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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #414

                     Monday, October 9, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC LAUNCHES INQUIRY REGARDING HIGH-SPEED INTERNET SERVICE

  The Commission is requesting comments on the appropriate legal
and policy approach for high-speed Internet service provided over
various platforms including cable, wireline, wireless, satellite,
broadcast and unlicensed spectrum technologies.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1003/nrcc0049.txt 

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  ON THE SEARCH FOR WIRELESS WEB SPECTRUM

  "As the Internet migrates from the personal computer into web-
enabled wireless devices, spectrum scarcity has emerged as a major
gating factor in the New Economy.  Some estimate that we will need
as much as 300 MHz of additional spectrum to meet the bandwidth
demands of the wireless web.  And make no mistake about it: all
spectrum users are affected.  Scarcity of spectrum for commercial
wireless uses puts more pressure on the private wireless spectrum
and vice versa."   - FCC Chairman Kennard

http://www.fcc.gov/Speeches/Kennard/2000/spwek022.html 

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  ULTRA WIDEBAND PROCEEDING, EXTENSION OF TIME FOR REPLY COMMENTS

  A number of complex Comments have been filed in the FCC's
ultra-wideband (UWB) device proceeding, and a number of
individuals are concerned that the widespread use of UWB devices
could cause interference to licensed radio services.  The FCC
has extended the Reply Comment deadline to October 27, 2000.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Orders/2000/da002255.txt 

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  WTB PREPARED TO GRANT 1848 LICENSES IN THE 39 GHZ BAND

  This Wireless Telecommunications Bureau ("WTB") offering
includes several potential licenses for southern California.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/2000/da002242.txt 

  Of course, there are legal wrinkles:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/2000/da002243.txt 

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  LOW POWER FM: FCC EXTENDS OLIVE BRANCH TO NPR, NPR REFUSES

  Statement of FCC Chairman William Kennard expressing his
personal disappointment for NPR's continued opposition to LPFM:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1003/stwek080.html 

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  FCC PUBLIC MEETING THIS THURSDAY

  On October 12, the FCC will deal with issues concerning
the 3.6 and 4.9 GHz bands including spectrum transferred from
government to non-government use.

  In addition, the FCC will address a Petition for Rule Making to
preempt restrictions on subscriber premises "reception or trans-
mission antennas" designed to provide fixed wireless services.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/Public_Notices/Agenda/2000/ag001012.html 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  TV CHIEF ENGINEER POSITION OPEN, PAPPAS TELECASTING

  Needed:  A TV Chief Engineer to build and maintain a new
UHF-TV transmitter facility on Mt. Wilson and studio in Avalon.
Must have high power UHF, satellite and digital experience.
Transmitter school will be provided.  Good pay and benefits
package.  Send resume and letter to slooney@kxtx.com or to
KXTX, 3900 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219, Attention:
Pappas Engineering.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  CALL SIGN "KEZY" IS ALREADY ASSIGNED

  According to Gene McArtor and Richard Blythe, the call
sign "KEZY" has already been assigned to the 1240 kHz station
in San Bernardino.  The FCC's CDBS database confirms that the
call now belongs to Inland Radio, Inc.

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  WHEREABOUTS OF JOHNNY MORRIS

  Where's Johnny Morris (former CE at KGFJ 1230) these days?
I've got a project he might like.

  Lyle Henry, lyleh@usc.edu 

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  CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS AND PRIORITIES

  A long while ago, Barb and I agreed that if God was kind enough
to give us 30 years together, at that point we'd step back to re-
engineer our lives and re-examine our priorities.  We reached that
milestone this summer....  Beginning October 10th we'll be living
in Grand Junction Colorado.  I'll be.... working from a "virtual
office."  Our priorities now include a serious commitment to
service to others....

  Mark Durenberger, mark@durenberger.com 

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  PRIMORDIAL PHOTO

  Stuart Drexler of KABC-TV submitted the following
"awesome picture" guaranteed to strike a primordial nerve:

  http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=9241526 

  Click on the thumbnail photo for an enlargement.  Web
posting courtesy of Marvin Collins.

