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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #334

                      Monday, June 28, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  NEW PROCEDURES ANNOUNCED FOR FCC ANTENNA STRUCTURE REGISTRATION

  See the short story at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990624/da991253.txt 

  The full text resides at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1999/da991186.txt 
  or
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1999/da991186.wp 

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  ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER TRANSFER OF CONTROL, ETC.

  These cases involve Jaime Bonilla and KURS(AM) San Diego
and other California stations associated with this gentleman:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1999/da991205.wp 
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1999/da991206.wp 
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1999/da991207.wp 
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1999/da991208.wp 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990624/da991204.txt 

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  WIDER BANDWIDTHS PROPOSED FOR THE 2.4 GHZ BAND

  The Commission has proposed to amend the Part 15 rules
for frequency hopping systems operating in the 2.4 GHz band
(2400 - 2483.5 MHz) to allow for wider operational bandwidths.

  No URL available yet.

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  SCFCC PICNIC EXTRA

  If the SCFCC Mt. Wilson takes place during July, there is
a chance that Nils Turner will offer us a peek inside the CHARA
telescope optical combiner building -  a real treat.  Nils writes,
"I have no travel plans in July which would take me away from the
Mountain.  When you know the (picnic) dates, pass them along."

  Thanks to Marvin Collins for making contact with Nils.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  PIRATE FM EQUIPMENT READILY AVAILABLE

  (Regarding the 'can-tenna' pirate FM antenna discussed in
CGC #333), that antenna is commercially available.  It is actually
a half wave antenna and the last time I saw one was at a respected
parts house in Fresno.  I think the price was $89.00.  It is
advertised as an 'FM translator antenna', and it claims to cover
the 'entire FM broadcast band' with tuning.

  A pirate on 95.5 FM in Stockton was using one from the old
Cal Page building earlier this year.  The pieces to build pirate
radio stations are getting easier to (obtain).......

  Paul Shinn, Chief Engineer KSTN AM, KSTN FM, KXEX, KLCZ, KQEQ

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  CONFIRM THE SIGNAL SOURCE

  (Regarding the pictures of the alleged pirate antenna on the
big 'Coke can') ...great start, but it would be nice if someone
could take DF equipment out to the site and confirm this is the
actual antenna.  Someone with a field strength meter and
directional antenna near the bottom of the "Coke can" should
see some RF energy, if it's transmitting.

  John Hudson, California Office of Emergency Services

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  NEW PIRATE FM ON THE AIR IN SAN DIEGO

  I'm currently listening to a pirate radio station on 104.9
that seems to be operating from the Grossmont area (of San Diego).
It seems to be playing anything from classic rock to techno, Frank
Sinatra, classical, resurrection rock..... Vanilla Ice.

  (Name withheld upon request)

  P.S.  The signal is pretty strong around the Mt. Helix area
and in the Fletcher Hills area....

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  ON REPORTING TOWER LIGHT OUTAGES TO THE FAA - COMMENT #1

  As far as the tower lights issue goes:  Give the FSS specialist
the latitude and longitude of the tower location.  They may ask
for additional information.  Have the operator tell them that's
all they know.  That's all you are required to give them - leave
the rest up to them.

  Rick Hunt
  FAA Authorized Flight Instruction, ATP, AFI, MEI, IA

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  ON REPORTING TOWER LIGHT OUTAGES TO THE FAA - COMMENT #2

  Jim Lencioni's objection (CGC #332) to providing the range
and bearing to a known aid to air navigation is understandable
but misguided.  The FAA needs to IMMEDIATELY issue a notice to
airmen about the potential hazard; the extra time cross-
referencing to the FCC database information is one extra step
that takes time.

  Peter Burinskas, SBE Chapter 36 Member

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  ON REPORTING TOWER LIGHT OUTAGES TO THE FAA - COMMENT #3

  As strange as it may seem, Mr. Weiner (CGC #330) is basically
correct.  Please refer to 47 CFR, Subpart B, Section 17.48.  While
distance and bearing are not required in 17.48, the local Flight
Service Station has always asked for that information when we have
notified them of a beacon light failure.  Measuring the distance
and bearing is easy to do with an inexpensive 'sectional chart'
and 'plotter' that can be purchased at almost any 'fixed based
operator' or 'flight training school'.  When reporting the bearing,
be sure to indicate if the degrees are "true" or "magnetic" and
the distance is in "statute" or "nautical" miles.

