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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #798
                     Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.or>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SAN DIEGO FCC OFFICE JUMPS ON THE LATEST 96.9 MHZ PIRATE
  The San Diego FCC field office is losing no time in going
after the latest pirate operation on 96.9 MHz.  A Notice of
Unlicensed Operation was issued June 12, 2007 to Jose Partida
of 1278 Cuyamaca Ave. in Chula Vista [off E. Palomar St. near
Hilltop Drive at a high point in the local terrain].  A copy
of the Notice is available right here:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-274275A1.html
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  NEWS TIPS FROM RADIO WORLD
  o Several hundred stations in Illinois were affected
  by an EAS mistake this morning, sources told Radio World.
  o KKOL fights to keep transmitter site.  U.S. Oil and Hatfield
  & Dawson say RF could cause a spark that would ignite fuel 
  vapors.
  o Rod Moses, operator of Radio Goldfield that received 
  a questionable STA from the FCC, replies to RW's Guy Wire.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.6891.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0052/t.6773.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0044/t.6780.html
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  o  KNCR, 1090 kHz, Fortuna, CA fined $3,200 for transmitting
  from the wrong site (off by about two miles).
  o  Fred Caughell of Bakersfield has been issued a Citation
  for operating a Hamtronics R901 receiver which transmitted a
  weak (and allegedly illegal) signal on a 406 MHz distress
  frequency.
  o  Dwayne Simon has tentatively been fined $10,000 for
  repeated pirate operation on 95.9 MHz in Lancaster.
  o  KOXR(AM), Oxnard, tentatively fined $5,000 for violations
  concerning tower lights.
  o  Simmons-Austin, LS, LLC has agreed to make a $25,000
  voluntary contribution to the U.S. Treasury and accept a number
  of conditions because of an apparent lack of engineering
  oversight at KSLG(AM), Missouri.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2657A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-274352A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-274349A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-274421A1.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2590A1.doc
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                             JOB SHOPPE
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   JOB OPENING AT KUSC(FM), LOS ANGELES, FOR AN I.T. SPECIALIST
   Classical music station KUSC, Los Angeles, the superpowered
FM voice of the University of Southern California, has a full
time job opening for an Information Technologist (I.T.) Specialist
who can also handle broadcast production and transmission system
repairs from time to time.  Full details and an opportunity to
apply for the job are at the URL below.  Once at the Website,
don't forget to click the check marks on the left.
  http://tinyurl.com/2fb9hk
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  A FIRE RECOVERY UPDATE FROM KBRT ON CATALINA & THANKS TO EMF
  My son Zack and I are doing much better.  My ribs are healing
up well and most of the pain is gone.  For the most part, the
chaos has slowed down and I am able to focus on my job once again.
We are still generating our own power and we have one phone line
but it is noisy and intermittent.  AT&T does not seem to care
about completing repairs to their lines here on the island and we
have gotten nowhere as we continue to try to get them to repair
our T1 and DSL services....  I do however have Internet and an
emergency phone line through satellite, though they are pretty
slow and the phone line has a pretty annoying delay.
  A couple of engineers from Educational Media Foundation came
over for a few days last week to lend me a hand and they were a
big help.  I got to take a trip to the mainland for a day as they
stayed here with Zack who had lots of fun working with them and
showing them around....  Our engineer from KCBC will be here
Sunday night and will be staying for the week so I can make a trip
back to the mainland and maybe even find a nice pool or something
that I can sit by and relax for a day or two.  I won't be going
too far as things are certainly not anywhere near being back to
normal yet....
  Bill Agresta
  Transmitter Chief, KBRT(AM), Avalon (Catalina Island)
  June 23, 2007
  [This long-form letter was an invited response.   -Ed.]
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  HD RADIO IN EUROPE
  I'd like to add to Smitty's excellent response on why HD
Radio is not being deployed in Europe the following: HD Radio
experimentation is going on in Europe.  I know of tests in France
and Finland, currently, and I suspect there may be other testing
planned.  The beauty of HD Radio and Eureka 147 is that it is
not "one or the other...."
  Hal Kneller, CPBE, CBNT, AMD and KD4RLX
  Harris Corp., Sr. Manager, Marketing Communications
  and Public Radio Initiatives, Radio Business Unit,
  Broadcast Communications Division
 [Hal's full comments are posted at the URL below:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/IBOC_Harris_response.htm
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  MORE ON PCS ELECTRONICS
  [Last Communicator you mentioned a company called PCS
Electronics that may be illegally selling broadcasting equipment
to individuals inside the U.S. - a company that claims it is not
located in the U.S.]  It appears that PCS Electronics is indeed
outside the U.S... in Slovenia, no less.  Here is the registry
information for their domain name:
  Registrant:
  PCS Elektronik d.o.o.
