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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #775
                    Monday,  January 8, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  * MT. WILSON POWER REDUCTIONS SET FOR MONDAY THRU WEDNESDAY *
  Power reductions will be required for a number of Mt. Wilson
stations this Monday through Wednesday, January 8-10, 2007, from
9 AM to 4 PM each day to facilitate tower work.  ALL STATIONS
operating within 600 feet of the American Tower facility at the
Post Office could be on the list for reductions.  If you did not
see the notice and spreadsheet published via the Mt. Wilson
Users E-Mail Reflector, please contact Ken Brown immediately:
mailto:kbrown@kjla.com.
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  BROADCASTERS/CABLE IN SHOWDOWN OVER CABLE COSTS
  In an FCC filing, the NAB has charged the cable industry
with trying to "pass the buck" to broadcasters by blaming a
10-year rise in cable rates on hikes in retransmission fees.
The NAB filing said a lack of competition in the cable industry
was the cause of rising prices.
  In reply, the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn.
criticized the FCC price study - which cited a 93% rise in cable
prices since 1995 - and said there was growing competition in
the video marketplace.
  http://tinyurl.com/y29p96
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  MEDIA BUREAU RELEASES INTERNAL REPORTS AND STUDIES
  The FCC's Media Bureau has released copies of all studies
and reports, draft or final, regarding media ownership, minority
ownership, and localism and related issues that were worked on
over the past several years.  These previously confidential
documents have been made public because of explosive political
pressure and the FCC's current reconsideration of the media
ownership rules.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269271A1.doc
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  EMERGENCY INFO MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE BY CLOSED CAPTIONING
  Here is an important reminder from the FCC concerning
Closed Captioning obligations and tips for stations to avoid
lapses in compliance:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2627A1.doc
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  COMMISSIONERS ISSUE STATEMENTS ON THE AT&T/BELLSOUTH MERGER
  This is long but interesting reading from official sources
concerning the AT&T/Bellsouth merger and the conditions imposed
thereon (such as Net Neutrality):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A2.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A3.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A4.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A5.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTION OF INTEREST
  KWRD(AM), Texas, fined $8,000 for EAS operational unreadiness.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-4A1.doc
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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  ASSISTANT NEEDED
  Larry Bloomfield, Editor of Tech-Notes and creator/host of
the Taste of NAB Road Show, is looking for a technical assistant.
The job details are here:
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/2007/RoadShowAssistant.pdf
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                        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  PIRATE STATUS: FREE RADIO SAN DIEGO ("FRSD")
  Q.  Do you have any insight as to why the [San Diego FCC
field office] seems to be okay with pirate radio 96.9 MHz?  It
is truly amazing to me that FRSD just continues to flaunt the
FCC with their illegal broadcasts and our local enforcement
office seems to look the other way.
  Perhaps the pirates really have a great attorney and the
FCC doesn't want to tangle with them.  I just don't get it.
FRSD's website now has pictures of their 4th anniversary party.
I've been in the broadcast business for over 35 years and I've
never seen anything like this.   - Jim Hancock
  A.  Four years of unlicensed broadcasting is incredible,
but the following hot-off-the-press Notice of Apparent Liability
(NAL) is apparently putting immense pressure on Free Radio.
According to your follow up e-mail, FRSD went dark as of
(approximately) New Year's Day.  Looks like the NAL - going after
the transmitter property owner - did the trick.  However, FRSD's
Website indicates that the pirate is looking for yet another
transmitter site, so the cycle may repeat itself.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269283A1.html
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  THE ARNOLD PIRATES - BUILT BY A LICENSED BROADCASTER?
  The CGC Communicator is continuing to track allegations
concerning two unauthorized high power FM stations that have
been operating near Arnold, CA for over a year.  Both stations
(104.5 and 106.7 MHz) reportedly went dark in early December
2006 following an inspection by the FCC's San Francisco office.
See CGC #770, 772 & 773 for background information.
  What makes this case unusual is that the pirate may in fact
be a licensed broadcaster.  The FCC report on this case could
be a blockbuster if the allegations are true.  Stay tuned.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  MP3 PLAYERS DOMINATE THE AUDIO LANDSCAPE
  According to the Consumer Electronics Association in a
press release dated January 5, 2007, MP3 players continue to drive
the audio market.  CEA projects that MP3 players will account for
90 percent of the $6 billion in revenues for the portable audio
entertainment market in 2007.  Thirty-four million MP3 players
were shipped in 2006 and an additional 41 million are expected
to ship in 2007.  HD Radio is not even on the radar scope.
