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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #328

                      Monday,  May 31, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  THE KMPC AND KTLA AIR FORCE

  Before Metro Traffic, before Shadow Traffic, there was KMPC
Air Watch.  Accompanying The Cowboy (Gene Autry on the step
ladder in this photo) are Bob Reynolds, Lloyd Sigmon (who
invented the Sig Alert) and a few of the members of the small
air force at KMPC and KTLA in the 50's, 60's and 70's.  This
is an absolutely unforgettable photos courtesy of Bill Ward:

  http://www.sbe36.org/1999/0606_ktla.html 

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  MT. WILSON WORKER PLUNGES TO DEATH FROM KCAL-TV TOWER

  May 25 - A 21-year-old man, apparently a tower worker,
fell 280 feet to his death from the KCAL-TV tower on Mount
Wilson as reported by CBS 2 News' Aaron Fitzgerald.  The
initial story is posted at:

  http://www.channel2000.com/news/stories/news-990525-184401.html 

  An official at KCAL confirmed that the work was being
performed on the station's DTV antenna by a contractor called
ITI, and that the worker was an employee of ITI.  ITI's attorney
Scott Brink [(310) 785-5365] indicated that his client will
issue a written statement soon.

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  $100,000 FINE

  The FCC has notified Preferred Entertainment, Inc., licensee
of point-to-point microwave stations WPJA878, WPJBC516, WPNA242
and WPNB782, Chicago, Illinois,  of its Apparent Liability for
Forfeiture in the amount of $100,000 for apparent willful and
repeated violation of the rules by operating 21 unlicensed
microwave paths and two unlicensed frequencies on a licensed
microwave path for periods ranging from one month to 21 months.

  FCC Daily Digest, May 25, 1999

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  COMMISSION REVISES MARKET DEFINITION FOR
  CABLE TELEVISION BROADCAST SIGNAL CARRIAGE

  To facilitate a smooth transition to a new market definition
for cable television broadcast signal carriage purposes, the FCC
has adopted an order concerning the change from Arbitron's areas
of dominant influence (ADIs) to Nielsen Media Research's
designated market areas (DMAs).  The short & long stories are at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/News_Releases/1999/nrcb9010.txt 

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990526/fcc99116.txt 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990526/fcc99116.doc 

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  TOWAIR QUERY NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH INTERNET

  The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is providing
public access to its TOWAIR Query through the Internet.  TOWAIR
Query is a landing facility slope calculation program used to
determine whether a structure with an overall height of 200'
(61 meters) or less, that does not meet the 20' (6 meter)
exclusion criteria, requires FAA notification and FCC
registration.  For general info, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990528/pnwl9129.txt 

  Go directly to the TOWAIR page by visiting:

http://gullfoss.fcc.gov:8080/cgi-bin/ws.exe/beta/genmen/tow_air.hts 

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  FCC WEB PROBLEMS - AN E-MAIL INTERVIEW WITH SHERYL SEGAL

  Two weeks ago, some FCC web postings were unusual, garbled
or missing completely.  What was going on, and what can we
expect in the future?  See the e-interview with FCC's Sheryl
Segal - who heads the Commission's web project - at the end
of this newsletter.

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  NAB EAS SPEECH AVAILABLE ON THE WEB

  Richard Rudman (Los Angeles County LECC Chair, FCC NAC EAS
First Vice Chair) and Tim McClung (Chief Meteorologist, NWS,
Oxnard) delivered a paper at the NAB convention entitled,
"EAS: Making Warnings Work."  Richard's remarks were not
available in printed form until now, and can be viewed at:

    http://sbe36.org/eas/nab99_nws.html 

  Thanks to Gary Stigall of the San Diego SBE for taking
the time and effort to post this information.

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  CHART SHOWS DIRECT-TO-HOME SATELLITE DATA

  SkyTRENDS has an interesting web page showing where the
various Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellites are located, and who
operates them.  See:

  http://www.skyreport.com/skyreport/spectrum.htm 

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  NEW CGC COMMUNICATOR HOME PAGE ADDRESS

 The generic address for CGC's home page on the web has changed.
The old address, http://207.42.32.124/cgc/, is now obsolete.
The new address is:

    http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

  Please bookmark it.  Since our web carrier changed from Sprint
to AT&T, we were forced to accept the new address.  (As some of
you know, Bext has graciously provided our home page web space.
If you have been using http://www.bext.com/cgc/ to access our web
page, no change is necessary.  That alias address remains valid.)

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  DTV FACTOID

  As of May 25 there were 75 DTV transmitters on the air.
More are coming on daily.  According to John Morgan at the FCC,
there may well be over 200 on the air by the end of this year.

  (Adapted From DTV Tech Notes as amended by John Morgan/FCC)

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                     JOB & EQUIPMENT SHOPPE
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  RADIO POSITION/S WANTED

  Ron Russ, Director Of Engineering for EXCL Communications South,
has announced his intention to resign his position and relinquish
his management of seven separate sites in the Los Angeles and San
Bernardino areas.  Ron has been a broadcast engineer for 20 years
and brings to the table extensive experience in RF, facility con-
struction and management, as well as light tower rigging including
inspections, re-lamping and painting.  Ron will entertain all
offers of salaried positions as well as contracting:  805-529-2251
(home), 213-350-0206 (pager), 213-926-8260 (cell phone).

