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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #359

                    Monday, November 29, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FEES FOR ANCILLARY & SUPPLEMENTARY USE OF DIGITAL
  TELEVISION SPECTRUM TO REMAIN IN PLACE

  Broadcasters will have to pay a spectrum fee if they
send certain types of ancillary or supplementary data on
their digital television bitstreams.  The FCC has denied
various Petitions for Reconsideration on this matter.

  Watch for the URL to be posted in this FCC Daily Digest:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/1999/dd991124.html 

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  COMMISSION REAFFIRMS OVER-THE-AIR RECEPTION DEVICES ORDER

  As directed by Congress (Telecom Act of 1996), the FCC has
adopted the Over-the-Air Reception Devices rule concerning
restriction on viewers' abilities to receive video programming
signals from direct broadcast satellite service, television
broadcast stations and wireless (MDS) cable video providers.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991126/fcc99360.txt 

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  WINDOW FILING OPPORTUNITY FOR CERTAIN PENDING
  APPLICATIONS AND ALLOTMENT PETITIONS FOR NEW ANALOG TV STATIONS

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991123/da992605.txt 

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  VIRGINIA MAN INDICTED FOR OPERATING AN UNLICENSED FM STATION

  The FCC Enforcement Bureau announced that on November 16, 1999,
the Grand Jury serving the U.S. District Court, Eastern District
of Virginia, Richmond Division, indicted Khalid Kubweza, on four
counts of operation of an unlicensed FM broadcast station on
91.7 MHz from his residence in Richmond, VA.

  Watch for the URL to be posted in this FCC Daily Digest:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/1999/dd991124.html 

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  SUPPLEMENTAL CLOSED BROADCAST AUCTION SCHEDULED FOR
  MARCH 21, 2000.  COMMENTS SOUGHT ON RESERVE PRICES OR MINIMUM
  OPENING BIDS AND OTHER AUCTION PROCEDURAL ISSUES

  Watch for the URL to be posted in this FCC Daily Digest:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/1999/dd991122.html 

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  SPECTRUM REALLOCATION PRINCIPLES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

  Beware.  This is a LONG policy statement by the Commission:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Orders/1999/fcc99354.doc 

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  FOLLOW-UP ON 88.7 MHZ TIJUANA

  For those interested, the name of the licensee of the 88.7 MHz
station in Tijuana is the Instituto Tecnologico de Tijuana.

  (Thanks to Mexico's SCT for furnishing this information.)

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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  BEING ON DUTY NEW YEARS'S EVE

  One of our readers informs us that many phone companies,
cellular/PCS included, use AT&T/Lucent call switching equipment.
Lucent switches use UNIX, which doesn't have a Y2K problem
(but will run out of clock space in 2038).  But that doesn't
guarantee that the programs running on their systems are Y2K
compliant.  The letter continues:

  "We use Lucent here, and we've been told that ALL Lucent
switch personnel WILL be at their desks for New Year's.  Not
on call, not on standby, AT THEIR DESKS."

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  FIXING ON-AIR DIGITAL ERRORS

  TeraLogic did an analysis of the signal of KGO-DT, San
Francisco, and discovered that the station was broadcasting
about 35 errors per minute.  The following letter from Ray
Herring, KGO's Transmitter Supervisor, tells about the follow-
up investigation with the hope that the information will help
others:

  http://216.24.35.148/cgc/ 
  Click on 'Additional Postings'
  Click on 'FIXING ON-AIR DIGITAL ERRORS'

  (Ray's letter is courtesy of the DTV publication Tech Notes.)

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  RE: TOTALLY ODD AND TOTALLY EVEN DAYS (CGC #358)

  Thank you for your even-handed reporting of this odd
situation.

  Mark vanderHoek

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPCDT-19991029ABY KEYT-DT  60637  SMITH BROADCASTING OF SANTA...
                    CHAN-27                SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KEYT-TV.
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  BPCDT-19991029ACL KVYE-DT  36170  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                    CHAN-22               EL CENTRO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVYE.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY

  BPFT-19990623TC  990623TC  93751 LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                   88.9 MHZ         LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE, CA

  CP NEW STN: PRIMARY STATION KTLW;
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 11/15/99

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  LICENSED FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPH-19991101ACW   KXST   51503  COMPASS RADIO OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                 102.1 MHZ                 OCEANSIDE, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

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

  Lic. to modify

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLTTL-19990809JJ  K26FA  14910    D'AMICO BROTHERS B/CING. CORP.
                   CHAN-26                    VISTA, CA

  LICENSE TO COVER (BPTTL-990205JK,
  AS REINSTATED) FOR A NEW STATION.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPTTL-19990809JA K26FA  14910    D'AMICO BROTHERS B/CING. CORP.
                   CHAN-26                   VISTA, CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-960205JK, AS
  REINSTATED, FOR A NEW STATION) TO CHANGE TPO: .055 KILOWATTS
  ERP: .0005 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: SCALA, 1X3KBBU; RCAMSL: 508
  METERS AND ORIENTATION: 30 DEGREES TRUE.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APP FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BPFT-19990305TB  K212DK  92870  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                  90.3 MHZ                  WESTWOOD, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY SATION KEFX

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  PROPOSED LPTV GRANT

  BPTTL-19810318JJ   K31FC   CH-31   SAN DIEGO
  COMMUNITY SERVICE TELEVISION COMPANY

  Petitions to deny this application (if any) are due in
  late December 1999.  For official information, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991124/pnmm9283.doc 

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMLH-19991012ACG  KGGI  10135  CHANCELLOR MEDIA LICENSEE CO.
                  99.1 MHZ              RIVERSIDE, CA

  Lic. to modify

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  MEDICINAL EMFs

  Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are increasingly being used as
medical treatments.  Broken bones, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
are the prominent conditions being addressed by EMFs.  In some
instances, mechanical vibrations are added or substituted.  See:

  http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc99/11_13_99/bob2.htm 

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  THANK YOU

  Many thanks from the CGC Communicator staff for providing us
with so many interesting and informative stories.  The support
from our readers has kept the Communicator going and growing for
over 25 years.  We hope that each of you enjoyed a Happy
Thanksgiving.

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