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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #319

                      Monday, April 5, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC 'STREAMLINES' TECHNICAL RADIO RULES

  The FCC has "amended its rules to make the AM, commercial FM,
non-commercial FM and FM translator application process simpler,
faster and more efficient" (FCC Daily Digest).  For one thing,
the Commission has FINALLY adopted the "first come, first served"
standard for AMs and noncommercial FMs, thereby eliminating the
window of vulnerability where a minor change application wasn't
cut off from competitors until FCC staff got around to acting on
the application.

  See this and other beneficial rule changes at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990330/nrmm9007.txt 

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  WGUL-FM FINED $7,000 FOR VARIOUS TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS

  Radio Station WGUL-FM, Iverness, FL, has been fined $7,000
(after appeal) for the following technical violations:  (a)
radiating an excessive signal on 1909 kHz, (b) EAS monitoring
problem (lack of two input sources), (c) failing EAS testing
procedures and (d) unavailability of public inspection file.
The station was initially fined $10,000 because it also allegedly
lacked equipment performance measurements within the required
14 month window, but that charge was successfully challenged and
dropped, and the fine reduced by $3,000.  For details see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990330/da990588.txt 

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  TOWER RIGGER LIST FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATED

  CGC's list of tower riggers who routinely serve Southern
California has been revised.  The new list is available via
CGC's Home Page:

  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

by clicking on the item labeled 'Tower Rigger Page.'

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  TOWER RIGGERS AND YOUR LIABILITY

  Steve Hopkins of Tower Structures, Inc. has contributed a
letter outlining liability issues associated with hiring a tower
rigger.  He tells us what to look for, and why.  Sure, many of
us have heard of the Contractor's State License Board, Workmans
Compensation and CAL-OSHA, but why are these items so important?

  Steve's letter explains all this and more.  He even gives a
URL where you can quickly and conveniently find out if a specific
person or firm holds a California Contractors License (works for
all contractors, not just tower people).  His letter is posted at
the bottom of CGC's revised Tower Rigger Page (see story above).

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  FCC FACT SHEET ON CLOSED CAPTIONING AVAILABLE

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990331/closecap.txt 
  or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990331/closecap.wp 

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  THE LOS ANGELES EAS RMT - AN APPARENT SUCCESS

  (Yesterday's RMT) ran flawlessly at KIIS / KXTA.  The
problem with the upcut on Lee Baca's voice is fixed, and
all systems ran perfectly.

  Did anyone have any problems ????

  Mike Callaghan, 3/31/99

  (No serious problems were reported on the L.A. EAS list-
server.  Congratulations to all on a successful test.   -Ed.)

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  STATEWIDE DUCK, COVER & HOLD DRILL SET FOR APRIL 6

  This year's "Earthquake: Duck, Cover and Hold Drill" message
will run as the Monthly State EAS Test on the first Tuesday of
the Month: April 6.  The message will be sent twice; once at
10:15 using the normal EAS activation codes and once at 10:30
using audio-only on CLERS.  The 10:30 test will not be sent with
EAS tones so as not to interfere with any EAS Broadcast.  Prior
to the message will be the usual 'off-air' talk-up at 9:45 am.
For further information see:

http://www.oes.ca.gov/CEPM99.nsf/htmlmedia/body_kick-off.html 

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  HOW TO STOP RFI COLD

  Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) can affect computers,
stereos, telephones, TVs, VCRs and the like.  One common solution
is the use of "ferrites" which are small ceramic blocks that act
like lossy inductors and therefore retard and absorb RFI.  However,
you need the right ferrite for the job because they are somewhat
frequency selective.  There are over 30 types of ferrite material
in production today.

  For more information, here are some parts companies that we use:
Palomar Engineers (a local stocking distributor) at (760) 747-3343
(ask for Jack), or Amidon (a ferrite manufacturer) at (800) 898-
1883 (ask for Teresa or Sean).

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  HOW EFFECTIVE IS LEONARD KAHN'S POWERSIDE DEVICE?

  In response to our inquiry about the effectiveness of
the PowerSide in CGC #318, several fascinating letters were
received.  All are posted at:

  http://sbe36.org/1999/0408_letters.html 

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                    JOB & EQUIPMENT SHOPPE
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  TRANSMITTER & STUDIO GEAR NEEDED

  Central American Christian radio mission is looking to purchase
a used 10 kW AM broadcast transmitter.  Must be in good working
condition.  Please contact ekruze01@sprintspectrum.com.  Also
looking for quality used studio equipment.

