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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #322

                     Monday,  April 19, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC REAFFIRMS AUCTION PROCEDURES FOR COMPETING
  COMMERCIAL BROADCAST LICENSE AND ITFS APPLICATIONS

  Big news.  The FCC has reaffirmed its decision to use
auctions to resolve competing applications for commercial
broadcast licenses.  Let there be no doubt, the Golden Rule
now reads, "He who has the gold rules."  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990415/nrmm9010.txt 
  or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990415/nrmm9010.wp 

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  FIXING THE SAGE ENDEC Y2K BUG

  Dave Burns of Harris Corporation discusses the fix for
the minor Y2K bug in Sage Endec EAS equipment at:

  http://www.sbe36.org/1999/0411_sage.html 

  Gary Stigall (San Diego SBE) has spoken with Dave,
and Gary may link his own observations to the letter.

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  FCC TO BE CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 23

  The closure is a result of planned activities associated
with the 50th Anniversary NATO Summit.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990412/pnmc9028.txt 

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  FIRST PUBLIC SAFETY NATIONAL COORDINATION COMMITTEE MEETING SET

  The FCC has established the Public Safety National Coordination
Committee (NCC) to advise the Commission on a variety of issues
relating to the use of the 24 MHz of spectrum in the 764-776/794-
806 MHz frequency bands (collectively, the 700 MHz band) that has
been allocated to public safety services.  The first meeting is
set for April 29, 1999 in Washington, D.C.  Bid farewell to TV
Channels 63, 64, 68 and 69.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990409/da990643.txt 

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  WASHINGTON WORKSHOP FOR "TELE-BODIES"

  The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology invites
interested parties to attend a workshop on April 28, 1999,
in Washington, on Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs).

  The Commission's December 1998 Report and Order (R&O) in
GEN Docket 98-68 amended the Commission's rules to permit TCBs
to certify equipment as complying with FCC requirements.  This
workshop will be used to discuss TCB qualification criteria and
to allow interested parties an opportunity to participate in
the development of such criteria.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990416/da990713.txt 

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN GRANTS

  KORG(AM), Anaheim, to KEZY
  KEZY-FM, Anaheim, to KXMX

  FCC Report 354

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING,
  CUT-OFF DATE FOR OBJECTIONS:  MAY 5, 1999

  BPFT-981109TE  NEW-T  Yucca Valley
  Paulino Bernal Evangelism
  Req: 88.9 MHz, Chan. No. 205D
  Translator for KCZO, Carrizo Springs, TX
  FCC Report 99-2.

  [Ed note:  After we inquired about the eight day delay in
  posting this item on the web, an FCC staff member replied that,
  "The fault was not due to the FCC's move (to the Portals), but
  rather to one person's tardiness in getting it to the posters.
  It should not happen again."

  We appreciate staff's candid response and commend the
  FCC on its usual prompt postings.]

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  A C T I O N   O F : April 2, 1999

  BLFT-990104TG      K209CY     CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
                    89.7 MHZ              BLYTHE, CA

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

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  COMMERCIAL TV BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  OR LICENSE MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLCT-990308KG      KUSI-TV     CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                     CHAN-51            SAN DIEGO, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPCT-960720KK) FOR CHANGES

  [Ed note:  The above file numbers are unknown to our office.
  There may be typos in this announcement.  Stay tuned.]

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION 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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  APPLYING PICOSECOND PULSES DIRECTLY TO AN ANTENNA

  Ultra Wideband (UWB) radio systems are knocking on the
Commission's door, wanting approval as Part 15 devices.  One
example of a UWB device is picosecond pulses applied directly
to an antenna where the bandwidth of the antenna alone acts as
the bandpass filter.  On the positive side, the device can be
used as an inexpensive high resolution radar, one capable of
detecting objects hidden in walls, or people hidden behind walls.
The downside is that the emissions could extend over many GHz of
spectrum causing interference to established radio users.
UWBs are like spark-gap transmitters - messy devices.

  Washington sources indicate that the Commission wants to grant
UWBs, but with reasonable radiation limitations.  Learn more at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/News_Releases/1998/nret8012.txt 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Notices/1998/fcc98208.txt 

  (Thanks to Jason Thornton for the story idea)

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  Y2K TESTING THE TELEPHONE NETWORK

  The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
has announced the results of its Y2K testing finding no Y2K related
anomalies within U.S. interconnected telecommunications networks.
The April 14, 1999 ATIS report is the latest in a series of
comprehensive initiatives undertaken by the industry to test its
Y2K fixes to the telephone network.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990416/nrmc9019.txt 

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  JUMBO ELECTRONIC BAROMETER

  CGC is in the process of evaluating a battery operated
digital barometer with "jumbo" LCD digits ($159).  Barometers
remain one of the most fundamental devices for weather prediction.

  So far, the Conex Jumbo Digital Barometer (model JDB-1) has
performed as advertised.  The unit has never been in error by
more than 0.02" of mercury in two weeks of testing against an
automated airport weather advisory system about 20 miles away.

  For more information, see:

  http://www.conex-electro.com/jumbo.html 

  This product would appear to be a good addition to any newsroom.

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  CALIFORNIA HAM RETEST

  A Southern California ham is the latest to be ordered to
stand for reexamination.  In an April 9th letter, FCC chief rules
enforcer Riley Hollingsworth has ordered Rusty Leewright, KE6UOF,
of Northridge, to submit for retesting at the FCC office in
Cerritos.

  Leewright was given until May 15th to stand for re-examination.
No reason was given for the retest order, but if he fails to
appear, his Technician class ticket will be canceled and he will
no longer be permitted on the air.  (Newsline)

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