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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #740
                      Monday, June 5, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SPECIAL EDITION CGC COMMUNICATOR
  This special edition CGC Communicator contains several
backlogged stories.  Local FCC Applications and Actions are
not included, but will appear in our next regularly scheduled
newsletter.
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  ASSEMBLY APPROVES BILL CREATING STATEWIDE VIDEO FRANCHISES
  The California Assembly has overwhelmingly approved
legislation aimed at doing away with local cable television
franchises and creating a statewide franchising system to allow
new competitors such as AT&T and Verizon to quickly begin
competing with cable TV companies.  By a vote of 70-0, AB 2987
now advances to the Senate with author Fabian Nunez vowing to
negotiate with all parties.
  http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/14262640p-15075848c.html
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  SUSPENDED XM RECEIVERS IDENTIFIED - SIRIUS ATTEMPTS TO
  DISTANCE ITSELF
  Shipments of the Delphi XM SkyFi2 and Audiovox Xpress
Model XMCK10 satellite receivers to XM retailers have been
suspended according to Radio World (re possible FCC Part 15
violations in their built-in mini-FM transmitters).
  In Sirius' first public comments about the issue, David
Frear, Sirius EVP/CFO, said at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions
Conference that the FCC sent letters to two of its manufacturing
partners "asking for their test data on FM modulated products and
their emission characteristics."  That data was provided to Sirius
and the Commission, he said.  "Some of them did test outside of
the allowable emissions," Frear said, and added that the
problems are now fixed.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9078
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9089
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  FCC GOES AFTER SAN DIEGO'S 106.9 MHZ PIRATE
  FCC issues a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NOUO) for
the 106.9 MHz transmitter facility at 1847 Klauber Avenue,
San Diego.
  May 10 letter to Alan M. Conrad and Maria A. Conrad:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-265691A1.html
  May 26 letter to Radio Active Radio:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-265703A1.html
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  FCC LOCATES ANOTHER WINEGARD AMPLIFIED ANTENNA IN SELF-OSC.
  On May 8, 2006, the FCC's Portland Office received a complaint
of interference to amateur radio frequency 444.875 MHz.  On May 9,
2006, an agent from the Portland Office investigated the allegation
and located the interfering signal emanating from a motor home
owned by a Mr. Merwin.  Further investigation revealed that the
source of the interfering signal was a Winegard amplified TV
antenna installed on the roof of the referenced motor home.
Winegard antenna amplifiers have been the source of radio
frequency interference in a number of cases....
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-265694A1.html
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  UNLICENSED EARTH STATION DRAWS TENTATIVE $4,000 FINE
  Gilmore Broadcasting has tentatively been fined $4,000 for
operating its earth station without Commission authority and for
failure to timely file a renewal application.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1189A1.doc
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  FCC ANNOUNCES REVISED PRICES FOR DUPLICATING CONTRACTOR
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265766A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  IRAQ WOMEN'S RADIO NEEDS A 5 kW FM TRANSMITTER
  [I] implore you to help us locate a transmitter for Radio
Almahaba, an Iraqi secular radio station run by and for women.
Radio Almahaba has quietly but persistently helped Iraqi women
reach out and support one another in situations ranging from
the pursuit of education to the survival of domestic violence
to getting killed for wearing slacks.
  The station lost its transmitter in the upheaval there; it
had rented space on another but is now without transmission
capabilities all together.  According to our contact, Bushra
Jamil, they are seeking a 5K solid state FM transmitter with
a few peripherals.
  If you would like to know more about how to help, please
contact Akako Swabb at 801-364-4398 or 801-414-8610.  Akiko's
son served with the Marines in Iraq and brought the radio
station to his mother's attention.
  You could also go to the Web site of Opportunities for
Kids International <www.okiinc.org>, the parent organization
that started this radio station in Baghdad last year.
  Deborah D. McAdams
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  1160 KHZ QUESTION
  I did my first band scan in a couple of weeks yesterday
(May 30) and happened upon an XE (XE??M) on 1160 kHz during the
day.  I believe they mentioned 10,000 watts.  The signal is quite
strong here in Santa Barbara.  Any idea who this might be?  KCBQ
can't be too thrilled.
  UPDATE on June 5:  I just received some e-mails from DX
friends about this.  They have figured it out.  XEQIN San Quintin
has moved from 1290 to 1160.  They are announcing 10 kW but
(according to one source) must be running a lot of power as they
are booming in!
  Dennis Gibson, wb6tnb (at) cox.net 
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  AN INTERESTING ANGLE ON THE MINI-TRANSMITTER ISSUE FROM MIAMI
  I'm not sure if anyone's given this interesting "angle" to
the XM "mini transmitter" issue, but I'll offer something of my
own, which occurred to me here in the Miami, Florida area, when
I was subscribed to XM and had one of the radios that I believe
was recalled (the MyFi2).
  I couldn't use it, not for the reasons cited recently, but
because there were *pirates* on all the frequencies that were not
used by licensed stations.  All the frequencies in the 88s and
107s that the MyFi offered were either first or second adjacents
to licensed stations, or occupied by one of the dozens (literally)
of so called "Independent Broadcasters" that litter the FM band
in Miami.
