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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #741
                   Tuesday, June 13, 2006
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                    <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
  Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NEW RULES RE INTERIM USE OF KU-BAND TEMPORARY FIXED EARTH STNS
  The following FCC Public Notice reminds applicants of new
procedures governing applications for Ku-band Temporary Fixed
earth stations that will allow them to expedite service to
their customers.
  Some examples of Temporary Fixed earth stations are Satellite
News Gathering (SNG) trucks and other transportable stations that
do not transmit or receive while in motion.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1222A1.doc
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  FCC TO HOST INDIAN TELECOM WORKSHOP AND ROUNDTABLE IN SAN DIEGO
  The dates for this workshop are July 27-28, 2006.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1253A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  WDBB(TV) was tentatively fined $10,000 for failing to include
a number of items in its public inspection file including a copy
of the current FCC authorization to operate the station.
  Adelphia Communications, Utica, NY, was issued a Notice of
Violation for excessive CATV RF leakage on 121.2625 MHz.
  Amaturo Group of L.A. has tentatively been fined $7,000
for "failing to maintain a local main studio" for KLIT(FM) in
Fountain Valley.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1111A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-265892A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-265778A1.html
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  MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT AUCTION NO. 37 FM CP
  Ready for grant upon the "full and timely payment of the
remaining balance of the applicant's winning bid" is the CP
application of College Creek Broadcasting, Inc. for a new FM
station at Coarsegold, CA (94.5 MHz, Class A, directional).
  According to Dataworld, College Creek bid $2,376,000 for
the Coarsegold frequency, and College also had the high bid for
many other FM channels.  Now all College needs is just over
$35 million to take possession of all its winnings, see the
third URL below.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1167A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1167A2.doc
  http://www.dataworld.com/auc37_bidders_final.asp
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  MORE CALIFORNIA FM STATIONS COMING VIA AUCTION NO. 62
  The California communities of Alturas, Lost Hills and
McFarland have apparent winning bidders for new FM channels;
details at the URLs below.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1234A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1234A2.doc
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  NEXT NEWSLETTER SCHEDULED IN TWO WEEKS
  The next CGC Communicator is scheduled to be published in
about two weeks (see "CGC Communicator Goes Bi-Weekly" in CGC
#737).  Because space will be limited, we will be concentrating
more on local stories and FCC technical matters, and less on
national issues.
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  1160 KHZ COMMENT
  A Letter to the Editor in CGC #740 expressed concern that
XEQIN's new signal on 1160 kHz could cause interference to KCBQ,
1170 kHz, San Diego.  In response, a San Diego-based broadcast
engineer reports that he does not receive an 1160 kHz Mexican
signal in East San Diego County, and only a weak 1160 in La Jolla.
Tentative conclusion: The new signal on 1160 should not be a
problem for KCBQ on 1170.
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  104.7 MHZ PIRATE ALLEGEDLY TAKEN OFF THE AIR
  Greg Hardison mentioned in Broadcast Band Update for May 17,
2006 the presence of a 104.7 MHz pirate that was heard "in the
wilds of the San Gabriel Valley."  That pirate has reportedly
gone dark.  One reader suggests that FCC field enforcement
action was responsible for the demise of the signal; we'll wait
for an announcement from the Commission before reaching any
firm conclusions.
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  SELF-OSCILLATING WINEGARD TV ANTENNA PREAMPS, AND THE LIKE
  In my years of chasing RFI for a TV station, I found TV
antenna preamps to be a common source of trouble.  A strong
local signal would drive them into instability and throw off
interference to other receivers as much as a mile away.
  Next to that [in terms of causing reception problems for
the public] were external preamps for radios that tended to be
regenerative.  One of them knocked out TV reception for a block.
Multiple paging repeaters put in the 4 meg hole between CH-4 and
CH-5 can throw off images into 4 and 5 if they don't use traps
to keep from intermoding.  Thank goodness cell phones have
pretty much killed that business.
  Roy Trumbull
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  HARRIS MAY SUPPLY IRAQ WOMEN'S RADIO NEEDS FOR A 5 kW FM TX
  I have been informed that a transmitter and peripherals are
being provided for Radio Al-Mahaba.  It is my understanding that
Harris Corp. has offered whatever equipment the station needs to
begin rebroadcasting.
