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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #330

                      Monday, June 14, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  "THE PUBLIC AND BROADCASTING" (REVISED EDITION) RELEASED

  The Mass Media Bureau has released the revised version
of a manual entitled, "The Public and Broadcasting."  Broad-
cast stations are required to keep a current copy of this
document in their public inspection files (PIFs) "at all
times."  You can download the revised document on the web
by visiting:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/da991099.html 

  Then click on the colored links at the top of the page to
download the entire manual, and put a copy in your PIF.

  (Thanks for the tip: June Butler/FCC & Carl Swanson/KCRW)

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  FCC PROPOSES FEWER TESTING PROCEDURES FOR AM DIRECTIONALS

  The FCC has proposed to substantially lessen the testing and
verification procedures for AM radio stations that use directional
antennas.  Report No: MM-99-6, by NPRM.  No URL available yet.

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  IN ORDER TO REGISTER A TOWER STRUCTURE WITH THE FCC, THE
  APPLICANT'S TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER WILL SOON BE REQUIRED

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990607/da991102.txt 
  or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990607/da991102.wp 

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  THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE FCC'S ULS DATABASE

  The FCC has adopted a Report and Order enabling the public to
access application and licensing information in the Universal
Licensing System (ULS) via the Internet.  ULS is the FCC's
automated licensing system and integrated database for wireless
services.

  The next service to be converted to ULS will be the Amateur
service, scheduled for deployment in August 1999.  The FCC will
also be converting its Antenna Registration System to ULS in
July 1999.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990610/nrwl9025.html 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  FCC "BAPS" (BROADCAST APPLICATIONS) FILES ARE ONLINE

  If you haven't already heard, try our newest Internet query
  - - the BAPS Query - - at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/asd/history.html 

  Dale Bickel, FCC, dbickel@fcc.gov 

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  ABOUT TOWER LIGHT FAILURES

  If you have tower lights, someday you will have an outage
that your operators must report to the FAA.  You can expect the
FAA to ask for the exact tower location.  What they seem to want
is the distance (in nautical miles) and magnetic bearing from the
nearest aircraft navigational aid such as an omni station.  I
suggest that you post this information where your operators can
find it quickly.  Without this information, your station's report
may be ignored, and aircraft safety compromised.  This is exactly
what happened to one of my client stations.

  (This is a summary of information posted in DTV Tech Note #031
by Burt I. Weiner, biwa@pacificnet.net, with the summary approved
by the author.  For the full story, see: http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 
.....then click on Additional Postings, then on the story
entitled, "Whatever to do with the F.A.A.?"   -Ed.)

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  A HANDY TOOL

  While AC clamp-on ammeters have been around for ages, it's
only recently that affordable DC clamp-ons have become available.
A DC clamp-on uses a hall effect sensor.  The Extech 380947
(www.extech.com) has 40A and a 400A DC scales as well as 4A, 40A,
100A, and 400A AC scales.  This is a really handy meter to have.

  Using this meter I was able to quickly troubleshoot a RF driver
problem by clamping onto the supply leads.....  Another use for
the meter is with an IOT tube which is best set-up by measuring DC
currents rather than voltages.

  Roy Trumbull, Asst. Chief Engineer, KRON-TV, San Francisco
  (Summary of information posted in DTV Tech Note #031, with the
  summary approved by the author.)

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  CATV CAPACITY IS LIMITED FOR DTV SIGNALS

  Just a comment on Greg Strickland's comments in CGC #329.  I
don't know about you folks in Southern CA, but here in western
Ohio I think that a lot of DTV reception will depend on over the
air antenna systems.  Cable does not have the capacity for all
the signals (unless they shed some channels).  I think we're
going to see the Channel Masters & Winegards of the world profit
from DTV as the consumer seeks to find a solution to watch a
station out of town that is no longer available in other methods.
Just some food for thought.

  Frederick R. Vobbe, W8HDU, Chief Engineer, WLIO Television

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                 LOCAL ITEMS DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  A C T I O N   O F : May 25, 1999

  BPFT-990111TA      NEW       CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
                   88.1 MHZ            EL CENTRO, CA

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

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

  BMPFT-971114TE     K268AK       EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                   101.5 MHZ            SIERRA MADRE, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  MP TO CP (BPFT-961025TG) TO CHANGE POWER  (MAJOR CHANGE)

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE OR
  LICENSE MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-990513KB     KRUZ       PACIFIC COAST COMMUNICATIONS, L.L.C
                103.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA

  LIC TO COVER
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  BLH-990519KE     KSCA       GOLDEN WEST BROADCASTERS
                 101.9 MHZ          GLENDALE, CA

  LIC TO COVER.

