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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                             CGC #358

                     Monday, November 22, 1999

                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

      Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  WILLIAM H. ("HAL") GRIGSBY MOVES TO U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

  Hal Grigsby, the FCC's Assistant Regional Director for
Mexican Affairs, has left his San Diego office to become the
Director of Telecommunications Policy for Mexico and Micronesia
at the U.S. Department of State.

  His new career will begin in Washington, D.C. on December 6
and he will take the place of Bill Jahn who is retiring at the
end of January 2000.  Mr. Grigsby's new position will center
around the formulation of international communications policy.

  There could hardly be a better qualified individual than
Hal Grigsby for this important and prestigious job.  He will be
missed here in southern California, but the work he will be
performing will be vital to us all.  Congratulations Hal!

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  FCC FORUM ON OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES

  On February 16, 2000, the FCC will sponsor a forum on
"Opportunities for New Wireless Technologies."  The meeting
in Washington will focus on unlicensed spectrum use, including
wireless Internet access, wireless LANs, and ultrawideband,
as well as the business opportunities involved with these
technologies.  For further information see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991117/pnet9025.txt 

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  VIDEO DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE VISUALLY DISABLED

  The FCC has proposed that commercial television broadcasters
in the top 25 television markets, and the largest national video
programming distributors, introduce video descriptions into their
transmissions to allow Americans with visual disabilities to
better follow the action in television programs.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991118/nrmm9028.html 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991118/stwek967.html 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991119/fcc99353.txt 

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  AM RADIO NOTES

  The Mass Media Bureau and the Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau have announced an auction filing window for certain AM
station construction permit applications.  The filing window
will open on January 24, 2000 and close on January 28, 2000.
This item impacts the AM applications freeze.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991119/da992585.txt 

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  COMMENT AND REPLY COMMENT DATES SET FOR DIGITAL
  AUDIO BROADCASTING NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

  Comments due January 24, 2000, replies due February 22, 2000.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/1999/dd991115.html 

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  GLOBAL MOBILE PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS BY SATELLITE (GMPCS)

  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to
ease the global transport of portable telecommunications
terminals used with satellite systems providing global data,
voice, Internet and other broadband services.  GMPCS systems
offer an abundant array of new services to consumers, especially
those living in or traveling to underpopulated and rural areas.

  Once a terminal is certified by an administration, it may
be registered at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
and identified with a special mark that should allow it to freely
transit many borders.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991117/fcc99037.txt 

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  DIGITAL TV: 8VSB vs. COFDM UPDATE

  Just what is the Sinclair Broadcast Group proposing in its
petition before the FCC?  Is it asking the Commission to abandon
8VSB as a mode of DTV transmission?  Find out in the following
article written by Mark Aitken of the Advanced Technology Group,
a part of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, at:

  http://216.24.35.148/cgc/ 

  Click on 'Additional Postings'
  then click on '8VSB vs. COFDM UPDATE'

  On the other side of the coin, ATSC has posted slides from a
recent presentation entitled, "Preliminary DTV Field Test Results
and Their Effects on VSB Receiver Design."  The slides are
fairly self-explanatory and are available at:

  http://www.atsc.org/pub/Perf-Comp/Field_Test_Report_cover.htm 

  (Thanks to Richard W. Doering for this URL.)

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  "LINE SHARING" TO LOWER COST AND INCREASE AVAILABILITY
  OF HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICES FOR RESIDENTIAL AND SMALL
  BUSINESS CONSUMERS

  The FCC has adopted rules to promote competition for advanced
services by directing local telephone companies to share their
telephone lines with providers of high speed Internet access and
other data services.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991118/nrcc9092.html 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991118/nrc9092a.html 

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  SHERYL SEGAL DEPARTS AS FCC WEBMASTER

  Seryl Segal has left her post as FCC Webmaster, but will
continue to work on document management for the Commission.
She did a spectacular job in starting the web program from
scratch - a program which has grown into a vibrant, essential
resource.  Thank you, Sheryl, for your many fine contributions
and tireless effort.

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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  MAINTENANCE ENGINEER OPENING AT KPBS-FM, SAN DIEGO

  Full-time regular position with excellent benefit package.

  SALARY: $2,612 to $3,815 per month (100% FTE)
  See URL for details:

  http://www.foundation.sdsu.edu/hrpage/F99-258.html 

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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE INSIDE SCOOP ON XHUPN, CHANNEL 49

  In response to Oscar Medina's Letter to the Editor in
CGC #356, XHUPN-TV, Channel 49, is licensed to Tecate, Mexico
and was coordinated by the US and Mexican Governments, and
subsequently licensed by the Mexican Government, several years
ago.  Construction of the new XHUPN transmitter facilities was
completed on Cerra Bola Mountain just last month.  The license
is for 3.8 million watts ERP from approximately 4000 feet.  The
station's studios and offices are located at 5770 Ruffin Road.

