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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #326

                      Monday,  May 17, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC LOOKS TOWARD ADOPTING RULES FOR NEW COMMERCIAL
  SERVICES TO BE AUCTIONED IN THE 746-764 AND 776-794 MHZ BANDS

  The Commission has taken the first steps to adopt rules for
new services in the bands formerly designated exclusively for
UHF television broadcasting.  The bands could potentially be
used for a variety of wireless and broadcasting applications.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990513/nrwl9017.html 

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  FCC ADVANCES "NAVIGATION DEVICES" RULES
  CREATING CONSUMER MARKET FOR SET TOP BOXES

  To "improve consumer choice and foster competition," the FCC
has adopted an Order revising its rules regarding the commercial
availability of navigation devices (e.g. cable TV set-top boxes).
For the short and longs stories respectively, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990513/nrcb9009.html 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990514/fcc99095.wp 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ASST. DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING NEEDED AT KCAL-TV, LOS ANGELES

  Day-to-day management of electronic maintenance and facilities
departments.  Assure compliance with FCC technical regulations &
state/federal safety regulations.  Perform administrative duties
(scheduling, purch. orders, phones, filing, etc.).  Budgetary and
technical support.  Must have technical degree (preferably BSEE),
b/c engineering experience (management side preferred), strong PC
skills & networking knowledge, familiarity with OSHA "workplace
regulations" and FCC rules and regs.  Please fax resume & salary
history immediately to:  (323) 460-5019.

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  CE OPENING IN UKIAH

  Chief Engineer needed at Ukiah [California] Broadcasting
Corporation for six radio stations plus some low power FMs.

  Contact:  Jeanie Nord, General Manager, Ukiah Broadcasting
Corp., KDAC AM, KLLK A/F, KSPY FM, KUKI A/F, 1400 Kuki Lane,
Ukiah, CA 95482, 707-466-5868, fax: 707-466-5852, e-mail:
jeanie@ukiahbroadcasting.com 

  (Relayed from the Water Cooled Newsletter, SBE Chapt. 124)

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  CGC READERS ARE GREAT WRITERS!

  Recent CGC Communicator newsletters have triggered a
wealth of well written long-form letters on the following topics:

  * USADR PROPOSES TO CUT AM ANALOG BANDWIDTH IN HALF

  * MYSTERIES OF THE EGYPTIAN CROSSED-FIELD ANTENNA (CFA)

  * ONGOING PROBLEMS WITH THE HARRIS DIGIT & DIGIT CD FM EXCITERS

  See all the letters at:

  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

  ....and click on Additional Postings.

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  SHORT AM BROADCAST ANTENNAS

  (From the Neat Stuff at NAB99 department), how about the 49'
fiberglass free standing "rubber ducky" AM antennae?  Leave it to
the Canadians - an outfit called Valcom gave out complete specs
including mechanicals, theoretical fields and measurements by
duTreil & Rackley of a 70' model operating in PA.  Been building
them for the US and Canadian navies and Coast Guards.....  See:

  http://www.valcom-guelph.com 

  Their antenna needs a ground plane... but could be the answer
for stations meeting tall tower resistance/environmental concerns.

  Clif Glasgow, CE, KSIQ(FM) & KKSC(AM), Brawley

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  POOR RF PERFORMANCE OF AM RADIOS

  I've seen a lot of poor performing car radios lately, some
with tremendous front-end IM.  There is even a report of a modern
digitally tuned AM radio which receives KNX (1070 kHz) equally
well when the receiver is tuned to 1070 or 1080 kHz, but receives
nothing at all on 1060 kHz.

  It would be interesting to see what CGC Communicator readers
have to say about modern AM receiver design.

  Michael Smith, KCBS/KLLC, San Francisco

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  BAROMETER REPLY COMMENT

  Dave Rickmers po-poos Don Beaty's claim that barometers are
relatively meaningless in Southern California.  However, as a life
long (78 Years) resident of Southern California, I fully agree
that the barometer here is only a novelty trinket on the wall, and
does not predict anything.  Also, Mr. Beaty happens to be a well
respected College Physics Professor, and knows what he is
postulating about.

  Red Blanchard, W6AG

  Oh, P.S:  I doubt if the admittedly strong Santa Ana winds
should be referred to as "hurricane force" either!

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  AVID FM DXer DISCOVERS INTERNET RADIO

  I just wanted to let you know how much fun I am having with
my computer.  I really enjoy listening to K-BEST 95 from San
Diego via the web.....  Being able to listen to 101.5 KGB....
and a lot of other stations from San Diego without having to
fool with antennas, pre-amps, towers, coax cables.  Sure is nice.

  James Wootton, Long Beach, JWoo224664@aol.com 

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  THE NINE LINE LIMIT RETURNS

  Effective immediately, the CGC Communicator is returning to
its strict 'Nine Line Limit' on letters to the Editor.   Ah!
If we only had time to review and post long letters on a regular
basis - that would be wonderful.  Your letters are treasured, but
to be published they must be brief.  The letters above are good
examples.

