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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #324

                       Monday, May 3, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  UNLICENSED FM STATION IN NEW YORK SHUT DOWN

  88.5 MHz.  Equipment seized.

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990428/nrci9013.txt 

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     COMMENTS ON THE NAB CONVENTION  (NINE LINE LIMIT WAIVED)
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  COFDM: BIG ATTRACTION AT THE NAB

  The most impressive demonstration I saw was the COFDM ENG
network setup in Las Vegas.  It was a joint effort between
Adaptive Broadband, NDS, Wescam and Wolfcoach, and showed off
the fantastic results of using Coded Orthogonal Frequency-Division
Multiplexing to modulate digitized video onto a microwave carrier.

  Using a Wolfcoach ENG truck, signals were transmitted from
various places around the city, and while moving, from an omni-
directional antenna, to the top of the Stratosphere into a sector-
scan antenna system.  It was unbelievable.  The system appeared to
thrive on multipath!  Crisp pictures were constant all the way
down to threshold, and sometimes beyond.  They also had a tape of
tests playing that showed an analog picture split-screen with the
COFDM, to show how often the analog would break up when the
digital did not.  This will change ENG forever.

  Tim Lynch, President, Western Technical Services

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  GARY STIGALL ON THE NAB

  Gary has posted his NAB notes on the web along with
photos of local engineering luminaries.  See it all at:

  http://sbe36.org/1999/0506_nab1.html 

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  RDS IN LIVING COLOR

  Geode Electronics from NJ showed a Clarion Auto PC and a
boom box with a color display which decode and display RDS in
COLOR.  They showed artist and title, ads, news, teasers etc.

  Maybe this will breath new life into RDS.  The data
automatically came from the station's automation system or
music selection system such as Selector.

  Jerry LeBow

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  NAB AUDIO AND VIDEO ON THE WEB

  Whether you made it to the NAB show or not, you can still
catch the highlights from NAB99 online including webcasts of
the Super Sessions and Keynotes.  Check it all out at:

  http://www.nab.org/conventions/nab99/daily/dailywrap.asp 

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             LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  FCC RULE VIOLATION ANALYSIS POSTED

  I've just added my analysis of violation notices issued by
the FCC to broadcast stations in 1988 and 1997 to the rules page
at:

  http://hallikainen.com/FccRules 

  Go down to part 73 and click on violations.

  Harold Hallikainen

  (Ed Note:  This is a large download, too large for some
computers.  Be patient.  By the way, a number of folks at this
year's NAB convention commented on how helpful Harold's efforts
have been.)

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  FM TRANSLATOR RULE CLARIFICATION

  An FM translator that broadcasts in the commercial portion
of the band (92.1 - 107.9 MHz) and is used to extend the range
of a primary non-commercial station may not use alternate signal
delivery means (e.g. phone lines, microwave, satellite).  These
were the underpinnings of the story entitled "FM Translator
Operator Allegedly Uses Unauthorized Input Feed" in CGC #321,
although our synopsis failed to make that point.  Thanks to
Marty Hadfield for bringing this to our attention.

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  AUCTIONS APPLY TO COMMERCIAL RADIO AND TV FREQUENCIES

  Re your lead headline in CGC #323 ("FCC Reaffirms Auctions
for Commercial TV Broadcast Licenses"), I know you're aware that
in the auction order adverted to, the FCC also authorized auctions
for ALL commercial radio stations, LPTVs and translators, as well
as TV stations.

  Larry Bernstein, Washington

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  HOW USEFUL IS A BAROMETER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA?

  "My barometer was mostly useful to cover up the extra
nail holes in the wall.... It just didn't correlate with
the weather in southern California......"  See this and
other sage advice from Don Beaty at:

  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

  Click on 'Additional Postings.'

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  THANK YOU

  Keep up the good work, we appreciate the newsletter.

  Marty Hadfield, V.P.-Engineering, Entercom

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            EAS TEST SYNOPSIS - LOS ANGELES & VICINITY
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  EAS SNAFU, COURTESY OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

  Our LP stations KHAY-FM/KVEN-AM, and sister station
KBBY-FM, properly relayed Friday's NWS warnings regarding a
severe storm for portions of Ventura County.  However, we
received many listener complaints regarding the unintelligible
audio.....  the audio on these particular warnings was extremely
distorted, both on the voice of Tron and the weather announcer.

  Alex Roman, 4/26/99
  KVEN-KHAY-KBBY Ventura/KMGQ-KKSB Santa Barbara
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  ....Todd Morris (of NWS/Oxnard) got in touch with me on
Saturday after he had a chance to do a more thorough post-mortem
and told me that there was a problem with their computers.....
Todd and Tim are working as hard as they can within the rules
they have to play by.....  While the NWS in Washington told the
delegation from the FCC EAS National Advisory Committee that it
will take two years to replace "Perfect Paul," I am working on
putting pressure on the NWS within the Beltway who for many
reasons made the bed we are all.....forced to lie in now.

