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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #382

                      Monday, April 3, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  MICROWAVE DISHES ON LOCAL FOREST SERVICE
  LAND TO BE EQUIPPED WITH ANTI-PERCHING DEVICES

  Because of an out-of-court settlement between the Forest
Service and the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity, all
microwave dishes in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San
Bernardino National Forests will require installation of bird
"anti-perching devices."  Just what these contraptions will
consist of is unknown at this time.  Will a nice plastic or
hot-dipped galvanized metal owl do?  There may be a business
opportunity here!

  For further information, and to learn about another
fascinating topic, "raptor safe power lines" and "anti-perching
devices on power line poles," consult the following Forest
Service web page:

  http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/lospadres/html/news.htm#anchor16434 

  Click on the item entitled, "Forest Service Outlines Actions
to Protect T&E Species 3/7/00."  This story and the ones that
follow are NOT April Fools jokes.

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  POWER POLE AVERSION THERAPY

  The Los Angeles Times for Wednesday, March 29, 2000, carried a
story about the recent release of three condors back into the wild
after undergoing "power pole aversion therapy."  Apparently the
10' wings of an adult condor can span and short electric lines.

http://www.latimes.com/editions/ventura/vcnews/20000329/t000029629.html 

  A realistic looking power pole was set up in a zoo pen and
the birds got a light shock if they landed on it.  Once shocked,
they learn to stay away.  Obviously, microwave dish aversion
therapy was missing from the curriculum.

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  ANNOUNCED ROAD CLOSURES IN THE TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT

  Orange County's main access to the Santa Ana Mountains,
the Silverado/Maple Springs Road, will be closed to all
entry from April 1 - September 30, 2000.  This means hikers,
mountain bikers, equestrians and all vehicles except for
emergency access.  This, to protect the Arroyo Toad (Bufo
californicus) during its breeding season.

  In addition, the Elsinore Peak area will be closed year-
round to all entry except for electronic site users who must
keep their vehicles on the designated road.  This closure is
to protect the endangered Munz's Onion.

  For further information, contact District Ranger Clem Lagrosa
or Wildlife Biologist Mary Thomas at the USDA Forest Service:
(909) 736-1811.

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  TUTORIAL ON SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIOS

  Here is an excellent tutorial on Software Defined
Radios (SDRs):

http://www.radioscape.com/software-defined-radio/soft-defined-radio.htm 

  In this article you will discover that SDR means the
processing of baseband information with a computer.  You will
also learn about tomorrow's radio which is called "SR," or
Software Radio, where a very fast computer is connected to the
antenna itself.  No I.F. strip or demodulator required!  This
article will forever change your concept of a radio.

  (URL forwarded by Martin Acuff)

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  FCC CHECKING EAS IN RIVERSIDE/SAN BERNARDINO

  March 29 - Mike Rogoff of KATY(FM) informs us that the EAS
plan for the Inland Empire area was signed today, and that the
FCC has begun a series of strict pass/fail inspections at
affected stations.

  On another topic, Mike mentioned that Ken Orchard is
available as a consultant to help broadcasters check and/or
assemble complete public inspection files.  Ken may be reached
at <pifile@aol.com>; Mike gave his work high marks.

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  FCC ADOPTS RULES ESTABLISHING THE CLASS A TELEVISION SERVICE

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/News_Releases/2000/nrmm0006.html 

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  LPFM NEWS

  The FCC has placed California in the first of five groups
of states to file LPFM applications.  A five-day filing window
is expected to open at the end of May.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/News_Releases/2000/nrmc0015.html 

  An LPFM "Applicant's Guide" is now available on the web:

http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/lpfmguide.pdf 

  The FCC talks about LPFM and California in this Press Release:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0330/nrmm0007.txt 

  Finally, the Commission plans to post a free LPFM channel
finder program on the web.  Jim Bradshaw (Mass Media Bureau,
FCC) says, "We are finishing up internal testing, adding a few
additional bells and whistles, and then it must go through an
internal security review before being placed on our web page."
Watch for the new product in Mid to late April.

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEM)

  $22,500 - To WRHC(AM), Coral Gables, FL, for apparently
operating a directional AM station without first requesting and
obtaining proper authority from the Commission, commencement of
program tests prior to staff approval, and operation at variance
from licensed facilities.  The apparent violations also resulted
in interference to another station.

  "It appears that (WRHC) continues to operate its facility in
violation of the Commission's rules.  We hereby notify (WRHC) that
if these apparent violations do not terminate within 30 days from
the release of this NAL, it may be necessary to institute further
proceedings, which could result in revocation of the license for
Station WRHC."

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0328/da000619.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  FOX 6 TV ENGINEERS NEEDED IN SAN DIEGO

  Through an out sourcing agreement, we (TV Magic, Inc.) are
looking for three more full time engineers to handle the 10pm
news engineering at the brand new state-of-the-art facility we
built at Fox 6, San Diego.  We need one senior level engineer
familiar with tape and server based machines to manage the overall
facility, one maint. engineer, and one RF engineer who will handle
the sat truck and facility maint.  When the morning show begins
in Sept/Oct., we will need a minimum of two additional engineers.

