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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #317

                     Monday,  March 22, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  CHAIRMAN KENNARD OUTLINES FCC REORGANIZATION

  FCC Chairman Kennard wants the Commission to concentrate
on three key areas: consumer protection, rule enforcement and
spectrum management.  See a summary of his testimony before a
House Subcommittee at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990317/nrmc9011.html 

  Of course, not all members of Congress are pleased with the
current Kennard Commission including its proposal for creating
a low power FM service.  Specific objections are outlined on
page 19, Broadcasting & Cable magazine, 3/15/99.  Then again,
disagreements between Congress and the FCC are not uncommon.

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  VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS

  The FCC has just published new self-inspection checklists
for AM, FM and TV stations.  They may be downloaded from:

  http://www.fcc.gov/cib/bc-chklsts/Welcome.html 

  Once you are satisfied that your station complies with the
Rules & Regs, have your facility inspected by an authorized
individual.  Passing that test will keep the real FCC inspector
away for two years (special cases excepted).  See the full
story at:

  http://sbe36.org/1999/0403.html 

  Many thanks to June Butler, FCC/San Diego, for all her fine
efforts to keep broadcasters posted on current events - just as
she has done here.

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  CHP COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH DATA POSTED ON THE WEB

  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) posts its computer aided
dispatch data - live - on the web.  The home page address is:

  http://cad.chp.ca.gov/ 

  For Los Angeles and vicinity, use:
  http://cad.chp.ca.gov/LACC.htm 

  For San Diego and vicinity, go directly to:
  http://cad.chp.ca.gov/BOCC.htm 

  Click on an incident of interest for details.

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  $6,000 FORFEITURE AGAINST 87.9 MHZ PIRATE UPHELD

  What makes this case of "broadcasting without authorization"
interesting and perhaps unique is that the mother of the alleged
87.9 MHz pirate responded in writing to the Commission, twice.

  The story: Alleged pirate tells FCC inspectors that he would
rather pay a fine than surrender his broadcast equipment.  FCC
agrees, and imposes a $6,000 fine.  Mother of alleged pirate then
claims that her son is an unemployed full-time student, and that
the fine should be reduced or cancelled, but provides no evidence
that he cannot pay.  FCC upholds the original $6,000 fine.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990317/da990500.txt 

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  AM STATION SLIDES OFF FREQUENCY - FIXES PROBLEM

  A Southern California AM station shot 183 Hz off frequency
earlier this year (20 Hz is the legal limit), but corrected the
problem as soon as they were notified by CGC.  The problem was
traced to dirty contacts on a relay which switched crystals.
This was NOT a crystal oven problem - and that made the incident
unusual and worth reporting.

  Factoid:  AM DXers, listening from afar, were the first to
speculate that this particular station had jumped frequency.
The result was confirmed by CGC.

  Another factoid:  Just before the big jump occurred, CGC had
sent the station an e-note expressing concern over a 9 Hz shift
which had occurred over a one month period.  Still, it was hard
to imagine that the station would soon be 183 Hz off frequency.

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  FCC FORMS

  The FCC's toll-free number for ordering forms is 1-800-418-3676
(outside the Washington, DC area).

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  101.5 MHZ MT. WILSON TRANSLATOR INTERFERES WITH KGB-FM

  KGB-FM, 101.5 MHz, San Diego, has many fringe-area listeners
in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Therefore, it came as no
surprise when the station received many interference complaints
as soon as a 101.5 MHz translator on Mt. Wilson (K268AK) began
broadcasting.  According to John Barcroft of KGB, the translator
operator voluntarily suspended transmissions when presented with
the interference complaints.

  The translator in question is authorized for 2 watts ERP,
circular polarization, non-directional.  A 10-watt application
is pending.  The station relays KLRD according to FCC records.

  The "good guy" who immediately suspended operations is
Sam Wallington.  It is refreshing to find people like Sam, and
his boss, Dick Jenkins, who are quick to do the right thing.

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  Y2K PROBLEM WITH SAGE EAS EQUIPMENT

  According to Ron Haney, Director of Engineering for KLAQ,
KROD, KSII, El Paso, the SAGE Endec EAS box has a Y2K problem.
He writes, "While the unit will continue to send/receive alerts
(in the year 2000), I feel it will be VERY CONFUSING when looking
back over alerts and seeing that the date is 01/22/100."