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  A C T I O N   O F : May 5, 1999

  BLFT-990222TK      K210CL       EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                    89.9 MHZ             LEMON GROVE, CA

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

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT OF
  ANTENNA POWER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BZ-990405DD      KLTX       SALEM MEDIA OF CALIFORNIA, INC.
                 1390 KHZ            LONG BEACH, CA

  DM

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

  BPFT-981204TJ       NEW       COMMUNITY PUBLIC RADIO, INC.
                   88.9 MHZ             ANAHEIM, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STATION

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

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

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT(990505AA)

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION RECEIVED BUT NOT YET
  ACCEPTED FOR TENDER

  990503IA        KLOB         ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                94.7 MHZ          THOUSAND PALMS, CA

  CP TO CHG STRUCTURE HGT, HAAT, TL, ERP AND DIRECTIONAL
  ANTENNA

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  KXST(FM) PROPOSES ENCINITAS AS ITS COMMUNITY OF LICENSE

  "Before the Commission for consideration is a petition for
rule making filed on behalf of.... KXST(FM), Channel 271B,
Oceanside, California, requesting the reallotment of Channel
271B from Oceanside to Encinitas, California....."

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990514/da990919.txt

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  A C T I O N S  O F : May 7, 1999

  BLTT-990223JA      K15DB      TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                    CHAN-15          SANTA BARBARA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR UHF TRANSLATOR STATION
  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTT-960430JI) FOR CHANGES.
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  BLTTL-990216JC      K49EK       COASTLINE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                     CHAN-49            SANTA BARBARA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-990211JG, AS REINSTATED) FOR A NEW
  STATION.
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  BMPTTL-980601PQ       K25GL            LOUIS MARTINEZ
                       CHAN-65        RIVERSIDE/PERRIS, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-970908JA, AS
  REINSTATED AND MODIFIED, FOR A NEW STATION) TO CHANGE
  CHANNEL 65 TO CHANNEL 25; TL: BOX SPRINGS ANTENNA FARM,
  RIVERSIDE, CA  33-57-57  117-17-21; TPO: .167 KILOWATTS;
  ERP: 2 KILOWATTS; OFFSET: MINUS; RCAMSL: 914 METERS AND
  ORIENTATION: 130 DEGREES TRUE.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  AM BROADCAST APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  The following application has been accepted for filing
  and is subject to a cut-off date for petitions to deny:

  BP-990409AA      New, Moreno Valley, California
                   Delbert L. Van Voorhis
                   Req:  1670 kHz, 9.0 kW, 10 kW-LS, DA-2, U

  Cut-off date: June 11, 1999           FCC Report No. B-99

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

  BLCT-990503KG     KTTV      FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                  CHAN-11           LOS ANGELES, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPCT-990407KH) FOR A NEW AUXILIARY
  FACILITY

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  990507TA       NEW       CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
              89.9 MHZ             APPLE VALLEY, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KEFX

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  A C T I O N S  O F : May 10, 1999

  BPTT-990121JD      K44DT       COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                    CHAN-44            SIMI VALLEY, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO UHF TRANSLATOR STATION
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE TPO: 2.0 KILOWATTS AND
  ERP: 10.6 KILOWATTS.
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  BPTT-JG0601DF      K25GK       COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
                    CHAN-67           TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO UHF TRANSLATOR STATION
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE FROM CHANNEL 67 TO CHANNEL 25.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  KGTV TO USE ITS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED DTV ANTENNA

  McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Co. requested that the Commission
dismiss the DTV antenna modification application listed in CGC
#325, as shown below.  Final engineering studies, antenna
availability and tower retrofit will support the original
construction permit utilizing the antenna originally authorized
by the Commission in its prior grant of BPCDT-980611KG.

  For the record, this is the grant (shown in CGC #325) that
we have asked be dismissed:

  BMPCDT-990111KF    KGTV-DT    MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO., INC.
                     CHAN-25             SAN DIEGO, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION
  MP TO CHANGE ERP(AVG): 302 KW; HAAT:  208 METERS AND ANTENNA
  SYSTEM: DIELECTRIC, TFU-18DSC-RC170

  Margie Baldwin, KGTV

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  LAND-MOBILE PUBLIC SAFETY ITEM

  Those interested in the developmental, operational and
spectrum requirements for meeting public safety communications
needs through the year 2010 are invited to read:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990512/fcc99085.txt 
   or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990512/fcc99085.wp 

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  LOCAL HAMS REFARM 440 MHZ

  The southern California frequency coordinator for the 440 MHz
ham band (SCRRBA) has elected to create more 440 MHz repeater
channels by shifting from a 25 kHz channel spacing plan to a
20 kHz plan.  Get the official scoop on the refarming activity
at:

  http://www.scrrba.org/20kHz/20kHzPressRelease.html 

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