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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #770
                 Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                    <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
  Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  KEVIN MARTIN CONFIRMED TO SECOND TERM AS COMMISSIONER/CHAIRMAN
  The Senate has confirmed President Bush's renomination of
Kevin Martin to another five-year term on the FCC where Martin
currently serves as Chairman.  Martin pledged to "...continue
to work to provide a regulatory environment that promotes com-
petition and drives investment and innovation while protecting
consumers and promoting public safety."
  http://tinyurl.com/ujsz9
  http://tinyurl.com/ymqsk7
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  BROADCASTERS INTERVENE TO SUPPORT ARRL IN BPL COURT APPEAL
  The Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) and
the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have filed a joint
motion for leave to intervene in support of the American Radio
Relay League (ARRL) in its court appeal of the FCC's Broadband
over Power Line (BPL) rules.
  MSTV and NAB believe that the regulations under review are
arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law, and will adversely
impact their members by, among other things, permitting unlicensed
users of radio spectrum to interfere with licensed uses of the
spectrum.  See the third story at:
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/06/1117/
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  PRESS RELEASE ON THE NEW U.S./MEXICAN 700 MHZ PROTOCOL
  "Responding to the urgent need for reliable and inter-
operable communications in the U.S.-Mexico border area, senior
telecommunications officials of both countries recently signed a
spectrum sharing agreement to support first responders and other
state and local public safety organizations.  The agreement also
supports the operations of commercial entrepreneurs who are ex-
pected to deploy advanced wireless services along the border...."
  The press release (below) is a companion to the full-text
document linked in the last CGC Communicator.
  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2006/76263.htm
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  UNUSUAL EAS CODE COMING WEDNESDAY
  This Wednesday, November 29, at or about 12:10 PST, the
National Weather Service is scheduled to originate a second test
of the EAS Code "ADR" over NOAA Weather Radio.  This is reportedly
in preparation for the launch of "HazCollect" in 2007 (see the
first URL below).
  The bottom line is that those of you using Weather Radio
as an EAS input source should contact your local EAS section
chairman if more information is needed.  The first ADR test
actually came about 30 minutes after the "approximate" launch
time, so the time on this next test could slide as well.
  The ADR code was involved in the "Charter Incident" whereby
a closed circuit EAS message was improperly broadcast to the
public in Riverside County and caused widespread alarm.  See
the second URL under the "EAS MATTERS" banner for specific
information on that event.  Hopefully this event will be
totally benign.
  http://www.weather.gov/os/hazcollect/
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2006/cgc751.htm
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  STATUS REPORT ON REPLACING THE FALLEN KFI TOWER
  Almost two years after the main KFI(AM) tower collapsed
as a result of an aircraft accident (CGC #664), the tower has
yet to be rebuilt and the station is still broadcasting from
a short auxiliary tower.  KFI is authorized to operate on
640 kHz with 50,000 watts of power and is non-directional day
and night.
  The proposed height of the replacement tower has been
reduced from 760 to 684 feet and Clear Channel, the owner,
has agreed to add flashing white lights during the day to
supplement flashing red lights at night according to the
Orange County Register.  Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman, is
quoted as saying, "The critical point is that they legally
have the right to rebuild that tower and we're doing all we
can to ensure it's safe."  That conclusion, however, has
angered Fullerton pilots and airport officials.
  http://tinyurl.com/wxhup
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  FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON 10-YEAR OLD RULES
  As part of routine housekeeping mandated by law, over the
next year the FCC will be reviewing rules adopted by the agency
in calendar year 1996 which have, or might have, a significant
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.  The
purpose of the review is to determine whether such rules should
be continued without change, or be amended, or rescinded.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1863A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM #1
  After the FCC inspects a facility and finds required EAS
equipment uninstalled, it helps to install it.  When the FCC
returns weeks later and finds the equipment still not installed
or made operational, that may ultimately cost you $8,000 if you
are Eagle West Communications, a CATV operator in Mesa, Arizona.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-268423A1.html
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEM #2
  Communications Specialists, Inc. has tentatively been fined
$7,000 for marketing its PT-1 "Petlocator" transmitter which is
used to track pets, children and model airplanes.  The FCC found
that the PT-1 substantially exceeded the radiated emission limits
set forth in Section 15.209 of the Rules, and the device
reportedly transmitted continuously which was a violation of
Rule 15.231.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2350A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - SELECTED ITEM #3
  The FCC has issued a cease and desist notice to the property
owner associated with a 106.9 MHz pirate station in San Clemente,
CA.  The pirate allegedly had a field strength that was 1,000
times too high for unlicensed operation, meaning that the power
was 1,000 squared or 1,000,000 times too high.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-268434A1.html
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TWO POWERFUL PIRATES GOING STRONG IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
  In CGC #769 you mentioned, "Pirates that fall under the
jurisdiction of the Los Angeles FCC field office have a very
short life span."
