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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #415

                    Monday,  October 16, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  50 MHZ OF NEW SPECTRUM RELEASED

  The FCC has allocated for commercial wireless services (both
fixed and mobile) 50 MHz of spectrum at 3650-3700 MHz which was
transferred from Government to non-Government use.  The Commission
also requested comments on pairing this 50 MHz with another
50 megs at 4940-4990 MHz.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/News_Releases/2000/nret0011.html 

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  FCC ACTS TO FOSTER TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION
  AND CONSUMER CHOICE FOR APARTMENT/CONDO DWELLERS

  The FCC, among other things, has extended to dwellers in
"multiple tenant environments" certain rights to use antennas
to receive and transmit telecommunications and other fixed
wireless signals.  (Undoubtedly, amateur radio antennas will
once again be excluded.   -Ed.)

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/News_Releases/2000/nrwl0038.html 

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  MEETING PUBLIC SAFETY FREQUENCY REQUIREMENTS THROUGH 2010

  The is a long/complex document which should be downloaded
in .doc form (instead of .txt) for those seriously interested.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1012/fcc00348.txt 

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  MAJOR PROGRAM LINE OUTAGE ON OCTOBER 6

  A Los Angeles radio studio feeding several transmitters
lost audio feeds to three of its stations at about 10 AM on
Friday, October 6.  As one engineer put it, "We had a major
phone line problem."  The ever-helpful phone company offered
to restore service by Tuesday, October 10.  Nice guys.

  Not so very long ago most stations in our area had microwave
STLs with phone line backups.  Not so today.  Rapid consolidation,
lack of microwave frequencies and GMs who do not consult with
their CEs before moving their studios into "radio black holes"
are all part of the problem.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  BUDGET LASER TV

  Kerry Banke, N6IZW, has AM modulated a cheap "pointer laser"
with his own TV picture.  He found that about 0 dBm of RF was
needed to do the job.  He writes, "The receiver end was even more
simple.  I took a Pin photo diode and connected it directly across
the antenna input terminals of a TV set.  I set the modulator and
TV for CH-2 initially and immediately received a great picture
when I aligned the laser spot onto the detector a few feet away."
Kerry lives in San Diego where interference from KCBS-TV is not a
factor.

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  SHUNT-FED AM TOWERS

  I am associated with a missionary radio project in Central
America called LAEA.  We are planning on installing a new solid
state AM transmitter at our station in El-Salvador where lightning
abounds.  What are the pluses and minuses of a grounded AM tower?

  I have heard that a grounded tower can be a better deterrent
to lightning damage to transmitters, and that grounded towers can
be very broadband.  Is it possible to protect a solid state
transmitter using an ATU circuit?

  Eric Kruzel, janeric@integrity.com    (Synopsis of Letter)

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  THE REINCARNATION OF KFXM

  The legendary call letters "KFXM" will be back in the
Inland airwaves via a new station in Temecula.  The station
is owned by Newco LLC, a merger of l5 applicants, and will be
broadcasting on 103.3 MHz.

  The original KFXM went on the air in l929... the oldest in
California east of LA, studios on the top floor of the California
Hotel in downtown San Bernardino.  Tennessee Ernie Ford was once
a DJ there.. Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers were
broadcast live.

  Helen Kimler Jones

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  GARY BLOODWORTH HAS LEFT CATALINA ISLAND

  Gary Bloodworth has reportedly left Catalina Island and
Bill Agresta is now the CE at KLIT-FM and KBRT(AM).  Bill
may be reached at <islandradio@ispchannel.com>.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  POSSIBLE USE FOR THE BAGHDAD BATTERY

  The consensus opinion on the Baghdad battery is that it
was used for an early form of electroplating.  That is, for
plating gold onto base metal to 'improve' the value.

  John Unrath, K6JHU

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  THE BEARS ARE BACK

  In 1933, 28 black bears were relocated from Yosemite to the
San Bernardino Mountains, with another 11 relocated to the San
Gabriel Mountains.  The population in each area gradually expanded
to somewhere between 150 and 500 in each region.

  Somewhere around 1997, a population south of I-10 became
established in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains.  From
this base, black bears are now frequently sighted in San Diego
County, and it is undoubtedly only a matter of time before they
fill the range in the mountain areas there.

  For more info on local bears, see:

  http://tchester.org/sd/lists/bears.html 

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  COMMENTS ON THE MONTANA FIRE PHOTO (CGC #414)

  Makes you wonder who is smarter (the animals or
the photographer)?  Where are the wildlife standing?

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

  Lorraine, kls@snowcrest.net 

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  HUMOR: WOULD YOU HAVE INVESTED IN THIS COMPANY?

  Click on the thumbnail photo for an enlargement and a
profound financial investment question.

  http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=9359090 

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

  KEZY(AM), Anaheim, is now KXMX
  KLTH(AM), San Bernardino, is now KEZY
  KIKF(FM), Garden Grove, is now KMXN
  New FM, Temecula, is now KFXM - see next story.

  (FCC Report #390)

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPH-20000915AFJ   KFXM    85012    NEWCO, A CALIF. LLC
                   103.3 MHZ              TEMECULA, CA

  Mod of CP to chg

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

  BPTTL-20001002AGT   K33FZ    57054      LAURIE MINTZ
                     CHAN-41         OCEANSIDE/CARLSBAD, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K33FZ
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