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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #767
                  Tuesday,  October 31, 2006
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NPR REQUESTS RECALL OF FM MODULATORS?  PROBABLY NOT
  The Baltimore Sun for October 26 carried an article entitled,
"Public radio seeks recall of FM devices used in cars" that
opened with the following sentence:
  "Citing widespread interference on broadcast frequencies
  used by its member stations, National Public Radio has asked
  the Federal Communications Commission to order recalls of
  millions of FM modulators that drivers use to play satellite
  radios and iPods through their car stereos."
  This sounded a bit suspicious to us (knowing human nature,
how many folks would voluntarily relinquish overpowered mini-
transmitters?), CGC obtained a copy of NPR's October 12 letter
that was cited in the article.  Put simply, NPR did not
request a product recall in the traditional sense, but instead
suggested a far more cogent three-step remedy.  Quoting now
the relevant paragraph in NPR's October 12 letter to the FCC:
  "First, the Commission should initiate a reexamination
  of the self-certification process for authorizing low power
  transmitters.  Second, non-compliant products should be taken
  off the market.  Third, the Commission should institute a
  moratorium on Part 15 certifications or re-certifications to
  any organization that has knowingly participated in the
  commissioning, manufacture, sale or distribution of overpowered,
  noncompliant FM modulators, whether intended for use with
  satellite radios, flashplayers, or standalone devices."
  So, unless there is some other NPR letter requesting a
product recall, NPR did not suggest the Draconian recall action
cited by the Balitore Sun and echoed by major trade publications.
  http://tinyurl.com/yavd9x
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  ULTRA WIDEBAND TO BE PERMITTED DOWN TO 80 MHZ?
  On October 6, 2006, UltraVision Security Systems, Inc. (UV)
filed a request with the FCC to permit the marketing and operation
of an ultra-wideband surveillance system that transmits as low
as 80 MHz, well below the 1990-10600 MHz band required by Rule
15.511(a).  UltraVision's system would be used at fixed locations
for security applications, but the company also wants the list
of eligible users to be expanded considerably.
  UltraVision claims that its new system needs no emissions
in the 1990-10600 MHz band, and that its equipment relies instead
on "what the Commission regards as low-level spurious emissions,
and meets the limits for those emissions."  If this sounds like
IBOC, you are right, but the UV system is said to use extremely
low power and rapid pulses, so the interference issues are more
complex.  UV claims that, "The energy into the passband of an
actual receiver at any realistic distance will be completely
undetectable."
  Despite UV's claims, this ultra-wideband system needs a close
examination for interference potential.  The company states that
the "-10 dB bandwidth typically lies between 80 and 600 MHz...."
Comments are due November 24, 2006.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2102A1.doc
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Ultravision_App.pdf
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  INTERESTING ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED THIS FRIDAY
  Two items of particular interest to broadcasters will be
on the FCC's open meeting agenda for this Friday, November 3:
  1. In the Matter of the Effects of Communications Towers
on Migratory Birds (WT Docket No. 03-187), the Commission will
consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on whether it should
adopt certain measures to mitigate migratory bird collisions
with communications towers, and
  2. Revision of Procedures Governing Amendments to FM Table
of Allotments and Changes of Community of License in the Radio
Broadcast Services (MB Docket No. 05-210).  The Commission will
consider a Report and Order regarding changes to the process
for community of license changes and the process for amendments
to the FM Table of Allotments.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268215A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEM)
  KSVX-LP, Hailey, Idaho, has tentatively been fined $5,000
for "repeatedly committing 22 apparent violations of Section
73.1201 of the FCC's rules, relating to station identification."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2210A1.doc
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  ONE-WIRE POWER STILL FEEDS MT. POTOSI
  Mt. Potosi in Las Vegas NV -- home of six radio stations,
a major FAA site, a NWS site and innumerable other wireless
operations -- has a one-wire power system to this day.
  Tracy Teagarden, CE, KKJJ/KLUC/KMXB/KSFN/KXNT/KXTE
  tteagarden (at) cbs.com
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  THE FABULOUS RED BLANCHARD (LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN CGC #766)
  I remember Red Blanchard from my younger days...on KFWB
  in Los Angeles..."Channel 98" = 980 Kc....
  You didn't mention his being an amateur radio op, W6AG,
and his web postings at the URLs below.
  Neil McKie, n.mckie (at) bendcable.com
  http://www.gbs.bz/
  http://www.redblanchard.com and
  http://www.qrz.com/detail/w6ag
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  RE: BOSTON CONSIDERING BANNING SAT-TV DISHES FROM BUILDING
  FRONTS (CGC #766)
  For those who are interested, see Section 207 of the
Telecommunications Act of 1996 and 47 C.F.R. Section 1.4000.
