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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #353

                    Monday,  October 18, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC FEES CAN NOW BE PAID OVER THE INTERNET (OR WAN)

  Fees to the FCC can now be paid over the Internet or a
wide-area network (WAN).  Users must run certain browsers with
strong data encryption, and only Visa or Mastercard payments
are acceptable at this time.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991015/pnmc9083.txt 

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  FCC COMPLETES FIRST AUCTION OF BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMITS

  118 construction permits have been sold in the Commission's
first broadcast spectrum auction, a special "closed" auction in
which only certain prior applicants could participate.  A total
of $57,820,350 was raised for the U.S. Treasury, or an average
of $490,000 per construction permit (CP).

  The high TV bid was $8,752,000 by Winstar Broadcasting for
a CP in Virginia Beach, VA, and Winstar also picked up the
bargain TV CP by bidding $160,000 for Butte, MT.  The high
radio bid was $5,055,000 by Arizona Lotus Corp. for a new FM
in Oro Valley (Tucson), Arizona, and the bargain FM CP went for
$10,400 (MAS Communications for Belle Fourche, SD).

  See the complete story, and find out about all the winning
bids and bidders at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/auctions/auc25/da992153.pdf 

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  2450-2483 MHZ REQUEST FOR DECLARATORY RULING, L.A. & VICINITY

  The County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, the
City of Long Beach and the City of Burbank, California want an
expanded presence in the 2450-2483 MHz ENG band.  Specifically,
they have filed a Request for Declaratory Ruling asking the FCC
to find as follows:

  (1) that Broadcasters and Public Safety licensees have
  co-equal status in the band,

  (2) that frequency coordination of the band must include
  representatives of both broadcast and public safety licensees.
  Coordination decisions must reflect the co-equal status of
  licensees, and

  (3) that public safety agency use must be given priority in
  emergency situations that pose imminent threats to the safety
  of life, health, and property.

  The complete text of this Request for Declaratory Ruling was
transcribed and posted on the internet by Communications General
Corporation as a service for the broadcast community.  To view
the document, see:

  http://216.24.35.148/cgc99/ruling.htm 

  By the way, the proponents are 'working both sides of the
street' because they have also filed an experimental authorization
request for four video channels in the Amateur Radio 2 GHz band.

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  VIEW SEVERAL OF THE COMMENTS ON THE 87.9 MHZ ERDS PETITION

  Several Comments have been filed with the FCC on RM-9719,
Federal Signal's Petition for Rulemaking to adopt 87.9 MHz as
a national Emergency Radio Data System (ERDS) frequency.  Some
of the comments were filed electronically and are now available
for viewing at:

https://gullfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.hts 

  In Item 1 where it says "Proceeding," enter "RM-9719" (without
the quotation marks).  Then click the Retrieve Document List
button.  On the new page, you may now open Comments one at a
time by clicking on the colored URL links.  Some are very large
pdf files - beware.

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  CELLULAR PHONE JAMMING TRANSMITTERS ARE (OBVIOUSLY) ILLEGAL

  The FCC has received several inquiries concerning the use
of transmitters designed to prevent or jam the operation of
cellular telephones in hospitals, theaters, restaurants and other
locations.  In a word, the devices are illegal.  They cannot be
manufactured, imported, marketed or operated within the U.S. See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991012/da992150.txt 

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  FRACTAL ANTENNAS

  Some folks have been asking us about 'fractal antennas'
lately, and there are at least two convenient sources of
information on these curious devices:

  http://www.fractenna.com/ham/hampage1.html 
  (the fractal antenna factory), and

  an article in the September 1, 1999 Radio World, page 21.

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  DIGITAL RADIO BROADCASTING NPRM

  This Thursday, the Commission will consider issuing a
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the introduction of
digital audio broadcasting.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991015/ag991021.html 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  MEASURING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CLEAR CHANNEL AM STATIONS

  I noted with great interest your recent comment that KFI is
"perhaps our finest clear channel station."  With the lowest
frequency of any Class A AM, and 50-kw ND in an area of decent
conductivity, it is easily the biggest signal in Southern
California.  Add to that its very strong ratings and revenues,
and you'll find no argument from these quarters that it is one
of our "finest clear channel stations."  But is it the biggest
clear channel signal?

