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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #756
                   Thursday,  August 17, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SPECTRUM DEMAND ACCELERATES - EDITORIAL
  It seems that everyone wants access to the radio spectrum.
The FCC is being pressured from every imaginable quarter -
the wireless digital folks in particular - to free up more
Megahertz.  The gold rush is not being driven by attorneys or
engineers, but by politicians and the investment community.
  The electromagnetic spectrum is destined to become a SHARED
resource in most instances, broadcast bands included, FAA bands
probably excluded for now.
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  APCO WILL BACK BID FOR NATIONWIDE PUBLIC/PRIVATE BROADBAND NET
  APCO International will join with other public safety
organizations to lobby for allocation of an additional 30 MHz of
spectrum in the 700 MHz band to be used as a nationwide broadband
network.  APCO and others envision a public/private partnership
created as a government entity similar to a framework first
advanced by Cyren Call Communications.  But, instead of letting
commercial interests control the spectrum with ancillary use
by the government sector, governmental entities would control
the spectrum with ancillary use by commercial interests.
  http://tinyurl.com/fatuf
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  RAIL NETWORK WANTS OKAY TO VIOLATE PART 15 LIMITS, 88-108 MHZ
  The Rail Network Inc. has filed a request for a waiver of
Part 15 of the Commission's rules to permit an increase in the
emission level permitted under Section 15.209 for unlicensed
operation in the 88-108 MHz FM broadcast band.  Their system
would provide information to passengers in mass transit rail
cars.  The audio would be distributed using up to seven channels
in the FM broadcast band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1649A1.doc
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  FCC SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM
  The FCC has announced that it is seeking applications from
engineering school graduates with superior academic credentials
and an interest in communications engineering and IP networks
for its Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Program to be held during
2006/2007.  Through the EIT Program, the FCC will recruit recent
engineering school graduates to the FCC and provide comprehensive
training in the field of communications.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-266804A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  The FCC has denied a Petition for Reconsideration and
affirmed a monetary forfeiture in the amount of $2,400 against
Arcom Communications for failure to register its antenna
structure.  Nothing new was offered in Arcom's Petition for
Reconsideration, so it was dismissed.
  Radio station WYLF(AM) has been fined $11,000 for operating
with a power in excess of that authorized during daytime, post
sunset, and nighttime hours and failure to enclose the station's
tower in an effective locked enclosure.  The station's request
for a monetary reduction based on its alleged inability to pay
was dismissed.
  Matthew H. Britcher has been issued a fine in the amount
of $17,000 for operating an unlicensed FM station in Iowa
(103.3 MHz) and refusing to allow inspection of that station.
  Finally, a Bronx, NY pirate on 87.9 MHz has tentatively been
fined $17,000 for operating an unlicensed transmitter and failing
to permit a station inspection.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1536A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1604A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1605A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-266879A1.html
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  A LOCAL FCC ACTION OF MORE THAN ROUTINE INTEREST
  The first few paragraphs of the Citation tell the story:
  "This is an Official Citation issued.... to Vision
Communications Co. for violation of Section 90.427(b) of the
Commission's Rules.
  "Investigation by the Enforcement Bureau's Los Angeles Office
revealed that on April 18, 2006, Vision Communications Co.
programmed transmitters with frequencies for which the licensee,
Yusen Terminals Inc., was not authorized by its licenses.
  "Section 90.427(b) states "[e]xcept for frequencies used in
accordance with S 90.417, no person shall program into a
transmitter frequencies for which the licensee using the
transmitter is not authorized."  Vision Communications Co.'s
radio service company work on radios for Yusen Terminals was
reviewed and found to be in violation of this section.
  "Violations of the Act or the Commission's Rules may subject
the violator to substantial monetary forfeitures, seizure of
equipment through in rem forfeiture action, and criminal
sanctions, including imprisonment."
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-266883A1.html
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MARGIE BALDWIN WRITES FROM FLORIDA
  Margie Baldwin, recent past Director of Engineering for KGTV,
Channel 10, San Diego, sends a big hello from NW Florida.  She
and her husband are business owners with their company "on the
rise with progressive growth."  She adds:
  "When we moved here in 2000, I knew that it was the right
thing to do to put God first, family second and career third,
but it was one of the most difficult decisions of my life.
