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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #318

                     Monday,  March 29, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  LOW POWER FM - COMMENT DEADLINES EXTENDED

  Concerning the creation of a low power FM radio service
(MM Docket 99-25), the Commission has extended the deadlines
for filing Comments and Reply Comments.  The new deadlines
are June 1 and July 1, 1999 respectively.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990319/da990542.txt 

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  OFDM MODULATION APPROVED FOR MDS & ITFS SYSTEMS

  The Commission has granted a petition to allow the use of
Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Modulation (OFDM)
by the MDS and ITFS television services.  OFDM appears to offer
performance features not available in other digital modulations,
specifically, the means for "achieving very high data rates in
severe multipath conditions."  Don't underestimate the value of
that asset.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990322/da990554.txt 

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  AM STATION FAILS TO CHANGE DIRECTIONAL MODES AT NIGHT

  This and other FCC Rule violations led to an $18,000 fine
for Buchanan Broadcasting Company, a fine which was later
reduced to $10,000 - still an appreciable amount.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990322/da990552.txt 

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  KFMB-TV MAY MISS ITS NOVEMBER 1 DTV DEADLINE

  KFMB-TV, Channel 8, San Diego, may miss the FCC-imposed
November 1 deadline for DTV broadcasting.  In 1944, the U.S.
issued a wartime easement on the land that KFMB now occupies
that called for a small plot to be left undeveloped in case
the government needed to lease it.  That easement is exactly
where KFMB reasons that a DTV transmitter building should
be put.  To read more, see Broadcasting & Cable magazine,
March 22, page 43.

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  THE KAHN POWERSIDE - HOW USEFUL OF A DEVICE?

  Do you have any firsthand experience with the Kahn Powerside
for AM broadcasting - the device that concentrates a station's
modulation on one sideband or the other?

  Leonard Kahn discloses where the device seems to work well,
but are there instances where a Powerside has little or no (or
even a negative) effect?   Would a Powerside help a simple
non-directional AM station without a first adjacent channel
interference problem?

  Send a note.   Tell us your thoughts.

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  REMOTE ENGINEER NEEDED FOR BEVERLY HILLS

  Engineer needed for Sunday remotes at Hotel Nikko Beverly
Hills.  All equipment at site.  Great food.

  Call Robert Leembruggen at 310-840-7198.
  (KTWV, 94.7 MHz, Los Angeles)

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  Y2K PROBLEM WITH SAGE EAS EQUIPMENT - NOT A MAJOR ISSUE

  CGC #317 (letter from Ron Haney) mentioned that there
was a SAGE ENDEC Y2K problem when printing EAS logs.

  Please be advised that the problem only occurs if you REPRINT
old logs.  Logs that print in real time are fine.  If you take
the manual step of reprinting old logs, then the manual step of
writing the year at the top of the reprinted strip does not seem
too onerous.

  Harold Price, Sage ENDEC Project Manager

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  RE SPREAD SPECTRUM AUDIO LINKS (CGC #317)

  Harris Microwave, not Harris Broadcast, has a spread spectrum
link called "Aurora" which should work pretty well.  It runs on
S-band.  Since it is not a device aimed at broadcasters, it does
not have an audio codec on board.  Its input is simply T-1.
Since many of us use T-1 already, it may be useful.  I should
have a pair to test out soon.

  Tony Dinkel, KFI, KOST, etc.

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  FCC INSPECTS KLYY(FM), ARCADIA

  Thought I'd let you know that KLYY (Y107) was inspected by
agents of the Cerritos field office yesterday, March 24.  Areas
of inspection were the public file and EAS.  There were no
discrepancies.

  Jerry Lewine

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  FCC INSPECTS KMEX-TV, LOS ANGELES, FOR EAS COMPLIANCE

  Jeff Staigh presents a detailed look at last week's FCC
inspection of KMEX-TV which focused on EAS.  See:

  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

  Click on 'Additional Postings' and look for the KMEX
item.  - Ed.

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  THANKS TO THE BROADCAST COMMUNITY

  I want to thank the broadcast community for the huge
turnout at Andy's funeral and all of the cards and flowers,
but most especially for sharing your memories of Andy with
me.  He was a very special man.....

  Susan Figge, towertek@aol.com 
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  Susan is liquidating the assets of Tower Technology.  Her
complete letter, including a list of items for sale, is posted
at:

  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

  Click on 'Additional Postings' and look for the item
entitled "Assets of Tower Technology for Sale."  - Ed.

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  THANKS TO THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

  I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank
you for such a wonderful service that you provide the broadcast
industry.

