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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #774
                  Wednesday, January 3, 2007
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CABLE TV RATES CLIMB 93% IN 10 YEARS
  In its just-released cable rate survey, the FCC
indicates that cable TV rates nearly doubled in the decade
between 1995 and 2005.  The FCC also announced the elimination
of its review of rates on a per-channel basis because cable
operators do not permit the a la carte purchase of channels.
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6402861.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269116A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-179A1.doc
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  FM MODULATOR STORIES
  The trade press indicates that gifts of satellite radios
have fallen into some disfavor (why give something that requires
the recipient to pay a monthly service fee?).  That concern
notwithstanding, the popularity of satellite radios continues
to grow, but interference to terrestrial radios from the old
high power FM modulators remains a serious concern.
  http://tinyurl.com/yzn4pt
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=10158
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  FCC WANTS PROTOTYPE TV BAND MINI-TRANSMITTERS FOR TESTING
  In October 2006, the FCC voted to permit the operation of
new low power transmitters in the television broadcast spectrum
on channels/frequencies that are not being used for authorized
services.  The Commission stated that it planned to conduct
testing to assess the interference potential of the low power
devices.  That moment has arrived.  The following public notice
invites interested parties to submit prototype TV band
transmitters to the Commission's Laboratory for testing.
  There has been some talk about requiring licenses for
these low power devices considering the problems associated
with FM modulators.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2571A1.doc
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  FCC ANNOUNCES BEGINNING OF 800 MHZ REBANDING IN WAVE 4
  The FCC has announced that the 800 MHz band reconfiguration
process for NPSPAC channels will start February 1, 2007 in the
NPSPAC regions assigned to Wave 4, including southern California.
The Commission also expects Wave 4 licensees within the Mexican
border area to commence negotiations and planning to the extent
that such activities are not dependent on receipt of relocation
frequency assignments.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2618A1.pdf
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  FCC SEEKS 700 MHZ COMMENTS
  The FCC is requesting comments on the implementation of
a nationwide, broadband, interoperable public safety network
in the 700 MHz band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269117A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-181A1.doc
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  CLEAR CHANNEL SALE
  The FCC has established a pleading cycle for the sale of
Clear Channel Communications.  The surviving corporation will
continue under the name "Clear Channel Communications, Inc."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2531A1.doc
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  PROPOSED 325(C) CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMIT
  This permit is for XHOCL, 99.3 MHz, Tijuana.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269140A1.pdf
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS OF INTEREST - CALIFORNIA
  o San Diego pirate, 106.9 MHz, $10,000 fine affirmed.
  o Palmdale pirate, 87.9 MHz, busted. Initial notification.
  o KNCR(AM), Fortuna, tentatively fined $4,000 for
broadcasting from an unauthorized site (two mile error).
  o KMLA(FM), El Rio, tentatively fined $4,000 for repeatedly
transmitting with about twice the authorized power.
  o KWRU(AM), Fresno, tentatively fined $10,000 for repeated
tower light failures without FAA notification.
  o Tower lighting violation in L.A. leads to tentative
$13,000 fine (Communications Relay Corporation).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2553A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269035A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269175A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269173A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269174A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-263337A1.html
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  TV & RADIO CONTINUE TO DOMINATE OUR LIVES
  According to the U.S. Census Bureau via Radio World, people
will spend the equivalent of 65 days in front of the TV, 41 days
listening to radio and a little over a week on the Internet in
2007. "Adults will spend about a week reading a daily newspaper
and teens and adults will spend another week listening to
recorded music."
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=10135
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  HDTV CRITICS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT COMPRESSION
  As the HDTV boom begins to take hold in the marketplace, some
critics have expressed concern over the very basic question of
picture quality as transmitted by cable and satellite.  The issue
revolves around overly-aggressive compression of picture data
resulting in a markedly degraded picture when fast motion is
involved.  As one observer put it, "I'd just be happy if HD
[via cable or satellite] consistently looked better than a
regular, standard-definition DVD."
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6400524.html
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  LIGHTNING STRIKE SILENCES MANY S. CALIF. VERIZON CUSTOMERS
  A bolt of lightning near Victorville on December 26 wiped
out a key fiber optic link relied upon by Verizon Communications'
wireless, wireline and high-speed Internet customers across a
region stretching from Lancaster to Mono County.
  http://www.dailynews.com/antelopevalley/ci_4910167
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  CODE-FREE HAM EXAMS MUST WAIT 30 DAYS
  The new code-free rules go into effect 30 days after
publication of the rule change in the Federal Register.
