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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #423

                    Monday, December 11, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  REAL TIME VIEW OF CALIFORNIA'S ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMPTION

  According to local news accounts, the California Independent
System Operator ("Cal-ISO" or "Caiso") controls about 75% of
our state's electric power generation.  See California's power
consumption in real time by visiting the following Web site:

  http://www.caiso.com/SystemStatus.html 

  With a frigid Alaskan cold front headed our way, grid
operators are warning that power supplies will drop to
dangerously low levels from Seattle to San Diego this week.
Study the chart to find out the hours when power conservation
will be needed to reduce peak demand.  We are about to find
out just how interconnected the Western grid really is.

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  FCC PROPOSES RULE CHANGES TO FACILITATE
  THE DEPLOYMENT OF "SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO" (SDR)

  With SDR, major changes in frequency, power and type of
modulation can be made quickly and easily via software.  In some
instances, the act of reprogramming a transmitter will alter it
to the point where a new FCC identification number is required.
That number, according to the Commission, could be displayed
on an LCD or similar screen built into the radio itself.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1207/nret0015.txt 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1208/fcc00430.txt 

  For details on SDR technology, see CGC #380, 381 and 382.

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  SAN DIEGO SBE AWARDS BANQUET - OLD PHOTOGRAPHS NEEDED

  Reservations are still being accepted for the December 13
Grand Banquet to honor three San Diego Broadcast Engineering
Veterans.  For information and reservations, see:

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

  In support of the banquet, Gary Stigall wants to borrow
photographs of people actively involved in San Diego broadcast
engineering in the past - maybe you or co-workers with a
microphone or soldering iron or transmitter.  Gary writes,
"We're looking for photos which blow up well--I intend to include
them in a slide show to run silently before the banquet."

  Gary can be reached at <gstigall@kfmb.com> or 
<stig@k-online.com>.  This is going to be quite an event!

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ENGINEERING OPENING AT KCRW(FM)

  KCRW has an immediate full-time opening for a Broadcast
Engineer.  Candidates should be familiar with and able to repair
typical studio equipment, broadcast transmitters & translators,
telephone systems, digital work stations and streaming media
systems.  Employment is with the KCRW Foundation, Inc.  SBE
certification desirable.  Salary commensurate with experience.

  Please submit resumes and salary history by e-mail, fax or
U.S. Mail to:

  Steven Herbert, Chief Engineer
  KCRW, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
  Fax: 310-314-1851  <>  e-mail: steve.herbert@kcrw.org 

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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE OLD EBS TONES

  I field several calls a year from researchers looking for
material on the old Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) that has
now been replaced by the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
Sometimes the point of this research is for a drama or news
event that will wind up being broadcast.  The producer wants
to have a program element that is authentic.

  What many people do not realize is that broadcasting the old
two tone EBS attention signal will activate old warning receivers
that are still in use in many parts of the country.  Turns out
that the current EAS warning format contains the old two tone
attention signal, so those receivers will trigger on either an
EAS or EBS alert.  Those receivers will activate any time they
hear the tones, even if there is no EAS digital header.

  To avoid broadcasting false emergency alerts, we need to
discourage the use of the old EBS two tone format whenever
possible.

  Richard Rudman
  Los Angeles County EAS Local Emergency Communications Committee

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  THE 35 MILE U.S./MEXICAN MICROWAVE ZONE

  Please let people know that FCC Part 101 microwave
transmitters cannot be turned on within 35 miles of the U.S./
Mexican border without a valid FCC license in hand.  Outside
the 35 mile zone, Part 101 transmitters can be turned on upon
filing a license application (provided certain other conditions
are met), but inside the 35 mile zone you need an actual LICENSE
(presumably valid for that area - Ed.) before transmissions
can occur.

  Howard Fine, SCFCC

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  MORE ON THE RETIREMENT OF BILL BALL

  A quick note on Bill Ball retiring....   Who's going to keep
up his cup collection???  As some who have met Bill and been to
the old M Street office, Bill had quite a collection.  He was
restarting it at the new (Portals building).  And who will look
over the AM applications?  There is Norm Miller; he will work
with the broadcasters to make it right for both the Commission
and the broadcaster.  (I think he was trained by Bill?)

  Allan Sotzsky, ABS Sound & Video, Fullerton, CA

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  BILL REPLIES

 "I plan to do limited consulting from peaceful Alabama, when
time allows, probably in the field where it is most needed, i.e.
AM."  Bill can be reached at <wball@dbtech.net>.

  Re the cup collection, he adds,

  "At the old M Street location, I had a beautiful styrofoam
cup collection of 1167 cups, each which represented a large
coffee.  In second place was Harding Chism with over 600 cups.
At the Portals, the decision was made to start again since there
were unlimited storage potentials with the filing cabinets in the
hall should we run out of space in the office.....  Rest assured
the coffee was consumed before work started so the taxpayers need
not worry that they paid us for goofing off."

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

  KRLA(AM), Pasadena, is now KSPN

  FCC Report #394

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  OLD PROPOSED LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR CONSTRUCTION PERMITS

  On October 27, 2000, the FCC published a list of Proposed
  LPTV/TV Translator Construction Permits.  After a few e-mail
  reminders that the report was missing from the web, the item
  was recently posted.

  Affected communities in our area are as follows:
  Bakersfield, El Centro, Lucerne Valley, San Diego, Santa
  Barbara and Ridgecrest.  The complete report is available at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/LPTV_Notices/pnmm0074.txt 

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

  BPTTL-20001116ACB KPSP-LP  10535  PALM SPRINGS TELEVISION STUDIOS..
                    CHAN-38               CATHEDRAL CITY-PALM, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KPSP-LP.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED

  BP-19991223ABP  KURS  54257  QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMMUNICATIONS...
                1040 KHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPCDT-20000501AFR   KRCA   22161    KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                      CHAN-68             RIVERSIDE, CA

  Modification of construction permit file number BPCDT-19980702KF

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  NEW FM CHANNEL (238A) ADDED AT INDIAN WELLS

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1205/da002710.txt
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