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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #403

                      Monday, July 24, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  BILL ZEARS, NEW DIRECTOR OF FCC/SAN DIEGO

  William ("Bill") Zears has become the District Director of
the San Diego FCC Enforcement Bureau Office, filling the vacancy
left by Hal Grigsby.

  Bill has been with the Commission 26 years.  He was originally
stationed in Washington, D.C., moved to California in 1979 as a
microwave engineer and also ran the broadcast measuring truck.
When the Livermore monitoring station closed in 1996, he became
an Agent with the FCC's San Francisco office.

  We have had the pleasure of working with Bill before.  He
is sharp, easy to get along with, ambitious and interested in
his work - a great combination and a wonderful addition to the
San Diego enforcement community.

  Bill can be reached at: ctr-sd@fcc.gov 

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  NEW COMMISSION REGISTRATION SYSTEM: CORES

  The Commission has begun a new registration system called
CORES.  It's currently voluntary, but may become mandatory.

  CORES assigns you a unique 10-digit FCC Registration Number
(FRN) which will be used by all Commission systems that handle
financial, authorization of service and enforcement activities,
and help the government track you down if you don't pay.
Didn't George Orwell warn us about this?

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OMD/Public_Notices/2000/da001596.html 

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  RFI ON THE RISE

  When the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Board of Directors
met July 21 in Hartford, they were scheduled to hear an extensive
report on the recent activities of the RFI Task Group, which has
concluded that interference TO amateur operations appears to be
today's most significant RFI issue. "RFI, especially RFI from
unlicensed devices, poses real threats to Amateur Radio," the
Task Group's report states.

  The interference is from wireless modem jacks and power line
sparking, among other issues.  There is interference potential
from many Part 15 devices including home phone networking devices
and Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line technology....

  CGC has noticed a significant increase in AM broadcast band
RFI lately, and suspects that some of these very same devices
are involved.

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  AUXILIARY BROADCAST FREQUENCY COORDINATOR DESIGNATED
  FOR THE 2000 REPUBLICAN CONVENTION IN LOS ANGELES, CA

  No further info yet.  Watch the CGC Communicator for
details, or Friday's Daily Digest for the URL :

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2000/dd000721.html 

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM

  $7,000 - Against the former owner of WOOO(AM), Indiana, for
alleged willful and repeated violation of the Commission's Rules
by failing to maintain locked fences or other enclosures around
the WOOO antenna towers.

  After the FCC reported the violation to the GM, another
inspection two weeks later revealed that the east tower gate
was still unlocked.  The station blamed it on the painter, and
added the incredibly lame excuse that the first FCC inspector had
failed to say when WOOO must be brought into compliance!  Needless
to say, the Commission was not impressed.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0714/da001574.txt 

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  ORDER BANNING PIRATE STATION UPHELD

  Stephen Dunifer, who operated "Radio Free Berkeley," has
suffered a major legal setback but has vowed to continue his
crusade against broadcast conglomerates.

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000720/us/radio_free_berkeley_1.html 

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  MEXICAN DTV CHANNELS

  Several digital TV channels were allocated to Tijuana
and vicinity in July 1998 by international agreement between
the U.S. and Mexico.  FYI, those channels are as follows:

  Tijuana >  23, 28, 29, 32, 46, 47, 58, 59
  Ensenada>  16, 24, 35, 61, 65
  Tecate  >  53

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  LOS ANGELES RADIO ENGINEERING OPPORTUNITY

  KCMG & KYSR are looking for a qualified applicant to fill
a new position of Assistant Chief Engineer for both stations.
Applicants should be familiar with all areas of studio and
transmitter operations including high power FM transmitters,
and digital audio recording/storage systems.  Some expertise
in computers and Windows NT networking are a plus.  Please send
your resume along with salary requirements and references to:

  Terry Grieger, Technical Director
  KCMG Radio
  6500 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 650
  Los Angeles, CA 90048

  Or e-mail to: tgrieger@amfm.com 

  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  AMFM is an equal opportunity employer.