  Ron objects to the Harris/SAGE charge of $50 to provide a
new EPROM to fix the problem.  He argues that the problem was
created by SAGE and should be fixed by SAGE at no charge.

  Ron's March 16 letter was posted on the Los Angeles and
San Diego EAS list servers.

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  SAN DIEGO SBE DISCUSSES THE SAGE Y2K PROBLEM

  There was a spirited discussion on the SAGE Y2K problem
at San Diego's SBE meeting of March 17.  One "work around"
solution is to use manual logging where the correct year
is entered by hand.

  After several minutes of discussion, the engineer who had
raised the subject (Lee McGowan) asked for a show of hands to
see how many folks were using SAGE equipment.  He was the
only one and everyone, including Lee, had a good laugh!

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  SPREAD SPECTRUM LINK SCORECARD:  MOSELEY "1", QEI "0"

  Last summer I asked readers of this newsletter if they had
experience with the QEI Quicklink unit.  Most responses were from
engineers who wanted to know more from me.  Here are the results:

  We never were able to get the QEI Quicklink to work
reliably.  On the other hand, the Moseley Starlink 9001SS has
been bulletproof.  For more details you can visit:

  http://www.ksgn.com/moseley 

  ....or call me, Jon Foreman, at KSGN: (909) 687-5746.
I am also available by e-mail at <jforeman@ksgn.com>.

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  NATIONAL RADIO CLUB WEB SITE

  Re the National Radio Club's web site.  This club is very
pro-AM Radio, and has over 850 members.

  As an ex-radio C.E. (I made the transition to TV in 1985),
I found that members were very helpful in identifying interference
questions.  Engineers can gain an understanding of the world of
broadcast band DXing, and the radio listening hobby through the
club and site.  The club is a non-profit organization, with all
editors being volunteers.  The site is located at:

  http://www.nrcdxas.org 

  Fred Vobbe, WLIO Television, w8hdu@wlio.com 

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  FCC STATION INSPECTION

  KXRS/KSDT, Hemet, CA, inspected by FCC on 3/18/99.
  Points of interest by FCC:

  #1. EAS
  #2. Public File

  Jason Houts, Chief Operator/Engineer

  [See "Your Public File - What to Keep, What to Toss and
Where to Keep It" - Counsel Memo L-9806 from NAB's Legal
Department.  Also, the new FCC self-inspection checklists,
mentioned earlier, have expanded public file info.   -Ed.]

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  HOW TO DEBUNK INTERNET HOAXES

  Did you ever receive an e-mail with a dire warning about
a new e-mail virus or new FCC charges for Internet expenses?
This week I received an all-time record number of these
"warnings."

  The latest hoax circulating by e-mail claims that the U.S.
Congress is about to impose stiff fees for Internet access....
Anyone who forwards such a message is a gullible victim of a
cruel hoax.  For the truth, look at:

  http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html 

  Steve Blodgett, stevebl@kyot.com 

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  TENDERED FOR FILING

  990302JB         KEZT-LP      BRIMARC COMMUNICATIONS
                   CHAN-67           ENCINITAS, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 67 TO CHANNEL 36;
  PRINCIPAL COMMUNITY: TEMECULA, CA; TL: K26FA TOWER SITE,
  SAN MARCOS, CA 33-06-39  117-09=10; TPO: 2.0 KILOWATTS;
  ERP: 25.1 KILOWATTS; OFFSET: MINUS; ANTENNA: ANTENNA
  CONCEPTS, ACB16P3; RCAMSL: 518.29 KILOWATTS AND
  ORIENTATION: 15 DEGREES TRUE. (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

  [We have asked the FCC to explain the Encinitas/Temecula
discrepancy (which is it?) and to provide a chart converting
kilowatts into meters.   -Ed.]

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

  BLTTL-990205JN        K50FB        PARK PLACE BROADCASTING
                       CHAN-50          PALM SPRINGS, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-940415MZ, AS MODIFIED) FOR A NEW
  STATION.

