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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #355

                    Monday,  November 1, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC ESTABLISHES NEW ENFORCEMENT AND CONSUMER INFO. BUREAUS

  The Federal Communications Commission has announced the
creation of two new bureaus - the Enforcement Bureau and the
Consumer Information Bureau - that will become effective
November 8.  This action represents a fundamental reorganization
within the Commission.

  "Our decision to establish bureaus devoted exclusively
to enforcement and consumer information signals the enormous
importance of these functions in our transition from an industry
regulator to a market facilitator," said FCC Chairman Kennard.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991026/nrmc9072.txt 

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  FCC RELEASES Y2K REPORT SUPPLEMENTS FOR CABLE
  BROADCAST, SATELLITE, AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991026/nrmc9071.txt 

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  SHOULD LPTV STATIONS BE GIVEN MORE INTERFERENCE PROTECTION?

  Should the Commission grant additional interference protection
to certain stations in the Low Power Television (LPTV) service,
including some of the protections available to full service TV
stations?  At this time, the FCC believes it is appropriate to
consider the creation of a new "Class A" LPTV service that would
afford some measure of "primary" status to qualifying stations.

  Comment and reply comment deadlines have just been set.
They are December 21, 1999 and January 20, 2000, respectively.
Read more at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/da992350.txt 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/1999/fcc99257.txt 

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  5 GHZ REPORT & ORDER AVAILABLE

  The FCC has issued a Report & Order allocating 75 MHz of
spectrum for a 5 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications Service
("DSRCS").  The Commission says that one emerging use of this new
spectrum includes En-route Driver Information (provides drivers
with real-time advisories about traffic conditions, accidents,
construction and transit schedules).  Sounds like the Federal
Signal folks ought to shift their attention from 87.9 MHz to this
major digital radio proceeding.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991022/fcc99305.txt 
  or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991022/fcc99305.wp 

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  EXTENSION OF TIME GRANTED IN THE FM CHANNEL 200 PROCEEDING

  The FCC has granted an extension of time for reply comments
in the proceeding to consider authorizing emergency signaling on
FM Channel 200 (87.9 MHz).  The new deadline is November 8, 1999.
Federal Signal, the proponent, requested the extension.

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEMS)

  $4,000 - To KJUG(AM), Tulare, CA, for the unauthorized
broadcast of a telephone call.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991025/da992006.txt 

  $12,000 (upon reconsideration) - To KEOJ(FM) and KEMX(FM)
for failing to maintain the stations' main studios within their
respective principal community contours.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991027/da992306.txt 

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  AIRTOUCH SATELLITE SERVICES

  The FCC has granted the application of AirTouch Satellite
Services U.S., Inc. ("AirTouch") for a license to construct and
operate 500,000 mobile earth terminals for use in conjunction
with the GLOBALSTAR satellite system.  The user terminals will
transmit in the 1610-1621.35 MHz band and receive in the 2483.5-
2500 MHz band, using code-division/multiple-access ("CDMA")
technology.  Terminals will place and receive calls through the
public switched telephone network and other terrestrial networks
via interconnection at GLOBALSTAR gateways.  In addition to basic
telephony, AirTouch intends to offer call waiting and forwarding,
conferencing, advanced billing support, electronic mail, FAX,
paging, and other services.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991022/da992010.txt 
  or
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991022/da992010.doc 

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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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    TOWER LICE

  Regarding the four trunked radio systems in Memphis, TN that
the FCC found to be operating at an unauthorized location
(CGC #354), I'm not surprised.  When we at WLIO(TV) did our DTV
application, we found five "tower lice" that had licenses issued
to our tower/location, but in fact were not installed there.
We have no contracts with any of these folks.

  Your readers might want to check their sites, and inform the
FCC of anyone who has told the FCC that they are located on your
tower when obviously they are not/never have been.  This fraud
has caused us some problems with the RFR section of our DTV app.