  You may recall [CGC #740] that Radio Al-Mahaba is the secular
radio station in Iraq started by women as a mutual support network
for those who live daily with the risk of physical harm or death
for being female.  Their original transmitter was destroyed in the
fighting there; their subsequently rented transmitter recently
failed.
  I cannot tell you how deeply grateful I am for the actions of
those of you who made the effort to assist in some way.
  Deborah D. McAdams
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                            RANDOM NOTES
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  SAN DIEGO SBE STORIES OF INTEREST
  Gary Stigall has prepared a number of stories of interest
for this month's San Diego SBE newsletter.  Among his offerings:
  "Making Waves - BPL Comes Home."  Gary finds his home (and
antennas) surrounded by brand new BPL equipment on power poles.
  "Sherman George Signs Off at UCSD-TV."  Sherm is retiring
after some 40 years in the television industry and 30 years at
the University of California at San Diego.  Under his leadership
as Media Center Director, we find that Sherm is in charge of far
more than K35DG, the University's LPTV station.  This is an
impressive story about a most distinguished gentleman who has
ridden the high tech wave, and survived with flying colors.
  "June 21 (SBE) Meeting."  Statmon Technologies is the
presenter.  Details on this and other San Diego SBE articles
are available at:
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  FCC MAY PUT MEDIAFLO ON HOLD
  A quandary over possible adjacent-channel interference to
legacy analog TV licensees on Channels 54 and 56 may place a
planned October roll-out of Qualcomm's MediaFLO digital mobile
media distribution network in the United States on hold according
to a recent report in Broadcasting and Cable magazine (as
mentioned by Digital Radio Update for June 7, 2006).
  The FCC has yet to rule on what interference specifications
will be placed on the MediaFLO service for the duration of its
coexistence with analog TV signals.
  http://tinyurl.com/fvort
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  SIRIUS ORDERS FOURTH SATELLITE
  Sirius has contracted with Space Systems/Loral to design
and build a fourth satellite at a cost of around $260 million
to augment its three current birds.  Having four satellites in
highly elliptical geosynchronous orbits "will provide enhanced
signal coverage and greater redundancy" according to the news
report.  Hardware completion is expected in the fourth quarter
of 2008.  By comparison, XM operates its satellites in standard
(non-elliptical) geosynchronous orbits.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9149
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  KHIN-TV TOWER ACCIDENT CLAIMS THREE LIVES
  The tower climbing fraternity was rocked recently when
three of its own lost their lives on a 1,500-foot TV tower in
Iowa.  The crew was reportedly replacing strobe light flash
tubes and transformers when the accident occurred.
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4002
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  WFXL-TV TOWER FELLED, EVENTUALLY TOOK WALB-TV TOWER WITH IT
  When the WFXL tower fell recently (helicopter accident), the
guy lines to another tower were crossed and eventually both towers
ended up on the ground.  Now both stations are transmitting from
a temporary tower erected on the roof of the WALB studios.
  http://beradio.com/currents/radio_currents_060506/index.html#wfxl
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BP-20040826ADZ  KRLA  61267  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO.
            E   870 KHZ                  GLENDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendments filed 10/29 & 11/4/2004.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20060322AAZ  KMPC  61647  ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
            E   1540 KHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/31/2006
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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")
  Informal Objection filed 5/24/06 by ("PACCD")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20060522ABL K224DK 139831 EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   92.7 MHZ              FONTANA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20060323ABU  KZLA-FM 59987 EMMIS RADIO LICENSE, LLC
               E  93.9 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
  Engineering Amendment filed 05/22/2006
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20060605AAI  KJSM-LP 124223  JOSHUA SPRINGS CALVARY CHAPEL
              E   97.1 MHZ                YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20060420ADG KCAQ-4 165764  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E  104.7 MHZ             HAINES CANYON, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20060517AAZ  KIOZ  13504  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              E  105.3 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  K08MP, Santa Barbara, to KZDF-LP.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265851A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTVL-20000804AEF  K02QJ 130100  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                 E    CHAN-2              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 2, Effective Radiated Power 1.0, coordinates
  NL 33 deg 51 min 58 sec WL 116 deg 26 min 2 sec, as amended.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20060505ACM KTAV-LP 6791  ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                E   CHAN-69               ALTADENA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20050609ABE,
  callsign KTAV-LP.
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