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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #408

                     Monday, August 28, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  REMINDER OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2000 DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH
  REGULATIONS FOR HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RADIOFREQUENCY EMISSIONS

  On September 1, 2000, ALL existing transmitting facilities,
operations and devices regulated by the FCC must be in compliance
with the Commission's radiofrequency (RF) exposure guidelines or,
if not in compliance, then a specific Environmental Assessment
(EA) report must be on file with the FCC (a road you should be
very reluctant to start down).  The FCC says it will conduct
random spot checks for compliance.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0824/da001950.txt 

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT BUREAU - LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0815/da001850.txt 

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  FCC ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN APPLICATION FEES

  Summary:
  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OMD/Public_Notices/2000/da001760.txt 

  Broadcast Specific:
  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OMD/Public_Notices/2000/d001760d.doc 

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  PRIVATE E-MAIL LIST FOR SANTIAGO/TRABUCO USERS NOW FORMING

  As indicated last week, the future of communications
equipment on the Trabuco District Electronic Sites (Santiago
Peak, Modjeska Peak, Sierra Peak, Elsinore and Pleasants Peak)
is being called into question as a result of a USDA Forest
Service document published August 19 listing five alternatives.

  The Trabuco District Electronic Users Association (TDEUA)
has asked us to help them prepare a private e-mail list of
individuals who have a direct interest in these communications
sites.  The list is primarily for those with a serious interest
in filing written comments by the September 20 deadline.  The
purpose of the list is to present TDEUA's point of view, and
perhaps forward sample letters to make commenting easier.
Many letters are needed.

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  HOW TO JOIN THE SANTIAGO/TRABUCO E-MAIL LIST

  If you would like your name added to the Santiago/Trabuco
e-mail list, send an e-mail to rgonsett@connectnet.com in the
following format:

  Subject:  TDEUA

  Body of Message:

  Your name, your station or company name
  Your e-mail address

  Example:

  John Doe, KXYZ(TV)
  johndoe@itt.net

  You may only add yourself to the list, and the e-mail address
that you specify must match the return address in the header of
the e-mail you are sending.  This is a manually kept list and
will probably not generate much traffic, but what will be sent
is expected to be important.  Thanks for helping.

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  TEMPORARY OPENING AT KNX(AM)/KCBS-FM, LOS ANGELES

  KNX/KCBS-FM has an opening for a temp engineering staff
person for studio construction projects and vacation fill-in.
Applicant will be hired for at least one week at a time, beginning
immediately and extending into the future for various periods.

  Besides studio wiring experience, applicant should have general
maintenance and minor repair experience with audio tape equipment
and audio consoles, and have an overall understanding of broadcast
station operation.  We will assist with IBEW union requirements.

  Contact Steve Blodgett at 323-460-3227  or  shblodgett@cbs.com 

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  MARVIN COLLINS RETIRES FROM KFI/KOST

  Marv Collins retired as Chief Engineer of KFI(AM)/KOST(FM),
Los Angeles, effective Thursday, August 24, 2000, and his
successor is John Paoli from KYSR.

  Marv has been with KFI for almost 25 years, long enough to see
both the early days and the end of that revolutionary technology
called "The Cart."  He has engineered every remote from places
like Disney World Orlando, Aruba and Jamaica, while somehow
missing the KFI remotes at Florence and Normandie and Crenshaw.
One of his proudest moments, however, was getting the Bill Handel
show live on the air out of a re-wired phone booth in Warsaw
after Bill toured Auschwitz.

  (Text based on a memo by KFI Program Director David G. Hall.
Marvin may still be reached at:  KFIam640@aol.com   -Ed.)

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  TERRY GRIEGER ADDS....

  I will be taking on additional responsibilities of Chief
Engineer at KYSR in addition to my position of CE at KCMG.

  The next time you are driving to Mt. Wilson and get passed
by someone riding a bicycle, it will most likely be Marvin.
We all wish him the best of luck.

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  JOHN REISER RETIRES FROM FCC

  John Reiser, WQ4L, will be retiring from the FCC effective
September 2, after 39 years with the agency.  He started at the
Detroit Field Office in July 1961 and worked his way up through
the ranks, occupying prominent positions that affected and
benefitted many of us.

  In 1972, John became Chief of Operator Licensing and then
the Inspections Branches of the old Field Engineering Bureau.
In 1976, he was reassigned as the engineering member of Chairman
Wiley's Broadcast Regulation Task Force to review and improve the
broadcast rules, and continued working on the rules until 1986
when he was appointed to represent the Bureau in international
broadcast standards work.

