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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #303

                    Monday,  January 11, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  AM STATIONS WANT ACCESS TO FM TRANSLATORS

  In August 1997, a Petition for Rulemaking was filed asking
that AM broadcasters be allowed to become licensees of FM
translators so the translators could provide fill-in service
for AM stations.

  On December 10, 1998, the Commission released a Public Notice
announcing that Comments supporting or opposing the petition
would be accepted for a period of 30 days.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990105/da982527.txt 

  There was just one problem.  The FCC did not post this
announcement on the web until January 5, 1999, almost the due
date for Comments!  Not to worry.  The NAB, realizing the
importance of this proceeding, had in the meantime asked for
a 30 day extension of time.  That request was granted - see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990107/da990115.txt 

 - and all parties now have until February 10, 1999 to file
Comments with the Commission.  This is obviously a very important
item for both AM and FM broadcasters.

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  FCC ISSUES SECOND WARNING TO OWNERS OF RADIO ANTENNA
  STRUCTURES AFTER AMBULANCE HELICOPTER NEARLY HITS UNLIT
  RADIO TOWER IN FLORIDA

  See details at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990105/nrci9000.txt 

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  OFFICES OF CHAIRMAN AND COMMISSIONERS RELOCATE TO PORTALS,
  EFFECTIVE JANUARY 11

  Effective January 11, the Offices of FCC Chairman William
Kennard and Commissioners Susan Ness, Harold Furchtgott-Roth,
Michael Powell and Gloria Tristani will be relocated to the
Commission's new headquarters building at The Portals, 445
12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554.

 All current telephone and facsimile numbers and e-mail
addresses will remain the same.

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  CHAIRMAN KENNARD'S AGENDA FOR THE FCC FOR 1999

  Kennard's agenda is on the web at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990107/stwek901.html 

  As predicted by many, one of his items is to "open low-power
radio frequencies for local use."

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  SAN DIEGO EAS RMT - ANOTHER LESSON LEARNED

  "As always, (originating RMTs) is a learning experience
and in the end I found another trap in the system to possibly
cause some problems.

  "We are using TFT 911s here and our clocks seem to drift by
multiple minutes every month.  I just reset them only a couple
weeks ago and the LP-1's (clock) moved ahead and the LP-2's moved
backwards.  This probably explains why the stations running in
the automatic mode didn't have any problems (relaying the latest
RMT), and why the stations who ran on manual and delayed the
test a couple of minutes received the LP-2's message with the
cut off EOM.

  "I will work harder on making sure our clocks are better set
and in sync, and hopefully 1999 will be the year with the least
amount of problems."

  Jeff Williams, Chair SD-LECC, 1/7/99
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  The "drifting EAS clock is also a problem in SAGE Endec
units....."   - Lee McGowan, KYXY/KPLN

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  FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT IRREGULARITIES

  During our monthly precision frequency measurements for many
of the broadcast stations in Southern California, CGC engineers
issued a record number of discrepancy reports.  No client stations
were "off frequency" in an FCC sense, but some came close to
crossing the line.  Now the most serious problems have been
resolved thanks to fast action by concerned broadcast engineers.

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  NEXT SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING IS JANUARY 20

  The next San Diego SBE meeting will be held at Pacific
Research & Engineering (PR&E) on January 20.  Regular meeting
is at 7:00 p.m.  To take part in the social hour, arrive at 6 p.m.

  PR&E will show the technical design and discuss applications
of the Airwave Digital Console.  They'll demonstrate their
Quik-Bilt II, a second generation line of ready-to-assemble studio
furniture.  And you'll meet Don Naab, the new company president.

  For more information, contact Gary Stigall: sbe36@broadcast.net 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ENGINEERING OPENING AT KWHY(TV)

  KWHY(TV) has an immediate opening for a maintenance engineer.
Send resume to Human Resources, KWHY(TV), 5545 Sunset Blvd.,
Hollywood, CA 90028.

  Alternatively, you may fax your resume to 323-603-4226,
or e-mail it to:

  davidz@kwhy.com 

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  TOM PATTERSON JOINS KCBS-TV

  I'm transferring over to KCBS-TV Channel 2 Engineering
Dept. as of Monday 1/11/99.  Leaving CBS Radio, KNX/KCBS-FM
Technical Dept., after 9 years.  Moving to TV after 21 years
in the "Radio" engineering biz.

  My E-Mail address and pager number (888) CBS-BEEP, will
remain the same.

  Tom Patterson, PattersT@la.cbs.com 

  (Congratulations!   -Ed.)

