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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #344

                     Monday, August 30, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  CHIP MAKERS RUSH TO CURE INDOOR DTV RECEPTION PROBLEMS

  Motorola and start-up NxtWave Communications claim to have
developed 8-VSB demodulator chips that will significantly improve
DTV reception on indoor antennas.  If the improved adaptive
equalizers work as advertised and are cost effective, they may
quell the debate about whether 8-VSB should be replaced by the
European COFDM modulation scheme.  We'll have to wait awhile to
test the claims.  NxtWave is not in production and Motorola will
not even ship sample chips to manufacturers for 60 days.

  For details, see Broadcasting & Cable, August 23, page 9.

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  MEETING CONCERNING THE 700 MHZ BAND

  The FCC has established the Public Safety National Coordination
Committee to advise the Commission on a variety of issues relating
to the future use of the 764-776/794-806 MHz frequency bands
(collectively, the 700 MHz band) that has been allocated to public
safety services.  This spectrum is currently being used by TV
Channels 63, 64, 68 & 69.  For more information, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990826/da991716.txt 

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  PIRATE CONVICTION UPHELD

  The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
has upheld the February 1998 criminal conviction in Tampa, FL,
of Arthur Kobres on 14 counts of engaging in unlicensed radio
broadcasting.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Compliance/News_Releases/1999/nrci9023.pdf 

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  CELLTAPPING

  The FCC has adopted technical requirements for wireline,
cellular and broadband Personal Communications Services (PCS)
carriers to comply with the Communications Assistance for Law
Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA).  To read more about the
wiretapping (or "celltapping") provisions, see:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19990827/ts/telecoms_privacy_2.html 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990827/nret9003.html 

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  TILTING AT WINDMILLS

  On September 5, 1995, Anderson Radio, Inc. (Anderson) filed a
Request for a Finder's Preference for Specialized Mobile Radio
(SMR) Station WNSS438.  The target licensee, Motorola, Inc.
(Motorola) filed an Opposition to Finder's Preference Request
(Opposition), dated September 28, 1995.  In its Opposition,
Motorola attached a copy of its FCC Form 405A, dated June 20,
1994, cancelling the license for WNSS438.  Because the license
for the station was cancelled prior to the date on which Anderson
filed its finder's preference request, there was no underlying
license to attack.  Accordingly, the FCC dismissed Anderson's
finder's preference request.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990826/da991723.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ASSISTANT CHIEF WANTED (RADIO)

  Liberman Broadcasting is seeking an Assistant Chief Engineer
for their five Los Angeles area stations.  LBI is an equal
opportunity employer.  Email resumes to:

  GBM10@GTE.NET 

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  WELCOME TO KENT KRAMER!

  CGC welcomes Kent Kramer as the new Engineering Manager for
the KLYY family of stations (Big City Radio).  Kent was a Systems
Engineer with Harris, and can now be reached at (310) 785-9107.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  NEW CHANNEL 3 IN TIJUANA

  I'm looking for more information on a new TV station in
Tijuana broadcasting on VHF Channel 3, which calls itself
"Once TV."  It completely invades the coverage area of KEYT-TV
in Santa Barbara, which has been using Ch. 3 for decades.....
You may have heard of problems from this same station in San
Diego, whose signal has been strong enough to bleed into TVs
that receive signals from cable boxes and VCRs via Channel 3.

  Bob Grabko <grabko@gte.net>

  [Bob is looking for a call sign and regulatory information;
his complete letter was too long to reproduce here.   -Ed.]

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  TV TEST CARDS (AND PATTERNS) FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  Here is a link that I think your newsletter readers will
enjoy visiting:

  http://www.meldrum.co.uk/mhp/testcard/around_world.html 

  Oscar Medina, KNSD(TV), San Diego

  [Also visit Oscar's updated "San Diego In Pictures" page which
  may be seen at <http://members.xoom.com/sandiegopics/>.  Oscar
  writes, "If you'd like to set up your own website, Xoom.com
  provides unlimited webspace for free."   -Ed.]

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                 LOCAL ITEMS DIRECT FROM THE FCC
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  A C T I O N   O F : August 18, 1999

  BPFT-990520VB     NEW                   BEST MEDIA INC
                  89.9 MHZ    93468      SOUTH LAGUNA, CA

  APPLICATN DISMISSED TO FM TRANSLATOR
  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KXRD
  APPLICATION DISMISSED.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPFT-990818TC    K211DK     ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY ED., INC.,
                   90.1 MHZ   83327       SANTA ANA, CA

  MOD OF CP (BPFT-970218TE) TO CHG. POWER

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  NON-COMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL FM APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPED-990813IB   KSBR         SADDLEBACK COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.
                88.5 MHZ   58529       MISSION VIEJO, CA

  CP TO CHG STRUCTURE HGT, HAAT, DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA, ERP &
  CLASS

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION RECEIVED BUT NOT YET
  ACCEPTED FOR TENDER

  990813IC    KWRP         MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
            96.1 MHZ   25809    SAN JACINTO, CA

  CP TO MAKE CHANGES.

