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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #381

                     Monday,  March 27, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC ALLEGES THAT NAB'S PORTRAYAL OF CERTAIN LPFM INTERFERENCE
  EFFECTS IS "MISLEADING" AND CONSTITUTES "DISINFORMATION"

  This FCC news release begins by saying, "We are concerned
that Members of Congress have received misleading engineering
information about alleged interference from low power FM (LPFM)
radio stations."  One particular "disinformation effort" is said
to center around a compact disc being distributed by NAB that
contains various alleged interference effects which are
misleading and simply wrong.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0324/nret0005.txt 

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  ALL IRIDIUM SATELLITES TO BE VAPORIZED?

  According to Reuters, Iridium LLC, the bankrupt $5 billion
satellite telephone company will cut off telephone service to
its 55,000 customers and "de-orbit" -- and ultimately burn up
-- its constellation of 66 satellites now 485 miles high.
The story is in large part confirmed by Motorola, a stock
holder in Iridium and guarantor of some of the debt.  See:

  http://www.motorola.com/satellite/info/ 
  http://cnnfn.com/2000/03/18/technology/iridium_wg/ 
  http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/story/story_4580.html 

  Iridium hardware and airtime are very expensive; the phones
themselves are heavy and not all that easy to use, nor do they
work indoors.

  (Thanks to Bill Dewey, Roger McCollough, Rick McMillion
and Newsline)

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  SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIOS: NOTICE OF INQUIRY ISSUED

  Software Defined Radios are of interest to the Commission
because this technology could affect the way the FCC allocates
and licenses spectrum, and authorizes radio equipment.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0321/fcc00103.txt 

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  WIRELESS BUREAU CHIEF DECLARES BACKLOG
  REDUCTION PROGRAM A SUCCESS: 99% OF BACKLOG ELIMINATED

  The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief reports that
the bureau has reduced by 99% the number of items that have been
pending for a year or more.  Speedy service is expected in the
future, too.  Except for backlogged cases which are largely
beyond WTB's control, WTB is now processing 92% of all
applications within 90 days or less.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/News_Releases/2000/nrwl0010.txt 

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  NEED A PAPER COPY?

  Sometimes the information you want from the FCC is
not available on the web; you need a paper copy instead.
International Transcription Service, Inc. (ITS) is the FCC's
official copy contractor and their rates are posted at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Consumer_Information/Public_Notices/2000/pnci0030.txt 

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  FCC FORFEITURES WATCH (SELECTED ITEM)

  $20,000 - Affirmed against WPQR-FM, Pennsylvania, for
failure to respond to a Notice of Violation, failure to comply
with prescribed tower marking requirements, failure to register
a tower, and failure to install and operate EAS equipment.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/Orders/2000/da000636.txt 

  Similar fines for similar things have been levied
against Willis Broadcasting & Mar-Comm Broadcasting.

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  CGC PUBLISHES ".TXT" URLS FOR THE MOST PART

  Most of the internet addresses we publish are simple text
files (the internet address or "URL" ends with ".txt").  These
are fast and easy to open.  For example:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/Orders/2000/da000636.txt 

  Often a document is also available as a Word file and is
easier to read that way.  If you like Word, simply remove ".txt"
and substitute ".doc" and see if the file will open that way:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/Orders/2000/da000636.doc 

  Sometimes a document is also encoded as a web page, so you
can try substituting the suffix ".html" to see what happens.

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  PART-TIME STUDIO ENGINEER WANTED

  Part-time studio engineer needed by ethnic SCA broadcaster
located in west Los Angeles area.  Contact Hamid Motahari via
email at "Hamid@KRSJ.COM"

  (Submitted by Steve Keating, skeating@amfm.com)

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  KPOL(AM), LOS ANGELES, 1957 to 1965

  Another great dose of nostalgia:  Photos from Marv
Collins' scrap book from 1957 to 1965 when he was employed
at KPOL, 1540 kHz, Los Angeles:

  http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=208013 

  Before stereo transmissions were deployed, pioneering stations
like KPOL experimented by sending, say, the left audio channel
over their AM station and the right channel over their FM
affiliate.  See how Marv and his friend Joe Cosgrove tuned in.
And don't miss the wonderful picture of Floyd Hall, CE of KPOL.

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  LOS ANGELES RADIO DOT COM

  For a look inside the Los Angeles radio scene, non-technical
matters mostly, see:

  http://www.laradio.com/ 

  (Bill Ward)

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  HAMS AID IN MASSIVE NEW MEXICO POWER OUTAGE

  New Mexico suffered what could be the largest power loss
in the state's history March 18.  Smoke from a large grass fire
caused insulators on a major power line to arc, shutting down that
line and triggering a chain reaction which took other distribution
facilities off line.  Approximately 1.3 million people were
without power for about three or four hours following the outage,
which occurred around 4:30 PM MST.

  According to New Mexico ARRL Section Manager Joe Knight, W5PDY,
"there were no cell phones, and the 911 system was jammed."  The
mobile communications gap was filled by amateur radio operators
whose Y2K training paid off.  KOB(AM) and KDEF(AM) operated on
emergency power generators and provided much-needed public
information.

  (ARRL Letter, March 24, 2000)

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  THE CONSERVATION OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND OTHER MATTERS

  Here is an informative and easy to read page discussing
telephone trends:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/News_Releases/2000/nrcc0019.txt 

  In other news, the FCC has taken a number of steps to "conserve"
seven digit telephone numbers so new area codes do not have to be
assigned so often.  One of the key steps is that telephone numbers
will now be assigned to telcos in 1,000 number blocks instead of
10,000 number blocks to discourage number hording.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/News_Releases/2000/nrcc0018.html 

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  NEXTWAVE TELECOM ASKS WHY THE FCC REFUSED THEIR
  $4.3 BILLION SPECTRUM OFFER - AND GOT AN EARFUL!

  Essentially, you can't use bankruptcy as an excuse for not
making payments and tying up valuable spectrum while you are
waiting to be bought out.  This FCC letter says it all:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0324/stwek023.txt 

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  PROPOSED LPTV/XLATOR CONSTRUCTION PERMITS

  The following television translator and low power television
applications have been accepted for filing.  Petitions to deny
must be filed within 30 days of the release of the Public Notice
(which was March 13, 2000):

  K61GH,   CH-9,  SAN DIEGO
  K24DM,   CH-25, OXNARD
  KNET-LP, CH-25, LOS ANGELES
  KSFV-LP, CH-26, SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
  KDIG-LP, CH-26, ENCINITAS

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0324/pnmm0020.txt 

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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BXPCT-20000215ABL  KCAL-TV   21422   FIDELITY TELEVISION, INC.
                     CHAN-9                 LOS ANGELES, CA

  Minor change in licensed facility -
  Auxiliary - for callsign KCAL-TV

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  RECEIVED

  BNPED-20000215ABM   NEW   122875  COMMUNITY PUBLIC RADIO, INC.
                    88.7 MHZ             BIG BEAR CITY, CA

  CP New Stn.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLH-19991014ABW   KXMX    2195      CITICASTERS CO.
                  95.9 MHZ              ANAHEIM, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED

  BPFT-19990827TE  K205DT  94146  YOUR CHRISTIAN COMPANION NETWORK
                  88.9 MHZ                  INDIO, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KYCC

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