  [To see a ranking of clear channel AM signals nationwide,
see J T Anderton's letter at:

  http://216.24.35.148/cgc/ 

  [Click on Additional Postings, then on the item entitled,
"MEASURING THE EFFECTIVENESS...."   JT is VP/Managing Director
of Duncan's American Radio, industry analysts, Cincinnati.   -Ed.]

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  TV TRANSLATOR WORKSHOP

  Two TV Translator workshops titled, Plan For The Future, are
to be held in Barstow, CA, on Oct 27, and in Fresno Oct 28, 1999.
The educational workshops cover the impact of DTV for translators.
Guest speakers are Dr. Byron St. Clair, St. Clair Consulting, and
Ellis Feinstein, Scala.  Time is 10 to 2:30 with lunch provided.
Sponsors are LARCAN-TTC & Scala.  Limited space, attendance by
invitation only.  Contact David Hale (LARCAN-TTC) at
(303) 665-8000.

  (Submitted by David Hale, dhale@earthnet.net)

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  REC NETWORKS SHOWS HOW ERDS WILL INTERFERE WITH KLON(FM)

  Even though REC Networks is a pro-LPFM organization, we are
very concerned about the first adjacent channel interference
potential of the Channel 200 (87.9 MHz) Emergency Radio Data
Service (ERDS) being proposed in RM-9719.   We have posted some
maps which will appear in our comments in opposition to RM-9719.
The maps show how one of the 1-watt ERDS stations can interfere
with KLON:

  http://www.recnet.com/rec/lpfm/klon.htm 

  Michelle Eyre, michelle@m-3.com 

  [Ron Thompson of KLON comments: "I think the 60 dBu contour
that is used is not quite right as KLON's 35 kW CP has a
directional pattern.  It is, however, not too far off."   -Ed.]

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  A PROFESSIONAL PIRATE MAGAZINE

  I was surprised to find that pirate radio has a "professional
journal" called Hobby Broadcasting.  I found a copy at the INK
newsstand at UTC (University Towne Center in San Diego).  The
magazine has a web site:

  http://www.hobbybroadcasting.com 

  It is full of ads for transmitters, antenna, low pass
filters and every other item needed to set up a station....

  Sherman George, UCSD Media Center

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  MANY APPS & ACTIONS SHEETS MISSING

  The FCC is still behind in publishing Broadcast Applications
  & Actions sheets on the web, just as predicted (CGC #352).
  Stay tuned.

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPCDT-19990910AAL    KVEA  19783     ESTRELLA LICENSE CORP.
                         CHAN-52            CORONA, CA

  Minor Modification of Licensed Facility, Callsign KVEA.

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  FM TRANSLATOR-BOOSTER APPLICATIONS
  READY AND AVAILABLE FOR PROCESSING

  FCC Report No. 99-9 is the item in question and it is
  missing from the web.  The cut-off date for objections or
  competing applications is November 15.  CGC has written to
  the Commission urging that the item be posted.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  A WARNING ABOUT INTERNET VIRUS WARNINGS

  How many times have you received an internet virus warning
from a family member or friend?  There is always someone who
"didn't have the time" to check out the authenticity of the
warning, but hoped you did.

  Most virus warnings are hoaxes that are propagated by good
intentioned folks.  As one web user recently put it, "No virus
warning is valid unless it gives very specific info about exactly
where the warning can be verified."

  There are at least two government-sponsored web sites that
deal with internet hoaxes, chain letters and the like.  Our
favorite is the U.S. Dept. of Energy site.  It's worth checking
out:

  http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html 

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  NEW INTERNATIONAL SYMBOL FOR STRESS

  This is a very short internet movie.  Takes only a
few seconds to download.  Guaranteed to generate a smile:

  http://litinc.com/images/stress.gif 

  This tip courtesy of Paul Sakrison, Asst. Manager,
Information Technology, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Tustin, CA

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