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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #762
                 Tuesday,  September 26, 2006
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  THE LARGER PICTURE ON THE GERRITSEN CONVICTION
  Last week we reported the breaking news that notorious
radio jammer Jack Gerritsen, age 70, had been sentenced to
7 years in prison plus a $15,000 fine for doing more jamming
to authorized radio signals after his last incarceration.
Gerritsen is also suspected of interfering with broadcast RPU
systems in the greater Los Angeles area.
  Details on Mr. Gerritsen's sentencing are available at the
first URL below.  Basically, it boils down to this: Gerritsen's
court-appointed attorney suggested a 24-month prison term, the
US District Attorney recommended a 46-month sentence, but the
judge decided that Gerritsen deserved seven years (84-months),
plus two years supervised probation, plus a 15k fine.
  Congratulations to the Los Angeles FCC field office for
gathering and presenting effective evidence in the Gerritsen
case.  If you would like to send a note of thanks to the FCC,
send mailto:Catherine.Deaton@fcc.gov and put "Jack Gerritsen"
in the subject line.  Job well done.
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2006/09/19/100/?nc=1
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  PIRATE RADIO SEMINAR
  In Oakland, CA, Stephen Dunifer's goal is to create
pirate FM stations faster than the FCC can shut them down.
The following article describes a recent four day seminar
in which participants built their own FM transmitters and learned
ways to avoid the FCC.  According to Dunifer, "We’re not stealing
anything.  We’re claiming something [spectrum] that’s rightfully
ours."
  http://www.sacunion.com/pages/california/articles/8447/
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  FIRST ADVANCED WIRELESS SPECTRUM AUCTION CONCLUDES
  The FCC's first auction of Advanced Wireless Service (AWS)
spectrum licenses concluded on September 18, 2006 with 104
bidders winning 1,087 licenses.  This spectrum can be used for
Third Generation ("3G") wideband mobile networks and the like.
There were 161 rounds of bidding starting in August 2006 with
total gross bids of nearly $13.9 billion.
  The top five winning bidders based on the net amounts of
their bids include T-Mobile, Verizon, SpectrumCo, MetroPCS and
Cingular.  Down payments are due October 4, 2006; final payments
are due October 19, 2006.  A ten-day Petition to Deny period
is allowed.
  What is interesting is that small businesses made up about
half of the 104 winning bidders, but they accounted for only 4%
of the sale value of the licenses, a major drop compared to the
previous six auctions where they reportedly represented, on
average, 74% of the total value.  Details at the second URL.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267467A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/z9c79
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                          JOB SHOPPE
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  STUDIO MAINTENANCE ENGINEER OPENING AT KSCI-TV, LOS ANGELES
  The ideal candidate for this job will have three years
experience as a broadcast maintenance engineer, SBE Certification
and a broad-based knowledge of television operations and FCC
regulations.  Will trouble-shoot to the component level of
cameras, videotape recorders, switchers, edit systems, etc.
  Experience with Avid and Grass Valley non-linear edit systems
preferred.  Familiarity with Autocad and Microsoft Access a plus.
We're looking for a well rounded engineer who can communicate
effectively and train operators, if necessary.  KSCI-TV ("LA 18")
is small enough to provide a variety of engineering duties, but
large enough to give you experience with new digital equipment.
  Send your resume to <jobs@LA18.tv> or fax to 310-479-8118. EOE
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TECHNICAL NEWS BRIEFS FROM RADIO WORLD
  Low-Cost HD-R Promotional Receivers Coming, Some at $99
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9769
  No Tower Demolition for WOR Yet - Police Chief Wasn't Consulted
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9772
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  MSTV IS CRITICAL ON UNLICENSED DEVICES IN THE TV BANDS
  The Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV)
has released a study it says documents interference problems
associated with unlicensed devices operating in the so-called
"white spaces" in the TV bands.  One of the problems in the
Senate bill for TV spectrum sharing is that it would require
broadcasters to identify any source of interference before
complaining about it.  Broadcasting & Cable magazine has
more, and the MSTV report is available at the second URL:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6374605.html
  http://www.mstv.org/docs/NAFrebuttal.pdf
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  NAB URGES XM, SIRIUS TO PULL NON-COMPLIANT FM TRANSMITTERS
  NAB press release of September 21, 2006 states as follows:
  "NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr sent this letter [URL
below] to the heads of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio urging each
company to "voluntarily withdraw and replace all noncompliant
satellite radio devices in circulation."  Rehr's letter coincides
with his opening address delivered.... at the NAB Radio Show in
Dallas where he called on the satellite radio companies to recall
the offending devices...."
