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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #827
                    Monday, February 4, 2008
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC DTV NEWS
  The FCC's Third DTV Periodic Report and Order was published
in the Federal Register last Wednesday.  This means that certain
forms may now be filed with the Commission:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-172A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Discovery Transportation tentatively fined $4,000 for
"operating radio transmitting equipment on the frequency
463.350 MHz from an unauthorized location with an antenna
that exceeded the authorized height."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-174A1.doc
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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE OWNERSHIP (OR NOT) OF SPECIFIC RADIO FREQUENCIES
  Qualcomm's application (as published in CGC #826) states
that, "Qualcomm owns channel 55 (716-722 MHz) in the San Diego
area (call sign WPWU989)...."
  Qualcomm OWNS Channel 55?  We spend lots of time
explaining to our clients that a licensee does not OWN any
specific frequency - basic US communications law.
   Philip M. Kane  P.E. / Esq
   VP - General Counsel & Engineering Manager
   CSI Telecommunications Inc. - Consulting Engineers
   San Francisco, CA - Beaverton, OR
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  PROLONGED CELLPHONE USE MAY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH
  Assertion of a CGC Communicator reader:  "There's now
evidence that using a cell phone more than an hour a day for
10 years increases your chance of getting a brain tumor by
250 percent."
  Response from a research librarian at a major cell phone
company:
  I've been tracking this issue for over two years now watching
as each new study comes out.  While the percentage increase may
vary somewhat depending on which article you are reading, the
studies are showing more and more that there is danger in
prolonged cell phone usage.
  This report in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
<http://oem.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/64/9/626> discusses
results of a number of previous studies.  The references at
the end of the article include links to numerous papers where
the full text may be accessed for free.
  (Hardell, Lennart, et al. "Long-term use of cellular
phones and brain tumours: increased risk associated with use
for >=10years," Occupational and Environmental Medicine
2007;64:626-632  doi:10.1136/oem.2006.029751
<http://oem.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/64/9/626>.)
  A study came out last month regarding incidents of mouth
cancer (specifically of the largest saliva glands) in association
with cell phone usage.  This link will take you to the abstract
on the journal web site: <http://tinyurl.com/29qg2k>.
  (Sadetzki, Siegal, et al. "Cellular phone use and risk of
benign and  malignant parotid gland tumors - a nationwide case-
control study" American Journal of Epidemiology published online
December 6, 2007  doi:10.1093/aje/kwm325.)
  Please be mindful of how much time you spend with a cellphone
next to your head.
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  REPORT ILLEGAL ACTIVITY TO THE FCC
  I am not writing to crow, or anything, but I saw the ads for
the GPS jammer from that company (see Off Topic "GPS Jammer story
in CGC #826) on ebay, and sent a link to that ad on ebay to the
FCC enforcement folks.  I may not be the only person that sent it,
and the FCC may have also seen it on their own, but my point is
that you could encourage your readers to make the effort to
report illegal emitters.
  Edward Tipler, P.E., WI6RE, tiplerek (at) iwvisp.com
  Consulting Engineer, FCC General Radiotelephone with Radar
  Tortoise Communications, 760-375-5690
  [Several individuals at the FCC subscribe to the CGC
Communicator; nevertheless, when CGC finds a major item that
should be called to the immediate attention of the FCC, we do so.
On more than one occasion we have postponed publishing stories
to give FCC inspectors a head start.   -Ed.]
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NAB TO ASK FCC FOR A SUBSTANTIAL IBOC-FM POWER INCREASE
  The power increase proposed for FM IBOC is not trivial:
Up to 10 dB (ten times power) per IBOC station.  This demonstrates
once again how poorly the IBOC system was designed at the outset
and raises a host of troubling questions.
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0100/t.11018.html
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  MORE ON THE MT. WILSON ICE STORM
  The Chief Engineer of a broadcast station on Mt. Wilson
indicates that the ice storm reported in the last CGC Communicator
rivaled the storm on (or about) Valentine's Day 2001 -- making
this new storm one of the two biggest he could remember.  This
particular engineer has been working on Wilson for a quarter
century, so he speaks from experience.  The URL below takes you
to the 2001 story (that in turn links to photos).
  One engineer reported that the latest storm took KKGO(FM)
off the air for about a day and half, that KPFK(FM) was off two
or three days and that KRBV(FM) switched to their aux antenna
after their main antenna was damaged.  We heard that KTLA(TV) was
very concerned about the integrity of their antennas at the height
of the storm.  For some stations, ice was apparently accumulating
on the antennas faster than the deicers could shed it -- but
not all parts of an antenna are heated of course -- just the
most critical parts.  For stations with raydomes, thick ice 
acted as a detuning element.
  On the positive side, one Mt. Wilson engineer reported that
his facility never lost AC power or telephone service, so it
looks like Southern California Edison and telco deserve gold
stars.
  If you have stories about the latest Mt. Wilson (and
presumably Mt. Harvard) ice storm, please send them our way
(100 words or less).  If you do not want your name used, tell
us so.  If you have photos, great!  Send them, along with any
written descriptions, to Gary Stigall who has kindly agreed
to do a Web posting:  mailto:garys@fox6.com.