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  RADIO POSITION WANTED

  Los Angeles area broadcast engineer experienced in all
areas of broadcast computing and user support, networking, ISDN
remotes, T-1's, telephone systems and computer repair seeks new
full or part time position with southern California radio station.
Los Angeles area references available.

  Gregory Glaser, 310-704-0026, ghglaser@gte.net 

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  AVR-1 MACHINES AND/OR PARTS NEEDED

  Scott La Vigne is the chief engineer at a post house called
Audio Plus Video in Burbank and is looking for AVR-1 machines
and/or parts.  If you can help, please write him at:

  SCOTTL@APVW.COM 

  Thanks a lot & keep up the good work.... Mike Murray

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  AM RADIO FIDELITY

  While not cheap, the Lowe HF-150 has a Hi-Fi setting with
7 kHz bandwidth and synchronous detection; sounds real nice.
Drake makes a few good sounding AM radios too.  Of course, the
lowly crystal set sounds the best!

  Dave Rickmers

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  SMART DTV ANTENNAS

  A DTV receiver manufacturer could provide for 1) multiple
antenna inputs for diversity reception or 2) a connector through
which signals would be sent to a smart antenna that might be
phased array or diversity elements.  There have been some
suggestions along these lines but to my knowledge no development.
.....

  It would be very instructive to hear of reports of DTV
reception on a first hand basis from readers of this column.
Such reports can help remove some of the rumors and myths about
DTV reception.

  Extracts from letter by Ed Williams, PBS,
  appearing in DTV Tech Notes, May 24, 1999

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  FM ANTENNA NOTICE FROM ERI

  To avoid customer confusion created by substituted imitations,
the ERI/Harris FMH and FML series FM antenna has been discontinued
by ERI and is no longer available from Harris.  ERI will continue
to support the FMH/FML series and owners may contact ERI directly
for parts and service.  All ERI products remain available directly
from ERI and other distributors.

  For additional information or questions, please contact David
Davies or Tom Silliman. (Dave's edress is dave@eriinc.com   -Ed.)

  Dave Davies

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  MORE ON RED BLANCHARD

  I enjoyed reading about W6AG (Red Blanchard) in the two
previous issues of the Communicator.  Years ago, I had the
pleasure of meeting Red at his Valley Center home, "The town
that time forgot!" to quote his own words on the 40 meter ham
band.  Red, if you're reading this, I still have the Collins
75A-4 and KWS-1 you sold to me.  I miss the 2 meter (fm simplex)
QSO's we used to have, 110 miles apart!  Hope you're doing well.

  '73, Bill Wysock, N6UXW

  (Red remembers Bill very well, the "guy with the gigantic
Tesla Coils."  Red sold his Valley Center property five years
ago and is now back in the San Fernando Valley.   -Ed.)

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                 LOCAL ITEMS DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS TENDERED FOR FILING

  990520TF        NEW           BEST MEDIA, INC.
                89.1 MHZ        LAKE ELSINORE, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KLRD
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  990520TN        NEW        BEST MEDIA INC.
               88.5 MHZ     EAST PASADENA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KLRD
  ___________________

  990520TW        NEW        BEST MEDIA INC.
                91.1 MHZ      FALLBROOK, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KLRD
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  990520VB        NEW        BEST MEDIA INC
               89.9 MHZ     SOUTH LAGUNA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KXRD  (Presumably KLRD  -Ed.)

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS READY AND AVAILABLE FOR PROCESSING

  FCC Report No. 99-4
  Cut-off Date for Objections or Competing Apps:  June 21, 1999

  BPFT-990129TG      NEW-T     Santa Paula/Camarillo
                     Living Way Ministries, Inc.
                     REQ:    89.900 MHz;  Channel No.  210D
                     TRANSLATOR FOR KTLW, LANCASTER, CA

  BPFT-990129TH      NEW-T     Agoura Hills
                     Living Way Ministries, Inc.
                     REQ:    88.900 MHz;  Channel No.  205D
                     TRANSLATOR FOR KTLW, LANCASTER, CA

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPH-980728IE      KZLA-FM      BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY
                    93.9 MHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT (990513IA)

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  A C T I O N S  O F : May 19, 1999

  BL-990202DC        KEZY         CITICASTERS CO.
                   1190 KHZ        ANAHEIM, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR AM BROADCAST STATION
  LIC. TO COVER
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  BP-981029AB        KVCA         LOTUS OXNARD CORP.
                   670 KHZ         SIMI VALLEY, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO AM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO MODIFY DA ANTENNA PATTERN

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMP-990507AA        KPLS         CRN LICENSES, LLC
                    830 KHZ           ORANGE, CA

  CP TO CHNG POWER AND MAKE CHNGS IN ANT. SYSTEM

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  NEW CALIFORNIA FM CHANNELS PROPOSED

  For information on new FM channels in Cloverdale, Easton,
Hamilton City, Herlong, Lost Hills, Maricopa, Mettler and
Summit City, California, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990524/da990971.txt 
  or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990524/da990971.wp 

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  CARMEL VALLEY, CA, ETC.

