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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #771
                   Tuesday,  December 5, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  A DIFFERENT TYPE OF PIRATE: ALLEGED IDENTITY THEFT
  Seems like people will try anything, even taking over an
FM Construction Permit by identity theft.  This case involves
two applicants for a new FM CP in Merrill, Oregon.  The
applicants are Cove Road Publishing, LLC and Fatima Response, Inc.
  According to the FCC, the original Fatima Response corporation
("FRI 1") dissolved and was apparently replaced by a completely
different group attempting to step into FRI 1's shoes by using the
same name of the prior corporation.  This replacement organization
the FCC calls "FRI 2."  The FCC sums it up this way:
  "The clear indication is that the principals of FRI 2
merely formed a new corporation using the same name as a prior
corporation that had been dissolved, and sought to replace the
original Merrill applicant, FRI 1, with their newly formed but
identically named corporation, allowing them to stand in the
shoes of the pending FRI 1 applicant before the Commission."
  As a result of this finding, the FCC dismissed the FRI 2
application leaving Cove Road Publishing to inherit the CP.
This is certainly not the first instance of broadcast station
identify theft, and one reader points out that the same sort
of thing may now be underway in Firebaugh, CA.
  http://tinyurl.com/yggfae
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  AM & FM RULE CHANGES ADOPTED
  The FCC has issued a Report & Order (R&O) accomplishing
in part the following:
  o  modifying the FM Table of Allotments so it shows only
vacant allotments,
  o  listing only in the Media Bureau's Consolidated Data
Base System (CDBS) the full-power non-commercial band FM
facilities that already occupy allotments,
  o  making changes of community of license for commercial
full-power AM standard band and commercial and non-commercial
educational FM broadcast stations a MINOR modification (subject
to procedural requirements), and
  o  permitting the electronic filing of FM allocation proposals
(the Commission is also lifting the current freeze on the filing
of new petitions to amend the FM Table of Allotments).
  There are more rule changes too; the complete R&O is posted at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-163A1.doc
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  SOME BPL OPERATORS GRANTED EXPERIMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS
  Certain BPL operators have been granted Experimental
authorizations by the FCC.  Locally, San Diego Gas & Electric
Company (SDG&E) has been granted an Experimental license to cover
its BPL testing.  The FCC's summary of the grant reads as follows:
  "WD2XZO   San Diego Gas & Electric Company   0479-EX-PL-2006
New experimental to operate in 1.7-80 MHz to test Broadband on
Power Lines (BPL) Mobile:  San Diego Gas & Electric Service
Territory, CA at temporary fixed locations."
  According to an industry observer, some of the BPL models
being tested are not yet FCC Certificated, so SDG&E must operate
under an Experimental authorization.  However, the fact that
Experimental BPL licenses are being granted suggests that there
is still work to be done to get BPL to the point where it is a
fully commercially viable technology.  The issuance of
Experimental licenses will probably not help the electric
utility industry feel that this is the time to invest in BPL.
  The first Web address below takes you to the FCC's summary
of SDG&E's grant (as quoted above).  The second URL links to
OET's Generic Search page.  Just insert the call sign - WD2XZO -
and hit the "Start Search" button to be taken to a new page
where you can click on various icons to view SDG&E's "Current"
application, the FCC's "Grant" of same, etc.  The final URL has
information about nearly all of the BPL trials going on in the
US, including contact information for the BPL manufacturers
and utilities.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268724A1.doc
  https://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/cf/els/reports/GenericSearch.cfm
  http://p1k.arrl.org/~ehare/bpl/ex2.html
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  $10,000 MT. WILSON RFR FINES UPHELD
  Action by FCC Memorandum Opinion & Order (MO&O).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-173A1.doc
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  $10,000 RFR FINE FOR KZTQ(FM), CARSON CITY, NV UPHELD
  Action by FCC Memorandum Opinion & Order (MO&O).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-174A1.doc
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  MISCELLANEOUS FCC INSPECTION ITEMS
  The FCC inspection of WSNR(AM) in New Jersey is interesting
because it hits on a variety of FCC rule compliance issues that
we all need to watch.  Here are the tentative rule violations
found at WSNR:
  o  EAS Operating Handbook not available as required,
  o  EAS Test Script (spoken announcement) not transmitted as
     part of the RMT (the incoming WABC LP-1 test was correct),
  o  remote transmitter metering inaccurate,
  o  more than 14 months between successive transmitter RF proofs,
  o  RF spurs not down 80 dB as required,
  o  missing written designation of the chief operator, and
  o  logs not dated and signed after inspecting on a weekly basis.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-268625A1.html
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  ENGINEER LOOKING FOR WORK
  Zlatko Jambrovic, who is from Croatia but resides in
Carlsbad, CA, is looking for work.  Zlatko is a graduate of
the University of Zagreb in Electrical Engineering and believes
that he would fit into most broadcast environments nicely.  He
speaks English and is available now.  Zlatko's resume is Web-
posted at the URL below:
  http://food.nzstar.net/resume.htm
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  DID THE KFI TOWER PREDATE THE FULLERTON AIRPORT?
