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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #773
                   Monday,  December 18, 2006
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  HIGHLY SECURE BROWSERS REQUIRED FOR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS TO FCC
  Persons making payments to the FCC by credit card over
the Internet are now required to use web browser software
which supports the 128-bit encryption standard.  Most current
browser software is 128-bit capable, and the majority of online
payers are already using such software.  Details at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2496A1.doc
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  FCC ELIMINATES MORSE CODE AMATEUR EXAMS
  Big news for Amateur Radio operators and aspiring hams.  On
December 15, 2006, the FCC ordered the Morse code requirement
eliminated for all classes of Amateur Radio license examinations.
According to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL):
  "Typically, the effective date of an FCC Order is 30 days
after it appears in the Federal Register.  If that's the case, the
Morse requirement...would likely not go into effect until late
January or early February 2007.  That's not clear from the public
notice, however.  The FCC can order its decision effective upon
release."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269012A1.doc
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2006/12/15/104/?nc=1
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  KIQQ(AM), Barstow, and KIQQ-FM, Newberry Springs:
tentatively fined $4,000 for public inspection file shortcomings.
  o  Busted: An alleged marketer of FM broadcast transmitters
(88-108 MHz) assembled from Ramsey kits (Santa Barbara).
  o  FM pirate radio busts abound (primarily out of state).
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-268886A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-268874A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  KUSC, 91.5 MHZ, LOS ANGELES, HAS AN EXCITING JOB OPENING
  Classical KUSC Radio is seeking a well-qualified Director
of Engineering & Operations to join its broadcast team.  The
successful applicant will be responsible for four automated FMs
in the greater southern California area, plus boosters and
C-Band uplink/downlink stations.
  For the specific job description and to apply on-line only,
visit:
  http://www.usc.edu/go/jobs
  o  To the left, click on "Search/Apply for a Job";
  o  Next page, Click on "Search openings";
  o  Then, just skip "Division, Location", etc.
     and scroll down to the "Requisition ID" field;
  o  Enter Requisition ID as 23766 and hit the Search button.
  If you have any questions after studying the material,
please send e-mail to bkapp (at) kusc.org.
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  PIRATE NOTES
  One reader believes that the Catalina Pirate (CGC #763 & 764)
was off the air when FCC agents arrived.  The pirate was possibly
tipped off that an inspection was about to occur.  If the pirate
was off the air as claimed, the FCC is not likely to generate a
report.  Pirates usually have to be caught red handed.
  Last week under a story entitled "CLARIFICATION," we
speculated that two alleged pirate stations near Arnold, CA
may be legally authorized FM translators.  Now, a broadcast
engineer states that incredible shenanigans have been going
on, that the stations involved were high powered devices (NOT
the authorized translators) and that both of the illegal stations
were shut down following a very recent FCC investigation.  We'll
wait for the official FCC paperwork to determine the
Commission's findings in this unusual case.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  800 MHZ SIGNAL BOOSTERS CAUSE WIDESPREAD INTERFERENCE
  Cellphone signal boosters (some of which are bi-directional
amplifiers or "BDAs") are devices designed to bring cellular
coverage into shadow zones or inside buildings that are shielded
from line-of-sight service.  Unfortunately, boosters are now
being purchased by consumers and are often set up incorrectly,
resulting in self-oscillation interference to the 800 MHz band
which contains public safety communications.
  So serious is the growing cancer of booster oscillations
that an FCC rule change seems essential to stem the tide.
Following is a sample interference case and a Petition for Rule
Making from Bird Technologies Group.  Why the FCC has not acted
on this public safety issue is unknown.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267221A1.pdf
  http://www.rfsolutions.com/bird-fcc.pdf
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  NAB SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
  NAB is accepting nominations for the 2007 Engineering
Achievement Awards, presented each year to individuals for their
accomplishments in the broadcast industry.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=10107
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  "BAIT CARS" CONTRIBUTE TO INCREASE IN ARRESTS
  In Arlington County, a Virginia man whose Jeep was stolen
and recovered twice has donated the car to the County so it
can be equipped with high-tech gear and deployed as a "bait car."
Outfitted with GPS, audio/video gear and a remote disabling
feature, bait cars automatically transmit an alert when a thief
steals the car.  Dispatchers then monitor the vehicle's location,
and as soon as officers are in position, the dispatchers disable
the engine and lock the doors.  Thief caught.  Case closed.
Works almost every time.
  In 2002, when the bait car program began, 676 cars were
stolen in Arlington.  Because of the success of the program,
this year the number should be down to about 350.
  http://tinyurl.com/y2ykeu
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  A WONDERFUL INTERNET JUKEBOX - OLDIES SORTED BY YEAR
  You can't believe how good this Juke Box is.  - Red Blanchard.
  http://www.tropicalglen.com/
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  FINAL NEWSLETTER FOR 2006
  This is the final CGC Communicator newsletter for 2006.
Please hold your letters over the Holidays...and Happy Holidays!
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFT-20060124AAS  K216EM  88940  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               E   91.1 MHZ                 ARCADIA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/08/2006
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  BPFT-19981001TA  981001TA  91759   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
              E    91.9 MHZ                SUN VALLEY, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/08/2006
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20060410AES   KLOS  35078  RADIO LICENSE HOLDING XII, LLC
               E   95.5 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  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-20060314ADU   K257DV  146520   ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
               E    99.3 MHZ       D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                       TWENTY-NINE PALMS, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPL-20060921ADJ   KHHS-LP  124381   HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
               E   107.5 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/25/2006
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTVL-20060928ALV KCWQ-LP 130100 GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO...
                 E  CHAN-2               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTVL-20000804AEF,
  callsign KCWQ-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL
  APPLICATION GRANT RESCINDED
  BRTT-20060810AMJ  K15FC  43809  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-15                JOSHUA TREE, CA
  Renewal of License.
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  BRTT-20060810AMK  K17GJ  43816  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-17                JOSHUA TREE, CA
  Renewal of License.
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  BRTT-20060810AML  K21GR  43826  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-21                JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA
  Renewal of License.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTTA-20060925AGZ  KNET-LP  3167  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                E    CHAN-25              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTA-20031125AFD,
  callsign KNET-LP.
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  PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR CH-47
  The following television translator or low power television
  application has been accepted for filing.  This application
  is not mutually exclusive with other LPTV and TV Translator
  applications.  Petitions to deny (if any) must be filed
  very soon.
  CH-47, Santa Barbara, for Entravision Holdings, LLC
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-268948A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  DISPLACEMENT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTTL-20061211AAO  KSDX-LP  22162  KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                   E   CHAN-62           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSDX-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20060912AAQ  KTAV-LP 6791  ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK..
                  E   CHAN-69               ALTADENA, CA
  Modification of construction permit...number BPTTL-20060707AFJ
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