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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #342

                     Monday, August 16, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  NAVY SUSPECTED OF OPERATING ON 55.55 MHZ

  A Navy ship 15-20 miles west of Camp Pendleton is suspected
of transmitting data on 55.550 MHz, right in the middle of
KCBS-TV's passband.  The incident occurred on Tuesday and
Wednesday, August 10 & 11, 1999.  While some KCBS viewers
received interference, the disruption was apparently not
widespread.  The Navy took steps to eliminate the problem
based on direction finding data supplied by the FCC; the ship
responsible was not identified.

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  CITATIONS ISSUED FOR UNSOLICITED FAXES

  The Common Carrier Bureau's Enforcement Division has
issued citations to several companies that apparently sent
unsolicited faxes to consumers in violation of the Telephone
Consumer Protection Act of 1991 and the Commission's telemarketing
rules.  The citations place each company on notice that subsequent
violations may result in monetary forfeitures of up to $11,000
per violation.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990810/nrcc9056.txt 

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  QUALCOMM AWARDED PIONEER'S PREFERENCE

  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit ordered the Commission to grant QUALCOMM
Incorporated a pioneer's preference "forthwith."  The Commission
had previously dismissed QUALCOMM's request for a pioneer's
preference for 2 GHz broadband Personal Communications
Services; however, QUALCOMM appealed that dismissal, and the
Court granted QUALCOMM's petition for review.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990810/fcc99200.txt 

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  TRAP FOR THE FM BAND

  A small suck-out trap for the FM broadcast band is now
available from Eagle ((520) 204-2597).  The filter uses BNC
connectors, is in a 2" x 2" case, works to 1 GHz and has an
insertion loss of <0.5 dB below 73 MHz and above 123 MHz.
Notch depth in the FM band is 30 dB.  Good for certain phases
of RF proofs and miscellaneous other applications.  Will
handle 30 watts.  Model HLC-700.  Install one on your
neighborhood pirate station today.

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  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, OXNARD, TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE

  The National Weather Service has announced an open house
at their Oxnard location on September 11th.  Information,
directions and contact information concerning the open house
can be found at their web site:

  http://www.nwsla.noaa.gov/ 

  (Thanks, Jerry Lewine)

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEMS)

  $7,000:  Against Family Stations, Inc. for failing to maintain
a meaningful management and staff presence at Station KUFR-FM's
main studio.  This was discovered by accident when the Commission
was investigating receiver overload complaints.  They visited the
main studio three times and found no one home.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990811/da991579.txt 

  $20,000:  Affirmed this fine against Battery City Car &
Limousine Service for 1) operating Business Radio Station WNDV558
with more than the authorized 17 mobile units on 808.7375 MHz and
2) failing to identify Station WNDV558.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990811/fcc99212.txt 

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  SCFCC PICNIC REMINDER

  Your calendar is marked for the broadcast engineer's
Mt. Wilson 'Christmas Party' picnic on September 15, right?
See CGC #338 for more information.  Hope to see you there.

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  MAINTENANCE ENGINEER NEEDED, KPBS-FM, SAN DIEGO

  Full-time regular position with excellent benefit package.
Salary: $2,612 to $3,815 per month (100% FTE).  KPBS Job
Announcement #F99-258.  For details see:

http://www.foundation.sdsu.edu/hrpage/F99-258.html 

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  JERRY LEWINE MOVES TO LIEBERMAN BROADCASTING

  Just wanted to let you know I have resigned from my position
as Chief Engineer at Y-107 effective the 13th and have accepted
the position of group chief at Lieberman Broadcasting's five L.A.
area stations.

  Jerry Lewine

  (Best wishes on your new position!  -Ed.)

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            LETTER TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  8-VSB VS. COFDM

  An excellent technical paper comparing all aspects of
these two DTV modulation schemes can be found at:

  http://www.atsc.org/pub/Perf-Comp/799Cover-PerfComp.html 

  Mike Worrall

  (Keep in mind that the ATSC - whose site you will be
visiting - is a strong supporter of the 8-VSB approach.  -Ed.)

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                 LOCAL ITEMS DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  A C T I O N   O F : August 5, 1999

  BP-971126AG   KLAC        CHANCELLOR MEDIA/SHAMROCK RADIO, LIC
              570 KHZ   59958         LOS ANGELES, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO AM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO INCRSE PWR, CHNG TL & ANT. SYSTEM

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  A C T I O N S  O F : August 6, 1999

  BLH-990324KC     KWIZ            LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                 96.7 MHZ   37225      SANTA ANA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR FM BROADCAST STATION
  LIC TO COVER
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  BLTTL-990615JB     K38DK          COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                    CHAN-38   14003        SANTA BARBARA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST
  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-961231JP, AS REINSTATED AND MODIFIED
  FOR A NEW STATION.