  I have to tell you, here in N. California, it is just the
opposite.  We have two pirate stations (104.5 and 106.7 MHz)
on the air from a very high mountain running several kW ERP
each with one beamed toward Modesto and the other beamed toward
Stockton.  The programming is simulcast.  In fact, the S.F. FCC
office has not addressed either station.  The 106.7 has been on
the air over a year and a half, the 104.5 went on the air this
last summer.  I wish the L.A. office was here....
  [Name withheld upon request.]
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  MORE COPPER VANISHES
  Approximately 70' of 3" Heliax line has been removed from
the KVYB 103.3 transmitter site.  The coax was on the ground,
and appears that it was snatched from under the fence.  If it
looks like copper, hide it!
  JD Strahler, Nov. 22, 2006, jd.strahler (at) cumulus.com
  [KVYB's transmitter is located on Santa Ynez Peak about
18 miles WNW of Santa Barbara.  -Ed.]
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NPR EVALUATES HD RADIO RECEIVERS
  Note the Summary at page bottom for a quick overview.
  http://tinyurl.com/yc9d7u
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  THE BALLISTIC DEFLECTION TRANSISTOR (A SERIOUS ARTICLE)
   A new transistor from the University of Rochester
should produce far less heat and run far faster than standard
transistors because it does not start and stop the flow of its
electrons the way conventional transistors do.  The new device
resembles a roadway intersection except in the middle of the
intersection sits a triangular block.
  From the "south" an electron is fired.  As it approaches the
crossroads, it passes through an electrical field that pushes the
electron slightly east or west.  When the electron reaches the
middle of the intersection, it bounces off one side of the
triangular block and is deflected straight along either the east
or west roads.  If the electron travels along the east road, it
is counted as a zero, and as a one if it travels down the west
road.
  The device is super speedy (expected to run in the terahertz
range) and efficient because it does not start and stop the flow
of its electrons as mentioned earlier.  It's a true "digital
transistor" if you will, and it just might become the next big
thing in electronics.
  http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=2585
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  MINI-FM TRANSMITTERS TO BE LEGALIZED IN THE UK
  UK media regulator Ofcom recently announced that the use
of certain low power FM transmitters, which wirelessly connect
MP3 players and other personal audio devices to radios and
in-car entertainment systems, will be legal for use in the UK
starting December 8, 2006.  The regulations will also remove
the need for a Citizens Band radio license, reducing the
administrative and cost burden for around 20,000 licensees
using these short-range transmitters.
  http://blogs.rnw.nl/medianetwork/?p=6601
  http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/exemption/statement/
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  MODEL AIRCRAFT: A LARGE REMOTE-CONTROLLED B-52
  Imagine a remote-controlled model B-52 bomber with a 22-
foot wingspan.  The eight miniature jet engines are said to
cost $1,500 each and multiple pilots are required to control
the beast.  Think the pilots were a bit nervous during the
maiden flight?  Check out the test flight video at the link
below.
  http://www.mcgirt.net/RC/VIDEOS/Giant_B52/B52_flight2.wmv
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  METEOR PINGS - LISTEN LIVE
  Listen to meteor pings (and other spooky effects) live
on your computer thanks to the dedicated effort of Stan Nelson
in Roswell, New Mexico.  (This tip courtesy of D. Ramos)
  http://www.roswellastronomyclub.com/radio_meteors.htm
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20060322AAZ    KMPC  61647   ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
             E    1540 KHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/16/2006
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20061117ACW    KWIE  25809     KWIE, LLC
               E    96.1 MHZ       SAN JACINTO, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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-20061114ACC  KWBB-LP  124259  CALVARY CHAPEL OF BIG BEAR
              E   103.5 MHZ             BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20061102ACA  KCAQ 25092  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E  104.7 MHZ              OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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                   TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLCT-20061017ABE  KMIR-TV  16749  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
                E    CHAN-36                PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of license: BLCT-19901207KE, callsign KMIR-TV.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BDISDTL-20060403ASB K69JA  127901  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                  E  CHAN-50                BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign K69JA.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20060707AFG  K55KD  52216  ALMAVISION HISPANIC NETWORK,...
                E   CHAN-55               VAN NUYS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55KD.
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/12/2006
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