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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #752
                     Tuesday, July 25, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  XM'S NEW WIRELESS RADIO CERTIFICATIONS DISMISSED
  BY FCC - SIRIUS STOPS PRODUCTION OF SOME RADIOS
  XM said on Wednesday that it had asked two manufacturing
partners to suspend production of radios that exceed emissions
limits after the FCC dismissed its proposed changes to them.
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. announced Thursday that it had
instructed some of its manufacturers to stop making radios
that do not comply with federal emissions and frequency rules.
  http://tinyurl.com/mjct3
  http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20060719-716025.html
  (Wall Street Journal subscription required for second URL)
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  SIRIUS: OUR EMPLOYEES TOLD MANUFACTURERS TO MAKE NON-
  FCC-COMPLIANT PRODUCTS
  Sirius continues to have problems with certain FM modulated
products, as does XM.  These views from Radio World:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9393
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9394
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  EDISON POWER UPGRADE ON MT. WILSON & VICINITY - STATUS REPORT
  Here is the latest report from Scott Lacy of Southern
California Edison on the power upgrade for Mt. Wilson and
vicinity.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/SCE_Wilson_Jul_20_06.htm
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  REMOTE-READ GAS & ELECTRIC METERS COMING TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY
  Next month, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) will begin
installing 1,000 wireless electric meters in a test of equipment
that can provide hourly reports of electricity usage and could
pave the way for electric rates that vary with time.  The areas
receiving the new meters are downtown San Diego, Pacific Beach
and Fallbrook.  Full story at the first URL below.
  The second URL provides research material indicating that
SDG&E's new meters could be used with BPL ("....should a BPL
network be deployed, this would allow SDG&E to use the BPL
network to transmit data to and from collection devices" - PP-6,
line 20).  Beginning in mid-2008, SDG&E intends to replace its
entire meter population with solid-state meters, a two and a
half year process (PP-3, line 23).
  http://tinyurl.com/s5bho
  http://tinyurl.com/rrdf3
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  Aside from the normal pirate abatement program, the FCC's
Enforcement Bureau has been involved with these interesting cases:
  o  Proposed fine ($10,000) for painting and lighting
  violations on the KMXX(FM)/KSEH(FM) tower near Imperial, CA.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-266078A1.html
  o  Failure to broadcast hourly station identifications over
  KLFJ (in fact, no audio was heard in the 7:00 AM to 9:50 AM
  time slot monitored).
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-266443A1.html
  o  Tower registration number not visible.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-266441A1.html
  o  Sprint-Nextel's use of 800 MHz bi-directional in-building
  amplifiers is causing harmful interference to competing
  cellular system/s.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-266448A1.html
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  REGARDING "JAMMING" TO SAN DIEGO AREA BROADCAST STATIONS
  Steve Blodgett offers some thoughts on the topic of
interference to broadcast signals as mentioned in CGC #749.
According to Steve, point-of-purchase terminals at self-serve
gasoline stations and other retail stores often produce
considerable digital RF levels that interfere with AM signals.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Digital_Jamming.htm
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  INCREASED AM NOISE IN VENTURA, CA & DENVER/BOULDER, CO
  I have been concerned about the increase of AM noise in
the Ventura area.  This week I returned from a short trip to
the Denver/Boulder, Colorado area.  While I was not in a
position to make any empirical measurements, I was amazed at
the high level of noise on the AM radio in the rented vehicles
I used.  In most cases, the noise level between stations was
as loud as any station when tuned to that station.
  Dow Jones, dowjones (at) prodigy.net
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  ONE FM JAMMER TENTATIVELY IDENTIFIED: IT'S IBOC
  Ever since KUSS, 95.7, added IBOC, my reception of KLOS in
Carlsbad has been wiped out.  The interference I hear is a steady
carrier with hiss.  It has effectively killed KLOS in North
[San Diego] County.
  Chris Durso
  Pacific Microwave Research, Inc.
  [KLOS operates on 95.5 MHz and broadcasts from Mt. Wilson in
Los Angeles.  KUSS, although licensed to Carlsbad, CA, broadcasts
from Mt. Soledad about 23 miles south of Carlsbad.   -Ed.]
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  COMMENT ON "GPS WRINKLES" IN CGC #751
  I just wanted to comment in regards to the GPS accuracy
statement:  "So far, good old crystal oscillators have proven to
be more reliable than GPS, but GPS works extremely well when it
works.  Hopefully the GPS anomalies will settle down with time."
  In our case, the GPS reference was just fine, but the good
old crystal oscillators had aged and drifted out of the AFC range
of the Harris PFC lock.  We were able to adjust the oscillator
back into range, but Harris informed us that they have had a run
of bad crystals and suggested we obtain a couple of spares.
