews posted on the Internet."
  http://www.newertech.com/roadtrip
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  20 MORE LETTERS
  There are approximately 20 Letters to the Editor of the
CGC Communicator that have not been evaluated due to time
constraints.  We hope to examine all letters soon.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  MT. WILSON "CHRISTMAS PARTY" THIS SUMMER?
  The annual summer gathering of broadcast engineers on
Mt. Wilson may happen this year - time will tell.  Howard Fine
has been involved with a number of other matters and has not yet
had an opportunity to direct his full attention toward this gala
affair.  Stay tuned.
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  AM HD RADIO PERFORMANCE AT NAB 2006
  Bob Gonsett noticed a new Boston Acoustics radio in the Press
Room at NAB2006 and spent some time trying it out. The radio
was fed by coax from an unidentified source and the internal AM
antenna was found to be disconnected.  His observations on the
performance of the AM portion of this HD radio - a device that
should have been tweaked for flawless operation - follow:
  o during the few seconds of analog-to-digital transition
  after the one and only AM HD demo station was tuned in with
  voice programming, an annoying echo or second audio source
  was heard,
  o once the receiver locked into the HD mode, the high
  frequency response of the voice-only programming improved
  markedly and the echo disappeared, but was replaced by annoying
  digital compression artifacts. It was not clear whether the
  average listener would prefer digital with artifacts or reduced-
  fidelity analog for long term listening, assuming the echo was
  removed, and
  o few members of the press paid any attention to the HD Radio
  receiver.
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  NEW YORK COPS TOLD TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CELLPHONE GUNS
  Although their existence has been mostly anecdotal to date,
the New York Police Department is warning officers to use caution
when handling cellphones taken from arrestees, just in case one
might be a .22-caliber pistol in disguise.  The four-shot
"cellpistols" are alleged to be of European manufacture, and
overseas law enforcement agencies have reportedly confiscated
several caches of the illegal weapons.
  http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/66184.htm
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20060501APD  KFSD 49205  NORTH COUNTY BROADCASTING CORP...
            P   1450 KHZ               ESCONDIDO, CA
  License to cover.
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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
  GRANTED
  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 TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20060522ABL  K224DK 139831 EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   92.7 MHZ              FONTANA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20060512ABR  KHTS-FM 20697 CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
                E  93.3 MHZ             EL CAJON, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20060517AAY   KMYI 58821   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E  94.1 MHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  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 AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20060503AAZ   KYXY 51671   CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
               E  96.5 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20060525ADD   KDAR-FM1  161997     ATEP RADIO, INC.
                  E   98.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20060517AAZ   KIOZ 13504   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E  105.3 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BLL-20051212AAN  KHHS-LP 124381  HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
              E   107.5 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/25/2006

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                TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FCC PREPARED TO GRANT CH-2 LPTV FOR PALM SPRINGS
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1136A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20060515ADM KUSI-DT 10238 CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                E  CHAN-18               SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20000428ABV,
  callsign KUSI-TV.
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