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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #806
                   Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  THE IBOC-AT-NIGHT CLOCK IS TICKING
  The so-called "final" IBOC rules have been published in
the Federal Register meaning - among other things - that AM
stations can go IBOC-at-night come September 14, 2007.
The Big Beta Test is about to begin.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.7937.html
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  AM-HD INTERFERENCE BECOMING HOT TOPIC
  A "firestorm" is developing around the issue of AM HD
interference, and everyone seems to have an opinion.  Too often
the trade journals have preemphasized the positives of HD Radio
without giving equal weight to the legitimate concerns of many
in our industry - especially engineers - but then again many
of the engineers have been muzzled from making comment.
  Now, Radio World takes a look at some of the HD concerns
in the following article.  Other "real world" issues will
undoubtedly surface come September 14, 2007.
  http://www.rwonline.com/pages/s.0049/t.7843.html
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  NPRM TO ALLOW THE USE OF FM TRANSLATORS BY AM STATIONS
  On July 14, 2006, the NAB filed a Petition for Rulemaking
with the FCC proposing that the Commission amend its rules to
allow AM broadcast stations to operate FM translator stations
as a fill-in service.  Specifically, the NAB proposed that AM
stations be allowed to use FM translator stations to rebroadcast
their AM signals, provided that no portion of the 60 dBu contour
of any such FM translator station extends beyond the smaller of
(a) a 25-mile radius from the AM transmitter site, or (b) the
2 mV/m daytime contour of the AM station.
  The FCC received over 500 comments with overwhelming
support for the proposal.  With this Notice of Proposed Rule
Making (NPRM), the FCC proposes rules permitting the use of FM
translators by AM stations and examines the issues related to
such a rule change, including the issue of program origination
at night over FM translators used by daytime-only AM stations.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.7935.html
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.7936.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-144A1.doc
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  EAS NEWS
  FCC progress report on the delivery of Emergency Alert
System (EAS) messages to non-English speakers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-275939A1.pdf
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  o  The Hot Lead Company tentatively fined $2,168,500
  for sending unsolicited fax advertisements.
  o  Rocky Mountain Radar fined $25,000 for marketing police
  radar jamming devices.
  o  Sprint tentatively fined $10,000 for failing to
  install required aviation obstruction lights on their
  mono-pine tower in Banning.
  o  Omnicom Tower Limited fined $5,000 for failure to observe
  the tower lights on a daily basis in a manner that would ensure
  proper operation of the lights, and failure to update tower
  ownership information.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-147A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3599A1.doc
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-275912A1.html
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3619A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  A GPS WARNING AROUND RANCHO BERNARDO
  Here's one you may not know about.  Some company is doing
testing in Rancho Bernardo that interferes with GPS signals
within a 7 nautical mile radius.  We aren't allowed to have
any GPS-based aviation operations in that area until
December 31st.
  Ed Snow, KF6NZF, SnowAviation (at) USA.Net
  [Government contractors are working on GPS jamming devices
for national security reasons and our military tests jammers from
time to time.  However, the Rancho Bernardo warning has not been
verified by CGC and Ed's e-mail address bounced on Saturday night
after an initial successful exchange of e-mails.  Can anyone
verify the Rancho Bernardo warning?   - Editor]
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  ANOTHER OLD AM TRANSMITTER, BUT THIS ONE IS STILL ON THE AIR
  FYI, the 1955 Collins 21E at KSTN is still the main and on
the air every day. It was KSTN where Bill Drake (once a partner
in the station) first created the Drake program wheel. It was
through KSTN that Bill Drake met Gene Chenault. The Drake-Chenault
top 40 format was FIRST implemented on KSTN and later in Fresno.
So, it is safe to say that KSTN was the very first true 'Top 40'
station, and the 21E was the transmitter that sent the new format
to the first Top 40 radio listeners.
  Paul Shinn, paul (at) paulshinn.us
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  COMMENT ON "BUSES AS RF NOISE GENERATORS"
  Note that FCC Rule 15.103(a) removes specific emission limits
on unintentional radiators used exclusively in motor vehicles.
  Harold Hallikainen,  harold (at) hallikainen.org
  http://www.hallikainen.com/FccRules/2007/15/103/
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  DIRECTV IN BPL WEB ACCESS DEAL WITH CURRENT GROUP
  U.S. satellite television provider DirecTV Group says it
has reached a deal to offer subscribers high-speed Internet
and voice services carried by Current Group over electric power
lines.  Service is to start as early as the end of 2007, with
initial coverage extending to the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, area
for 1.8 million homes and businesses.
  In response to this article, an ARRL official replied to
the CGC Communicator as follows:
  "DirectTV has partnered with Current Technologies.  This
is the company that has deployed BPL past about 60,000 homes in
Cincinatti, OH and is in the process of building out a deployment
in the greater Dallas area....
  "These deployments, however, have proceeded without major
interference problems [for ham operators].  Current has been
an early leader in carefully choosing its design to avoid
interference to Amateur Radio.  They don't operate below 30 MHz
on overhead lines at all (32-48 MHz).  On 240/120 volt premise
wiring, they use HomePlug technology, which notches the ham
bands.
  "To date, ARRL has no interference reports involving Current
or HomePlug equipment."
  http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070815/media_nm/directv_current_dc
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  IBM has received a $120 million contract from NTIA
  to provide services for the DTV converter box effort.
  http://tinyurl.com/27b92n
  o  This is an RF synopsis of the 800 MHz rebanding
  effort and how Nextel fits in.
  http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Rebanding
  o  Here is a link to some NOAA weather radio stations
  with audio feeds available over the Internet:
  http://www.wunderground.com/wxradio/index.html
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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: THE CHINESE AMAZING DANCE
  We offer only the finest videos for our readers, this
one courtesy of Red Blanchard who writes, "Very artistic, with
incredible unanimity of movement!!"  This is the Chinese dance
called the "Thousand-Hand Guanyin," it runs six minutes and
is well worth watching.
  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4478632727623323561
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20070321AEG     KTIE  58808   CARON BROADCASTING, INC.
               P   590 KHZ           SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  License to cover.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20070809AAV   KRTH   28631   CBS RADIO EAST INC.
               E   101.1 MHZ          LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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 GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20070808ADJ KCAQ-FM1  159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING...
                E    104.7 MHZ              CALABASAS, 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 CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTVL-20051019ABA    K07YK  11608    CIVIC LIGHT, INC.
                E      CHAN-7            SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K63EN.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL
  COMPANION CHANNEL ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDCCDVL-20070810ACK  NEW 168576   KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                 E   CHAN-9           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Digital Companion Channel
  Construction Permit request for facility id no.: 22162.
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