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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #768
                   Tuesday,  November 7, 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 ADOPTS ORDER TO STREAMLINE "FM TABLE OF ALLOTMENTS AND
  AM COMMUNITY OF LICENSE PROCEDURES"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268334A1.doc
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  FCC CLASSIFIES BPL-ENABLED INTERNET ACCESS AS AN
  "INFORMATION SERVICE"
  This action makes broadband over powerlines (BPL) essentially
the same as cable modem and DSL service from a regulatory
standpoint; the FCC hopes this ruling will encourage faster
deployment of BPL access to consumers despite its RFI drawbacks.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268331A1.doc
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  FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE MEASURES TO REDUCE MIGRATORY
  BIRD COLLISIONS WITH COMMUNICATIONS TOWERS
  The FCC tentatively concludes that medium intensity white
strobe lights at night are preferred over red obstruction
lighting systems to reduce bird/tower collisions (first URL).
The second URL is a Broadcasting & Cable story on the bird/tower
issue.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268333A1.doc
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6388472.html
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  KSDS, 88.3 MHZ, SAN DIEGO, GRANTED 22 KW ERP WITH Vpol
  KSDS, 88.3 MHz, San Diego, is licensed to the San Diego
Community College District as a Class A station for 0.83 kW ERP
with horizontal polarization (Hpol) only.  Over a decade ago,
the station filed a construction permit application for Class
B1 status with 22 kW ERP and an elevated circularly polarized
antenna.  Unfortunately, KSDS has a rich history of causing
interference to the reception of XETV, Channel 6, which carries
Fox network programming for San Diego and vicinity.  Receiver
overloading from 88.3 MHz appears to be the problem, not
spurious emissions which could easily be fixed.
  At first, KSDS and XETV worked together and looked at
frequency changes, site changes and the normal laundry list of
alternatives to solve the interference problem, but no practical
solutions were found.  When KSDS continued to insist that it was
entitled to a power increase and XETV countered that its U.S.
viewers were protected for legal reasons, the FCC brokered a
series of meetings to find an engineering solution.
  Calculations suggested that KSDS could run 3 kW ERP with
vertical polarization (Vpol) and cause about the same level of
interference as the old 0.83 kW Hpol facility had caused all
along, so KSDS was allowed to operate at 3 kW ERP Vpol (with an
elevated antenna) for extensive field tests encouraged by the
FCC.  In 1998, before the tests began, the Commission said that
the "FCC and SCT will rely on the results of these tests...in
determining the final status of KSDS's application to increase
power."
  Now, however, the Commission has discarded the field test
results without examining them, overlooking its prior commitment
to "rely on the results of these tests" - the very tests it had
carefully refereed.  On October 31, 2006, the FCC granted KSDS a
Construction Permit for 22 kW ERP with Vpol only.  Although CGC
consults for XETV, including on this matter, it remains to be
seen whether the station will appeal the decision which is posted
at the first URL below.  The second URL links to the KSDS CP
where two interference mitigating conditions have been imposed,
see numbered paragraphs 7 and 8 on page 3.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2253A1.doc
  http://tinyurl.com/y29y3w
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  The FCC has issued a $15,000 fine against "A Radio" (WEGA-AM
in Puerto Rico) for failure to enclose an antenna tower having
RF potential at the base within an effective locked fence, failure
to make available a complete public inspection file, et al.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2259A1.doc
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                        LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  FLORIDA'S ANTI-PIRATE LAW IN ACTION
  We put Florida's anti-pirate law to use last week.  Check
the first URL below and the last story entitled, "Pirate radio
station shut down by deputies."  The next web address shows a
photo of the pirate's antenna sticking out of the top of a
palm tree.  [No tower, no bird-tower collisions.  -Ed.]
  Down here in S. Florida there are 12 more full time pirate
stations on the air and a number of part timers that would be
on more often if they could find a clear spot on the dial.  We
have a long way to go.  Many pirates are making a living from
their stations.
