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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #754
                     Monday,  July 31, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CELL SITE WORKER SHOT AT NIGHT BY POLICE DIES ON THE JOB
  A respected family man working after midnight at a cellular
tower site in a "rough" part of Charlotte, North Carolina was
shot and killed after police responded to a suspicious person
call.  Telecommunications site technician Anthony Wayne Furr
reportedly pointed a handgun and advanced toward a police
officer, and in response the officer opened fire.
  Engineers who work late at night at communications sites
may wish to study this case carefully.  Could equipment or air
conditioning noise have masked the commands from police?  Read
more at the URL below, or google "Wayne Furr" for more links
yet.  A tragic case in any event.
  http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/15088061.htm
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  SCOTT FYBUSH'S TRANSMITTER TOUR OF KROQ-FM
  In a newly released Web posting, Scott Fybush takes us on a
fascinating tour of the KROQ-FM transmitter plant.  This is an
important tour not only because of the rich history of the site,
but because so few of us have visited Verdugo Peak (or, as it was
recently officially designated by the USGS, "Tongva Peak").
The site is currently undergoing a major facilities expansion.
  Scott's report is at the first URL below.  Discover the
background on the name "Tongva" by visiting the second URL.
Thanks to Fred Holub, one of LA's legendary engineers, for making
this extraordinary tour possible.
  http://www.fybush.com/sites/2006/site-060728.html
  http://www.preservela.com/archives/000791.html
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  LATEST NEWS ON THE MT. WILSON ELECTRIC POWER UPGRADE
  Here is another report from Scott Lacy at Southern
California Edison (SCE) anticipating the work to be done on
Mt. Wilson this week.  If all goes as planned, SCE will have
each customer converted to the new 16kV electric feed by the
end of this week.  That leaves next week for clean up.
  Scott gives high marks to all of the Mt. Wilson (and
Harvard) users for being so understanding as the power upgrade
work progressed over the past couple of months.  His full 
report follows:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/SCE_Wilson_07_30_06.htm
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  XM'S LOSSES BLAMED IN PART ON "FCC INVESTIGATION"
  In a Wall Street Journal article of July 28, 2006, XM
Satellite Radio blamed its sagging stock price on "a weaker
overall retail environment along with problems with its popular
"plug-and-play" units.  Because of a Federal Communications
Commission investigation into how those radios transmit
programming to car stereos, the company has had to pull many
of them from store shelves."  A WSJ subscription is required
to view the full story at:
  http://tinyurl.com/kq2xt
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  THE XM VIEW FROM RADIO WORLD
  "In releasing financial results this week, XM executives
said they're in almost daily contact with the FCC over the
FM-modulated products that exceed emission limits.
  "XMs technical team is working on design and/or installation
modifications.  There have been some shortages of the involved
products at retail and the company wants to ensure there's enough
product for the fourth-quarter selling season once manufacturers
can resume production, company executives said."
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9447
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  WERS(FM), Boston, MA (Emerson College), has been tentatively
fined $10,000 for numerous missing items in their public
inspection file (see first URL).  Several other stations were
also sanctioned recently for public file omissions, see the FCC's
Daily Digest for July 27 (second URL).
  If you need someone local to go through your public inspection
file and flag missing items, Ken Orchard <mailto:pifile@aol.com>
makes a business of doing just that.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1502A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2006/dd060727.html
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                       LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  COMMENT ABOUT WIDEBAND NOISE IN THE AM BAND
  Dow Jones expressed concern about growing noise in the
AM broadcast band in CGC #752.  A CGC Communicator reader
replies as follows:
  Sounds like your vehicle could have had an inefficient
"in glass" antenna in the rear window.  My new Malibu did that
until I persuaded the dealer to install an antenna on the fender.
Now the AM is as hot as it should be in rural areas.
  Detroit is assuming owners don't listen to AM.  Also heard
the new BMWs do not have AM bands in their radios.  CD changers,
yes.  Great speakers, yes.  But forget about AM.
