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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #805
                    Monday,  August 13, 2007
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  EXTENDED IBOC: MEXICO SAYS NOT SO FAST
  Mexico wants the FCC to re-think its decision to allow
AMs to use IBOC at night and FMs to operate with extended hybrid
digital carriers.  This story is at the first URL below.
  Thanks to a sharp eyed Communicator reader, a copy of
Mexico's formal objection is posted at the second URL.  (Once
on that page, do a "find" on "JUL 25 2007" (without the quotation
marks) to go directly to the objection.)  The third URL features
a related story from Radio World.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.7715.html
  http://www.wrathofkahn.org/
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0121/t.7716.html
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  FCC MODIFIES 700 MHZ BAND PLAN & SERVICE RULES
  The FCC has revised the 700 MHz band plan and service rules
to promote the creation of a nationwide, interoperable broadband
network for public safety and to facilitate the availability of
new and innovative wireless broadband services for consumers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-132A1.doc
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  FCC STILL INTENT IN FILLING TV WHITE SPACES
  The FCC is still intent on authorizing devices to detect
and fill holes in the TV RF spectrum.  Whereas the first round
of white space devices received a failing grade in lab tests,
the FCC now writes:
  "...the Commission noted that it is committed to working with
interested parties to continue the process of investigating the
potential performance capabilities of TV white space devices.
Further, the Commission stated it intended to invite interested
parties to participate in an on-site visit to the FCC Laboratory
in Columbia, Maryland to observe and discuss the test set up
and procedures for evaluating the performance of these devices."
That meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, August 16, 2007.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3571A1.doc
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  FCC ANNOUNCES FINAL ASSIGNMENT OF DTV CHANNELS
  The FCC has released a new DTV Table which provides television
stations across the country with their final channel assignments
for broadcasting following the DTV transition on February 17, 2009.
The new Table specifies channels for over 1,800 stations.
  The FCC also issued an Eighth Further Notice which proposes
channels and station modifications for 13 stations (none in
California) whose requests for modifications were received too
late to be included in the new DTV Table.
  Overview:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-275789A1.doc
  Seventh R&O with Scattered Channel Tables:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-138A1.pdf
  Consolidated Channel Table:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-138A2.pdf
  List of 13 Stations for Later Consideration:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-138A3.pdf
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  CONCERNING THE UPCOMING NON-COMMERCIAL FM FILING WINDOW
  o  Media Bureau announces non-commercial FM (NCE-FM) new
station and major change filing procedures for the October 12-19
window; limited application filing freeze to commence on
September 8, 2007.
  o  FCC seeks comments on the proposed application limit
for NCE-FM new station applications in the October 12-19 window.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3521A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-145A1.doc
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  REPLY COMMENT DATE EXTENDED IN "MOMENT METHOD" PROCEEDING
  Regarding the FCC's proposed rules to allow "moment
method modeling" to determine the radiation patterns of AM
directional arrays, the Reply Comment date has been extended
to September 7, 2007.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3520A1.doc
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  LOCAL EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS OF INTEREST
  o  New Qualcomm experimental to operate in 698-704 MHz for
DVB-H Testing on CH-52.  Fixed:  San Diego, CA
  o  New Qualcomm experimental to operate in 698-704, 752-764
and 764-776 MHz for MediaFlo testing and development.  Fixed:
San Diego, CA.
  o  New experimental to operate in 1555.42 - 1595.42 MHz
for GPS re-radiator.  Company: Consulting & Engineering Next
Generation Networks Inc.  Fixed: Carlsbad, CA.
  o  New experimental to operate in 5470-5725 MHz for testing
wireless services.  Company: QX.Net.  Fixed: San Diego, CA.
  o  New experimental to operate in 35-36 GHz for testing
radar sensor system capable of detecting objects in foliage.
Company: Innovonix LLC.   Mobile:  Irvine, CA.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-275856A1.doc
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  FCC: ROAMING IS A CELLULAR TELEPHONE OBLIGATION
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-275797A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  BUSES AS RF NOISE GENERATORS (RE HOWARD FINE LETTER, CGC #804)
  I have experienced a similar problem in the UHF FM Amateur
Service.  Not just LA MTA but LBTA, and OCTA buses are quite
noisy.  I have been told, but have not confirmed, that my problem
is caused by the digital route displays that have become prolific
on these buses.  Apparently they have a serious RFI problem.
