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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #763
                    Tuesday, October 3, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC UNVEILS PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU
  The Federal Communications Commission has created a new bureau,
the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHS).
  The first URL below gives an overview of the three parts
of PSHS.  Note that PSHS' Policy Division now oversees the
licensing of spectrum for public safety entities (e.g. police
and fire departments) while the Public Communications Outreach
& Operations Division (PCOOD) operates the Commission's High
Frequency Direction Finding network.
  The second URL takes you to PSHS' own web page, and the
remaining URLs link to various news stories about PSHS.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267599A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/
  http://www.wirelessweek.com/article/CA6375298.html
  http://rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=27385
  http://mrtmag.com/news/fcc_bureau_homeland_092606/
  http://tinyurl.com/fdsk3
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  FCC DOES NOT OVERRULE LOCAL ZONING ON TV TOWER CONSTRUCTION
  To date, the FCC "has not adopted any rules or regulations
that preempt local zoning rules affecting construction of
broadcast towers."  So says the FCC in the following letter to
a non-profit citizens group wanting that point expressed in
writing.
  The FCC's letter is narrow in scope because it deals with
land use and tower height issues, not other things such as RFR.
For example, and as far as we know, local zoning rules cannot
preempt the FCC's human exposure to RF radiation (RFR) rules.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1920A1.pdf
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  FCC ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON MEDIA OWNERSHIP
  IN LOS ANGELES
  The FCC has announced further details on its previously
announced Los Angeles field hearing regarding media ownership.
This two-part event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, 2006:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267624A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267697A1.doc
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  ON MOVING OUT OF THE 18.3-19.3 GHZ FREQUENCY BAND
  The FCC has revised the rules to reduce regulatory burdens
for terrestrial Fixed Microwave Services licensees that are
subject to involuntary relocation from the 18.3-19.3 GHz band
pursuant to the FCC's reallocation of that band for satellite
use.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-141A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Joni K. Craig of San Diego has been ordered to pay $500 for
her role in providing real property and electric power to run a
pirate radio station on 106.9 MHz in San Diego, and for refusing
to take the station off the air when asked to do so.  The initial
proposed fine of $10,000 (CGC #722) was reduced to $500 after
Ms. Craig submitted three years of tax returns verifying her
claim of inability to pay.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1935A1.doc
  Following is a personal video message from Ms. Craig related
  to her work, but seemingly relevant to the case at hand:
  http://www.foundation4change.org/video-jonic.htm
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  A NEW SOURCE OF C-BAND INTERFERENCE
  A set-top amplified TV antenna, the RCA/Thompson ANT 525,
appears to be an unintentional mini-broadcast transmitter capable
of disrupting C-Band (4 GHz) satellite downlink signals at a
distance of 1/8 mile or more.  A self-oscillating 525 was
located in a residential setting after clobbering a C-Band
downlink receiver in Ohio.  When new 525s were purchased and
inspected, all exhibited the same problem.
  As the author of the following letter indicates, "If you
encounter C-Band interference, look into set-top antennas made
by RCA.  That could be your problem."  The RCA ANT 525 microwave
self-oscillation problem is reminiscent of the Winegard UHF self-
oscillation problem reported in CGC #434 and elsewhere.  Get the
full scoop on the RCA 525 here:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/4_GHz_Interference.htm
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  THE LATEST PIRATE - 100.1 MHZ ON CATALINA ISLAND
  Two reports maintain that a 100.1 MHz pirate station has
sprung to life in Avalon on Catalina Island.  Apparently the
person responsible for the station has a priestly connection
and is claiming "freedom of religion" as his right to do as
he pleases.  What makes the religious connection interesting
is that the station is not playing traditional religious
programming.  Rather, it has a big band format.
  The matter has been reported to the FCC and it is only
a matter of time before the station falls silent.  However,
the station operator is said to be uncooperative, so we'll
see what happens.
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  KSOJ-LP CAUSES INTERFERENCE TO KOST
  If an initial report is correct, KSOJ-LP, 103.5 MHz,
Banning, has come on the air and has knocked out KOST's
signal for quite a distance around the KSOJ transmitter plant.
KOST also operates on 103.5 MHz, but transmits from Mt. Wilson
using superpowered facilities.
  The KSOJ-LP theoretical coverage map is at the URL below.