  Reader Question:  I was just wondering -- curiosity.  What
was there first, the airport at Fullerton or the KFI(AM) tower?
  Answer from Marv Collins, past CE of KFI:  For a long time
I assumed that KFI was there first.  But after the tower was
knocked down I did some Google searching and found some history
of the Fullerton airport.  The history shows that the beginnings
of the airport can be traced to a farmer's field where planes
landed back in the twenties.  This would have been prior to
KFI building its transmitter starting about 1930.  Bottom line:
the airport was there first.
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  ROAD CLOSURE IN THE SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS
  Effective immediately [11/29/06], due to road damage, Maple
Springs Road in Silverado Cyn. will be closed until further
notice.  At this time we are not sure when the road repairs
will be completed, but will notify you when it is opened again.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
  Jake Rodriguez, Trabuco Ranger Dist., Cleveland National Forest
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  THE HISTORY OF BROADCAST (AND HAM RADIO) INVOLVEMENT IN THE
  ROSE PARADE AND ROSE BOWL
  Larry Bloomfield has compiled a magnificent Web-magazine
(a 60 page, 11 MB pdf document) chronicling the history of
broadcast and ham radio involvement in the Tournament of Roses
(Bowl & Parade).  This document is an absolute classic and
well worth studying carefully.  Many very rare pictures
are included.
  Visit http://www.tech-notes.tv and click on "Current Edition."
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  MISCELLANEOUS STORIES
  Improving the palette of colors on TV:
  http://tinyurl.com/we8ke
  KRLA(AM) boosts daytime power from 20 to 50 kW
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=10053
  Feedback re MIT's proposal for short-range wireless power
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1476
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  HD RADIO REPORT
  Here is how HD Radio is starting to play out according to
TwinCities.Com (Pioneer Press), and how a short-term $99 HD Radio
receiver offer at Radio Shack met with success:
  http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/16111170.htm
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=10032
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  ANOTHER QUANTUM LEAP
  The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines "teleportation"
as "the act or process of moving an object or person by
psychokinesis."  In science, however, the word teleportation is
used more broadly.  Various teams of physicists have demonstrated
teleportation of quantum states between objects of the same kind
(for example, the polarization of one photon's electromagnetic
field being transferred to another photon at a distance) in
numerous experiments since 1998.
  Scientific teleportation appears to have taken another leap
forward by transmitting quantum states between atoms and light.
"This is the first case of successful teleportation between
objects of a different nature" - namely, photons of energy and
atoms of matter, says study coauthor Ignacio Cirac of the Max
Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany.  When
objects are "entangled" in the quantum physics sense as they
are here, changes to the quantum state of one object immediately
affect the other object, no matter how distant the objects are
separated.  It's instant narrowcasting if you will.
  We are still far from teleporting people, but the newly
demonstrated quantum effect is an important breakthrough if
confirmed.  The work was reported in the Oct. 5 Nature and our
report relied on the synopsis appearing in Science News; the
articles are available only to subscribers.
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  SLIDE SHOW FROM THE BLACK & WHITE TV DAYS, THEME SONGS INCLUDED
  URL courtesy of Tony Abbott.
  http://objflicks.com/WhenLifewasInBlack&White.htm
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  SUSPECTED COPPER THIEF GETS A CHARGE FROM HIS WORK
  Police say a man trying to steal copper wire from a vacant
building shorted out power to downtown San Bernardino a week ago
and nearly electrocuted himself, suffering second and third degree
burns to 45% of his body.  The power outage left many Southern
California Edison customers in the dark for over an hour, and
several people were stranded in elevators for a short time.
The suspected copper thief was taken to the hospital.
  http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_4737738
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              AM, FM & TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  No local AM, FM or TV engineering applications or actions
  were posted by the FCC since last week's newsletter.  That
  is unusual, but a nice change of pace.
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