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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #302

                     Monday, January 4, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  SOME 150 MHZ BUSINESS BAND CHANNELS TO BECOME LICENSE-FREE?

  The commercial market is flooded with one and two watt
hand-held business-band radios operating on one or more of six
150 MHz frequencies assigned to the Industrial and Business Pool.
Now, the FCC is considering doing away with the licensing and
frequency coordination requirements for some of these frequencies.
To read more, see:

  http://www.sbe36.org/1999/0106_ht.html 

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  NO SELECTIVE CHANNEL EAS OVERRIDES FOR CATV OPERATORS

  The Commission has declined to mandate selective channel
overrides that prevent program interruption on broadcast channels
when a cable system that carries that broadcast station provides
a state or local Emergency Alert System (EAS) message.  For
details, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1998/db981231/fcc98329.txt 

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  U.S. AND MEXICO SIGN AGREEMENT ON MOBILE SATELLITE SERVICES

  A web address is now available for the above item announced
in last week's Communicator. The URL is:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1998/db981230/nrin8045.txt 

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  THE LATEST LOS ANGELES EAS TEST RESULTS

  12/28/98, Richard Rudman writes:  The next LA County
Required Monthly Test will originate from the Sheriffs Department
at 04:50 hours on Tuesday, December 29.  The Sheriffs Department
is making every effort to assure its success.
  _____

  Following the test, the e-mail rolls in:
  _____

  We received the monthly test today at 5:17am from KFI as
an EXPIRED MESSAGE.  It was effective until 5:09 AM according
to the printout.  As a result, KCRW never aired it.  For what
it's worth, we didn't see one from KCBS-FM which is the other
station we monitor.  It appears the Sheriff did their job as
promised though! - Steve Herbert, KCRW
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  ....The County was 5 minutes late originating the test. I have
just reminded them via email that if the RMT cannot be done in the
:50 to :50:45 window for both odd and even months, it should be
scrubbed to avoid major problems at both radio and TV stations.
FYI, the 5 minute delay was caused by the person doing the
origination having to go to another building after finding out
that the primary EAS device would not function properly....
 - Richard Rudman
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  I'm told that KNX received an incomplete audio message
during the RMT.  The newsroom made the decision that this was
an "invalid" message, and therefore was not forwarded.
 - Rick Sietsema, KNX
  _____

  At the end of the RMT, we found ourselves airing a promo for
KFI for about 20 seconds before the EOM tones finally arrived.
The Sage system printout said the system here had timed out.
In any case, it did go on the air, albeit with an unexpected
plug for 'More Stimulating Talk Radio.' - Mike Callaghan, KIIS
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  Mike: As I mentioned on the phone, I have heard of this
problem happening if too much (or too little) audio is hitting
the detector in an EAS box..... I thought it might be worth a
mention in case other people are seeing this problem.
 - Richard Rudman

  (Extracts from the LA EAS List Server)

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  NEW FM TRANSLATORS IN SANTA BARBARA

  Two new translators (well, one new and one returning after
a lengthy absence) are on in Santa Barbara starting today, 12/29;
KPFK's new translator on 98.7 (K254AH), and the return of the
reason KPFK decided it needed a translator here (K213AR on 90.5,
another Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls).  Both are running 10 watts
from Broadcast Peak (home of KEYT channel 3 and several other
FM's).

  Dennis Gibson, WB6TNB

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  A C T I O N   O F : December 18, 1998

  BMPCDT-981013KE      KTLA-DT       KTLA  INC.
                       CHAN-31    LOS ANGELES, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION
  MP(BPCDT-980407KE) TO CHANGE THE ANTENNA PATTERN AND
  ERP(AVG): 310 KW

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  Last week we published the following item:
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  A C T I O N   O F : December 16, 1998

  BPFT-971006TE     NEW        PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                  89.5 MHZ           BRAWLEY, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STATION, PRIMARY STATION KCZO(FM)
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 7/20/98, BY (""PBE"")
  P4R GRANTED AND APPLICATION REINSTATED TO PENDING STATUS
  12-16-98
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  The casual reader may be a bit confused. How could an
  application be both "dismissed" and "reinstated to pending
  status?" The trick, as always, is to read these news items
  in chronological order, from top down. As one of our readers
  explains:

  "The original application for C.P. had been dismissed by
  the Commission because of the failure of (the applicant) PBE
  to respond in timely fashion to a follow-up FCC inquiry seeking
  tower registration information. PBE subsequently filed for
  reconsideration on the grounds of language difficulties
  (delaying response) and because no actual tower requiring
  registration was involved. The FCC then granted the "P4R"
  (Petition for Reconsideration) and reinstated the application
  for C.P. to pending status."

