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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #764
                  Wednesday,  October 11, 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 TO HOLD OPEN COMMISSION MEETING ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
  The Commission will consider issuing a First Report and
Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making concerning
new unlicensed wireless operations in the TV broadcast bands.
In addition, the FCC will consider a request from Qualcomm for
a ruling on interference protection requirements applicable
to the 700 MHz band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267791A1.doc
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  FM APPLICATION FREEZES
  The Media Bureau announces that it will not accept FM
commercial and noncommercial educational (NCE) minor change
applications during the Auction No. 68 Form 175 application
filing window.  This window will open on November 6, 2006,
and close on November 13, 2006.
  The Media Bureau also announces a freeze, effective
immediately, on the filing of counterproposals in proceedings
to amend the FM Table of Allotments where the counterproposals
impact any of the nine vacant non-reserved band FM allotments
scheduled for Auction No. 68.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1927A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1949A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - FM SPURIOUS EMISSIONS
  KIBS-FM, Bishop, has been cited for spurious emissions.
"Any emission appearing on a frequency removed from the carrier
by more that 240 kHz and up to and including 600 kHz must be
attenuated at least 35 dB below the level of the unmodulated
carrier" (FCC Rule 73.317(c)).  The FCC found two KIBS spurs
in the bands in question; the spur below the carrier was down
26 dBc while the one above the carrier was down 30 dBc, so
both spurs apparently violated the spurious emissions mask.
  By using the spur frequencies quoted by the FCC in the
URL below, by knowing that KIBS is assigned to exactly 100.7 MHz
and by noting that spurs are almost always symmetrical about an
FM station's center frequency, one could reasonably conclude that
KIBS had another rule violation: it was off frequency by 9 kHz,
much more than the 2 kHz allowed by FCC Rules.  We will leave
that little calculation to our readers.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-267718A1.html
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - AM TOWER BASE MATTERS
  The FCC has fined WSMN Broadcasting, LLC, ("WSMN"),
former licensee of AM station WSMN in Nashua, New Hampshire,
for failing to enclose one of WSMN's three antenna towers
"within an effective locked fence or other enclosure."
The fine: $7,000.
  WSMN tried to dodge responsibility by claiming that it was
not the owner of the towers, but the Commission pointed out that
the station itself is responsible for rule compliance even in
the unusual case when the towers are owned by others.
  As an interesting aside, the FCC inspector noted that
"the tower's tuning unit had fallen and was upside down on the
ground."  If the station had a base current meter, one wonders
if it was calibrated for inverted operation.  :)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1978A1.doc
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  CHIEF ENGINEER OPENING, RADIO, LOS ANGELES MARKET
  This Chief Engineer opening is for a multi-station radio
cluster with an upgrade path to D.O.E. for one of the largest
independently owned broadcast companies in the U.S.  Minimum of
10 years engineering experience in all facets of radio a plus.
Must be competent in AM directionals, AM & FM transmitters,
digital storage and delivery systems, computers and networking,
studio construction & maintenance.  Good organizational skills
essential, good people skills very important.  Salary
commensurate with experience and market.  E.O.E., M/F/H/V.
No calls.  Please submit resume by mail to:
  P.O. Box 46566
  Los Angeles, CA 90046
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  IMPERIAL COUNTY ADOPTS 12 MHZ ENG PLAN
  According to SBE Chapter 36 (San Diego), the Yuma-El Centro
TV market changed over to the new BAS 12 MHz/channel ENG microwave
spectrum plan on September 22, per Robbie DeCorse, Chief Engineer
at KYMA (NBC) in Yuma.  He says that they "haven't had any issues
since the switch; it's business as usual."
  Meanwhile in San Diego, Nextel is working to get the
necessary 75% of the market under contract.  Pat Hughes of
Sprint-Nextel says that they believe it will be next summer
before the switch takes place there.  He foresees Santa Barbara
switching soon, then Palm Springs and San Diego.  Los Angeles
will be last due simply to the sheer number of people involved
in the project.
  http://www.sbe36.org/ (Gary Stigall, Editor)
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  CATALINA PIRATE ON 100.1 MHZ GOES DARK
  The 100.1 MHz pirate in Avalon on Catalina Island is silent
after apparently being inspected by the FCC last week.  Because
FCC inspections are conducted unannounced, details are hard to
come by.  One Avalon newspaper called by our office last week
said they were unaware of the inspection, an officer with the 
Avalon Sheriffs Department declined to comment on the matter,
but some citizens had plenty to say.
  One way or the other, keep a careful ear on the situation.
If the pirate resurfaces on the FM band, send
mailto:Catherine.Deaton@fcc.gov with the particulars, and let
us know.  There are some indications that the pirate is retooling
for license-free AM operation.  That will be okay provided the
transmission is Part 15 compliant and FCC-approved equipment
is used.
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  FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND THE AVALON PIRATE
  Last week the CGC Communicator mentioned that the person
responsible for the Avalon pirate operation apparently had a
priestly connection and was claiming "freedom of religion" as
his right to broadcast without an FCC permit.  In response to
this statement, Philip M. Kane, Esq., FCC/SFO, retired, wrote
as follows:
  "The Supreme Court of the United States shot that
[argument] down in the Gene Scott/Faith Temple/House of Faith
circus (remember him??)."
