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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #363

                   Thursday, December 30, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FOR FCC-RELATED Y2K PROBLEMS, WRITE TO.....

  If it appears that you are having Y2K problems due to bugs
at the FCC's web site, there are specific people that can help.
Check this URL for more information:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/Public_Notices/1999/pnmc9092.txt 

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  FCC TO CREATE A Y2K PROBLEM

  The FCC has informed a commercial database house that, as of
January 1, 2000, the Commission will shut down its VAX computer
and with it their current database format for AM, FM and TV
station parameters.  The old database will be replaced by a new
format database that will make current processing programs
obsolete.

  (What all this means, in part, is that CGC's FM Watchdog
service for January 2000 will be delayed until the Commission's
new computer is up and running and their data format is fully
deciphered.  Hopefully, the delay won't be long.)

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  FCC BEGINS IMPLEMENTATION OF SATELLITE HOME
  VIEWER IMPROVEMENT ACT

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991223/fcc99406.txt 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991223/fcc99406.doc 

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  SUPPLEMENTAL CLOSED BROADCAST AUCTION NO. 28

  This appears to be a CLOSED AUCTION where only those who
had previously filed long-form applications for the facilities
in question will be eligible to bid on March 21, 2000:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1999/da992958.txt 
   or
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1999/da992958.doc 

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  COMMENTS INVITED ON AT&T'S APPLICATION TO DISCONTINUE
  DIGITAL AND ANALOG PRIVATE LINE SERVICES

  Comments due January 7, 2000.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1999/pncc9041.txt 

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  NAD83 COORDINATES CAN NOW BE USED FOR FCC
  ANTENNA STRUCTURE REGISTRATION CLEARANCE CHECK

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/1999/dd991227.html 

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEMS)

  $8,000 -  KTNC(AM) AND C.R. Communications, Falls City, NE,
for willful violation of Commission Rules regarding the Emergency
Alert System rules.  No URL available yet.  Daily Digest of 12/21.

  $20,000 - Against Falcon Radio, Inc. for willful and repeated
violation of Section 301 of the Commission's rules.  No URL
available yet.  Daily Digest of 12/21.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  NEW 8VSB TUNER APPEARS PROMISING

  Was out doing some testing last week with an unnamed chip
manufacturer to test their chips for some next generation set
top boxes and TV sets with the DTV tuner built in.

  What we found is that the second-generation receivers work
well in many places with a $10 real funky indoor loop UHF antenna
that looked like a radar dish.  It worked real well even at some
places 42 miles from Sutro.  Worked real well going across
Highway 37 (27 miles from Sutro) at speeds of from 35 to 70 mph...

  (Extract from a letter by Ray Herring <ray-herring@pacbell.net>,
Transmitter Supervisor for KGO-TV/DT, San Francisco, as published
in Tech Note for 12/29/99.)

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  CALL FOR SPEAKERS FOR THE RADIO CLUB OF AMERICA

  The Radio Club of America is looking for qualified speakers
to tell of interesting information about any facet of the radio/
wireless industry at the club's breakfast meetings at trade shows
in the year 2000.  Speakers can consider talking about such things
as historical events of broadcast radio or television, or about
the development and current status of DTV/HDTV, or about the new
Emergency Alert System (EAS) currently being implemented on
broadcast radio.

  To find out more, see:

  http://216.24.35.148/cgc/ 
  Click on 'Additional Postings'
  Click on 'CALL FOR SPEAKERS FOR THE RADIO CLUB OF AMERICA'

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  THANKS

  Your (on line) publication is responsible for so much
valuable timely information!....  The Communicator is always
of interest and I appreciate the work that it takes....  The
CGC Communicator is the one item that I read right away....

  (Various Communicator Readers)

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RADIO STATION PHOTO TOUR

  Marvin Collins has posted a number of radio station photos
on the web for your enjoyment.  This week, we tour the KRTO(FM)
transmitter plant:

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=1078900 

  Marv uses the PhotoPoint web site to post photos free of
charge.  You can post your own pictures there too and share them
with Communicator readers.  For full information, click at the
bottom of the KRTO photo page where it says, "Not a member yet?
Sign up for your free account!"

  Next week, we'll visit the KACE(FM) studio and the KACE/KTYM
transmitter site.  After that, we're off to KOST(FM), and in
the fourth week we look deep inside venerable KFI(AM).

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  WHAT TO DO ABOUT UNSOLICITED FAXES
  AND UNWANTED TELEPHONE MARKETING CALLS

  Fax advertisements are illegal if the firm doing the soliciting
does not have a business relationship with you or your company.
Telemarketing phone calls are just a nuisance, but some relief is
possible here too.  See the FCC's latest positions at:

http://www.fcc.gov/ccb/consumer_news/unsolici.html 
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Consumer_Information/News_Releases/1999/nrci9001.txt 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991229/fcc99401.wp 

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  LUCENT GRANTED PERMISSION TO MANUFACTURE "EXPLOSIVE
  ATMOSPHERE TELEPHONES" WITHOUT VOLUME CONTROLS

  This just in time for Y2K celebrations:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991222/da992982.txt 

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  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  With best wishes for a healthy, happy and inspirational 2000
from the staff at CGC!

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  NEW FULL POWER FM CHANNELS PROPOSED

  The following new FM drop-ins have been proposed by the FCC:
  273A (102.5 MHz) to Hemet, 266A (101.1 MHz) to Gaviota and
  241A ( 96.1 MHz) to Mojave.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991229/da992759.doc

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  FM TRANSLATOR-BOOSTER APPLICATIONS READY
  AND AVAILABLE FOR PROCESSING

  Cut-Off Date:  January 17, 2000

  *BPFT-990827TC*   NEW-T     Quartz Hill
                    State of California,
                    CA State University at Northridge
                    REQ:    91.100 MHz;  Channel No.  216D
                    TRANSLATOR FOR KCSN ,NORTHRIDGE, CA

   BPFT-990827TE    NEW-T     Indio
                    Your Christian Companion, Inc.
                    REQ:    88.900 MHz;  Channel No.  205D
                    TRANSLATOR FOR KYCC, STOCKTON, CA

  FCC Report 99-11

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  CALL SIGN CHANGES

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

  K50FB, Palm Springs, to KPSE-LP
  K23EV, San Diego, to KFNT-LP

  (FCC Report 371)

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLCDT-19991119ARO  KCAL-DT  21422  FIDELITY TELEVISION, INC.
                     CHAN-43             LOS ANGELES, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19981201KE,
  callsign KCAL-TV.

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

  BPH-19991201ABD   KFRG   1241     CBS RADIO LICENSE INC.
                  95.1 MHZ            SAN BERNARDINO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facility

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPCT-19991213AAY  KMEX-TV  35123  KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
                    CHAN-34               LOS ANGELES, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KMEX-TV.

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