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  A C T I O N   O F : December 23, 1998

  BPFT-980812TE       NEW        LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                    88.9 MHZ            BUENA PARK, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STN: PRIMARY STATION KTLW; MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF
  TIME TO FILE, FILED 12/3/98; PETITION TO DENY FILED 12/3/98
  DISMISSED PER APPS REQUEST

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  NON-COMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL FM APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPED-981221JC     KPBS-FM      SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
                     89.5 MHZ            SAN DIEGO, CA

  EXTENSION OF CP (BPED-970211IA)
  1ST REQUEST

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  UHF TRANSLATOR STATION APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  981202JC       K61AI      COMMUNITY TV OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                CHAN-61              SANTA BARBARA, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 61 TO CHANNEL 26;
  TL: 3035 GIBRALTAR ROAD, SANTA BARBARA, CA
  34-27-56  119-40-40; ERP: .397 KILOWATTS AND OFFSET: ZERO.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  A C T I O N S  O F : December 28, 1998

  BLH-980918KC        KRTO         COX RADIO, INC.
                    98.3 MHZ       WEST COVINA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR FM BROADCAST STATION
  LIC TO COVER (BPH-971210IB) FOR CHANGES
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  BLFT-981009TF      K216DW       EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                    91.1 MHZ           CATHEDRAL CITY, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR FM TRANSLATOR
  LIC TO COVER (BPFT-970902TI) FOR A NEW STATION
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  BP-980921AD      KKTR         MT. WILSON FM B/CSTERS, INC.
                 1650 KHZ             COSTA MESA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO AM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO CHNG CITY OF LICENSE, TL  AND PWR
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  BPFT-980717TC      NEW        LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                   88.7 MHZ         LONG BEACH, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 11/2/98, BY(""POMONA""); PETITION TO
  DENY FILED 11/2/98, BY (""CSUN"")"

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE CONDOR CONNECTION

  Ham radio operators often ask about the Condor Connection.
They want basic information on these permanently-linked and
open 220 MHz repeaters that serve good portions of California,
Nevada and Arizona.  Now, there is a very nice web site with
all you need to know:

  http://www.condor-connection.org/ 

  For those who enjoy two-meter operation and want the official
list of coordinated repeaters, PLs included, see Tasma's page at:

  http://www.primenet.com/~tasma/rpt9809.htm 

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  SCOTTISH NUCLEAR INCIDENT: REASON #7,928 WHY WE NEED EAS

  A full-scale emergency was declared at a Scottish nuclear
power plant when fierce winds knocked out the power to cool its
reactors.  They couldn't restart the back-up generators, vital
to keep the reactors' two cores from overheating.  Frightened
staff were called from their homes and battled for five hours
to manually try to reset the safety systems before the cores
went critical.  One plant worker, who asked not to be named,
said the situation had been terrifying.....  To read more:

http://www.record-mail.co.uk/rm/stories/A3012804.html 

  Thanks, Mark van der Hoek

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  AT&T LOSING GROUND

  The FCC has released a staff report entitled Long Distance
Market Shares. The report summarizes publicly available data on
long distance market shares.

  According to revenues reported to the FCC by carriers, AT&T's
share of long distance carrier toll revenues fell from 90% in 1984
to slightly less than half the market in 1997. MCIWorldCom and
Sprint now account for about one third of the long distance market.
The market shares of smaller carriers grew even faster,
increasing from 3% to 20% during that same period of time.

  For this and more, see:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1998/db981230/nrcc8099.txt 

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  TREE RADIO BERKELEY IS OFF THE AIR

  And finally, word that "Tree Radio Berkeley" is off the air.
That's right, "Tree Radio Berkeley."

  According to published reports, the group's spokesman -
identified as Russell Bush - says the decision to end the
unlicensed broadcasts from the branches of a California Redwood
tree came because the protesters felt they got their message
across.

  Bush says that the group wants the FCC to stop banning low-
powered radio stations.  This prohibition, says Tree Radio
Berkeley, hinders community access to the airwaves.

  And in case you have not figured it out yet, this group took
its name in parody of another northern California unlicensed
broadcaster: that of Stephen Dunifer's former pirate station,
Free Radio Berkeley.   - Newsline

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