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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #352

                    Monday,  October 11, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  THE SHORT STORY ON 8-VSB VS. COFDM

  CGC #351 gave the URL for the complete FCC Office of
Engineering & Technology report on 8-VSB vs. COFDM modulation
techniques for digital TV.  The short-form "executive summary"
is now available at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991001/nret9004.txt 

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  THE SHORT STORY ON IBOC (DIGITAL RADIO) RESEARCH

  Industry publications such as the ever-excellent Radio
World have covered the step-by-step development of In-Band On-
Channel (IBOC) digital radio broadcasting with so much text that
some GMs and CEs are missing the important point:  The results
of extensive field testing, now underway, are to be filed with
the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) DAB Subcommittee
by December 15.

  Once NRSC receives the data, an evaluation working group
will study same to determine which IBOC systems are demonstrably
BETTER than the existing analog service.   Later, there may be
a "phase two" program where any systems which are found to be
better than the existing service are compared, head to head,
in a common laboratory setting - but nothing is definite yet.

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  RADIO/TV CALL SIGN REQUESTS TO BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

 Effective 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 1999, the filing
of requests for the registration or change of radio and television
broadcast station call signs will be temporarily suspended for a
one-week period.  This suspension is necessary in order for the
Mass Media Bureau to replace the current manual system with the
Commission-approved online call sign reservation and authorization
system.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991004/da992063.txt 

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEMS)

  Notice of Apparent Liability issued against KJUG(AM) for
violation of Section 73.1206 regarding a broadcast telephone
conversation.  No URL available yet.  DA No. 99-2007

  Notice of Apparent Liability issued against WKLS(FM) for
for violation of Section 73.1206 "regarding an on-air
conversation."  No URL available yet.  DA No. 99-2006

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  TV GRADE B RECONSIDERATION ITEM

  The Commission writes:

  "In this Order on Reconsideration, we consider petitions
filed by two satellite carriers, DIRECTV and EchoStar, for
reconsideration of the Commission's February 1, 1999 Report and
Order concerning the 1988 Satellite Home Viewer Act (SHVA).....
For the reasons stated herein, we affirm our decisions in the
SHVA Report and Order and deny DIRECTV's Petition.  We deny
in part and grant in part EchoStar's Petition....."

  This (long) Order on Reconsideration can be viewed at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991008/fcc99278.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  JOHN WHITE AVAILABLE

  "Seasoned engineer, experienced in AM/FM/TV, seeks
employment!  FCC General Class License (past 1st phone holder),
Amateur Technician ticket in hand.  Past technical/managerial
experience includes commercial broadcast facilities, universities
and NASA.  Seeking full-time or contractual freelance.  Excellent
references.  Available at your convenience.  John White
(619-281-0230-msg), resume available to view at www.monster.com."

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  PHOTOS OF OLD BROADCAST EQUIPMENT WANTED

  Barry Mishkind (Tucson, AZ) is continuing his quest for
information on and photos of old broadcast equipment for posting
on his web site.  He writes, "I'm especially looking, right now,
for graphics of old transmitters/consoles, etc."  His web site
resides at:

  http://www.oldradio.com 

  Barry may be reached at:  barry@broadcast.net 

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  RE CHANNEL 26 ON MT. WHITNEY IN SAN MARCOS

  I placed a simple UHF antenna up and can receive channel 26
very good.  It was running color bars and tone this morning.  I
live in the shadows of KCEO in Oceanside, on top of the ridge
that overlooks the Vista steam engine park.  I have a clear
view of Mount Whitney in San Marcos.  Also, depending how I
turn my VHF, I can get Channel 3 from Santa Barbara, and
Channel 3 from Tijuana.

  Chris Carmichael, 10/2/99

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  COMMENTS

  Thank you for such an informative newsletter for all the
broadcast professionals.  It is full of information that would
otherwise not be published anywhere else.  Keep up the good work!

  Romie Jagminas, KTTV

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC APPLICATIONS & ACTIONS SHEETS TAKE A HOLIDAY

  Very few FCC Mass Media Applications & Actions sheets have
  been published on the internet recently.  On October 5, one
  Commission staff member advised us as follows:

    "The Mass Media Bureau is in the process of converting
    its old BAPS database system to a new platform and system
    design called CDBS.  The Public Notices are part of this
    conversion and the new versions are experiencing some
    minor formatting problems.  All released Public Notices
    will be made available over the Internet as soon as
    possible.  Please bear with us."

  Also on October 5, another FCC staff member wrote this:

    "I was told that the broadcast applications and
    actions will be delayed for at least the next 2 weeks...."

