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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #379

                     Monday,  March 13, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  US APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS RF EXPOSURE REGULATIONS

  The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld
the FCC's 1996 RF exposure guidelines.  The court also turned
away a challenge to the FCC's exclusive ability to regulate
relevant radio facility operations.

  The Court disagreed on all facets of the petitioners'
claims.  The petitioners, in part, had claimed the FCC failed
to account for non-thermal effects of RF radiation, didn't
evaluate new evidence, failed to get expert testimony, and
failed to account for "scientific uncertainty" about RF exposure
in deciding to not lower the maximum permissible exposure levels
below the maximum permitted thermal levels.  The petitioners had
also challenged the FCC for adopting a two-tiered MPE level
system that allows for higher exposure in "occupational/
controlled" situations.

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/00/0310/#Appeals 

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  SOMETHING NEW:  A 700 MHZ "GUARD BAND MANAGER"

  Guard Band Managers (a new class of licensee) will be
engaged in the business of subdividing the spectrum they acquire
at auction and leasing it for value to third parties, including
both commercial service providers and private wireless users.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0309/nrwl0009.html 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0310/da000559.txt 

  Minimum opening bid for 2 MHz of spectrum in the Los Angeles -
San Diego market is $1,244,000.  A 4 MHz chunk will cost twice
that.  Either way, this works out to about 3 cents per person
covered, per MHz.

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  FINE POINTS CONCERNING ANTENNA TOWER REGISTRATIONS

  Learn something about the accuracy to which tower coordinates
must be determined and pick up other fine points in this MO&O:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/2000/fcc00076.pdf 

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  FCC BEGINS PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE DIGITAL TELEVISION CONVERSION

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/News_Releases/2000/nrmm0005.html 
  and
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/2000/fcc00083.doc 

  Comments due May 17; Replies June 16.

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  NEW RULES re IMPORTATION OF RF DEVICES EFFECTIVE 2/28/2000

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0310/da000503.txt 

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEM)

  $10,000 - To Leslie D. Brewer's 2-Way Radio for allegedly
selling an unauthorized FM broadcast transmitter (fully assembled,
20-watt) to an undercover Commission agent.  Mr. Brewer had also
been involved in the operation of a pirate FM station on 102.1 MHz
in the Tampa, Florida area ("Tampa's Party Pirate").

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/News_Releases/2000/brewer.html 

  Read about other Enforcement Bureau actions at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/Public_Notices/2000/da000520.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  AM & FM ENGINEERS WANTED

  Salem Communications Corp. is looking for Engineers to join
our fast and strong growing Sixty + Station Group.  We have
openings in several areas of the country including so. California.
We are an EEO Employer.  Bring your resume to NAB and visit our
employment suite open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to
3 PM.  Check at the front desk of the Hilton for the room number.

  You can also mail your resume to Engineering Department, Salem
Communications, 4880 Santa Rosa Rd., Camarillo, CA 93012, or fax
it to 805-384-4503.

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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  FAMOUS THREE-LETTER CALL SIGN "KHJ" RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES

  Effective Wednesday, March 15, 2000, the call letters KHJ
will return to Los Angeles!  KKHJ, 930 kHz, will become KHJ.

  Since we (KKHJ) broadcast in Spanish, and "KK" is pronounced
"caca" which is a Spanish profanity, we asked the Commission for
a call sign change and argued that changing to anything but the
station's original call (KHJ) would result in public confusion.

  The Commission granted our request.  We expect the change to
occur at noon on Wednesday, March 15.  It is tentatively planned
that there will be a short statement from KHJ program director
Alfredo Rodriguez in Spanish, and a comment by me in English,
followed by the top of the hour ID before returning to music.

  Jerry Lewine, C.E., Liberman Broadcasting,
  Radiojerry@fastpointcom.com 

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  RE: QUALIFIED RF BROADCAST ENGINEERS - AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?

  Fred Vobbe's letter asking if RF broadcast engineers are
becoming an endangered species drew over 57 responses.  Fred
writes:

  "There are some common threads, and some interesting stories.
Perhaps it will be fodder for a story for the DX Audio Service on
why people are leaving our field.  What is interesting is that
the same thoughts are coming from people all over the U.S., and
one in Canada."

  We hope that Fred will take the time to summarize his findings.

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  DOES FM IBOC CAUSE ADJACENT CHANNEL INTERFERENCE?

  I have been seeing a lot of emails in a list of broadcast
DXers and radio listeners.  Many of them are complaining that
FM stations that are experimenting with FM IBOC have emissions
outside their normal channels.  One fellow suggested that the
buzz or "bees" sound of one station was spilling over some two
channels each side of the FM carrier.  That is, a station on
102.5 running IBOC has an audible "buzz" from 102.1 to 102.9.

  Fred Vobbe, WLIO-TV, w8hdu@wlio.com 

  [Fred is editor/publisher of the DX Audio Service newsletter
at <http://www.nrcdxas.org>.   -Ed.]

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  OF MUMMIES AND TRAINS

  After you have finished unwrapping the mummy (CGC #376),
you can visit this site, at which you can run a Märklin HO
digital train set via remote control....

  http://rr-vs.informatik.uni-ulm.de/rr/ 

  A central control unit superimposes a packet stream on top
of the traction voltage.  Each locomotive has a small pc board
with a decoder chip, various driver transistors, and a DIP
switch array by which the unique address for each loco is set....

  John J. McVeigh

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  HAM RADIO'S PHASE 3-D SATELLITE MIGHT LAUNCH IN JULY

  The long-awaited Phase 3D Amateur Radio satellite has a
tentative ride aboard Ariane 507 in late July!  FYI, the ARRL
Technical Information Service folks have put together an
excellent Phase 3D resource page at:

  http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/p3d.html 

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  PLASTIC OWL - THE ONLY SURVIVOR OF THE HRO FIRE

  The only item recovered from the HRO Anaheim store destroyed
by fire (CGC #370) was a plastic owl decoy - sold to scare birds
away from towers and beams.  Needless to say, "Smokey" has
become the store's mascot.

  ARRL Letter, March 10, 2000

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

  BL-20000216AAQ    KFI     34425     COX RADIO, INC.
                  640 KHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLFT-19991130ABO  K241AJ  86443   FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
                   96.1 MHZ             PALMDALE, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BXLCDT-20000222ABE KWHY-DT  26231 HARRISCOPE OF LOS ANGELES,INC.
                     CHAN-42              LOS ANGELES, CA

  License to cover auxiliary permit.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPH-20000204ABM  KWVE  8410  CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA, INC.
                  107.9 MHZ             SAN CLEMENTE, CA

  Mod of CP to chg

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  AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BP-20000202ABK   KGAM  35496     KPSI LICENSE CORPORATION
                 1450 KHZ              PALM SPRINGS, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  BP-20000208ABS  KKSC  63470  COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDARY, LLC
                1300 KHZ               BRAWLEY, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BPFTB-19990727TE  KYOR-FM1  93956   MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
                   106.9 MHZ               PALM SPRINGS, CA

  CP NEW STN: PRIMARY STATION KYOR

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  FM STATION AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION
  FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BXPH-20000222ABR  KRUZ  8853   PACIFIC COAST COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
                  103.3 MHZ             SANTA BARBARA, CA

  CP for auxiliary purposes.

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