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  LOCATING HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
  THAT MAY RECEIVE DTV INTERFERENCE

  I have heard that several southern California DTV
broadcasters still have concerns about how to notify area
hospitals of their future/current transmission criteria.
Please refer to the http address I forwarded to CGC earlier,
or email me directly about merge documents using these same
resources.

  Nancy.Wilkerson@abc.com 
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  (Nancy provided the following web address in CGC #285.
This URL is for the Office of Statewide Health Planning
and Development and gives the names, addresses, and counties
of California licensed hospitals, long-term care facilities,
clinics, and home health agencies.  -Ed.)

  http://www.oshpd.cahwnet.gov/hdp/hfalfaov.htm 

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  NEW WEB PAGE FOR INDEPENDENT ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS

  If you are doing any independent contracting in the
computing or broadcast fields and would like an email address
or web site posted on my contractor links page, drop me a mail
and I'll post it for you in the list.  It's a freebie! :)
The new page is at:

  http://www.steveblodgett.com/contractors.html 

  Steve Blodgett, steveblodgett@usa.net 

  (Steve has branched out from broadcast engineering and
offers discounts on long distance calls.  He also offers
a search engine to find the best deals on specific long
distance calls <http://longdist.net/?185216b>.   -Ed.)

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  RUMOR CONTROL - LPTV BRANCH AT A STANDSTILL?

  FYI, the LPTV Branch moves to the Portals on Jan. 28.
Also, because they just converted to Windows '98, many things
don't work, especially printing, so no licenses or CPs can be
issued at this time.  Thanks, Mr. Gates.

  (An internet rumor forwarded to CGC.)

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  CGC asked an FCC staff member to comment on this letter,
and we received two replies:

  "Just checked with the supervising engineer in the LPTV
branch and the problem is solved.  When Windows 95 and new FCC
network programs (FOCUS) were installed, the special printer
drivers used to produce CP and license documents were lost.
Once these drivers were reinstalled, things were back to
normal....."  A second FCC staff member added, "We had some
problem the first day that we were switched to Windows 98.
We are operating as usual."

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  THANK YOU

  I really enjoy reading the CGC Communicator by electronic
mail.  Have a prosperous New Year!

  Jim Stanley, W6GH
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  The CGC Communicator is a must read for me, Robert.  Thanks
for all of your efforts; they're greatly appreciated on this end.

  Dennis Gibson, WB6TNB

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  981218TB              NEW           RM BROADCASTING LLC
                     106.1 MHZ       JOSUA TREE , ETC., CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KPLM

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPTTL-981210JA     K38CY       CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                     CHAN-38                VAN NUYS, CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-971218JA, AS
  REINSTATED, FOR CHANGES) TO EXTEND COMPLETION DATE.

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  UHF BOOSTER LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPUB-981223JC      KTBN1        TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                     CHAN-40             LAKE ARROWHEAD, CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPUB-961107IA, FOR TV
  BOOSTER STATION) TO EXTEND COMPLETION DATE.

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPH-981218IC       KHWZ         KHWY, INC.
                   100.1 MHZ       LUDLOW, CA

  MOD OF CP TO MAKE CHGS; CHG: HAAT, TL

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

  BMPTTL-981124JA      K61GH        TV-61 SAN DIEGO, INC.
                      CHAN-61         NATIONAL CITY, CA

  APPLICATN RETURNED TO UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-870629NO, FOR A
  NEW STATION) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 61 TO CHANNEL 58; PRINCIPAL
  COMMUNITY: LA PRESA/SUNNYSIDE, CA; TL: 4.8 KILOMETERS EAST
  SOUTH - EAST OF LA PRESA, CA 32-41-52  116-56-02; ERP: 1.80
  KILOWATTS; OFFSET: ZERO; ANTENNA: ANTENNA CONCEPTS, ACS4D
  AND RCAMSL: 816 METERS.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
  RETURNED - UNACCEPTABLE FOR FILING

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ERRATUM -- AMENDMENT OF PART 5 OF FCC'S RULES TO
  REVISE THE EXPERIMENTAL RADIO SERVICE REGULATIONS

  The FCC has issued an erratum in this proceeding.
It may be viewed at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990107/err98283.txt 

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  SUNSAT LAUNCH SET

  South Africa will launch its first satellite, SUNSAT,
January 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  The
satellite will carry an Amateur Radio package, a high-resolution
imager, precision attitude control, and school experiments as
well as other payloads, including NASA experiments.  SUNSAT was
built by students at the University of Stellenbosch, and its
name is an acronym for Stellenbosch UNniversity SATellite.

  We wish them every success.

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