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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #419

                    Monday, November 13, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  KABC-TV FINED IN THE ALPERT ENG ACCIDENT

  According to Broadcasting & Cable magazine (11/6, p. 27),
KABC-TV was fined by Cal OSHA as a result of the May accident
that severely injured Adrienne Alpert when the mast of her ENG
van contacted or arced to high voltage lines overhead.  The
specific citations were reportedly for failing to maintain proper
clearance when the ENG mast was elevated, inadequate warning
signs inside the truck and inadequate operator training.  KABC-TV
reportedly said that Alpert, who was badly burned and lost parts
of an arm and leg, continues to recuperate at a rehabilitation
facility.

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  FCC INTERVENES IN A POWER LINE INTERFERENCE CASE

  The FCC has written to a Wisconsin electric utility as a
result of ham radio complaints of radio frequency interference
caused directly or indirectly by power lines.  The FCC intervened
after Alliant Energy of Madison indicated that it already
considered itself to be in compliance with applicable state and
federal laws.  The FCC explained the utility's obligations under
its Part 15 rules and gave the company 30 days to look into the
situation and report back to the complainants.

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/00/1110/ 

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  FCC PRIVATIZES STANDARDS-SETTING AND CERTIFICATION PROCESS
  FOR TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT

  The FCC has eliminated regulations governing the
development of technical standards and certification procedures
for telephones, fax machines, modems and the like.  The FCC now
wants the standards to be "privatized."  The Commission said it
would continue to enforce the requirement that this equipment
not harm the telephone network.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1109/nrcc0057.txt 

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  PROCEDURES CLARIFIED FOR LICENSING 150-512 MHz
  TRUNKED RADIO SYSTEMS

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1109/da002565.txt 

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  COMMENTS INVITED ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (REGION 5)
  PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN AMENDMENT

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1107/da002495.txt 

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  THE WHITE DOT MYSTERY

  Imagine a TV set receiving a normal over-the-air picture,
but superimposed on the picture is a grid of evenly spaced tiny
white dots.  Many dots.  Covering the entire screen.  This is
not a 60 Hz interference problem.

  Within the past month, CGC has received two reports of white
dot grid interference affecting the reception of Channel 6 in
San Diego County, and at widely different locations.  In one
case, the grid was more or less fixed (not moving); in the other,
it slowly drifted up and to the left.

  Have you seen this type of interference?  Do you know its
origin?  Please reply to rgonsett@connectnet.com 

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  1958 KPOL(AM) PHOTOS

  Here is a wonderful collection of technical pictures
taken by part time KPOL engineer Don Beaty circa 1958.  Thanks
to Marvin Collins for the web posting:

  http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=6195144 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  RADIO ENGINEERING OPENING

  Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation has an immediate opening
for an Assistant Engineer.  Duties include work at various FM and
AM transmitter sites, and studio work in Hollywood and Glendale.

  For complete details contact:

  Eleanor Smiley
  Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation
  1645 North Vine Street
  Los Angeles, CA 90028

  323-465-3171  or  esmiley@hbcca.com 

  Also see:  http://www.hispanicbroadcasting.com 

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  WHERE IS GREG OGONOWSKI HEADING?

  Concerning the CE opening at KBIG(FM) announced last week,
some readers have asked where KBIG's current CE, Greg Ogonowski,
is heading.  Greg is becoming the VP of Product Development at
Orban.  He will continue to live in so. Cal. but will be in
the bay area four days/week.  Congratulations Greg!

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  AUX LICENSE RENEWAL REMINDERS

  Beware.  Some aux licenses are not automatically renewed
with the station license.  Satellite uplink licenses and a lot
of the 18/23 GHz microwave licenses fall into this "not auto-
matically renewed" category.  One broadcaster accidentally let
all of their licenses lapse.

  There are many satellite uplink trucks operating without
licenses.  Don't get caught, the fines are BIG now.  The FCC
will no longer grant STAs for permanent service operations.

  Howard Fine, SCFCC

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  TXT vs. DOC FILES

  Q.  The CGC Communicator usually publishes text file URLs
(that is, the suffix of the internet address is ".txt").  If I
want the document to look its best and need the footnotes too,
can I change ".txt" to ".doc" and open the document that way?

  A.  The answer is yes, in many cases.  A good number of FCC
documents are published in both text (.txt) and Word (.doc) form.
CGC usually publishes the .txt extensions because they open
quickly and avoid possible virii problems, even though we have
never seen a virus transmitted by the FCC.  Occasionally CGC
publishes ".doc" URLs when that is the obvious (or only) way
to view the material.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  SAN DIEGO SBE AWARDS DINNER

  The San Diego SBE Chapter will be holding a dinner on
Wednesday, December 13, to honor three yet-to-be-chosen
local individuals who have made lifetime behind-the-scenes
contributions to the technical end of broadcasting.  One person
will be chosen from radio, one from TV and one from allied fields.
Nominations are being accepted now.

  The dinner location: The Four Points Hotel by Sheraton at
8110 Aero Drive adjacent to Montgomery Field.  Members and non-
members are invited, as are your spouse or date.  Sponsors include
Communications General Corp., Harris, Televideo, and Western
Radio Electronics.  Full info at:

  http://www.sbe36.org/2000/1201_banquet.html 

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  NEW FCC DAILY DIGEST URLs ARE SLOW TO DOWNLOAD

  The web version of the FCC's Daily Digests contains new
"shorthand" URLs which are noticeably slower to open than the
old longhand variety.  Sheryl Segal of the FCC explains that
the old system has been breaking down, forcing the switch to a
new and (unfortunately) sluggish system.  The FCC is working
to solve the problem, and fast opening URLs are still available
in the FCC's Daily Business Files.

  For Sheryl's complete letter, see:

  http://www.bext.com/cgc/ 
  Click on 'Additional Postings'
  Click on story entitled, "FCC DAILY DIGEST URLs ARE SLOW..."

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  145 GHZ DISTANCE RECORD - HAM STYLE

  As higher and higher frequencies are pressed into use,
amateur radio operators are setting their own DX (distance)
records in this virgin territory.  A new North American claimed
record at 145 GHz was set November 6 when WA1ZMS/4 and WA4RTS/4
established a two-way contact over a path of 21 miles (34 km).
The transmitter power at each end was around 5 milliwatts,
ICOM R-7000 receivers were used as IFs and Morse Code was
the chosen mode.

  Synopsis from ARRL Letter story

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  PHASE 3D SATELLITE LAUNCH IMMINENT

  Amateur radio's long awaited Phase 3D satellite is set for
launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket November 15 at 0107 UTC from
the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.  This satellite
will have the long awaited high elevation elliptical orbit which
will usher in a new era of communications for hams.

  ARRL Letter

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

  K29DX, San Diego, to KSDX-LP
  KMXN(FM), Garden Grove, to KMXN-FM

  FCC Report #392

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

  BPED-19990602IB   KLVJ   49854   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                 100.1 MHZ                 JULIAN, CA

  CP TO CHG; ERP, HAAT & DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTTL-20001013AAC   K36FO   59115    SARA DIAZ WARREN
                     CHAN-22             CALEXICO, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-19960515LN,
  callsign K36FO.

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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  MOD OF LICENSE FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY GRANTED

  BXMLCT-20000804ABM   KTTV  22208  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                      CHAN-11              LOS ANGELES, CA

  Mod of license to cover auxiliary permit.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY TENDERED FOR FILING

  BMJP-20001023AEI  KXMX  2194  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
                  1190 KHZ               ANAHEIM, CA

  Major change in licensed facilities;  AUCTION 32 FILING
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