  As one San Diego CE recently observed, we should not
assume that the campaign to install ferrite devices on satellite
receivers and the mini-transmitters associated with them is
designed solely to reduce the desired emissions of those
transmitters.  XM and Sirius receivers and transmitters may also
create significant wideband noise that is not Part 15 compliant.
  http://tinyurl.com/qjxuc
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  DETAILS ON "WARN" - A MODERNIZED EAS
  A working URL for more information on WARN, the public
Warning, Alert, and Response Network recently approved by the
U.S. Senate (but not yet voted into law), may be found at the
first URL below.  The second URL takes you to a letter from
Richard Rudman with more insights and links.
  http://commerce.senate.gov/newsroom/printable.cfm?id=247498
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/EAS_WARN.htm
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  NEW CALIFORNIA LAW RESTRICTING CELLPHONES USED BY DRIVERS
  As reported last week, DRIVERS of most California vehicles
will face escalating fines if caught using hand-held cellphones
on or after July 1, 2008.  However, a driver will still be able
to use a cellphone if it is equipped with a hands-free accessory.
Drivers may even hand-hold their phones in a very few special
circumstances - telephoning emergency information to 911 being
one example.
  The law apparently does not affect passengers.  They may
continue to use cellphones in any manner they please (no hands-
free accessories required).
  The law is entitled the "California Wireless Telephone
Automobile Safety Act of 2006" and apparently does not encompass
two-way radios - handheld or push-to-talk type -  unless 
connected to the telephone network.  (Keep in mind that we are
not attorneys in rendering this informal opinion.)
  The full text of the law is embedded in the news story at:
  http://tinyurl.com/ec7ac
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  A $3,500 HIGH PERFORMANCE SPECTRUM ANALYZER
  LP Technologies, Inc. recently introduced their line of
high performance/low cost spectrum analyzers to SBE Chapter 36
in San Diego.  Of particular interest is LP's 3 GHz LPT-3000R
"Remote Spectrum Analyzer."  Assign it an IP address, hook the
large flat box up to the Internet and control the entire device
from your laptop anywhere in the world.  Free software is
provided, and right now the company is even writing free
applications software to make the box attractive to the widest
possible audience.  The price is reportedly very low ($3,500)
because Nextel has ordered 10,000 of the devices.
  LP also manufacturers a line of cost-effective stand-alone
spectrum analyzers that are said to have virtually identical
specs to HP's analyzers and use similar key layouts.  The designer
is Dr. Samuel K. Lee who was also the designer of IFR's COM-120
and 1200S boxes that have good reputations for performance,
reliability and value.
  LP Technologies may be reached at 316-831-9696.
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  PHONE COMPANY EXEC BROUGHT PACIFIC TELEPHONE INTO THE FUTURE
  As a college student in the 30s, Jerome Webster Hull took
a job with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph collecting money
from coin telephones in Los Angeles.  Hull, who rose to become
president of Pacific Telephone in 1968 and instituted reforms
both social and technical over the course of 42-years, died
recently at the age of 94.  PT&T was the largest private sector
employer in the state, with a payroll of more than 95,000 people.
  http://tinyurl.com/jtm4d
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  LOCAL COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE SET FOR BILL FARMER
  A Memorial Service celebrating the lifetime achievements
of Bill Farmer will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2006,
at 5:00 p.m. at the Pacific Railroad Society Museum, 210 W.
Bonita Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773.  The museum is located
in the former Santa Fe Railway depot.
  From the 210 Freeway, exit at San Dimas Avenue.  Go south
about one mile to Bonita Avenue.  Turn right on Bonita Avenue.
The museum is about one block on the left.
  From the 57 Freeway South, exit at Arrow Highway.  Turn
left at the end of the off ramp.  Shortly after driving under
the freeway, bear left onto Bonita Avenue.  Proceed about 1/2
mile.  The museum is on the right.
  From the 57 Freeway North, exit at Arrow Highway.  At the end
of the offramp, proceed across the intersection.  This is Bonita
Avenue.  Proceed about 1/2 mile.  The museum is on the right.
  Please come celebrate with us.
  Larry Jennings, mailto:obsoletelarry@lafn.org
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  MORE PHOTOS OF CAMOUFLAGED CELLPHONE ANTENNA TOWERS
  This photo set courtesy of Red Blanchard.
  http://tinyurl.com/zy3sp
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CH-3 CLASS A LPTV APPLICATION SET FOR GRANT
  BDISTVL-20060821AAW   K03HS    SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                        CHAN-3    MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267487A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDTL-20060919ACH  NEW  168603  EBC LOS ANGELES, INC.
                E    CHAN-19             VENTURA, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 12732.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISTTL-20051109ABZ K61GH 56830 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
               E     CHAN-38              NETWORK, INC.
                                        NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change of callsign K61GH.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20051223AAZ  KAZA-DT 29234   PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                E    CHAN-47                 LICENSE LLC
                                              AVALON, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-20040528AVJ,
  callsign KAZA-TV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTTL-20060915AOO K61GH 56830  INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
                 E   CHAN-50               NETWORK, INC.
                                         NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change of callsign K61GH. [Editor's note: This is
  no small facility: 100 kW ERP @ 806 meters AMSL.]
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDTL-20060918ABO   NEW   168474   RICHARD D'AMICO
                 E    CHAN-50             VISTA, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 14910.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRET-20060724AFI KLCS 38430  LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST..
              E  CHAN-58               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Amendment filed 09/15/2006
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