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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #758
                   Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  RESULTS OF THIRD ROUND DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS
  More tentative channel designations.  Locally, KRCA is
shown with an "Elected Channel" of 35, and a "Tentative Channel
Designation" of 45.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1675A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1675A2.pdf
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  RFI FROM "LED" TRAFFIC SIGNALS - PART II
  In CGC #751, Don Johnson, an RF technician with Bext,
identified certain traffic signals with light emitting diode
("LED") lamps as being potent sources of RFI.  Although his
comments concerned ham radio frequencies that were between the
AM and FM broadcast bands, an observer in Poway linked the
RFI to the FM broadcast band.  If the FM broadcast band is
affected, some TV frequencies (esp. Channels 2-6) could be
impacted as well.
  Keep in mind that this research is in an early stage, and we
should not assume that we are dealing with a large problem yet.
The following e-mail from the FCC's Office of Engineering
Technology reiterates Don's concerns, then recommends a specific
course of action for reporting RFI.  You can help by making
field observations.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/LED_RFI.htm
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  The FCC has denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by
Paulino Bernal Evangelism (Texas) for failure to maintain a main
studio in its community of license, failure to install and
maintain operational EAS equipment, and failure to make the
station's public inspection file available.  The fine stands
at $25,000.
  Microwave problems abound in the San Diego/Tijuana area
and the FCC has issued a batch of fines up to $10,000 against
various parties - typically manufacturers with cross-border
plants.  Names such as Lamkin Corp. (manufacturer of golf club
grips), Anderson Desk Co. and More Enterprise Communications
Network are involved.
  Tower light outages and irregularities in logging those
outages brought Lotus Communication Corp. (KWKW-AM, L.A.)
a $10,000 fine which remains unchanged after appeal.
  Gibson Tech Ed, Inc. was fined $14,000 for marketing two
models of unauthorized FM broadcast transmitters, and now its
Petition for Reconsideration has been denied, so the fine stands.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1665A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2006/dd060825.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1720A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1697A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  VEHICLE INSTALLATION GUIDELINES FOR XM SATELLITE RADIO
   I was in Wal-Mart last week and noticed that near the
XM display was a box of shrink wrapped ferrites and an
installation guide which tells installers to install two
ferrites [in a certain fashion] to "avoid interference with
nearby radios."  The two ferrites are the snap-together type....
  I don't know if this is part of a negotiated agreement with
the FCC to avoid mass recalls, but if it is, the publicity for
it is very low.  I looked all over XM's website and found
absolutely no reference to any ferrite retrofit or anything
at all about the excessive field strength problems.
  Anon.
  XM installation guide discovered at a Wal-Mart:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/XM_Install_Manual.pdf
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  XM2Go GOES THE DISTANCE
  I have a Pioneer XM2Go "Airware" radio.  The FM transmitter
is a nice addition.  I did test it around my house -- then my
neighborhood.  I can get the signal three houses away!  I have
the radio on the second floor of my Oceanside, CA home and it
fills the house, the yard ... and the surrounding area.  I
estimate the range [to be] about 300 feet....
  Chris Carmichael
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  HARP vs. HAARP
  In CGC #757 [Letters to the Editor section], reference is
made to the HARP project.  I think the author means the HAARP
project.
  HARP (one R) is Project HARP, short for High Altitude
Research Project, a former joint project of the United States
Department of Defense and Canada's Department of National Defence
created with the goal of studying ballistics of re-entry vehicles
at low cost.
  It is not, and was not related to HAARP, the HIGH FREQUENCY
ACTIVE AURORAL RESEARCH PROGRAM that functions as an "ionospheric
heater."
  Mike Langner
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  DECEASED: BROWNIE SPANOVICH
  It was reported at the CPRA meeting on Thursday, August 24,
2006, that long-time CPRA/APCO Member Brownie Spanovich was
included in the APCO "Silent Key" list being honored at the
APCO-International Conference in Orlando earlier this month.
Today, I spoke with his wife, Jean.  Brownie passed on May 16,
2006, following a brief battle with lung cancer.  Brownie
would have been 80 in July.
  A staunch supporter of CPRA and APCO, Brownie served as
President of CPRA in 1979, during his many years with the
City of Pasadena.
  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brownie's family and
friends.  He will be deeply missed.
  Gary David Gray, P.E., August 26, 2006
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  REFLECTIONS ON BILL FARMER, AN EXTRAORDINARY ENGINEER
  Even though I didn't know Bill Farmer well (CGC #757),
my admiration for his talent as Chief Engineer for KFMW (KOLA)
radio, and his on-the-job performance, far exceeded any
expectations I had, especially since he was only l9 years old
when we first met.  KFMW was monaural 18 hours a day at the
time, and he built the stereo system himself and took us
stereo 24 hours/day.