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2001/cgc435.htm  (2001 Wilson Photos)
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  XLNC(FM), 90.7 MHZ, IS TESTING ON 104.9 MHZ
  Extract from XLNC's Web page:
  "1/30/08 -- Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3…  Recently, you may
have tuned to 104.9 FM and heard classical music.  You are hearing
tests that we need to run before we switch to the new frequency.
Our engineers are working on the antenna panels to achieve the
best reception for the region and we should be moving to 104.9 FM
soon.  Stay tuned to 90.7 FM for updates about our progress."
XLNC indicates that its new TX is located on Cerro Bola (near
Tecate).
  We note that 104.9 MHz is not authorized for use anywhere
in Baja California North according to FCC's FM Query page, but
hopefully that's just an oversight on the part of the Commission.
  http://www.xlnc1.org/faqnewfreq.htm
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  THE ANALOG TV PASS-THROUGH SWITCH
  The NAB is encouraging DTV-to-analog converter box
manufacturers to include an analog pass-through switch.
Apparently the NAB has just realized what Communicator readers
have long known -- that LPTV stations and TV translators are not
required to convert to DTV transmissions come February 2009.
That realization comes a little late.  DTV converter boxes
should start appearing on store shelves this month.
  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6527763.html
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The Empire State Building Car Zap Mystery:
  http://tinyurl.com/2pdf6m
  o  Andrew Corp. bought by CommScope (5th story down the page):
  http://www.wirelessestimator.com/t_content.cfm?pagename=Vendor%20News
  o  Moseley Associates moves to new location in Santa Barbara:
  http://www.radioworld.com/pages/s.0103/t.11024.html
  o  More on the unfortunate demise of Tower Structures, Inc.:
  http://tinyurl.com/3y3pud
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  HAM (AND CB) NOTES
  o  160 meters to 24 GHz in one mobile vehicle:
  http://www.winlink.org/Stations/N5TC.htm
  o  Mobile power for 15 kW on 27 MHz (note the domain name):
  http://www.extremecb.com/Engine_1.jpg
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT PERMIT CANCELLED
  BMP-19990624AC      DKSDG  84907    JNE INVESTMENTS, INC.
               P     890 KHZ               JULIAN, CA
  MOD OF CP TO CHNG POWER AND MAKE CHNGS IN ANTENNA SYSTEM
  7/30/2001--Request for tolling treatment/waiver denied.
  Ltr action, Ref. 1800B3-GDG.
  EMERGENCY PET FOR RECON FILED 8/21/2001
  1/10/02--Petition for Reconsideration DENIED.
  Letter action, Ref. 1800B3-GDG
  APPLICATION FOR REVIEW FILED 2/8/02
  Waiver Event resolved, expiration date recalculated to 5/6/2004.
  Ltr Action 12/23/03, Ref. 1800B3-GDG.
  1/12/2004--Notification of Event Preventing Construction &
  Request for Determination of Tolling filed.
  Notification when treated as timely-filed Pet. for Recon granted
  solely with respect to finality date, waiver status reinstated,
  request denied in all other respects.  Permit now expires
  8/5/2004.  Ltr action, 3/30/2004, Ref. 1800B3-IB/GDG.
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/29/04
  REQUEST FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL OF APPLICATION FOR REVIEW AND
  SUGGESTION OF MOOTNESS FILED 7/21/04 BY ("JNE")
  OPPOSITION TO PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 7/21/04 BY
  ("MULTICULTURAL")
  Pursuant to JNE Investments Inc. July 21, 2004 request, the
  February 8, 2002 Application for Review is withdrawn.
  No decision letter issued.
  Letter decision of 8/3/2004 (1800B3-IB/GDG) denies JNE's
  4/29/2004 petition for reconsideration, denies Multicultural's
  motion  for acceptance of opposition and dismisses
  Multicultural's objection.
  Contingent Reply to Opposition to Petition for Recon filed 8/3/04
  Application for Review filed 9/2/04 by ("JNE")
  Intervenor's Brief in Support of Application for review filed
  9/2/04 by (Bustos)
  Motion to Intervene filed 9/2/04 by (Bustos)
  Opposition to Application for Review filed 9/17/04 by ("Multicultural")
  Reply to Opposition to Application for Review filed 9/30/04 by ("JNE")
  Permit cancelled per Commission action on 1-18-2008.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20050228ACB   KYPA 18273   MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING
           E     1230 KHZ                LICENSEE, LLC
                                        LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/24/2008
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPED-20070906AEA   KPCC  51701     PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY
             E     89.3 MHZ             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          PASADENA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Dismissed by letter 12/17/2007 (47 CFR Section 73.509 violation)
  Petition for Reconsideration Filed 01/22/2008 by Padadena Area
  Community College District
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPFT-20030710AAA   K229BO  86285   PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
               E     93.7 MHZ         RANCHO BERNARDO, ETC, CA
  CP New Station.  Engineering Amendment filed 07/28/2003.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20071217AAL    K259BJ  151386     ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC
               E     99.7 MHZ         DBA NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                             EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover.
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