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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #405

                     Monday, August 7, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  RADIO STATION KSDT FALLS SILENT

  KSDT(AM), 1320 kHz, Hemet, CA, has lost the use of its
transmitter site and is off the air.  Do you know of a single
tower in the Hemet area that could be used to restore service
on a temporary/emergency basis?  Would you like to buy the
station?  It is for sale.

  Please send all information or inquiries to
rgonsett@connectnet.com  -  and we will pass them on.

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  FCC TAKES STEPS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/News_Releases/2000/nrwl0025.txt 

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  AUCTION OF LICENSES FOR THE 747-762 AND
  777-792 MHZ BANDS POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 6, 2001

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/2000/fcc00282.html 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0801/fcc00282.txt 

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  RADIO FREQUENCY RADIATION LAWSUIT

  A Maryland neurologist has filed an $800 million lawsuit
against Motorola Inc., as well as eight other telecommunications
companies and organizations, claiming that his use of cell phones
caused a malignant brain tumor.  Dr. Christopher Newman, 41, said
in the lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court
that his years of using wireless handheld telephones led to his
brain cancer.  (He will most likely have a very tough time
proving his claim.  -Ed.)

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000803/ts/cellphone_suit_dc_2.html 

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  TRANSMISSION LINE PRESSURE SENSOR

  Larry Quick of KSDS uses a Phartronics "pressure sensor
interface" to convert transmission line gas pressure into a
DC voltage for remote monitoring.  The Phartronics PSI-V3 has
0.25% full scale linearity, works with pressures in the
0 - 14.5 PSI range and outputs 0 - 4.5 VDC in proportion
to the pressure.  The device is powered by a wall wart
transformer which is supplied.  Cost is about $200 and the
units are sold by Harris and RF Specialists.  The company
can be reached at <info@tekwav.com>.

  What kind of handy, obscure and unique gadgets do you have
around your transmitter plant?

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH (SELECTED ITEM - JUNK FAX)

  Unsolicited fax advertisements are of course illegal.  When
the FCC received complaints from 34 individuals that Carolina
Liquidators, Inc. was sending unsolicited faxes promoting a
furniture auction, Carolina was asked to stop the practice.
When the company continued sending unsolicited faxes and more
complaints rolled in, the Commission fined Carolina $230,000.
The FCC wrote, "Although not the basis for our action, we note
that the Commission itself received several such facsimiles at
its Dallas Field Office."

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0728/fcc00263.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  TV MAINTENANCE OPENING IN LOS ANGELES

  KMEX(TV) is looking for a Maintenance Engineer with 5 years
in broadcast, Production, & Post-Production.  Knowledge of digital
and analog audio, video and RF design and operation.  RF systems
knowledge, including baseband, UHF and microwave operation.
Ability to read and implement schematic designs to component level
and lift weights to 50 Lbs.  Self-starter and able to work
unsupervised.  Willing to work nights and weekends when needed.

  Please send resume along with references to:

  KMEX-TV
  Attn: Human Resources
  6701 Center Drive West, 15th Floor.
  Los Angeles, CA.   90045

  [KMEX just lost one of its engineers and needs to fill this
position quickly.   -Ed.]

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  NO MEXICAN AGREEMENT, NO SATELLITE RADIO

  The 2310-2360 MHz U.S./Mexican Digital Audio Radio Service
(DARS) agreement mentioned in last week's Communicator did more
than clear DARS for the border area.  An informed source indicates
that U.S. DARS service providers would not be allowed to start
furnishing service on a nationwide basis without a Mexican
agreement, and the removal of prior objections by Mexico.

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  THE FCC INSPECTOR WAS ARMED

  Concerning firearms and FCC field inspectors, Lew Collins
maintains that the FCC field engineer he described in CGC #401
was in fact armed.  Lew adds, "There were certain difficulties
of being a representative of the U.S. Government in Appalachia
in the 1960s.  Any representative was regarded as a 'revenuer.'
And this isn't from an Al Capp cartoon strip either!"