  Jack Brand, jbrand (at) univision (dot) net
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR OF THE KFWB/KLAC TRANSMITTER PLANT
  Scott Fybush, a talented and skilled photographer, takes
us on a tour of the KFWB/KLAC(AM) diplexed transmitter plant
in Los Angeles:
  http://www.fybush.com/sites/2006/site-060714.html (KFWB/KLAC)
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  BONUS PHOTO TOUR: THE KMPC (1540 KHZ) TRANSMITTER PLANT
  This is another Scott Fybush photo shoot with the results
just released (first URL below).  For an index of other Fybush
offerings, see the second URL.
  http://www.fybush.com/sites/2006/site-060721.html
  http://www.fybush.com/siteindex.html
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  STATEWIDE POWER USE CHART FROM CAL ISO
  Here is the URL to check California's statewide power
consumption on a real time basis.  Also provided is the
current on-line generator capacity:
  http://www.caiso.com/outlook/outlook.html
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  LOJACK SEEKS RULES CHANGE TO BROADEN USE OF 173.075 MHZ
  The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and
wants comments on proposed relaxations for the use of 173.075 MHz
- a frequency already used for stolen vehicle recovery.  LoJack
would like to increase mobile output power, transmit digital
emissions in addition to analog, and transmit more often than
the current duty cycle rules allow.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-107A1.pdf
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  CELL SITES ARE THEFT TARGETS
  Thieves are hitting isolated cell sites in a crime spree
that likely has international ties.  Last week, thieves hit San
Diego County for the second time, stealing $250,000 in electronics
from a Verizon cell site in San Marcos in one minute flat before
getting away, sheriff's officials said.  This theft follows a
string of others that began in northern California last fall and
then died down before picking up in Los Angeles, Riverside,
San Bernardino and now San Diego counties.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20060722-9999-1n22cell.html
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  HIGH ALTITUDE COMMUNICATIONS PLATFORMS
  "....a new company based in Switzerland has an aggressive
plan to begin test launches in 2007.  It is also planning
commercial sales in the 2008-2010 time frame."  From Doug Lung's
article at:
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1348
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  EUROPEAN GPS SYSTEM HACKED
  The European equivalent of GPS (Galileo) was intended to
be a pay-for-service system, instead of a free service like GPS.
Didn't take long for bright folks at Cornell University to hack
the system and publish the decoding instructions....
  http://tinyurl.com/r3ohe
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  OVERBUILDING WIRELESS NETWORKS
  When is a great idea not a great idea?  When too many
others have the same great idea.  In this case, the overbuilding
of wireless networks is expected to take its toll on profits.
  In the San Francisco Bay Area, at least five entities -
including local governments - have launched wireless projects
intended to provide high speed connections for those using laptop
computers and other gadgets.  Mercury News technology columnist
Mike Langberg says the crowded market will provide great value
for consumers, but backers of the plans will have a difficult
time generating the revenues needed to survive.
  http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/15057066.htm
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  FIRE RAINBOW
  A "fire rainbow" is a very rare phenomenon whereby a rainbow
occurs in clouds.  You can enjoy one right now by visiting the URL
below, thanks to Helen Jones:
  http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/firerainbow.asp
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BP-20060302ACD  KPRZ  54461  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO....
            E   1210 KHZ                SAN MARCOS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-19990412TE  990412TE  93129   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   88.9 MHZ                 NEWHALL, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/19/2006
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20060719AAQ  K205EP 93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   88.9 MHZ               LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY APPLICATION GRANT RESCINDED
  BPFT-20051027ACB  K213AR 72001  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
               E   90.1 MHZ           LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K213AR.
  Grant rescinded 7/19/2006 per applicant's request.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20060719ACN    NEW  165313     A & J MEDIA LLC
                E   95.9 MHZ          INDIAN WELLS, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20060718ABI  K213AR  72001  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
               E   101.1 MHZ            LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K213AR.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20060718AAT  KJLH-FM1  159113   TAXI LICENSE CORPORATION
                 E   102.3 MHZ                HOLLYWOOD, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20060628ADC  KDUG-LP 128855  LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP..
                 E   CHAN-21                 HEMET, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20051229ABK,
  callsign KDUG-LP.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTTA-20060621AAL   K35DG  66321   REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY
                 E   CHAN-35               OF CALIFORNIA
                                           LA JOLLA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTA-20040127ALG,
  callsign K35DG.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20060626ACU  K55KD  52216  ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                E   CHAN-55               VAN NUYS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20060331AEE,
  callsign K55KD.
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