  Delavska cesta 41
  Kranj, Slovenia 4000
  SI....
  K.M. Richards
  [The FCC has the full domain registry information.  Of course,
any Website can be maintained from anywhere in the world.  - Ed.]
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  USER REPORT ON THE $75 RADIOSOPHY HD RADIO
  About the $75 Radiosophy HD Radio mentioned in CGC #791.
I bought one, it works good and it's nice for the price.  But
the speakers are bassy and AM HD voice is distorted because of
the compression algorithm (analog sounds better).  FM analog
and FM HD sound the same except the blend mode sounds strange.
Wish I could force the radio into analog-only.
  Beware of the wall wart transformer.  It draws 12 watts with
the radio shut off.  That's $28/year in electric costs here in
San Diego County.  Unplug that bad boy when not in use.
  (Name withheld)
  [HD Radio has taken off in rural Fallbrook.  The local Radio
Shack store reports selling one HD radio since December.  -Ed.]
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   POISON OAK / POISON IVY REMEDY
  I use two things to wash off Poison Ivy (we don't have so
much of the oak variety in New England).  The "preferred" solution
is Tecnu Oak'n'Ivy cleanser, in a white and green plastic bottle.
The "secondary" method is Gunk Orange waterless hand cleaner,
in a large orange plastic container with a pump cap.
  The Gunk, designed for cleaning your hands after working on
the car, seems to take the ivy oil off, as well as pine pitch and
grease.  It's also a *lot* less expensive than the Tecnu.  I like
the orange stuff, rather than the older petroleum-smell stuff.
Would be interested to hear others' experiences, as I discovered
this use for it by accident, when I ran out of Tecnu.
  Peter Simpson,  ka1axy (at) amsat.org 
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  PHIL WELLS NEEDS YOUR GOOD THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
  Phil Wells, a former San Diego radio broadcast engineer,
has a neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor and is scheduled to undergo
surgery on July 9.  This is a rare form of pancreatic cancer and
is better than the common form that has an extremely low survival
rate.  Phil may be reached at af6av [at] philwells.net.  Your
good thoughts and prayers are needed.
  (CGC Staff posting)
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  UPDATE ON LARRY LOPEZ
  I just wanted to let you know that Larry is doing amazingly
well!  It's been two weeks since surgery and he is already acting
like his old self.  Although he still cannot remember most of the
three days leading up to surgery, his memory is back to normal and
he has no physical problems either.  He has really enjoyed
speaking with so many old friends and wants to thank everyone for
their thoughts and prayers, it really does help with his recovery.
 
  Larry went to the mountain for a little while today, June 25th.
He missed being there and although he has to take it slow, he is
well on his way to "being back."  I am certain that once he gets
the green light from his doctor, he will hit the ground running.
He wants everyone to know that he will be their "go to guy" again
very soon.
  Dianna Lopez
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  VERIZON'S FIBER-TO-THE-HOME BEGINS TO PAY OFF
  Verizon's aggressive rollout of its 16-state fiber-to-the-home
installation may be starting to pay off, with 50 percent of new
subscribers signing up for television service in addition to
telephone and broadband Internet.   A five-member household on
Long Island earned the distinction of becoming the one millionth
subscriber to Verizon's residential fiber optic service, known
as FIOS.
  http://tinyurl.com/yudqv5
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  SPORTS LEAGUES: KEEP UNLICENSED RF OUT OF "WHITE SPACES"
  Representatives from seven major sports leagues are visiting
Washington today to meet with the FCC and members of Congress
to stress the potentially negative consequences of proposed
legislation that would fill broadcast spectrum "white spaces"
with new, unlicensed wireless services.  Sports leagues claim
that interference could knock out microphones used for live
event coverage and also disrupt headsets used by coaches
and game officials.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6455198.html
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  BPL INTERFERENCE ATTRACTS CONGRESSIONAL ATTENTION
  Extract from the ARRL Letter dated June 15, 2007:
  Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas filed a bill yesterday in
the U.S. Senate calling on the FCC to conduct a study on the
interference caused by broadband Internet transmission over
power lines, otherwise known as BPL.  Sen. Pryor is a member
of the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation.  Details are posted here (requires registration):
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/BPL_Interference.htm
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  ARRL & NAB FILE OBJECTIONS TO FCC'S BPL POLICY
  ARRL and NAB have filed briefs with the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia in the battle over FCC
rules governing the deployment of Broadband over Power Lines
(BPL) technology.  The NAB alleges that the FCC did not give
adequate consideration to the impact of interference to low
VHF television Channels 2-6, while the ARRL accuses the FCC
of covering up information and allowing BPL to interfere with
amateur radio operators (a licensed service).
