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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #399

                      Monday, June 26, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC ANNOUNCES NEW ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

  Here is an important new search tool called "EDOCS."
For general instructions:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8888/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-203412A1.doc 

  To go directly to the current version of EDOCS:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8888/edocs_public/SilverStream/Pages/edocs_pub_search.html 

  Better bookmark this one.

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  SAN DIEGO MORE POPULAR THAN THE STATE OF UTAH FOR LPFM

  The FCC has received 722 low power FM (LPFM) radio station
applications from churches, religious organizations, community
groups and state and local governments in the first of five
100-watt filing windows.

  Factoid:  More parties (22) are fighting over the use of
105.9 MHz in San Diego and vicinity than there are LPFM applicants
in the entire state of Utah (19).  For more fancy figures:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/News_Releases/2000/nrmm0029.txt 

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  iPHONE RFI

  There is an attractive compact device on the market called
the "iPhone."  It's a combination telephone, telephone answering
machine and internet terminal rolled into one small package -
no external computer required.  Only problem is, it's also a
radio frequency interference (RFI) generator.

  When CGC noticed spurious emissions infesting the AM
broadcast band at its lab in Fallbrook, it didn't take long
to pinpoint the source:  Two shiny new iPhones installed about
150 feet away.  The iPhones appeared to use their telephone
lines as a huge antenna.  Spurs from the iPhones clobbered the
AM band at approximately 100 kHz increments, and the unwanted
signals were on-the-air 24 hours/day.

  Now, the iPhone distributor has replaced the two troublesome
devices with phones that do not cause us obvious problems, so our
case is closed.  But we wonder how many other problematic iPhones
are out there.  Let us know if you run into any of these 100 kHz
comb generators (100 kHz fundamental frequency plus all harmonics
thereof throughout the AM B/C band).

  In our case, one of the iPhones had a fundamental frequency
of 101 kHz; the other happened to operate on 105 kHz.  Sample
calculation: 101 kHz x 7 = 707 kHz clobbering KDIS on 710 kHz.

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  FCC REORGANIZES THE 17.7-19.7 GHZ FREQUENCY BAND

  Here is the official Report and Order, all 93 pages, beware:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/Orders/2000/fcc00212.doc 

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  FCC AFFIRMS RULES FOR THE 700 MHZ BANDS

  The FCC has affirmed its service rules for the 747-762 MHz
and 777-792 MHz spectrum auction scheduled for September 6, 2000.
Various voluntary measures are being considered for clearing the
bands.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0622/nrwl0017.txt 

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEM)

  $47,000 - Against Tri-Star Marketing, Inc. for reportedly
sending unsolicited faxes.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0623/fcc00219.txt 

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  500 KW WLW(AM) PHOTOS

  This is must-see material authored by Jim Hawkins.  Here is
a 500 kW transmitter from the 1930s so awesome that it required
its own cooling pond, and used a 50 kW rig as an exciter!

  Gaze upon glass-covered water cooled tubes five feet tall
installed in two-story cabinets with catwalks.  As Lee McGowan
of KYXY/KPLN might say, "Oh my!"

  http://hawkins.pair.com/wlw.shtml 

  Thanks to David Burns of Harris for providing the URL, and
info on an upcoming Harris event:

  http://www.broadcast.harris.com/roadshow/ 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  READY AND AVAILABLE FOR ENGINEERING WORK

  Broadcast Technician available.  Work experience includes
two happy years as a full time Assistant Engineer at KLON 88.1
in Long Beach, but left after purchasing and moving into Rancho
Cucamonga home.  Prefer to work in the Inland Empire free-lance
(esp. transmitter sites); however, am very flexible about hours
and locations.

  Have worked in Radio a total of four years at AM and FM
studios/transmitters and have three years of outside/inside
telephone experience including two years in supervisory capacity.
Have continuously studied Electronics for 14 years, am a member
of SBE Chapter 47 and recently received FCC General Radio-
telephone License.

