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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #369

                    Monday,  January 24, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  DO NON-COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS HAVE TO PAY
  THE FOREST SERVICE (OR BLM) A LAND-USE FEE?

  The USDA Forest Service Notice entitled "Fee Schedule
for Communications Uses on National Forest Systems Land," as
published in the Federal Register for Friday, October 27, 1995,
contains the following provision:

  "Non-profit organization (sic) that have annual certification
by the Internal Revenue Service, such as public television and
radio broadcasters and religious broadcasters, will have their
fees waived.  Reductions in operating expenses for these
organizations may increase their ability to provide goods and
services to the publics (sic) they serve" (page 55101).

  We know of one major non-commercial station that has been
paying the Forest Service THOUSANDS of dollars in land-use fees
each month because the District Ranger's office simply said the
fees were due.  Has there been some change in the rules, or was
the Ranger ill informed?  Does the fee exemption also apply to
non-commercial broadcasters who occupy BLM land?  Letters to the
Editor of the CGC Communicator are invited.

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  THE LYNGEMARK SATELLITE CHART

  The following web site aims to cover all relevant
technical data for all satellite TV & radio channels in the
world in the Ku and C bands, including links to home pages,
teletext services, footprint maps, address info and logotypes:

  http://www.LyngSat.com/ 

  (Tip courtesy of Sherman George, UCSD)

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  COMMENTS WANTED ON COMPUTER MODEL TO PREDICT
  UNSERVED TV HOUSEHOLDS

  FCC proposes using a point-to-point predictive model for
determining the ability of individual locations to receive
an over-the-air television broadcast signal of a specific
intensity through the use of a conventional, stationary,
outdoor rooftop receiving antenna.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/News_Releases/2000/nret0001.txt 

  Comments due Feb. 22; replies March 7.

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  FCC ISSUES ITS OWN NEWS RELEASE ON THE ARREST OF JACK GERRITSEN

  The FCC's own report on the arrest of alleged radio
jammer Jack Gerritsen resides at the following URL:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0119/nren0002.html 

  Some of Mr. Gerritsen's activities may have caused
interference to Los Angeles area broadcasters.  See CGC #366.

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  AM AUCTION COMING UP

  Don't forget the FCC's "AM Auction Filing Window and
Application Freeze Notice."  The end times are at hand!  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/da992585.txt 
  or (better yet)
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/da992585.txt

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  FCC'S 'TOWER QUERY' - STILL SLUGGISH

  Finding out who owns an arbitrary tower via the Commission's
Antenna Structure Registration Query ("ASR Query") is a difficult
task.  You must have the right browser, download a large software
package, work in an encrypted mode and hope you don't grow old
before the answer arrives.

  Fortunately, the Commission is looking into speeding up the
process and having it "not run on a secure server."  Until then,
reporting malfunctioning tower lights or other tower safety
hazards on unfamiliar towers will remain a Herculean task.

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  FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEM)

  $4,000 - To WAGG(AM), Birmingham, Alabama, for allegedly
broadcasting a telephone conversation without first informing the
party to the conversation of its intention to do so.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0118/da000080.txt 

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  DISSENTING VIEW ON LPFM

  Commissioner Harold W. Furchtgott-Roth wrote an interesting
dissenting view on the creation of the Low Power FM service -
"must reading" for anyone thinking about applying for LPFM:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0121/sthfr005.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  PART-TIME ENGINEERING ASSISTANT NEEDED @ KCMG

  KCMG(FM), Los Angeles, is looking for a part-time assistant
to the engineering department.  Primary responsibilities will be
regular maintenance and remote broadcast planning & setup.  SBE
Broadcast Technologist (CBT) certification a plus.  EEO.

  Reply to: Barry Thomas, Technical Director:  bthomas@amfm.com 

  or write to:

  Barry Thomas
  KCMG(FM)
  6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 650
  Los Angeles, CA 90048

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  MEXICAN TV INFO DIRECT FROM THE SCT (THE "MEXICAN FCC"
  FOR BROADCAST MATTERS)

  Your readers may find the following link useful - Mexican
  TV stations listed by district:

  http://www.sct.gob.mx/satelital/tv/tv_mapa.htm 

  Just click on the district you are interested in.