  John is currently with the FCC's International Bureau, and
plans to "spend more time operating CW on the HF amateur bands"
following retirement, as well as keeping abreast of broadcast
technology issues.  He may be reached at:  wq4l@arrl.net 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  KIMA FROM AKOO.COM  -  A NEW SOURCE OF RFI?

  A new wireless Internet device that's being heavily
marketed is KIMA from Akoo.com.  See:

  http://www.akoo.com/site/products.cfm?CFID=1657313&CFTOKEN=30371194 

  The device is said to "...wirelessly send internet audio
and digital music from your PC to any stereo or portable radio
system of your choice up to 1,000 ft. (away)" on 88.3 MHz.

  Mike.E.Worrall@abc.com 

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  KIMA FROM AKOO  -  KSDS(FM) RESPONDS

  Mary Woodworth of KSDS, 88.3 MHz, San Diego, investigated
Kima thanks to Mike's warning.  She writes, "The transmitting
unit will not cause interference to 88.3 FM signals.  The trans-
mitting unit operates in the 900 MHz range like many cordless
phones.  The RECEIVING unit does send the wireless signal to (an
FM) radio using 88.3, but (the factory claims it is) at extremely
low power."

  Mary has not been able to verify whether Kima has the
necessary FCC approvals to allow marketing in the U.S., or whether
the 88.3 signal is extremely low powered as the company claims.
John Reed of the FCC writes, "Certified products will have a label
on them with an FCC ID number displayed!"  The 88.3 transmitter
should only reach about 35 feet, like a wireless microphone.

  If anyone gets their hands on a Kima from Akoo, check it for
an FCC ID number, then verify that number with the list at
<http://www.fcc.gov/oet/fccid>.  Also check the range of the
88.3 signal if an interference-free environment can be found.

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  A WEB PAGE FOR SAN DIEGO RADIO & TV

  Please check out

  http://sdradio.net 

and send me your comments & suggestions.  My web site covers
San Diego radio and television happenings in detail.  I focus
on what is in the newspapers, and other tidbits.  I also give
links to various stories that appear in the UT and in the North
County Times....

  Christopher Carmichael, Chris@Carmichael.net 

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  SANTIAGO/TRABUCO LETTERS

  All of the Letters to the Editor on the Santiago/Trabuco
stories are being forwarded to the TDEUA Executive Board.

  Thanks for responding.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  QEI CATLINKS FOR SALE

  We have three sets of QEI Catlinks for sale.  No CSU's,
but some extra hardware and cables.  Contact Kent Kramer at
Big City Radio, Los Angeles, for details:

  kentkramer@att.net   or  (310) 785-9107 x610

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  XETV-DT?

  Communicator readers have been asking for the official
call sign of XETV's DTV station on Channel 23 in Tijuana, Mexico.

  According to the FCC's CDBS database, the call sign is XETV-DT.
According to the instrument of authorization granted by the SCT
in Mexico City, the call sign is XETV-DTV.  The call sign is not
XETV-TD ("television digital," putting the adjective after the
noun as is common in Spanish), as some had speculated.

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  TRAVEL MEDICINE

  If you're traveling abroad anytime soon, or even planning
on a hike into the mountains to catch the first turning leaves,
you'd do well to check out this professionally-oriented but still
comprehendible web site:

http://www.vh.org/Providers/Textbooks/TravelMedicine/ImmunChemo.html#11 

  It features easy-to-read information on common and not-so-common
illnesses and diseases.

  (Thanks, Stan Rohrer, W9FQN)

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TABLE AMENDED FOR JOHANNESBURG AND EDWARDS, CA

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/2000/da001902.doc 

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  FM CHANNEL TINKERING

  FM CH-253B at Delano has been downgraded to Class B1 status.

  FM CH-237B1 at Fort Bragg has been upgraded to Class B status.

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0815/da001840.txt 

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPTTL-20000728AEP K25DU  11371  COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP...
                   CHAN-43               SAN DIEGO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K25DU.
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  BPTT-20000728AGA  K55AP  13469  COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF SO.CA.
                   CHAN-28             SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55AP.
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  BPTT-20000727AGN  K63AH  28586 INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER...
                   CHAN-41              RIDGECREST, ETC., CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K63AH.
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  BPTT-20000727AGO  K69AS  28594 INDIAN WELLS VALLEY TV BOOSTER...
                   CHAN-45              RIDGECREST, ETC., CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K69AS.

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