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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #416

                    Monday,  October 23, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  THE SEARCH FOR G3 SPECTRUM IS UNDERWAY

  Third generation ("G3") wireless cell phones, providing voice,
e-mail and web access and broadcast-like applications, will need
large chunks of radio frequency spectrum.  Now, president Clinton
has issued a Memorandum announcing that the spectrum hunt has
begun.  Here is the schedule:

  November 15, 2000:  Issuance of an interim report on current
  spectrum uses and potential for reallocation or sharing.

  July 2001:  FCC, in coordination with NTIA, selects the G3
  spectrum.

  September 30, 2002:  G3 licenses are issued by auction.

  The spectrum being sought is already in use in the U.S. by
a number of entities.  In practical terms, even if your spectrum
is not on the hit list, remember that the displaced parties will
need to camp somewhere.

http://www.pub.whitehouse.gov/uri-res/I2R?urn:pdi://oma.eop.gov.us/2000/10/13/23.text.1 
http://www.pub.whitehouse.gov/uri-res/I2R?urn:pdi://oma.eop.gov.us/2000/10/16/11.text.1 

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 FCC SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON 'WWW.FCC.GOV' WEBSITE EFFECTIVENESS

  What do you expect from the FCC website, and is it
delivering?  Comments should address, among other things,
usability, navigability, format, content, interactivity and ease
of contacting the Commission.  Comments are due by November 10
and may be sent to <webeval@fcc.gov>.  More info at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1020/pnmc0011.txt 

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH

  The FCC has tentatively fined "K.I.D.S. -- TV 6," licensee
of LPTV Station K06MU, Big Bear Lake, $8,000 for transferring
de facto control of the license without obtaining prior FCC
approval.  The case is complicated by a prison term being served
by the principal of K.I.D.S. (felony insurance fraud).

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/Orders/2000/da002358.txt 

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  SPANISH VERSIONS AVAILABLE

  As part of its Hispanic Issues Forum on October 11, the FCC
announced that beginning this month, all Commission consumer
publications will be produced in Spanish as well as in English.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1017/nrci0004.txt 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  RADIO CE OPENING IN VICTORVILLE

  CE opening for the five station Clear Channel group in
Victorville, CA.  For further details, please contact Kael Murray,
Operations Manager, Clear Channel, Lancaster at 661-942-1121, or
Chuck McKay, GM, Clear Channel, Victorville at 760-241-1313.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  A LOS ANGELES MEETING ON THE COFDM (DTV) MODULATION SCHEME

  Learn about COFDM (DTV) modulation pluses & minuses.  The
November 16th Society of Television Engineers' dinner meeting
will feature a program by Sinclair Broadcast Group on "COFDM."
The meeting will be at The Castaway Restaurant in Burbank.
Sinclair presenters will be Mark Aikan, Advanced Tech. Dev.,
Del Parks, VP Eng. & Dave Smith, Pres.  Guests are welcome!

  To request a meeting e-notice with complete details, contact:

  Don McCroskey - Newsletter/Meeting Notice Editor -
  <mccroskey2@earthlink.net>, or

  Al Dodds, STE president - 949-495-3170 <kb0cw@earthlink.net>.

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  ABOUT KFXM, AND SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HELEN JONES

  A fun and fascinating letter from Bill Hayes.

  Visit:  http://www.bext.com/cgc/ 
  Click On:  "Additional Postings"
  Click on:  "ABOUT KFXM, AND SOMETHING...."

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  WIDEBAND NOISE FROM DTV TRANSMITTERS

  A recent letter on an e-chat forum read as follows:

  "We are having terrible problems in Cleveland with HDTV on
CH-2. It produces broad band noise from 54 MHz (the band edge)
down to as far as 45 or 46 megs depending on how far from the
TX you are.  With an HDTV on one of the lower VHF channels, it
could trash everything for a couple dozen MHz below it!  And
one on the lower UHFs (14-20) could trash upper UHF (440-512)."

  Fred Vobbe <w8hdu@wlio.com> replies:

  "That is going to be a problem.  Also keep in mind that these
high power DTVs (are) going to cause some more IM products to be
tossed around, especially on these sites where they will be
grouped together (i.e. CH-14, 15, 16, 17 all on the same tower
and diplexed into the same antenna)."

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  OFFICIAL TIME CLOCK

  Here is a convenient aid for setting your wristwatch or
computer time clock.  Be sure Java is enabled:

  http://www.time.gov/ 

  Accurate time is courtesy of NIST & the U.S. Naval Observatory.

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  GPS VIA FRS

  The FCC has approved for a one-year trial period the
manufacture and sale of Family Radio Service radios which
transmit position data from built-in GPS receivers.  The location
information is to be provided "for personal and public safety
purposes" only; no other use is authorized.  The grant results
from a request by Garmin.

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/2000/da002234.txt 

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  SDG&E's 'TIME OF USE' (TOU) METERING - NOT DOLLAR WISE

  A number of San Diego Gas & Electric residential electricity
customers have switched to a 'Time of Use' meter in the belief
that they were saving money by minimizing electric use during
Peak hours (defined as noon to 6 PM weekdays excluding holidays).

  After four telephone calls over a 2-1/2 week period to SDG&E's
Michelle Ford, we finally obtained a set of TOU rates to assess
the situation.  On August 24, 2000, SDG&E charged $0.3455/kwh
(Peak period), and $0.1502/kwh (Non-Peak period) to its TOU
customers.  However, an ordinary flat-metered residential bill
covering August 24 had an electricity rate of just $0.1525/kwh.
No wonder SDG&E was so reluctant to release the TOU figures!

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  MORE ON THE GARY BLOODWORTH SITUATION

  Last week we reported that Gary Bloodworth had left Catalina
Island and that Bill Agresta was now CE at KLIT-FM and KBRT(AM).
This week, Bill informs us that Gary has been incarcerated for
child molestation and is required to serve at least 85% of a
six year prison term.

  Some folks on Catalina slashed two tires on KBRT's truck and
have been giving Gary's family a hard time even though Gary is in
custody and hospitalized with heart problems.  Bill added that
the stories carried about Gary in the Avalon Bay News were grossly
inaccurate.  Bill hopes that things will settle down soon.  He
may be reached at <islandradio@ispchannel.com>.

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  HANDHELD CELL PHONE BAN IN SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY VEHICLES

  Suffolk County New York has become the first county in the
U.S. to make it illegal for drivers to use a hand held cell phone.
Under a measure enacted three weeks ago, the maximum penalty for
doing so is a 150-dollar fine.  Hams and other two-way radio
users are exempt.

 (Newsline)

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  HAM CALL SIGNS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

  The FCC has issued two call signs for U.S. Amateur Radio
use in the International Space Station program:  NA1SS and NN1SS
have been granted to the International Space Station Amateur
Radio Club.

  (ARRL Letter)

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING

  BNPFTB-20001010AAX  KWVE-1  128509  CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA M...
                    107.9 MHZ              SAN CLEMENTE, CA

  CP New Stn.

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

  BPCDT-19991028AES KMEX-DT  35123  KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
                    CHAN-35                LOS ANGELES, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 10/11/2000
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