Part 15 violation?  Wideband jammer?
  RF noise has become my bus "collision avoidance system."  When
I start receiving interference,  I know there is a bus within a
few dozen yards of my vehicle.
  Dennis L. Kidder, dlkidder (at) raytheon.com
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  COULD WE TOUR THE DELANO FACILITY?
  If anyone has a contact with the "powers in charge" at
the Delano facility, an effort to have a final open house would
probably be a popular action.  Just the few people I have
mentioned this to have all been enthusiastic about the idea.
  Hal Williams,  hal.williams (at) salem.cc
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  ABOUT THE MISSING DTV CONVERTER BOXES
  The local Circuit City store in Port Charlotte, FL, has
posted cards on DVD recorders and certain TV receivers stating
that after February, 2009, this device will require a digital
converter.  I inquired where the converter boxes were and was
told they hadn't come in yet.
  The FCC has forced retailers into posting the information
signs so consumers wouldn't be caught off-guard after buying a
new appliance and finding that it wouldn't work after the cut-off
date.  I'm wondering, what will some consumers who bought these
things on extended warranty say when they can't receive the
broadcasts?  Caveat Emptor!
  Hal Kneller, Punta Gorda, FL -- hkneller (at) harris.com
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  MORE ON THE MISSING DTV CONVERTER BOXES
  In response to Bill Pasternak's letter "So Where Are the
Inexpensive DTV Converter Boxes?," Bill you are a little early.
The proposals would apply only to retailers that choose to
participate in the converter box coupon program.  The FCC list
of retailers who will be participating will not be finalized
until March 2008, but they will likely include dedicated
consumer electronics stores and Internet-based stores.
  Don Milbury, w6yn (at) juno.com
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  A 20KW FM TRANSMITTER ON EBAY
  It's amazing what turns up on eBay.  I just hope this RCA
BTF-20E 20 kW transmitter doesn't turn up as a pirate station.
[And look, here's a Collins 20V-2 AM TX up for auction.]
  Mike, WA6ILQ
  http://tinyurl.com/yuo2tg
  http://tinyurl.com/2bmrau
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  THE WESTERN HISTORIC RADIO MUSEUM
  The Western Historic Radio Museum in (historic) Virginia
City, NV, is run by Henry and Sharon Rogers (both also amateur
radio operators).  This is the ideal time of year to visit, which
I did last Monday.  Almost every item on display has been restored
to working condition.  See the pictures and info on their Website.
It is a magical place!
  Bill Kingman, KTHO/KRLT/KOWL, Lake Tahoe, tahoe61 (at) juno.com
  http://www.radioblvd.com/
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  KOWL(AM) TRANSMITTER DONATED TO WESTERN HISTORIC RADIO MUSEUM
  [Last Wednesday the 51 year old KOWL(AM) broadcast transmitter
was donated to the Western Historic Radio Museum.]  That xmtr
carried the voices of nearly every celebrity and entertainer that
appeared at Harrah's Tahoe where KOWL had its studios for 25
years, so it has a glamorous show-biz background!  Its 800 lbs.
produced 250 watts with all tubes and heavy transformers.  It
still operated when retired from service in 1993.
  Bill Kingman, KTHO/KRLT/KOWL
  http://tinyurl.com/2xxyq9
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  PAUL WIEMAN PASSES AWAY
  I am saddened to report that Paul Wieman passed away Sunday
night (August 5, 2007) around 10PM of heart failure (re CGC #804).
Dennis Doty -- dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
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  Several of us are taking a direct hand in helping Paul's
daughter Sherri through this sad time.  I had seen Paul on
July 3 and 5 at Mt. Wilson just before he went back into the
hospital.  What a loss!
  Ray Mascho --  r.mascho (at) verizon.net
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  According to Sherri, a funeral service will probably take
place in Acton (near Palmdale) but the service will be delayed
at least three weeks.  Watch the Communicator for details. - Ed.