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  VERIZON WIRELESS SET TO LAUNCH MOBILE-TV SERVICE
  Verizon Wireless is expected to debut its long-awaited live
mobile-television service this week at the Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas.  At least three broadcast networks have
reportedly agreed to provide programming.  Verizon is using
Qualcomm's MediaFLO video distribution system.  "The video and
the resolution look incredible," according to one media
executive who has seen the system, a prototype of which was
on display at last year's NAB Convention in Las Vegas.
  http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6404396.html?display=Breaking+News
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  ULTRA-WIDEBAND (UWB) TECHNOLOGY COMES TO AN AUTOMOBILE
  UWB technology holds the potential to cause widespread
interference to the electromagnetic spectrum, so it is
somewhat surprising to find DaimlerChrysler demonstrating
a Mercedes-Benz R500 enabled with the ability to wirelessly
stream high-definition video live via UWB.  FCC permission
to use UWB was not discussed in the following article, so
the entire subject deserves some careful research.  Perhaps
you will be the one to do it - just let us know the results
if you do (100 words or less please).
  http://www.telematicsjournal.com/printtopstory.jsp?id=1739
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  DHS CHIEF SETS GOAL OF METROPOLITAN INTEROPERABILITY BY 2009
  Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland
Security, has released a voluminous report on the nation's
efforts to achieve public safety interoperable communications,
and pledged to get the job done in 75 metropolitan areas within
two years.
  The San Diego region was one of only six to receive the
highest scores in the categories of Governance, Standard Operating
Procedures and Usage, with the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area
falling short only in Governance.  Two articles, Scorecard, and
Report (170 pages).
http://tinyurl.com/n9xqr
http://wid.ap.org/documents/dhs.pdf 
http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/grants-scorecard-report-010207.pdf
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070103/news_1m3disaster.html
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  SAN DIEGO COUNTY ABLE TO TRACK CELLULAR 911 CALLERS
  San Diego County is one of the 69% of California counties to
have fully implemented Phase II enhanced wireless 911, enabling
emergency call takers to track the locations of cellular callers.
Nationwide, about 80 percent of the U.S. population resides in
areas served by Phase II 911 systems, according to a report by
the National Emergency Number Association.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070103/news_1b3phone.html
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  STEALTH "SAIL" CELLPHONE TOWER PLANNED FOR I-5 AT OCEANSIDE
  The City of Oceanside's Arts Commission and Planning
Commission will likely have a strong say on Crown Castle's idea
for the redesign of a gangly cellular mast near the junction of
Interstate 5 and State Route 78.  In an effort to disguise the
tower and make it less unsightly, consideration is being given
to a design that would include huge, simulated sails intended
to complement the city's nautical look.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070104/news_1mi4cell.html
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  HOW TO TAKE M.I.T. COURSES FOR FREE
  By the end of this year, the contents of all 1,800
courses taught at M.I.T. - one of the world's most prestigious
universities - will be available online to anyone in the world,
anywhere in the world.  Learners won't have to register for the
classes, and everyone is accepted.  The cost?  It's absolutely
free.
  The M.I.T. site (second URL below), along with companion
sites that translate the material into other languages, now
averages about 1.4 million visits per month from learners in
every single country on the planet including Iraq, Darfur,
and even Antarctica.  M.I.T. hears from its online students all
the time with inspirational stories about how they are using
these materials to change their lives.  The students are
really, really motivated.
  http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0104/p13s02-legn.html
  http://ocw.mit.edu
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  TIP FOR YOUR NEWS DEPARTMENT
  This Website features clear images of the front pages of
today's newspapers from around the world.  A very impressive
site; thanks to Helen Jones for the link:
  http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/
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  OFF TOPIC - READER LETTER
  I've been a CGC subscriber for a number of months now [and]
from time to time I've seen someone suggest a link subscribers
might enjoy, and boy do I have one.  I don't want to give away
too much but suffice it to say...this guy's talent is stunning.
In fact, many people have told me they found this video very
powerful to watch and one person told me it brought a tear
to their eye.
  Best wishes for a safe and Happy 2007!
  David Manzi, SW Regional Manager, Family Stations, Inc.
  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4776181634656145640
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FOUR AM APPLICATIONS FILED FOR LEMON GROVE
  A sharp eyed CGC Communicator reader calls our attention to
four full time/full power AM applications that have been filed
for Lemon Grove, CA.  All apps are by Christyahna Broadcasting,
Inc. for 780, 1400, 1490 and 1600 kHz.  All are in the 250 to
1,000 watt range.  Use the URL below to view a summary of the
apps.  Click on the word "NEW" to see the details of any one
app.  Were these applications ever put on public notice?
  http://tinyurl.com/ylotct
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                FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BPFT-19980812TD  980812TD  91370  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   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")
  Engineering Amendments filed 6/30, 8/2 & 9/29/2006.
  Dismissed per applicant's request 12/28/2006.  No letter sent.
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  BPFT-19980812TF  980812TF  91364   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   91.1 MHZ                EL SEGUNDO, CA
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  Motion to Dismiss Applications filed 8/2/06 by ("KUSC")
  Erratum to Motion to Dismiss Applications filed 8/4/06
  Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Applications filed 8/18/06 by
  ("LWM") and ("LWCI")
  Reply to Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Applications filed
  8/28/06 by ("KUSC")
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/08/2005
  Dismissed per applicant's request 12/28/2006.  No letter sent.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20061229AAK   KBEH-DT  56384   BELA TV, LLC
                  E   CHAN-24           OXNARD, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19991028AEN,
  callsign KBEH.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20061227AAQ KNLZ-LP  128324 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E    CHAN-30              FOREST FALLS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KNLZ-LP.
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