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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #761
                 Tuesday,  September 19, 2006
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  U.S. SENATE APPROVES WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM
  The Senate last Tuesday adopted a wireless emergency alert
system as part of a larger comprehensive port security bill it
is debating.  The Senate included language from a Commerce
Committee approved bill to establish the Warning, Alert, and
Response Network (WARN).  WARN is a national system for the
transmission of public safety alerts across a broad variety of
communications technologies including wireless technologies.
(News release dated September 15, 2006)
  http://www.govtech.net/localgovt/story.php?id=101035
  (URL may expire soon)
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The licensee of KXEW(AM), South Tucson, AZ, ("CC Licenses,
LLC") has been issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for
Forfeiture ("NAL") for $4,000 for operating an unlicensed Aural
Broadcast Studio to Transmitter Link ("STL") transmitter on
944.865 MHz.  The FCC's San Diego District Office conducted
the investigation and also tentatively fined KWFM for
operating on 945.120 MHz without authorization.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-267303A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-267304A1.html
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  UNUSUAL LICENSE RENEWAL PROBLEMS
  "By this Order to Show Cause, Notice of Opportunity for
Hearing, and Hearing Designation Order, we [the FCC] commence
a hearing proceeding to determine whether Terry Keith Hammond
("Hammond"), licensee of Station KBKH(FM), Shamrock, Texas, is
qualified to be and remain a Commission licensee, whether
Hammond's license for Station KBKH(FM) should be revoked, and
whether Hammond's captioned application for renewal of the
station's license should be granted....
  "The record before us indicates that Hammond has been
convicted of a felony, raising a substantial and material question
of fact concerning his qualifications to be and remain a licensee.
In addition, Hammond failed to report the felony conviction in the
renewal application, raising false certification, misrepresen-
tation or lack of candor issues.  It also appears that Hammond
willfully or repeatedly violated the Commission's rules with
respect to his operation of the station, and also made false
certifications, misrepresentations or lacked candor concerning
construction of facilities to upgrade the station in an
application to modify the station's license...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-124A1.doc
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  LEGAL UNLICENSED OPERATIONS COMING TO THE TV BROADCAST BANDS
  The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology has announced
a projected schedule for bringing unlicensed operations into the
TV broadcast bands, on channels that are unused at any given
location.  The aim is to permit transmitters "available for sale
at retail" by February 2009.
  The FCC's overview of this ambitious project is available at
the URL below; it's an easy-to-read two page doc.  The view from
the Washington Post appears at the second URL.  We predict that
all broadcast bands will eventually become shared resources.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1813A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/fedhc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  AM IBOC AT NIGHT - "WHAT A MESS!"
  I am listening to what happens when IBOC is run at night on
a 50 kW station, KXNT, 840 kHz, DA-2, North Las Vegas, NV.  What
a mess!  Someone or something forgot to throw the switch.  I do
not recall the FCC approving IBOC on AM for use at night.
  KXNT is taking out KOA, 850 kHz, Denver, CO that normally
puts 3 mV/m on a FIM-21 into my area in the Antelope Valley, in
Lancaster, CA.  On the left side is KLAA, 830 kHz, Orange, CA
which puts a lesser, but normally listenable signal of around
1 mV/m into my area.  I measured KXNT's IBOC sidebands on the
FIM-21 with equal strength at 3 to 6 mV/m covering both upper
and lower adjacent channels.
  Chris Compton, Director of Engineering
  Radio Nuevavida Network, Camarillo, CA
  xmtr.doc@verizon.net  --  Sept. 11, 2006
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  DEMONSTRATION OF LEONARD KAHN'S CAM-D STEREO SYSTEM
  While serious concerns about using AM IBOC at night continue
to surface (in addition to daytime concerns), a letter from Vytas
Safroncikas with the Subject line of "Hear (Leonard Kahn's) CAM-D
in digital" has arrived in CGC's in-basket.  The missive contains
a number of promotional messages for Karn's system, invites
computer users to hear Kahn's competing system at a Web address
provided, and concludes by saying, "So who are you going to
believe, the iBOCers or your own two ears?"
  http://www.wrathofkahn.org/
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  A MYSTERIOUS AND UNSETTLING TELEPHONE CALL
  A radio station in Los Angeles has reportedly received a
call from a gentleman claiming to be with the FCC.  He asked for
a fax number at the radio station that is monitored 24/7  - a
number that "could be used by the Department of Homeland Security
to disseminate emergency information."  The man would not provide
a telephone number and asked instead to be faxed back with any
information.  (The fax number he provided was in New York and
did not belong to the FCC according to an initial investigation.)
  According to the engineer alerting CGC to this story: "This
[request for a fax number] sounds bogus to me and is quite
disturbing....  The bad guys [may be probing for a] way to cause
panic in the populace by simply sending a fax, bypassing all
checks and security."  The phone call received in this particular
case had been routed through the GM's office.
  So, be on the lookout for similar phone calls from a
suspicious person and report any such incidents to the FCC.
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  MEDIAFLO [AND OTHERS] ARE CREATING POTENTIALLY LETHAL NUISANCES
  California Vehicle Code, Section 27602(a), is very clear and
precise: Thou shalt NOT drive a motor vehicle while watching a TV,
video monitor, video screen or any other similar video signal.
