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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #336

                      Tuesday, July 6, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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                    LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  COORDINATE YOUR ENG FREQUENCIES CAREFULLY!

  This is a reminder for all 2 GHz TOC ops and their managers
in southern California.

  When traveling from the Los Angeles market to San Diego,
or vise-versa, and you intend to transmit back to your home
territory, MAKE SURE YOU NOTIFY EVERYONE OF YOUR INTENTIONS,
AND THAT ALL STATIONS HAVE CLEARED YOUR TRANSMISSIONS BEFORE
LIGHTING UP!

  We had an incident last week where a Los Angeles helicopter
was on a story in San Marcos, had cleared the channel in San
Diego for their use, but were shooting north back to Santiago
Peak.  Not only were they making +60 into Santiago, they were
also making +40 into Mt. Wilson.  There were discussions with
this station when it was discovered what was going on, and
we attempted to explain why they needed to call the L.A.
coordinated station when running these operations - but our
discussions were to no avail.

  At the time it wasn't critical since we had no transmitters
in operation, but *they* didn't know that.  As the 6:00 p.m.
news hour rolled in, we again contacted this station telling
them it was now time to make other plans because we have a
newscast to get going and their helicopter was killing two of
our receiving sites.  We were told that they had cleared the
channel in San Diego. Another attempt was made to explain why
that wasn't enough - again to no avail.  Finally, a call from
Howard Fine convinced them it would be wise to do something
else ASAP.

  Santiago Peak is not a magic 100db pad that separates L.A
and San Diego!  When you travel south toward San Diego and shoot
back toward the Los Angeles area, the licensees of the
coordinated home channels in BOTH markets MUST be notified
and BOTH *MUST* clear the channel prior to operations.

  Please make sure your station personnel understand this
message.  If they don't, pull out a map and explain it to them.

  Thanks to Howard (again) for keeping this one from the lawyers.

  Jeff Staigh - KMEX-TV

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  FOOTNOTE

  The only thing that I would add is that frequency coordination
holds true with ALL markets that overlap such as L.A.-Santa
Barbara and L.A.-Palm Springs.  The FCC rules specifically state
that the out-of-market station is 5th in priority for using a
channel.

  Howard Fine, SCFCC

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                       MISCELLANEOUS
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  SAN DIEGO'S CHANNEL 10 OPERATING AT REDUCED POWER

  KGTV, Channel 10, San Diego, removed their main batwing
transmitting antenna last Saturday and is now operating at
greatly reduced power with a temporary standby antenna.
Relative to Channel 8, KGTV's visual carrier is down 24 dB and
their aural carrier is down 43 dB (measured in CGC's Fallbrook
lab 7/6/99 @ 0930 PDST).

  According to Ben @ KGTV, reduced power operation will
continue another seven to ten days before a new Channel 10
antenna is installed along with a DTV antenna.

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