  Fred Vobbe, CE WLIO(TV), w8hdu@wlio.com 

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  HOW TO FIND TOWER LICE

  Here is a simple method to find tower lice:

  (1)  Go to:
http://gullfoss.fcc.gov:8080/cgi-bin/ws.exe/beta/genmen/index.hts 

  (2)  Select "Latitude/Longitude (Service)."

  (3)  Select "Point Radius," enter a number of miles, such as .5
to narrow the search, or "0" to study only your exact coordinates.

  (4)  Enter your tower coordinates, and make sure Radio Service
is set to "All".  Click "OK"

  (5)  Note the call signs and frequencies which appear.

  I hope this helps some of you guys out there in CA.  We were
"stung" by these folks filings, and somewhat disturbed by the
attitude of the ones we contacted who felt they had a right to
use our coordinates, no matter if it is a fraud or it impacts
our DTV filing....

  Fred Vobbe, CE WLIO(TV), w8hdu@wlio.com 

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED (ACTION OF 09/23/1999)

  BPFT-19990208TA   K215DF   92688   THE ASSN. FOR COMMUNITY EDUC.
                   90.9 MHZ                  COACHELLA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KMRO

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-19991001ABV   KBUA    10097    LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                  94.3 MHZ              SAN FERNANDO, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMLH-19991013AAK    KYSR   36019   CHANCELLOR MEDIA/SHAMROCK...
                    98.7 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA

  Lic. to modify

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  AM STATION APP FOR MINOR MOD TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMP-19990624AC    KSDG    84907    MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES RADIO
                  890 KHZ                    JULIAN, CA

  MOD OF CP TO CHNG POWER AND MAKE CHNGS IN ANTENNA SYSTEM

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

  BPCDT-19991005ABH   KPXN   58978   PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE...
                    CHAN-30               SAN BERNARDINO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, call sign KPXN.

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BPCDT-19980702KF  KRCA     22161     KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                   CHAN-68               RIVERSIDE, CA

  APPLICATION FOR A NEW DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION FOR STATION
  KRCA, RIVERSIDE, CA; DIGITAL CH-68; ERP(AVG):  200 KW; HAAT: 922
  METERS; ANTENNA LOCATION: MT. HARVARD COMMUNICATIONS SITE, L.L
  KM S OF MT. WILSON, SE QUARTER OF SEC. 32, T.2.N., R. 11W, LOS
  ANGELES COUNTY, C A; (34-12-48  118-03-41)

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  DIGITAL TV APP FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLCDT-19990928AAX   KGTV    40876   MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO.
                     CHAN-10                  SAN DIEGO, CA

  License to cover, file number BMPCDT-19990111KF, call sign KGTV.

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLCT-19970929KI   KSWB-TV    58827      KSWB INC.
                    CHAN-69            SAN DIEGO, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPCT-960701KH) FOR CHANGES.
  THOMAS P. VAN WAZER, ESQ.

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED

  BPCT-19980420KF   KCBS-TV   9628   CBS BROADCASTING INC.
                    CHAN-2              LOS ANGELES, CA

  CP TO CORRECT COORDINATES. (34-13-57  118-04-18)

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER GRANTED

  BLTTL-19990922AAQ   K32ES   2854     ARNOLD N. APPLEBAUM
                     CHAN-32            SANTA BARBARA, CA

  License to cover file number: BMPTTL-19990706JA
  Action of 10/25/1999

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                        MISCELLANEOUS
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  STUDIES OF TWO ALLEGED CELL PHONE DANGERS

  The Center for the Study of Wireless Electromagnetic
Compatibility at the University of Oklahoma plans to investigate
whether cell phone use at gasoline stations and aboard airliners
poses any dangers.  Some gasoline retailers have banned cellular
telephone use despite a lack of confirmed reports that cell phone
use has caused fires or explosions.  Center Director Hank Grant
also says the aircraft study will include tests with current and
future navigational systems.

  For more information, see:

  http://www.ou.edu/engineering/emc 

  Click on "What's New," then click on "News Release -
EMC Center To Investigate Issues of Using Wireless Phones
on Aircrafts (sic) and at Gas Stations."

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