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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #777
                   Tuesday,  January 23, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH INCLUDING A CLUSTER PIRATE OPERATION
  The New York District FCC Office, Northeast Region, has
issued a Citation to Dave Yogesh of Wayne, NJ for operating
a Part 15 amplifier "on the roof of your residence" that
caused interference to a Sprint cell site.  (This sounds like
a self-oscillating UHF-TV antenna preamplifier, but the
Citation did not say.)
  In other news, two pirate FM stations have allegedly
been found at the same street address in New Jersey - and
one at a different address - but all were at properties
owned or operated by East Orange Management, LLC which
received three FCC Notice of Unlicensed Operation letters.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269485A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269490A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269491A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-269492A1.html
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  MORE FCC ENFORCEMENT ITEMS
  The San Diego FCC field office has been very busy lately
with more than just the elimination of the 96.9 MHz pirate
signal reported in CGC #775.  Two more actions by their
office follow:
  o  KQTL(AM), serving Sahuarita, Arizona, has been issued
a $4,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for failing to maintain
a complete public inspection file.  Specifically, there was no
copy of the current ownership report and no quarterly Issues/
Program lists since the renewal of the station's license on
September 26, 2005.  KQTL's General Manager advised the San Diego
agent that he did not know where these items could be found.
  o  KEVT(AM) in Cortaro, Arizona, has been issued an
$8,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for failing to ensure the
operational readiness of the station's EAS equipment.  The
equipment was installed, but no RMTs were received or
retransmitted from the first and second local primary stations
("LP-1" and "LP-2") over the 10 months of records reviewed.
In addition, no RWTs were received from the LP-2 over an even
longer period of time.  The EAS logs also indicated that
numerous RWTs were not transmitted in 2006.  The CE is said
to have acknowledged that the KEVT EAS equipment may have
been having technical problems.
  The San Diego FCC field office covers a large geographical
area.  It is responsible for enforcement activities in San
Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties in California, and
for the entire state of Arizona.
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  KEVIN DOUGLASS IS OFF TO HAWAII
  Kevin Douglass, former Director of Engineering for Clear
Channel, San Diego, has accepted the position of Chief Engineer
for H. Hawaii Media, based in Lihu'e, Kaua'i, Hawaii.
  Kevin writes, "This company is about as un-corporate as
possible and fully intends to stay that way.  (Which I find
remarkably refreshing...)  We currently have four stations
on the air on three islands, with more coming soon.  I'm
responsible for all technical operations and, as you might
suspect, am racking up a lot of flight segments.  It's a
tough gig, but someone has to do it... :>)"
  Kevin's current edress is <kddinsd (at) sbcglobal.net>.
Congratulations Kevin!
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  HD RADIO PRODUCTS AT CES
  "I go to the CES show in person and see the new digital
receivers first-hand, before broadcasters see them at the
April NAB.  I thought I'd share some of my impressions as well
as comments from radio engineers and transmission manufacturer
reps I ran into in the exhibit halls at the big show, which
recently wrapped up...."
  From Radio World's "The Leslie Report" dated Jan. 18, 2007:
  http://www.radioworld.com/leslie_report/
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  THE NEED FOR TWO FCC AGENTS ON SOME FIELD INSPECTIONS
  Regarding the 11-meter CB story in CGC #776 involving a
cat-and-mouse game with FCC agents whereby the suspect was
finally caught running too much power:
  This sort of "fool the fuzz" was standard operating
procedure when I was chasing CBers.  The need to observe the
spectrum analyzer level before and while an agent was present
was the only reason that "the powers that be" [in the FCC]
relented and authorized two agents to work such cases.  It's
nice to know that at least one field office still goes out
on these cases.
  [FCC field agent, retired]
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  87.9 MHZ PIRATE IN L.A.?
  Question: What's the story on Pirate Cat Radio that claims
to be broadcasting on 87.9 MHz in the L.A. basin and in the area
of San Francisco Bay?  I discovered their Web page by accident
<http://www.piratecatradio.com/about.php> while doing other
research.   - Question from an out of town broadcast engineer.
  Answer by CGC:  Despite the claims on their Web page,
indications are that Pirate Cat is not broadcasting in the L.A.
basin at this time (no word on San Francisco).  Pirate Cat was
covered as the lead story in CGC #458 in June 2001.  You can
see that story and a follow up note in the next newsletter
by visiting the URLs below.
