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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #327

                      Monday,  May 24, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  NEW COMMENT AND REPLY COMMENT DATES
  FOR THE LOW POWER FM PROCEEDING

  The Commission has granted a second extension of time in
the low power FM proceeding. Comments are now due August 2;
replies September 1.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990521/fcc99112.wp 

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  $4,000 FINE FOR AIRING A PHONE CALL WITHOUT PERMISSION

  The FCC has fined WFBC-FM, Greenville, South Carolina,
$4,000 for recording and airing a phone call without permission.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990519/da990932.txt 

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  MYSTERIES OF THE EGYPTIAN CROSSED-FIELD ANTENNA - PART II

  Ben Dawson has added his personal observations which further
debunk the Egyptian Crossed-Field Broadcast Antenna.  View the
latest chapter in this story at:

  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

  ....click on Additional Postings, then click on the story
entitled, "MYSTERIES OF THE EGYPTIAN CROSSED-FIELD ANTENNA
(CFA)."  Ben's letter is the last to be added to that file.

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  CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS COMPLETES MERGER WITH JACOR

  The merger is official as of May 4.  According to the
official press release, "Including all pending acquisitions,
Clear Channel operates, or is affiliated with, 625 radio stations,
19 television stations and approximately 302,000 outdoor
advertising displays in 26 countries worldwide."  See:

  http://www.clearchannel.com/reports/pressreleases/050499.pdf 

  Clear Channel (CC) now owns eight stations in San Diego, and
operates three in Mexico.  CC also has a 29% share of Heftel,
which owns two Spanish FMs in San Diego.

  See also:  http://www.sbe36.org/1998/1103.html 

  (Thanks, San Diego SBE)

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  COMMENT ON "POOR RF PERFORMANCE OF AM RADIOS" (CGC #326)

  Mike Smith is correct.  There is a lot of pure garbage out on
the market (re AM receivers).  As an ex-AM CE and present editor
of the National Radio Club's DX Audio Service (www.nrcdxas.org),
I've tested a lot of radios.  It seems each new version performs
just a little worse than the previous model.  Test a handful of
radios in your shop.  I bet the older radios are better.  In my
humble opinion, there are really only two good sounding radios on
the market for the "general" consumer.  The Sony ICF-2010 is best;
the Super Radio III has decent audio but is not as selective.

  Fred Vobbe, W8HDU, CE, WLIO Television, Lima, OH

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  CONFIRMING THAT THE HARRIS DIGIT  & OPTIMOD 8200
  ARE COMPATIBLE - WITH THE RIGHT SOFTWARE

  (In CGC #325, it was mentioned that the "Harris Digit and
an Optimod 8200 have had compatibility problems resulting in
unacceptable center frequency shifts for FM stations."   -Ed.)

  With regard to this posting, I think your readers should know
that the DC offset problem at the Optimod 8200 output that was
causing (this problem) was solved over a year ago with the
introduction of version 2.0 software.  Anyone having this problem
now should upgrade to 8200 version 3.0 software, which is the
current version.

  Thanks,  Bob Orban

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  THE GREAT BAROMETER DEBATE

  Red Blanchard wrote in CGC #326, "I doubt if the admittedly
strong Santa Ana winds should be referred to as "hurricane force"
either!"

  In January 1997, the Santa Anas blew for 3 days non-stop.  I
was living a mile N of the Rialto Airport (and the San Bernardino
County EOC) at the time.  I assure you that the sustained winds
were in excess of 74 MPH (gusts to 120!).  Dozens of big rigs were
blown over, HV transmission towers toppled, a UPS 747 at ONT came
within a few feet of disaster, hundreds of buildings lost roofs
and thousands of fences were knocked over.  I have been in two
major hurricanes and this was a hot, dusty three day "hurricane."

  Dave Rickmers

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  IS THAT 'THE' RED BLANCHARD?

  In the May 17 CGC Communicator, there was a letter from a
Red Blanchard.  Is that the same Red Blanchard who was a radio
personality in LA in the 50's and 60's?  If so, I remember one
New Years Eve in the early 60's, up all night, with us listening
to him on KFWB agonizing whether to play W.C.Fields' Temperance
lecture, as he had done on other stations, wishing he would, and
disappointed that he didn't play it.

  Russ Jackson, Palomar College broadcasting instructor, retired.

  Editor's Note:  To see Red's reply, visit:
  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/   ...and click on Additional Postings.

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  THANKS!

  Please make the change (in my e-mail address as indicated)
so I can continue to receive the Communicator.  I read it every
week and am glad to be back in touch with what's going on.
I particularly enjoyed the reference to the KFMB-TV story.  What
history!  Please continue to reference anything like that.

  Russ Jackson

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                       DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  BUGS INFEST FCC'S INTERNET SERVICE

  The FCC had a number of problems posting the Daily Digests
correctly on the web last week.  In addition, the Mass Media
Applications sheets for 5/18 & 5/19 were missing, as was the
Actions sheet for 5/18.  CGC will of course review these items
when available, and publish everything relevant.  One FCC
staff member simply said, "Computer problems."

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

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

  AMENDMENT(990510AA)

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPFT-990129TH       NEW        LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                   88.9 MHZ          AGOURA  HILLS, CA

  AMENDMENT(990510TB)

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  A C T I O N   O F : May 14, 1999

  BP-990202AE        KFI          COX RADIO, INC.
                   640 KHZ        LOS ANGELES, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO AM BROADCAST STATION
  CP MAKE CHNGS IN AUXILIARY ANTENNA

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION RECEIVED BUT NOT YET
  ACCEPTED FOR TENDER

  990507ID          KLIT         AMATURO GROUP OF L.A. LTD
                  92.7 MHZ              AVALON, CA

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

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

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

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION GRANTED AND APP REINSTATED
  TO PENDING STATUS  5-18-99

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  A C T I O N S  O F : May 17, 1999

  BMPTTL-990212JH    K38CY     CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                    CHAN-38             VAN NUYS, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-971218JA, AS
  REINSTATED AND MODIFIED, FOR CHANGES) TO CHANGE TL: 8159 VAN
  NUYS BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CA 34-13-10  118-26-54;
  TPO: .235 KILOWATTS; ERP: 5.3 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: JAMPRO,
  JA/LS-TB-4; RCAMSL: 293.2 METERS AND ORIENTATION: 2 DEGREES
  TRUE.
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  BPTTL-990324JC      K50FB        PARK PLACE BROADCASTING
                     CHAN-50          PALM SPRINGS, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE TPO: .600 KILOWATTS AND
  ANTENNA: ANTENNA CONCEPTS, ACB8DC.

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