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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #305

                    Monday,  January 25, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC BROADCAST NEWS AT A MINIMUM

  This week's broadcast-related FCC news is minimal, so let's
turn to our readers who "create their own light" in the absence
of FCC pronouncements.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  TAX CUT FOR TELEPRODUCTION COMPANIES

  Effective Jan. 1, 1999, teleproduction companies can receive
a 5 percent exemption on sales tax paid for equipment, parts and
services.  Information is available from the State Board of
Equalization at (800) 400-7115 or Mr. Roy Hui at (619) 324-2952.
Ask for the info packet for Revenue and Taxation Code section
6378.  The one catch is that you must send a form requesting the
exemption with each purchase.

  Sherman George, Director, UCSD Media Center

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  SO FAR, ALL MT. WILSON DTV ANTENNAS ARE FROM DIELECTRIC

  Your last issue #304 mentioned DTV is now being radiated
from KCOP in Los Angeles.  That makes KCOP the fifth station
on Mt. Wilson using a Dielectric TFU-DSC series antenna for DTV.
Keep the news coming.

  john.klecker@dielectric.com 

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  EAS & PATENT RIGHTS

  I received a NAB fax with an EAS alert for broadcasters.  It
appears that some company is sending out letters to broadcasters
stating that they hold patent rights on certain elements of the
technology employed in the EAS system.  The letter requests the
broadcaster to submit payment for a license.  The National Weather
Service and the Department of Commerce informed the NAB that the
government would soon issue a statement giving its view on the
legal status.

  Tom Wimberly, Ramar Communications

  [A FCC contact confirms that his mailbox was full of inquiries
concerning this matter.   -Ed.]

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  DTV INTERFERENCE WITH OVER-THE-AIR NTSC RECEPTION

  San Diego antenna installer Bob Layton is posing more than
just a theory ("DTV Signals May Cause UHF-TV Preamp Overload"
in CGC #304).  DTV transmissions can cause MATV pre-amp noise.
My three sets (all Sony-identical vintage/chassis) are showing
increased grain.  This occurs on UHF; however one of them (a
console) is displaying noise on Channel 2.  Amplification was
installed to overcome coax loss, serve VCRs and enhance dynamic
range.  I am now rebuilding this system to become NTSC-DTV
compatible.  Others who prefer antenna reception will need to
inspect or correct their systems too.

  Mark Nodine, KJ6MS, West Covina, CA

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  EAS CURIOSITY IN LOS ANGELES

  From Lyle Henry (1/11):  When I was checking the receive logs
last week, I found a tape saying "A civil authority has issued an
administrative message for the following counties/areas:  All
California at 9:49 AM on Jan 5, 1999 effective until 10:04 AM."
This came from KFI.  But what is it?   - Lyle Henry

  Reply from Richard Rudman (1/12):  This message was a result
of a programming error in the box at Sheriffs Dept.  The problem
has since been resolved, complete with a procedure to make this
problem unlikely to reoccur in the future.

  (From the LA EAS List Server.)

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLFT-990106TD        K254AH       PACIFICA FOUNDATION
                      98.7 MHZ        ISLA VISTA, CA

  LIC.  TO COVER

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  990111TA       NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
              88.1 MHZ               EL CENTRO, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ

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  A C T I O N   O F :  January 15, 1999

  BPTT-980601WP       K61AI        COMMUNITY TV OF SOUTHERN CALIF.
                     CHAN-61             SANTA BARBARA, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO UHF TRANSLATOR STATION
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 61 TO CHANNEL 29 AND
  OFFSET: MINUS.  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
  DISMISSED - REQUEST OF APPLICANT

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  TELEPHONES AND INDIANS

  The FCC has announced that it will hold a series of public
hearings on telephone service for Indians on reservations.  It
will seek Comments from the general public on all testimony and
other evidence presented.  A Reply Comment date will be set,
if necessary.  See:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OCBO/da990201.txt 

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  HOWARD HEAD DECEASED AT 79

  Howard Head, former chairman of consulting engineering firm
A.D. Ring & Associates, Washington, died of a heart attack on
December 29 in Rhode Island.  He suffered from Parkinson's
disease.  For more information, see Broadcasting & Cable magazine,
1/11/99, page 111.

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  NUNAVUT, CANADA

  The territory of Nunavut, Canada comes into existence on
April 1, 1999, and with it, a new Amateur Radio prefix.  Radio
Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced that Nunavut will get the
prefix VY0 "to ensure a unique identification for the new
territory."

  Nunavut, which means "our land" in the Inuktitut language,
will be comprised of the eastern portion of the present Northwest
Territories.  The western territory is as of yet unnamed.  Nunavut
will be about five times the size of Alberta but have a population
of just 24,000, some 85% of whom are Inuit.  The VE8 prefix will
remain in use for the western Northwest Territories.  For more
information on Nunavut, see:

  http://www.ccu-cuc.ca/en/library/nunavut.html 

  With the creation of Nunavut, the map of Canada will change for
the first time since Newfoundland joined the confederation in 1949.

  (Extracts from ARRL Letter of January 22, 1999 + other sources.)

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  FCC ISSUES 5-MHZ EXPERIMENTAL LICENSE TO ARRL

  The FCC has issued an Experimental Radio Service license
to the ARRL to permit two-way tests in the vicinity of 5 MHz,
the most likely site of the next amateur HF band.  The license,
bearing the call sign WA2XSY, was issued January 8 and is good
for two years.

  (Extracts from ARRL Letter of January 22, 1999)

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  NSA BANS THE FURBY

  The National Security Agency (NSA) has banned the Furby toy
from the sites that NSA controls.  The popular toy falls under
the NSA ban against personally owned photographic, video and audio
recording equipment.  According to the Washington Post, the Furby
can repeat some of what it hears, and that could compromise
national security.

  (Newsline)

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