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  UHF TV TRANSLATOR LOW POWER BROADCAST APPLICATION
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPTTL-990809JA    K26FA        D'AMICO BROTHERS B/CING. CORP.
                    CHAN-26   14910        VISTA, CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-960205JK, AS
  REINSTATED, FOR A NEW STATION) TO CHANGE TPO: .055 KILOWATTS
  ERP: .0005 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: SCALA, 1X3KBBU; RCAMSL: 508
  METERS AND ORIENTATION: 30 DEGREES TRUE.

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  A C T I O N S  O F : August 20, 1999

  BLCT-970618KF   KJLA           COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                 CHAN-57   14000         VENTURA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR COMMERCIAL TV BROADCAST STATION
  LICENSE TO COVER (BPCT-940824KH, AS MODIFIED) FOR CHANGES.
  _____________

  BMPH-990329IG      KBTW                RITA BONILLA
                   104.5 MHZ   81804      LENWOOD, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  MOD OF CP TO CHG STRUCTURE HGT, HAAT, ERP, & TL

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATIONS AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPH-971105MB      NEW              JOSEPH G CAVALLO
                  96.9 MHZ   89099      LENWOOD, CA

  LEGAL AMENDMENT (FILE#990820MC)
  ___________________

  BPH-971107MV       NEW                    KHWY INC
                  96.9 MHZ   89344         LENWOOD, CA

  LEGAL AMENDMENT (FILE#990820MF)

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  A C T I O N   O F : August 23, 1999

  BPH-990503IA      KLOB            ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  94.7 MHZ   40518      THOUSAND PALMS, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  CP TO CHG STRUCTURE HGT, HAAT, TL, ERP AND DIRECTIONAL
  ANTENNA

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPH-990813IC    KWRP               MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                96.1 MHZ   25809         SAN JACINTO, CA

  CP TO MAKE CHANGES.

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  FM BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION PLEADING

  BPH-971107MV     NEW            LENWOOD BROADCASTING, LLC
                96.9 MHZ   89344         LENWOOD, CA

  CP FOR NEW FM STATION
  *JOINT REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT FLD ON: 08/20/99

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  A C T I O N   O F : August 23, 1999

  BLCT-950110KE    KVEA          ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
                  CHAN-52   19783       CORONA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED LICENSE OR LICENSE MODIFICATION
  FOR COMMERCIAL TV BROADCAST STATION
  LICENSE TO COVER TO USE FORMER MAIN ANTENNA AS AN AUXILIARY.
  MICHELLE M. SHANAHAN, ATTY.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  HAM RADIO TO THE RESCUE IN TURKEY

  Within the first hour of the devastating August 17 earthquake
in Turkey, members of the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service
began providing vital communications.  Many of the civilian and
government channels collapsed due either to power failures
or from too much traffic.  The common frequencies used by ham
radio operators also helped tie together the incompatible radio
systems used by various governmental organizations.  TV networks,
daily newspapers and magazines all appreciated the support given
by the hams.  This proved once again the important role the
Amateur Radio Service provides in disaster situations.

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/99/0827/ 

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  UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

  Departing a bit from communications news, Dennis Manning
writes:

  "If you want to check the State of California Unclaimed
Property Division, try:

  http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/scoucp/inquiry/index.htm 

  "I poked around in it for a few minutes and found $72 for my
brother and $213 for my sister.  Kinda fun."

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  5 WPM GIVES FULL HIGH FREQUENCY PRIVILEGES IN SWEDEN

  Sweden has cut its Morse code speed requirement from 12 to
5 WPM and reduced the number of license classes from four to two.
The Class 1 license offers all Swedish amateur privileges and
requires a 5 WPM CW test, while the Class 2 ticket is a no-code
license for VHF/UHF operation only.  In addition, Sweden
reportedly has a new three-year nonrenewable "study license"
that offers full - and unsupervised - VHF/UHF privileges.

  --W5YI Report; Newsline

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  FAMOUS LETTERS: "L-O"

  The first message to be sent over the Arpanet, the forerunner
to the Internet, was neither as eloquent as Samuel Morse's "what
hath God wrought" nor as practical as Alexander Graham Bell's
"Watson, come here, I need you."   Rather, it consisted of two
letters, "L-O."  Apparently, the researchers testing the system
tried to send "log-in," but the network crashed before they could
finish typing.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990826/stwek953.html 

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