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2001/cgc458.htm
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2001/cgc459.htm
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  THE 99.1 MHZ PIRATE IS OFF THE AIR
  Last week, one of our readers reported a new pirate heard
in Simi Valley on 99.1 MHz.  Now, another reader reports that
the pirate station was located on Oat Mtn. on January 22, 2007
and taken off the air by the site owner or manager the same
day.  The FCC is said to be investigating.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  SAN FRANCISCO: SCORE ONE FOR WI-FI, ZERO FOR BPL
  According to Amateur Radio Newsline, the City of San
Francisco could become the first major U.S. metropolitan area
to deliver municipal wireless Internet services citywide and will
do it without the use of BPL (broadband over power lines).  This,
after San Francisco announces it has reached a tentative deal
with Earthlink to offer free RF-based Wi-Fi access to its
residents.
  According to the Newsline story, a number of BPL providers
had suggested the city adopt a wired infrastructure using BPL
technology, but when the dust settled, BPL was left out in
the cold.
  http://www.sfgov.org/site/tech_connect_index.asp
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  9-1-1 AND 3-1-1 TO ACCEPT VIDEO IMAGES (NEW YORK)
  In the not-too-distant future, callers to New York City's
emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency 3-1-1 centers will be able
to transmit digital photos and videos to augment the activities
being reported.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who built his fortune
on innovations in information technology, called the video
addition a "revolutionary innovation in crime fighting."
  http://tinyurl.com/2hj226
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  MYSTERY: TESTS SHOW CELLPHONE DIDN'T IGNITE VALLEJO FIRE
  Investigating technicians from cellphone manufacturer Nokia
have tested the phone believed to have spontaneously combusted
while in the pants pocket of a sleeping man (CGC #776), found the
wireless device to still be in working order despite the effects
of the fire.  Vallejo Fire Department spokesman Bill Tweedy says
he changed his mind about the cause of the fire after witnessing
the Nokia tests, so the actual cause of the fire remains a
mystery.
  http://tinyurl.com/2fe3ug
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  NOAA SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS TO PROVIDE MORE PRECISE LOCATIONS
  This fall the National Weather Service will introduce
warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods and
marine hazards that are more geographically specific for these
short-duration events.  Currently, such warnings are issued
county wide.
  http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2776.htm
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  KRBC-TV TOWER COLLAPSE - PHOTOS
  The 500 foot KRBC-TV tower and its guy wires were caked
with several inches of ice that possibly led to the structure's
collapse at 7:43 p.m. on January 14, 2007.  KRBC is licensed
to Abilene, TX.
  http://www.krbc.tv/tower%20collapse.htm
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  MICROWAVING THE KITCHEN SPONGE
  A team of engineering researchers at the University of
Florida found that two minutes of microwaving on full power
killed or inactivated more than 99 percent of bacteria, viruses
or parasites, as well as spores, on a kitchen sponge.
  "People often put their sponges and scrubbers in the dish-
washer, but if they really want to decontaminate them and not just
clean them, they should use the microwave," said Gabriel Bitton,
a professor of environmental engineering who led the study.
  http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070122/sc_nm/germs_sponges_dc
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  SUMO VS. KARATE
  This short Web-video settles the question of whether sumo
wrestling is superior to karate.  Hit the "go" button on the
viewer to watch the video again, adding to the humor.  The
1.2 Meg file is courtesy of Red Blanchard.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/sumovskarate.mpg
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPED-20060413ABW    KSBX   33708    KCBX, INC.
                E   89.9 MHZ       SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/11/2007
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER DISMISSED
  BLFT-19981201TI  DK216DZ  86388  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
              P   91.1 MHZ              RUNNING SPRINGS, CA
  LIC. TO COVER
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20070117ACY    KCBS-FM  9612   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
               E      93.1 MHZ          LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20070116ACI  KMVN-1  170041  EMMIS RADIO LICENSE, LLC
                E    93.9 MHZ            SANTA CLARITA, CA
  CP New Station.
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  LPFM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LIC FACILITY GRANTED
  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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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR - PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  CH-4, Santa Barbara
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269572A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20070111ACJ  KZDF-LP 41124  UNA VEZ MAS SANTA BARBARA
                 E   CHAN-8                LICENSE, LLC
                                        SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20051228ADI,
  callsign KZDF-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTVL-20060830ADL   K10OU 129227   MARCIA T. TURNER tr/
                E    CHAN-10        as TURNER ENTERPRISES
                                      PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTVL-20000830AXA,
  callsign K10OU.
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  DIGITAL LPTV/TV TRANSLATORS - PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMITS
  CH-18, Santa Barbara
  CH-39, Santa Barbara
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269572A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL GRANTED
  BDCCDTL-20061016ABR  KTSB-LP  167371  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                   E   CHAN-47              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 41127.
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