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  A C T I O N   O F : August 9, 1999

  BLCT-960805KF     KVEA           ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
                   CHAN-52   19783          CORONA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR COMMERCIAL TV BROADCAST STATION
  LICENSE TO COVER (BPCT-950808KE) FOR CHANGES.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED

  BPFT-971022TE   K216EJ       PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.
                 91.1 MHZ  89032        RIVERSIDE, CA

  CP NEW STATION, PRIMARY STATION WPCS(FM)
  APPLICATION DISMISSED 1/23/98; APPL RESUBMITTED 2/2/98;
  REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO JOINT PET TO DISMISS OR DENY
  PET FOR RECON GRANTED   3-11-98; JOINT PET. FOR RECON FILED
  8-9-99
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  BPFT-980211TC    NEW        CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.
                 91.1 MHZ   89940         HEMET, CA

  CP NEW STN;  PRIMARY STN KAWZ
  JOINT PETITION TO DISMISS OR DENY FILED 7/13/98
  PETITION TO DENY DENIED. SECOND FILED MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE
  APPLICATION DISMISSED PER LETTER 7/1/99.JOINT PET. FOR RECON
  FILED 8/9/99
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  BPFT-980514TB    NEW           LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                 91.1 MHZ   90669     MORENO VALLEY, CA

  CP NEW STATION: PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  JOINT PETITION TO DISMISS OR DENY FILED 8/10/98;  REPLY TO
  OPPOSITION TO JOINT PETITION TO DISMISS OR DENY, FILED
  10/05/98, BY (""XETRA"")
  PETITION TO DENY DENIED. SECOND FILED MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE
  APPLICATION DISMISSED PER LETTER 7/1/99; JOINT PET. FOR
  RECON FILED 8/9/99

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  EXPERIMENTAL LICENSE GRANTS (EXTRACTS)

  The more interesting and unusual experimental applications
that were granted during the period from 1/1/99 to 7/1/99 are
shown below:

  WA2XXE   SATELLITE CD RADIO, INC.
           2326.1 MHz to test and develop terrestrial repeater
           stations for Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service
           (DARS).  Fixed: Houston, TX

  WA2XXG   SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES & SYSTEMS, INC.
           16400 MHz to test and develop radar that detects
           illegal entries into U.S.  Mobile:  Along the U.S./
           Mexico border.

  WA2XOB   AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT
           915 MHz wind profile radar to study air pollution.
           Fixed: San Diego, CA

  WA2XTF   AMATEUR RADIO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CORP.
           136.75 kHz to test emission, antennas and reception
           using digital signal processing techniques.

  WA2XTP   DIABLO RESEARCH CO.
           902-928 MHz to develop a communications link between
           a gas station's electronic gas tank level sensor and
           a nearby data collection point.

  WA2XXX   COUNTY OF SEDGWICK, KS
           151 MHz for tracking snakes in a zoo.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990811/pnet9013.txt 

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  PR&E BEING PURCHASED BY HARRIS

  Pacific Research & Engineering (PR&E), Carlsbad, and Harris
Corporation, have announced an agreement for Harris to acquire
PR&E for approximately $9.5 million, including the assumption
of debt, according to the San Diego SBE newsletter.

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  UNIVERSAL LICENSING SYSTEM (ULS) COMES TO HAM RADIO

  Say hello to the ULS!  Monday, August 16, the FCC's Universal
Licensing System becomes a reality for the Amateur Service. The
FCC said August 13 that the ULS would be out of service until
then to prepare for implementation.  This means amateurs will
have to wait until the ULS is back up to register.  For details,
see the lead story at:

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/99/0813/ 

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  SOLAR ECLIPSE ANIMATION

  Check this out today!

  http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/TSE1999/T99animate.html 

  Mark Durenberger

  (This is an outstanding computer animation:  A mini-movie
showing the path-of-totality for last week's solar eclipse.  -Ed.)

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  MOBILE CELLPHONE USE: AN ACCIDENT HAZARD

  A recent study found that cellphone use while driving
quadruples the likelihood of an accident, putting cellphone
use at about the same threat level as driving while impaired
from alcohol or drugs.

  Popular Science, p10, September 1999

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  TONE IT DOWN

  A woman bus rider was annoyed by a loudmouthed cellphone user
a few rows in front of her.  Then the fellow made the mistake of
mentioning his cellphone number during the conversation.  A few
minutes later, the lady picked up her cellphone, called the
bloke and asked him to tone it down.  Fighting technology with
technology.  Way to go!

  Popular Science

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