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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #341

                     Monday,  August 9, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  COFDM HITS THE COVER OF BROADCASTING & CABLE

  The cover story of the August 2, 1999 Broadcasting & Cable
magazine highlights the current inability of DTV's 8-VSB
modulation scheme to work in any meaningful way with indoor
receiving antennas.  Don't miss the "Back to the Future" story
(p. 22) and the in-depth interview with David Smith, president
& CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group (p.24).  Some highlights:

  "For all the high-tech hype, says a growing number of
critics, DTV isn't much of an over-the-air service.  The
first generation of costly DTV sets now sitting in showrooms
do a far worse job receiving pictures than that $79 black-
and-white sitting on the kitchen counter...."

  8-VSB was not designed to send data to mobile
computer terminals while COFDM has no problem doing so.

  "....the executive director of the ATSC was in here
last week to see (Sinclair's 8-VSB vs. COFDM tests).  And he
was essentially laughed at by numerous broadcasters witnessing
the tests because he couldn't find a place to demonstrate
8-VSB (reception on an indoor antenna) without extreme
difficulty in receiving the picture."

  Meanwhile, some receiver chip manufacturers claim they can
improve 8-VSB's performance.  But the longer we wait to find
out, the harder it will be to switch transmission modes.

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  SUN AND MOON CALCULATOR

  Sometimes it's handy to know the azimuth and elevation of the
sun or moon for various purposes.  The U.S. Naval Observatory has
a nice web program for you.  Here, for example, is the position of
the sun as viewed from Los Angeles (34 deg., 05 min. N.; 118 deg.,
22 min. W.) for Tuesday, August 10, 1999 (just a portion of the
table is shown).  Times are Pacific Standard, not daylight:

   Time     Altitude    Azimuth
                       (E of N)
   h  m         o           o
  10:50       65.8       135.9
  11:00       67.2       140.9
  11:10       68.4       146.3
  11:20       69.5       152.4
  11:30       70.3       158.9
  11:40       71.0       166.0
  11:50       71.3       173.3
  12:00       71.4       180.9
  12:10       71.3       188.4
  12:20       70.8       195.7
  12:30       70.1       202.6
  12:40       69.2       209.1
  12:50       68.1       215.0
  13:00       66.9       220.3
  13:10       65.5       225.2

  Create your own charts at:

  http://aa.usno.navy.mil/AA/data/docs/AltAz.html 

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  CONSTRUCTION ON MT. HARVARD GETS UNDERWAY

  Mt. Harvard, a mile south of Mt. Wilson, is being transformed
into a major communications complex for Los Angeles and vicinity.
Lodestar's Vikki Amrine writes:

 "Thought you might be interested in seeing how Mount Harvard
is coming along.  These photos were taken 7/22/99.  Sometime soon
I will have a Harvard link off of Lodestar's web page for weekly
photo updates. It's in the works."

  To get the ball rolling, SBE Chapter 36 has kindly posted
the first photos on the web:

  http://www.sbe36.org/1999/0808_mt_harvard.html 

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEMS)

  $16,000:  Against KNEC(FM), Sterling, CO.  Forfeiture Order
Approved.  No URL available.  See FCC Daily Digest for 8/6/99.

  $7,000:  The FCC has found Pembina Emergency Services, former
licensee of Special Emergency Radio Station KNAK244, Pembina,
North Dakota, apparently liable for this monetary forfeiture for
operating without a valid license for over twelve years.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990802/da991517.txt 

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  "PERFECT PAUL" GETS AN EARLY RETIREMENT

  Great News From Oxnard!  The Oxnard, California office of
the National Weather Service will be making two long-awaited
and very significant changes to EAS weather Warnings on National
Weather Radio starting at 6 a.m., August 9, 1999:

  1. Perfect Paul will hit his early retirement.  All Weather
Warnings will again be voiced by a human being.

  2. Oxnard will no longer do EAS Warnings for the extension
of a previously released EAS Warning.

  The streamlined wording for Warnings crafted by Tim and Todd
for EAS Warnings that has been in use since last Winter will
continue.....

  Richard Rudman, L.A. County LECC Chair,
  California State EAS Vice Chair, Southern Region

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  FCC REVISES LOCAL TELEVISION OWNERSHIP RULES

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990805/nrmm9019.txt 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990805/nrmm9018.txt 

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  ERRATUM TO THE DTV RULES

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990806/da991451.txt 

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  FEEDBACK

  Last week we published some of Richard Rudman's comments
on the L.A. Sheriff's Office in a story entitled:

  "GOOD NEWS: THE L.A. SHERIFF IS TAKING EAS SERIOUSLY"

  Richard comments, "Though I wrote the story, your headline
might be misconstrued."  See his thoughts at:

  http://12.30.171.148/cgc/ 

  Click on "Additional Postings," then
  click on "Richard Rudman: Complete and Unabridged Comments."

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  MARK MOCERI BECOMES CLEAR CHANNEL 'ENGINEER AT LARGE'

  Congratulations to Mark Moceri, Chief Engineer @ KXMX/KEZY,
Anaheim, on becoming a 'roving troubleshooter' for Clear Channel
Communications.  Mark will assume his new role soon, and can
always be reached at <Rocmark@aol.com>.  Meanwhile, the Chief's
slot at KXMX/KEZY remains open and applications are wanted now
(see CGC #340).