  Bruce Potterton, KSGN(FM)
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  Keep up the highly excellent work.  (Highly excellent???....
guess that phrase explains how well you guys are appreciated.)

  Thom Brown, Communication Associates Inc.

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  990316TB        NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
               88.9 MHZ              VALLE VISTA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ

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  NON-COMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL FM APPLICATIONS  T E N D E R E D
  FOR FILING.....

  990310MB        NEW        BROADCASTING FOR THE CHALLENGED INC.
               88.1 MHZ               YUCCA VALLEY, CA

  CP FOR NEW NCE STATION
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  990310MQ        NEW        SACRAMENTO BRAIN TRUST INCORPORATED
               88.1 MHZ               YUCCA VALLEY, CA

  CPP FOR NEW NCE STN.

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BP-990315AA        KUNX         GOLD COAST BROADCASTING COMPANY
                   1590 KHZ                VENTURA, CA

  CP TO CORRECT COORDINATES

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  FCC CALL SIGN GRANTS

  KKTR(AM), Costa Mesa, to KGXL
  KEZT-LP, Temecula, is now KDIG-LP, Encinitas.

  FCC Report No. 352, 3/19/99

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  PROPOSED LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT

  BMPTTL-980601PQ  K65FT  Channel  25  LOU MARTINEZ   RIVERSIDE

  (Application seeks waiver of Section 74.705 or 74.707 of
  the Commission's Rules.)

  FCC Report PGL99-2

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE OR LICENSE
  MODIFICATION LICENSE CANCELLED

  BLH-961007KC       DKMLA        GOLD COAST RADIO, L.L.C.
                   103.7 MHZ            EL RIO, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPH-911216MC) FOR A NEW STATION
  LICENSE CANCELLED BY LETTER OF MARCH 23, 1999

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  A C T I O N   O F : March 19, 1999

  BPH-970724II        KXXZ         HUB BROADCASTING, INC.
                    95.9 MHZ           BARSTOW, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO CHG; ERP, HAAT & TL.
  OBJECTION FILED 10/31/97
  CORRECTIVE AMENDMENT FILED PURSUANT TO
  SECTION 73.3564, OBJECTION MOOT.

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                        PIRATE ROUNDUP
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  U.S. DISTRICT COURT ISSUES INJUNCTION AGAINST
  UNLICENSED NEW YORK CITY RADIO STATION (88.7 MHZ)

  On March 12, 1999, a U.S. District Court granted the
government's motion to enjoin operation of an unlicensed radio
broadcast station in New York City known as "Steal This Radio."
The judge also denied a complaint filed by "Steal This Radio"
that sought to enjoin the FCC from taking enforcement action
against the unlicensed operation, and rejected the pirate's
First Amendment (free speech) argument.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990322/nrci9009.txt 

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  88.7 MHZ PIRATE FINED $17,000 - LATER REDUCED TO $2,000

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990322/da990527.txt 

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  T1, DS0, DS1, DS2, ETC. EXPLAINED

  "All You Wanted to Know About T1 But Were Afraid to Ask"
is an article which defines T1, DS0, DS1, DS2 and other important
digital standards in simple mathematical terms, with illustrations.
It's written by Bob Wachtel and is available on the web at:

  http://www.dcbnet.com/notes/9611t1.html 

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  NPRM TO ESTABLISH RULES FOR THE MOBILE SATELLITE
  SERVICE AT 2 GHZ

  These proposed satellite systems would provide regional and
global voice, data, and messaging services to mobile terminals
in the 1990-2025/2165-2200 MHz frequency bands.  The Orbital
Debris Mitigation discussion which starts at paragraph 97 is
interesting in and of itself.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990325/fcc99050.txt 

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  FCC HANDLED OVER 1200 INTERFERENCE COMPLAINTS FROM FEDERAL,
  STATE, AND LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS

  To read about FCC's role with public safety and emergency
officials seeking assistance on radio frequency problems, many
involving life-threatening emergency situations, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990322/nrci9010.txt 

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  GARMIN OFFERS UPGRADE PATH TO THE NEW GPS III+

  Basically, you send in your GPS III and $100.00 and you get
in return a brand new GPS III+ with an RS-232 cable for PC
interfacing.  It comes with a new 1-yr warranty.

  The GPS III+ has a greatly expanded basemap and you can
download street-level area maps into it from a CD-rom (which
is also available from Garmin for another $100).

  Pete Prossen, WA6ZUH

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  FCC FREES UP MORE TOLL FREE NUMBERS:  "888 + VANITY"

  The FCC has released a letter that will make more toll free
888 numbers available to the public on April 5, 1999.  Many of
those numbers may be vanity numbers, spelling out recognizable
words.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990324/nrcc9022.txt 

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