  Tony Simon, Hialeah, Florida
  June 1, 2006
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  ADC AND ANDREW AGREE TO MERGE
  May 31, 2006 - ADC (www.adc.com) and Andrew Corporation
(www.andrew.com) today announced that they have entered into a
definitive merger agreement.  For the most recent reported twelve
months as of May 31, 2006, combined sales for the two companies
on a pro forma basis totaled approximately $3.3 billion.  The
proposed business combination remains subject to shareholder and
regulatory approvals.
  http://www.andrew.com/pressroom/pressreleases/English/5151.aspx
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  BPL DATABASE RESTRICTIONS REMOVED
  United Telecom Council (UTC) has removed all restrictions on
access to its BPL Interference Resolution Web site.  FCC Part 15
rules mandate that the information be "publicly available," but
UTC had limited searches solely on the basis of ZIP code and had
restricted the number of allowable searches, making it extremely
difficult to extract meaningful data.  In February, the ARRL
filed a formal complaint with the FCC; recently UTC saw the
light (with a little help from the FCC) and removed its access
restrictions.
  Visit UTC's new and improved web site by using the URL below.
Near page bottom, click on "BPL System Listing" for a copy of all
data on file with UTC sorted by Zip code (it's a pretty small
file).  Note Southern California Edison's listing for a BPL
system at Zip 91770 (Rosemead), and San Diego Gas & Electric 
Company's listings for systems at Zips 92117, 92122 and 92123
(all in City of San Diego - exact locations would be appreciated
from anyone having that information).
  http://www.bpldatabase.org/
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  BPL LOOSING LUSTER - BPL INTERFERENCE ENFORCEMENT CHANGES
  CQ Magazine says that BPL appears to be losing some of
its luster among FCC commissioners.  What was once described by
former Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy as "broadband nirvana" was
virtually ignored by Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein in a speech
before the National Spectrum Managers' Association in mid-May.
Adelstein told the group that BPL, the so-called third channel 
for broadband access (in addition to cable-Internet and telephone
DSL service), is now likely to be wide area wireless networks
being deployed in various communities around the country.
  CQ Magazine says it has learned that responsibility for
acting on BPL interference complaints has been transferred from
the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology to the Commission's
Enforcement Bureau.  If true, this should bring about FCC action
against those systems causing RFI.
  Amateur Radio Newsline - June 2, 2006
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  AN INACCURATE VACANT FM CHANNEL SPOTTER PROGRAM
  A number of CGC Communicator readers have called the URL below
to our attention.  In part, it offers to find vacant FM channels
in your neighborhood so you can tune your satellite or MP3 mini-
transmitter to a clear spot on the dial.  Tests by our office and
a number or readers show that the vacant channel feature often
yields inaccurate results, so beware.
  http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/vacant
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  THE CONCEPT OF TELEPHONE LONG-DISTANCE MAY BECOME OBSOLETE
  Initiatives advanced during the past few months by Internet
service providers, VoIP companies and others lend credibility to
the belief that long-distance telephone charges may soon be a
thing of the past.
  http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/14639922.htm
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  TIMES SQUARE TOWER FIRST OF EIGHT WITH FIRE RADIO REPEATERS
  Almost five years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the majority
of New York skyscrapers still lack in-building radio repeaters
that allow firefighters to use walkie-talkies in the inner
recesses of those buildings - including stairwells, basements
and elevator shafts.
  Thanks to the efforts of the Durst Organization, one of
the city's largest privately owned real estate firms, the
48-story building at 4 Times Square is now radio repeater
equipped to solve these very problems, and seven more NY
skyscrapers are scheduled to receive similar repeaters this
year.
  http://tinyurl.com/pa326
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  CELLULAR BASE STATIONS AND BRAIN TUMORS (AGAIN)
  A link between cell tower signals and brain tumors is
conceivable, but far from proven.  The first URL describes an
alleged RFR incident in Australia, while the second links to
another report showing that really tiny RF fields were measured
at the subject location - meaning that there may not be any
reason to get excited after all.
  The third URL takes you to an RF/health discussion page that
follows up on the first report and furnishes a wealth of curious
but speculative RFR information from the United Kingdom.
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1274
  http://mams.rmit.edu.au/ypwsbsrq3q3p1.pdf
  http://www.microwavenews.com/
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  ROUGHLY 60% OF CELLULAR TOWERS NOW DISGUISED
  A spokesman for Verizon Wireless says roughly 60% of today's
cell sites employ some form of camouflage, recognizing that such
stealth deployments quickly defuse opposition from homeowners
and others.
  By 2008, the nation's five largest wireless carriers will
have erected more than 207,000 cellular towers, an increase of
61,000 from just two years ago.  Of course, obtaining permits for
just one broadcast tower can be a Herculean task by comparison.
  http://www.sacbee.com/content/business/story/14263882p-15076682c.html
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  QUESTION OF THE WEEK
  Why should we have to "Press One" for English?
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