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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #315

                      Monday, March 8, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC RELEASES LOW POWER FM RADIO SPECTRUM AVAILABILITY PROGRAM

  In response to requests for additional information, the
Mass Media Bureau is releasing the spectrum availability computer
program described in Appendix D to the Notice of Proposed Rule
Making in Docket 99-25 (Creation of a Low Power FM Radio Service).
Technically adept parties may use the program to explore the
potential availability of frequencies for LPFM stations at
locations throughout the United States.

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990305/da990464.txt 
   or
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990305/da990464.wp 

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  AMENDMENT OF PART 17 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES INVOLVING
  ANTENNA CONSTRUCTION, MARKING AND LIGHTING

  The FCC has amended Part 17 of its rules to incorporate
by reference two recently revised Federal Aviation Administration
Advisory Circulars.  As a result, this action unifies federal
guidelines concerning the painting and lighting of antenna
structures.  Docket WT-96-1, WT-96-211.  Adopted February 25, 1999
by R&O (FCC No. 99-40).  No URL available yet.

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  $4,000 FINE UPHELD FOR AM DAYTIMER OPERATING AT NIGHT

  While the above captioned incident occurred in Puerto Rico,
the island is a possession of the United States and its radio
stations operate under FCC jurisdiction.  For details see:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Compliance/Orders/1999/da990439.txt 

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  FCC CLOSES UNLICENSED RADIO STATION IN TEXAS - EQUIPMENT SEIZED

  The FCC, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service and
the United States Attorney's Office, seized radio transmission
equipment used in the operation of an unlicensed FM radio station
in Canyon Lake, Texas, on March 2, 1999.

  The pirate station, identifying itself as "Canyon Lake Radio,"
was operating on 105.7 MHz.  The seizure of equipment followed
FCC warnings to the operator about the penalties for unauthorized
operations, and attempts by FCC agents to have the station
voluntarily discontinue transmissions.

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990304/nrci9007.txt 

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  $8,000 FINE TO KANSAS PIRATE UPHELD

  The FCC's Director, Legal Services Group, Compliance and
Information Bureau, has upheld an $8,000 fine against a Kansas
pirate who allegedly operated on 102.1 MHz.  See:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990305/da990411.txt 

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  WXGI ASKS FCC FOR NAMES OF COMPLAINANTS - REQUEST DENIED

  WXGI(AM), 950 kHz, Richmond, Virginia, had asked the FCC
for, "information concerning the person(s) or company who reported
to the Commission that WXGI AM 950 Richmond VA was operating above
power assigned by the [FCC]."  The station's Freedom of Infor-
mation Act request was denied in large part, and the denial was
upheld on review.  The name(s) of the informant(s) remain
confidential.  For more, see:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OGC/Orders/1999/fcc99039.txt 

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  REFERENCE CENTER TO CONTINUE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION
  OF PUBLIC ACCESS TO BROADCAST ENGINEERING FILES

  The FCC's Reference Center, Room 239, 1919 M Street, NW,
Washington, DC, will continue to temporarily suspend public
access to broadcast engineering files and overnight requests
for station correspondence.  Suspension of public access is
said to be necessary during the relocation of the FCC to the
Portals II building.

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/Public_Notices/1999/pnmc9017.txt 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  TESLA COILS - REAL FLAME THROWERS

  Thanks to the outstanding camera work of Theo Benson,
WA6BEJ, of Vista, CA, the web now holds pictures of the Tesla
coil demonstration at Hamcon-98.  The beautiful color photos
are posted at:

  http://www.ttr.com/model5m_demo_coil.htm 

  Allow a few minutes for downloading if you are limited to
a 28.8k modem.  Your patience will be rewarded.

  (Adapted from a letter by Bill Wysock, N6UXW, Tesla
Technology Research.)

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE OR
  LICENSE MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BL-990202DC         KORG           CITICASTERS CO.
                    1190 KHZ           ANAHEIM, CA

  LIC. TO COVER
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  BL-990111DD         KKTR      MT. WILSON FM B/CSTERS, INC.
                    1650 KHZ          COSTA MESA, CA
  LIC. TO COVER

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  OF ANTENNA POWER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BZ-981222AB      KURS      QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMMUNICATIONS INC
                 1040 KHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS TENDERED FOR FILING

  990222TB       NEW       CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
               88.9 MHZ              NEWHALL, CA

  CP NEW STATION; PRIMARY STN., KAWZ
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  990223TJ       NEW       CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
               88.9 MHZ             SIMI VALLEY, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE OR
  LICENSE MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-990218KA      KACE         COX RADIO, INC.
                  103.9 MHZ       INGLEWOOD, CA

  LIC TO COVER

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION RECEIVED BUT NOT YET
  ACCEPTED FOR TENDER

  990217IE       KAEH        R G B COMMUNICATIONS INC
              100.9 MHZ            BEAUMONT, CA

  CP TO CHG; ERP, HAAT & TL.