  The radio community has lost one of its finest, but I'm
sure he is following another one of his passions by building a
train park on the "other side" to keep himself and others who
shared his passion -- like Chester Coleman -- fully occupied.
  "All Aboard Bill" -- and have a nice trip.
  Helen Jones
  [The following photo of Bill was reportedly taken about
20 years ago by Andy Novak, then Photoshop modified by Helen
Jones' son Darrell.  Check the photo carefully.  -Ed.]
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Bill_Farmer.jpg
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  XM SAID TO BE MAKING PROGRESS WITH MINI-TRANSMITTER COMPLIANCE
  According to the Washington Post, an FCC decision last week
cleared XM Satellite Radio to resume production of three popular
hand held radio devices, alleviating one of a number of problems
that troubled the company this year and dragged down its stock.
  According to an analyst quoted, "XM still has a long way to
go before the company is completely in the clear" because other
receivers still have mini-transmitter (FM modulator) issues.
The FCC inquiry is said to have "only affected a couple of
Sirius devices...."
  http://tinyurl.com/g8tly
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  BPL WATCH
  Ordinary folks can buy their very own in-house BPL system
called Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter Kit from NetGear.  Speeds
up to 200 Mbps are claimed but in practice the transfer rate may
be considerably less.  See the first URL below.  The potential
for RFI from HD Ethernet is yet to be determined.
  For an excellent overview of BPL, check the second URL which
links to ARRL's Website.
  http://www.netgear.com/About/PressReleases/en-US/2006/20060626.aspx
  http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/
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  PROMOTIONS AT HARRIS
  Harris Corporation has announced several high-level
management appointments within its Radio Broadcast Systems unit.
Two of these promotions are of special interest because of their
ties to things in our own backyard.
  Geoff Mendenhall, vice president of research and development,
radio systems engineering, will assume the leadership for all
product design and engineering for the Radio Broadcast Systems
business unit including the Pacific Design Center in Vista, CA.
  Hal Kneller, formerly manager of strategic marketing and
public radio initiatives, Radio Broadcast Systems, has been
promoted to the position of senior manager, marketing
communications and public radio initiatives for the Radio
Broadcast Systems business unit.
  Congratulations to these fine gentlemen!
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  FLORIDA TEST TO DETERMINE TRAFFIC SPEEDS VIA CELLULAR STREAMS
  A two-week trial underway in Tampa, Florida will evaluate
IntelliOne's ability to track traffic patterns and tie-ups in
real time by interpreting the non-voice data streams generated
by cellphones.  Interest in the technology is high, and on hand
to evaluate the test are representatives of the Department of
Homeland Security, FEMA, the U.S. Department of Transportation,
cellular carriers, FedEx and UPS.
  http://tinyurl.com/rw772
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  BEWARE OF STORING CONFIDENTIAL INFO ON YOUR CELL PHONE
  Don't store confidential information on your cell phone.
Sooner or later the phone will be sold or junked, and some
clever person may download your text messages even though
you reset the phone.  Resetting is just not enough.
  http://tinyurl.com/e5gau
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  SAFER LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
  In light of Apple's and Dell's massive lithium-ion battery
recalls, will equipment manufacturers opt for batteries that are
less prone to catching fire?  Substitution of one material for
another will apparently do the trick.  This story is from 
M.I.T.'s Technology Review magazine:
  http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17362&ch=biztech
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  VAN ALLEN DEAD AT 91
  James Van Allen, pioneering astrophysicist, has died at the
age of 91.  His most widely known contribution was the 1958
discovery of radiation belts surrounding Earth, now called the
Van Allen belts.  He also is credited with the discovery of
one of Saturn's moons in 1979.
  Van Allen was undoubtedly one of the greatest and most
accomplished American space scientists of our time.
  http://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/vanallen.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRED-20050729CYA    KKJZ  8197   CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
               E    88.1 MHZ           LONG BEACH FOUNDATION
                                          LONG BEACH, CA
  Amendment filed 08/28/2006
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20060811ARA  K212EP 83977  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                E   90.3 MHZ              LANDERS, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20060822AHG  K276EF 89084  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                E   103.1 MHZ               MUSCOY, 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 DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20060821AAW    K03HS  130855   SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                  E      CHAN-3            MORONGO VALLY, CA
  Minor change of callsign K03HS.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20060630AHX KDUG-LP 128855 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
                 E   CHAN-21                 HEMET, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20051229ABK. Engineering Amendment filed 07/20/2006
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20060626ACV  KDOC-DT  24518  ELLIS COMMUNICATIONS KDOC
                E    CHAN-32               LICENSEE, LLC
                                            ANAHEIM, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19981028KE,
  callsign KDOC-TV.
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