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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #424

                    Monday, December 18, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  SAN DIEGO SBE AWARDS BANQUET A GREAT SUCCESS

  Over 60 people attended the first ever San Diego SBE
Lifetime Engineering Achievement Awards Banquet on Wednesday
night.  Charlie Abel (TV), John Barcroft (Radio) and Jack Williams
(Allied Field) where each awarded distinctive trophies
commemorating their many accomplishments.

  One of Charlie's fascinating stories concerned the enormous
lighting requirements which plagued early live TV.  Nobody could
stand the heat.  So, KFMB obtained a plaster of paris statue of
Mickey Mouse and, as Charlie put it, "We'd set him on a rotating
pedestal and that's what we would broadcast...."  More information
on the banquet should be posted soon.  Until then, enjoy:

  http://sbe36.org/1999/0509_kfmbtv50.html 

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  SBE EAS HANDOUTS

  The national SBE has three new EAS items posted at:

  http://www.sbe.org/eas/eas.html 

  You will need Adobe Acrobat to view and print these handouts.
The three items are "really very well done" according to Allen
Sklar, W7AS, of Scottsdale, AZ, who sent them our way.

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  FCC'S JUNE BUTLER VERIFIES THE HANDOUTS AND ADDS ONE MORE

  June Butler of FCC/San Diego has reviewed the SBE material
mentioned above and reports that it looks fine.  The only
correction is on the self inspection Q&A which does not provide
the FCC's new address in Washington, DC.

  June adds, "I am thrilled to see this information posted on
the SBE site.  It is not posted on our EAS site at headquarters
as this information was provided and formulated by our region."

  Also, there is a new EAS brochure on the FCC's own website:

  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/eas/info.htm 

  Click on the item entitled, "EAS descriptive brochure
(Microsoft Power Point format)."

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  $7,000 FINE FOR SELLING OVERPOWERED FM TRANSMITTERS

  The FCC has affirmed a $7,000 fine against Skywave Electronics
for selling mini FM broadcast transmitters with excessive power
levels for Part 15 (unlicensed) devices.  The first transmitter
inspected had 29 times the permitted power level and was being
used as a pirate station.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8888/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-00-2810A1.doc 

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  DEFINITION OF RADIO MARKETS

  The FCC is seeking comments on whether and how to modify its
definition of "radio markets" and the methods it uses in counting
radio stations for purposes of applying its ownership rules.  The
proposal comes amidst concern that there is too much common
control of radio properties in many markets.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1208/nrmm0045.doc 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1215/fcc00427.doc 

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  ADRIENNE ALPERT FILES FOUR LAWSUITS

  Adrienne Alpert has sued four companies that manufactured the
news gathering gear in the van where she was nearly electrocuted
last May.  Named were Will-Burt Co., Microwave Radio
Communications, Quick Set International and Mobile-Cam Products.

  KGTV quotes her attorney Bruce Broillet as saying, "We will
prove in this case that the manufacturers of the equipment that
she was working with that day knew about available safety devices,
basic safety devices, and did not take the most minimal effort
available at the time to supply those safety devices to avoid
this kind of accident."

http://www.thesandiegochannel.com/sand/news/stories/news-20001214-150633.html 

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  MOVING UP

  Daniel Bissett (21 years at KCBS-TV) has been named Director
of Engineering at KIDN-TV.  KIDN-TV, Avalon, CA, is licensed to
Pappas Telecasting and will operate on Mt. Wilson.  Daniel thanks
the CGC Job Shoppe for its small part in advancing his carrier.
CGC extends a hearty Congratulations to Dan!

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  RE "KRLA(AM), PASADENA, IS NOW KSPN"

  Rest in peace.  A grand lady of AM radio comes to an
undeserved but inevitable end.  I hope whoever gets those old
call letters will treat them with the respect they deserve.

  Russ Jackson

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                         SATELLITE NEWS
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  FCC LAUNCHES C-BAND EARTH STATION STREAMLINING INITIATIVE

  The Commission is continuing its effort to streamline the
satellite earth station process by announcing two procedural
changes in the way in which it will process applications for
authority to operate "routine" C-band earth stations.  These
changes are expected to significantly reduce the amount of
processing time required for routine C-band earth station
applications:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1212/da002761.txt 

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  MICROSOFT'S WIRELESS WEB

  Microsoft is now offering two-way wireless web connections
via satellite (a fixed dish measuring about 2' X 3' is used).
Download speeds from 150 - 500k are mentioned.  Radio Shack is
the vendor.  Can anyone give us a firsthand report on how well
the system works?