  Eric Kruzel

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  CE CHANGE IN PALM SPRINGS

  With Steve Karwan's departure for Cue Paging (he will be
installing SCA paging systems nationwide), Barry O'Connor is
now the CE of KDES-FM, KPSI-FM, KPSI(AM) and KGAM(AM).
Congratulations to Barry & Steve!

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  THANK YOU

  Great newsletter and service you provide.

  Gary Blau, KOOL/KISO, Phoenix

  (Congratulations to Gary who has just joined Jefferson
Pilot in Miami as Director of Engineering.  - Ed.)

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  A C T I O N   O F : March 24, 1999

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

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STATION; PRIMARY STN., KAWZ
  APP DISMISSED PER APPS REQUEST  3-24-99

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  PETITION TO DENY

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

  LIC. TO COVER; OBJECTION OF CHANCELLOR MEDIA RADIO
  LICENSES, LLC FILED 3/23/99

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  A C T I O N   O F : March 29, 1999

  BLFT-981224TA      K218CP     CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
                    91.5 MHZ            SANTA BARBARA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR FM TRANSLATOR
  LIC TO COVER
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  BLFT-981230TD       K210CH       LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                     89.9 MHZ             OAK VIEW, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR FM TRANSLATOR
  LIC TO COVER

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPH-990323IF        KIKF         ORANGE BROADCASTING CORP
                    94.3 MHZ           GARDEN GROVE, CA

  CP TO CHG TL

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS TENDERED FOR FILING

  990329TB     NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
             88.5 MHZ              PEARLAND, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KEFX
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  990329TC     NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
             91.1 MHZ               QUARTZ HILL, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ

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  CALL CHANGE GRANTED

  KGDP-FM, Orcutt, is now KPAT      (FCC Report #353)

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  LIGHT SLOWED TO 17 METERS/SECOND

  While many substances slow the velocity of light a little
bit, a breakthrough experiment has slowed a traveling light
pulse to a crawl of 17 meters per second.  Light ordinarily
zips along at 300,000,000 meters per second.

  While still a laboratory phenomenon using super cooled
devices, this remarkable slowing of light raises the possibility
that wideband optical delay lines and other extremely useful
devices will emerge.  See Science News, Vol. 155, page 207,
for details.  "This experiment is the stuff that Nobel prizes
are made of," comments Marlan O. Scully of Texas A&M University
at College Station.

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  "GROWING" COMPUTER PARTS

  A pair of Swiss scientists say that it may be possible to
grow parts for future high speed computers because of their
discovery that DNA is actually an efficient semiconductor.
As a result, DNA might someday be used to replace computer
components.  Now the trick is to genetically engineer the
strands with a switch to turn current on and off.

  (Science News, via Newsline)

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  THE MELISSA VIRUS

  In light of the Melissa Virus, readers are reminded that
CGC's policy on incoming e-mails remains the same:  "Short news
items WITHOUT attached files are always welcome from our readers."
Uninvited attached files are usually destroyed, un-opened.

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  FCC RELEASES Y2K COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR REPORT

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990330/nrmc9014.html 

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  SCANNERS RULES TOUGHENED RE CELLULAR FREQUENCY LOCKOUT

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990402/fcc99058.txt 

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  MORSE CODE SAVES STRANDED FISHERMEN

  Morse code was once again a life saver.  This time for a pair
of fishermen who were stranded after their small boat swamped on
New Jersey's Round Valley Reservoir.

  The February 25th edition of the Hunterdon County Democrat
news reported the plight of the two would-be anglers.  Not having
any radio gear or a cellular telephone, the two used a flashlight
to send an S-O-S distress call in Morse.  As luck would have it,
a passing motorist recognized the message and called the rescue
squad.

  The news report said that the motorist had learned Morse
code as a Boy Scout.  And talk about coincidence.  The story
also reported that he spotted the fishermen’s S-O-S as he was
listening to a radio broadcast about the bronze whistle recovered
in 1993 from the doomed passenger liner Titanic.  (Newsline #1128)

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