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPH-971107MW     NEW        TORTOISE BROADCASTING COMPANY
                96.9 MHZ              LENWOOD, CA

  AMENDMENT (990526MF)

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

  BZ-990504DD      KGAM         KPSI RADIO CORPORATION
                 1450 KHZ          PALM SPRINGS, CA
  DM
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  BZ-990505DC      KWXY         GLEN BARNETT, INC.
                 1340 KHZ       CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  DM

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  COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION APPLICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPCDT-990527KH    KTTV-DT     FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                     CHAN-65          LOS ANGELES, CA

  MP(BPCDT-980501KH) TO CHANGE ANTENNA SYSTEM: ANDREW,
  ATW22H6-ETO-65H; ERP(AVG): 1000 KW

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  A C T I O N   O F : May 12, 1999

  BLCDT-990421KE      KTLA-DT       KTLA  INC.
                      CHAN-31     LOS ANGELES, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION
  LICENSE TO COVER (BPCDT-980407KE), AS MODIFIED FOR A NEW
  DIGITAL STATION

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

  BPCDT-981028KE    KDOC-DT     GOLDEN ORANGE B/CING. CO., INC.
                    CHAN-32             ANAHEIM, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION
  APPLICATION FOR A NEW DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION FOR STATION
  KDOC-TV, ANAHEIM, CA; DIGITAL CH-32; ERP(AVG): 200 KW;
  HAAT: 960 METERS; ANTENNA LOCATION: MT. WILSON ANTENNA FARM,
  (34-13-37  118-03-58); ANTENNA SYSTEM:  DIELECTRIC
  COMMUNICATIONS, TFU-10DSC-R C170

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

  BPCDT-981123KJ     KSCI-DT       KSLS, INC.
                     CHAN-61     LONG BEACH, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION
  APPLICATION FOR A NEW DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION FOR STATION
  KSCI, LONG BEACH, CA; DIGITAL CH-61; ERP(AVG):  148.8 KW;
  HAAT: 948 METERS; ANTENNA LOCATION: MT. WILSON, CA;
  (34-13-37  118-03-58); ANTENNA SYSTEM:  ANDREW,
  ALP12M7-HSWR-61

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  A C T I O N   O F : June 7, 1999

  BPTTL-981201JA     KWHY-LP     HARRISCOPE OF LOS ANGELES, INC.
                     CHAN-65           SANTA BARBARA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 65 TO CHANNEL 22;
  TL: 3035 GIBRALTAR ROAD, SANTA BARBARA, CA 34-27-56
  119-40-40; TPO: .134 KILOWATTS; OFFSET: PLUS;
  ANTENNA: ANDREW, ALP4LO-HSER AND RCAMSL: 652 KILOWATTS.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  "CENTRALIZED TRUNKING" FOR MORE PRIVATE WIRELESS USERS

  The FCC has adopted rules which more readily facilitate the
use of "centralized trunking" by private wireless spectrum users.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990610/nrwl9022.html 

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  FCC ADOPTS DECLARATORY RULING AND NOTICE
  OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING ON "CALLING PARTY PAYS"

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990610/nrwl9021.html 

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  PROJECT STARSHINE

  A mirror-covered satellite -- which resembles a 1970s disco
ball -- was released June 5 by astronauts aboard the shuttle
Discovery.  The device is designed as an educational tool for
students around the world - and it simply reflects the sun's
rays back to earth whenever the angle is just right.  As one
early observer said, we saw "a star flash from out of nowhere
that got as bright as Venus is just after sunset!"

  The satellite's 900 mirrors were polished by students.  NASA
has estimated that as many as 25,000 youngsters in elementary
through high school will plot the satellite's orbit and use their
observations as part of their science and mathematics studies.
To read more, and to learn how ham radio is tied into all of
this, see:

  http://www.azinet.com/starshine/index.html 

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