Now we are getting rooted here near Richard's family and....
our son, Nate, will be graduating college soon. I now have more
time to serve our community with my favorite non-profit
organizations by sitting on their board of directors, actively
participating and can you imagine me as their PR dir/chairman
in charge of publicity?  I'm told I'm quite effective and am
having way too much fun!"
  For those who know Margie and would like to drop her a line,
please use this address: margie_baldwin (at) bellsouth.net.
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  SAINT CLARE IMAGE ON TEES, MUGS, MOUSE PADS AND MORE
  To commemorate the retirement of Sherman George from UCSD-TV
(K35DG), La Jolla, innovative artwork was created depicting Saint
Clare of Assisi, Patron Saint of Television.  Now that artwork is
available on T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, caps, tote bags,
buttons and other items.
  Sherm writes: "We have been inundated with requests for
copies of the Saint Clare image so Adriene Hughes has created
a modest Web site (see URL below) for people to buy various
incarnations of the picture.  The coffee mugs should be a hit
with engineers.  She created the image and makes about 5% on
each sale."
  http://www.cafepress.com/softservegirl
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  FREE WI-FI -- A MODEL THAT COULD BE APPLIED TO OTHER CITIES
  This URL describes Google's announcement of a city-wide
free Wi-fi system installed in Mountain View, CA.  I found this
fascinating reading in concept.  Perhaps other CGC readers will,
also.  Imagine if all municipalities similarly [had] free Wi-Fi.
Very interesting!
  Tom Weems, CPBE, LA
  http://tinyurl.com/k7n2f
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  FABRICATED ADVERTISEMENT RAISES EYEBROWS
  "Television, Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 17, 2006-Sep. 17, 2006:
  Leading TV station group is seeking an experienced engineer
to oversee all technical aspects of top-market network affiliate,
including maintenance and detailing of the GM's Lexus LS 430.
If you are that broadcaster, send your resume to
khaley@tvnewsday.com.  EOE"
  This ad - with absolutely no indication that it was a
sample or fake ad - appeared in the "tvnewsday" newsletter for
August 17, 2006.  CGC called the publication and Rick Churchill
apologized profusely, saying it was "just a sample of what a
real ad could look like" even though it was not labeled that
way at the time.  The ad was subsequently modified slightly 
and re-labeled.
  To some the original sample ad was funny, or prophetic,
or just plain disrespectful to engineers, but a sample ad
should never be cast as a genuine ad nor should it demean
anyone (which even the modified ad continues to do as we
go to press).
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  SMPT TO CELEBRATE 90TH ANNIVERSARY
  The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
is preparing to celebrate its 90th anniversary at the annual
Technical Conference and Exhibition being held in October in
Hollywood.  TV Technology reports:
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4162
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  SAMSUNG FILES PATENT APPLICATION TO USE IONOSPHERE IN NEW MODE
  It is well known that the ionosphere reflects HF radio
signals around the world.  Now researchers in Korea claim to
have devised a method to use the ionosphere in a different mode.
  According to a news account, Samsung proposes to launch
"UHF signals behind a 1 GHz carrier signal" to alter the behavior
of the ionosphere to create an alternating current, which can
then be modulated at a particular frequency in order to create
an antenna of global proportions."
  If that sounds vague but intriguing, perhaps you will take
this opportunity to locate the patent, decipher the hieroglyphics
and tell us what's up.
  http://cellphones.engadget.com/tag/Patents/
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  US SATELLITE PROTECTION PLAN = GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS THREAT
  A proposed U.S. system to protect satellites from solar
storms and high-altitude nuclear explosions would cause worldwide
radio communications blackouts, according to new research by a
group of scientists from New Zealand, Finland and the UK.
  If activated, the envisaged "radiation belt remediation"
system would significantly alter the upper atmosphere in the
short term, seriously disrupting high frequency (HF) radio wave
transmissions and GPS navigation around the globe, says the
group's lead researcher, Dr. Craig Rodger of the University
of Otago Physics Department.
  http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/2006/14-08-06_press_release.html
  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10396164
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  SATELLITE RADIO MINI-TRANSMITTER PROBLEMS CONTINUE
  On Friday, XM Satellite said the FCC requested additional
information from the company related to signal emissions from
several of its receivers and has asked manufacturers to suspend
production and shipments of those units.  XM's stock price has
suffered (second URL).