  TV Magic is an EOE, salary and benefits are good, and the
jobs are full-time with OT.  Anybody interested can email me,
Steve Rosen, at <tvmagic@hotmail.com> with a resume or questions.

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  BROADCAST TECH NEEDED AT KFI/KOST

  KFI/KOST Radio, Los Angeles, needs an individual to maintain
broadcasting equip. in studios & transmitters, and troubleshoot
to the component level.  Handle remote broadcasts & maintain
antennas, STL, satellite, phone, computer & T1 digital systems.
Min 5 yrs broadcast exp; min 2 yrs exp with 50kw tube & solid
state xmtrs & assoc. equip.  Digital audio syst. experience.
Must read schematics, and have wiring documentation skills.
Valid FCC General Class Radiotelephone license.  Motivated
self-starter.  24 hrs/7 day a week availability.  Contact Ernie
Kristof: ekristof@amfmla.com or fax resume to (949) 666-7281.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  COMMENT ON THE IRIDIUM SATELLITE SYSTEM

  I have had an Iridium phone since 1998 and want to set the
record straight: (a) the phone is essentially no more difficult
to use than a cellular phone, (b) it is not large and cumbersome
but about the size of a Motorola brick phone with a somewhat
larger antenna, (c) the phone does not work inside shielded
buildings but works fine inside my house if a satellite is in
good view, and (d) phone calls are expensive, but a lot cheaper
than the international wireless alternatives at present.

  I am hoping that Motorola is threatening to shut down the
system to force the banks to sell their interest out at a price
where the network becomes feasible.

  Jim Beck @ EAGLE

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  RETURN OF CLASSIC AUDIO LIMITERS

  William Putnam, son of M. T. "Bill" Putnam, has resurrected
Universal Audio here in Santa Cruz.  They are now shipping the
classic 1176LN limiter, unchanged from the original design.
The Teletronics LA-2A is due out shortly.

  See: http://www.uaudio.com 

  Jim Noble, video@got.net 

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  THANK YOU

  I'm sure you receive compliments often, but I figure one
more on a Tuesday morning won't hurt.  I just want to tell you
what an informative, helpful and downright interesting newsletter
you publish.  From interesting websites to information about
iridium satellites there's always something that catches my eye
or that I can send on to a friend (w/proper credit of course!).

  Thanks again for performing this service.

  Doug Myrland, KPBS

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  EAS QUESTION:  REMEMBER THAT QDI PATENT?

  Remember QDI, the company that claimed to have patented a
portion of the EAS code dealing with storm alerts?  They even
sent bills to some broadcasters for royalty fees.

  In the latest turn of events, the U.S. Patent Office has
overturned the QDI patent so our industry is, for the moment
at least, "off the hook."  Now QDI has an opportunity to appeal.

  For more information, see:
  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/patent2.htm 

  See the overturned patent at:
  http://patent.womplex.ibm.com/details?&pn=US05121430__ 

  (Thanks, Darryl E. Parker, TFTInc.com)

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  PARC GAINS EXCLUSIVE 50 YEAR LEASE ON SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND

  Or so the April Fools storyline went in a well written
article by the Palomar Amateur Radio Club of San Diego County.
Now, W9FQN, the newsletter editor, is being besieged with phone
calls from people who missed the April 1st reference and took the
article seriously, or heard hams kidding about it on the air but
in a serious tone of voice.  W9FQN even received a call from
Palomar Airport -- someone wanting to set up a flying service
to what is really a military-controlled island used for target
practice, and is off limits to the general public!

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS READY AND AVAILABLE FOR PROCESSING

  The following applications are accepted for filing.  Objections
  or competing applications must be filed by APRIL 27, 2000:

  BPFT-19990520TF   NEW-T   LAKE ELSINORE, CA
  BEST MEDIA, INC.
  REQ:    89.1 MHz   Channel No.   206D
  TRANSLATOR FOR KLRD YUCAIPA, CA
  ______

  BNPFT-19991117AAE  NEW-T  BIG BEAR, CA
  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
  REQ:    90.3 MHz   Channel No.   212D
  TRANSLATOR FOR KXRD VICTORVILLE, CA

  (FCC Report No. 2000-03)

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  PROPOSED FM CHANNEL ACTIONS IN POINT ARENA & CLOVERDALE, CA

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0331/da000736.txt 

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLFT-20000217ACD  K240CR  85365  THE ASSOC.FOR COMMUNITY ED...
                   95.9 MHZ             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLCDT-20000302AAK  KFMB-DT  42122  MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.
                     CHAN-55              SAN DIEGO, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19980522KE,
  callsign KFMB-TV.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

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

  Lic. to cover

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED

  BMLH-19991013AAK  KYSR  36019 CHANCELLOR MEDIA/SHAMROCK RADIO..
                  98.7 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA

  Mod of license BLH-7785

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILTY GRANTED

  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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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLFT-19991215ABX  K212FA  90605   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                   90.3 MHZ               TEMPLE CITY, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPTT-20000321AAP  K59AL  6119     THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, ETC.
                   CHAN-59            TORREY PINES, ETC., CA

  Construction permit for minor changes.

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