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  WIRELESS MIC FREQUENCIES FOR THE BAY AREA

  If you are headed to the San Francisco Bay Area and want
to know what channels you can use for wireless microphones,
thanks to Tim Pozar and SBE Chapter 40 there is a list of local
TV channels and users on the Chapter 40 web site:

  http://www.lns.com/sbe/Bay_Area_TV.html 

  It includes Sacramento and Monterey in case you need to
see what's happening on the fringe of the San Francisco Bay Area.

  If you have any questions or comments, please let me know....

  Bill Ruck, Chair, NCFCC

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  WE DIAL 611 FOR EMERGENCIES

  Dial 611 in Eugene, OR and you are connected to 911.
Thank you USWorst!....

  In early September I will be assuming the DOE position at
New Hampshire Public Radio.....

  John Huntley (former CE of KCRW, Santa Monica)

  [Congratulations to John on his new appointment!  -Ed.]

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  NEW ZEALAND: 70CM CHAOS

  The New Zealand Amateur Radio Transmitting Society and
other New Zealand hams are preparing submissions to their
radio regulatory authority.  This in opposition to the reallo-
cation of the 440 to 449.75 MHz band to wideband F-M broadcast
studio-to-transmitter links, and wind profiler radar systems.

  The government has already licensed one wideband FM link on
444.675 MHz and it is causing severe interference to the ZL1BQ
Amateur Television repeater.  And now, ZL amateurs are saying a
Radio Spectrum Protection Act, similar to what is being sought
in the USA, is needed.  This, to safeguard access to Amateur
bands from what New Zealand hams term as bureaucratic predators.

  (Q-News via Newsline)

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  LOW POWER FM

  Gary Stigall of San Diego SBE Chapter 36 has published
his views on Low Power FM:

  http://sbe36.org/2000/0804_waves.html 

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  SILENT KEY: AMATEUR RADIO LEGEND LEW "MAC" MCCOY, W1ICP

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/00/0804/ 

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES IN EFFECT

  KREA(FM), Ontario, to KNJR
  KFOX(FM), Redondo Beach, to KMJR
  KGXL(AM), Torrance, to KFOX

  FCC Report 386

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-20000711AAY  KWVE  8410  CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA, INC.
                 107.9 MHZ            SAN CLEMENTE, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED

  BPFT-19990520TN  990520TN  93474    BEST MEDIA INC.
                   88.5 MHZ          EAST PASADENA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KLRD
  PET FOR RECON FILED 9/16/99;
  INFORMAL OBJECTION TO PET FOR RECON FILED BY POMONA ON 11/10/99
  REQUEST TO WITHDRAW PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 9/16/99
  IS GRANTED AND THE PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION IS DISMISSED.
  (NO ACTION LETTER SENT). 7/26/2000.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED

  BPFT-19990520TF  990520TF  93418    BEST MEDIA, INC.
                   89.1 MHZ          LAKE ELSINORE, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KLRD;
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 7/19/99;
  INFORMAL OBJECTION FLD 6/19/2000
  APPLICATION IS DISMISSED PER ATTORNEY'S LETTER REQUEST
  DATED 7/25/00.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLH-19991101AFS   KXST   51503  COMPASS RADIO OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                  102.1 MHZ               ENCINITAS, CA

  Lic. to cover

  [This posting corrects the spelling of Encinitas, which the
  Commission had previously called "Ecinitas."  -Ed.]

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLEDT-20000626AFV  KCET  13058  COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF SO. CAL.
                    CHAN-59              LOS ANGELES, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPEDT-19980529KF,
  callsign KCET.

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

  BPTTL-JG0601UR   KDIG-LP   14902   BRIMARC COMMUNICATIONS
                   CHAN-26               ENCINITAS, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE FROM CHANNEL 67 TO CHANNEL 26;
  OFFSET: MINUS; TL: ON SIDE OF APPROVED TOWER, 4.1 KM WEST
  OF INTERSECTION OF SR 79 AND I-15 33-28-51 117-10-59;
  ANT: ANTENNA CONCEPTS ACS12AR; ORIENTATION: 355.4 KW;
  ERP: 22.2 KW; RCAMSL: 630 METERS.  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED

  BMLH-20000501ACK  KIKF  50513   ORANGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                  94.3 MHZ               GARDEN GROVE, CA

  Lic. to modify

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