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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #769
                  Thursday,  November 16, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NEW U.S./MEXICAN AGREEMENT FOR USE OF TV CHANNELS 52-69
  The United States and Mexico have just signed a Protocol
for sharing the 698-806 MHz spectrum (the "old" TV Channels 52-69)
in the area around the U.S./Mexican border.  The Protocol is
friendly to new technologies and offers band sharing flexibility;
looks like quite a bit of good thinking went into the document.
CGC congratulates the engineers, lawyers, translators and others
who worked hard to consumate the Protocol.
  When you open the document, the first sentence reads, "NOTE:
Subject to final minor editorial review."  We understand, however,
that any changes to the text are likely to be extremely minor,
probably along the lines of inserting commas here and there.
  http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/76000.pdf
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  FM FREEZES ANNOUNCED
  The Media Bureau announces that it will not accept FM
commercial and noncommercial educational minor change applications
during the Auction No. 70 application filing window.  This window
will open on December 6, 2006, and close on December 19, 2006.
  The Media Bureau also announces a freeze, effective immediately,
on the filing of petitions to amend the FM Table of Allotments and
counterproposals that propose a change in channel, class, or
reference coordinates for any of the 121 vacant non-reserved band
FM allotments scheduled for Auction 70.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2277A1.doc
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  COPIES OF FULL FCC TEXTS AVAILABLE
  Re effects of communications towers on migratory birds:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-164A1.doc
  Declaring BPL to be an "information service":
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-165A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  ABC, Inc. has been cited by the FCC for having the top
level red beacon on a Philadelphia tower extinguished.  What
makes this case unusual is the following FCC comment:
  "The agent determined that the automatic indicator...located
at the studio of Television Station WPVI, was only capable of
registering a complete failure of all four levels of flashing red
obstruction lighting.  It was not capable of registering the
failure of a portion of the structure's red obstruction lighting.
Consequently, ABC, Inc. was not aware that the top level red
beacon was extinguished until it was notified by the Philadelphia
Office [of the FCC] at the time of the inspection."
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-268239A1.html
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  SAN CLEMENT PIRATE BUSTED
  An apparent pirate radio station on 106.9 MHz in San
Clemente, CA has been busted by the FCC.  Pirates that fall
under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles FCC field office
have a very short life span.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-268434A1.html
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  COPPER & CAPACITOR THIEVES ON THE LOOSE IN LOS ANGELES
  Just a heads-up to mention that the 1540 kHz KMPC site here
in Los Angeles, east of downtown, had large parts of its ground
system's underground copper strap "spine" stolen recently.  I
discovered the theft and a building break-in on Monday, 11/06/06,
upon routine inspection.
  Our old, de-commissioned, three tower phasor was in the
building that was broken into.  All the glass vacuum capacitors
were removed from the phasor and all the copper strap in the room
was stripped out.  We also had some old 3" hard line stolen,
maybe about 80 to 120 feet that was also de-commissioned.
  Recently, I became aware that 1260, KKGO (one of Burt Weiner's
clients) also had parts of their copper ground system stolen.
So, everyone, be aware of these thieves.  They appear to have
learned that where there is a tower site, there is copper.
  Mike Tosch, W6UWB, CWNA
  Director of Engineering, Owned & Operated Stations
  Vulcan Sports Media: KMPC Radio, WWZN Radio, WSNR Radio
  mtosch (at) vulcansportsmedia.com
  [It would be appreciated if other newsletters not connected
with the broadcast industry NOT publish this story.  No need to
put the "tower equals copper" equation into the spotlight.  -Ed.]
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  SATELLITE PINGS PICKED UP IN LA MESA
  Thought you might be interested in hearing the Doppler
signals received from space objects passing through the NAVSPASUR
"radar fence" transmitting at 216.98 MHz.  The MP3 file was
edited from maybe two hours of listening as there is a lot of
dead time between events.  [See CGC #645, "How the U.S. Navy
Keeps Track of Earth Orbiting Satellites."]
  The signals were received at my home in La Mesa using a
7-element 220 MHz Yagi antenna pointed east at an elevation of
about 30 deg and connected to 0.4 dB NF LNA feeding a home brew
direct conversion receiver.  Most of the signals are not strong
so you have to listen for them, but a few really stand out.
  Kerry Banke, N6IZW, kbanke (at) qualcomm.com
  http://www.ham-radio.com/sbms/sd/navspasurfence.htm
  P.S.  Many of our group's microwave projects are posted at:
  http://www.ham-radio.com/sbms/sd/projindx.htm
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                            RANDOM NOTES
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  TECH-NOTES #135 IS PUBLISHED (FINALLY)
  After a six month hiatus, Larry Bloomfield's Tech-Notes
is back in publication with another shiny new edition covering
anything and everything in broadcast engineering with an emphasis
on TV.  The 76 page newsletter is too long to be read on the Web
(pay attention Larry), but some of the articles are fascinating
like the "1-Pixel Camera" on page 46.  Here's a gadget that forms
complete two-dimensional images from a 1-pixel sensor thanks to a
very clever trick and some "deep new mathematics" developed just
a couple of years ago.
