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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #410

                   Monday,  September 11, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC DIRECTION FINDING EQUIPMENT AIDS IN SAVING 13 LIVES AT SEA

  These two incidents near Catalina Island underscore the
importance and usefulness of sophisticated radio direction
finding equipment.  Ironically, the rescue operations occurred
during a week long exercise known as Operation Mayday:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/News_Releases/2000/nren0017.txt 

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  INTERFERENCE TO TV CHANNEL 6 FROM MARINE CAMP PENDLETON

  As we go to press, interference to the over-the-air
reception of XETV FOX-6, serving the San Diego area, continues.
In two days of DFing, Jim Lyon of the FCC's San Diego field
office was able to locate and shut down one Marine installation
which used frequency-hopping transmitters on unauthorized
frequencies.  More transmitters remain to be shut down.

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  MT. WILSON "CHRISTMAS PARTY" SET

  The Southern California Frequency Coordinating Committee
(SCFCC) has scheduled its annual meeting and "Christmas Party"
for broadcast engineers for Wednesday, November 1, 2000.

  We would like to know what people would like to eat.  Choose
two of the following three items - tri tip beef, chicken, ham-
burger - and let me know.

  Also, what do you think of the SCFCC's Frequency Coordination
Newsletter if you receive it?  Do you like it the way it is
(plain e-mail text), or would you like it as an attachment in
Word or pdf?

  Howard Fine, SCFCC, howard@pactv.com 

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  KFMB ANNOUNCES MT. SOLEDAD (SAN DIEGO) COMMUNITY FM ANTENNA

  This project is scheduled for completion in the first
quarter of 2001 according to the San Diego SBE newsletter.
The following URL takes you to the antenna announcement made
by Gary Stigall of KFMB.

  http://www.sbe36.org/2000/0903_kfmb_ant.html 

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  BEWARE OF UNLICENSED WIRELESS MICROPHONES IN THE TV BANDS

  Howard Fine cautions us about unlicensed wireless microphones
operating in the television broadcast bands.  Not only can these
mics interfere with authorized TV signals, they can interfere
with licensed wireless mic systems nearby.

  See Howard's short-form report, followed by a detailed
letter by FCC's John Reed, at:

  http://www.bext.com/cgc/ 
  Click on:  Additional Postings
  Click on: "WIRELESS MIKES IN TV BANDS...."

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM

  Defective tower paint brings $10,000 fine:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db0908/da002055.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  KXTA REMOTE BROADCAST ENGINEER NEEDED

  Immediate opening for qualified engineer to coordinate and
execute remote broadcasts for Radio Station KXTA.  Duties entail
working with station account executives and promotion dept. to
coordinate dates, times, locations for upcoming remotes.  Use
Telos Zephyr, Comrex Hotline, Comrex Vector and Mackie mixer.
Order ISDN, Pots lines or broadcast loops depending on the event
requirements.  Meet with clients to determine the best possible
location of broadcast area, and set up and perform engineering
duties for a remote broadcast.

  Applicants must be flexible and open to change which is the
nature of the broadcast industry.  If you feel that this adventure
is for you, please submit resumé to Mike Callaghan at:
3400 Riverside Drive, #800, Burbank, CA 91505 or email
<Mikecallaghan@clearchannel.com>.  Please, no calls.  EOE.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  A VOTE FOR CARTS

  ....Good old carts.  They sure come in handy when the state
of the art automation system crashes or the on-air computer dies
without notice.  There's little that's easier than shoving a cart
into a playback deck and you're back on the air!

  No matter how advanced a station gets, cheap and reliable
backup is always a good thing to have around!

  Jeremy Preece, KFMB AM/FM San Diego

  [Carts are still around - see CGC #409 "Letters to the Editor."]

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  HARRIS EXPO - WLW TOUR

  Oct 13, 2000:  The annual Harris Broadcast Expo will feature
bus and walking tours of the 1934 1/2 million watt WLW transmitter
plant and 39 selected pieces from The Microphone and Transducer
Museum.  A hands-on ENG Safety Workshop and RF and Grounding Safety
Seminar will commence promptly at 7:30 AM.  SBE Continuing Credit.

  Mark Bell, the industry's foremost authority on ENG Safety, will
present the ENG safety workshop with a working truck/mast/warning
system.  The day is free in Mason, OH.  See:

  http://hawkins.pair.com/wlw.shtml   and
  http://www.broadcast.harris.com/roadshow/bcd-2000-expo-ohio.html 

  David Burns, Harris

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  VMSK/2 - A VIABLE NEW MODULATION SCHEME?

  A modulation scheme promising bit efficiencies of 90 bps/Hz
(as compared to 19 bps/Hz for a 56k modem) is described in the
following paper by Dan Strassberg, Senior Technical Editor @
Cahners.com.  This technological advance will have profound
implications for all forms of communications, including
broadcasting, if it is practical and real:

  http://www.ednmag.com/ednmag/reg/2000/08172000/17hiw.htm 

  Thanks, San Diego SBE

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  TV NETWORK CAUGHT USING FOREIGN BIRD CALLS

  Bird peeps are often broadcast to fill the audio voids in
golf tournaments.  Viewers have come to expect it.  Now, bird
call experts have recognized that some of those calls are not
native to the regions of the tournaments.

  According to a Washington communications attorney, the
network (which we shall leave unnamed) now admits that pre-
recorded out-of-area bird calls have been used during some golf
tournaments.  The video crews said they tried to attract real
birds by placing seeds close to a microphone, but that scheme
failed to yield satisfactory results, or so they claimed.

  Score one for attentive listeners!

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLFT-20000801ADF   K206CB   88897   PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                    89.1 MHZ                 BARSTOW, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BNPTTL-20000802ACK   NEW    125315    CLARK ORTIZ
                     CHAN-29          APPLE VALLEY, CA

  Construction permit for a new station for APPLE VALLEY, CA
  on channel 29, Effective Rated Power 8.0, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 40 min 7 sec WL 116 deg 55 min 44 se.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BNPTTL-20000807AEM   NEW   125285    LAURIE MINTZ
                     CHAN-14           BARSTOW, CA

  Construction permit for a new station for BARSTOW, CA on
  channel 14, Effective Rated Power 25.120, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 54 min 44 sec WL 117 deg 1 min 42 sec.
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  BNPTTL-20000807AEP   NEW   125290    LAURIE MINTZ
                     CHAN-20           BARSTOW, CA

  Construction permit for a new station for BARSTOW, CA on
  channel 20, Effective Rated Power 25.120, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 54 min 44 sec WL 117 deg 1 min 42 sec.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED

  BZ-19980130AB   KSON  30831  JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS CO.
                1240 KHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA

  LICENSE FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT OF POWER

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

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

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KIDN-TV.
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