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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #427

                     Monday, January 8, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FLYWHEELS AS ALTERNATIVES TO BATTERIES

  Flywheels have long been discussed as attractive alternatives
to batteries for energy storage.  Finally, an actual flywheel
system is available.  Beacon Power Corporation targets its product
at cable television, telephone, broadband, cellular and PCS
applications.

  Because garden-variety storage batteries need to be replaced
every two to three years, a flywheel with a 20-year life span
can yield impressive cost savings.  Read and see more:

  http://www.beaconpower.com/ 

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  FCC LOOKS TO ALLOCATE ADDITIONAL SPECTRUM FOR NEW ADVANCED
  WIRELESS SYSTEMS

  The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to
explore the possible use of frequency bands below 3 GHz to
support new advanced wireless services, including Third
Generation ("3G") Wireless Systems.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0105/nret0101.html 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0105/fcc00455.doc 

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  AUCTION OF LICENSES IN THE 747-762 AND 777-792 MHZ BANDS
  SCHEDULED FOR MAR. 6, 2001

  No URL available yet; watch:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2001/dd010105.html 

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  LIST OF ENFORCEMENT BUREAU FINES OF $25,000 OR MORE

  Major fines are for slamming, sending junk faxes
and failure to open local telco markets to competition.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1221/nrcc064a.txt 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  KIND WORDS FOR KTLA(TV) RE THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE

  KTLA did a great job of coordinating with KFMB using ENG
channel six on their way down from LA.  Once they were down here
and established, they switched over to KSWB's frequency.  We had
very good cooperation with them.  I would also like to thank KTLA
for allowing KFMB to use their video while Chopper 8 was
refueling.  My transmission person indicated that KTLA's TOC
personnel were very helpful and cooperative.

  Richard Lochmann, Director of Engineering, KFMB-TV

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  KIEV(AM), 870 KHZ, GLENDALE, IS NOW KRLA

  The following is on the "LA Radio People" page today (12/30):

  "KIEV will enter the new millennium with new call letters
reflecting the station's recently transformed image.  Effective
Monday, January 1, 2001, KIEV will officially be known as News
Talk 870, The New KRLA, Your Legendary Talk Station. "KRLA is
one of the most recognizable radio brands in the Los Angeles
market," stated KRLA GM Dave Armstrong.  "When these legendary
call letters became available, we couldn't see them going outside
of Los Angeles.  It seemed the right time to make an effective
change."  There will be no on-air changes.""

  Russ Jackson

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  SAVE ENERGY BY SHUTTING DOWN DTV TRANSMITTERS

  Subject: How to help the California electric crisis.
  Answer:  Shut down the DTV transmitters for a while.

  Howard Fine

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  THANKS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS (SAMPLING OF LETTERS RECEIVED)

  Happy holidays to you and your staff.  I receive many e-mail
newsletters but I always read yours first.
- Jerry LeBow, K2SMC

  Thank you for providing the Communicator.  I always go
through every issue.  Thanks to you also for helping us catch
translator interference and other items.
- Lew Warren, GM, KVCR-FM/TV/DT

  I want to thank you for your great work on the newsletter
and wish you the best in 2001.  For those interested in astronomy
or tracking satellites, this site will provide all kinds of
information:  http://www.heavens-above.com/ 
- Stu Drexler

  Happy Holidays.... grateful for your publication....
- Russ Jackson

  ....Let's all have a REALLY TERRIFIC 2001 together!
- Steve Blodgett

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  RADIO SHACK'S SATELLITE INTERNET SYSTEM:  NO CIGAR

  High speed Internet is like buying a plain paper copier.  The
question is not just how many pages per minute a machine can
produce, but HOW LONG it takes the first page to appear, and IF
the page will appear at all.  For more, see:

  http://www.bext.com/cgc/ 
  Click on: Additional Postings
  Click on:  "RADIO SHACK'S SATELLITE...."

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  THE FCC'S Y2K PROBLEM BECOMES A Y2001 PROBLEM

  Harry Anderson, President of EDX Engineering, a well
respected software house, has circulated a letter to his clients
informing them that EDX will be discontinuing the FCC broadcast
channel/frequency allocation study features in his company's
products.  While three reasons were cited for the action, this
one mentioned by Dr. Anderson caught our eye:

  "In the past year we have witnessed a number of missteps on
the part of the Federal Communications Commission.  The most
serious of these was abandoning their old broadcast engineering
database formats before a serviceable new format or methodology
was in place.  As it has for many broadcast engineers, it has
become an increasing burden for us to expend EDX resources in an
effort to make up for such technical blunders by the FCC."