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  L.A. CHIEF ENGINEER OPENING

  KKBT, 100.3 MHz, Los Angeles, is seeking an experienced
person for the position of Chief Engineer.  Minimum 5 years
major market experience required.  Must be a self-starter and
able to work closely with all station departments.  KKBT is
an EOE.  Send resume along with references and salary
requirements to:

  Nancy Leichter
  KKBT Radio
  5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1900
  Los Angeles, CA 90036

  or Fax to 323/931-0262.  No phone calls please.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  ANOTHER VOTE FOR THE FOUR BAY DTV RECEIVING ANTENNA

  I am not surprised that the antenna Pete Putman found to be
the best is the 4 bay bowtie (re CGC #402).  Over the past 30
years I have found it to be the best.  I think part of the reason
is that UHF is more directional both vertical as well as
horizontal.  This can be tested by raising/lowering the antenna
while watching a field strength meter.  Since this antenna is 4
stacked dipoles, the vertical reception is stabilized better.

  Tom Wimberly, KERO-TV, Bakersfield, CA

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  ABOUT THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE - THANKS!

  You're right. I've been swamped (with replies to my question
of why major TV nets still broadcast prime-time shows one hour
earlier in the Central time zone).  What a generous group your
subscribers are! -- Linda Nevin

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  SIMPLE, CLEAN, SOLAR WEATHER SITE

  Some members of the media hype solar storms like hurricanes,
but in fact these disturbances are a natural part of the 11-year
sun spot cycle and have been with us for a long, long time.  They
do not affect local VHF and UHF propagation, nor groundwave
signals in the AM broadcast band.

  Following is a simple and attractive "space weather site"
where you can monitor the sun's activity in real time:

  http://www.spaceweather.com 

  (Thanks, San Diego SBE)

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  FALLEN TOWER PHOTOS

  Barry Mishkind has posted photos of fallen broadcast towers
including WNWI(AM), Oak Lawn, IL - the case we discussed last
week.  His WOAI photos are particularly dramatic and show the
aftermath of "B-29 aircraft vs. steel tower" where neither
side won.

  Visit http://www.oldradio.com/ 
  Click on Contents
  Scroll down and click on War Stories

  Look in the middle of the page, under "Towers Down!," for
clickable links to our picks, the WNWI and WOAI photos.

  See the effects of a microburst or overhead tornado on an
exotic amateur installation at:

  http://www.wa8wzg.com/images/index.html 

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  TELEPHONE NUMBERS "211" & "511" TO BE ASSIGNED

  211 = Community information and referral services,

  511 = Traffic and transportation information.

  There are only eight permissible three-digit codes, making
them among the scarcest of telephone numbering resources.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/News_Releases/2000/nrcc0036.html 

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  FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT

  The details of a key experiment indicating that the accepted
value for the speed of light can be violated has been published
in the prestigious journal Nature.  For a summary see:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000720/ts/light_dc_1.html 

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  SOMETHING TO TICKLE YOUR EARS

  The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association will
soon start publishing information on the rate at which RF signals
are absorbed by users' heads when they use various wireless
phones.  This move reflects a major policy shift for CTIA.

http://dailynews.netscape.com/dailynews/cnnnews.tmpl?story=cellphone.010717.html 

  (URL courtesy of Larry Poindexter)

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

  The following applications have been accepted for filing by
  the FCC  (call sign, followed by channel requested, etc.).
  Petitions to deny any application may be filed within 30 days
  of the release date (July 21) of this Public Notice.

  KBNT-LP, 53, SAN DIEGO, ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  K26FZ,   50, LANCASTER, ROBERT ADLEMAN
  KDFX-LP, 33, INDIO/PALM SPRINGS, PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
  K66FV,   46, SANTA BARBARA, PENNY DRUCKER

  FCC Report No. PGL00-4

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

  BPCT-20000630ADZ  KVYE  36170    ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                   CHAN-7                EL CENTRO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVYE.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED

  BNPFT-19991203AAI K220IF  121962  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                   91.9 MHZ                 BARSTOW, CA

  CP New Stn.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

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

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPTTL-20000420AAE    K33FZ   57054     ROBERT LYNN SUFFEL
                       CHAN-33          OCEANSIDE/CARLSBAD, CA

  Modification of construction permit (BPTTL-19891208TT)
  for minor changes.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLED-20000713AAD  KISL  65567  CATALINA ISLAND PERFORMING ARTS..
                  88.7 MHZ                 AVALON, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

  BPH-20000313ABB   KXST  51503   COMPASS RADIO OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                  102.1 MHZ                ECINITAS, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

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

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KPBS.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-20000706AFB  KWVE  8410  CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA, INC.
                 107.9 MHZ             SAN CLEMENTE, CA

  Lic. to cover

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