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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #329

                      Monday, June 7, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  REALLOCATION OF TV CHANNELS 60-62 & 65-67

  In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC offers new
service rules for commercial licensing in the 746-764 MHz and
776-794 MHz bands that have been reallocated from use solely
by the Broadcast service.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990604/fcc99097.txt 
  or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990604/fcc99097.wp 

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  HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RF FIELDS - TIGHTER STANDARDS DENIED

  The FCC has denied an Application for Review filed by a
homeowners group asking (among other things) that the Commission
adopt a radical new limit for human exposure to RF fields of
0.01 MICROwatts per centimeter squared (cm. sq.) for transmitters
located in residential areas.  The current limit is 0.2 MILLIwatts
per cm. sq. in the 100 MHz region, so the requested action would
have been thousands of times tougher to achieve.  See:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990601/fcc99123.txt 

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  NO FURTHER DETAILS ON THE KCAL-TV TOWER ACCIDENT

  Despite repeated promises to publish a written statement
on the KCAL-TV accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old
tower climber on May 25 (see CGC #328), the attorney for ITI,
KCAL's tower rigging company, has not provided us with any
additional information.  If you know the accident details,
especially information that will help our readers understand
what went wrong, please send that data our way.

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  PANASONIC'S 2.4 GHZ CORDLESS PHONE:  AN EAVESDROPPER'S DELIGHT

  The catalog says, "private conversations."  The box says,
"Spread Spectrum Technology."  The salesman says, "Yup, your
speech is scrambled - sounds like noise to anyone with a
scanner."  However, we found Panasonic's new 2.4 GHz cordless
phone conversations to be easily decipherable on a 900 MHz
scanner adjusted to the wideband FM mode (turns out that the
cordless handset transmits back to the base station on 900 MHz,
not 2.4 GHz).  The fact that speech could be heard clearly on
an ordinary scanner is disturbing and raises the question of
just how private conversations are on some other so-called
scrambled cordless phones.  (The phone we tested was a
Panasonic model KX-TG210.)  Your input is welcome.

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  CLEAR CHANNEL (JACOR) SET TO MOVE STUDIOS IN SAN DIEGO

  Design details haven't been finalized, but ten of the eleven
radio stations owned or LMA'd by Clear Channel Communications,
formerly Jacor, will be consolidated into new studio facilities
at Stonecrest, above Fry's Electronics.  XHRM and Airwatch
Traffic will remain at their present locations.

  (From San Diego SBE Electronic Newsletter of 6/1/99, as revised
with comments from Kevin Douglass of Clear Channel.)

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                      JOB AND EQUIPMENT SHOPPE
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  BRUCE ROGOW NAMED KPBS-FM CHIEF ENGINEER

  Congratulations to Bruce, who had served as assistant CE, and
succeeds Mike Tosch, who left for L.A. two months ago.  Read more
about Bruce Rogow at:

  http://www.sbe36.org/1999/0607_rogow.html 

  There's a link to his web site featuring solar powered
racers, too.

  (Adapted from San Diego SBE Electronic Newsletter, 6/1/99)

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  TV & FM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

  KPBS has a slew of used equipment from both TV and FM that
must be sold immediately, including P.R.& E. ABX-26 and BMX II
consoles, Utah Scientific MC-500 Master Control Switcher, Moseley
PCL-6010 950 MHz radio, M/A 13 GHz microwave, Abekas A53 DVE and
more.  Please email John Folsom <jfolsom@access1.thegroup.net>
for complete list on an Excel spreadsheet.  No reasonable offers
refused.  Thanks!

  John Folsom

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  RADIO MIXER BOARD WANTED

  My name is Doug Shaw.  I am helping out with World Music
Radio.....  We are a (San Diego) non-profit org setting up an
Internet webcast of music from around the world.

  One of our needs is a broadcast style mixing board ideally
supporting 8 stereo and 5 mono (2 mics, 2 carts, 1 phone) inputs.
Also need two cart players and one cart recorder/player.  Would
you know of any possible sources for used/surplus equipment where
we might find this equipment cheap :-) ?   Any local stores,
phone numbers or websites would be greatly appreciated.

  Douglas_E_Shaw@hotmail.com 

  (From San Diego SBE Electronic Newsletter of 6/1/99, as
updated by Doug.)

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  ON THE KTLA "AIR FORCE" PHOTO IN CGC #328

  Thanks for the photo.  That was taken while I was at KTLA.
I spent hours and hours in many of those units.  I can even
recognize some of my friends.  It brought back memories.

  Don Sinex, KOCE, W6RVA

  (Bill Pasternak informs us that Lloyd Sigmon (the gentleman
who invented the Sig Alert and is in the KTLA photo) is a ham
radio operator and his call sign is W6LQ.   -Ed.)

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  FM PIRATES OUT OF CONTROL IN MIAMI?

