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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #316

                     Monday,  March 15, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  PREMATURE CONSTRUCTION RESULTS IN FCC FINE

  The FCC has notified California State University at
Sacramento of an apparent liability in the amount of $5,000
for willful and repeated violations of Section 319(a)
of the Communications Act by constructing facilities for
KKTO(FM) prior to receiving Commission authority to do so.

  (FCC DA No. 99-472)

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  NEW TOWER PAINTING AND LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS

  In paragraph 33 of this Report & Order, the FCC writes,

  ".... we are amending Section 17.23 of the Commission's Rules,
47 C.F.R.  17.23, to incorporate by reference the revised FAA
Advisory Circulars, AC 70/7460-1J (January 1, 1996) and AC
150/5345-43E (October 19, 1995).  Antenna structure owners that
have previously been assigned painting and/or lighting
specifications by the Commission, however, are not required to
update their structures in accordance with the revised
Advisory Circulars unless specifically recommended by the FAA.

  "This approach ensures that new antenna structures will comply
with the FAA's latest recommendations concerning air safety, and
gives the Commission the flexibility to require owners to update
existing painting and/or lighting systems in cases where the FAA
believes that such action is warranted and would increase safety
in air navigation."

  For details, see:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/1999/fcc99040.txt 
    or
  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/1999/fcc99040.wp 

  The document also contains major changes to key aircraft
communication rules by allowing "automated unicoms," Differential
GPS (DGPS) signals in the 112-118 MHz band, and more.

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  2 GHZ VOTE COMING SOON

  On March 18, the FCC is scheduled to hold an open
meeting to consider, among other things, action concerning
the authorization of mobile satellite service in the 2 GHz
frequency band (RM-9328).

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990312/ag990318.html 

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  ROD PORTER NAMED ACTING CHIEF, FCC INTERNATIONAL BUREAU

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/News_Releases/1999/nrin9011.html 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  MIKE TOSCH RESIGNS FROM KPBS-FM

  Mike Tosch has resigned his position as Chief Engineer
of KPBS-FM effective March 12, 1999.  He now becomes the
Director of Broadcast Engineering for Scanz Communications
in West Los Angeles.  See Mike's own story at:

  http://sbe36.org/1999/0307.html 

  We wish him every success!

  Bruce Rogow will become Acting KPBS-FM Chief Engineer
effective Monday, March 15th.  Please do not send resumes
to KPBS since there is no job opening at this time.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  WANTED: A DATABASE SHOWING CATV HEADEND LOCATIONS

  Does anyone know of any database (free or for $) that we
could use to find the physical locations of CATV headends?

  Dave Rickmers, KPXN TV30

  (Respond to Dave directly <rickets@earthlink.net> or,
if you would like to share your comments with Communicator
readers, send them to <rgonsett@connectnet.com>.)

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  STEVE BLODGETT @ KOY

  Thanks for the great Tesla link (CGC #315).  Those photos
were really something!

  Today is my birthday and I've treated myself to a new job.
I'm chief at KOY/KYOT/KZON, the Chancellor stations in Phoenix.
KOY reminds me of KMPC with its long history of service here.
This is a top staff of professionals who are real broadcasters
and I'm happy to be here.

  I'm still affiliated with Golden West Broadcasters until the
KSCA license is transferred to Heftel, which could be any day....

  Steve Blodgett, lightguard@earthlink.net, March 8, 1999

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  JEREMY PREECE IS OFF TO COLORADO

  Just for info, I will be moving to Avon, Colorado this week
to fill a position as an Asst. Broadcast Engineer for American
General Media (AGM) who owns 12 stations up there.  It's hard to
leave So Cal (KCXX/KCKC), but this is definitely the door for
which I have been waiting to open, and it's by far the best
opportunity that has come my way since I decided to pursue
engineering as a career.....

  Thanks for the great newsletter; it's always an interesting
and informative read!

  Jeremy Preece, 3/7/99

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING

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

  CP TO CHG; ERP, HAAT & TL.
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  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 FOR LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLFT-990222TK     K210CL     EDICATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                   89.9 MHZ           LEMON GROVE, CA

  LIC TO COVER

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  VHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  OR LICENSE MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTVL-990108JC      K18FH        MORONGO BASIN TV CLUB, INC.
                     CHAN-18          JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTVL-960517K6) FOR CHANGES.

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  A C T I O N   O F : February 24, 1999

  BLH-981105KD        KBUE         LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                    105.5 MHZ         LONG BEACH, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR FM BROADCAST STATION

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  990305TB       NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
               90.3 MHZ              WESTWOOD, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY SATION KEFX

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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED

  There were no call sign change grants in our area on
FCC change sheet #351.  However, one station in Osceola, MO,
expressed extraordinary common sense by dumping the call sign
KBUG.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  APCO LAND-MOBILE CONFERENCE @ SAN DIEGO, MARCH 15-17

  The latest in Public Safety communications technology will be
on display at the 29th annual Western States Regional Conference
of APCO-International (Association of Public-Safety Communications
Officials).  The event will be held March 15-17, 1999 at the
San Diego Concourse (not the Convention Center); there is an
admission fee of $25.  For more information, see:

  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/invite.htm 

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  GREAT NEWS LINKS

  Authoritative news is hard to find on the web, but is available
in bits and pieces.  While Matt Drudge is not generally considered
an authoritative source of news, his web page has good links to
fresh news from the major wires and magazines.  See:

  http://www.drudgereport.com/ 

  Look past the glaring headline, to the links.

  (Thanks, Larry Poindexter)

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  MORE ON THE BAY AREA HAM REPEATERS SHUT DOWN BY THE FCC

  The FCC has issued a synopsis of the allegations against the
K7IJ repeaters which were shut down due to lack of control by
the licensee, Bruce Wachtell, Call Sign K7IJ.  FCC monitoring
of the communications on the four repeaters in the system,
operating on 145.290, 223.780, 440.175 and 441.175 MHz, revealed
jamming, rebroadcast of cordless telephone calls, as well as
solicitation of unlicensed users by the Control Operator, Blake
Jenkins, N6YSA.

  The synopsis is available at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990312/nrci9008.txt 

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