  Please write to: rgonsett@connectnet.com 

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  VIEWING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

  The International Space Station and MIR are visible to the
naked eye.  This Java Applet from NASA/JPL will calculate local
viewing times based on zip codes alone:

  http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/temp/StationLoc.html 

  URL courtesy of Bill Dewey, WD6AHW

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  IRIDIUM SATELLITES THROWN A LIFELINE

  The Pentagon, needing encrypted worldwide communications,
has agreed to pay Iridium Satellite LLC $36 million/year for
unlimited use of the company's worldwide mobile phone satellite
constellation.  The contract is for one year with an option to
pick up a second year at the same rate, so the satellites will
not be de-orbited and destroyed - at least not just yet - as
was announced earlier.

  (Wall Street Journal & Newsline)

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  AMATEUR RADIO'S PHASE III SATELLITE FALLS SILENT

  First there was a problem getting the transfer orbit kick
motor to fire.  And when it did eventually fire, it sent ham
radio's long awaited Phase III (AO-40) satellite into a somewhat
undesirable orbit.  Then on Wednesday, December 13, the telemetry
beacon mysteriously shut down and all communication with the bird
was lost.  Hopes are pinned on Saturday, December 16, when an
emergency software routine inside the satellite attempts to
re-establish communications with earth.

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/00/1215/ 

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE THIRD MILLENNIUM IS UPON US

  The Second Millennium ends on December 31, 2000, NOT 1999
as was erroneously reported by the media last year.  Please
remind your news departments.

  Our current method of dating years begins on January 1 of
the year 1 A.D., not year 0 A.D..  A little 3rd grade arithmetic
will tell you that the First Century ended on December 31, 100
A.D., and not 99 A.D..  Similarly, the First Millennium ended
on December 31, 1000 A.D..

  Adapted from Publication by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC

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  VIEW A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ON CHRISTMAS DAY

  Catch a partial eclipse of the sun on December 25, 2000,
Christmas Day!  From Los Angeles:

  Eclipse Starts:    07:37 PST
  Maximum Coverage:  08:23 PST
  Eclipse Ends:      09:13 PST

  Maximum coverage is only 15% of the sun's diameter for viewers
in L.A.  The times and percent coverage are essentially the same
for San Diego.  For other locations, see:

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/extra/PSE2000Dec25city1/PSE2000Dec25city1.html 

  This page also contains links for safely viewing the sun.

  (URL courtesy of Juanita Peterson)

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  CALL FOR SPEAKERS - RADIO CLUB OF AMERICA

  The Radio Club of America:

  http://www.Radio-Club-of-America.org 

is looking for qualified speakers to tell of interesting
information about any facet of the radio/wireless industry at the
club's breakfast meetings at trade shows in the year 2001.
Speakers can consider talking about such things as historical
events of broadcast radio or television, or about the development
and current status of DTV/HDTV, or about the development and
current status of the recently upgraded Emergency Alert System.

  Rich Reichler, RJRWireles@aol.com 

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BL-20001023AGE   KGAM  35496     KPSI RADIO CORPORATION
                 1450 KHZ             PALM SPRINGS, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION
  FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED

  BXPH-19991210AAY   KWXY-FM    24253    GLEN BARNETT, INC.
                     98.5 MHZ            CATHEDRAL CITY, CA

  CP for auxiliary purposes.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-20001201AAY   KJLH   64639    TAXI PRODUCTIONS, INC.
                  102.3 MHZ              COMPTON, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED

  BPFT-19990623TC  990623TC  93751  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                   88.9 MHZ          LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW;
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 11/15/99 APPLICATION IS DISMISSED,
  PETITION TO DENY IS DISMISSED AS MOOT PER STAFF LETTER.
  12/11/2000.

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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTTA-20001116AMS KPSP-LP  10535  PALM SPRINGS TELEVISION STU...
                    CHAN-38           CATHEDRAL CITY-PALM, CA

  Application to convert displacement application to Class A
  status upon the grant of displacement application.

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