  Before the Commission for consideration is a multiple docket
Notice of Proposed Rule Making setting forth separate proposals to
amend the FM Table of Allotments, Section 73.202(b) of the Rules.
Comments Due: July 12, 1999; Reply Comments Due:  July 27, 1999.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/1999/dd990524.txt 

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BP-961227AA     NEW        MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES RADIO
                890 KHZ              JULIAN, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT(990521AA)

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION RECEIVED BUT NOT YET
  ACCEPTED FOR TENDER

  990519IB      KRUZ       PACIFIC COAST COMMUNICATIONS, L.L.C
             103.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA

  CP TO CHG; HAAT, TL & TO CORRECT COORDINATES.

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  A C T I O N S  O F : May 25, 1999

  BL-970312AB     KUNX       GOLD COAST BROADCASTING COMPANY
                1590 KHZ             VENTURA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR AM BROADCAST STATION
  DM
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  BP-990315AA      KUNX       GOLD COAST BROADCASTING COMPANY
                 1590 KHZ              VENTURA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO AM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO CORRECT COORDINATES

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  A C T I O N S  O F : May 25, 1999

  BPFT-980115TB     NEW        PRUNEDALE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
                 91.7 MHZ               OJAI, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STN, PRIMARY STN KLVM
  PET. TO DISMISS OR DENY FLD 5/13/98;REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO
  PETITION TO DISMISS OR DENY, FILED 7/27/98, BY (""KUSC"");
  SUPPLEMENT TO REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO PETITION TO DISMISS OR
  DENY, FILED 7/31/98
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  BPTT-981202JC     K26FT      COMMUNITY TV OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                   CHAN-61             SANTA BARBARA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO UHF TRANSLATOR STATION
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 61 TO CHANNEL 26;
  TL: 3035 GIBRALTAR ROAD, SANTA BARBARA, CA
  34-27-56  119-40-40; ERP: .397 KILOWATTS AND OFFSET: ZERO.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
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  BMPTTL-980601TN     K41EP      EDUARDO AND ROSA MARIA CABALLERO
                     CHAN-19           SANTA BARBARA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-980403JB, AS
  REINSTATED, FOR A NEW STATION) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 19 TO
  CHANNEL 41; TL: 6450 W. CAMINO CIELO ROAD, SANTA BARBARA, CA
  34-30-10  119-50-56; ERP: 29.9 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: ANTENNA
  CONCEPTS, ACB16CR; RCAMSL: 940.6 METERS AND ORIENTATION: 160
  DEGREES TRUE.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  EVEN AIRPORT RADIO STATIONS NEED VALID LICENSES

  A curious current case involves a $2,000 fine against the
Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board (Tennessee) which
operated its aircraft-band radio after its license had expired.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990526/da990998.txt 

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  3.5 MHZ INTERFERENCE FROM CABLE COMPANY (PHONEX) BOXES,
  AND THE FIERCE RIALTO WINDS

  This long-form letter from Jim McCook, W6YA, discusses an
ongoing RFI problem affecting the 80 meter ham band and con-
firms the unusually strong winds in Rialto - a "thread topic"
from recent Communicator newsletters.  See:

  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

  Click on Additional Postings, then on the posting dated 5/26/99.

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  A NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF TEN DIGIT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

  In 1991, the United States had 119 area codes in service.
Today, that number has almost doubled, with 215 area codes.
Current projections show that the North American Numbering Plan
may completely run out of area codes within the next ten to
fifteen years if no action is taken.  See how the telephone
industry might stretch the life of its current ten digit
numbering system by visiting:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990527/nrcc9032.txt 

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  FCC WEB PROBLEMS - AN E-MAIL INTERVIEW WITH SHERYL SEGAL

  CGC STAFF:  Has FCC staff completed its move (including
computers) to the Portals?  Also, has FCC been upgrading/
modifying/debugging its various computer systems lately?  (We)
have seen some very erratic web performance, and would like to
publish a note.... about what exactly is happening.  (We) know
FCC has made announcements about public reference & file rooms
being closed, and don't see why electronic access should be
any different.

  SHERYL SEGAL:  The move of all personnel is complete, and
the move of servers and other computer equipment is in the final
stages.  When the move is completed, we anticipate a general
decrease in the outages since many of them are due to the actual
move of equipment or the relocation of these complex "boxes".

  There have also been problems associated with the new network,
which was completely redesigned and then run in tandem with the
old one.  When possible, announcements of electronic un-
availability were made.  Unfortunately I was on vacation when the
most recent problems with the Daily Digest occurred, but I agree
that a public notice would have been proper and useful to our
customers.  I have set up a procedure for my staff to take that
initiative in my absence.

  (CGC thanks Sheryl for responding promptly, and for
doing an outstanding job overall with the FCC web site.  -Ed.)

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