  Oscar Medina, CSTE, Chief Engineer, KNSD(TV), San Diego

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  KCAL-TV'S LARCAN TRANSMITTER FINDS A NEW HOME

  KCAL 9's old Larcan transmitter comes to life for KECY 9 in
El Centro.  The new TCIP remote control system by JC Williams
linked by Triad's 115K data link from Black Mnt to El Centro and
the dial in server (lots of password protection) is very cool.
You can see the install at kecy.com.

  Ken Brown, KESQ TV

  [The URL was a dead end when we checked.  Nothing but a
banner for KECY Fox 9 with no links.   -Ed.]

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  SHORT LENGTHS OF 1/2 HELIAX WANTED

  San Diego County's Palomar Amateur Radio Club is in need of
donations of relatively short lengths (36' to 68') of relatively
new 1/2 inch Heliax line, preferably with connectors.  Larger
diameter foam filled Heliax with connectors would be better still.
The club will be moving some of their repeaters from one building
to another soon, hence the need.  Interested parties should contact
Stan Rohrer:  w9fqn@juno.com 

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  THANK YOU

  Wow, thanks. I've received a great response so far (to my
inquiry about using a 1982 Harris MW-10A transmitter in El
Salvador).  It is hard to make contact sometimes with people
inside the industry with knowledge, especially for someone who
works on the fringe in the wireless business.  The newsletter
is a great way to gather info.

  Eric Kruzel

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                 LOCAL ITEMS DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION PETITION TO DENY

  BPFT-990129TG     NEW        LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                  89.9 MHZ     SANTA PAULA/CAMARILLO, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW; PETITION TO DISMISS OR
  DENY FILED 6/16/99

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  A C T I O N   O F : June 15, 1999

  BPFTB-981218TB    KPLM-FM1         RM BROADCASTING LLC
                   106.1 MHZ    Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BOOSTER
  CACP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KPLM

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  A C T I O N   O F : June 17, 1999

  BPFT-981109TE      K205DK      PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                    88.9 MHZ          YUCCA VALLEY, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KCZO

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  JOHANNESBURG AND EDWARDS, CA

  The FCC has proposed amending FM allotments for these
communities.  No URL available yet.  See Daily Digest for
6/25/99.

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  COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  OR LICENSE MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLCDT-990615KH     KTTV-DT      FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                     CHAN-65            LOS ANGELES, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPCDT-980501KH) AS MODIFIED FOR A NEW
  DIGITAL STATION.

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE
  OR LICENSE MODIFICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTTL-990614JB      K25GL        LOUIS MARTINEZ
                     CHAN-25    RIVERSIDE/PERRIS, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-970908JA, AS REINSTATED AND MODIFIED
  FOR A NEW STATION.
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  BLTTL-990615JB      K38DK      COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                     CHAN-38           SANTA BARBARA, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-961231JP, AS REINSTATED AND MODIFIED
  FOR A NEW STATION.

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPH-990614IB      KWIZ        LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                  96.7 MHZ           SANTA ANA, CA

  CP FOR NEW AUX STATION (FOR AUX PURPOSES ONLY)

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION TENDERED
  FOR FILING

  990616JB       KDFX-LP      PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                 CHAN-40           INDIO, ETC., CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-910502EP, AS
  MODIFIED, FOR CHANGES) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 40 TO CHANNEL 33;
  TL: ON SIDE OF EXISTING KESQ-TV TOWER, ATOP EDOM HILL, NEAR
  PALM SPRINGS, CA 33-51-58  116-26-02; ERP: .49 KILOWATTS AND
  RCAMSL: 477 METERS.  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  A C T I O N   O F : June 22, 1999

  BPFT-981125TB      NEW        PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                  90.3 MHZ             LANCASTER, CA

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

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  AIRTOUCH AND VODAFONE MERGER APPROVED

  The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, on delegated
authority, has approved the merger of AirTouch Communications,
Inc. and Vodafone Group, Plc., subject to certain conditions.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990622/nrwl9026.txt 

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  SPECTACULAR NEW TRAM CARS SLATED FOR PALM SPRINGS

  The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has purchased new tram
cars as part of a $7,000,000 upgrade plan.  The floors of the
new circular cars will rotate from one to two revolutions
per trip so everyone will have an enhanced viewing experience.
See the details at:

  http://www.bobulrich.com/pst-tram99.htm 

  The tramway was scheduled to close June 12 to permit the
renovations to occur (including tower strengthening), but the
plan has been put on hold for environmental studies.  Not even
the famous Aerial Tramway can escape that requirement!

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