  Oscar Medina, CSTE, KNSD, San Diego

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  TO THE PHOENIX CREW:  GOOD JOB!

  (The Phoenix engineers have put together) an outstanding,
very readable website ("Station Photos for a Lay Audience,
CGC #367).  I highly commend those guys for it.

  As one who grew up listening to the "real" KOY (550), it
brought back memories of Bill Lester & Co. who programmed that
great station in the 40's and 50's (Steve Allen's first radio
job was at KOY in the 1940's).  I hope they will do a similar
site for their studios some day.

  Russ Jackson

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  MORE THANKS

  Re the "Free Broadcast Data" site mentioned in CGC #367,
please tell Oscar that I really enjoyed it.  Thanks for the
"heads up" on that one, it was well worth it.

  Donald J. Tenn

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  CES 2000 HIGHLIGHTS

  See the Year 2000 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) through
the eyes of Logan Enright in this well written article courtesy
of the San Diego SBE:

  http://www.sbe36.org/2000/0109_ces.html 

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  TALKING CARS WILL READ E-MAIL BY YEAR'S END

  By the year end, more than 400,000 cars, sport utility
vehicles, pickups and minivans will be ready to talk back to their
owners. The first GM Internet-connected talking vehicles will roll
out of factory doors in a few months....

  A driver will be able to tell the car to get on the Internet,
download e-mail and read the messages with a computerized 'voice'
that will use the car's stereo speakers.  Sports scores, stock
ticks, traffic and weather data will all be instantly available,
customized to a driver's individual needs.

  (Synopsis of a story submitted by Larry Bloomfield)

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  NPRM TO AUTHORIZE 406.025 MHZ FOR PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACONS

  Comments due Feb. 24, replies Mar. 10. Docket WT 99-366,
FCC No. 99-414.  No URL yet, watch:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2000/dd000118.html 

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  FCC'S NEW EEO PROGRAM

  Although this is a bit off-topic, the Commission explains
its new EEO program at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0121/nrmm0002.html 

  Many of us in engineering need to be aware of the details
even though quotas are not imposed.

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  ARTIFICIAL EYE

  A New York researcher has helped a blind man see again using
electrodes implanted into his brain and connected to a tiny
television camera mounted on a pair of glasses.  This is very
primitive vision (68 pixels, move head to "scan"), but obviously
much better than nothing.  See:

  http://www.artificialvision.com/vision/release.html 

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  SPREAD SPECTRUM INVENTOR, ACTRESS HEDY LAMARR, DIES

  Hedy Lamarr, the sultry, sexy screen star of the 1930s and
1940s, conceived of the technique now known as frequency-hopping
spread spectrum.  She died recently and was believed to be 86.

  In her 1992 book Feminine Ingenuity, Lamarr describes how she
came up with the idea of a radio signaling device for remote-
controlled torpedoes that would minimize the danger of detection
or jamming by randomly shifting the transmitter's frequency.  She
and composer George Antheil developed the concept and received
a patent for it in 1942.

  "I read the patent," Franklin Antonio, chief technical officer
of the cellular phone maker Qualcomm Inc, said in 1997. "You don't
usually think of movie stars having brains, but she sure did."

  (Synopsis of ARRL Letter story, January 21, 2000.  See CGC #120
for details on the Lamarr invention.)

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-19991203ABZ   KBUE    34386    LBI RQDIO LICENSE CORP.
                  105.5 MHZ              LONG BEACH, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  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 AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION
  FOR MODIFICATION OF AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMXP-19991210AAY   KWXY-FM   24253   GLEN BARNETT, INC.
                    98.5 MHZ           CATHEDRAL CITY, CA

  Mod of CP

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED

  BZ-19981222AB   KURS    54257    QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMM....
                1040 KHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA

  DM

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLH-19980324KA  KROQ-FM  28622  INFINITY B/C CORP OF LOS ANGELES
                 106.7 MHZ                 PASADENA, CA

  LIC. TO COVER

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BNPFT-19991230AAW  NEW  122155  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS,INC
                  91.7 MHZ               BIG BEAR CITY, CA

  CP New Stn.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BPFT-19990622TA  K212DM  93739   CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                  90.3 MHZ                BIG BEAR LAKE, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ

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