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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #370

                    Monday,  January 31, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  PIRATES HIJACK FM RADIOS USING RDS CODES

  Shady characters in the United Kingdom appear to be "force
tuning" RDS-equipped car radios.  Although the details are
sketchy, these pirates appear to be using the published RDS
code in devices that constantly transmit a retuning signal,
thereby hijacking listeners.  And where are the car radios
retuned to?  The pirate's own radio station, of course!

  The full story is posted at the following BBC web page:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_592000/592972.stm 

  As you may recall, one argument against Federal Signal's
proposal to use 87.9 MHz as a nationwide emergency message
frequency in the U.S. was that pirates or terrorists could
broadcast their own messages by "opening" the system with a
simple RDS code (see CGC #349).  Now, that fear will move a
giant step forward if the BBC story proves to be true.

  (URL courtesy of Mike Starling, National Public Radio)

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  LPFM REPORT & ORDER NOW AVAILABLE

  The FCC's Report & Order creating the Low Power (FM) Radio
Service is now available on the web.  You may download it one
file at a time:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0127/fcc00019.doc 
  and the attachments at:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0127/fc00019a.doc 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0127/fc00019b.doc 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0127/fc00019c.doc 

  ....or get it in one scoop with a Word 97 zip file:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/2000/fcc00019.zip 

  One way or the other, this is a lot of reading.  Best bet is to
start by scanning the actual rules in Attachment A (fc00019a.doc).

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  AM AUCTION FILING WINDOW & APP FREEZE EXTENDED TO 2/1/2000

  The closing date for the AM Auction Filing Window for new,
major change, and certain minor change AM station proposals has
been extended to 5:30 PM EST on February 1, 2000.  Snow and ice
in Washington, which closed the Commission two days last week,
were cited as the reasons.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0127/da000131.txt 

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  OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW UNLICENSED WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES

  For more information on this FCC Forum to be held February 16
in Washington, D.C., see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0128/pnbo0001.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  CHIEF ENGINEER OPENING AT KROQ(FM), LOS ANGELES

  This is a longer file than could be published here.  Please
see the entire posting at:

  http://216.24.35.148/cgc/ 
  Click on 'Additional Postings'
  Click on 'ENGINEERING OPENING AT KROQ...."

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  STAFF ENGINEERS WANTED AT PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS

  Premiere Radio Networks has job openings for experienced
staff engineers at its Sherman Oaks studios.  Hands-on studio
construction experience is required as well as 2 years minimum
broadcast engineering experience.  Openings also available for
technical operation staff.  Resumes may be faxed to (818) 461-5130
Attn: Lark Hadley, P.E. -  Sr. V.P. Engineering, or e-mail to:
<lhadley@premrad.com>.  (Office phone is (818) 461-8610).

  [Premiere is the studio complex associated with various
syndicated radio shows including Rush, Dr. Laura, Jim Rome, Art
Bell, Michael Reagan, Phil Hendrie, Lionel, Rick Dees, Leeza
Gibbons, Naomi Judd, Motorman, and others.   -Ed.]

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  SCENIC PHOTOS FROM MT. HARVARD

  See Marv Collins' latest photographic adventures including
scenic shots from Mt. Harvard looking back toward Mt. Wilson
and the Mt. Wilson Observatory, and two very nice photos of the
KUSC(FM) directional antenna (the top-mounted baskets) at sunset:

  http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=1639126 

  By the way, Marv's photos of the KFI(AM) transmitter (CGC #367)
have already attracted over 1,100 viewers.  The hits just keep
coming.

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  RF POWER DENSITY CALCULATOR

  Following is a simple RF power density calculator originally
designed for amateur radio applications.  Enter a few basic
operating parameters and the power density is displayed along
with the applicable "legal limits."  Should only be used for
informal work for one radiator in an isolated area.  The
"distance" should be regarded as the distance to the closest
part of the radiator, to be conservative.

  http://n5xu.ae.utexas.edu/rfsafety/ 

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  KLM OUT OF BUSINESS

  KLM Antennas of Monroe, WA, reportedly closed its doors
October 31.  Industry sources say that Bruce Scott will continue
to sell parts - at least for now - by e-mail orders only to:

  klm_antennas@msn.com 

  (QST, 2/2000, p.74)

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  HRO STORE IN ANAHEIM DESTROYED

  An early morning fire on January 23rd destroyed the Anaheim
branch of Ham Radio Outlet (HRO).  This popular store was one of
seven business units destroyed in the strip mall.  The cause of
the fire is suspicious and an investigation is underway.

