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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #349

                   Monday,  September 27, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  87.9 MHZ PROPOSED AS A NATIONWIDE 'EMERGENCY RADIO DATA SYSTEM'

  Federal Signal Corporation wants the FCC to designate 87.9 MHz
as a nationwide Emergency Radio Data System (ERDS) frequency.
The proposed system will automatically activate a car radio (even
if the radio is off, or a tape or CD is playing) and tune it to
87.9 MHz to receive emergency information on traffic accidents,
police pursuits, and dangerous road or weather conditions.

  Fixed and mobile transmitters will be limited to one watt
each according to the Petition for Rulemaking.  However, the
interference potential of this system to Channel 6 audio and
low-end FM broadcast stations is yet to be determined.

  If adopted, high power pirate transmitters will inevitably
appear.  What bootlegger or terrorist could resist the temptation
to park on a mountaintop and transmit a signal that would capture
the vast majority of car radios in a major city?  This system,
despite its good intentions, could quickly become an attractive
nuisance.  Comments are due at the FCC October 14 (FCC RM-9719).

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  REPLY COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED FOR THE LOW POWER FM PROCEEDING

  The FCC has extended (again) the Reply Comment deadline in
the proceeding that looks toward the creation of a low power FM
broadcast service.  The Reply Comment period has been extended
to fourteen (14) days after the release of a Notice of Proposed
Rule Making regarding digital audio broadcasting, a deadline
the Commission anticipates will be November 5, 1999.  The FCC
writes, "This fourteen-day period will not be extended."

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990917/fcc99254.txt 

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  LIST OF QUALIFIED BIDDERS AND UP FRONT PAYMENTS
  FOR THE FCC's FIRST BROADCAST SPECTRUM AUCTION

  The FCC is holding a "closed" broadcast spectrum auction
for cases where there were two or more applicants for a vacant
channel and the applications were filed quite some time ago.
Only the original applicants may participate in this special
auction.  Auctions open to the public will be available soon.

  For an overview of the closed auction, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990923/da991949.txt 

  To find out who will be bidding and how much 'up front payment'
was required, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990923/d991949a.pdf 

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEMS)

  $3,000 - Issued against KISV(TV), Bakersfield, in
reconsideration of earlier $4,000 fine for broadcasting two
telephone conversations without first informing the callers of
the intent to do so.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990922/da991932.txt 

  $6,000 - Osborn Entertainment Enterprises Corporation,
Atlanta, Georgia, acquired control of microwave station WNEU998
without obtaining permission from the FCC to do so.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990921/da991905.txt 

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  ARRL OPPOSES LOS ANGELES COUNTY 2.4 GHZ PLAN

  The ARRL has asked the FCC to deny an experimental license
application by Los Angeles County to develop a public safety
video system on the 2.4 GHz band.  The LA County proposal, filed
August 9, seeks FCC authorization to develop an experimental
system using four 10-MHz channels to transmit video images from
helicopter-borne cameras to five remote receiving sites with
active tracking antennas.  LA County already is licensed for
video operations on a single 2.4 GHz channel but encounters
"operational conflicts" with broadcasters.

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/99/0924/ 

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  CONGRESS TRYING TO LIMIT NWS ACTIVITIES

  Congress is considering legislation that would effectively
prohibit the National Weather Service (NWS) from providing some
rather vital services.  Under the terms of a bill making its
way through congressional committees, lawmakers are looking at
banning the NWS from providing any service that can be made
available by commercial forecasting companies, with certain
exceptions.  See:

  http://216.24.35.148/cgc/ 

  and click on 'Additional Postings.'

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            LETTER TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  MORE E-PHOTOS FROM MT. WILSON & MT. HARVARD

  Lodestar has posted several pictures on its web site taken at
the Mount Wilson Christmas Luncheon, and of people visiting the
Mount Harvard construction site.  These photos can be viewed at:

  http://www.lodestartowers.com/mt_harvard.htm 

  Click on the link near the bottom of the page which reads,
"September 15, 1999 Mt. Wilson."  Also see a shot of Wilson from
Harvard by clicking on "Mount Harvard - Mount Wilson photos."

