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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #320

                     Monday,  April 12, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  TOWER PAINTING AND LIGHTING RULES AMENDED

  Tower painting and lighting rules recently adopted by the
FCC (see CGC #316, second story) require all "coaxial cable,
conduits and other cables attached to the face of a tower" to
be painted in a manner consistent with the tower itself (if the
tower is painted).  Most types of flashing red lights must now
flash in unison.  These changes affect your tower/s now IF the
"new" rules apply to your station.

  Check your FAA permits, FCC licenses and ESPECIALLY any
FCC tower registration forms.  The Commission has apparently
imposed some of the new FAA rules during the tower registration
process despite its promise not to make any substantive changes.
Watch the trade press for details.

  (Summary of news bulletin from Arter & Hadden with
enhancements by CGC.)

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  WCBS DTV SIGNAL IS WELL-RECEIVED IN NEW YORK

  Despite early reports of over-the-air DTV reception
problems from a variety of sources, CBS has just finished
extensive reception tests on WCBS-DT in and around New York
City.  The results are very encouraging, at least for outdoor
antennas.  See Broadcasting & Cable magazine, March 29, 1999,
page 52.

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  $19,000 FINE AFFIRMED FOR KJTT(AM), OAK HARBOR, WA

  The FCC summarizes the KJTT problems as follows:
(1) antenna structure painting and lighting violations,
(2) EAS System equipment violations and (3) operating
without the required remote control or metering equipment.

  FCC Daily Digest, April 6, 1999

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  BE CAREFUL WHEN VERIFYING NAMES OF CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS

  When using the California Contractor License Status Inquiry
System to see if a firm has a valid contractor's license:

  http://www2.cslb.ca.gov/ 

  ..... be sure to read the Name Search Help page.  For example,
do not enter commas and periods which appear in a business name,
but apostrophes are required.  For example, you can find "Tower
Structures Inc" but not "Tower Structures, Inc."  When searching
for Al's Builders, do use the apostrophe.

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  SOMETHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  FCC staff is sometimes tardy in posting certain Public
Notices on the web.  Key FM translator announcements are an
excellent example.  You can help by letting the Commission know
that timely postings are important.

  Three key people to notify are:

  ssegal@fcc.gov, arobinso@fcc.gov, rnovak@fcc.gov

  Here is a sample letter that could be sent:

  "I would appreciate anything that you could do to speed the
  posting of important public notices on the web such as FM
  Translator and Booster Applications that have been Accepted
  for Filing.  Thanks in advance for your help on this issue,
  and thank you for making the FCC web site such a valuable
  resource."

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ENGINEERING OPENING AT KPBS, SAN DIEGO

  KPBS has an opening for an RF systems engineer
(Equipment Technician II) with two or more years experience
in the installation, maintenance and operation of broadcast
systems, including not less than one year specializing in
high power television and radio broadcast transmitters and
microwave relay equipment.

  A full job description and required application materials
are available at San Diego State University, Personnel Services,
3rd floor, Administration Building, San Diego, CA 92182, or at:

  http://bfa.sdsu.edu/ps/flyers/1103.html 

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  AM FIELD STRENGTH MEASURING PEOPLE NEEDED

  I have several active AM projects in the Southern California
area where I need a few competent and experienced people to do
field strength measurements.  Preferably, people will come with
their own recently-calibrated field strength meters and GPS
receivers.  The measurement span on one project is from San Diego
to Fresno and the initial work will be at least a couple of
weeks in duration.

  Larry Morton, P.E.,  l_morton@pacbell.net 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  OFFICIAL FCC RULES ONLINE

  The Gov't. Printing Ofc. now has all five volumes of the
FCC's Rules (CFR Title 47) on the internet (revised as of 10/1/98).
The URL is:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/cfrassemble.cgi?title=199847 

  At this site you have the ability to search in one or more of
the volumes by choosing the volume(s) and entering a key word.
Great site to bookmark.