  [Florida radio engineer, name withheld upon request]
  http://tinyurl.com/wm74f
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Pirate_FL.JPG
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  EDITORIAL COMMENT:  FLORIDA PIRATES ARE THIRD DEGREE FELONS
  Florida does not mess around with pirates that are turned
in to the police department.  In Florida, pirate broadcasting
is a third degree felony and the police are authorized to go
after the culprits.  In February 2005, ARRL argued that the law
should be overturned because of its overly broad scope, but
for now the FCC seems content to let matters stand and New
Jersey has adopted a similar law.  Read the exact text of
Florida's anti-pirate law here:
  http://tinyurl.com/u2azk
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  XM-4 SATELLITE NOW IN ORBIT
  Sea Launch has put XM Satellite Radio's fourth satellite
into space.  XM-4 will replace two co-located XM satellites and
is expected to have a 15-year life; XM-4 will have 18 kW total.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=9934
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  LOOKING TOWARD RECALLING ERRANT FM MODULATORS
  The problem of overpowered FM modulators used in cars and
trucks appears to be widespread as readers of the CGC Communicator
know.  An estimated 3.4 million modulators (a number of which
are overpowered) were sold last year.
  Regarding the overpowered modulators, Mike Starling, chief
technology officer at NPR, was recently quoted as saying, "It
looks like it's such a huge problem we want to make sure they
[the FCC] pinpoint the most likely source...and hopefully recall
the ones that are still in the marketplace."  The full story
is at the L.A. Times link below (free registration may be
required to view the text).
  CGC agrees that it is time to get non-compliant modulators
off retailers' shelves, and non-compliant modulators include
those that are capable of operating on frequencies right
below 88 MHz.
  http://tinyurl.com/yg6frf
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  60 GHZ CONSUMER "WIRELESS HD" PRODUCTS MAY BE NEXT
  Consumer electronics companies LG, Matsushita, NEC, Samsung,
Sony, Toshiba and semiconductor maker SiBeam are expected to
collaborate on an industry standard for wireless short-range
transmission of uncompressed high-definition video.  The standard
is to utilize the unlicensed 60 GHz radio frequency band to
transmit HD video and audio at a rate of 5 gigabits per second
over a distance of about 30 feet.
  http://news.com.com/2100-1039_3-6130942.html
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  CLOAKING DEMONSTRATED AT MICROWAVE FREQUENCIES
  An experiment has been reported where a small object was placed
inside a cloaking ring, and the object and ring were rendered
pretty much invisible to incoming microwaves over a NARROW band
of frequencies.  While microwave absorbing materials have been
around for years, cloaking is different.  Cloaking allows an
object to disappear without occluding objects behind it, as if
the cloaking device and the object hidden inside it were not
there at all.
  Does the idea of invisibility appeal to you?  We are
probably many years away from broadband cloaking devices that
operate like Harry Potter's magic robe, but stay tuned.
  http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061021/fob6.asp
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  RED-LIGHT CAMERAS SHED LIGHT ON DEGREE OF CELLPHONE DISTRACTION
  In Murrieta, a whopping 50% of those photographed running
red lights have been observed holding cellphones to their ears.
  http://tinyurl.com/yhew97
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  VIEW HUBBLE'S TOP 100 PHOTOS
  Astounding space photos abound at this website, and once
you click on a thumbnail for a larger photo, you can click on
the new photo for a still larger image.  Thanks to Radio World
and CMBE News for flagging this fabulous link.
  http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/archive/top100/
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  TALK-FREE, COMMERCIAL-FREE, EASY LISTENING CLASSICAL MUSIC
  Other musical formats are available on this Website as well.
  http://www.luckysevenradio.com
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20061018ADY  KCBQ  13509  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO....
            P   1170 KHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPED-19940802MA  KSDS 58818  SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST...
            P    88.3 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Application for changes: 22 kW ERP (directional)
  Amended 11/17/2004 to 19 kW directional
  Petition to deny filed 3/10/1995
  Petiton to deny was denied in part and granted in part by letter
  10/25/1996.  Amendment to the application was required.
  Amendment received 11/25/1996, for 22 kW directional.  This
  amendment was given a separate file number: BPED-961125ME.
