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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #323

                     Monday,  April 26, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC REAFFIRMS AUCTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL TV BROADCAST LICENSES

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1999/fcc99074.wp 

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  MT. WILSON CHRISTMAS PARTY

  Howard Fine reminds us that there will be a Mt. Wilson
"Christmas Party" for Southern California broadcast engineers
circa July 1999.  This curiously named event is the annual
business meeting for the Southern California Frequency
Coordinating Committee where all local broadcast engineers,
CATV engineers, FCC representatives and invited others are
encouraged to attend.  The exact date is to be announced.

  Following the meeting, an outdoor lunch will be provided
courtesy of the SCFCC and its sponsors.  Past attendees report
that the taste of even ordinary hamburger is enhanced by 12 dB
thanks to the good companionship and luxurious surroundings.
Don't miss this event.

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  NAB ITEMS OF INTEREST

  Do you have NAB convention discoveries that you would like
to share with others?  Drop us a short note for posting in the
CGC Communicator.  Tell us what impressed you most.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  COMMENT ON THE DIGITAL BAROMETER

  Thanks for the tip about the digital barometer (CGC #322).
The "error" of 0.02" is probably not an "error" at all.  As an
FAA Authorized Flight Instructor, I have often seen more than a
0.02" change in pressure in 20 miles.  For example, El Monte
and Brackett airports are located 12 miles from each other and
it is common for them to report a slightly different barometric
pressure. Sounds like the device is very accurate.

  Rick Hunt

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FCC "APPS & ACTIONS" COMPUTER IS DOWN FOR NOW

  The FCC has had problems with the computer that carries
Mass Media Bureau (MMB) Applications & Actions, and further
posting delays may be expected "due to the MMB move to the
Portals and equipment installation issues."

  For last week, only Monday's Apps & Actions were posted.
The FCC says, "Broadcast Applications and Broadcast Actions
Public Notices should be available on the website by close of
business Tuesday April 27."

  Following is the information that was released last Monday.
The missing items will be posted in a future CGC newsletter.

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BP-990409AA       970616AQ       DELBERT L. VAN VOORHIS
                    1670 KHZ          MORENO VALLEY, CA

  MAJOR AMENDMENT(990409AA)

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  NON-COMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL FM APPLICATION PETITION TO DENY

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

  CP FOR NEW NCE STATION
  *PETITION TO DENY FILED 4/7/99

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  990412TE       NEW        LIVINGWAY MINISTRIES, INC.
               88.9 MHZ            NEWHALL, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW

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  THE KUSI(TV) QUESTION IS RESOLVED

  Last week's CGC Communicator reported the following:
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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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  UPDATE:  According to FCC's Nai Tam, there was a typo.
  "BLCT-990308KG is a license application to cover CP
  (BPCT-980720KF).  Sorry."

  The revised CP number (BPCT-980720KF) makes everything fall
  into place.  KUSI has completed the installation of its new
  tower and elliptically polarized NTSC antenna, and is now
  filing to have the facility licensed.   - Ed.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  DTV = VIDEO ON DEMAND

  "WETA, our noncommercial station in Washington, is transmitting
its digital signal 24 hours a day -- and it knows every viewer on
a first-name basis!"

  (From Opening Remarks, as prepared for delivery, of FCC
Commissioner Susan Ness Before the NAB Convention "Operation
Digital" Panel, April 18, 1999.)

  (One NAB broadcaster stated that a DTV viewer, who arrived
home late and missed a particular program, called the station
and asked them to rerun the show, which they did.  At least
for DTV, "Video on Demand" has arrived.   -Ed.)

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  JAMMING JEWELRY

  A chap in the UK has incorporated active electronics into a
silver, brass and glass fibre "Radio Jamming Pendant."  As if
there weren't enough RF noise in the world already:

  http://www.kinetic-arts.demon.co.uk/work/work.htm 

  (URL forwarded by Bill Pasternak)

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