  Bob Dreste, Phoenix, K7VOR (at) aol.com
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TWO TOWERS DOWN AT KTRS(AM), ST. LOUIS
  KTRS(AM), St. Louis, is licensed as non-D day/four tower DA
night, but two of its self-supporting towers were toppled as a
storm ripped through the area Wednesday.  The downed towers fell
in straight lines, without crumpling first, much unlike the other
downed towers we have pointed to recently.  Story tip courtesy
of Radio World.  Ironically, the story is reported on a website
called "STL Today" - the irony being that one or more of the
KTRS towers may have supported STL antennas.
  http://tinyurl.com/osnjf
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  NO BPL (FOR NOW) IN LATEST SDG&E SOLID STATE METER TESTS
  Last week we reported on 1,000 wireless gas and electric
meters that are coming to San Diego County in a pilot project
for downtown San Diego, Pacific Beach and Fallbrook.  We asked
an SDG&E official if any of these areas would also be
communicating via BPL, and received the following reply:
  "The tests are being done by our AMI team.  We do not have
any BPL pilots running in these areas so these tests will not
be running on BPL."
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  SAUL LEVINE PLANS TO HOLD ONTO KMZT(FM), LOS ANGELES
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9429
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  POTENTIAL PROBLEMS WITH THE EAS REPLACEMENT SYSTEM
  Reaction to president Bush’s Executive Order to upgrade the
nation’s emergency warning system is given in this article from
Washington Technology.  All will not be peaches and cream in
tomorrow's EAS unless key potholes are covered over.
  http://tinyurl.com/qloth
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  SCE STYMIES HIGH-SPEED WIRELESS ROLLOUT
  A number of cities in southern California are anxious to
deploy their own high-speed wireless networks, but in order
to do so they need access to poles and other key support
structures which are owned and operated by Southern California
Edison (SCE) in the affected communities.  Therein lies the
rub.
  For the past year, Edison has refused to act on any of
the access requests, saying more time is needed to test the
technology, disappointing municipalities and the general public.
(L.A. Times story requires registration.)
  http://tinyurl.com/rzzmw
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20060224ACN     KMPC  61647    ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
               P   1540 KHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA 
  License to cover.
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  96.1 MHz - KSIQ(FM) ALLOWED TO DOWNGRADE & MOVE
  The FCC has issued a Report & Order modifying the license
  of KSIQ(FM), Channel 241B, Brawley, California, to specify
  operation on Channel 241B1 at Campo, California.  See CGC #695
  for further information on this intriguing move.  Channel 241
  is 96.1 MHz.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1532A1.doc
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20060616ABQ     KYXY  51671     CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
                E   96.5 MHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/19/2006. Granted 7/24/2006
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20060726APT   KDAR-FM1 161997    NEW INSPIRATION
                 E    98.3 MHZ      BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.
                                        SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KDAR-FM1.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20060718ABI  K266BE 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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  FCC DENIES TWO PETITIONS FOR RECON ON 102.5 MHZ, HEMET
  The FCC has denied two Petitions for Reconsideration filed
  by Southern California Public Radio and Maranatha Ministries
  of Hemet asking for the reservation of vacant FM Channel 273A,
  102.5 MHz, at Hemet, for noncommercial educational use.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1465A1.doc
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20060619AAP     KSCF  59816     CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
                E   103.7 MHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.  Engineering Amendment
  filed 07/21/2006.  Granted 7/24/2006
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20060615AAB   KVMD-DT  16729  KVMD LICENSEE CO., LLC
                  E   CHAN-23          TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19991101AIP,
  callsign KVMD.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20060720ABQ  K29FX 128324 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-29             FOREST FALLS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20050520AEM.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20060720ABS  K33HU 128327 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-33                BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000831AVX.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISTTL-20060322AEB   K16GE  127403   DAVID PRIMM
                   E   CHAN-36          BARSTOW, CA
  Minor change of callsign K16GE.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20060720ABR  K45IC 129618 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-45                BANNING, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20050520AEN.
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