  Opposition to special field test authorization filed 6/17/1998
  by XETV.
  Reply to opposition to request for special field test
  authorization filed 6/29/1998.
  Petition to Deny filed 8/10/06 by ("XETV").
  Opposition to "Petition to Deny" filed 8/23/2006.
  11/25/1996 amendment requested by 10/25/1996 staff letter was
  previously incorrectly entered as separate application
  BPED-19961125ME.  Database corrected 10/26/2006 to show this
  filing as a minor change amendment to BPED-19940802MA.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20061013ABF   KXO-FM   35970    KXO, INC.
            E     107.5 MHZ        EL CENTRO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities. Granted 10/30/2006
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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
  BDCCDVL-20061030AQW  NEW 167310 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                E     CHAN-5             FOREST FALLS, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 128324.
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  BDCCDVL-20061030ASV   NEW  167306   VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                  E    CHAN-6               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 49704.
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  BDCCDVL-20061027AFM   NEW  167059   BROADCAST GROUP LTD.
                 E    CHAN-12             CALEXICO, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 59115.
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  BDCCDTV-20061030AGZ  NEW  67092 IGLESIA JESUCRISTO ES MI REFUGIO..
                E    CHAN-12               RIVERSIDE, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 125257.
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  BDCCDTT-20061027AHA  NEW  168876   COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO,
                E    CHAN-14          DEPT OF SPECIAL DISTS.
                                        LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 14154.
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  BDCCDTT-20061027AGT  NEW  168875   COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO,
                 E   CHAN-15           DEPT OF SPECIAL DISTS
                                        MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 11531.
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  BDCCDTT-20061030AIQ  NEW  168874   COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO,
                E    CHAN-15           DEPT OF SPECIAL DISTS.
                                      TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 43824.
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  BDCCDTL-20061030ABB NEW 167763 GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                 E  CHAN-16               INDIO, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 19779.
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  BDCCDTT-20061030AJR   NEW  168877    COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO,
                 E    CHAN-16           DEPT OF SPECIAL DISTS.
                                         LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 14141.
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  BDCCDTT-20061027AGQ  NEW  168878  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO,
               E     CHAN-17         DEPT OF SPECIAL DISTS.
                                    TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 43815.
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  BDCCDTL-20061027ADP  NEW  168370  UNA VEZ MAS SANTA BARBARA
                E    CHAN-18              LICENSE, LLC
                                        SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 41124.
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  BDCCDTT-20061030AHG   NEW  168900   MORONGO BASIN TV CLUB, INC.
                 E    CHAN-21           JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 43821.
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  BDCCDTL-20061026ADY   NEW  168185   KM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                E     CHAN-22            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 125832.
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  BDCCDTL-20061030ASO   NEW  167307   VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E    CHAN-22              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 3167.
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  BDCCDTL-20061026AFI   NEW  168183    KM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                E     CHAN-24             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 127164.
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  BDCCDTL-20061030ARA   NEW  167311  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E    CHAN-24             CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 129642.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20060630ACN  KEYT-DT 60637 SMITH MEDIA LICENSE HOLDINGS..
                E     CHAN-27             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPCDT-20010126ABE.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRCT-20060803AGR   KPMR  12144   ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
               E    CHAN-38            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Amendment filed 10/26/2006
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDTL-20061026ACD   NEW  168745   NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE CO.
                 E    CHAN-39             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 26229.
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  BDCCDTL-20061030AGH  NEW  168607  COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.
               E     CHAN-42               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 11371.
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  BDCCDTL-20061030ARX   NEW  167308   VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                E     CHAN-46             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 60026.
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  BDCCDTL-20061026AET   NEW  167007   WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
                 E    CHAN-49             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 128978.
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  BDCCDTL-20061030ARW   NEW  167309   VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                E     CHAN-50               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 72270.
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  BDCCDTL-20061030AAD   NEW  168848   SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                E     CHAN-51          MORONGO VALLY, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 130855.
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  BDCCDTL-20061030ASS   NEW  167312   VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                E     CHAN-55               BANNING, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 127901.
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