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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #338

                      Monday, July 19, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  MT. WILSON ENGINEERS' "CHRISTMAS PARTY" SET FOR SEPTEMBER 15

  John Russell of the Southern California Frequency Coordinating
Committee (SCFCC) writes:

  "We are pleased to announce that the SCFCC annual Christmas
(or almost Christmas) party is planned for September 15th at
10:00 am for 1999!  Please mark you calendars immediately!

  "There will be more details to come, but get that date down
NOW!

  "We (as always) are accepting donations to help defer the cost
of the Christmas Party.  Please talk to Howard at (323) 962-7841
or howard@pactv.com.

  "Any questions can be addressed to <info@scfcc.com>."

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  CLOSED CAPTIONING FOR DIGITAL TV

  The FCC (aka Federal Captioning Commission) has proposed
to adopt technical standards to "facilitate the display of closed
captioning on digital TV receivers."  This action was taken to
ensure that closed captioning services are available in the
transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

  For the short story see:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990714/nret9001.txt 

  For the full story see:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990716/fcc99180.txt 
    or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990716/fcc99180.wp 

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  CLOSED BROADCAST AUCTION

  Notice and Filing Requirements for Auction of AM, FM, TV,
LPTV, and FM and TV Translator Construction Permits Scheduled
for September 28, 1999.

  The text covering this item is in a very large file (pdf
& xls types).  See the following URL for a link to the text:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990712/ 

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  FCC PROPOSES TO ESTABLISH WIRELESS MEDICAL TELEMETRY SERVICE
  THAT WOULD OPERATE ON PRIMARY BASIS, WITHOUT INTERFERENCE

  This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking invites comments on two
alternative allocation proposals: a) 608-614 MHz, 1395-1400 MHz
and 1429-1432 MHz, or b) 608-614 MHz and 1391-1400 MHz.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990714/nrwl9030.html 

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  RE FCC'S ANTENNA STRUCTURE REGISTRATION DATABASE

  Anyone having suggestions on how the FCC can improve its
Antenna Structure Registration software is invited to write:

  mayday@fcc.gov 

  The Commission is aware that its current software is running
very slowly, and every effort is being made to fix the problem.

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH

  $4,000 - To WFYV(FM), Atlantic Beach, FL, for unauthorized
broadcast of a telephone conversation.

  $4,000 - To AirTouch Communications, Inc. for failing to
"timely notify the Commission of the commencement of service
of Station KUC941" - a Paging and Radiotelephone Station in
Waterloo, Iowa.

  $20,000 - To William Flippo of Jupiter, FL for alleged
unlicensed and jamming operations in the ten meter ham band.
Flippo is known in the CB community as "Rabbit Ears."

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  REGARDING THE INTERCEPTION AND RECORDING
  OF TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS BY COMMISSION PERSONNEL

  The FCC has amended Sections 0.41 and 0.251 of its Rules
regarding the interception and recording of telephone
conversations by Commission personnel.  No further information
has been released on the web.  (See FCC Daily Digest for
Friday, July 16.)

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  12 GHZ CARS PROPOSAL

  The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
seeking comment on a proposal to allow private cable operators
(PCOs) to use Cable Television Relay Services (CARS) to deliver
video programming over the 12 GHz frequency band.  PCOs provide
video and other services to residential customers in multiple
dwelling units in competition with franchised cable operators.

  The short story:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990714/nrcb9012.txt 

  The long story:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990714/fcc99166.txt 
    or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990714/fcc99166.wp 

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  WHAT PAGER SERVICES WORK WELL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA?

  This is a second request to find out what paging companies
provide good service in southern California.  Only a handful
of responses have been received so far, so we'll ask again:

  Which company provides your paging service, do you receive
pages reliably and where do you receive the pages (give us
general area descriptions like L.A., San Diego and San Bernardino).
Have you had bad luck with any particular paging company?  Send
us an e-mail.  The results of this informal survey will be
published in an upcoming Communicator.

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  MANY THANKS

  I wanted to thank you for placing my job search ad in the
CGC Communicator.  Many people have told me "it takes one ad in
the CGC to get a job," and that is definitely true!   I just
accepted a job as Assistant Engineer with KFMB AM/FM in San Diego.
The job appears to be everything I was looking for and more!

  Thanks again for your help & the newsletter; much appreciated
as always.

  Jeremy Preece

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                 LOCAL ITEMS DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  NEW FM CHANNEL FOR TECOPA, CA

  The FCC has added FM Channel 291A to Tecopa, California
as that community's first local aural transmission service.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990716/da991375.txt 

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  PROPOSED LPTV CONSTRUCTION PERMITS

  The Commission has released Report No. PGL99-4 entitled,
"LOW POWER/TELEVISION TRANSLATORS: PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMITS."
The item has yet to appear on the web.

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  AM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BMP-990624AC      961227AA     MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES RADIO
                     890 KHZ           JULIAN, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT(990702AB)

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  MISSING FCC APPLICATIONS & ACTIONS SHEETS

  The FCC web site has not released any Mass Media Bureau
  (MMB) Applications & Actions sheets since Monday, July 12.
  An FCC official writes, "We're having a problem getting these
  from MMB.  I will try to get to the bottom of this asap and
  get back to you on Monday."

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  MORSE CODE ENDS AT SHIP COASTAL STATION KFS

  On Monday July 12, a 92-year-old telegraph operator sent
one of the final commercial Morse code transmissions in the
nation, and paid homage to telegraph inventor Samuel F.B. Morse.
"What hath God wrought?," tapped out Dalton Bergstedt, W6AUH,
exactly as Morse himself had done 155 years ago, bringing a
historic era of communications full circle.

  Dalton once managed Half Moon Bay's KFS Marine, one of four
ship-to-shore stations that ended telegraph communications Monday
night.  Along with sending its own parting messages, the KFS
office also relayed one to President Clinton, sent from the
SS Jeremiah O'Brien, docked 30 miles away in San Francisco.  At
KFS the message was transferred to e-mail.

  Radio telegraph isn't completely obsolete in the nautical
world; it's still used extensively by Russian and Chinese ships.

  (Synopsis of story from San Diego Union Tribune)

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  METROMEDIA MANAGERS

  From this rare May 1981 photo, guess which is the one person
who is not a Metromedia manager.  Photo courtesy of Bill Ward:

  http://sbe36.org/1999/0712_metromedia.html 

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