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  RALPH ORTIZ IS NEW CHIEF AT KHSC(TV)

  As of August 2nd, I am officially the Chief Engineer of KHSC
TV-46   I am taking the position created when Julio Brito retired
at the end of last month.  I had the pleasure of working with him
for fifteen years here at KHSC as the transmitter supervisor and
assistant chief.  I've been in TV since 1969 with KMIR, KOCE, KDOC
and KHSC.  I am now involved with USA Broadcasting's project here
in Ontario, CA.  I don't have time to go into detail here, but
hopefully will be able to share more with you at a later date.

  Ralph Ortiz,   909-605-6013

  (Our hearty congratulations and best wishes to Ralph!  -Ed.)

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  SHOOTING WITH REAL BULLETS

  A heartfelt THANK YOU!!! is being sent your way for helping
in my recent job search.  Two weeks ago I began a whole new
chapter in my career as Chief of "The Wave," KTWV(FM), a CBS
O-and-O in L.A.  I'm positive the ad you posted for me was
instrumental in my making that connection.  This is a dream job
for me--ever since I moved to L.A., I have wanted to head up a
big-league Mt. Wilson radio station, and now IT'S HAPPENED!!!

  Ron Russ

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  CORRECTING THE LOCATION DESCRIPTION OF K32ES

  Regarding the FCC's written description of the location
of K32ES, Santa Barbara (see CGC #340), the following letter
was received:

  The street name for this one is wrong.  Those coordinates
are exactly the same as part of the Gibraltar Peak Communications
Site at 3035 Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara (actually in the
foothills above the city).  A number of the local FMs and both
FM and TV translators are on that site; I've spent many hours
there over the past 15 years working on a 2 meter repeater.

  Dennis Gibson, WB6TNB

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  SKYTEL PAGING HAS GAPS

  Our IT Director just got back from vacation, reporting that
Skytel did NOT cover all of the country.  After highway travel
from Phoenix, across the Midwest and to a family vacation spot
in Minnesota, she finally decide the most reliable means of
communication was to call back to the station periodically
via telephone.....

  Stephen H. Blodgett (W7RNA), Specialized Technical Services

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  KWIK(AM)

  Does anyone remember hearing Bob ("The Price is Right")
Barker on KNX and KWIK (in Burbank) back in the 1950s?  He did
an audience participation show that I'm told was heard on both
AM stations. I've never heard of KWIK.  If anyone does remember,
what frequency was it on?

  Bob Rusk, Robert@CallingHollywood.com 

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                 LOCAL ITEMS DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  990727TB       NEW           CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
               88.7 MHZ     93930       LAKE ELSINORE, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION PETITION TO DENY

  BPFT-990223TJ    NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
                 88.9 MHZ  92809       SIMI VALLEY, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ; PETITION TO DENY FILED
  7/30/99

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

  BLTTL-990219JC     KDFX-LP          PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                     CHAN-40     51207       INDIO, ETC., CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-910502EP, AS MODIFIED) FOR A NEW
  STATION.

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  TENDERED FOR FILING

  990719JA        K38EA             WORLD TELEVISION
                 CHAN-38    60026   INLAND EMPIRE, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 38 TO CHANNEL 48;
  TL: LODESTAR COMMUNICATIONS, MOUNT HARVARD RADIO SITE,
  SAN GABRIEL, CA 34-12-48  118-30-41; ERP: 9.77 KILOWATTS;
  OFFSET: MINUS; ANTENNA: ANTENNA CONCEPTS, ACB16AR;
  RCAMSL: 1680 METERS AND ORIENTATION: 200 DEGREES TRUE.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  A C T I O N   O F : July 29, 1999

  BPCDT-981224KE    KUSI-DT        CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                    CHAN-18   10238        SAN DIEGO, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO COMMERCIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION
  CP FOR A NEW DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION FOR STATION KUSI-TV,
  SAN DIEGO, CA; ERP(AVG): 145 KW; HAAT: 580 METERS; ANTENNA
  LOCATION:  ATOP SAN MIGUEL MT, SAN DIEGO, CA; (32-41-50
  116-56-04); ANTENNA SYSTEM: DIELECTRIC COMMUNICATIONS;
  TFU-10GTH-R S180

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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION TENDERED FOR FILING

  990727TE       NEW              MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
              106.9 MHZ    93956        PALM SPRINGS, CA

  CP NEW STN: PRIMARY STATION KYOR

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  A C T I O N   O F : August 2, 1999

  BPH-990512IF    KLAX-FM      SPANISH B/CNG SYSTEM OF FLORIDA INC.
                  97.9 MHZ   61638    EAST LOS ANGELES, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO INSTALL NEW AUXILIARY FACILITY.  ERP 50.0 KW
  DIRECTIONAL, 114 METERS HAAT, 34 04 42 NL, 118 11 06 WL.
  GRANTED 8/2/1999

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  CALL SIGN CHANGE PENDING

  KTRJ(AM), Frasier Park, to become KMAP upon sale of station
  and appropriate notification to FCC.

  FCC Report No. 362

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE PERSEIDS ARE COMING!  ONE GREAT SHOW

  During mid-August each year, our planet slams into a swarm of
particles left behind by a comet named Swift-Tuttle.  When this
occurs, we on Earth witness the famous Perseid (pronounced PUR-
see-id) meteor shower.  This year, the shower's peak occurs during
the night of Thursday, August 12 and morning of Friday, August 13,
when stargazers under dark skies can expect to see as many as
60-100 meteors falling hourly from the direction of the
constellation Perseus.

  Absolutely no equipment is needed to enjoy the cosmic show;
you need only a site far from blinding lights of the city, a lawn
chair or sleeping bag and, perhaps, a blanket or hot chocolate to
keep warm.....

  Dennis Mammana, Resident Astronomer, Reuben H. Fleet Science
  Center via Chris Durso

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