  The CGC Communicator will publish whatever information is
  ultimately released.  Stations subscribing to CGC's FM
  Watchdog service (which also covers Mexican activities) will
  not experience any interruptions since that information is
  derived from a separate Commission database.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT REPLY

  BPFT-19970319TB  K216DZ  86388  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                  91.1 MHZ              RUNNING SPRINGS, CA

  CP NEW FM TRANSLATOR, PRIMARY STATION KEFX(FM)
  JOINT PET TO DENY OR DISMISS ("XETRA") AND ("JACOR") FILED 8/22/97
  PET TO DENY DENIED    9-10-98;
  JOINT PETITION FOR RECON. FILED 10/15/98 BY("XETRA")
  P4R DENIED PER 1800B3-TDN   12-17-98;
  COMPLAINT FILED 1/14/99, BY ("XETRA");
  APPLICATION FOR REVIEW, FILED 01/21/99, BY ("XETRA");
  REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO APPLICATION FOR REVIEW,
  FILED 2/16/99, BY ("XETRA");
  REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO COMPLAINT, FILED BY 2/16/99, BY ("XETRA");
  REPLY TO OPPOSITION FILED BY ("CCTF") 9/17/99
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  BPFT-19971022TE  K216EJ  89032  PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE....
                  91.1 MHZ                 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-19980211TC  980211TC  89940 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
                   91.1 MHZ                  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLTTL-19990809JH  K41EP 18741 CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS, L.L.C.
                   CHAN-41              SANTA BARBARA, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-980403JB, AS REINSTATED AND MODIFIED
  FOR A NEW STATION.

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  NON-FILERS FOR THE SEPTEMBER 28 BROADCAST SPECTRUM AUCTION

  Applicants for channels being sold in the September 28th
  first-ever FCC broadcast auction that did not file a Form 175
  and thus were dismissed from the proceeding can be seen at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Actions/da992074.txt 

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ARTIFICIAL EVOLUTION

  Last week we talked about a computer acting as a non-human
circuit designer to devise new antenna elements - weird and
twisted radiators that seasoned engineers might dismiss out of
hand.  This week, we'll examine even more profound computer
discoveries involving logic circuits in work guided by Adrian
Thompson of the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.

  Thompson's early experiments highlighted some intriguing
consequences of artificial evolution (AE) when he found that a
computer-evolved logic circuit design was much different from
what an experienced engineer might lay out.  For instance, AE
used surprisingly few components, suggesting that AE might
generate especially efficient designs.  Equally profound was that
AE wired some logic elements in such a way that they were left
in an indeterminate state between on and off.  (Apparently, there
are times when the "vote" of a logic element is simply irrelevant,
and AE knew that.)

  As Science News put it, "That unusual use of components
suggested that evolved designs could exploit mysterious aspects
of chips that the designers of semiconductor building blocks
might not know about."  (See CGC #350 reference citation.)

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  FIRE ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN

  There were many tense moments last week as a fire on Palomar
Mountain raged out of control, eventually consuming over 7,000
acres and taking the life of one fire fighter.  140 pictures of
the blaze are posted at:

  http://www.palomarmountain.com/1999_fire/mpfire.0.html 

  The fire was confined to the eastern flank of Palomar
and did not spread to the central section which contains
numerous homes, cabins, radio communications sites and the
world-famous Palomar Observatory.

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  CGC COMMUNICATOR FACTOID

  22% of CGC Communicator subscribers have visited the web
album of Mt. Wilson Telescope/SCFCC Picnic photos (see CGC #348).
CGC thanks Marvin Collins of KFI/KOST for putting the album
together.

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  POSSIBLE FM PIRATE TRANSMITTER OFFERED ON E-BAY:

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=176091292 

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  CONVICTION OF FM PIRATE UPHELD

  The U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of
Arthur Kobres on fourteen counts of engaging in unlicensed
radio broadcasting.

  Kobres was convicted after the government said that he
continued to illegally rebroadcast short-wave programming on
96.7 MHz from November 1995 through September 1997.  The FCC
had warned Kobres that his actions were illegal and that he
needed to obtain a license to air the broadcasts.  The government
seized his equipment twice.

  After his conviction, Kobres was sentenced to six months of
home detention and thirty-six months of probation.  He was also
ordered to pay a seven thousand dollar fine.

  (Phil Thomas, W8RMJ, reporting for Newsline)

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  HAM RADIO: UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS CALL SIGN SERVER SHUT DOWN

  The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has shut
down its Amateur Radio Callsign Lookup Page "for an indeterminate
time" and probably for good.  UARL cites the FCC's new database
format and location--necessitated by the switch to the Universal
Licensing System--as the main reason for the closure.  The UALR
site, instituted four years ago, was among the first--if not the
first--of the Web-based call sign servers.

  See UARL's sign off message at:

  http://www.ualr.edu/~hamradio/callsign.html 

  Up-to-date FCC amateur licensee and call sign information is
still available from a variety of sources including:

  http://www.arrl.org/fcc/fcclook.php3 

  (ARRL Letter)

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