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPH-980728IE        KZLA-FM      BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY
                      93.9 MHZ          LOS ANGELES, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT (FILE NO. 990302IB)

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  COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION APPLICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPCDT-990111KF    KGTV-DT    MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO., INC.
                     CHAN-25             SAN DIEGO, CA

  MP TO CHANGE ERP(AVG): 302 KW; HAAT:  208 METERS AND ANTENNA
  SYSTEM: DIELECTRIC, TFU-18DSC-RC170

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  A C T I O N   O F : March 12, 1999

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

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR VHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTVL-960517K6) FOR CHANGES.

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

  BZ-990226DE      KTYM       TRANS AMERICA BROADCASTING CORP.
                 1460 KHZ              INGLEWOOD, CA

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  UHF TRANSLATOR STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPTT-990121JD       K44DT        COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                     CHAN-44            SIMI VALLEY, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE TPO: 2.0 KILOWATTS AND
  ERP: 10.6 KILOWATTS.

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPTTL-990212JH    K38CY    CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                     CHAN-38            VAN NUYS, CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-971218JA, AS
  REINSTATED AND MODIFIED, FOR CHANGES) TO CHANGE TL: 8159 VAN
  NUYS BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CA 34-13-10  118-26-54;
  TPO: .235 KILOWATTS; ERP: 5.3 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: JAMPRO,
  JA/LS-TB-4; RCAMSL: 293.2 METERS AND ORIENTATION: 2 DEGREES
  TRUE.

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  A C T I O N S  O F : March 15, 1999

  BPH-981102IH        KSCA         GOLDEN WEST BROADCASTERS
                    101.9 MHZ            GLENDALE, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO CHG HAAT & ERP
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  BPFT-981109TF        NEW        PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                     88.7 MHZ           BANNING, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KCZO

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  UHF TRANSLATOR STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE OR LICENSE
  MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTT-990223JA     K15DB      TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                   CHAN-15          SANTA BARBARA, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTT-960430JI) FOR CHANGES.

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE
  OR LICENSE MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTTL-990216JC     K49EK       COASTLINE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                    CHAN-49            SANTA BARBARA, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-990211JG, AS REINSTATED) FOR A NEW
  STATION.
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  BLTTL-990219JC     KDFX-LP      PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                     CHAN-40          INDIO, ETC., CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-910502EP, AS MODIFIED) FOR A NEW
  STATION.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  MAJOR FCC ACTIONS ON THURSDAY

  (1) LONG DISTANCE PHONE RATES TO BE POSTED

  The Commission has ordered long distance carriers to publicly
disclose their rates in an easy-to-understand, clear format, once
these services are detariffed.  Carriers that have an Internet
website must also post this information on-line in a timely and
easily accessible manner.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990318/nrcc9018.txt 
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  (2) FCC PROPOSES POLICIES AND SERVICE RULES FOR THE 2 GHZ
  MOBILE SATELLITE SERVICE

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990318/nrin9012.txt 
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  (3) END OF 888 RIGHT-OF-FIRST-REFUSAL PROCESS ON APRIL 5, 1999

  FCC directs Database Service Management, Inc. to release all
remaining unclaimed "unavailable" set-aside 888 numbers into
"spare" status beginning at noon and ending by 6:00 p.m. EST
on April 5, 1999.

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  402-405 MHZ PROPOSED FOR IMPLANTED MEDICAL DEVICES

  The Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM) to establish a Medical Implant Communications Service
("MICS") in the 402-405 MHz band.  MICS operations would consist
of high-speed, ultra low power, non-voice transmissions to and
from implanted medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers and
defibrillators.

  See the full NPRM at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990315/fcc99023.txt 

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  SAN DIEGO HAM REPEATER LIST

  For an updated list of ham radio repeaters in and around
San Diego, see:

  http://www.fanciful.org/amradio/repeater.htm 

  Author KF6KYV writes, "...we intend to make this list THE
most up to date repeater list possible.  Feel free to contact
us in the future with any suggestions (or) corrections."  His
edress is posted on the web page.

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  SAN DIEGO IN PICTURES

  Oscar Medina, Chief Engineer of KNSD(TV) and a wonderfully
talented photographer, has put together a web page of San Diego
skyline photos - some taken from his ultralight aircraft.
Enjoy the rich vistas at:

  http://www.ttlhost.com/racso/ 

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