KOST's superpowered grandfathered signal will probably prevent
KSOJ from reaching all of the area shown, so the effects of
interference cut both ways.
  LPFMs will indeed knock out the fringe signals from
primary stations, and we can expect to see many more LPFMs in
the future - unfortunately.  We say unfortunately because
LPFMs serve relatively small areas while causing interference
over broad areas.  That's why the FCC stopped allocating 10-watt
Educational stations aeons ago.  The laws of physics have not
changed.
  http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-service-area?x=FL659165.html
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  A POTENTIAL PROBLEM FOR CH-19 ON OAT MOUNTAIN
  Last week in the "TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC" section
of this newsletter, the following DTV (LPTV) application was
mentioned as being Accepted for Filing by the FCC:
  BDCCDTL-20060919ACH  NEW  168603  EBC LOS ANGELES, INC.
               E     CHAN-19             VENTURA, CA
  A Communicator reader notes that because the transmitter
will be located on Oat Mtn. and the next channel up (CH-20) is
used by LAPD and others for emergency two-way radio traffic,
the CH-19 facility "can never be built" as proposed.  Time
will tell.
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  NEW TIJUANA DTV STATION
  XEWT-DT, Channel 32, has been testing and the San Diego
  reception is said to be pretty good.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  VERIZON FIBER AIMS AT TRIPLE PLAY
  Verizon told investors last week that its fiber-based FiOS
TV service is experiencing strong early growth.  Not only is
Verizon providing TV, but also Internet and telephone by
bringing fiber optic cable right into homes and businesses
- no BPL funny stuff for the curb-to-drop connection.  Much
fiber remains to be laid in Verizon's ambitious plan that will
ultimately cost the company $23 billion.  Broadcasting & Cable
magazine provides the details:
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6375527.html
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  THE CALIFORNIA NEBULA
  This beautiful composite photo of The California Nebula was
recently featured on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day website.
The photo was taken on Palomar Mountain using the 48-inch Samuel
Oschin Telescope and the URL comes courtesy of Bonnie Phelps:
  http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060924.html
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  UNUSUAL CLOUDS
  Fabulous photos of highly unusual cloud formations await
you at this URL courtesy of Oscar Medina.  High speed Internet
connection recommended:
  http://valuca.funtigo.com/?preview=y&g=25544746&cr=1&rfm=y
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  SPACE SHUTTLE AND ISS SILHOUETTED AGAINST THE SUN
  It looks like two specks of dust on the surface of the sun,
but this spectacular photo shows space shuttle Atlantis alongside
the International Space Station (ISS) and both are silhouetted
against the sun as they orbit Earth.  The image was taken in
Normandy by French astrophotographer Thierry Legault.
  Click on the big picture for an enlargement.  URL courtesy
of John McVeigh and others.
  http://tinyurl.com/mr2uu
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20060922ADJ      KXO  35969      KXO, INC.
             E      1230 KHZ        EL CENTRO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20060927AKH  K205EP  93751  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   88.9 MHZ                LA CANADA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205EP.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLH-20060728ADJ    KDAY  10100     KDAY LICENSING, LLC
              E     93.5 MHZ           REDONDO BEACH, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20060718AAT   KJLH-FM1  159113    TAXI LICENSE CORPORATION
                  E   102.3 MHZ                 HOLLYWOOD, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20060925AGB  K276EF 89084  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
              E   103.1 MHZ                MUSCOY, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPL-20060921ADJ   KHHS-LP 124381  HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
               E   107.5 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPL-20060921ADJ   KHHS-LP 124381  HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
               E   107.5 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/25/2006
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDTL-20060926AOC  NEW   168225   LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY....
                  E  CHAN-24                  HEMET, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 128855.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDTL-20060926ABY NEW 168784  MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO....
                  E CHAN-25                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 57054.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20060925AGZ  KNET-LP 3167  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                E    CHAN-25              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTA-20031125AFD,
  callsign KNET-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDTL-20060926AOD NEW  168223  LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP....
                  E CHAN-30               RIVERSIDE/PERRIS, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 38561.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20060926ALW   KCAL-DT  21422  LOS ANGELES TELEVISION
                  E    CHAN-43            STATION KCAL LLC
                                           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-20040730AWC
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