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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #425

                    Monday, December 25, 2000

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2000, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  KRPA(TV), CHANNEL 44, SIGNS ON

  KRPA, CH-44, Rancho Palos Verdes, began on-air test
transmissions on Tuesday, December 19, 2000.  Their transmitter
is high in the hills on Santa Catalina Island.  In parts of
greater L.A., KRPA receives interference from the CH-44 LPTV
atop Oat Mountain according to Howard Fine.  KRPA's authorized
operating parameters are posted at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=krpa 

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  MORE ON THE SAN DIEGO SBE AWARDS BANQUET

  Gary Stigall's story on the San Diego SBE Lifetime
Engineering Achievement Awards Banquet is now available at:

  http://www.sbe36.org/2001/0102_lastmtg.html 

  Pictures to follow.  Additional remarks from Richard
Rudman are posted at:

  http://www.bext.com/cgc/ 
  Click on Additional Postings
  Click on story entitled, "PERSONAL REMARKS.... "

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  ANOTHER LOW POWER FM FILING WINDOW OPENS

  The FCC will accept Low Power FM applications January 16
through January 22, 2001 for American Samoa, Colorado, Delaware,
Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, South
Dakota and Wisconsin.

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  HAPPY HOLIDAYS

  The CGC Communicator is being published early this week
because of the Holidays.  This will be our last newsletter
for year 2000 absent earthshaking news; look for the next
regularly scheduled Communicator on January 8.

  Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2001!

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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  BROADCAST ENGINEERING PREDICTIONS FOR 2001

  Here's my list:

  1. A final and credible decision on 8VSB vs COFDM.

  2. If 8VSB is retained, then an 8VSB chip set that actually
works, and consumer grade DTV receivers that use double-conversion
IFs, so that they really are immune to the UHF taboos.

  3. FCC action on RM-9418.  Not allowing digital modulation
in the 2, 2.5, 7 and 13 GHz TV BAS bands, and now also the 950 MHz
Aural STL band, makes no sense.  How can Chairman Kennard be
lambasting broadcasters for not moving ahead quickly enough on DTV
when the FCC refuses to license TV STLs with digital or hybrid
digital-analog "Twin Stream" modulation?

  Dane E. Ericksen, P.E., dericksen@h-e.com, Hammett & Edison, Inc.
  Chairman, SBE FCC Liaison Committee - NAB/SBE Engineering Conf.

  (Letter from Tech-Notes, 12/17/2000, republished with
  permission of Tech-Notes and the author.)

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  RE: ADRIENNE ALPERT FILES FOUR LAWSUITS

  I think she is suing the wrong company (see CGC #424).
KABC-TV is the one that would be responsible for purchasing and
installing the safety devices.  All the safety devices on the
market today are made available to the TV stations when they
purchase the ENG vehicle.  The manufactures of these devices also
make them available for older vehicles.  As long as they are an
option and not required by OSHA or the FCC, many stations will
opt not to purchase them, usually for financial reasons.

  Name withheld, CE in central California

  [According to the KGTV story cited last week, "The lawsuit
does not name Alpert's current employer, KABC-TV, which is subject
to workers' compensation proceedings and cannot be sued in
Superior Court, the lawyer said."  - Ed.]

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  RE: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE CALL SIGN KRLA

  I agree with Russ Jackson (writing in CGC #424).

  In the period of August 1994 through December, 1999, I was the
remote engineer for both KRLA (Oldies 11-10) and KLSX.  Between
the two stations I logged over 300 remotes!  It was often a
challenging experience, but always rewarding.  Working with such
giants in the broadcast biz as "Huggy Boy" (on the A.M. side), and
Jim Ladd (on the F.M. side), was a real pleasure!  "Lord, have
mercy"!  The callsign KRLA *needs* to be preserved and brought
back to the L.A. radio market, and soon!  (Along with its former
"oldies" format!)

  Bill Wysock, N6UXW

  [KRLA(AM) IS coming back to Los Angeles.  Tune in at a radio
near you on January 1.    - Richard Blythe]

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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM

  The FCC has affirmed its $8,000 fine against LPTV Station
K06MU, Big Bear Lake, for transferring de facto control of the
license without obtaining prior FCC approval.  The station
claimed that its affairs were "thrown into disarray" and that
its "principals stepped in to save the station from imminent
demise" upon the arrest and subsequent incarceration (felony
insurance fraud) of the principal of the station.  See CGC #416
and the following URL for details:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1220/da002844.txt 

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  FCC INTERNAL INVESTIGATION SIDELIGHTS

  From the FCC Office of Inspector General's December 2000
Report, we learn, among other things, that FCC employees should
not use their computer terminals to access pornographic material
or conduct a music business, especially one that shuts down the
FCC's outbound e-mail system (on two occasions yet).

  http://www.fcc.gov/oig/ 

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

  The latest FCC call sign change sheet (Report #395) shows
  no changes in our area.  Thus, the station that snagged the
  KRLA call remains an airtight secret, for the moment.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLFT-20000906AHW  K205DZ  91086   KTLW-FM LIVING WAY MINISTRIES
                   88.9 MHZ                  DEVORE, CA

  Lic. to cover
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  BLFT-20000914AFW  K212DK  92870  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
                   90.3 MHZ                 WESTWOOD, CA

  Lic. to cover
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