  Richard Rudman, 4/26/99

  (Ed Note: Richard later discussed the repair efforts under-
taken at NWS, and asked NWS to "check their radio links to Mount
Wilson since we apparently got a more noisy signal [than we had]
been getting when we helped them with their system last year.")

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  TUESDAY'S RMT FOR LOS ANGELES

  Since I put the Sage in line at KAZN things have gone well.
What was everyone else's experience?

  Burt Weiner
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  KFWB received a good test from the Sheriff this month --
that's 4 for 4 for 1999, I believe.  The KFWB operator on duty
did not relay it.  A mea Culpa note from the operator and a note
from me concerning our glitch has been attached to our log per
Part 11 requirements.

  Let the healing (and the retraining) begin...

  :-)  Richard Rudman

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FCC APPLICATIONS & ACTIONS SHEETS TAKE AN EXTENDED HOLIDAY

  Ron Novak at the FCC informs us that, "There were no App or
  Action (Public Notices) issued between the 19th and the 27th."
  Therefore, when visiting the FCC web site, you will see Apps &
  Actions for May 19, but nothing more until May 27.

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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; PETITION FOR
  RECON FILED 4/9/99

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPH-981208IG      KIXW-FM      HIGHWAY RADIO, INC.
                   107.3 MHZ         LENWOOD, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT (FILE NO. 990408IB)

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  A C T I O N   O F : April 22, 1999

  BPFT-981204TE     NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
                  89.1 MHZ              LA PRESA, CA

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

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  990426TF           NEW           LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                  88.9 MHZ              SANTA SUSANA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPFT-981001TA         NEW        LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                     91.9 MHZ            SUN VALLEY, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT(990426TG)

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  COMMERCIAL TV BROADCAST STATION APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPCT-990330KF       KGTV         MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING
                     CHAN-10             SAN DIEGO, CA

  CP TO CHANGE HAAT: 227 METERS AND ANTENNA SYSTEM:
  DIELECTRIC TW-12B10
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  BPCT-990407KH       KTTV         FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                     CHAN-11             LOS ANGELES, CA

  CP FOR A NEW AUXILIARY FACILITY;ANTENNA LOCATION: MT.
  WILSON, NEAR LOS ANGELES, CA; (34-13-29  118-03-48); HAAT:
  887 METERS; ERP(AVG): 166 KW AND ANTENNA SYSTEM: DIELECTRIC,
  TF-6AH

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  COMMERCIAL DTV APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPCDT-990420KE     KWHY-DT      HARRISCOPE OF LOS ANGELES, INC.
                      CHAN-42            LOS ANGELES, CA

  MP(BPCDT-980203KG) TO CHANGE OVERALL HEIGHT OF TOWER: 88
  METERS; HAAT: 917 METERS AND ANTENNA SYSTEM: DIELECTRIC,
  TFU-26GTH-RS2180

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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED

  KBIW(FM), Lenwood, is now KBTW

  FCC Report #355

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  INSIDE THE CHARA BEAM COMBINING BUILDING

  When completed sometime in the year 2000, the CHARA telescopes
on Mt. Wilson are predicted to have over 100 times the resolving
power of the Hubble Space Telescope.  The six new scopes, working
together, will be like a directional AM broadcast array used in
the receiving mode and working at optical frequencies!  CHARA
stands for the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy -
the organization behind this neat project.

  Take a look inside the beam combiner building (what we'd call
the 'phaser cabinet') and get in on the action at:

  http://sbe36.org/1999/0511_chara.html 

  Read more about CHARA in CGC #307 & #310.  Once again, many
thanks to Marv Collins.

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  TELEPHONE VOLUME CONTROLS

  The Common Carrier Bureau reminds telephone manufacturers
that all telephones, including cordless telephones, manufactured
in the United States (other than for export) or imported for use
in the United States, must have a volume control feature
consistent with the technical standards in 47 C.F.R.  68.317
by January 1, 2000.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990426/da990792.txt 

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  NEW HAM RADIO COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

  Send ham radio complaints to <fccham@fcc.gov>.  The Commission
says it is now using the U.S. Mail as the "back-up" method for
receiving complaints.  Details at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990428/nrci9012.txt 

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  GOOD MORNING KOSOVO!

  According to Glenn Hauser's Short Wave DX report, two 'Commando
Solo' aircraft of the 193rd Special Operations Wing left the USA
for the Balkans at the end of March.

  The Radio Society of Great Britain, relaying information from
another source, indicates that the two planes are flying at around
20,000 feet and broadcasting on 1003 kHz and 87.9 MHz around the
clock to Serbia and Kosovo.  The significance of these two
frequencies is that 1003 kHz lies between the regular channels of
999 kHz and 1008 kHz, which both carry Serbian programs from
Belgrade.  The 87.9 MHz frequency is within 200kHz of local
broadcasts in Novi Sad.

  (Newsline #1133)

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  RADIO STATION "WWW"

  Listen to radio stations around the world at:

  http://www.live-radio.net/european.shtml 

  No antenna required.  No radio required.  Note: Several
stations in Belgrade speak English; however, services from the
Balkan countries are liable to interruption following NATO
bombings.  URL courtesy of Dennis, N6KI.

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