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  NEWS ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM RADIO WORLD
  o  XM Correcting Repeaters Operating at Greater
  Than Authorized Power --
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9840
  http://tinyurl.com/gpjjg
  o  Harris Donates Replacement Transmitter to Iraqi
  Women's Station -- Harris Corp.'s Broadcast Communications
  Division Radio Business Unit has donated a Platinum Series
  Z5 5-kW solid-state FM transmitter to independent Iraqi women's
  radio station Radio Al-Mahaba.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9841
  [The CGC Communicator (CGC #760) carried Deborah McAdams'
plea for a transmitter back in June, and we are delighted to
acknowledge Harris' generous donation.  -Ed.]
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  CHRIS HAYS SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON LPFMs
  Last week, the CGC Communicator stated that low power FMs
(LPFMs) "serve relatively small areas while causing interference
over broad areas."  We went on to say, "That's why the FCC stopped
allocating 10-watt Educational stations aeons ago."
  Undoubtedly the laws of physics have not changed and small
stations will indeed do damage to the fringe-area receptions of
large stations; that point has been made repeatedly by FCC staff
over the years.  However, that damage may not have been the only
reason the FCC stopped allocating small Class D FM stations years
ago.  See the letter from Chris Hays at the URL below.
  In the months and years to come, more fringe service will
be lost as more LPFM and IBOC stations come on the air.  Be
thankful for the extra (unprotected) coverage that your FM
station may have enjoyed for years; it is eligible to vanish.
  http://www.chrishays.com/cgc763lpfm.htm
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  KFXM/KDUO ALUMNI TRIBUTE WEBSITE
  John Bunnell has compiled biographies of former KFXM/KDUO
employees and has posted them on the Web.  Included are history
pages on KFXM and other interesting items.  Read about a
transmitter fire bombing (Molotov cocktail) by clicking on
Mark Heller's bio at page bottom.
  The URL is courtesy of Helen Jones.  Helen is scheduled to
undergo major surgery today (Wednesday), so please keep her in
your thoughts and prayers.
  http://www.kfxm590.com/
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  AN INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN BERKE OF SIGALERT.COM
  This interview is with Jonathan Berke, one of the
co-founders of Sigalert.com (www.sigalert.com), a web site and
service that shows traffic conditions in Southern California.
If you watch any morning traffic reports on television, you've
also probably seen their traffic graphics, and probably heard
their products used by major radio stations such as KFWB and KNX.
  http://www.socaltech.com/story/0005615.html
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  NEW PARADIGMS FOR EFFICIENT SPECTRUM UTILIZATION
  This Long Beach Hyatt Regency IEEE dinner/lecture on
October 17 will look at "new approaches" for enhancing spectrum
utilization and frequency management for large, complex systems.
The approaches reviewed are said to "enable the effective and
efficient joint utilization of all orthogonal electromagnetic
(EM) transmission resources including, but not limited to, time,
frequency, geographic space, modulation/code, and polarization."
  http://ewh.ieee.org/r6/ocs/emc/Calendar.htm#oct17
  http://ewh.ieee.org/r6/ocs/emc/pdf/PSOCTIEEE.PDF
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  NIXIE TUBE CLOCKS GALORE
  We have Tony Dinkel to thank for this fabulous picture
site.  Long live the Nixie tube, and the Nixie tube wristwatch.
  http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/nixiegallery.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-19980812TD   980812TD  91370   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                E   91.1 MHZ                PLACENTIA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/29/2006
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20060927AMI   KMYI  58821   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
             E    94.1 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20060926AHF     KXOL-FM  28848  KXOL LICENSING, INC.
              E       96.3 MHZ          LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000602ADY   NEW  123994   SECOND SAMOAN CONGREGATIONAL
              E   104.7 MHZ            CHURCH OF LONG BEACH
                                         NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Station.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY ROCK 'N ROLL
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY GOLD COAST
  (2) OPPOSITIONS TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 4/5/04 BY ("SSCC")
  (2) SUPPLEMENTS FILED 4/8/04 BY ("SSCC")
  REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FILED 4/15/04
  REPLY FILED 4/22/04
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/26/2004
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 10/28/05 by (Second Samoan)
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 10/2/2006 - no letter sent
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  BNPL-20000608ADB  NEW 124655  INTERNATIONAL CRUSADE OF THE PENNY
              E   104.7 MHZ             FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/3/03
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY NEWPORT BEACH
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY GOLD COAST
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 2/27/04 BY ROCK 'N ROLL
  ERRATUM FILED 3/1/04 BY GOLD COAST
  OPPOSITION FILED 3/12/04 BY NBCRS
  (3) OPPOSITIONS FILED 5/3/04 BY ("ICOP")
  REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 5/27/2004
  Engineering Amendments filed 2/27/2004 & 9/28/2005.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 11/2/05
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 10/2/2006 - no letter sent
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20060927AMF    KIOZ  13504    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
             E    105.3 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20060928ALV  KCWQ-LP 130100 GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                 E   CHAN-2               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTVL-20000804AEF,
  callsign KCWQ-LP.
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