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  GENUINELY RANDOM ITEMS
  o  Time Warner's cable operation in the Dallas area has
  placed a $10,000 bounty on the heads of those suspected of
  stealing the company's copper wire.   http://tinyurl.com/yrhwxp
  o  How much RFI will MIT's "WiTricity" wireless power
  transmitter create?  Click on the people picture at this URL
  for a close up view of the 10 MHz coils employed and note the
  glowing light bulb.  The story is interesting too.
  http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/wireless-0607.html
  o  A South Korean study suggests that children who live
  close to an AM radio transmission tower may have an elevated
  risk of leukemia.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.7796.html
  o  A bear, in search of honey, disconnects Jefferson Public
  Radio near Dunsmuir, CA.
  http://www.redding.com/news/2007/jul/25/no-headline-a1radiomn25/
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  HEALTH WATCH
  The latest update on Phil Wells' difficult recovery from
pancreatic cancer surgery is posted at the URL below.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Phil_Wells_Surgery.htm
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  OFF TOPIC - GOOGLE "STREET VIEW" PHOTOS EXPANDED
  Google "Street View" photos are fascinating.  They consist
of panoramic (360 degree) photos taken from street level.  L.A.
photos already exist and San Diego was just added.
  The photos are fascinating because the user may move freely
up and down a given street and pan and zoom for detailed viewing.
Caution - not all streets are included in the database, just
those outlined in blue.
  Once at the Website (first URL), click on the "Street View"
button atop the map to go into the Street View mode.  An
introductory story from SignOnSanDiego is at the second URL.
  http://maps.google.com/
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20070809-9999-1n9google.html
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY OPPOSITION
  BPFT-20070511ABT    K205DZ  91086   ONDAS DE VIDA, INC.
                E    88.9 MHZ             DEVORE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205DZ.
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 5/24/2007-no letter sent.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 6/29/07 by ("PACCD")
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 6/29/07 by ("UOR")
  Request for Extension of Time filed 7/23/07 by ("ODVN")
  Opposition to Request for Extension of Time filed 7/24/07
  by ("UOR")
  Opposition to Request for Extension of Time filed 7/24/07
  by ("PACCD")
  Two Oppositions to Petition for Reconsideration filed 8/3/07
  by  ("Ondas")
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20070619AKI  K231BD  147807  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E    94.1 MHZ                 YUCAIPA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFT-20070801DGY   K246AR  138858   LIVING PROOF, INC.
               E     97.1 MHZ        GREEN VALLEY LAKE, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20070801DGY   K246AR  138858   LIVING PROOF, INC.
               E     97.1 MHZ         GREEN VALLEY LAKE, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20070803ADG    K246AR  138858   LIVING PROOF, INC.
               E     97.1 MHZ         GREEN VALLEY LAKE, CA
  License to cover.
  [Green Valley Lake is next to Running Springs.   -Ed.]
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20070619AKH  K251BA  148335  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E    98.1 MHZ                 BANNING, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPL-20060615AAR  KKJD-LP 124818 BORREGO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CENTER
            E     99.1 MHZ               BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
  Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20070808ADN   KOCI-LP  124219   STARTREE FOUNDATION INC.
              E    101.5 MHZ             NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20070808ADJ  KCAQ-FM1 159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E    104.7 MHZ               CALABASAS, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20070727AIM   K287AL 156359   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E     105.3 MHZ               ISLA VISTA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLFTB-20070801CLO  KSSE-FM1 35114  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E    107.1 MHZ              BURBANK, CA
  License to modify.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTT-20070808AAC   K15FC 43809  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E    CHAN-15              JOSHUA TREE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K15FC.
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  BPTT-20070808AAB   K17GJ 43816  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E    CHAN-17              JOSHUA TREE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K17GJ.
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  BPTT-20070808AAA   K21GR 43826  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E    CHAN-21             JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K21GR.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20070525AIV  KPCD-LP 129226  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
               E     CHAN-40              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTTL-20000831BQP,
  callsign KPCD-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20070806AEB  KILA-LP 129642  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                E     CHAN-51              CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20070717AAN.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20070717AAN  KILA-LP 129642  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E    CHAN-51              CHERRY VALLEY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20051229ABN.
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