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  ORBAN TO BE FEATURED AT THE NEXT SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING

  Harris is sponsoring the San Diego SBE meeting on Wednesday,
October 18, at KBNT-TV, 5770 Ruffin Road.  The presenter will be
Chris Holt of Orban - pizza & soft drinks will be provided by
Harris.  6 PM for chow and chat; 7 PM for the program.  Please
RSVP to Randy Phillips at  <graphil@home.com>  or by calling
619-266-5070.  For more information, see:

  http://www.sbe36.org/2000/1001_meeting.html 

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  POPULAR USDA FOREST SERVICE POSTINGS

  The USDA Forest Service proposals to ban broadcasting
and paging operations from Santiago Peak - the documents
posted by CGC - have attracted quite a bit of attention.
Our webmaster indicates that between August 21 and October 2,
the following page:

  http://www.bext.com/cgc99/2000/santiago.htm 

  ....was viewed 282 times.  The documents will remain
posted for the foreseeable future.

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  VMSK/2 SNAKE OIL

  CGC #410 referenced a story from the San Diego SBE
newsletter discussing "VMSK/2" - a potentially revolutionary
although somewhat suspect modulation scheme.  Now, in a paper
entitled, "The VMSK Delusion," Phil Karn of Qualcomm shows that
VMSK/2 is snake oil as it violates the basic laws of physics.

  As Phil put it, "I object very strongly to pseudo-scientific
nonsense, especially when (as here) it is peddled to prospective
investors and customers who don't know any better."

  http://people.qualcomm.com/karn/papers/vmsk.html 

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  THE BAGHDAD BATTERY

  In 1938, an Austrian archaeologist rummaging through the
basement of the Baghdad museum discovered a 6-inch high pot of
bright yellow clay dating back 2000 years.  Inside was the
unmistakable makings of a battery.  There was a cylinder of sheet
copper 5 inches by 1.5 inches.  The edge of the copper cylinder
was soldered with a 60-40 lead-tin alloy comparable to today's
best solder.  The bottom of the cylinder was capped with a
crimped-in copper disk and sealed with bitumen or asphalt.  An
insulating layer sealed the top and also held in place an iron
rod suspended into the center of the copper cylinder.  The rod
showed evidence of having been corroded with acid.

  Of course, this leaves open the question of what the cell
may have powered.

  (Synopsis of story by Q-News via Newsline)

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  HEMET FM CHANNEL UP FOR AUCTION

  On February 21, 2000, the FCC plans to commence an
  auction of 351 vacant FM allotments including Channel 273A
  (102.5 MHz) in Hemet, CA.  The up front payment will be $400,000
  and the minimum opening bid ("MOB") will be $400,000.

  Fifteen of the channels to be auctioned will be in California
  but only Hemet will be in a southern California metro area.
  Looking for a bargain channel?  Try these most singular
  California communities: Tecopa ($2,500 MOB); Lost Hills
  ($5,000 MOB).  Good luck in the contest.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPH-20000915AFJ  961218MZ   85012   NEWCO, A CALIFORNIA LLC
                    103.3 MHZ                TEMECULA, CA

  Mod of CP to chg

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLH-20000315ACZ   KZLA-FM  59987  BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY
                    93.9 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA

  Lic. to cover

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

  BPCDT-19991101AFT   KJLA  14000   COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                     CHAN-49                VENTURA, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 05/01/2000
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  BPCDT-19991101AIZ   KRPA  55083  RANCHO PALOS VERDES B/CING...
                     CHAN-51             RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 05/01/2000
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  BPEDT-19991101AKY KOCE-DT   4328      BOARD OF TRUSTEES,
                    CHAN-48       COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                       HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 05/01/2000

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BL-20000621AFF    KXTA   19219     CITICASTERS CO.
                  1150 KHZ           LOS ANGELES, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION
  FOR LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BXLCT-20000926ABQ   KCAL-TV  21422  FIDELITY TELEVISION, INC.
                      CHAN-9              LOS ANGELES, CA

  License to cover auxiliary permit.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMLH-20000927ABW   KLYY    35113    BIG CITY RADIO-LA, L.L.C.
                   107.1 MHZ                ARCADIA, CA

  Lic. to modify

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED

  BPFT-19990331TC  K204EM  93076  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS....
                  88.7 MHZ               SAN BERNARDINO, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KAWZ;
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 8/27/99;
  PETITION TO DISMISS AMENDMENT FILED 11/23/99
  PETITION TO DENY DENIED, APPLICATION GRANTED PER STAFF ACTION
  LETTER 1800B3-TDN DATED 9/29/00.

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