  http://www.telecomweb.com/tnd/23892.html
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  SCRAP METAL THIEVES REACH A NEW LOW
  San Bernardino County - Two men were arrested last week on
suspicion of stealing brass fixtures and brass plates intended for
tombstones.  Meanwhile, suspected metal scavengers have desecrated
one of Oakland's most-beloved shrines: a memorial to the 25 people
killed nearly 16 years ago in the East Bay hills fire.  A movement
is now underway to tighten up on the scrap metal business - the
thefts affect far more than the communications business.
  http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_6191345
  http://tinyurl.com/35pz2l
  http://tinyurl.com/2a7owv
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  A GREAT TIME TO PICK UP AT&T DSL FOR ONLY $10/MONTH
  AT&T has just started offering high-speed Internet service
in 22 states for about half its normal price, but there are
catches.  You must (a) have never had AT&T or BellSouth high-speed
Internet service, (b) be willing to sign a one year contract and
(c) agree to take their basic phone service too (bringing the
monthly cost total to about $25).  Still, it's a good deal and
one that AT&T probably doesn't want you to know about.  See:
  http://tinyurl.com/2b7j7s
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  OFF TOPIC
  o  Novel radio ideas from 1927
  o  Tiltrotor demonstration at the Paris Airshow (cool stuff)
  o  Generic Paris Airshow website (via Defense News)
  o  An Artist of Compassion
  http://www.vcomp.co.uk/xmas_1927/xmas.htm
  http://www.defensenews.com/paris/video.php?id=50
  http://www.defensenews.com/paris/
  http://www.militarytimes.com/multimedia/video/hancock/
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BPED-19981013MB  981013MB  91840  PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
             P     88.1 MHZ               YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Application for a new noncommercial educational station.
  Settlement filed 7/19/01 for MX group 981002 to dismiss
  BPED-19990310MB & BPED-19990310MQ; and to grant BPED-19981013MB.
  Supplement to Settlement filed 8/29/2001
  Settlement and construction permit granted 6/18/2007
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPED-19980708MA    KRTM  52141    PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
              P    88.9 MHZ                TEMECULA, CA
  CP TO CHG STRUCTURE HGT, TL, HAAT, DIRECTINAL ANTENNA, ERP
  AND CLASS
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/14/1999
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20070521AGV   K212EP 83977   CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
               E    90.3 MHZ                LANDERS, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20070614AEC   K231BD 147807  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E    94.1 MHZ               YUCAIPA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20070619AKI   K231BD  147807  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E    94.1 MHZ                 YUCAIPA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20070412AAD    KFRG   1241   CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
               E    95.1 MHZ           SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
  Engineering Amendment filed 04/24/2007
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPH-20070323AIJ    KMVE   164156   COLOMA MOJAVE, LLC
               E    96.1 MHZ              MOJAVE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/21/2007
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20070614AEB   K251BA 148335  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E    98.1 MHZ                BANNING, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20070613ACE   K251BA 148335  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E    98.1 MHZ               BANNING, CA
  Mod of CP 
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20070619AKH   K251BA  148335   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E    98.1 MHZ                  BANNING, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20070620ADV  KDAR-FM1  161997      NEW INSPIRATION
                E     98.3 MHZ         BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.
                                           SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20070615ABY   KSOJ-LP  124422   CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE PASS
              E    103.5 MHZ                 BANNING, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPFTB-20070613ACX   KSSE-FM1  35114  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E     107.1 MHZ               BURBANK, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSSE-FM1.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20070621ASJ  KSSE-FM1 35114  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E    107.1 MHZ               BURBANK, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTVL-20070524AAU    K03HS  130855    SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                  E     CHAN-3             MORONGO VALLY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BDISTVL-20060821AAW.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTV-20070615ACR  K12PO  41601  CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                 E    CHAN-12                TEMECULA, CA
  Minor change of callsign K12PO.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20070615ACS  KDUO-LP 128874 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP..
                 E    CHAN-43              PALM DESERT, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20070426ADZ.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20070613ACC  KESQ-DT 25577  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                E    CHAN-52              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20060505ACJ,
  callsign KESQ-TV.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BNPTTL-20000810AAI   NEW  125258   INSPIRATION TELEVISION, INC.
                E    CHAN-56               EL CENTRO, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for EL CENTRO, CA
  on channel 56, Effective Radiated Power 25.0, coordinates
  NL 32 deg 48 min 10 sec WL 115 deg 29 min 54 sec.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/05/2006
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