  While the MediaFlo plan to bring video to cell phones may be
"ambitious and adventurous" [CGC #760], it has the potential to
be lethally dangerous.  Study after study has concluded that the
use of cell phones while driving significantly increases the risk
of accidents due to driver inattention.  MediaFlo's full motion
broadcast video on cell phones will undoubtedly be used by
subscribers while operating motor vehicles.  Given that drivers
seem unable to cope with using a standard telephone while
operating their cars, what exponent should we ascribe to their
handicap while "watching" their phone while speeding along at
70 mph?
  Mike Worrall
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  LASER EXPERIMENT - PROGRESS REPORT
  Here [is a picture of] the set up for our optical experiments
on San Miguel Mountain last evening.  The weather pretty much did
us in as the fog & low clouds rolled in early.  The original plan
was to see if the HPS lamp beacon could be copied using Jason SW
in Del Mar (distance of 25 miles), but Del Mar was socked in.  At
about 8:00 the other team moved to the East end of Gillespie Field
(distance of 9 miles) which worked for a while and then also
became socked in.
  Scintillation is the main issue as expected.  The received
signal at 135 Hz was 30 dB above the noise in a 1 Hz BW.  The
software we used can decode many tens of dB below that but didn't
like the scintillation.  It seems like it has a form of slow AGC
that causes dropouts even though the signal should be strong
enough in the valleys.  We made a .wav recording of the received
signal to use in improving the decoding software.
  Kerry Banke, Sept. 14, 2006, kbanke (at) qualcomm.com
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Kerry_Laser1_1.jpg
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS FROM RADIO WORLD & TV TECHNOLOGY
  o  Old WOR towers to come down this Wednesday, 689-footers.
  o  Iowa finds rope failure in TV tower fatalities.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9735
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4227
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  GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL RESTRICTING USE OF CELLPHONES BY MOTORISTS
  Effective July 2008, California drivers will face escalating
fines if caught using hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel.
On the fifth attempt, Senator Joe Simitian was successful in
passing legislation that makes California the fourth state to
require the use of hands-free accessories when driving while
talking.
  Of course, the use of hands-free devices could result in
more accidents because drivers will now have a hand available
to get into all kinds of mischief like fiddling with a GPS,
adjusting a radio or supporting a full motion video cellphone
- in addition to talking on the phone.  See CGC #678 for more
info.
  http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/3910/
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  GERRITSEN SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS + $15,000 FINE (UNVERIFIED)
  Alleged radio jammer Jack Gerritsen has been sentenced to
84 months (7 years) in prison, plus a $15,000 fine.  As one
party put it, "Now he can be expected to file an appeal," but
can he afford to do so this time around?
  (Breaking news from the Cactus-Intertie List Server and
  currently unverified by CGC.)
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  ARRL GRANTED EXPERIMENTAL AUTHORITY AT 505-510 KHZ
  The American Radio Relay League, the national association
for amateur radio, has been granted a Part 5 experimental license
(WD2XSH) on behalf of a group of ham radio operators interested
in investigating spectrum in the vicinity of 500 kHz.  The two-
year authorization permits experimentation and research between
505 and 510 kHz (600 meters) using narrowband modes at power
levels of up to 20 W ERP.
  So far, no hams from California, Nevada or Arizona have
signed up to participate.  That will hopefully change.
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2006/09/15/104/?nc=1
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  OFF TOPIC:  9/11 LIVE - THE NORAD TAPES
  This is an unusually interesting Web posting with
transcripts and analysis of critical 9/11 tape segments, with
the corresponding audio cued and ready for playing on your
computer.  Click PLAY after each transcript segment to listen.
URL courtesy of Fred Daniel.  Big file.  Fascinating.
  http://tinyurl.com/og9cq
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KMXE(AM), Orange, to KLAA
  KWXY(AM), Cathedral City, to KPTR
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267318A1.doc
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KZLA(FM), Los Angeles, to KMVN
  New LPFM (107.5 MHz), San Diego, to KJOB-LP
  (KJOB-LP will have its transmitter on or near the UCSD campus
  where super powered KLVE-FM will undoubtedly cause significant
  co-channel interference to KJOB's coverage area, and KJOB will
  tear up KLVE's signal over a much greater area.  KJOB-LP is a
  time-shared facility with KHHS-LP.  See the second URL below
  for details on KJOB.  -Ed.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267318A1.doc
  http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/995724.pdf
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPL-20060911AAO   KYFC-LP 124429  THE YOUTH FOUNDATION & CENTER
                 E   95.3 MHZ           OF IMPERIAL VALLEY, INC
                                             EL CENTRO, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-20060707ACY   K239AD  85371  THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
                E   96.3 MHZ               EDUCATION, INC.
                                              INDIO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/13/2006
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                    TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  K29FX, Forest Falls, to KNLZ-LP
  K45IC, Banning, to KRMV-LP
  K33HU, Banning, to KRVD-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267318A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20060912AAX   K55KD  52216   ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK..
                 E   CHAN-55                 VAN NUYS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55KD.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20060912AAQ  KTAV-LP 6791  ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK...
                  E   CHAN-69               ALTADENA, CA
  Mod of construction permit file number BPTTL-20060707AFJ.
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