  Lodestar will continue to post updated photos of the ongoing
Mount Harvard construction progress at this web site.

  Vikki Amrine, vamrine@pacbell.net 

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                   LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  Competing applications or Petitions to Deny the following FM
translator application must be filed with the Commission by the
close of business on October 20, 1999:

  BPFT-990507TA     NEW-T       Apple Valley
                    Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, Inc.
                    REQ:    89.900 MHz;  Channel No.  210D
                    TRANSLATOR FOR KEFX, TWIN FALLS, ID

  FCC Report No. 99-8

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  CHANNEL 26 TESTING

  LPTV Station K26FA, Channel 26, has been testing with color
  bars.   According to the FCC's TV Engineering Database, this
  station is located on Mt. Whitney (Escondido) and runs five (5)
  watts ERP, with an application for 1,000 watts ERP, both non-
  directional.  Can you receive K26FA?  It does an awfully good
  job for five watts.  Send us your DX report.

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  DETAILS ON THE OCEANSIDE-TO-ENCINITAS CITY OF LICENSE CHANGE

  The FCC Report & Order which converts KXST(FM), Oceanside, into
  KXST(FM), Encinitas, effective October 25, 1999, is posted at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990921/da991837.txt 

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  A C T I O N   O F : September 15, 1999

  BPH-990614IB      KWIZ             LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                  96.7 MHZ    37225        SANTA ANA, CA

  APPLICATION GRANTED TO FM BROADCAST STATION
  CP FOR NEW AUX STATION
  (FOR AUX PURPOSES ONLY)

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  NOT MANY LOCAL FCC APPLICATIONS & ACTIONS PUBLISHED

  This has been a remarkably slow week for FCC Broadcast
  Applications & Actions in our part of the country.  The FCC
  did not even publish an Applications sheet for Tuesday,
  September 21.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FCC RELEASES STUDY ON TELEPHONE TRENDS

  The FCC has published a synopsis of its Trends in Telephone
Service report.  Among the interesting findings:

  * The number of calls made from the United States to other
countries increased from 200 million in 1980 to 4.2 billion in
1997.

  * In 1997, Americans spent about $15 billion on international
calls.  On average, carriers billed $0.67 per minute for
international calls in 1997, a decline of 50% since 1980.

  * There are currently three toll free prefixes in use - 800,
888, 877 - with almost 20 million toll free numbers assigned as
of the end of August 1999.  Two new codes - 866 and 855 - are
expected to be placed in service in early 2000.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990921/nrcc9069.txt 

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  FCC RELEASES TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY REVENUE REPORT

  The FCC has released telecommunications industry revenue
figures for 1998.  Carriers reported:

  $105 billion of local service revenue,
  $105 billion of toll service revenue, but only
   $37 billion of wireless revenue for 1998.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db990923/nrcc9071.txt 

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  INTERESTING FACTOIDS ABOUT THE MT. WILSON OBSERVATORIES

  Observatory founded 1903.  The 100" telescope passed its
  'first light' in 1917 and was the world's largest scope for
  30 years.

  Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe (the red
  shift) @ Mt. Wilson.

  The air is so stable on Wilson that it is not uncommon to
  be able to resolve to better than one arc second, uncorrected.

  There are two "adaptive optic" corrective systems installed
  on the 100" scope, one using a laser-created guide star.  The
  current adaptive system makes 300 optical corrections per
  second, and that may soon be increased to 1000 per second.

  Adaptive optics, on a good observing night, give Wilson
  BETTER RESOLVING POWER than the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

  HST could have had greater resolving power, but the mirror
  was only polished to have 10X the resolving power of the then-
  best earth-based telescope, before the days of adaptive optics.

  The CHARA telescope array, now under construction on Mt.
  Wilson, is designed to resolve to about 80 micro arc seconds,
  or 200X the resolving power of the Hubble Space Telescope.

  (Factoids from various tour guides at the 1999 SCFCC
  Telescope Tour.)

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