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPH-990219IF       KBUA         LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                   94.3 MHZ          SAN FERNANDO, CA

  CP FOR NEW AUX STATION

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPFT-981015TA      NEW      CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA, INC.
                   88.3 MHZ             MURRIETA, CA

  LEGAL AMENDMENT (990225TI)

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  A C T I O N   O F : February 25, 1999

  BMPTTL-JG0601TN     K22FJ        SARA DIAZ WARREN
                     CHAN-22         CALEXICO, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-960515LN, FOR A
  NEW STATION) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 22 TO CHANNEL 24;
  OFFSET: PLUS AND ANTENNA: ANDREW, ALP-32-HST.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
  DISMISSED - MEXICAN OBJECTION

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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS

  The FCC granted a large number of experimental applications
  during the period from 9/1/98 to 1/1/99.  Three particularly
  forward-looking items are as follows:

  WA2XUR     QUOKKA SPORTS, INC.    6241-EX-PL-1998
    Authorization to operate in 1626.5-1646.5 MHz for
    INMARSAT-M terminal for testing, training and monitoring
    purposes before and during the 1998-99 sailboat race to
    enable sailors to send a video feed to applicant's web site.
    Fixed location:  San Francisco, CA.

  KA2XBD     AEPCO, INC.    6222-EX-PL-1998
    Authorization to operate in 14,000-14,500 MHz to transmit
    video images at locations along interstate highways via
    satellite.  Fixed location:  Davids, PA.

  WA2XUE     SATELLITE CD RADIO, INC.    6259-EX-PL-1998
    Authorization to operate on 2326.1 MHz to test ground
    repeater stations for satellite digital audio radio service
    (DARS).  Fixed locations: Berkeley, Brisbane, Woodside,
    San Leandro and San Francisco, CA.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FCC PREDICTION: NO MAJOR DISRUPTION OF TELEPHONE CALLS ON 1/1/00

  Commissioner Michael Powell, Chair of the FCC's Task Force for
Year 2000 Conversion, commended the hard work and dedication this
organization has committed to promoting Year 2000 readiness in the
telecommunications industry.  Extensive testing indicate that very
few problems should arise in telco voice/data facilities come
January 1, 2000.  See:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/News_Releases/1999/nrmc9010.txt 

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  HAS THE FCC OPENED THE DOOR TO INTERNET ACCESS CHARGES?

  "Absolutely not."  So says FCC Chairman Kennard in an easy
to read question and answer sheet posted at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Factsheets/faq_recp.html 

  The sheet concerns the action taken by the Commission on
February 25, 1999.

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  FCC SHUTS DOWN "RUNAWAY" BAY AREA HAM REPEATER

  The FCC has shut down for 120 days the K7IJ repeater
facility on Grizzly Peak in the San Francisco Bay area and told
the licensee his ham ticket could be in jeopardy.  The Commission
also set aside recent license grants of four individuals accused
of unlicensed operation on the repeater prior to obtaining their
amateur tickets, or for other behavior.  The cases represent the
first major VHF/UHF enforcement actions in months.

  FCC's Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, said that for almost a year,
the repeater's control operator, identified as Blake B. Jenkins,
N6YSA, of Berkeley, California, "has apparently not only allowed,
but encouraged, use of the repeater by unlicensed operators,
rebroadcast of cordless telephone calls, playing of music, and
profanity and obscenity."  For much more, see the ARRL Letter
lead stories at:

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/99/0226/ 
    &
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/99/0305/ 

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  TODAY @ NASA.GOV

  NASA publishes an interesting short-form newsletter with
stories like the following:

  "It isn't a supernova, suddenly bursting forth and dominating
the horizon.  It will grow in brightness slowly over the next few
years, until only Venus and the Moon are more noticeable.  It's
the International Space Station, which can now be seen at various
times across much of the globe.  Viewing opportunities for numerous
cities are online, and Internet users can request that their city
be added to the list....."

  Read more at:

  http://www.nasa.gov/today/index.html 

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