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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #384

                     Monday,  April 17, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  BROADCASTING & DIGITAL:  THE BEST OF TWO FUTURES

  FCC Chairman Kennard urges broadcasters to embrace the
digital future, not postpone it, in this NAB speech:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Speeches/Kennard/2000/spwek010.html 

  According to Kennard: "Analog is over.  Delay is simply not
an option.  Resistance is futile."  Remember that the next time
you wisely purchase an NTSC TV set because you know the glacial
pace at which DTV standards are evolving.  It isn't just the
8-VSB vs. COFDM debate as the following story illustrates.

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  FCC BEGINS PROCEEDING TO RESOLVE COMPATIBILITY AND COPY
  PROTECTION ISSUES INVOLVING DIGITAL TELEVISION RECEIVERS
  AND CABLE SYSTEMS

  This proceeding will hopefully resolve outstanding issues
regarding the incompatibility between cable television systems and
DTV receivers, set top boxes and other consumer electronic gear.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/News_Releases/2000/nrmc0022.doc 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0414/fcc00137.doc 

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  HOUSE VOTES TO RESTRICT LOW POWER FM (LPFM)

  April 13 - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a
bill requiring the FCC to modify its LPFM Rules to include third-
adjacent channel protections while at the same time authorizing
experimental operations in up to nine markets to determine if
waiving the third-adjacent channel separation requirements
will result in harmful interference to listeners.

  The House measure also prohibits all persons who have engaged
in any manner in illegal unlicensed operation from becoming LPFM
licensees, but the Senate has yet to act on any of this so nothing
is cast in concrete.  See the complete text at:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c106:3:./temp/~c106MkUayL:: 

  FCC Chairman Kennard's response is available at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/News_Releases/2000/nrmc0023.html 

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  FCC RELEASES LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FORM

  The LPFM application form has finally been released,
and is FCC Form 318.  It is available now in pdf format:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Forms/Form318/318.pdf 

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  FCC ADOPTS COMPARATIVE STANDARDS FOR NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL
  TV & FM BROADCAST APPLICATIONS; TEMPORARY FREEZE IN EFFECT TOO

  The FCC has adopted new procedures and standards to select
among mutually exclusive applicants to construct new noncommercial
educational (NCE) broadcast stations, or to make major changes in
existing facilities of such stations.  A point system will be
employed and is explained at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0414/nrmm0019.txt 

  The Commission also announced a temporary freeze on the
filing of applications for new NCE stations, and major changes
to existing NCE stations for reserved channels.

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  ENFORCEMENT BUREAU HOSTS MIXED U.S.-MEXICAN COMMISSION
  MEETING XXIII

  No details available yet.  FCC Daily Digest of 4/13/00.

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  FCC ORDERS INCREASED ACCESSIBILITY OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING TO
  VIEWERS WITH HEARING DISABILITIES, REQUIRES PROGRAMMERS TO
  MAKE EMERGENCY INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/News_Releases/2000/nrcb0009.doc 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0414/fcc00136.doc 

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  FCC NOTICE OF VIOLATION (NOV) SYNOPSIS

  More than half of the NOVs issued by the FCC for March 2000
were for violations of the Commission's Emergency Alert System
(EAS) rules and the antenna structure registration, marking,
and lighting requirements.  For details see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/Public_Notices/2000/da000814.doc 

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  2 GHZ STATUS IN L.A.

  Chris Imlay recently updated the ARRL on a variety of matters
including the status of experimental license applications in the
Los Angeles area for airborne microwave downlink video in the
2402-2448 MHz band.  Separate petitions were filed on behalf of
the County and the City of Los Angeles to use this spectrum.
Imlay said the City's application was granted, and license WB2XEN
issued.  The ARRL has filed a Petition for Reconsideration.  The
ARRL continues to object to the County's application.

  ARRL Letter, April 14, 2000

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  NAB REVIEW

  Re the NAB Convention, USADR wants to restrict AM analog
bandwidth to 5 kHz to make room for their digital IBOC sidebands.
Meanwhile, Lucent claims that broadcasters who use the Lucent
IBOC system will be able to tradeoff analog against digital
fidelity, achieving perhaps 7 kHz analog response and 10 kHz
digital response in one possible combination - a strong selling
point.

  Geocast made an impressive demonstration of their system that
captures ancillary over-the-air DTV bits and produces full-motion
MPEG-1 pictures and sound on a PC computer.  Related info is at:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0414/spsn005.html 

  And then there was Digigram's 10-watt "radio station in a box."
It has on-board storage for 50 hours of programming, an automation
system, an audio processor, a stereo exciter and an output power
of 10-15 watts in the FM band, all in a 2" high rack unit!

  Send us a letter and tell us about your NAB discoveries.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  PHOTOS: THE OLD WATER COOLED KFI 50 KW RIG

  In 1959, before Marv Collins worked for KFI, he happened to
take some photographs of their old water cooled 50 kW transmitter.
See these priceless prints at:

  http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=3143476 

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  COMPTON POLICE DEPT. LEASES SPECTRUM FROM A PRIVATE PARTY,
  THEN APPLIES FOR ITS OWN SPECTRUM, ANGERING LESSOR

  Synopsis: Compton P.D. leases two communications channels from
Jim Kay.  Mr. Kay wanted $1,500 per channel per month, but Compton
thought the figure was $1,500 per month for both channels.
Dispute ensues.  Compton then sought to acquire its own channels
from FCC, bypassing Kay.  Kay protests and is ultimately
unsuccessful.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0407/da000786.txt 

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN GRANTS

  KCTD(AM), Los Angeles, to KMPC (1540 kHz)
  KWPA(AM), Pomona, to KWKU (1220 kHz)

  KKGO-FM, Los Angeles, to KMZT-FM (105.1 MHz)
  KNOB(AM), Costa Mesa, to KKGO (540 kHz)

  KCRY(FM), Indio, to KCRI (89.3 MHz)
  KCRI(FM), Mojave, to KCRY (88.1 MHz)

  FCC Report No. 378, 4/10/00

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  TELEVISION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLCT-20000323ABW  KJLA   14000   COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                   CHAN-57                VENTURA, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-19990715KH,
  callsign KJLA.
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  BLCT-20000328AHH  KADY-TV  56384  BILTMORE BROADCASTING L.L.C.
                    CHAN-63                 OXNARD, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-19980702KG,
  callsign KADY-TV.

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

  BPTTL-20000328ACO KBNT-LP  8126   ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                    CHAN-53              SAN DIEGO, CA

  Construction permit for minor changes.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-20000315ACZ   KZLA-FM   59987   BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY
                   93.9 MHZ                LOS ANGELES, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPFT-20000406AAB  K218CP  90737  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                   91.5 MHZ               SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED

  BPCT-19990407KH   KTTV    22208   FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                   CHAN-11                LOS ANGELES, CA

  CP FOR A NEW AUXILIARY FACILITY; ANTENNA LOCATION: MT. WILSON,
  NEAR LOS ANGELES, CA; (34-13-29  118-03-48); HAAT: 887 METERS;
  ERP(AVG): 166 KW AND ANTENNA SYSTEM: DIELECTRIC, TF-6AH

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPFT-20000407AAB  K220GJ  87499   CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
                   91.9 MHZ              BORREGO SPRINGS, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT RECEIVED

  BNPFT-20000407AAC  NEW   123133   CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
                  90.3 MHZ               BORREGO SPRINGS, CA

  CP New Stn.

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