  XHUPN-TV 49 is the exclusive United Paramount Network (UPN)
affiliate in San Diego and the station will be branded UPN 13 as
it will be seen in December throughout San Diego on Cable Channel
13; our agreement calls for KCOP-TV 13 (Los Angeles) to come off
cable and essentially pull out of the market.  This project has
been in the works for over a year, but it is nice to see that we
have managed to stay under the radar.

  Philip C. Wilkinson, President/General Manager, KBNT and XHUPN

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  WEB AUDIO GOES WIRELESS

  The NAB newsletter Radio TechCheck, 11/15 edition, talks
about equipment being introduced to give you access to streaming
Internet audio without being tethered to your PC.

  One product, MP3 Anywhere, uses a couple of 2.4 GHz links
(one for audio data, the other for your mouse).

  The other device, called Sonicbox Tuner, takes the streaming
audio and sends it to any FM receiver within about 100 feet (on
an unused FM channel which the user selects).  Sonicbox is
expected to retail for less than $50 and be available first
quarter next year.

  Both companies have websites:  www.sonicbox.com and www.x10.com 

  Rick Sietsema

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  88.7 MHZ - NEW TO THE DIAL?

  Perhaps I missed the announcement, but I believe 88.7 is
new to the dial.  Heard Led Zeppelin, Jean Luc Ponty and the
soundtrack to "Grease" all in one night.  I don't understand
too much Spanish, but it sounds as if it's a Mexican technical
school.

  Chris Boyer

  [XHITT, 88.7, Tijuana, Mexico, has been on the air for many
years playing classical music, and the station is indeed operated
by a technical school.  The FCC lists XHITT as a Class A facility:
1.15 kW ERP @ 139M HAAT.   -Ed.]

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            LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES

  The Commission has accepted applications to assign or
  change the call signs of the following broadcast stations:

  NEW FM, TEMECULA (TEMECULA FM, LLC - 94.5 MHZ) TO KTMK

  K32ES, SANTA BARBARA, TO KSBT-LP

  KTRJ(AM), FRAZIER PARK, TO KMAP

  (FCC Report No. 369)

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  CALL SIGN CHANGE SHEET IMPROVED

  FCC staff deserves a Gold Star for reformatting its broadcast
  call sign change sheet in a user friendly way.  Gone is the
  'landscape mode' which was hard to use.  See and enjoy the new
  product at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991119/pnmm9278.html 

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  INFORMAL OBJECTION

  BPFT-19990520TN   990520TN    93474    BEST MEDIA INC.
                    88.5 MHZ            EAST PASADENA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KLRD
  PET FOR RECON FILED 9/16/99;
  INFORMAL OBJECTION TO PET FOR RECON FILED BY POMONA
  ON 11/10/99

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPFT-19990331TC  990331TC  93076 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
                   99.5 MHZ              SAN BERNARDINO, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT RECEIVED 11/9/1999

  [The original application was filed on 88.7 MHz and
is now being switched to 99.5 MHz.  See CGC #347.  -Ed.]

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLCDT-19981123KG  KNBC-DT  47906  NBC SUBSIDIARY (KNBC-TV),INC.
                    CHAN-36                LOS ANGELES, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPCDT-980427KG)
  FOR A NEW DIGITAL TELEVISION STATION.
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  BLCDT-19990928AAX  KGTV-DT  40876  MCGRAW-HILL BROADCASTING CO.
                     CHAN-25                SAN DIEGO, CA

  License to cover file number:
  BMPCDT-19990111KF, callsign KGTV.

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMLCT-19990302AAA KJLA   14000   COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                   CHAN-57                  VENTURA, CA

  License to cover construction
  permit no: BMPCT- 19960711KU, call sign KJLA.

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                           MISCELLANEOUS
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  AMATEUR RADIO RESTRUCTURING MAY BE IMMINENT

  The American Radio Relay League says that the release of
a Report and Order (or MO&O) by the FCC on ham radio rule
restructuring is imminent.  Knowledgeable sources in Washington
say the amateur license restructuring issue has moved to the
front burner at the FCC, and a Report and Order could be
released before the end of 1999.

  (Newsline)

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  LEONIDS PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  For pure fun, see the Leonids meteor photos from around the
world posted on NASA's web site.  Some of the better shots of
the sensational magnitude -17 fireball over Hong Kong are
available at:

http://leonids.hq.nasa.gov/leonids/gallery/files/54.html 
http://leonids.hq.nasa.gov/leonids/gallery/files/52.html 

  The home page for NASA's worldwide Leonids postings is:

http://leonids.hq.nasa.gov/leonids/gallery/ 

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  LAST FRIDAY WAS THE LAST TOTALLY ODD DAY IN OUR LIFETIMES

  Friday 11/19/1999 was a Totally Odd Day (all digits odd).

  The next TOD will not occur until 1/1/3111.

  Humanity has not experienced a Totally Even Day (TED)
  since 8/28/888.  However, our generation will experience
  the next TED on 2/2/2000, which is only 2-1/2 months away.

  (Adapted from info provided by Chip Morgan, Chip@cmbe.com)

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