  June Butler, FCC/San Diego

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  ANOTHER FCC RULES SITE - THIS ONE WITH LINKS

  Harold Hallikainen offers an FCC rules site with links to
the Federal Register to reveal any recent rule changes (past
10/1/98).  Linking will also "often turn up some historical data
on the rule....if it was published after 1994" according to
Harold.  See:

  http://www.hallikainen.com/FccRules/ 

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  FCC STATION INSPECTION CHECKLISTS WITH LINKS

  Harold Hallikainen also writes:  "You might point out
also that I have the FCC broadcast station checklists at:

  http://www.hallikainen.com/FccRules/ 
  (Look under Part 73)

  "These differ from those at the FCC in that there are links
to the cited rules.  Note, however:  Don't use the "Table of
Contents" links at the top of the documents.....  Just scroll
down through the document to find what you want."

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  THE AM CROSSED-FIELD ANTENNA

  Did you see the amazing story on the Crossed-Field Antenna
in RadioWorld, p. 29?  I thought it might be an April Fools hoax
until I read the whole article.  They're presenting a paper on
it at NAB.....  This is truly an industry revolution if the
patent-holders don't get too greedy!

  Gary Stigall, KFMB

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  ON CURING TELEPHONE RFI

  Mike Sandman <http://www.sandman.com> has a free 88 page
bimonthly catalog of telephone goodies that should be in every
broadcast engineer's bookcase.  Call 630-980-7710 for a copy,
or email mike@sandman.com for a copy.

  Most of the catalog is also on the web, including the RF
interference pages at http://www.sandman.com/rf.html - well
worth reading.

  (No, I have no connection to the company except as a
satisfied customer).

  Mike Morris WA6ILQ

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  CARL HANSON

  From the "Where Are They Now" department: Former Southern
California broadcast engineer CARL HANSON (an engineer at KNX-FM,
Los Angeles, in the 70s and 80s) has Lou Gehrig's Disease and can
only walk with the aid of a walker.  He is currently on medical
leave from his last job as a salesman in the computer department
at The Good Guy's in North Hollywood.

  Steve Cilurzo

   (Carl can be reached at <chanson50@hotmail.com> and would
enjoy hearing from those in the industry.   -Ed.)

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR-BOOSTER APPLICATIONS
  READY AND AVAILABLE FOR PROCESSING

  FCC Report No. 99-2 was published in print form last Monday,
but by Friday it was still missing from the web.  The cut-off
date for translator objections is May 5, 1999.  We hope you will
write to the Commission (see story above) and encourage them to
post information more promptly.

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE OR
  LICENSE MODIFICATION APPLICATION COMMENT

  BLH-861215KB      KZAL         WORLDWIDE MULTI-MEDIA B/C CO.
                 102.3 MHZ            DESERT CENTER, CA

  LIC. TO COVER (BPH-831122AI AS MOD.) FOR A NEW STATION.
  LICENSE CANCELLED BY LETTER OF MARCH 23, 1999.  PURSUANT TO
  47 C.F.R. SEC. 1.113(A), THE MMB, ON ITS OWN MOTION, SETS
  ASIDE ITS ACTION OF MARCH 23, 1999; REPORT # 24457, DATED
  MARCH 26, 1999.

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

  BLH-990324KC       KWIZ         LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                   96.7 MHZ           SANTA ANA, CA

  LIC TO COVER

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLFT-990331TB      K264AF       EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                   100.7 MHZ              GUASTI, CA

  LIC. TO COVER

  [Guasti is immediately east of Ontario.  -Ed.]