See the URL below, page 17, numbered paragraph 40.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-178A1.doc
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  NEW DX RECORD FOR 300+ GHZ
  A new DX record has been claimed for 300+ GHz "traditional RF"
operation.  Microwave enthusiasts Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, and Pete
Lascell, W4WWQ, in Virginia are claiming the record.
  The December 10 QSO on 322 GHz spanned 7.3 km (4.5 miles) and
was accomplished using slow-speed FSK CW and Spectran software.
"This latest QSO exceeds our former DX of 1.4 km (0.87 mile) as
well as makes a claim for best DX on any amateur frequency above
300 GHz, except for visible light" said Justin.  Other bands
above 47 GHz are also ripe for the picking when it comes to DX
and other firsts.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/06/1222/
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  MAJOR NEW U.S./CHINA FIBER ANNOUNCED
  Verizon Communications is teaming with five Asian phone
companies to build a $500 million undersea broadband cable network
connecting China with the U.S.  The cable will be able to support
the equivalent of 62 million simultaneous phone calls, more than
60 times the current capacity, Verizon said.
  http://tinyurl.com/vnbcn
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  THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM
  Scientists say that they have figured out the functions
of nearly all the component parts of a mysterious mechanical
gadget that was discovered a century ago in a 2,000-year-old
shipwreck.  The Antikythera Mechanism ("kyth" rhymes with "pith")
is a sophisticated analog computer for astronomical computations
consisting of 30 bronze gears, cryptic inscriptions and mechanical
read-out dials.  Students of the device have deemed it to be at
least 1,000 years more advanced than any other known mechanical
device of that era.
  http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061202/fob6.asp
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  LAST LOOK AT MT. WILSON FOR 2006
  Doug Herman noticed that the Webcam on the Mt. Wilson Solar
Tower was pointed toward the broadcast towers on Mt. Wilson on
the afternoon of December 31, 2006, and here is one of the 
beautiful images captured.  Happy New Year!
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/UCLA_Wilson_1.jpg
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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
  BP-20060322AAZ   KMPC 61647   ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
            E   1540 KHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendments filed 5/31 & 11/16/2006.
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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 OPPOSITION
  BPED-19940802MA  KSDS  58818  SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST..
             P   88.3 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Application for changes: 22 kW ERP (directional)
  [Intermediate wording deleted.  -Ed.]
  Application for Review filed 11/30/06 by (together, "Fox 6")
  Opposition to Application for Review filed 12/15/2006
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20061221AAO K220FR 76219  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
             E   91.9 MHZ              SIMI VALLEY, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20061220AAK   KCBS-FM   9612   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
                E   93.1 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20061220AAK   KCBS-FM   9612   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
                E   93.1 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000605ALE  NEW  124565  SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS
           E     93.5 MHZ       CHURCH OF LAGUNA NIGUEL
                                    LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Settlement Agreement filed 11/3/2003
  Petition to Deny filed 3/1/04
  OPPOSITION/RESPONSE TO PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/25/04
  REPLY FILED 4/8/04
  Petition to Deny Denied 12/20/2006
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20060109ABI KOCP-FM1 165421 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E  95.9 MHZ                AGOURA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later than
  30 days from the date of Public Notice 26154.
  Petition to Deny filed 2/6/06 by ("New Inspiration")
  Opposition to Petition to Deny filed 2/16/06 by ("Gold Coast")
  Petition to Deny Denied 12/18/2006
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  BNPFTB-20060109ABK KOCP-FM2 165763 GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                 E  95.9 MHZ             SANTA SUSANA, CA
  CP New Station.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 30 days from the date of Public Notice 26154.
  Petition to Deny filed 2/6/06 by ("New Inspiration")
  Opposition to Petition to Deny filed 2/16/06 by ("Gold Coast")
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/23/2006
  Petition to Deny Denied 12/18/2006
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTV-20061215AAN K59CD 19656  KSBY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-10           SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K59CD.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDVL-20061220ACJ K69JA 127901 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                 E   CHAN-10              BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign K69JA.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRCT-20060804AAM   KVMD  16729   KVMD LICENSEE CO., LLC
                E  CHAN-31          TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA
  Amendment filed 12/20/2006
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTT-20060331AEU K36GO  11534  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E  CHAN-36              MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601DA,
  callsign K67BH.
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