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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #743
                     Tuesday, June 20, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FAA ISSUES MAJOR NEW PROPOSED RULES
  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued
a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to, in part, "add
notification requirements and obstruction standards for
electromagnetic interference."  The document occupies 18
pages of the Federal Register, and an attorney for one of
our clients provided the following analysis:
  "We wanted to alert you that the FAA (has) announced
its plans to establish a brand new set of rules for antenna
towers and "radiating elements" that could create significant
new burdens and delays for FM broadcasters and TV broadcasters
operating on VHF channels.  The new rules would go so far as to
require 60 days notice and prior FAA approval to add a frequency
to an existing tower or change certain radio frequencies, power
or operating parameters (by, for example, replacing an old
antenna with a new one)...."
  There are also a number of other proposed rule changes.
Comments are due September 11, 2006.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FAA_06-5319.pdf
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  DTV CHANNEL ELECTION ISSUE RE JULY 1, 2006 DEADLINE
  The FCC has established deadlines for DTV broadcasters,
and failure to meet those deadlines could result in the loss
of interference protection.  In this Public Notice, the FCC
describes the ways in which broadcasters may demonstrate
compliance with the upcoming use-or-lose deadlines and the
requirements for filing a request for waiver to extend the
deadlines, if needed.  The FCC also specifically addresses
the requirements for stations currently operating under DTV
Special Temporary Authorities.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1255A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  Notice of Apparent Liability ($4,000) issued to KWYR(AM)
for repeatedly operating with day power at night.
  o  Warning to Louisiana pirate who allegedly took over and
used the antenna structure of former broadcast station KTRY-FM.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-265890A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-265898A1.html
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  CGC COMMUNICATOR PUBLICATION SCHEDULE
  The Communicator's publication schedule will vary a bit as we
work toward resuming a more or less weekly publication schedule.
Our new project is coming along very well, but Murphy lives.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  VIDEO AND STILLS OF THE WFXL-TV/WALB-TV TOWER COLLAPSE
  CGC #741 reported on the helicopter-damaged WFXL-TV tower.
The wounded tower was finally brought to the ground by a series
of explosions orchestrated by Controlled Demolition, Inc., but
a flailing guy wire from the WFXL tower apparently toppled the
neighboring WALB tower, something that was anticipated as only
a remote possibility.
  The entire incident was captured on video and in still images.
For video (the best presentation), use the first URL and click on
the tower thumbnail photo at page bottom, left side.  (Thanks to
Stephen Frick, N6QEK, of Bay City Television for the first two
URLs.)
  http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=5002278  (Link to Video)
  http://tinyurl.com/zdp54  (Still Images)
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1303 (Doug Lung)
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  BRIEFS FROM RADIO WORLD ONLINE ("RW NEWS BYTES")
  XM confirms the RoadyXT has been given the go-ahead for
  shipping to retailers (re FCC emission limits concerns).
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9198
  Jeff Gulick, former regional VP of engineering for Clear
  Channel, dies of bone cancer.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9169
  NAB to FCC: FM translators should not originate programming.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9170
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  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE SAN DIEGO 106.9 MHZ PIRATE
  This information is from the San Diego Reader; scroll down
to the second story, the one entitled "The FCC Will Do What the
FCC Wants to Do."  (The URL expires Wednesday.)
  http://www.sdreader.com/published/current/blurt.html
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  A SIRIUS CORRECTION
  CGC #741 reported that Sirius Satellite will add a fourth
satellite to its space fleet, and that the new bird will have
a highly elliptical geosynchronous orbit.  The news report we
relied upon to bring you this story was apparently wrong; the
orbit will in fact be geostationary, not highly elliptical
geosynchronous.
  One of our readers points to an official Sirius news release
that sets the record straight.  According to Sirius: "The (new)
satellite will be launched into a geostationary orbit to
complement SIRIUS' existing three satellites, which.... operate
in a highly elliptical geosynchronous orbit.  This unique hybrid
constellation will provide unparalleled redundancy, enhanced
coverage and exceptional performance."