  One financial analyst realizes that when the output powers
of the mini-FM transmitters associated with those receivers are
reduced, a "quite poor" consumer experience is likely to result
"with the net result being higher churn going forward."  Had
XM and Sirius not allowed the FCC's Part 15 Rules to be violated
in the first place, they would not be facing this problem now.
  http://tinyurl.com/mcyo8
  http://tinyurl.com/kye2u
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  DELL LITHIUM BATTERY RECALL FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS - FIRE RISK
  Dell Inc. has agreed to replace 4.1 million potentially
dangerous lithium-ion notebook computer batteries in the largest
electronics-related recall involving the Consumer Products Safety
Commission.  The current batteries, made by Sony Corp., are
potentially dangerous because they can burst into flames.
  http://tinyurl.com/lzmy5
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  FREE 411 CALLS
  Telephone companies often charge a dollar or more for
411 information calls, but there is an advertiser-supported
alternative even though you don't always hear ads.  Works on
home phones and cell phones too.
  1-800-373-3411   (1-800-FREE-411)
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  IS RELIGION GOOD FOR YOU?
  Here's an interesting off-topic study entitled, "Is Religion
Good for You?"  It's an opinion article by Jonathan Gruber,
economics professor at M.I.T.  The author concludes in part
that Religion Boosts Wealth and Personal Relationships.
  "Taken together, the results imply that doubling one's
frequency of religious attendance leads (on average) to 9 percent
higher family incomes, one-half year more of education (mostly
driven by a 9 percent rise in college graduation rates), higher
odds of being married, and lower odds of being divorced."
  http://alum.mit.edu/ne/whatmatters/200606/index.html?tr=y&auid=1782555
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  SAND SCULPTURES
  Finally, here is a wonderful diversion, photographs
of beautiful sand sculptures courtesy of Helen Jones:
  http://tinyurl.com/g5mgf
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           COMMENT ON FCC APPLICATIONS & ACTIONS SHEETS
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  FCC APPLICATIONS & ACTIONS SHEETS ARE DOING STRANGE THINGS
  Message from CGC to FCC on 8/11/06:
  "For the first time that I can remember, the 8/4/06 Apps and
Actions showed "No applications for release" and "No actions
taken".  Now both 8/10/06 and 8/11/06 Apps and Actions show
"No applications for release" and "No actions taken".  Is this
something new?"
  Reply from FCC dated 8/14/06:
  "No, this is not something new, however, it is rare.  We have
experienced hardware problems applicable to CDBS recently.  These
problems prevented the filing and processing of applications.
Because Media Bureau issues public notices informing the public
of filed/processed applications daily, we issued public notices
indicating that none were processed for those days.  Our website
(e-filing) did alert filers of the unavailability of CDBS during
those periods."
  (Editor's Note:  No Apps & Actions were published for 8/16
and 8/17, so the problem continues.)
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TABLE OF ALLOTMENTS: MURRIETA, ARCADIA, FALLBROOK,
  YUCCA VALLEY AND DESERT HOT SPRINGS
  The FCC has denied the Application for Review and terminated
  the proceeding by MO&O.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-119A1.doc
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  KSDS(FM) 22 KW APPLICATION GIVEN PERMIT-BUT-DISCLOSE STATUS
  Years ago, KSDS, 88.3 MHz, San Diego, filed an application
  to increase its power to 22 kW ERP, and its Class to B1.  That
  application has been a subject of controversy between the U.S.
  and Mexico.  Now, however, the FCC is allowing public comments
  under its permit-but-disclose rules.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1593A1.doc
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY MOTION TO DISMISS
  BPFT-20060124AAS  K216EM 88940  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
              E    91.1 MHZ               ARCADIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K216EM.
  Two Engineering Amendments filed 1/30/2006 & one 2/1/2006.
  Motion to Dismiss Applications filed 8/2/06 by ("KUSC")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  MOTION TO DISMISS
  BPFT-19980812TD   980812TD  91370  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                P   91.1 MHZ               PLACENTIA, CA
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  Motion to Dismiss Applications filed 8/2/06 by ("KUSC")
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  BPFT-19980812TF   980812TF  91364  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                P   91.1 MHZ               EL SEGUNDO, CA
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  Motion to Dismiss Applications filed 8/2/06 by ("KUSC")
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  FLASH CUT GRANTED
  BDFCDTT-20060330AAJ K15DB-D 67978  TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                  E   CHAN-15              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K15DB.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20060707AFJ  KTAV-LP 6791  ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                 E   CHAN-69               ALTADENA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KTAV-LP.
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