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPFT-981109TE       NEW        PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                    88.9 MHZ         YUCCA VALLEY, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT(990331TA)

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS TENDERED FOR FILING

  990331TC     NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
            88.7 MHZ              SAN BERNARDINO, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ
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  990331TE      K212BD       CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
               90.3 MHZ              BARSTOW, CA

  CP TO CHNG ANTENNA SYSTEM, POWER EQUIPMENT AND RELOCATE
  STATION

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE OR LICENSE
  MODIFICATION PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED

  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
  *PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 3/31/99

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPH-990330IB         KGB-FM       CITICASTERS CO.
                      101.5 MHZ      SAN DIEGO, CA

  CP TO INSTALL AUXILIARY ANTENNA SYSTEM
  (FOR AUXILIARY PURPOSES ONLY)
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  BPH-990330IC        KIOZ         CITICASTERS CO
                   105.3 MHZ       SAN DIEGO, CA

  CP TO INSTALL AUXILIARY ANTENNA SYSTEM
  (FOR AUXILIARY PURPOSES ONLY)

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  PERMIT CANCELLED

  BPTTL-831109TB      DK33EV     GARCIA BROADCASTING ASSOCIATES,INC
                      CHAN-33             EL CAJON, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR A NEW LOW POWER TELEVISION STATION
  FOR EL CAJON, CALIFORNIA ON CH-33, PLUS OFFSET, ERP 6.2 KW,
  TPO 1.0 KW, TL MC GINTY MOUNTAIN, 4.8 KILOMETERS
  EAST-NORTHEAST OF JAMACHA, CALIFORNIA (32-45-08 116-51-35),
  ANT. BOGNER B4UA, HEIGHT 56 METERS, RCAMSL 710 METERS,
  ORIENTATION 270 DEGREES TRUE.
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT CANCELLED AND CALL SIGN DELETED
  PER SECTION 73.3599 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES.

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  TENDERED FOR FILING

  990323JA         K61GH        TV-61 SAN DIEGO, INC.
                  CHAN-61        NATIONAL CITY, CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTT-870629NO, FOR A
  NEW STATION) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 61 TO CHANNEL 9; PRINCIPAL
  COMMUNITY: SAN DIEGO, CA; TL: UCSD MT. SOLEDAD COMMUNICATION
  TOWER, KMCG-FM TOWER, LA JOLLA, CA 32-50-24  117-14-52;
  TPO: .718 KILOWATTS; ERP: 21.9 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: ANTENNA
  CONCEPTS, ACS8CR; RCAMSL: 304.87 METERS AND ORIENTATION: 105
  DEGREES TRUE. (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPTTL-990324JC       K50FB        PARK PLACE BROADCASTING
                      CHAN-50           PALM SPRINGS, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE TPO: .600 KILOWATTS AND
  ANTENNA: ANTENNA CONCEPTS, ACB8DC.

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  A C T I O N   O F : April 5, 1999

  BPFT-981102TT       NEW        LIFETALK B/CSTING ASSOCIATION
                    88.7 MHZ             LAKEWOOD, CA

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

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  COMPARE LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE RATES

  FCC Chairman Kennard says, "If you don't like your long
distance service, shop around."  He specifically recommends
the following web site for comparing long distance rates:

  http://www.trac.org/ 

  This site is offered as a public service by
the Telecommunications Research & Action Center.

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  NAB HAM RADIO NEWS

  According to Steve Scott, KD8S, the primary repeater to
monitor at the NAB convention is the Las Vegas Amateur Radio
Club machine.  It outputs on 146.94 MHz and uses a 100 Hertz
access tone.  Another channel is 146.73 MHz.

  Also, word from Svetlana Electronic Devices is that they
will be hosting this year's NAB Amateur Radio Operators'
Reception.  This event takes place on Wednesday April 21 from
6 to 8 pm at the Las Vegas Hilton Convention Center.  (Newsline)

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  FCC CONFERS CLOUT ON ARRL OFFICIAL OBSERVERS

  The FCC's top amateur radio enforcer, Riley Hollingsworth,
K4ZDH, says that hams who receive notices from ARRL Official
Observers (OOs) should take them seriously or take the
consequences.  "Failure to take the notices seriously and to
take corrective action where possible will not be tolerated by
the Commission," Hollingsworth said in an enforcement-related
letter to a South Carolina amateur.  "The volunteer work of these
Official Observers is a critical element of the Commission's
enforcement program," he said, adding that failure to act on
an OO notice could lead to fines and other sanctions.

  ARRL Letter, April 9, 1999

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