  Larry is using a new PDF generator to assemble his
newsletter, so there are a few glitches (like no page 64), but
overall the text and photos are sharp and clear and the
publication is chuck full of interesting stuff.
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/Archive/tech_notes_135.pdf
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  MOBILE DTV SYSTEM TESTED
  Using turbo-codes, a new type of modulation called
Advanced Vestigial Side-Band (A-VSB) makes mobile and portable
reception of DTV practical.  A-VSB is said to not interfere with
existing 8-VSB transmission technology; however, A-VSB pictures
"are of lower-resolution video suitable for viewing on PDAs or
cellphones, to be delivered alongside an HD broadcast within a
single TV channel."
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6388372.html
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  COPPS - FCC MUST ADDRESS BROADBAND "CRISIS" NOW
  Saying slow broadband speeds and a lack of access to
the Internet are having a dampening effect on the U.S. economy,
Democratic FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps is calling on his
agency to develop a strategy to cut prices and beef up
competition. "The solution to our broadband crisis must ultimately
involve public-private initiatives like those that built the
railroad, highway and telephone systems," he wrote in the
Washington Post.
  http://tinyurl.com/y2zfmm
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  WIRELESS BATTERY CHARGER PROPOSED FOR 6.4 MHZ
  Here is a novel approach to short-range wireless battery
charging.  However, RFR engineers will probably have quite a bit
to say about this system.
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6129460.stm
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANT OF INTEREST
  Experimental callsign WD2XSH has been issued to the American
Radio Relay League, Inc. (ARRL) for operation in the 505-510 kHz
band for testing.  Various fixed locations throughout the U.S.
have been authorized including Burbank, CA.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268437A1.doc
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  NEW SERVICE ENABLES TRACKING OF FRIENDS VIA GPS ON CELLPHONES
  A service called Loopt, launched recently in New York
City by Sprint/Nextel-subsidiary Boost Mobile, lets cellular
subscribers pinpoint the locations of friends who have agreed to
allow wireless tracking.  The service is priced at $2.99 monthly
and also sends an alert to a subscriber's cellphone whenever a
friend's phone is nearby.
  http://tinyurl.com/y4z7ll
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  LISTENING TO THE SUN
  HF radio waves on two separate RF frequencies are converted
to left and right audio for various kinds of solar storms thanks
to the efforts of the folks at Heliotown Website.  Check it out.
High speed Internet connection recommended.
  http://www.heliotown.com/Radio_Sun_Introduction.html
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  RUBEN'S TUBE
  The latest mod monitor for rock stations has arrived:
the Ruben's Tube.  Fireproof saw horses recommended.  Can
also be used as a real-time VSWR display.
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpovwbPGEoo
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  OBITUARY - LAST LIVING LINK TO ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL DIES
  She remembered her famous grandfather insisted that a
ringing telephone be answered with "Hoy, hoy" - a simple "Hello"
was considered to be very undignified.  Pediatrician Mabel
Grosvenor, granddaughter of Alexander Graham Bell, died late
last month in Nova Scotia at the age of 101.
  Although some say Bell hated the telephone, Mabel Grosvenor
said it wasn't true -- he hated being interrupted by it.  Mabel
was the daughter of Elsie Bell Grosvenor, the inventor's eldest
child, and Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, the first president and
longtime editor of National Geographic magazine.
  http://tinyurl.com/wbqob
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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
  GRANTED
  BMP-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 APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLED-20050207AAJ   KKJZ  8197   CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
                E   88.1 MHZ          LONG BEACH FOUNDATION
                                         LONG BEACH, CA
  License to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  MOTION TO DISMISS
  BPFT-19980812TD  980812TD  91370  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
               P   91.1 MHZ               PLACENTIA, CA
  CP NEW STATION: PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  Motion to Dismiss Applications filed 8/2/06 by ("KUSC")
  Erratum to Motion to Dismiss Application filed 8/4/06
  Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Applications filed 8/18/06
  by ("LWM")
  Reply to Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Applications filed
  8/28/06 by ("KUSC")
  Motion to Dismiss Unauthorized Amendment filed 11/3/06
  by ("KUSC")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20060627ABR   K220FR 76219  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
                E   91.9 MHZ               SIMI VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K220FR.
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/10/2006
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS (NON-MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE)
  CH-27 Yucca Valley
  CH-34 Banning
  CH-49 Palm Springs
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2291A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20060828ACF  KDUG-LP 128855 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
                 E   CHAN-21                HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KDUG-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20061102ABJ  KEYT-DT 60637  SMITH MEDIA LICENSE HOLDINGS..
                E    CHAN-27              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20060630ACN,
  callsign KEYT-TV.
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