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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #409

                    Monday, September 4, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  OVER-THE-AIR TV BLACKOUT IN MOSCOW

  Last week's fire in the Ostankino television tower in
Moscow knocked all major TV stations off the air according to
a Newsline report.  The tower is the second tallest free-standing
structure in the world.  At least two people were killed when
their elevator plunged to the ground.

  The following photo underscores the importance, to say the
least, of using plenum-rated (fire resistant) cables:

  http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/p/nm/20000827/ts/mdf103135.html 

  The Ostankino fire was allegedly caused by a short circuit
in a paging transmitter, but authorities have not officially
ruled out the possibility of sabotage (per Tech-Notes #63).
One TV channel has resumed operation from a "temporary
transmitter fixed to the trunk of the fire-ravaged 1,772-foot
tower" according to the Los Angeles Times last week.

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  IRIDIUM SERVICE ENDS FOR NORTH AMERICA, GERMANY, ITALY

  As many of you know, the worldwide satellite-based mobile
telephone system called Iridium ended commercial service in
March 2000.  Since then, some limited service has continued to
be available in some geographic areas.

  Motorola has just announced that all Iridium North America
gateway service ended on August 31, and that all Iridium service
through the Italian and German Gateways ended September 1.  The
timetable for deorbiting and destroying the satellite system
is unknown.  See CGC #381 for background information.

  http://www.motorola.com/satellite/info/ 

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  NEXT GENERATION MOBILE SATELLITES

  The FCC has adopted rules for the next generation of mobile
satellite services (MSS).  Upon launch, these new systems will
provide mobile voice, data, Internet and other services in the
2 GHz band.  The systems include geostationary and non-
geostationary satellites.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/News_Releases/2000/nrin0014.txt 
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/Orders/2000/fcc00302.txt 

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  SPREAD SPECTRUM NEWS - WIDER HOPPING CHANNELS @ 2.4 GHZ

  The FCC has amended its rules to allow frequency hopping
spread spectrum systems in the 2.4 GHz band (2400-2483.5
MHz) to use wider hopping channels, permitting bandwidths
up to 5 MHz.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/News_Releases/2000/nret0010.txt 
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Orders/2000/fcc00312.txt 

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  WORLD WAR II AND THE KFI(AM) TRANSMITTER PLANT

  Imagine being the transmitter engineer on-duty at one of
L.A.'s major radio stations at the moment World War II broke
out.  What should you say about the monumental event in the
engineering log?  Will the enemy use radio direction-finding
to locate Los Angeles, your transmitter, or you?  Should the
tower lights be extinguished?  How will the transmitter plant
be protected against a ground assault?

  See the transmitter logs and other fascinating memorabilia
which reflect this part of KFI's rich history, all courtesy of
Marvin Collins:

  http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=6659515 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ENGINEERING OPENING AT ENTRAVISION COMM., LOS ANGELES

  Entravision Communications has an opening for an experienced
Broadcast Engineer.  Qualified candidate must possess the
following skills:  Proficiency with studio equipment, AM & FM
transmitters, RF transmission systems, digital delivery systems,
computer networks and a minimum of 10 years of engineering
experience in medium or major markets.  Please contact Elaine
Hawkes @ 213-251-1011 or send resume to:

  KSSE Radio
  3450 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 820
  Los Angeles, CA  90010

  Entravision Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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  UNIQUE OPENING AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

  The UCSD Visual Arts Department has an opening for a
Development Technician IV (100% Career).  Salary $3044-$3666
per month.  Filing Deadline: 9/11/00.

  This person would manage and maintain media labs and
associated equipment in the Visual Arts Facility.  A good
position for a creative problem solver who enjoys working on
unusual and diverse projects.  For details see:

  http://joblink.ucsd.edu/bulletin/tech_jobs.html 

  and click on Job #22323.

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  TV MAINTENANCE ENGINEER NEEDED AT TRINITY

  Immediate opening for an experienced television broadcast
maintenance engineer.  Previous experience desired in systems,
installation and component level troubleshooting of analog and
digital audio and video studio equipment.  Computer/networking,
RF and SBE certification a plus.

  Send resumes to:

  Ben Miller, Vice President, Engineering
  Trinity Broadcasting Network, Inc.
  2442 Michelle Dr.
  Tustin, CA  92780

  Fax (714) 730-0661
  E-mail: bmiller@tbn.org 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  ON THE RETIREMENT OF JOHN REISER

  A number of CGC Communicator readers commented on the
retirement of FCC's John Reiser.  Learn more about this
extraordinary and inspirational gentleman by reading two
of the long-form letters at:

  http://www.bext.com/cgc/ 
  Click on 'Additional Postings'
  Click on 'Comments on John Reiser....'

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  KIMA UPDATE

  Re the Kima from Akoo.Com story in CGC #408, the Kima
distributor advises me that the current units are user selectable
to transmit on either 88.1 or 88.3 MHz.  Future units may contain
even more frequency options.  As good as this sounds, the company
would not provide me with their FCC Certification number over the
phone but did promise to send it to me.  So far, no number.  This
begs the question of whether Kima is being legally marketed, and
whether their device complies with FCC radiation limits.

  Mary Woodworth, KSDS(FM), San Diego

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  THE VENERABLE CART IS STILL AROUND

  CGC #408 talked about "the end of that revolutionary
technology called "The Cart."

  It's not quite the end of The Cart.  In the wake of the
LPB acquisition of Fidelipac's console and mic light business,
CartGuys has been formed in Tucson, AZ to continue manufacture
of Fidelipac carts and manufacture and support of the Dynamax
cart machines <http://www.CartGuys.com>.

  Barry Mishkind, barry@broadcast.net 

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  DTV

  DTV for my son is 'Disney Television' ... as the Disney
Channel is known.  There may be a message here.

  Chris Carmichael

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  HAM SATELLITE "PHASE 3D" TO LAUNCH SOON

  Ham radio's first high altitude satellite, known as
"Phase 3D," will be launched around the end of October or
the beginning of November if all goes as planned.  The bird
will tentatively fly on Ariane rocket 507.

  (Newsline)

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  APPARENT FRAUDULENT PRIVATE LAND MOBILE LICENSES

  Did the Brashers file 470 MHz applications in the names of
deceased individuals, and do so to avoid limitations on the
number of frequencies that one entity could apply for or
control?  Inquiring minds at the Commission want to know.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/News_Releases/2000/nren0016.txt 

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC CALL SIGN CHANGE APPLICATIONS GRANTED

  KACD(FM), Santa Monica, to KACD-FM
  KAVS(FM), Mojave, to KVVS

  FCC Report #387

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED

  BNPFT-20000119AAX    NEW   122274   FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
                     91.3 MHZ           DESERT CENTER, CA

  CP New Stn.

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

  BPCDT-19991101ADY  KIDN-DT 29234 PAPPAS TELECASTING OF SO. CA...
                     CHAN-54                  AVALON, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 05/01/2000

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