  Re the CGC #328 article indicating that the FCC has
fined a company $100,000 for operating various microwave
stations without a license, the following letter was received:

  It's very frustrating to see the FCC selectively enforce
things like this when here in Miami the pirate radio situation
is totally out of control.  We've got a pirate right across the
street from us running a 4 bay on a 40 foot tower on top of an
office building!  Hell of a signal, must be 1 kW easy on 99.5.
There's another one down the street about a mile on 94.5 on
another building.  Very bold and brazen.  There are dozens more
all over the area.  I've never seen anything like it.  Zero
apparent enforcement.....

  Gary Blau, Jefferson-Pilot Communications, Miami

  In response to this letter, Richard Lee (head of the FCC's
field enforcement program) writes:

  ....I think that our record in South Florida speaks for
itself.  Please take a look at our news releases for the last
twelve months.  If this gentleman has information to share
about pirate radio operators in Miami - he should contact me:

  RDLEE@fcc.gov 

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  RE DTV RECEIVING ANTENNAS

  I think we will see a new product category... the Smart
Antenna.  To make DTV work, it will probably be necessary for
antennas to be active, with  a pre-selector, pre-amp and possibly
some form of diversity.  Most likely the receiver manufacturers
will sell antennas that "talk" to the DTV set, receiving power
and tuning instructions.

  Greg Strickland

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  COMMENTS RE RED BLANCHARD

  I met Red on ham-air in the San Fernando Valley in the early
1960s (I had already heard him earlier as a broadcast personality
on KCBS radio).  On Air Force MARS, on 49.98 MHz AM on Thursday
afternoons, Red cut his swath.  He had obtained an old 26 MHz STL
transmitter and studio mike and had converted it to six meters.
Whenever "AF6QYR" was called by NC, my S-meter "pegged out," all
background hiss disappeared, and my room was filled with clean
"broadcast quality" audio, at least 20 dB better sounding than I
had ever heard before or would ever hear again on the ham bands!
Even now, I haven't forgotten the "sound" and the "voice."

  Best wishes, Red!  Gordon Schlesinger, WA6LBV, San Diego

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  THANK YOU

 I have left Motorola after 34 years and am full time at
our station. Just got our C2 upgrade and we are rebuilding
the entire system.   WOW !!!  The newsletter is great - very
valuable and a unique resource.....  Even here in the hinterlands
of Arizona we find many of the same problems and your news and
contacts are very useful.

  Rich Potyka, KRXS, K30ES and W7DTL

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                 LOCAL ITEMS DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPH-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   O F : May 26, 1999

  BPH-990219IF        KBUA         LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                    94.3 MHZ          SAN FERNANDO, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  CP FOR NEW AUX STATION

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BP-990521AJ   KGIL      MOUNT WILSON FM BROADCASTERS, INC.
              1260 KHZ           BEVERLY HILLS, CA

  CP TO CHNG POWER

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING

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

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

  BPH-990512IF     KLAX-FM     SPANISH B/CNG SYSTEM OF FLORIDA INC.
                   97.9 MHZ           EAST LOS ANGELES, CA

  CP TO INSTALL NEW AUXILIARY FACILITY
  (FOR AUXILIARY PURPOSES ONLY)

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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 (FILE NO. 990406IH)

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  A C T I O N   O F : May 18, 1999

  BLH-990218KA        KACE         COX RADIO, INC.
                   103.9 MHZ        INGLEWOOD, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR FM BROADCAST STATION
  LIC TO COVER

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  A C T I O N   O F : May 27, 1999

  BPH-990217IE      KAEH       R G B COMMUNICATIONS INC
                  100.9 MHZ         BEAUMONT, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO CHG; ERP, HAAT & TL.

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPTTL-990519JB       K25GL        LOUIS MARTINEZ
                       CHAN-65    RIVERSIDE/PERRIS, CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-970908JA, AS
  REINSTATED AND MODIFIED, FOR A NEW STATION) TO CHANGE
  TL: (NO CHANGE IN DESCRIPTION) 33-57-44  117-16-48;
  ERP: 1.53 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: SCALA, 4RDR-45 AND
  RCAMSL: 948 METERS.

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  A C T I O N   O F : May 28, 1999

  BZ-990226DE      KTYM         TRANS AMERICA BROADCASTING CORP.
                 1460 KHZ               INGLEWOOD, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED DIRECT MEASUREMENT OF ANTENNA POWER
  FOR AM BROADCAST STATION
  DM

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  A C T I O N   O F : June 1, 1999

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

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO CHG STRUCTURE HGT, HAAT, TL AND ERP

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ANOTHER UNUSUAL FCC FINE

  When marine radar equipment (3,058 MHz) was used to enhance
air traffic control at a small Wisconsin airport, the FAA and
the FCC did not take kindly to the event.  Turns out that the
transmitter was unlicensed for the application, and that resulted
in an $8,000 fine.  A most curious and fascinating story.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990602/da991029.txt 

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