  Please call and let's talk.  I am an honest hard worker and
have recommendations from former supervisors and instructors.

  Mary Ahmed, (909) 484-3514, Mirahmed@aol.com 

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  ENGINEERING OPENING AT EXCL RADIO, SAN BERNARDINO

  KCAL-AM, KSZZ-AM, and KSSE-FM have an opening for an
experienced Broadcast Engineer.  Qualified candidate must
possess the following skills: Proficiency with studio equipment,
computers, computer networks, digital delivery systems, AM & FM
transmitters, RF transmission systems and a minimum of 5 years
of engineering experience in small or medium markets.  Please
contact Paul Petrilli @ (909) 825-5020, or send resume to:

             KCAL/KSZZ
             1950 S. Sunwest Lane, Suite 302
             San Bernardino, CA  92408

  EXCL Communications is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  FM PIRATES STILL ON-THE-AIR IN LOS ANGELES

  While driving around L.A. on Sunday, June 18, I tuned into
104.7, the "standard" pirate frequency in this area.  I received
one pirate, then noticed the radio switch to another (and possibly
a third) pirate sharing the same frequency.  There must have been
several stations on 104.7 in the L.A. metro area.  Tuning around,
there was yet another pirate on 100.7.

  I wonder how many pirates are typically operating in So. Cal?

  Greg Strickland

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  WEB SITE FOR ENG SAFETY

  There is a good ENG truck safety site at:

  http://www.engsafety.com/safetypg/index.html 

  Chris Hays, KLSX/KRLA

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  RF SAFETY CONCERN ON SHULTZ MOUNTAIN

  Re human exposure to RF signals on Shultz Mtn. (letter from
Ric Tell in CGC #397), and just to clarify things, the Shultz
Mtn/KABX pictures were taken during initial site construction.
The transmitter was not operating, and there was no other RF
radiation within at least five miles of the Shultz Mtn site.

  At no time during our construction project did we energize our
transmitter with someone near the antenna.  The pictures were
taken the day the antenna was being installed on the tower,
unenergized.

  Rick McMillion, K6SIX, CE KABX(FM)

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  NEW FM CHANNEL FOR HEMET

  FM Channel 273A (102.5 MHz) has been allotted to Hemet
  effective July 31, 2000.  See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0621/da001324.txt 

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  TEMECULA II SETTLED (FM PROCEEDING)

  Unofficial word to CGC is that the merger of the
  Temecula II applicants has been approved by the FCC.
  (Temecula II is Temecula's second commercial FM allocation,
  and is on 103.3 MHz, Class A.)  With any luck, Temecula II
  will be heating up the airwaves in a few months.

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPET-20000526ABT KPBS 6124  BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR SAN DIEGO UNIV
                 CHAN-15                 SAN DIEGO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KPBS.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMP-19980901AC    KXTA   19219     CITICASTERS CO.
                  1150 KHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA

  MOD OF CP TO AUGMENT NIGHT & DAY PATTERNS

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED

  BNPFT-19991117AAE K212DP  121801  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                   90.3 MHZ                BIG BEAR, CA

  CP New Stn.

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPEDT-20000428ADF KCET 13058 COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF SOUTHERN CA..
                   CHAN-59               LOS ANGELES, CA

  Modification of construction permit file number BPEDT-19980529KF.

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

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

  Construction permit for minor changes.

  (This is a translator for KPBS-TV.  -Ed.)

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPEDT-20000424ABO KVCR-DT 58795 SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE..
                    CHAN-26              SAN BERNARDINO, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 05/01/2000

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPEDT-20000605AOH KPBS  6124  BD. OF TRUSTEES 4 SAN DIEGO UNIV.
                   CHAN-30                 SAN DIEGO, CA

  Modification of construction permit file number BPEDT-19981125KF.

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  BMPEDT-20000428ADF  KCET  13058  COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF SO. CA
                    CHAN-59               LOS ANGELES, CA

  Modification of construction permit file number BPEDT-19980529KF

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