  The Sirius news release appears at the URL below.  All
of XM's satellites, by the way, are in a geostationary orbit.
  http://tinyurl.com/hjdgx
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  MOORPARK PROGRAM WILL IDENTIFY THOSE NEEDING EVACUATION HELP
  The Ventura County city of Moorpark, where the local high
school is launching an innovative class to train students
in emergency radio communications, ham radio and disaster
preparedness (see CGC #735), is now inviting wheelchair-bound
and house-bound residents to sign up for a program that will make
sure emergency responders can locate those needing help in the
event of a mandatory evacuation.  Mayor Patrick Hunter says it's
important to identify who in the community might need assistance
in getting out of harm's way.
  Turn your computer volume off to avoid an obnoxious audio ad:
  http://tinyurl.com/e6oz3  (Ventura County Star)
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  FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM DISPROVED?
  Consider the equation 1782^12 + 1841^12 = 1922^12 (where
1782^12 means 1782 to the 12th power).  This innocent-looking
equation, if true, would disprove Fermat's last theorem and
rock the world of mathematics.
  In the 1995 Halloween episode of the award-winning animated
sitcom The Simpsons, two-dimensional Homer Simpson accidentally
jumps into the third dimension.  During his journey in this
strange world, geometric solids and mathematical formulas float
through the air, including the above equation.  For the rest
of the story, see:
  http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20060610/bob8.asp
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  PHOTOS FROM THE BERLIN 2006 AIRSHOW
  From the father-in-law of the venerable Dr. Wells comes
this link to photos from the Berlin 2006 Airshow.  See the
new A380, the B-1 and a Messerschmitt 280 here:
  http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=13613
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE RESERVED FOR PENDING STATION SALE
  KWXY(AM), Cathedral City, slated to become KPTR
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265969A1.doc
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BP-20011031AAJ  KRLA 61267  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING COMPANY
            E   870 KHZ                 GLENDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Engineering Amendments filed 10/29/ & 11/4/2004.
  Application dismissed at the request of applicant per letter
  dated June 5, 2006.  No letter sent.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KXLW(FM), Avalon, to KISL
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265969A1.doc
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20060614ABD  KMLT-FM1  164724  AMATURO GROUP OF L.A., LTD.
                E    92.7 MHZ               MALIBU VISTA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KMLT-FM1.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPH-20040205AAK     KXRS   36829    LAZER BROADCASTING CORP.
              E     105.7 MHZ                HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Informal Objection filed 3/5/2004 by Calvary Chapel of Big Bear
  (Calvary)
  Response to Informal Objection filed 3/18/2004 by Lazer
  Broadcasting Corporation (Lazer)
  Reply to Response filed 3/24/2004 by Calvary
  Informal Objection filed 3/25/2004 by LBI Radio License Corp
  (LBI)
  Notification of Response Date filed 4/7/2004 by Lazer
  Opposition to Informal Objection filed 4/14/2004 by Lazer
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/15/2004
  Reply to Informal Objection filed 5/7/2004 by LBI
  Informal Objection filed 10/4/2004 by Ministerio Palabra Viva
  (Ministerio)
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/08/2004
  Informal Objection filed by Calvary denied 5/3/2006
  Informal Objection filed by LBI denied 5/3/2006
  Informal Objection filed by Ministerio denied 5/3/2006
  Application granted 5/3/2006
  Petition for reconsideration filed 6/7/2006.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  K40IM, Big Bear Lake, to KSCD-LP
  K40HY, Big Bear Lake, to KPCD-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-265969A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTVL-20051228ADI  KZDF-LP  41124  UNA VEZ MAS SAN DIEGO, LLC
                E    CHAN-8              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K08MP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/07/2006
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BRTVL-20060612ABP  K18FH  43817   MORONGO BASIN TV CLUB, INC.
                E   CHAN-18            TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA
  Renewal of License.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20040323ATA  KDOC-DT  24518  GOLDEN BROADCASTING, L.P.
                  E   CHAN-32              ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPCDT-20000427ABH.
  Engineering Amendments filed 11/10/2004, 5/19, 5/24/2005
  and 1/23/2006
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTA-20040127ALG  K35DG 66321 REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAL.
                E   CHAN-35               LA JOLLA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K35DG.
  Engineering Amendments filed 1/28/2004 & 4/5/2005.
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