  (Newsline #1172)

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  NEW ATOMIC CLOCK AT NIST

  Just days before the new year began, the National Institute
of Standards & Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO, switched to a
new type of timekeeping technology, the Model F-1 atomic fountain
clock, as the nation's primary time standard.  Fountain clocks
set themselves according to the resonant frequency of rising and
falling "balls" of cold cesium and are several times more accurate
than the nation's previous time standard, a cesium beam clock known
as NIST-7 (Science News, Vol. 157, p. 62).  [CGC's frequency
measuring service for broadcast stations is linked to the F-1
clock through WWVB.]

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  FUEL CELL BATTERIES

  According to a Reuters report, Motorola researchers and
scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are working on
a new mini-battery for wireless devices.  The fuel cell, which
uses methanol as the power source, will reportedly last 10 times
longer than batteries used today.  But, consumers will have to
wait for at least three years to see them in stores.  The battery
will be packaged in a see-through tube, so users can check their
fuel supply at any given time.  The cost of the methanol batteries
should be in line with current power supplies, Motorola says.

  (Via ARRL Letter, 1/28/2000)

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  RM-2493: ANOTHER INTERNET RUMOR DISPELLED

  A member of the general public recently asked CGC if
RM-2493 was going to do untoward things to religious broadcasters
as some internet newsgroups maintained.  Fact is, RM-2493 died a
peaceful death about 25 years ago.  See:

  http://216.24.35.148/cgc/ 
  Click on 'Additional Postings'
  Click on 'RM-2493: ANOTHER INTERNET RUMOR DISPELLED'

  We do not ordinarily get involved with non-engineering
issues, but this rumor was just too flagrant to pass up!

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  PASTEURIZED WATER

  Contrary to what many people believe, it is not necessary
to boil water to make it safe to drink.  Heating water to 65 C
(149 F) for 6 minutes, or to a higher temperature for a shorter
time, will kill all germs, viruses, and parasites (but will not
help if water is brackish or chemically contaminated) according
to this interesting paper:

  http://www.solarcooking.org/solarwat.htm 

  (Thanks, Stan Rohrer)

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  MISSING APPS & ACTIONS

  The FCC was closed last Tuesday & Wednesday (1/25 & 26) due
  to severe weather, and their Broadcast Apps and Actions postings
  have fallen a bit behind.  We will monitor the situation and
  bring you the missing items as soon as possible.

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLCDT-20000103ABE  KNSD  35277  STATION VENTURE OPERATIONS, LP
                   CHAN-40               SAN DIEGO, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19980803KZ,
  callsign KNSD.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED

  BPFT-19990709TA  990709TA  93814  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                   89.1 MHZ                MONTECITO, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KLOV-FM
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 12/23/99
  APPLICATION DISMISSED PER APP'S REQUEST LETTER 1/13/2000.
  1/19/2000.
  PETITION TO DENY DISMISSED AS MOOT.

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

  BPED-19980708MA   KRTM   52141    PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                  88.9 MHZ                  TEMECULA, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 12/14/1999

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED

  BP-19990409AA   KSUL   87156     DELBERT L. VAN VOORHIS
                       1670 KHZ       MORENO VALLEY, CA

  CP FOR EXPANDED BAND FREQ 1670KHZ, MORENO VALLEY, CA
  FILED BY KHPY
  PETITION TO DENY OR TO DEFER ACTION FILED 9-12-97
  MAJOR AMENDMENT FILED 4/9/99
  PET TO DENY OR TO DEFER ACTION IS DENIED;
  APP IS GRANTED 7-16-99
  GRANT IS RESCINDED; APP IS RETURNED TO PENDING STATUS
  8-26-99

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