  In 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted
rules for Over-the-Air-Reception Devices (OTARDrules), and later
amended them to include exclusive use areas by renters and
customer-end antennas that receive and transmit fixed wireless
signals.
  Check the FCC Consumer Facts sheet and the FCC Information
Sheet at the URLs below concerning the placement of antennas.
This should be an interesting one to watch!
  Robert S. Sudock, WB6FDF, Assistant CE, Fox TV's KTTV/KTTV
  -DT and KCOP/KCOP-DT, Los Angeles. rsudock (at) fox11.com
  http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/consumerdish.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html
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  RE FLORIDA'S ANTI-PIRATE LAW
  Last week the CGC Communicator asked if any of its readers
had a copy of Florida's law permitting police to apprehend pirate
broadcasters.  So many replies were received (along with a number
of opinions) that we have yet to review them all.  Thanks to
those who took the time to write.
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  HELEN JONES DOING WELL AFTER MAJOR SURGERY
  Helen was released from Scripps/La Jolla today [Oct. 24]
and will be staying at her daughter Lura's home in Temecula....
  Thanks for all of your kind support.  At present, things
seem to be going well.  Please, hold off on your emails until
she is home.
  Linda Roane (daughter)
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  PLEASE HOLD YOUR LETTERS
  CGC has several pressing consulting projects at this time,
and we would appreciate your holding all but the most important
Letters to the Editor for two weeks.  Thanks!
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  CRTs FAST BECOMING EXTINCT
  By 2010, iSuppli predicts CRTs will account for only 2.1
million (or 5%) of the 44 million TV sets sold.  Flat screens
will be all the rage.
  http://tinyurl.com/yy8e53
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  SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIOS HAILED FOR INTEROPERABILITY
  Software defined radios (SDRs) will allow emergency
responders from various agencies to communicate with each other
according to this report from Government Computer News, so SDRs
may become the technology of choice for "interoperability."
And the prices of SDRs are expected to drop in the near future.
  http://www.gcn.com/online/vol1_no1/42398-1.html
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  THE FARNSWORTH MULTIPACTOR TUBE
  The Farnsworth "cold-cathode electron multiplier tube,"
also known as the "multipactor tube," is said to use neither
grid nor filament.  This curious article by Arthur H. Halloran
is from RADIO magazine for October 1934 but is a bit cryptic:
  http://www.borderlands.com/archives/arch/multipact.htm
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  DISTRACTED DRIVING IS "CELL ON WHEELS"
  About 500 high school students and their parents took
part in a 3-day driving program in Irvine sponsored by Toyota
Motor Sales USA, with some taking turns driving a twisty obstacle
course while trying to multitask with a cellphone, loud music
and a loud instructor.  Needless to say, more than a few bright
orange cones were struck and scattered about the parking lot.
  According to the article, several scholarly studies have
explored the dangers of cell phone use while driving, and in June
psychologists at the University of Utah said drivers talking on
phones are more likely to crash than drunken drivers.
  http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/4513551.html
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  OFF-TOPIC: BOY SCOUTS AGAINST PIRACY
  Boy Scouts in the Los Angeles area will soon be able to
earn a merit patch for learning about the evils of downloading
pirated movies and music.  The movie industry has developed
the curriculum.
  Scouts will be instructed in the basics of copyright law.
They will also learn how to identify five types of copyrighted
works and three ways copyrighted materials may be stolen.
  Dan Glickman, chairman of the Motion Picture Association
of America, says that in working with the Boy Scouts of Los
Angeles, there is a real opportunity to educate a new generation
about how movies are made, why they are valuable, and hopefully
change attitudes about intellectual property theft.
  The Respect Copyrights patch the scouts will receive will
show a film reel, a music CD and the international copyright
symbol: a "C" enclosed in a circle.
  http://tinyurl.com/yztc3y
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  FULLY FUNCTIONAL DUTCH RAILWAY CLOCK IS YOURS FREE
  Simple, elegant and cool.
  http://beeks.eu/swf/Railway.swf
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20061020AAD  KCBQ 13509  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO..
           E   1170 KHZ                 SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  BP-20061020AAE  KCBQ 13509  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO..
           E   1170 KHZ                 SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20061023AEY    KMRJ  15475   MITCHELL MEDIA, INC.
              E   99.5 MHZ          RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  BPH-20061023AFU KKLA-FM  48453  NEW INSPIRATION B/CING CO...
            E   99.5 MHZ                LOS ANGELES, 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 DISPLACEMENT
  GRANTED
  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 DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20061025AFP  KSPP-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                  E    CHAN-3           PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSPP-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  DISMISSED
  BDISDTL-20060403ASB K69JA 127901 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                E   CHAN-50               BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign K69JA.
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