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  THE CDBS PROBLEMS ARE SLOWLY BEING RESOLVED

  While perhaps a dozen data omissions are introduced every
week into the CDBS database (no class, channel, etc.), the
database itself is in much better shape than it was a year ago.
Our Wish List for 2001 includes the following items:  (1) return
of the Comment field, (2) return of the "new activity" date flag
(so new filings of all types can be detected), (3) repair of
misoriented TV directional patterns and (4) repair of about
4000 internal database link errors, mostly directional pattern
links in the "A"rchived data.

  An ancillary problem is that entire station listings may
disappear from one database posting to another simply because an
input operator hit the "A" key for "Archive" rather than the
"C" key for "Current."  The fact that the database and its
structure were "out sourced" is yet another problem because
of the lack of control afforded Commission engineers.

  These problems notwithstanding, progress is being made.  Two
FCC engineers - Hossein Hashemzadeh and Kim Nguyen - have been
doing an outstanding job of correcting defective records as time
allows.  Remember their names.  They deserve special praise.

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  TELEPHONE FACTOIDS

  As of July 2000, 99.1 million households had telephone service.

  High-speed data lines (over 200 kbps in at least one direction)
connecting homes and small businesses to the Internet increased
by 57% during the first half of 2000, to a total of 4.3 million
lines (or wireless channels).

  AT&T's share of interstate carrier toll revenues decreased
from 90% in 1984 to 41% in 1999; WorldCom's and Sprint's
collective shares accounted for about 33% in 1999; more than 700
smaller long distance carriers accounted for the remaining 26%.

  The number of calls made from the United States to other
countries increased from 200 million in 1980 to 5.2 billion in
1999.  On average, carriers billed 51 cents per minute for
international calls in 1999, which is 50% less than the rate
in 1980.

  There are currently four toll-free prefixes: 800, 888, 877 and
866.  The next new code - 855 - is expected to be added in 2001.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2000/db1221/nrcc0063.txt 

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  CELL PHONES BANNED IN BUCKINGHAM PALACE

  Britain's Queen Elizabeth has banned her royal staff from
carrying cellular telephones - except for those who cannot manage
their duties without the mobile devices.  According to a press
report, the monarch was not amused by the constant interruptions
caused by the wireless gizmos.

  (The Sun of London via Newsline)

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPTTL-19981027JA  K08MX  10533    CHARLES R. MEEKER
                     CHAN-8              INDIO, CA

  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-940415N2, AS
  MODIFIED, FOR A NEW STATION) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 63 TO CHANNEL 8;
  TPO: .165 KILOWATTS; ERP: 0.5 KILOWATTS; OFFSET: PLUS AND
  ANTENNA: SCALA, CA04. (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLTT-20001011ACN    K47FL   41601    MICHAEL MCKINNON
                     CHAN-47             FALLBROOK, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-19890310VF,
  callsign K47FL.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPTT-20001130ADF    K47FL   41601    MICHAEL MCKINNON
                      CHAN-47             FALLBROOK, CA

  Modification of construction permit file number BPTTL-19890310VF

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

  BPTTL-20001218ACH     K63EN    11608    CIVIC LIGHT, INC.
                       CHAN-63              SAN DIEGO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K63EN.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMLH-20001228AAL  KKSB    10329    ENGLES ENTERPRISES, INC.
                  106.3 MHZ                GOLETA, CA

  Lic. to modify

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPCT-20000928AIF KIDN-TV  29234  PAPPAS TELECASTING OF S.CA...
                    CHAN-54                  AVALON, CA

  Modification of construction permit file number BPCT-19860210KM.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED

  BPFT-19960422TE  960422TE  81922  STOCKTON CHRISTIAN LIFE COL...
                   89.9 MHZ                VISTA, CA

  CP NEW STATION, PRIMARY STATION KCJH(FM)
  MOTION TO DISMISS OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, PET TO DENY
  (SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT) FILED 1/17/97

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

  BLTTL-20001219ABP  K17EO 5340  BILTMORE BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                    CHAN-17              PALM SPRINGS, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-19891208H4,
  callsign K17EO.
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